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Crownsville Hospital; Writer Margo Christie On The Block; "Kid Victory"; Machiavelli

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For the first half of the twentieth century, conditions were grim at Maryland’s asylum for mentally ill African Americans near Crownsville in Anne Arundel County. Many of the inmates who died were buried in its small cemetery. Now some students at Howard Community College are taking a close look at those graves, to see what they can teach us about “separate but equal.”

Then, when writer Margo Christie was 16, she began working as a stripper on The Block in downtown Baltimore. She talks with Tom Hall about her novel inspired by her time there, "These Days."

Plus, we ask theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck what’s behind the musical “Kid Victory” at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.

And, it’s seldom a compliment to call someone “Machiavellian.” In a new biography, Johns Hopkins Professor Christopher Celenza tells us why Machiavelli’s ideas have such staying power.