Matt Purdy http://wypr.org en How 'Bout Them O's? http://wypr.org/post/how-bout-them-os <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As we approach Major League Baseball's All Star Break, "how ‘bout them O's"? &nbsp;They’re in first place, three games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays. &nbsp;To help us revel in this good fortune, and for insight into the how and why of it, Tom turns again to Mark Hyman.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:45:30 +0000 Tom Hall & Matt Purdy 502015 at http://wypr.org How 'Bout Them O's? Will The Cost of Sending Money Abroad Go Up? http://wypr.org/post/will-cost-sending-money-abroad-go <div>More than $50 billion were sent from the United States to people in other countries in 2012, according to the World Bank. In Maryland, there are dozens of money transfer companies operating, with thousands of different places you can transfer money abroad. But, the cost of doing so, which has been falling in recent years, might reverse course soon and start going up.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">With </span>Sheilah<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Kast<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to talk about it is Paul Dwyer, co-founder and CEO of </span><a href="https://www.viamericas.com/CustomerDirect/sendmoney">Viamericas</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a national money transfer company headquartered in Bethesda.</span></div><div> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:00:14 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 501896 at http://wypr.org Will The Cost of Sending Money Abroad Go Up? What Sri Lanka Can Teach You About Parenthood http://wypr.org/post/what-sri-lanka-can-teach-you-about-parenthood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you give a toddler everything she wants, she’ll develop a bad case of the Terrible Two’s, into the Terrible Three’s and Four’s.&nbsp;&nbsp; She’ll become a spoiled brat, and she’ll probably spend her whole life demanding her own way.&nbsp; Everybody knows that, right?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Maryland, Baltimore County associate professor Bambi Chapin’s anthropological research in Southeast Asia shows it isn't necessarily true.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 501864 at http://wypr.org What Sri Lanka Can Teach You About Parenthood Should Poor Marylanders Have Free Access To A Lawyer In Certain Civil Cases? http://wypr.org/post/should-poor-marylanders-have-free-access-lawyer-certain-civil-cases <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fifty years ago the U.S. Supreme Court established a right to a lawyer in criminal cases if the defendant can’t afford one. That was the decision Gideon v. Wainwright.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But, should the state provide a lawyer in certain civil cases? How would such a system work? And, who would pay for it?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Those are questions that a task force in Maryland has been grappling with since last fall. It comprises judges, legislators, and lawyers and is staffed by Pamela Ortiz, Executive Director of the </span><a href="http://www.mdcourts.gov/mdatjc/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Maryland Access to Justice Commission</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. She joins </span>Sheilah<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Kast<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to talk about it.</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:03:23 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 501384 at http://wypr.org Should Poor Marylanders Have Free Access To A Lawyer In Certain Civil Cases? Bluegrass in Studio B: "Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen" http://wypr.org/post/bluegrass-studio-b-frank-solivan-and-dirty-kitchen <p>Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen are an up-and-coming bluegrass band from the D.C. area who will be playing in Baltimore at The 8x10 this Thursday night. They’re led by mandolinist and singer-songwriter Frank Solivan with Mike Munford on banjo, Chris Luquette on guitar, and Danny Booth on bass. Tom Hall spoke with them last January when they crowded around a microphone to play a few songs.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:45:00 +0000 Tom Hall & Matt Purdy 501385 at http://wypr.org Bluegrass in Studio B: "Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen" Maryland's Not-So-Prominent Role in Writing the U.S. Constitution http://wypr.org/post/marylands-not-so-prominent-role-writing-us-constitution <div>On July 4th, we mark our country’s declaration of independence from Britain in 1776. It was another 11 years before we’d draft the framework of laws that guide our country today: During a humid summer in Philadelphia 1787, 55 delegates from a dozen states gathered to write our constitution. Some of those men tower in our memories to this day. Virginia’s delegation, for example, included James Madison, George Mason, and George Washington. And, Maryland?&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Historian David O. Stewart writes in his book “<a href="http://davidostewart.com/books/the-summer-of-1787/synopsis/">The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution</a>”, that Maryland did not send her most distinguished citizens to the convention.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sheilah</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kast</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;spoke with him about it in August 2007.</span></div><p></p><div> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 501383 at http://wypr.org Maryland's Not-So-Prominent Role in Writing the U.S. Constitution The "Central Park Five" Settle Lawsuit Against New York City http://wypr.org/post/central-park-five-settle-lawsuit-against-new-york-city <div><div>In 1989, five black and Latino teens in New York were indicted and then wrongfully convicted of raping a white 28-year-old investment banker named Tricia Meili, while she was jogging in Central Park. The five teens served five to seven years in jail before being exonerated for that crime. Last month, they agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit against New York City for a reported $41 million.</div> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Tom Hall & Matt Purdy 501249 at http://wypr.org The "Central Park Five" Settle Lawsuit Against New York City Why Rafael Alvarez Calls Baltimore "The Holy Land" http://wypr.org/post/why-rafael-alvarez-calls-baltimore-holy-land <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The writer Rafael Alvarez is a former reporter for <em>The Baltimore Sun</em>. &nbsp;These days, you’ll still see his byline from time to time in the Sun and many other local publications. &nbsp;He worked for a while on "The Wire" with his former Sun colleague David Simon, and earlier this year, he published his eighth book. It’s a collection of short stories in which he introduces us to the kind of people and neighborhoods that give Baltimore its unshakable reputation for quirkiness. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s called </span><a href="http://perpetualpublishing.com/product/tales-from-the-holy-land/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Tales from the Holy Land</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Rafael Alvarez joins Tom Hall in the studio to talk about it.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:45:00 +0000 Tom Hall & Matt Purdy 501255 at http://wypr.org Why Rafael Alvarez Calls Baltimore "The Holy Land" District Court of Maryland Is Looking for Lawyers http://wypr.org/post/district-court-maryland-looking-lawyers <div>Last September, Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, ruled that if you’re arrested, you have a right to an attorney at an initial bail hearing and if you can’t afford one, the state must provide one. The District Court of Maryland is trying to lure lawyers across the state to meet the new need with their “Appointed Attorneys Program”.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joining </span>Sheilah<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to talk about it is Chief Judge John Morrissey of the District Court of Maryland.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 501401 at http://wypr.org District Court of Maryland Is Looking for Lawyers Monocacy: The Battle That Saved Washington http://wypr.org/post/monocacy-battle-saved-washington <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One-hundred and fifty years ago this week, Confederate General Robert E. Lee was hatching a plan he hoped would gain him the enemy’s capital, Washington, D.C. &nbsp;Lee had dispatched Lt. Gen. </span>Jubal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Early and 15,000 rebel soldiers up through Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to cross the Potomac into Maryland on the Fourth of July.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Five days later, July 9, 1864, at </span>Monocacy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Junction, a few miles southeast of Frederick, Confederate and Union forces clashed in perhaps the least known important confrontation of the Civil War. &nbsp;It’s sometimes called “The Battle that Saved Washington.”</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:55:23 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 501469 at http://wypr.org Monocacy: The Battle That Saved Washington