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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.

    New WYPR Poll Shows Races For Baltimore Mayor & Comptroller Coming Down To The Wire

    New WYPR Poll Shows Races For Baltimore Mayor & Comptroller Coming Down To The Wire

    A poll that was commissioned by WYPR, The Baltimore Sun and the University of Baltimore indicate that all three city wide races in Baltimore are close, with perhaps as many as one in five voters yet to make up their minds. WYPR City Hall reporter, Emily Sullivan and Tom look behind the numbers.

    • 14 min
    Bakari Sellers's New Book Examines The Post-Traumatic Stress Of Being Black In America

    Bakari Sellers's New Book Examines The Post-Traumatic Stress Of Being Black In America

    Bakari Sellers made history in 2006, when at the age of 22, he was elected to the South Carolina legislature, becoming the youngest elected African American official in the country.

    Growing up in the rural south, Sellers father, Cleveland Sellers, was a civil rights activist who worked with Martin Luther King and other civil rights icons.

    In his new memoir, My Vanishing Country, Bakari Sellers writes that he sees his life as an extension of his father’s journey, writing compellingly about the particular challenges of small town Black communities that are far from the glare of urban centers.

    • 35 min
    Thiru Vignarajah, Democrat for Baltimore Mayor

    Thiru Vignarajah, Democrat for Baltimore Mayor

    Today, the final installment in our pre-primary series of Conversations with the Candidates. Tom's guest is Thiru Vignarajah, a veteran city and federal prosecutor and one of a crowded field of Democratic contenders in the June 2nd primary election for Baltimore mayor.

    A WYPR/Baltimore Sun/University of Baltimore poll released yesterday places Mr. Vignarajah just outside the group of three leading candidates in the race, but the poll also indicated that crime reduction is the top priority for a majority of likely voters. Will Baltimore choose a prosecutor to lead the City in the fight against violence and a global pandemic?

    Mr. Vignarajah has spent most of his legal career in public service. He attended Yale University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review. He went on to clerk for Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, and then served as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore, working under then-U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein. Vignarajah later moved to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, where he headed the Major Investigations Unit. In 2014, he was appointed Deputy Attorney General for Maryland under Attorney-General Brian Frosh, a position he left to work on the transition team for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. In 2017, Vignarajah ran an unsuccessful Democratic primary campaign for Baltimore City State's Attorney. Currently a litigation partner at the law firm DLA Piper in Baltimore, he is one of 23 Democratic and 7 Republican registered candidates vying to be their party’s nominee for Baltimore mayor in the June 2 primary.

    Thiru Vignarajah is 43 years old. He lives in Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood. He joins Tom via Skype phone from his campaign office in Baltimore.

    • 37 min
    Marian Grant, Nurse Practitioner, On Baltimore's COVID-19 Front Line

    Marian Grant, Nurse Practitioner, On Baltimore's COVID-19 Front Line

    Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic two months ago, more than 43,500 Marylanders have been sickened by the coronovirus. It has killed more than 2000 Marylanders, 270 of them residents of Baltimore County. And while the rate of hospitalizations in the state has finally begun to decline, as of today there are still 1,375 people receiving intensive care for COVID-19, many of them at medical facilities here in Baltimore.

    Now, a story from the front lines of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, from Marian Grant. She is a palliative care nurse practitioner at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and a policy consultant on health care issues with a PhD in nursing. And for the last several weeks, she has been working with COVID 19 patients, and their families, in the UMMC's Intensive Care Unit.

    She joins Tom via Skype phone from her home in Reistertown.

    Read Marian Grant's opinion piece in today's Baltimore Sun Op Ed section, here.

    • 12 min
    Building The Post-Pandemic Workforce: Two Innovators' Views

    Building The Post-Pandemic Workforce: Two Innovators' Views

    Today, a look at the road ahead for the millions of Americans who’ve lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Over the past three months, as COVID-19 has taken the lives of more than 90,000 Americans and sickened over a million and a half others, it has also ravaged the US economy. Nationwide business shutdowns have produced levels of unemployment and business failure that haven’t been seen in the US since the Great Depression of the 1930s -- a crisis that prompted Congress to pass a series of multi-trillion-dollar financial relief measures. Now, as the nation’s economy gradually begins to re-open, what are the job prospects for the legions of unemployed, both here in Baltimore and across America?

    Tom's guests today run two of the region’s most innovative workforce development and technology training companies.

    Jacob Hsu is the CEO of Catalyte. His 20-year old company uses A-I systems to identify, train, and employ people as software developers, regardless of their educational backgrounds. Mr. Hsu recently announced that Catalyte is partnering with other companies and government agencies to create a national employment exchange, called RetrainAmerica, that will help workers find jobs in the nation’s technology, cybersecurity, logistics and health care sectors.

    Jason Green is the co-founder and Senior Vice President of SkillSmart, a workforce development company that since 2013 has been using innovative data-driven software to help businesses find and train skilled workers. Mr. Green previously held positions in local and federal government, most recently serving as Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama, advising the president and senior staff on legal, economic and domestic policy matters.

    • 23 min
    Rep. Kweisi Mfume, Democrat for Maryland's 7th District

    Rep. Kweisi Mfume, Democrat for Maryland's 7th District

    Today, our series of Conversations with the Candidates continues with the newest member of the Maryland congressional delegation, 7th District Congressman Kweisi Mfume. Rep. Mfume, who previously served five terms representing the 7th District from 1987-1996, before stepping down to head the NAACP until 2004, recently won back his old House seat in the April 28 special election held to fill the remaining term of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings.

    Now, Rep. Mfume hopes to keep the seat for the next full term, and is campaigning for the Democratic primary election June 2 against a strong field. He joins Tom on the line from his home in Baltimore to discuss the campaign, and some of the urgent issues now before the House.

    And this note about an event tonight featuring Wes Moore and Robyn Murphy. They are hosting a “Conversation with the Candidates” on Zoom at 6:30pm. They have invited Mayor Jack Young, City Council President Brandon Scott, former Mayor Sheila Dixon and former T Rowe Price Executive Mary Miller to discuss their campaigns for Mayor of Baltimore. To register, click here.

    • 25 min

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