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Monday-Friday from noon-1:00, Tom Hall and his guests are talking about what's on your mind, and what matters most to Marylander's, the latest news, local and national politics, education and the environment, popular culture and the arts, sports and science, race and religion, movies and medicine. We welcome your questions and comments. E-mail us at midday@wypr.org.

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Monday-Friday from noon-1:00, Tom Hall and his guests are talking about what's on your mind, and what matters most to Marylander's, the latest news, local and national politics, education and the environment, popular culture and the arts, sports and science, race and religion, movies and medicine. We welcome your questions and comments. E-mail us at midday@wypr.org.

    'Come And Be Shocked': Examining Baltimore's Identity Through The Lens Of Media

    'Come And Be Shocked': Examining Baltimore's Identity Through The Lens Of Media

    Whose Baltimore do we see on TV and in film? In her new book, historian Dr. Mary Rizzo examines how our city’s long-standing racial and economic divide has influenced the art that comes from here, and how public policy shapes the way artists choose to depict Baltimore in their work. It’s called Come and Be Shocked: Baltimore Beyond John Waters And The Wire. On next Tuesday, Mary Rizzo will be part of the Enoch Pratt Library’s Writer’s Live Series. You can find more information on the Enoch Pratt Library website.

    Dr. Mary Rizzo, is a cultural historian at Rutgers University, who has a special interest in how cities are represented in media and the arts.

    • 27 min
    Midday Newswrap 09.18.20: Jerry Seib On The Week in Politics

    Midday Newswrap 09.18.20: Jerry Seib On The Week in Politics

    It’s the Midday Newswrap, our review of some of the week's top news developments. On Tuesday night, President Trump left the safe cocoon of Fox News and submitted to a nationally broadcast Town Hall meeting on ABC television. At Constitution Hall in Philadelphia, undecided voters and host George Stephanopoulos challenged the President, who often contradicted his own previous statements on a number of issues. At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, the President directly contradicted the testimony of Robert Redfield, the head of the CDC, about the prospects for a vaccine.

    Last night, CNN hosted a drive-in Town Hall with Joe Biden at a minor league baseball field in Scranton, PA. Polls show Biden still in the lead, but the race is tightening.

    Tom's guest for the Newswrap today is Jerry Seib. He’s the Executive Washington Editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and the author of We Should Have Seen it Coming: From Reagan to Trump-A Front Row Seat to a Political Revolution.

    Jerry Seib joins Tom on Zoom.


    A programming note in the world of arts. An Die Musik is a great music venue here in Baltimore, located at 409 N. Charles Street. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, they've been streaming concerts and tonight, they're planning to stream their 100th event. The Hot Club of Baltimore will perform live at 7pm.

    For more information and tickets to the event, click here.

    • 22 min
    Robert Reich's "The System": Fixing Our Rigged Economy

    Robert Reich's "The System": Fixing Our Rigged Economy

    Tom's guest for the hour today is Robert B. Reich. He’s a busy and distinguished guy. He served in three administrations, including as Labor Secretary during Bill Clinton’s presidency. He’s a professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, a columnist for Newsweek and The Guardian, an award-winning filmmaker, the founder of the non-profit educational enterprise called Inequality Media, and a frequent presence on television and in the blogosphere.

    He’s also the author of 18 books, the latest of which is called The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It. It's a kind of open letter to Jamie Dimon, the CEO of the largest bank on Wall Street, JP Morgan Chase. Dimon is also the Chair of the Business Roundtable, a group of nearly 200 of the nation’s most powerful and influential CEOs. Mr. Dimon and his fellow bankers were largely responsible for the economic catastrophe that gripped the US and the world in 2008, in which the total net worth of American households dropped by $11 trillion dollars.

    The net worth of Mr. Dimon has not suffered at all, nor has his influence in the halls of Congress. Robert Reich asserts that Dimon and his fellow members of the Business Roundtable should use their outsized influence to create a society in which no group of people or corporation is as rich and powerful as they currently are.

    The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, was published in March by Alfred A. Knopf.

    Tom's conversation with Robert Reich was pre-recorded via Zoom, so we aren’t taking calls today, but comments via email and Twitter are welcome.

    • 49 min
    MK Asante On Education, The Election, And The Experiences of Black American Youth

    MK Asante On Education, The Election, And The Experiences of Black American Youth

    MK Asante is the author of the critically acclaimed 2014 memoir 'Buck,' which traces his rise from North Philly hustler to distinguished professor.

    Six years on, he remains on the cutting edge of how people are telling the story of the Black experience in America.

    In his latest endeavor as the host and executive producer of two Snapchat original series: While Black and Free Tuition, Asante harnesses social media to create a forum for Black youth to discuss the issues of their day including, police brutality, politics, and education.

    • 49 min
    Bob Wallace, Independent For Baltimore Mayor

    Bob Wallace, Independent For Baltimore Mayor

    There are 49 days to go until the November 3rd elections. Among the many contests voters will be deciding will be the race for Baltimore mayor. In addition to Brandon Scott, the Democratic nominee, and Shannon Wright, the Republican, voters will also have a Working Class Party candidate, David Harding, and a former Republican who is running as an independent, Baltimore businessman Bob Wallace. The 63-year old Cherry Hill native, who founded and runs three local companies, says he’s running to become Baltimore's "mayor-preneur," and to give Baltimoreans a real choice in leadership after a half-century of Democrat control of City Hall.

    Today, Bob Wallace joins Tom for the hour on Zoom to discuss his independent mayoral campaign, in another of our continuing series of Conversations with the Candidates. We also welcome calls, emails and tweets from listeners with comments and questions for Mr. Wallace.

    • 49 min
    America’s Racial Wealth Gap: The Fight For Equity In Business And Housing

    America’s Racial Wealth Gap: The Fight For Equity In Business And Housing

    Economic assistance to Black-owned businesses has lagged far behind the help given to White firms. The Baltimore Business Journal reports that 600 businesses in predominantly Black areas of Baltimore received forgivable loans in the Payroll Protection Program. But only 45 were minority owned.

    Tom speaks with Diane Bell-McKoy, President and CEO of Associated Black Charities; and Andre Perry, a Brookings scholar and the author of, Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities.

    • 49 min

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