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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. May 28, 1-2 PM
2:13 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Baltimore in Crisis

The Southern Baptist Church of East Baltimore plans to rebuild the senior center that was destroyed in April's rioting.

Homicides in Baltimore have hit a record high, 38 murders; the highest monthly total since 1999. As the spike in violent crime continues, we hear from Kevin Shird, a former drug dealer turned youth advocate, and Wes Moore, the author of the bestseller "The Other Wes Moore," and an Army veteran and former White House aide, on how Baltimore communities can reach young people.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. May 28th, 12-1 PM
12:52 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Midday Politics

Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley meets potential voters ahead of the formal announcement of his presidential run.

Ahead of his expected announcement that he will seek the Democratic 2016 presidential nomination, we reflect on Martin O’Malley’s time as Maryland’s governor and break down his campaign's chances against established front runner Hillary Clinton.

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The Morning Economic Report
7:38 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Seven Years Later, Economic Concerns Still Linger - 5/28/15

Next month, America will officially begin its seventh year of economic recovery.  Despite that, there are many people who remain unenthusiastic regarding U.S. economic performance.  The most recent reading of the University of Michigan’s Consumer Confidence Index unexpectedly fell more than seven points to a reading below eighty nine. 

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The First Five Years
2:47 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

The First Five Years: Happy Anniversary Head Start!

Head Start just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Over 31 million children have benefitted from Head Start and Early Head Star to become business and community leaders, teachers, Members of Congress, athletes, Grammy-winning musicians, poets, and parents.


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Maryland Morning Podcast
11:00 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Protesting Youth Jails; State Center Redevelopment; Lizzie Skurnick's Modern Words

Credit Tyler Merbler

Protesters stopped traffic yesterday in Baltimore over a planned 30 million dollar youth jail to be built in the city. We ask Pastor Jamal Bryant, who organized the protest, why the youth jail shouldn't happen.

Then – Just north of Baltimore's downtown, a light-rail stop, a metro station and a set of 1950s-era government buildings inhabit a 28-acre site called State Center. It’s been slated for redevelopment for years - we talk through why those efforts have stalled and what's happening now.

Plus: Sometimes the perfect word hasn’t yet been invented… so you have to do it yourself. Writer Lizzie Skurnick has written a new book of words she’s coined, including woogle, slumbrage, and crambitious. Tom Hall finds out what they mean.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. May 27, 1-2 PM
10:35 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Baltimore's Master Bike Plan & A Conversation About Masculinity

Baltimore's new Mast Bike Plan, proposes adding ninety-plus miles of new bike lanes.

While neighboring cities like Washington, DC and Philadelphia have invested in bicycle infrastructure, Charm City is still playing catch-up. In this hour of Midday, we get a progress report on Baltimore City's new Master Bike Plan, and hear how cyclists and drivers can share our crowded streets. Our guests are Caitlin Doolin, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner of the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, Greg Hinchliffe, the Interim President of Bikemore, and Brian Kopp, the Education Coordinator of Bike Maryland.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. May 27, 12-1 PM
10:21 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Progress On Transit?

The quality of service for MTA buses receives mixed reactions from its riders.

What’s the best way to get around Baltimore? How often do you take Baltimore’s busses and how would you rate the quality of your ride? We dissect Baltimore’s transportation issues with urban designer Klaus Philipsen, president of ArchPlan Inc., James Rouse, a founding member of Transit Choices, a coalition of mass transit advocates, and a representative of the MTA.

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The Morning Economic Report
9:09 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Various Measures of National Output - 5/27/15

The most common way to describe national output is to cite gross domestic product statistics.  Gross domestic product represents the monetary value of all finished goods and services produced within a country’s border over a specific time period.  Growing up, many of us spoke in the language of gross national product, which is a measure of what the citizens of a nation produce irrespective of whether these items are produced within its borders. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Protesters Stop Traffic In Opposition To Youth Jail

Baltimore Detention Center
Credit Tyler Merbler

In early 2013, the state of Maryland scrapped plans to build a controversial youth jail in Baltimore to house juveniles charged as adults. The $70 million dollar plan would’ve built a 120-bed facility. But, those opposed to the plan said the state should invest in youth activities, not youth jails. A compromise was reached: the state would renovate an existing facility for $30 million, creating 60 beds.

Earlier this month, the state’s Board of Public Works approved funding for the youth jail. Yesterday, protesters on I-395 clogged traffic in protest of it. Pastor Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple led the protests. He joins Sheilah by phone to talk about it.

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed May 27, 2015

An Update On The Faded State Center Complex

State Center during the urban renewal period in which it was constructed.
Credit John Kyle

Just north of Baltimore’s downtown, there’s a light-rail stop, a metro station and a set of 1950s-era government buildings. The 28-acre site that comprises all that is called State Center. It’s a part of West Baltimore that abuts Bolton Hill and the McCulloh Homes community. But to the south and east it’s cut off from Mt Vernon, and University of Maryland Medical Center and communities South by Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard and Howard Street.

For years developers and community leaders have seen in State Center the potential to support shops and updated office space.  But the re-development has been stalled for various reasons – we’d like to understand why, and what’s happening now. So we invited John Kyle.  He has lived in nearby Bolton Hill for about three decades, and is President of the State Center Neighborhood Alliance, a coalition of a dozen surrounding neighborhoods.

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