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Oct 3, 2016

Is Donald Trump's candidacy an aberration?   Not if you look at recent political history.  The Republican primary voters who helped Mr. Trump win the party's US presidential nomination have many antecedents in American and European politics.   Tom's guest today has written a book that traces the history of populism as a political movement, from Huey Long in Louisiana in the 1930s, through George Wallace’s run for President in 1968, through Donald Trump’s persistent candidacy -- which appears to have a base of support larger than almost anyone imagined when he began his run for the White House in the summer of 2015.

The author  suggests that the ground Trump is tilling became fertile during the financial crisis of 2008-2009, and that the populism of the left, with figures such as Bernie Sanders, grew out of this same soil.   The book is called The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics.  The author is John Judis, who lives in Silver Spring, and who joins Tom this afternoon in Studio A.

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Mercury. Today we think of it as a dangerous poison, but during the Civil War, medicinal mercury was used in varied forms to treat many illnesses. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s annual conference this week reminds us that what we know about health care today is shaped by the past. We’ll also hear about a syndrome affecting Civil War soldiers and veterans; with symptoms like rapid heart rate and tunnel vision, a medical historian tells us it looked a lot like what we now call post-traumatic stress disorder.

Soups and Wine

Oct 2, 2016

As the weather begins to chill, Tony and Chef Cindy talk about soups and the challenge of matching them with wine. We hear from Eva Dehlinger of Dehlinger Winery about her favorite soup and wine pairings

On the September edition of Choral Arts Classics, Tom talks to composer and musicologist Ray Sprenkle about Gabriel Fauré's beloved Requiem.

Coppin State University

There are approximately 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States. Many were established to educate African-Americans following the civil war and continued to prosper during an era when white institutions refused to admit black students. At one point, HBCUs were responsible for educating 80 percent of black college grads. When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed, it opened the doors for students of color to attend predominately white colleges and HBCU enrollment declined.  Now, many HBCUs are seeing a surge in enrollment and experts say the Black Lives Matter movement and increased attention to racial tension on predominately white campuses could be behind the enrollment trend.

Photo by Tim Prendergast

The gypsy-jazz band Hot Club of Baltimore joins Tom in the studio for a live session, playing a couple of tunes from the songbook of the legendary Django Reinhardt.  Hot Club Baltimore is a four-year-old local trio that includes Michael Joseph Harris and Sami Arefin on acoustic guitars and Eddie Hrybyk (pr. RYE-bik) on upright bass. They'll join a roster of 50+ top local bands, soloists and singers at this weekend's first-ever Baltimore JazzFest, a free event inspired by Baltimore JazzAlliance founder Barry Glassman and produced by current BJA President Ian Rashkin.  Baltimore JazzFest is happening Saturday, October 1st, from noon to 8:30pm at Druid Hill Park.  Rain or shine. Click here for more information.

Baltimore City government

Baltimore’s Civilian Review Board aims to provide a check on police misconduct by allowing citizen representatives to review the public’s complaints against police. Last month, the Justice Department’s report noted the board’s effectiveness was limited by a lack of resources. We speak to Kisha Brown, director of Baltimore City's Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement, which oversees the CRB, and Keisha Allen, chair of the board, about how the board investigates complaints and the obstacles it faces.

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Catherine Collinson recently spoke before the Senate Committee on Aging and state of retirement security in America.

On Wednesday, September 28th, Congress finally approved long-delayed funding to fight the Zika epidemic.  What will that one-point-one billion dollar measure mean for the battle against  the mosquito borne disease in MD?  Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joins Tom Hall  for our monthly Healthwatch segment.  She’ll have an update on the status of local control efforts.

Other topics today include how the city plans to use a new 5-million dollar federal grant to help West Baltimore communities traumatized by the violence of the 2015 uprising.   And Dr. Wen notes the second HealthyBaltimore 2020 conversation planned for Thursday evening, from 6-8pm, at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. These townhall meetings are an opportunity for city residents to learn more about the city's new strategy for bringing more equitable health and wellness services to Baltimorians before the end of the decade. Check out the event site www.hb2020.com for details