Today with Dr.Kaye

Today with Dr. Kaye airs daily from 3 PM - 5 PM ET

Baltimore, Maryland (April 2021) – From speaking at the White House to speaking in the classroom, Dr. Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., —the host of Today with Dr. Kaye—is known for having an informed opinion about issues that are happening within Baltimore City and around the country. Passionate, edgy, and unapologetic, Dr. Kaye is known for being deeply engaged with the community—from meeting monthly with the members of her Itty-Bitty Fan Club (listeners under the age of 12) to hosting Coffee and Conversation talks on Zoom to writing a bi-weekly Opinion Editorial column for the AFRO. She also finds a way to engage her audience by challenging them to think deeply about political, social, and cultural issues—sometimes with humor, sometimes with sadness, but always with an ear that bends toward the truth. Dr. Kaye is always looking for ways to make connections and have conversations that matter—"I believe that everyone should do the hard work to uncover the truth and speak it as loud as possible, even if no one is listening. Your life and what you stand for will be recorded by history, and the wind will carry your truth."

 

As one of only a handful of Black women who solo host a daily drive-time afternoon radio shows, Today with Dr. Kaye received the 2020 Chesapeake Associated Press Award for Outstanding Editorial or Commentary; the 2019 Associated Press Award for Outstanding Talk Show, and the second-place Award for Outstanding Editorial or Commentary. In 2020, the Baltimore Suns elected Dr. Kaye as the Best Radio Host.

 

Today, with Dr. Kaye airs Monday-Friday from 3:00p-5:00p; it is simultaneously broadcast on both weaa.org and the Today with Dr. Kaye Facebook page. Dr. Kaye covers multiple topics, capturing every mood with clever, smart, and thoughtful conversation—discussing everything from politics to prose, parenting to peace studies, statutes to statues, education to evangelicals, and Taiwan to Trump. If it is important, if it is interesting, if it is happening in your community or around the country; and, if it has your ear, then it has Dr. Kaye's attention. At once, personal and political, socially aware and socially responsible, Today with Dr. Kaye creates an environment where all voices are heard, all perspectives are respected, and everyone has the space to speak up and be heard.

Dr. Kaye is the author of four books, including RaceBrave: new and selected works; Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis, which received both the 2015 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the Organization of American Historians and the 2014 Letitia Woods Brown Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians; and Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America. She is a K-12 master teacher in African American history, an award-winning curriculum writer and lesson plan developer, and an award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher.

 

In 2021, Dr. Kaye received The Amistad Award for her contributions to human rights and social justice from the Amistad Committee. In 2020, The Baltimore Sun elected Dr. Kaye as the best Radio Host and The Daily Record selected her as one of Maryland's "Top 100 Women". In 2019, she received the Collegium Visionary Award from the College of Holy Cross; the Exceptional Merit in Media Award (EMMA) from the National Women's Political Caucus; the Baltimore Sun named her as one of Baltimore's 25 "Women to Watch in 2019"; and Essence magazine included her on the 2019 "Woke 100 List," of "black women advocating for change."  

  

Ways to Connect

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Dr. David Wilson, President of Morgan State University and Kim Dobson Sydnor, Dean of the School of Community Health and Policy at MSU, join Dr. Kaye for WEAA’s COVID-19: All in This Together series.

 

Dean Sydnor and Dr. Wilson discuss the spike in coronavirus infections in Baltimore, the concept of herd immunity and concerns related to the COVID-19 vaccination. 

 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby joins Dr. Kaye to address policing in America. 

“What we have to do in this country, is we have to recognize that we have been willfully ignorant to the injustice and the overly dominant policing of ‘Black criminals’...” says Mosby. 

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(BALTIMORE, MD) —“This takes an emotional toll on you, every death, every abuse, every time that our humanity is not recognized by this government… it’s painful…”- Senator Jill Carter

On Saturday, Maryland lawmakers enacted multiple police reform measures by overriding Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the bills. 

 

The extensive measures include a new statewide use-of-force policy, expansion of public access to records in disciplinary cases and limiting the use of no-knock warrants. 

(BALTIMORE, MD) The country is once again focused on what happens when an unarmed Black person is killed by police.  

Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man was killed Sunday by police following a traffic stop in Minnesota. Dereck Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer is currently on trial for the murder of George Floyd. 

 

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Is it time to abolish the police?

 

Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man was stopped by Minnesota police on Sunday for —according to a police chief— having an expired registration on the vehicle. During the encounter, Daunte was shot and killed. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — April is Confederate History Month in many Southern states. Confederate History Month was established to recognize and honor the history of the Confederate States of America.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — During Dr. Kaye’s ‘weekly wrap’ she addresses a number of topics and provides listeners with the opportunity to call in and discuss whatever is on their mind. 

 

During the discussion Dr. Kaye weighs in on: 

 

  • Hubert Davis facing backlash for his comments during a news conference. Davis spoke on the significance of being the first Black head coach in University of North Carolina history and how he is “very proud” his wife is white.

“It’s significant that I’m African American and I’m the head coach here. It’s significant…I know that in terms of Division 1 head coaches all around the country, only 26 percent of the head coaches are compromised by minorities, specifically African-Americans… I know that it is significant that I’m fourth African-American head coach in any sport in the history of North Carolina. I’m very proud to be African American. But I’m also very proud that my wife is white, and I’m very proud that my three beautiful, unbelievable kids are a combination of both of us,” Davis said.

 

  • Vaccine passports, documentation that proves you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine, sparking debate and division. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Dr. Kaye weighs in on Jim Crow and Georgia’s new election law, George Floyd’s death and police brutality as well as rising homicide numbers within Black communities. 

Baltimore-area attorney Kobie Flowers joins Dr. Kaye to provide insight on the latest developments in Derek Chauvin’s trial. 

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Georgia’s voting law is facing backlash from a number of corporations, including Major League Baseball, Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola. 

On Tuesday, MLB announced they are moving the 2021 All-Star Game out of Georgia in response to the voting restrictions that Governor Brian Kemp signed into law March 25.

 

Dr. Kaye weighs in on voter suppression and “using the power of our dollar to change this country”. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Students and graduates of a public arts high school in Baltimore are speaking out against sexual harassment, bullying and assault. 

Alarming stories posted on an Instagram account, allege the school's administration dismissed and overlooked their complaints of abuse. 

 

Dr. Kaye speaks with the junior high school student who created the Instagram account as a platform for others to share their stories in hopes of finally having their voices heard. 

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Johnson and Johnson says a batch of its COVID-19 vaccine that was created at a production plant in Baltimore City, failed quality standards and cannot be used. 

The drug company said the mix-up happened at Emergent BioSolutions.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — In celebration of Women’s History Month, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland Global Campus put together a special program to honor the legacy of Black women suffragists. 

 

Dr. Edwin Johnson, special assistant to the provost at Morgan State University, joins Dr. Kaye to share why this event is so important to Black culture and its connection to an endowed scholarship.  

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