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According to industry experts, health care costs are expected to rise 6.5 percent in the coming year, driven up by the growing cost of medical care and drugs, as well as increasing consumption of services. As premiums, deductibles, and co-pays climb, we ask, are these increases a course correction or the new normal? And who’s being hit hardest? Margot Sanger Katz of the New York Times, and Dr. Peter Beilenson, CEO of Evergreen Health Cooperative, join us to discuss. Plus, we dissect why health care co-ops face such tough odds and look at an alternative to the Affordable Care Act proposed by House Republicans. 

Three of the six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray’s fatal injury have now been tried; none has been convicted. When officer Caesar Goodson was cleared last week, many people in his neighborhood said they were angry – but not surprised. Even before the officers were indicted 14 months ago, the rallying cry was, “Justice for Freddie Gray!” Where does the city stand in reaching that goal? Are convictions the way to measure justice for Freddie Gray? If not, where should we be looking? What questions should we be asking? We talk to Ronald Weich, dean of the University of Baltimore law school; Rev. S. Todd Yeary, senior pastor of Douglas Memorial Community Church; and Ray Kelly, outreach leader of the No Boundaries Coalition of Central West Baltimore.

Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies

It’s time for another installment of Living Questions, a monthly series of conversations in which we examine the role of religion in the public sphere. 

Dr. Christopher Leighton is retiring after more than 30 years as executive director of the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies, a nonprofit organization that promotes religious tolerance.  Dr. Leighton's successor at the helm of ICJS is Dr. Heather Miller Rubens.  A specialist in Roman Catholic affairs, she and Dr. Leighton join Tom in-studio to reflect on the group's legacy and its mission going forward. 

Then, the discussion turns to the dark challenge posed by religious extremism, one of the apparent motivating forces behind the Orlando mass shooting, the Paris attacks and other recent acts of terror. Dr. Homayra Ziad, an Islamic scholar at ICJS, and Dr. Benjamin Sax, the group's Jewish scholar, join Tom, Dr. Leighton and Dr. Rubens to discuss how people of faith should respond to acts of violence carried out in the name of God, and how communities of faith can work to counter emerging cultures of hate. 

Olney Theatre Center

If you didn’t know that Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote “Evita” four decades ago, you might think this musical about the role of celebrity in politics was brand new.

The idea of a celebrity running for office is the overriding theme of Olney Theatre Center’s re-imagined, eye-opening production of this musical look at the life of former Argentine first lady Eva Peron.

Unlike director Harold Prince’s original interpretation of the show as an examination of media manipulation, at Olney we see Evita manufacturing her own fame and using it to catapult her husband, Juan Peron, to the presidency.

A microphone on a stand becomes a major prop in director Will Davis’ inspired interpretation. Commandeer the mike, get into power, win over the people – as Evita does – and you can tell them just about anything.

The Baltimore African-American Festival is celebrating 40 years. To mark the occasion festival organizers are bringing in  some big names like Common, Vivica Fox, Estelle and Mary Mary. 

There will also be interactive activities focusing on health and wellness, financial literacy and police-community relations.

Shelonda Stokes, president and CEO of greiBO entertainment, and Joe Maye, singer from The Voice on NBC, both join Tom in-studio to discuss the festival. greiBo was hired by the city to plan the events. 


Jun 26, 2016
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Need some tips for dealing with seafood? Tony and Chef Cindy chat with Joe Lasprogata of Samuels and Son Seafood about the seafood industry and Joe shares some recommendations for great fish you may not have heard of. They dish out recipes and some wines to match.

It’s a Friday in June, and that means that many people are getting set to hit the road for the weekend.  As indicated by writer Clifford Krauss, the great American road trip is back, in part because of cheaper gasoline prices.  Gasoline this driving season is cheaper than it has been for eleven years according to AAA. 

Many economists have been working diligently to allay the fears of people unnerved by the most recent employment report, which indicated that the nation added just thirty eight thousand net new jobs.  For instance, economists have been pointing out that other data remain more upbeat, and though the outlook is not especially rosy, it’s not terrible either. 

When the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the nation added just thirty eight thousand jobs in May according to their establishment survey, economists and others were stunned.  That was the worst monthly performance in more than five years. 

One of the questions that employers have asked for centuries is how to get employees to work harder without paying them more money.  According to research conducted by three economists that is published on the economics commentary website VoxEU, the answer is to give them meaningful work.