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Thomas D'Alesandro III (1929-2019): A Remembrance

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On Sunday, Thomas D’Alesandro, IIIpassed away at the age of 90.  He was part of a Baltimore-based political dynasty that includes his younger sister, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and a father who served as both Mayor and member of the US Congress. 

Joining Tom to talk about the legacy of ”Young Tommy,” as he came to be known, is Fraser Smith, a former news man at WYPR and a former chief political reporter for the Baltimore Sun.  He was also a columnist for the Maryland Daily Record.

This conversation was livestreamed on WYPR's Facebook Page. Watch the video here, beginning at 42:30 into the feed and concluding at 51:30.


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Peace activist Elizabeth McAlister in 2017.

An update to a story we’ve been following for the past couple of years. Yesterday was the first day of the trial of Elizabeth McAlister and the group of protesters known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7.  They are facing charges in federal court in Georgia for their anti-nuclear protest at the Kings Bay Naval Base in Georgia in April, 2018.  After being arrested at that protest, Liz McAlister and one other protester spent more than a year and a half in jail.  Others were on home detention.  She and her fellow activists face decades in prison, if convicted.  The trial is expected to take about a week.  We’ll keep you posted. 

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