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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 her continuing campaign against opioid painkiller abuse, and her participation  last week with other Baltimore community leaders in a White House meeting on the city's social and economic resurgence.

And Dr. Wen talks with Tom about the obesity threat posed by sugary drinks, and her support for pending City Council legislation requiring warning signs to be posted wherever sugar-sweetened beverages are sold. For more information about the proposal to require warnings about sugary drinks, click here.

Single Carrot Theatre

The Single Carrot Theatre is currently running a breathtaking performance of Midlife, a play discussing the difficult changes of life. Three local directors, Katie Hileman, of the The Interrobang Theatre Company, Evan Moritz, of the Annex Theatre, and Genevieve de Mahy, of Single Carrot Theatre, are stepping onto the stage as actors in this intimate display of a fight against time. Katie, Evan, and Genevieve join Tom in-studio to discuss the show's development and the theater scene in Baltimore. 

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In the world of Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere,” there are talking rats, duplicitous angels and immortal assassins.

Most of the action takes place below ground in the London sewers and subway, or “tube.” The supernatural goings-on include a girl who can walk through doors -- where there are no doors.

With so much imaginative material, you might expect the theatrical adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel to take its own leaps of fantasy. But ambitious as Cohesion Theatre Company’s efforts may be, in many respects, director Brad Norris’ production and playwright Robert Kauzlaric’s script are too literal an interpretation of the book  (a book that was, itself, adapted from Gaiman’s BBC-TV series).

Bob Mooney, Melissa McGlynn

Literature lovers in Chestertown are gearing up for their 2nd annual Bloomsday, a celebration of Irish writer James Joyce’s seminal 1922 novel, Ulysses.  Bloomsday is named after the Blooms, the story's protagonist family. 

The novel takes place on June 16, 1904 and every year on that day literature fans and Joyce lovers around the world convene to mark the occasion with dramatic readings, discussions, food and drink.  Melissa McGlynn is an actress who will be performing an iconic passage from the novel known as "Molly Bloom’s Soliloquy" during the Bloomsday festivities.  Bob Mooney is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Washington College. He’ll be leading a discussion of the novel.  They both join Tom from Washington College in Chestertown to discuss the significance of Ulysses and what people can look forward to on Bloomsday. 


Jun 12, 2016
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  Tony and Chef Cindy discuss Picnics.

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Zymurgy. Trub. Wort. All words related to the art of making beer. Just ask anyone at this week’s National Homebrewers Conference in Baltimore. More than a million Americans now brew their own beer. Some are purists, sticking to traditional ales and lagers. Some dabble in odd ingredients: cucumber, cilantro, even doughnuts. Some use high-tech automated machines; others make magic with little more than a bucket and a hose. Why, in an age of great craft beer, are more and more people making their own suds? This hour, we’ll wet our whistles with two homebrewing experts. Be it sour, session, malt or stout, we’ll talk about the quest for the tastiest draft.


The Accountability Index is our monthly conversation with reporters from the Baltimore Brew examining fiscal and policy accountability in state and local government. 

The Baltimore Development Corporation has been holding closed meetings to discuss plans to transform Port Covington into a public space that will house the Under Armour headquarters. The site will be developed with help from a $535 million TIF or tax increment financing.  The BDC meetings are subject to open meetings laws and while the BDC says portions of the meetings are allowed to be closed to "discuss the marketing of public securities," critics say the closed meetings are a violation of the law.  Mark Reutter, senior editor and reporter for the Baltimore Brew, joins Tom in-studio to discuss why the BDC meetings have been closed and why it matters. 

Steve Raabe

Steve Raabe is the founder and president of OpinionWorks, a research organization based in Annapolis. OpinionWorks conducted polls during Baltimore's recent mayoral primary race; the poll accurately projected Senator Catherine Pugh's winning margin. 

Steve joins Tom in-studio to discuss how election polling influences a voter's choice of candidate, how polling has changed with technology and how trustworthy polls differ from unscientific guesswork.

Jason Gillman

It is the season of love here in Baltimore as the classic play Love Letters by A.R. Gurney takes the stage at the Hippodrome Theatre. Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw, stars of the 1970 film, Love Story, rekindle old flames in this charming story of an artist and a lawyer who fall in love through pen and paper.  Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom in-studio to give her take on this tale of distant lovers.

Photo courtesy Anne Watts

Boister is a Baltimore band with an international profile that defies categories. The band can always be counted on to produce albums and performances that are intriguing and packed full of unexpected delights.  Anne Watts, who fronts the 8-piece band, writes all the group's songs. Their latest album is Cast a Net, and it features the vocal and instrumental contributions of Posie Lewis, Anne's 18 year-old daughter.  Posie and Anne join Tom in the studio to talk about Boister's unique musical style, and the joys of pursuing a family tradition.