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Why Rafael Alvarez Calls Baltimore "The Holy Land"

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The writer Rafael Alvarez is a former reporter for The Baltimore Sun.  These days, you’ll still see his byline from time to time in the Sun and many other local publications.  He worked for a while on "The Wire" with his former Sun colleague David Simon, and earlier this year, he published his eighth book. It’s a collection of short stories in which he introduces us to the kind of people and neighborhoods that give Baltimore its unshakable reputation for quirkiness. It’s called Tales from the Holy Land. Rafael Alvarez joins Tom Hall in the studio to talk about it.

This segment originally aired on January 8, 2013.

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