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What Are You Reading?

Last Friday of each Month at 4:44 pm

Tom Hall hosts What Are You Reading?, a show where authors and others recommend books that they’re currently enjoying. On the last Friday of the month at 4:44 p.m., during All Things Considered, Tom will find out what’s on bedside tables and loaded onto e-readers across Maryland and beyond.

What Are You Reading? is made possible by the Ivy Bookshop.

Tom talks with Midday Producer Kathleen Cahill.

D. Watkins

Jul 26, 2019


Tom talks with the author and Salon.com columnist D. Watkins. 

Kurt Schmoke

Jun 28, 2019

Tom talks with Kurt Schmoke, the president of the University of Baltimore.

Morgan Hikaru Ome

May 23, 2019

Tom talks with Johns Hopkins News-Letter Editor-in-Chief Morgan Hikaru Ome.

Grace Cavalieri

Apr 26, 2019
Tony Lewis

Tom talks with the Poet Laureate of Maryland, Grace Cavalieri.

Grace is recommending:

In My Mind’s Eye: A Thought Diary by Jan Morris

Times Alone: Selected Poems of Antonio Machado

Alec MacGillis

Mar 29, 2019

Tom talks with Pro Publica investigative reporter Alec MacGillis.

Dr. Stanford Carpenter

Feb 21, 2019

Tom talks with the cultural anthropologist Dr. Stanford Carpenter. 

Dr. Carpenter is recommending two comics/graphic novels:

"I Am Alfonso Jones" by Tony Medina, with artists Stacey Robinson and John Jennings

"Destroyer" by Victor LaValle, with art by Dietrich Smith

Dr. Jannette Dates

Jan 25, 2019

Tom talks with Howard University Dean Emerita Dr. Jannette Dates. Dr. Dates is recommending:

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

and The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Cianna Greaves

Dec 21, 2018
Sanford Greene

Tom talks with WYPR Producer Cianna Greaves. 

Cianna is recommending:

Bitter Root # 1; a comic book collection

Writer: David F. Walker, Chuck Brown

Artist/Cover: Sanford Greene

Variant Cover: Mike Mignola, Denys Cowan and Brittney Williams

James Patterson

Nov 23, 2018

Tom talks with best-selling author James Patterson. James is recommending:

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

Fear by Bob Woodward. 

James’ latest book is Target.

Kwame Alexander

Oct 26, 2018

Tom talks with Kwame Alexander, the best-selling poet, author, educator and publisher. 

Kwame recommends:

Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

The Day You Begin, a children’s book, by Jaqueline Woodson

Kwame’s latest book is Swing (co-authored with Mary Rand Hess)

Heidi Daniel

Sep 28, 2018

Tom talks with Heidi Daniel, the President and CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Heidi recommends:

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Sean Yoes

Aug 28, 2018

Tom talks with Sean Yoes of the Afro American Newspaper. 

Sean is recommending:

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo by Zora Neale Hurston

Sean is the author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories from One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.

Jennifer Palmieri

Jul 27, 2018
Andrew Duncan

Tom talks with Jennifer Palmieri, the former Director of Communications in the Obama White House and for the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign. 

Jennifer is recommending:

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

The Courting of Marcus Dupree by Willie Morris 

Jennifer Palmieri is the author of Dear Madame President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World.

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn

Jun 19, 2018

Tom talks with Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, the Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Jeff is recommending:

Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry by Paul Goldberger

Black Chalk by Christopher Yates

Tom Pelton

May 25, 2018

Tom talks with Environment in Focus Host Tom Pelton.

Tom recommends: 

"Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser

"From the Bottom Up" by Chad Pregracke

David Yaffe

Apr 27, 2018
Ellen M. Blalock

Tom talks with Syracuse University Professor David Yaffe.

David recommends: 

Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides.

The Bostonians by Henry James.

David’s latest book is Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell.

Dr. Sheri Parks

Mar 22, 2018

Tom talks with University of Maryland Professor Dr. Sheri Parks.

Sheri is recommending:

Digging to America by Anne Tyler

In the Midst of Winter, by Isabel Allende

Dr. Miho Tanaka

Feb 23, 2018

Tom talks with Dr. Miho Tanaka, an Orthopedic Surgeon and the Director of the Johns Hopkins Women’s Sports Medicine Program.

Miho is recommending:

How the Mighty Fall And Why Some Companies Never Give In by Jim Collins.  You can find the book here

Elizabeth Strout

Jan 26, 2018

Tom talks with Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Elizabeth Strout.

Elizabeth is recommending:

The Collected Stories of William Trevor

Dr. Terry Anne Scott

Dec 29, 2017

Tom talks with Dr. Terry Anne Scott of Hood College

Terry recommends:

Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody

Booker T. Washington In American Memory by Kenneth Hamilton

Jamyla Krempel

Nov 22, 2017

Tom talks with WYPR’s Digital Producer, Jamyla Krempel.

Jamyla recommends Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott. 

Milton Kent

Oct 26, 2017

Tom talks with Sports at Large host and Morgan State University faculty member Milton Kent.

Milton recommends: 

Do I Make Myself Clear: Why Writing Well Matters by Harold Evans

Little White Lies by Ace Atkins (a continuation of the Spenser series by Robert B. Parker)

Mark Hyman

Sep 22, 2017

Tom talks with Author and George Washington University Professor Mark Hyman

Mark is recommending:

A Well-Paid Slave:  Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports by Brad Snyder

The Streak:  Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball's Most Historic Record by John Eisenberg

Bridget Armstrong

Aug 25, 2017

Tom talks with WYPR’s Bridget Armstrong, Midday Producer

Bridget is recommending:

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Rob Sivak

Jul 28, 2017

Tom talks with WYPR’s Rob Sivak, the Senior Producer of Midday. 

Rob is recommending:

Earth by David Brin. You can find it here

Meg Eden

May 26, 2017

Tom talks with the poet and novelist Meg Eden. 

Meg Eden is recommending:

Karma Khullar’s Mustache by Kristi Wientge

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Meg’s new novel (coming in June 2017) is called Post High School Reality Quest. Learn more here

Senator Barbara Mikulski

Apr 28, 2017

Tom talks with former Senator Barbara Mikulski.

Sen. Mikulski is recommending:

"No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II" by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Dr. Leana Wen

Mar 31, 2017

Tom talks with Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen.

Dr. Wen is recommending:

Jayne Miller

Feb 24, 2017

Tom talks with WBAL TV’s Jayne Miller.