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The First Freddie Gray Trial; Merging Two Churches ; Theater Review; John Barth Exhibit

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 The trial of William Porter – one of six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with the death last April of Freddie Gray – begins today.  A Baltimore attorney and University of Baltimore law professor review the legal issues behind the trial, and preview the defense and prosecution strategies likely to shape the proceedings.

Then, Living Questions, our monthly series on the role of religion in the public sphere:  a conversation with two pastors -- an Episcopal Priest and a Lutheran Minister -- whose North Baltimore congregations decided to merge into one religious community. 

And Tom drops by the Peabody Library to talk with curator Gabrielle Dean about a new exhibit on the acclaimed Maryland novelist  and educator, John Barth.  Theater critic J Wynn Rousuck closes out today's show with a review of “X's and O's,”  the new play at Center Stage about football's destructive violence.