Matt Purdy http://wypr.org en Sketches Of A Confederate P.O.W. http://wypr.org/post/sketches-confederate-pow <div>It’s the hot summer of 1864. You’re a private in the Confederate Army. You’ve been captured by the Union Army and you’re being held at Point Lookout, the North’s biggest and southern-most &nbsp;prisoner-of-war-camp at the tip of southern Maryland. What do you do?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:55:27 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502712 at http://wypr.org Sketches Of A Confederate P.O.W. "The White Rail" by Clarinda Harriss http://wypr.org/post/white-rail-clarinda-harriss <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Baltimore is a weird place. Whether its quirk is distinct from that of other cities is often a topic of debate, but </span><a href="http://www.itascabooks.com/the-white-rail.html" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The White Rail</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;</span>Clarinda<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Harriss<span style="line-height: 1.5;">' new collection of short stories, provides some compelling anecdotal evidence. The poet and author</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has published six volumes of poetry, and more than 350 of her poems have appeared in journals and magazines. &nbsp;She was a professor of English at Towson University for 40 years, and with this new collection, s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he ventures for the first time into the world of short stories.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:45:00 +0000 Tom Hall & Matt Purdy 502709 at http://wypr.org "The White Rail" by Clarinda Harriss 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 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 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 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 The Nation's First National Labor Strike Has Roots In Baltimore http://wypr.org/post/nations-first-national-labor-strike-has-roots-baltimore <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was just about this time on this date in 1877 that the first national strike started, and it started in Baltimore. Two dozen locomotive firemen employed by the Baltimore &amp; Ohio Railroad, refused to man the trains at Camden Yard, Mount Clare and Riverside Stations.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Within hours the work stoppage had spread to </span>Martinsburg<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, West Virginia, then to other states. Within a week, almost half the U.S. Army was deployed against more than 100,000 strikers. Before the strike collapsed two weeks later, ten citizens had been killed in Baltimore alone.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:55:14 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502236 at http://wypr.org The Nation's First National Labor Strike Has Roots In Baltimore What's Next For Sparrows Point? http://wypr.org/post/whats-next-sparrows-point <div>A little less than two years ago, Sparrows Point was bought by liquidator&nbsp;Hilco Global. The site, once home to one of the largest steel mills in the world, could change hands soon once again. What challenges would the new owners face? And, how might Sparrows Point find life once again?</div><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:01:17 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502108 at http://wypr.org What's Next For Sparrows Point? What Five 18th Century Frenchmen Can Tell Us About America http://wypr.org/post/what-five-18th-century-frenchmen-can-tell-us-about-america <div>It’s Bastille Day, the 225th anniversary of the Parisian mob taking over the fortress-prison that stood for royal absolutism. What better day to hear about how five émigrés from that revolution went on to have a big impact on the United States of America?</div><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:00:25 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502111 at http://wypr.org What Five 18th Century Frenchmen Can Tell Us About America