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John Cleese

Jan 17, 2017

The Minister of Silly Walks is coming to Baltimore. Well, he’s not actually the minister, he’s just an hilariously officious bureaucrat. John Cleese, of Monty Python, of "Fawlty Towers," of the movie “A Fish Called Wanda” and much, much more will be in Baltimore Tuesday for the Baltimore Speakers Series presented by Stevenson University. He joins us by phone. 

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Intricately carved ostrich eggs. A life-size Gummy bear self-portrait. A giant mosaic made of toast. These are just a few examples of the artwork that makes up the current exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum. It’s titled “Yummm! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food,” and AVAM Director Rebecca Hoffberger is here to tell us about it.

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Are you a glass half-full or half-empty person?

If you’re an Orioles fan, your answer to that question based off the news of last week, may be determined by whether you take a long or short term view.

In the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump we’re discussing the legacy of President Barack Obama. Sheri Parks and E.R Shipp join Tom to review some of President Obama’s most poignant moments. How has the president used empathy to shape conversations around contentious issues like gun control, race, and policing?

Plus, an exploration of First Lady Michelle Obama's time in the White House.

Dr. Sheri Parks is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park and author of Fierce Angels: Living with a Legacy from the Sacred Dark Feminine to the Strong Black Woman.

E.R. Shipp is a Pulitzer Prize winning commentator, columnist for the Baltimore Sun and Associate Professor and Journalist in Residence in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University.

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The Afro newspaper is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. We mark the milestone by sitting down with Afro publisher Jake Oliver, to discuss a series he edited drawing on the weekly’s coverage of presidential inaugurations from Teddy Roosevelt through Lyndon Johnson. How did the black community view these new presidents, and what role did blacks play as they took office? How did the tension between being invited and being included evolve?

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On today's episode, Chef Wolf and Tony talk Chianti, white and black truffles, and Tony tells us about his recent trip to Italy.

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The city of Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice just signed a document that could drastically re-shape how the city’s police do their work. The long-awaited consent decree agreement grows out of a scathing review of police activities by the Justice Department. The Department’s 14-month investigation decried years of what it called discriminatory and unconstitutional policing that disproportionately affects African-Americans. 

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We begin today's show with an update on the Consent Decree, signed Thursday between Baltimore City and the U.S. Department of Justice,  from WYPR Metro Reporter Kenny Burns, who tells us what the agreement to reform the Baltimore Police Department actually requires and what it will mean for policing policies and practices going forward. 

"The Jungle"

Jan 12, 2017

In 1906, Upton Sinclair causes an uproar when he publishes his book "The Jungle," a shocking expose of the conditions in the meat packing industry. 

A new program offers a twist on traditional teacher mentoring groups. The Teacher Exchange pairs new teachers with the ultimate critics - students. Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields is a recipient of a 2016 Open Society Institute Baltimore community fellowship. For the next year and a half he will be working on his project at Coppin Academy, a public charter high school in Baltimore.