WYPR Programs

Toby Bozzuto - 7/19/16

Jul 19, 2016

As President and Chief Executive Officer of The Bozzuto Group, Toby Bozzuto is responsible for providing strategic as well as day-to-day leadership for the company and its nearly 2,000 employees, in addition to helping guide future growth for all four of the company’s operating businesses - Bozzuto Development, Bozzuto Construction, Bozzuto Management and Bozzuto Homes.

Toby joined The Bozzuto Group in 2001, in 2007 was named Partner, and in 2013 was named President. He previously worked with J.P. Morgan Chase's Real Estate Debt Group, and was also a financial analyst with Columbia National Real Estate Finance.

July 19, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Rachel Armistead and Summer Sauerkraut

A few weeks ago, when I was in Paris, I checked out Brasserie Lipp, the celebrated Alsatian bistro in Saint Germaine de Pres.  And of course, front and center was their famous choucroute garni... which is French for fancy sauerkraut.  As it happens, we know a lady  from here in Maryland who is a sauerkraut maven:  Rachel Armistead, from a tiny place called The Sweet Farm in Frederick has started a cottage industry making the tangy stuff.

Five years ago, uprisings in Egypt, Libya, and other Arab countries seemed to herald a transformation of the region’s politics. Today, the Middle East has devolved into failed states and proxy wars, while ISIS has seized vast territory and inspired terror across the globe. What went wrong? Was the Arab Spring a failure or a flash point in the long-term struggle for democratic change? Political scientist Marc Lynch argues that the United States would make a mistake if it defaulted to the imagined stability of authoritarian regimes. Marc Lynch joins Midday to discuss the balance of power in the Middle East, the devastation of Syria, and why Islamic extremism is growing. His latest book is "The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East".

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Leather created by microbes. Bacteria genetically engineered to prevent malaria. In community labs around the world, a growing number of amateur scientists with little academic background are learning the ins and outs of biotechnology. Like computer hackers before them, they hope to democratize a complex technology. What are they working on? Is it risky to let amateurs tinker with the code of life? Or should we all learn these skills as biotechnology increasingly alters our everyday lives? 

Ron Legler 7-15-16

Jul 18, 2016

Tom talks with Ron Legler, President of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center about what’s hot on Broadway and what’s coming to the Hippodrome in the 2016-17 season. 

Liz Copeland


The Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland today. After blocking an attempt by anti-Trump insurgents to unbind the delegate votes, party officials will convene to declare Donald Trump the official Republican presidential nominee. Last week, Trump chose Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his running mate.

Earlier this year, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford both said they would not be voting for or endorsing Trump

Liz Copeland is the president and founder of Urban Conservative Project, a self-described "coalition of moderate Republicans, conservative Democrats, and Independents." Copeland was a candidate in the Republican Primary for the First District Baltimore City Council seat. She joins Tom in the studio to talk about the down-ticket implications of a Donald Trump candidacy, and what some political analysts have called the “battle for the soul of the Republican Party.”    

Marian House

There are an estimated 2,500 people experiencing homelessness in Baltimore according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. According to some advocates for the homeless, that number could go up due to recent funding changes from HUD. 

In May, HUD decided to discontinue grants to 19 of 21 Baltimore-based homeless services providers. The cuts are part of an overall move by HUD to shift support away from transitional housing towards permanent housing solutions.   Marian House is one of the 19 programs affected by the cuts. In addition to providing shelter, the transitional housing program offers rehabilitation services, life skills training, job readiness and employment assistance to women and children experiencing homelessness.  Katie Allston is the Executive Director of Marian House. Jan Mitchell is an alumna of the program. They join Tom in-studio to talk about why transitional housing programs are important and how the recent cuts will impact Marian House. 

Photo by Seth Freeman, CATF 2016

For this week's review, our theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck traveled, as she has every year for more than two decades, to Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, host for the annual Contemporary American Theater Festival.  For the Festival's 2016 season, five new plays are being staged in a rotating repertory:   pen/man/ship, by Christina Anderson; Not Medea, by Allison Gregory; The Wedding Gift, by Chisa Hutchinson; 20th Century Blues, by Susan Miller; and The Second Girl, by Ronan Noone.  Notable this year is that four of the five plays are by women playwrights; three of the plays are having their world premieres.  

J. Wynn Rousuck talks with host Tom Hall about some of the standout features of this repertory feast.

[Full disclosure from J. Wynn Rousuck: She and playwright Christina Anderson were fellow students in the graduate playwriting program at Brown University in 2007-2008.]

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We’ll start with a round-up of political headlines: Enoch Pratt CEO Carla Hayden confirmed as head of the Library Congress; an update on the Maryland U.S. Senate race, and a look at the Democratic and Republican party platforms. We’ll talk with the Baltimore Sun’s John Fritze. Then, Congressman Elijah Cummings, chair of the Democrats’ platform committee, discusses some of its planks - which include criminal-justice reforms, a $15 minimum wage and free in-state tuition at public colleges.

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Dr. Leana Wen is Baltimore City’s Health Commissioner, and she joins us here on Maryland Morning each month for our Healthwatch segment -- conversations about issues affecting the health and well-being of Charm City residents.

In today's program, Dr. Wen talks with Tom about the national epidemic of gun violence, much of it involving young people, and why her campaign to combat this scourge has become such an urgent public health challenge. Dr. Wen made a similar case in her presentation at last month's 5th National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence, held here in Baltimore. 

Dr. Wen  laments US Congressional failure in recent legislation to increase funding for opioid addiction treatment programs.  She also describes the steps the city is taking to protect against the Zika virus.

And with temperatures in Baltimore soaring into the 90s this week, Dr. Wen has some important advice for staying safe during the heat wave.