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) — How can we change the reality for economically challenged children in the Baltimore City? 

Following the investigation into Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts, Dr. Kaye and Councilman Robert Stokes address the education crisis in Baltimore, systemic racism, and policies needed in order to go forward. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Dr. Kaye starts the show by discussing white supremacy and the overlap of race and class. 

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA)— Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer and NASA Solar System ambassador at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania joins Dr. Kaye to discuss the importance of the Tuskegee Airmen. 

 

Towards the end of the show, Dr. Kaye shares an interview with Morgan State University’s Archivist Dr. Ida Jones who shares the history and significance of the National Treasure. 


BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — A mother is accusing a Baltimore City high school school of failing her son. 

According to FOX 45 News, the 17-year-old student attended Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Design for four years where he passed three classes and earned a grade point average of 0.13. 

In the news report, the mother alleges the school never told her that her son was failing until recently, when he was placed back in ninth grade. Click below to listen to the conversation. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Law professor Michael Higginbotham joins Dr. Kaye to talk about American democracy. 


BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —“What is our commitment as humans?” - Dr. Mae Jemison. 

 

To kick off Women's HerStory Month, Dr. Kaye interviews Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel into space. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Members of the Howard County Education Association join Dr. Kaye to discuss COVID-19 vaccinations and school reopening concerns. 

  In the second hour, callers weigh in on the discussion. 

  

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Cristina Duncan Evans, a representative in the Baltimore Teachers Union joins Dr. Kaye to discuss the many challenges of reopening schools and the impact it could have on students and educators. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Dr. Aysha Khoury, a physician educator committed to health equity and the elimination of health disparities joins Dr. Kaye to address viewer-submitted questions and concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Want to hear the entire show? Click here: Teachers push back against schools reopening; U.S. tops 500,000 COVID deaths

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA)—Teachers are protesting the decision to reopen schools before everyone is vaccinated.  Cindy Sexton, president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County joins Dr. Kaye to discuss the many concerns educators have regarding in-person learning.

Dr. Kaye also addresses the grim milestone the United States has reached, surpassing 500,000 COVID-related deaths. 

In the second hour, Dr. Kaye is joined by Dr. Aysha Khoury as part of the Vaccination Hesitation Conversation Series. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — What does it mean to be Black in America?

Dr. Kaye and callers weigh in:

In the second hour of the show, Senator Ben Cardin joins the conversation to discuss his legislation to ban religious, racial and discriminatory profiling by law enforcement.  

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — “It has been horrific…”

Dr. Alicia Moore, Associate Professor of Education at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas joins Dr. Kaye to share her personal experience during the deadly, historic winter storm.

 

Dr. Kaye also interviews Joshua Evans, an 11-year-old who recently published his first book. Joshua introduces us to his book’s adventurous characters and shares what inspired him to start writing. 

  To listen to the second hour of the show, click the link. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Dr. David Satcher, the first African American Director of the CDC and the first African American man named Surgeon General joins Dr. Kaye to address racial health disparities and COVID-19.


(WEAA) —A college professor at HBCU is accused of telling a Black student to "Take your hoodie off, you're not going for Skittles and sweet tea". 

The comment, makes a reference to Trayvon Martin who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in 2012. 

Martin, who was unarmed, was wearing a hoodie and carrying a bag of Skittles and an iced tea when he was killed.

Dr. Kaye poses the question, "Can Black people be racist?". 

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