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11:40 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Delas Wines of Southern France - 12/31/14

Delas Cotes du Rhone "St. Esprit" Rouge '12 ** $
(An unusual reverse blend of 90% syrah and 10 % grenache.)

Delas Ventoux Rouge '13 ** $
(Another syrah-grenache blend, with fresh dark berry flavors.)

Delas Croze-Hermitage "Les Launes" Rouge '10 **1/2 $$
(An exceptionally good Croze, much better than most, at a good price.)

Delas St. Joesph "Sainte-Epine" Rouge '11 **1/2 $$
(Very good wine from a small but important appelation.)

Delas Hermitage "Les Bessards" '11 *** $$$$
(Very pricy, but monumental.  A wine to keep for years and years.)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Wine World.

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Maryland Morning Podcast
10:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

MLK Boulevard, "Us Conductors", Remembering Journalist George Collins

MLK Blvd and Pratt St in Baltimore
Credit thisisbossi / Flickr / Creative Commons

There are hundreds of streets in the US named for Martin Luther King Jr. A documentary film called "The MLK Streets Project" looks at what life is like on those streets, and what that says about Dr. King’s legacy. We talk with one of the filmmakers. Then, we talk with Sean Michaels, author of the novel “Us Conductors” about the inventor of the theremin, a musical instrument you play without touching. Plus, George Collins, who was editor-in-chief of Baltimore’s Afro-American Newspaper  and a WMAR broadcaster, died last July at age 88. We talk about Collins’ coverage of  the civil rights movement in Maryland with his colleague, Charles Robinson of Maryland Public Television. 
Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Do The Streets Named After Martin Luther King Reflect His Legacy?

MLK Blvd and Pratt St in Baltimore
Credit thisisbossi / Flickr / Creative Commons

There are hundreds of American streets, avenues, expressways and roads named in honor of Dr. King, including one right here in Baltimore:  motorists have been coursing along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard since the early ‘80s. In 2008, a group of 10 students from D.C. visited Baltimore’s MLK Blvd, and 12 other U.S. cities with streets named for the civil rights leader. The kids’ observations and interviews about the positive and negative elements they found on the streets were filmed for a documentary; it was released in 2012. The students asked residents, community leaders and academics “Do you think these streets represent King’s dream?” Last January, Sheilah spoke with Charneice Fox Richardson, co-director of The MLK Streets Project.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Love, Espionage, And Theremin

The theremin is a musical instrument that you don’t actually touch to play. Its pitch and volume are guided by your hands as they move through the air between two antennas. It was invented in 1919 by a Russian scientist named Lev Sergeyvich Termen, known as Leon Theremin here in the States. Montreal writer,  Sean Michaels, found inspiration in the theremin and its creator for his debut novel, Us Conductors.  It’s a book brimming with unrequited love, international espionage, and enduring hope.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Remembering Journalist George Collins

George Collins (left), Charles Robinson (right)
Credit Courtesy of Charles Robinson

George Collins, who died last July at age 88, started his career in journalism as a reporter at the Afro American newspaper 64 years ago, and rose to become its editor-in-chief.  In 1968 he switched to broadcasting, joining WMAR-TV as an anchor. Twenty years later he started a public-affairs show on WEAA, the NPR member station on the campus of Morgan State. Collins covered significant events in the civil rights movement, including the March on Washington, and the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and closer to home, injustices in his community. Charles Robinson, a correspondent for Maryland Public Television, knew and worked with Collins. We spoke with him about the life and work of Collins in August.

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The Nature of Things
5:01 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Stink Bugs

Adult Female brown marmorated stink bug
Credit Rutgers University

Unfortunately, not many predators are interested in eating the ubiquitous brown marmorated stink bug we see so much of in our listening area. That’s because it’s not a native species.


ClearPath - Your Roadmap To Health & Wealth
2:46 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Employment Retirement Benefits

As economy has recovered, what have employers done to help employees with retirement benefits offerings?


The Signal
2:36 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Globe Poster, “Freedom is a Hammer”, and “So Say the Waiters”

Brothers Bob & Frank Cicero of Globe Poster
Credit Allison Fisher

The bold type and fluorescent images of Baltimore's Globe Poster Company were great advertising for touring bands back in the heyday of R & B. Now, to the creators’ surprise, they're considered works of art. 


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The First Five Years
12:04 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

The First Five Years: The Santa Clause

To Santa or not to Santa?  Some parents struggle with whether to make Santa Claus a part of their holiday tradition.  Is it lying to the child?


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Public Commentary
11:42 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Donald C. Fry - December 30, 2014

Donald C. Fry has been the president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC), the central Maryland region's most prominent organization of business and civic leaders, since November 2002.

Under Don’s leadership, the GBC is recognized as a knowledgeable and highly credible business voice in the Baltimore region, Annapolis and Washington, D.C. on policy issues and competitive challenges facing Maryland. Its mission is to apply private-sector leadership to strengthening the business climate and quality of life in the region and state.

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