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Maybe you heard about the Rembrandt that was discovered in a New Jersey basement. Or, maybe you remember the little painting that was purchased at a West Virginia flea market and turned out to be a Renoir – a Renoir that was stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art.

So there’s precedent for the unwanted, the overlooked, the discarded – let’s face it, someone’s trash – turning out to be a masterpiece. In the case of Stephen Sachs’ play, “Bakersfield Mist,” there’s a very direct precedent.

Perhaps you’ve heard that all is not well in Puerto Rico.  This has been the case for several years and circumstances are poised to deteriorate further.  As reported by Bloomberg, the Planning Board, which calculates the island’s economic growth, recently released its fiscal twenty seventeen forecast. 

On July 1st, Sonja Santelises will take over as CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools. Her predecessor, Gregory Thornton, served less than two years in the position, facing criticism for poor communication and calls for his resignation from parents, education advocates, and state lawmakers. We speak to Sonja Santelises about her plans and her prior experience as the city’s former chief academic. And we hear from current and former school board members about the replacement process, including what makes a strong candidate and why the search for Thornton’s replacement was not publicly announced. Plus, how much of an impact do school CEOs have on student achievement? One study debunks the myth of the “rock star” superintendent.

The Walters Art Museum

Julia Marciari-Alexander has been the director of The Walters Art Museum since 2013.  She has, in the opinions of many, enlivened the museum considerably, and she has imagined a host of new ways to engage people and connect them to this storied institution.  Several weeks ago, for example, you could go to the Walters for a whiskey tasting.  On Sunday (May 22), the Walters will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the Longest Game of Telephone.  More than 1,300 people will form a gigantic line through the museum’s various galleries, and pass a message from one person to the next.

Julia Marciari-Alexander's message to Baltimore is clear:  she wants everyone, from all corners of our community, to feel welcome and to delight in all that the museum has to offer.  She joins Tom this morning, in Studio A, to talk about her vision for The Walters and its unique role during Baltimore's difficult passage.

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Award winning bass clarinetist Todd Marcus is teaming up with legendary clarinetist Don Byron for a one-night only show at Caton Castle in Baltimore. 

In addition to being one of the only prominent bass clarinetists on the modern jazz scene, Todd runs the Baltimore based non-profit Intersection of Change. The organization addresses poverty related issues in Sandtown-Winchester and runs an art program to provide children with positive outlets.

Todd Marcus joins Tom in-studio to discuss his musical career and involvement in the community.

Gregory Mosher

May 19, 2016

Tom talks with Gregory Mosher, the director of Love Letters, starring Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal.  It's at the Hippodrome June 7-12, 2016.

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For years Americans have been reaping fewer gains from a growing economy in the form of pay and benefits.  Shareholders have been reaping more, helping to explain rapidly expanding wealth gaps in America.  But as indicated by Neil Irwin, recently, that trend has been reversing. 

As indicated by writer Josh Zumbrun, are recently as the mid-1980s, one could categorize American workers into four groups, three of which numbered about thirty million people apiece.  Approximately thirty one million people were involved with non-routine cognitive jobs, often referred to as knowledge work. 

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The Conowingo Dam supplies enough clean energy every day to power 160,000 homes and businesses. But this dam and others have greatly altered the Susquehanna River. Legend has it you could once walk across the river entirely on the backs of migrating shad. Last year, around 8,000 shad made it past the dam, a record low. Only 43 made it all the way to their spawning grounds. Plus, millions of tons of polluted sediment have built up in the reservoir behind the dam. It is now at capacity. Meanwhile, for the first time since 1980, the Conowingo is up for relicensing. Could this be a watershed moment?

  Understanding the issues related to your health.