Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast http://wypr.org en Why Unaccompanied Children From Central America Are Crossing The U.S. Border http://wypr.org/post/why-unaccompanied-children-central-america-are-crossing-us-border <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An estimated 57,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed the border into the United States since last fall.&nbsp;</span>Maryland is more than 1,700 miles from the Mexican border, but the state has a strong connection with one of the Central American countries: more foreign-born&nbsp;Marylanders&nbsp;have come from El Salvador than any other country. Many of them are concentrated in Langley Park, at the northwest edge of Prince Georges County between College Park and Silver Spring.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The "Unaccompanied Alien Children Program," part of the U.S. Department of Human Service, reports that during the first six months of this year, about 2,200 unaccompanied alien children came to Maryland. &nbsp;Sponsors in the state took responsibility for them.</span></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:56 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502696 at http://wypr.org Why Unaccompanied Children From Central America Are Crossing The U.S. Border Writer Susan Sullam on Her Father's Secret Search for Nazi Plunder http://wypr.org/post/writer-susan-sullam-her-fathers-secret-search-nazi-plunder <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2177771/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">“Monuments Men,” </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the film, was based on a true story. As it became clear the allies would win World War II , President Franklin D. Roosevelt commissioned a platoon to rescue stolen art and other personal and cultural treasures plundered by the Nazis. In that platoon seven men, “Monuments Men” as they were known, embarked on what’s been called “the greatest treasure hunt in history.”&nbsp;</span></p><div><div> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:50:51 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay 502701 at http://wypr.org Writer Susan Sullam on Her Father's Secret Search for Nazi Plunder Tracking Economic and Social Change in Two Eastern Shore Towns http://wypr.org/post/tracking-economic-and-social-change-two-eastern-shore-towns <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Somerset County, the southernmost county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, was founded in 1666.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s motto for centuries has been </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Semper</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eadem</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;Latin for “Always the same.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A lot has indeed stayed the same, but even at the bottom tip of Maryland, the normal processes of time and struggles to bring about change intentionally…have had effects also. &nbsp;</span></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:48 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay 502573 at http://wypr.org Tracking Economic and Social Change in Two Eastern Shore Towns The History of Charles Street http://wypr.org/post/history-charles-street <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This morning Tom Hall is paying a visit to the historian and author John </span>McGrain<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;at his home in Towson. Mr. </span>McGrain<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is the former secretary of the </span><a href="http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/planning/historic_preservation/landmarks_preservation_commission/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and from 1998 until he retired in 2007, he served as the official historian of Baltimore County. He’s written several books, the latest of which is a history of one of this area’s most familiar and widely traversed streets, Charles Street. From its start near the city’s Inner Harbor to its northern most tip in </span>Lutherville<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Charles Street has a rich architectural history and a long list of famous residents, which are chronicled in John </span>McGrain’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> book,&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151965943544781.1073741843.202819559780&amp;type=3">Charles Street: Baltimore’s Artery of Elegance.</a></em></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Tom Hall & Matt Purdy 502521 at http://wypr.org The History of Charles Street Baltimore Diversion Program Aims To Keep Prostitutes Off The Street http://wypr.org/post/baltimore-diversion-program-aims-keep-prostitutes-street <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2006, a group of residents in Baltimore’s Curtis Bay neighborhood had a problem: prostitutes stood on street corners waiting for Johns; they’d be picked up for prostitution by the police, only to return to the same streets. A task force was formed. What grew out of it was a program rooted in an approach called “problem-solving justice”. Instead of moving those facing prostitution charges through the criminal justice system, it gives &nbsp;them access to services that might keep them out of it and off the streets. It's called the Specialized Pre-Trial Diversion program. It began in 2009, within the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, and can now serve about 80 people at any given time.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:40:29 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502372 at http://wypr.org Baltimore Diversion Program Aims To Keep Prostitutes Off The Street What To See At The Contemporary American Theater Festival http://wypr.org/post/what-see-contemporary-american-theater-festival <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Theater critic J. Wynn </span>Rousuck<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has returned from the </span><a href="http://catf.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Contemporary American Theater Festival </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in </span>Shepherdstown<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, West Virginia, with five reviews in hand. She brings us this review.&nbsp;</span></p></div><div> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:50:00 +0000 J. Wynn Rousuck & Jamyla Kay 502447 at http://wypr.org What To See At The Contemporary American Theater Festival Author Tiphanie Yanique on "Land of Love and Drowning" http://wypr.org/post/author-tiphanie-yanique-land-love-and-drowning <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tom Hall talks with </span><a href="http://tiphanieyanique.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Tiphanie&nbsp;Yanique</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, author of the new novel "Land of Love and Drowning." Set in the Virgin Islands and spanning six decades, it follows a family struggling with the search for personal and national identity.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yanique&nbsp;will read from her debut novel at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore on Tuesday. More information </span><a href="http://calendar.prattlibrary.org/event/an_evening_with_katie_d_ulysse_and_tiphanie_yanique#.U80MdvldXz4" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">here.</a></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:45:00 +0000 Tom Hall & Jamyla Kay 502445 at http://wypr.org Author Tiphanie Yanique on "Land of Love and Drowning" A Year In The Life Of Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera http://wypr.org/post/year-life-court-appeals-chief-judge-mary-ellen-barbera <p><a href="http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/29ap/html/msa13717.html">Mary Ellen Barbera</a> was a public school teacher in Baltimore when she began taking night law school classes at the University of Maryland. About 30 years ago, she graduated from law school, passed the Maryland bar, and began down a path that would lead her to Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. A year ago this month, she became that court’s first female Chief Judge. She joins Sheilah&nbsp;to talk about her first year in that role.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502340 at http://wypr.org A Year In The Life Of Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera Measuring Floods in Annapolis http://wypr.org/post/measuring-floods-annapolis <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reuters news agency published</span><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/10/us-usa-sealevel-flood-idUSKBN0FF20220140710" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> its analysis </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">last week of coastal flooding along the Eastern Seaboard. &nbsp; They tracked the average number of days several East Coast cities were above flood thresholds.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:52:25 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay 502309 at http://wypr.org Measuring Floods in Annapolis The Pratt Library's Carla Hayden On What To Read This Summer http://wypr.org/post/pratt-librarys-carla-hayden-what-read-summer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Searching for your next great summer read? For some suggestions about what we might want to read, we turn to someone who always has some great ideas. Enoch Pratt Free Library CEO Carla Hayden has a few suggestions. She talks with Tom Hall.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:45:00 +0000 Tom Hall & Matt Purdy 501852 at http://wypr.org The Pratt Library's Carla Hayden On What To Read This Summer