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Jamyla Krempel

Digital Producer

Jamyla came to us from Delmarva Public Radio, where she was a reporter and local host for All Things Considered.  Thanks to funding from local foundations and members of the WYPR Board of Directors, she's helping us produce "The Lines Between Us." At Delmarva Public Radio, Jamyla was awarded "2011 Best News Series" by the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association for her look at racial inequality in Somerset County’s government, and she's covered redistricting, same-sex marriage, and the depictions of minorities on television.  She also led an NPR-guided revamp of the Delmarva Public Radio website.

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Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews The Interrobang Theatre Company's production of "Leveling Up." The show continues at the Mercury Theater in Baltimore through November 16.

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Hours after the votes were counted this week, Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan Jr. promised a bipartisan approach saying "It doesn't matter to me whether you're Republican or Democrat...we're all going to work together, roll up our sleeves, and work in a bipartisan fashion reaching across the aisle." Sounds great, but the General Assembly is still controlled by Democrats, big majorities in both houses.  How is their agenda going to mesh-- or not--with Governor Hogan’s? To start understanding the new dynamic in Annapolis, we’ve invited two leaders in the House of Delegates.  First, House speaker Mike Busch joins us on the line, then we hear from Republican Whip Kathy Szeliga.

Ann Hornaday, movie critic for The Washington Post and Jed Dietz, director of the Maryland Film Festival, join Tom to tell us about the latest films to check out. 


Poet and novelist Baron Wormser grew up in Baltimore in the 1960s.  He tells Tom Hall what those years taught him about race and politics, which he discusses in his new novel "Teach Us That Peace." It is set in Baltimore in 1962 and 1963, and it tells the story of a woman named Susan Mermelstein and her family, as, increasingly, their lives become as turbulent as the historical moment in which they live.  

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Maybe you purchased the pumpkin that’s still on your doorstep or in your windowsill from a local farm. Hundreds of people flock to Maryland farms for pumpkins, hay rides, corn mazes…and soon enough some people may be heading to a tree farm to pick out a Christmas tree. These activities are all part of what’s known as ‘agritourism.' We wanted to take a few moments this morning to learn more about Maryland’s agricultural tourism industry. Mark Powell, Chief of Marketing and Agricultural Development for the Maryland Department of Agriculture joins Sheilah in the studio. 


Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews Grounded, which continues at Everyman Theatre through November 16.

DAR Museum

A quilt is not only a thing of beauty, it’s a key to history – and to the personality of its maker.  From a quilt we might be able to guess at where the maker lived, and her station in life.  We can tell the maker’s favorite color, favorite fabric, favorite designs, and most of all--her artistry--not only her skill with a needle, but also her fine eye.  A new exhibition now up at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Museum in D.C.—and online--seeks to tell us about the ‘maker’ herself.  It’s called “Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland & Virginia,” and features more than 30 quilts made between 1790 and 1850. Alden O’Brien, the exhibit’s curator, joins Sheilah from her office at the DAR Museum. 


American Visionary Art Museum

The American Visionary Art Museum has opened its 20th original exhibition. It’s called "The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster," and Tom's guests are the co-curators of that new show.  Rebecca Hoffberger is the founder and director of AVAM.  She joins Tom in the studio.  Jodi Wille is a filmmaker and publisher who has documented the work of self-taught artists and explored various aspects of American subcultures.  She joins us on the phone from Los Angeles. The exhibition is up until August 30, 2015.

Eric Seymour, Esperanza Center-Catholic Charities of Baltimore

It’s been a year since news reports started covering the large numbers of children crossing the U.S. border from Central American countries. It’s estimated that more than 55,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the border since that time. And since January 2014, more than 2,800 minors have been placed with relatives or new caretakers in Maryland. In July, we examined why these children were coming to Maryland and we looked at the options that were on the table to house them. But now we want to ask what’s the next step for these children who are living in the state?

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J. Wynn Rousuck reviews the musical Next to Normal, which continues at Center Stage through November 16. 

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This morning, we begin a series called 'Living Questions,' a monthly series of conversations about issues surrounding religion, theology and ethics. We’re partnering with the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, an organization that for nearly 30 years has worked to cultivate religious literacy and inter-faith understanding. Joining Tom in the studio is Dr. Homayra Ziad, Dr. Benjamin Sax and Dr. Heather Miller Rubens.

Richard Anderson

It started as a show called Feeling Electric. In 1998, when the playwright and lyricist Brian Yorkey saw a TV news story about electroconvulsive therapy, he suggested it as the topic of a brief musical to his friend and fellow Columbia University student, Tom Kitt.  They wrote a draft of a musical inspired by the story for a musical theater workshop in New York. Ten years later, it arrived off-Broadway, where it promptly failed. That’s usually the end of the story for musicals, but it wasn’t for this one, which evolved into a hit show called Next to Normal, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010, and in 2011, was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, winning three. David Schweitzer is an internationally acclaimed director of plays, musicals and opera who has returned to Center Stage with a new production of Next to Normal. He joins Tom in the studio, along with  a member of this engaging and compelling cast, Kally Duling. She plays the role of Natalie.

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It’s been three months since leadership in Baltimore City’s Liquor License Board was overhauled. Former city circuit court judge Thomas Ward was appointed as Chairman of the Board, which is a state agency funded in the City budget. Governor Martin O’Malley appointed attorney Dana P. Moore to be one of the three commissioners, and retired City Circuit Court Judge Thomas Ward to be commissioner and chair.  The third commissioner, Harvey Jones, stayed. Sheilah spoke with Chairman Ward yesterday and he said before he was appointed, he was ‘out of touch with what was happening’ with the Board. We hear more from him, and from Fern Shen, editor of Baltimore Brew. Also in the studio is Becky Witt, attorney with the Community Law Center. She also blogs about the Liquor Board at their blog, “Booze News.” 

Crofton Maryland History Facebook page

If I ask you, “What was the first planned community in Maryland?” more than likely the first place that comes to your mind is: Columbia. Residents began moving into Columbia’s 10 villages in 1967. But, there is a planned community that predates Columbia. People began calling Crofton home in 1964.

"I Love Lucy: Live on Stage"

Tom Hall and J. Wynn Rousuck discuss the Hippodrome's production of "I Love Lucy: Live on Stage."

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Those Old Bay chips aren't just for snacking! In honor of Old Bay's 75th anniversary, Chef Sascha Wolhandler, co-owner of Sascha's 527 Cafe, tells us how to spice up crab dishes. 

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We’re just two and a half weeks from Election Day.  Just as voters across the state are choosing a new executive, voters in some counties are choosing new executive leadership. This morning we’re going to focus on races in Frederick County – which is putting into effect an entirely new form of government – and in Anne Arundel County. WYPR reporter Kenneth Burns joins Sheilah in the studio. And, with us on the line from his office at the Frederick News-Post is Cliff Cumber, the News-Post’s Editorial Page Editor.

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Well, for a while, we held out the hope that tomorrow would be a day for Orioles baseball. The Kansas City Royals had different ideas, so there won't be a game tomorrow. But that's not to say that Camden Yards won't still be a busy place. The 14th Annual Baltimore Running Festival kicks off at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning with a full marathon, followed by a Half Marathon that launches from the Inner Harbor at 8:45 a.m.

University of Maryland BioPark

In proton radiation therapy, protons deliver precise beams of radiation to a tumor. The first cancer patient received proton therapy in the 1950s, but only in the 1990s did the therapy make its way into a hospital. Advocates of proton therapy say that it can minimize side effects and that it offers hope to patients who have few or no treatment options left.  Proton centers are opening around the country, and in a year, a proton center will open here in Baltimore at the University of Maryland BioPark. Minesh Mehta, the medical director of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center joins Sheilah by phone. We also hear from Dr. Mehta's patient Daryl Marciszewski, who received proton therapy in Chicago. 

Everyman Theatre

Megan Anderson is a member of the resident company of the Everyman Theatre in Baltimore.  Recently named “Best Actress” by the Baltimore City Paper, she is starring in Everyman’s latest production, the Baltimore premiere of "Grounded," by George Brant. It’s a ripped-from-the-headlines affair about a former F-16 pilot who is now flying drones from a remote location in Nevada.  It’s also a tour-de-force for Megan Anderson, or any actor, for that matter, as she is the one and only actor in the play.  "Grounded" is in previews tonight and tomorrow.  It opens at the Everyman Theatre on Friday.


Although City Offices are closed today, one person likely to be working anyway is Eric Costello.  He’s just completed his first week as the city councilman representing Baltimore’s 11th District,  which includes Mount Vernon, Druid Heights, Poppleton and Federal Hill.

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Teachers, education advocates, even the White House champion STEM education, and its role in creating a competitive U.S. workforce. But how do we ensure that the next generation of scientists, technology professionals, engineers and mathematicians is diverse? Sheilah is joined in the studio by Keisha Reed, digital strategist and contributor to the website Technical.ly Baltimore.

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Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "Venus in Fur" at Rep Stage in Columbia. The production runs through October 19.

Friends of Great Kids Farm

Good food grown by great kids. Tom Hall visits Great Kids Farm on Route 40 in Catonsville.  The farm is part of the Baltimore City Schools.   When he visited the farm a couple of years ago, food from the farm was available in about 14 schools. This year, the salad bars of nearly 60 schools will feature produce grown at the farm by students, under the tutelage of a farm educator, a farm chef, and farm manager Greg Strella, who joins Tom at the farm. Tom also speaks with Chrissa Carlson, the executive director of the Friends of Great Kids Farm. DeAndre 'Dre' Lloyd is a senior at Edmondson-Westside High School and he tells us about his experience growing and learning about the produce.

Henry Kay, Maryland Transit Administration

The latest obstacle on the road to the $2.9 billion “Red Line” light rail project is a lawsuit filed by 25 plaintiffs who own 20 properties on North Freemont Avenue in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Poppleton.  Plans call for a tunnel under their houses.   

The 14 mile project will run from East Baltimore out to parts of Baltimore County. The plaintiffs filed suit in Baltimore City Circuit Court.  They contend the plans for a tunnel have made their properties  worthless. They’re asking for $22 million in damages and an injunction to stop the state from going forward with the project. 

Bryan P. Sears, The Daily Record’s business writer, covered the lawsuit last week.  He joins Sheilah in the studio.  

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Sorry we don't have the audio for you today, due to technical difficulties we were not able to archive this segment. We'll be back on November 7 with more movies!

Ann Hornaday, movie critic for The Washington Post and Jed Dietz, director of the Maryland Film Festival, join Tom to tell us about the latest films to check out. 

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Today, Maryland becomes the 18th state, plus the District of Columbia, to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Decriminalize, not legalize.  People found to be in possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less will get a citation and a civil fine instead of a criminal penalty.

On Tuesday, Sheilah spoke with Greg Shipley, director of communications for the Maryland State Police, to understand how this new law will change one police force. Then, we hear from Rachelle Yeung, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates for drug reform and tracks marijuana policies across the U.S.

Chesapeake Center for Youth Development

Hundreds, if not thousands, of teenagers in the Baltimore region are essentially raising themselves, with parents too pre-occupied to provide the support they need, hit with pressure to get immersed in crime, or drugs or truancy. Dozens of human-services organizations are trying to help, but they face challenges, also – to find the revenue to support what they do, to coordinate with government agencies as policies and theories change.

So it makes sense to just stop for a few minutes and salute a non-profit that has been working with at-risk youth for forty years.  The Chesapeake Center for Youth Development was founded in 1974 – and for more than 30 years of those four decades, Ivan Leshinsky has been at its head. Leshinsky joins Sheilah in the studio.


Jess Row's debut novel, "Your Face in Mine," is set in Baltimore and the settings around town in which this provocative story take place will no doubt be familiar.

So will some of the people, including a few employees of a local public radio station.  What won’t be familiar is the imaginative premise of this very insightful novel. One of the protagonists, Martin Lipkin, is white and Jewish.  Before the novel begins, he has self- diagnosed himself with what he calls Racial Identity Dysphoria Syndrome, and he has undergone racial reassignment surgery to become African American.  As his story is revealed, author Jess Row tackles the issues of racial identity, white privilege, and the notion of starting your life over again as a completely new person.  Mr. Row will be talking about his book tomorrow night at Red Emma’s bookstore.  He joins Tom Hall by phone from New York.

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For some, Alan Alda will always be Hawkeye Pierce, the sarcastic but tender-hearted surgeon bedeviling his U.S. army superiors during the Korean War.  The final episode of season 11 of M*A*S*H in 1983, which Alda directed as well as starred in, was the most-watched television broadcast ever until the 2010 SuperBowl.