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Each week we share a story, explore insights that can illuminate our path, and interview guests with their own fascinating immigrant journeys, getting to know what’s cool, weird and mental about each other’s cultures showing that we’re all a little messed up but we’re all pretty similar too. Hosted by Carmen Neta & produced by Philip Kidd. Music by Caterina Schrebri #society #culture #immigrantsinireland #migrant #immigrants
 
Talking about life as a British born Chinese (BBC)/British Asian. The struggles that I've had to deal with whilst growing up in my mum and dad's takeaway in the 1980s/1990s. My parents are immigrants from HK/China and moved to the UK when they were teenagers. I was brought up being Chinese at home and English when I was outside of home - it felt confusing at the time as I couldn't find a sense of belonging. But now I am much older, I am proud of my Chinese heritage and I am proud to be Briti ...
 
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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In this year’s unprecedented Maryland General Assembly session, members of the state Senate sat divided by plastic barriers. House of Delegates sessions were held in two different buildings. But the physical divisions occasioned by precautions to prevent the spread of COVID 19 did not portend insurmountable political divisions. Republican Governor …
 
Today, another in our frequent series of conversations with the political leadership of the city of Baltimore. We've had regular check-ins with Mayor Brandon Scott, Comptroller Bill Henry, and members of the Baltimore City Council, as well as the Council President, Nick Mosby, who is Tom's guest, once again, for the full hour today. The Council’s m…
 
(Originally broadcast on February 19, 2021) Today, on this archive edition of Midday, Tom speaks with the award-winning writer, Chang-rae Lee. He is the author of six novels. The Surrendered, which he published in 2008, was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Another book, On Such a Full Sea was a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award,…
 
Now, we continue our recap of the 2021 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, which concluded, Sine Die, at midnight last night in Annapolis. In addition to a billion-dollar stimulus bill, and a budget that got a big boost from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan, the legislature passed a package of historic police reform measures, alo…
 
Last night, the Maryland General Assembly finished the work of its 2021 Session, a session unlike any other, given the pandemic’s effect on how business was conducted, and in several respects, what business was conducted. We begin today with a look back at the 2021 Session. A little later, Ovetta Wiggins, who covers the Statehouse for the Washingto…
 
Use of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson is being put on hold, following six cases of blood clots that may be related to the vaccine. The FDA and CDC have recommended pausing the use of the J&J vaccine, a recommendation that the state of Maryland and the City of Baltimore have announced they will implement until further informa…
 
Tonight marks the beginning of Ramadan, Islam's month-long observance of fasting, prayer and family celebrations. Tom's next guest is a Muslim activist and author who emigrated to the United States from Pakistan in 2003. She’s written a book about her experiences in the United States, as she has assimilated into American culture, and risen to leade…
 
It’s Midday with the Mayor, another in our regular series of live conversations with Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott. Voters will weigh-in on returning the Baltimore police department to local control in a referendum in an upcoming election. Mayor Scott’s efforts to re-imagine public safety in Baltimore include forming a task force to consider h…
 
Tom's next guest is the internationally acclaimed violinist, Jennifer Koh. Before the pandemic took hold, she was concertizing around the globe, in demand as one of the most brilliant artists of her generation. But when the pandemic began, bookings vanished. A New York Times profile published the day after Christmas referred to the “Cultural Depres…
 
Tom's first guest today is the author of a book about three accomplished Black women, Alberta King, Louise Little and Berdis Baldwin. It’s part biography of these women, and part clarion call for recognition of all Black women. Anna Malaika Tubbs writes that erasure, misrecognition and historical amnesia are, sadly, part of the formation of African…
 
Tom's Newsmaker guest today is Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. Howard County will open a mass COVID-19 vaccination site soon at the Mall in Columbia. Two other sites have been up and running for some time now. Like leaders in other jurisdictions, County Executive Ball will be addressing the negative economic impacts the pandemic has had on the…
 
Before Gil Scott-Heron, the legendary singer, pianist, and poet known as a “godfather of hip hop,” passed away in 2011, he spoke with his cousin, Baltimore soul-jazz vocalist Navasha Daya. He suggested that they work on some music together. “I enthusiastically agreed!” Daya said. “Sadly, he transitioned before we could fulfill the original plan.” N…
 
Tom's next guest is a leader in the socially responsible investment movement. Hazel Henderson describes herself as an "evolutionary" economist. She is the founder and CEO of an advocacy enterprise called Ethical Markets. She has written extensively about changing our basic understanding of money and rethinking the so-called "money meme." She is the…
 
Tom's Newsmaker guest today is a newcomer to town who is the first to occupy a newly-created position in City Government. Christopher Shorter is Baltimore’s first City Administrator. As Mayor Brandon Scott put it when he first announced Mr. Shorter's impending appointment, the city administrator's role will be to help the mayor "fix what’s broken i…
 
When Brandon Scott was running for Mayor last year, he promised several changes to the structure of city government that he asserted will improve the efficacy of city services and focus attention on the need for those services to be delivered equitably. Tomorrow, we will meet Baltimore’s new City Administrator, Christopher Shorter. Today, we meet t…
 
The Department of Public Works - the DPW - is one of the city’s largest agencies, employing more than 2,700 people, with an annual budget of $607 million dollars. Baltimore’s DPW director also sits on the Board of Estimates. Last month, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced a leadership change at the Department of Public Works. Jason Mitchell is …
 
For the continuing coronavirus pandemic, it is the best of times, and it is the worst of times. More than 61 million people have been vaccinated nationwide. Deaths are declining, but the US reports more than 64,000 new COVID cases every day. Yesterday, Maryland recorded the highest number of daily cases and hospitalizations since January, as the nu…
 
Time for another visit with Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who joins Tom today with her review of the new virtual theater production from Maryland's State Theater, Baltimore Center Stage. The filmed play is a world premiere of the latest work by journalist, screenwriter, Emmy-nominated producer and playwright Keli Goff. Her play is called T…
 
It's another edition of Midday at the Movies, our monthly look at films and filmmaking. With the pandemic-delayed Academy Awards telecast finally happening later this month — Sunday, April 25, on the ABC television network — we'll get our annual Oscar predictions from our Midday movie mavens: Ann Hornaday is a film critic for the Washington Post an…
 
It’s chilly and windy and rainy and yucky in much of the listening area today, but believe it or not, spring sprang nearly two weeks ago. Temperatures will be in the 20s tonight, but there are signs that winter is making an exit: today is opening day for Major League Baseball. The Baltimore Orioles are at Fenway Park to play the Boston Red Sox. Fir…
 
(This conversation was originally broadcast on March 22, 2021)Tom's guest on this archive edition of Midday has written a thoughtful and insightful books on the subject of racial inequality. Heather McGhee is the former head of the think tank, Demos, an organization that focuses on inequality. She is now the chair of the board of Color of Change, a…
 
Tom's guest on this archive edition of Midday is Alec MacGillis, an award-winning reporter for ProPublica whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and The Atlantic, among other publications. His latest book is about Amazon, and about the seismic shifts that it has caused not only in the American economy, but in America…
 
At the outset of the Coronavirus pandemic, it was widely assumed that African Americans and LatinX people were more reluctant to get the COVID 19 vaccine than White people. Since then, it is now apparent that while access to the vaccine is different for African Americans, rates of hesitancy between races is about the same. In fact, data shows that …
 
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Tom's next guest is an author whose debut novel explores the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a keen eye, a compassionate and insightful ear, and a large dollop of fearlessness. Rebecca Sacks presents a sprawling cast of characters that include university students and teachers, professional soccer players and soldiers, a cartoo…
 
Many school-age children in Maryland and around the country are back in classrooms, as schools long shuttered by COVID-19 reopen, and educators and parents grapple with the stark reality that many students have experienced a significant learning loss during this pandemic year. On the other hand, some kids have been thriving in virtual school. Part …
 
Supplies of the three federally approved COVID-19 vaccines continue to grow, and in Maryland, the vaccination rate is accelerating. As of today, the state is officially in Phase 2A of its vaccination priority program. All Marylanders age 60 or older are eligible to receive a vaccine. As of next Tuesday, March 30, anyone over the age of 16 with an u…
 
Tom's next guest today is Baltimore City Comptroller Bill Henry. He served on the City Council for 12 years, before unseating longtime comptroller Joan Pratt in last June’s Democratic primary. He ran unopposed in November to become the first new comptroller Baltimore has had in 25 years. The comptroller is the city's fiscal manager and watchdog, an…
 
Beyond the massive protests over last year's police killing of George Floyd, a remarkable reckoning on America's troubled racial history — especially the unresolved legacy of slavery — has been very much in evidence in our area over the past many months. Case in point: William Walters and his son Henry Walters, the namesakes of the Walters Art Muse…
 
Tom's Newsmaker guest today is Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. While the Maryland General Assembly is considering multiple bills to reform policing, and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott has introduced a public safety plan, the City Police Department continues to implement reforms mandated by the 2017 Consent Decree with the US Dep…
 
Tom's guest today has written a thoughtful and insightful book on the subject of racial inequality. Heather McGhee is the former head of the think tank, Demos, an organization that focuses on inequality. She is now the board chair of Color of Change, an on-line racial justice advocacy group with 7 million members. Her new book is called The Sum of …
 
In this episode, the legendary takeaway owner from Jade Park joins us for this episode. Jade (or should I say James) went from working in IT to running his own takeaway. He's also the Co-Founder of 'Asians in the UK' on Clubhouse every Monday at 8pm. A room where they have built a community on ESEA people and allies to come together and talk about …
 
(This program was originally broadcast on March 3, 2021) Tom's guest in this archive edition of Midday is the American author, George Saunders. He’s published hundreds of short stories, and his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2017. Saunders’ short stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s and…
 
(This program was originally broadcast on February 16, 2021) Our topic today is in-laws, and how the relationship between children who are married, and the families of their spouses, are affected and informed by a number of different factors. Parents of the person you hold dear matter while you’re dating, they matter while you’re married, they matt…
 
Democrats in the Maryland legislature are proposing an array of bills that will make voting easier and more accessible. But elsewhere in the country, Republican lawmakers have redoubled efforts to restrict and curtail voting. The Georgia Senate has voted to end no-excuse absentee voting and they are considering a measure that would prohibit passing…
 
Tom's guest today is Alec MacGillis, an award-winning reporter for ProPublica whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and The Atlantic, among other publications. He has written a book, out today, about Amazon, and about the seismic shifts that it has caused not only in the American economy, but in American culture as …
 
Midday on Politics continues now as Tom is joined by another experienced and acclaimed journalist, Paul Glastris. He has been the editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly for 20 years. The Monthly has long been one of the country's most respected political journals. Mr. Glastris also spent 10 years as a correspondent and editor of US News and Worl…
 
It’s Midday on Politics. We begin today with Dr. Mileah Kromer, associate professor of political science and director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College, who gives us a look behind the findings of the Center's latest Goucher Poll. What do Marylanders think about the state’s vaccine distribution efforts, and what marks d…
 
It’s time now for another edition of Smart Nutrition. We're joined by our good friend, Monica Reinagel. She’s a licensed nutritionist, and the host of the popular Nutrition Diva podcast. She also co-hosts Change Academy, a podcast about creating life-enhancing behavior changes. Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the World Health Organization…
 
President Joe Biden addressed the nation Thursday night in his first effort to explain and build support for the American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion-dollar legislation that he signed yesterday. We turn now to Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland's Democratic junior senator, for his reactions to the President’s speech, and his perspectives on how thi…
 
Today on Midday on Ethics: as supplies of COVID-19 vaccines are ramped up and the pace of vaccinations in Maryland and across the country accelerates, a conversation about vaccination ethics. How are how public health and government officials making the difficult decisions about who gets vaccinated, and when? One year ago today, the World Health Or…
 
Today on Midday: are anti-Asian hate crimes increasing? Viral videos of what appear to be random attacks on elderly Asian men in the San Francisco area have sparked outrage and led to renewed concern about tension between some Asian and Black communities. Tom's guest today is a developmental psychologist who studies immigrant families and their exp…
 
Tom's guest now is the best-selling novelist and essayist, Anne Lamott. She is the author of 19 books, the latest of which is replete with all the hallmarks that have made her such a popular writer for so long. It is funny and compassionate and personal and insightful and loving. In the tradition of some of her other best-sellers, like Traveling Me…
 
Tom's first guest today is Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, Commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department. As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, a new Goucher poll indicates that statewide, African Americans are trying to get vaccinated at rates that are just a few points lower than White Maryland residents. The poll findings contradict those who c…
 
Today on Midday, as WYPR begins its annual Spring Membership Campaign, it's a special Reporters' Notebook edition, as three members of WYPR's outstanding local news team -- Emily Sullivan, John Lee and Sarah Y. Kim -- join Tom to bring us insight into the Baltimore stories each of them have been covering. We begin with Emily Sullivan, WYPR's City H…
 
I cannot believe that I am typing this! Katie Leung who I have been idolising for years comes on the show ❤️. Katie shares her experiences of the hate she received when she played the iconic role of Cho Chang in Harry Potter. We also talk about her role as Mei in One Child and a teaser with her next role which she is currently filming. Also do your…
 
Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom now with another look at the pandemic-inspired virtual theater scene. We begin with her review of Cry It Out, a new virtual production from Everyman Theatre of playwright Molly Smith Metzler's comedy about the perils of parenthood. Filmed using COVID-safe techniques, the production is directed by Vinc…
 
It’s another edition of Midday at the Movies, our monthly look at films and filmmaking. We’re joined once again on Zoom by our good friend Ann Hornaday – she’s a film critic for the Washington Post and the author of the bestselling movie-goers’ guide, Talking Pictures: How To Watch Movies. Also with us on Zoom is our friend Jed Dietz, the founding …
 
It’s Midday with the Mayor, another in our series of live conversations with the Mayor of Baltimore, Brandon M. Scott. Among the topics Tom and the Mayor discuss: The mass vaccination site at M&T Bank Stadium has been open for a week. When Governor Larry Hogan made comments about Baltimore getting more vaccines than it is entitled to, the reaction …
 
Last December, Martha Jones, a historian at Johns Hopkins University, described in a Washington Post oped how her research had revealed that Johns Hopkins, the namesake of her institution, had owned slaves. Long thought to be an abolitionist, Mr. Hopkins, in fact, claimed at least four men as his property in 1850, and prior to that, had used Black …
 
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