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The Signal
3:19 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Rosemary’s Rabbit, Nerd Camp 2.0, and The Free State Theatre Organ Society

A radio adaptation of Ron Tanner’s short story, “Rosemary’s Rabbit”; Elissa Brent Weissman’s book, Nerd Camp 2.0; and a visit with the Free State Theatre Organ Society

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Maryland Morning Podcast
9:37 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Labor Trafficking in Maryland, Frankenstein Online, and Author James McBride

How does labor trafficking look in Maryland? Then, putting Frankenstein online. Plus, James McBride on bringing "The Good Lord Bird" to life.

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The Morning Economic Report
9:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Budget Surplus - 8/29/14

The U.S. Treasury Department booked a $114 billion surplus in April, the largest surplus registered for that month since 2008 according to the most recent estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.  For the first seven months of the current federal fiscal year, which began last October 1st, the CBO estimates that the nation’s total budget deficit equaled $301 billion, which is $187 billion less than it was for the same period last year. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

How Labor Trafficking Looks in Maryland

Farmworkers are a population that's vulnerable to labor trafficking.
Credit amira_a/Flickr

Sheilah Kast talks with Sheena Wadhawan about labor trafficking in Maryland.

Labor trafficking is the use of intimidation, threats, and sometimes violence, to force people to work against their will. The national non-profit Polaris Project, and others working to prevent trafficking, say certain populations are especially vulnerable, such as immigrants; they may be working legally in the U.S., but their legal status is tied to a particular employer.  

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Frankenstein Is ALIVE and Online

The inside cover of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Courtesy of Neil Fraistat.

Sheilah talks with University of Maryland English professor Neil Fraistat, a collaborator on the Shelley-Godwin Digital Archive.
Tomorrow is the birthday of 19th century English writer Mary Shelley. She’s most famous for her creation of Victor Frankenstein, a character who has come to represent the prototypical mad scientist. As of last fall, Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, is alive and online in its original manuscript form. It’s part of the ‘Shelley-Godwin Digital Archive.’ Sheilah spoke last fall with one of the collaborators on the archive, University of Maryland English professor Neil Fraistat. 
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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri August 29, 2014

James McBride on Bringing "The Good Lord Bird" to Life

Author James McBride

Tom Hall speaks with author James McBride.

National Book Award winner James McBride's latest novel "The Good Lord Bird," depicts famous abolitionist John Brown.

The book takes place on the plains of Kansas, where Brown is waging war on slavery.  It concludes with Brown’s famous raid at Harper’s Ferry a few years later.  "I wanted to create a version of him that was accessible to people and that was funny," said McBride.  "Books about American history and particularly about slavery are very rarely funny." 

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Baltimore Stories
5:40 am
Fri August 29, 2014

The Time The Bromo Seltzer Bottle Came Down

The Time The Bromo Seltzer Bottle Came Down

Baltimoreans in 1936, walking about downtown, could sense that there was something different about the city.

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Humanities Connection
5:07 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

The Battle of Hampstead Hill & Its Citizens Rediscovered

Without the land Battles of North Point and Hampstead Hill, where thousands of citizen soldiers, one fifth of which were African-Americans, delayed the British, the rockets’ red glare and the Birth of our National Anthem at Ft. McHenry might have had a very different outcome.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Sept. 1, 1-2 p.m.
3:44 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

On Being Italian

Joseph Luzzi, an Italian-American writer and Italian scholar at Bard College, tells his family's story and reflects on the culture's split personality -- the Italy of Dante and Michelangelo, and the one of corruption, Mafia and old-world ways. Luzzi is the author of "My Two Italies." Original air date 7/31/14 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Sept. 1, 12-1 p.m.
3:41 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Freeman Hrabowski and the Graduation Gap

Students from lower income families have a more difficult time graduating from college than their well-off counterparts.

Americans from poor families are far less likely to graduate from college than their better-off counterparts, a fact with major implications for society. We'll talk about the college graduation gap with Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County; and David Laude, University of Texas at Austin senior vice provost for enrollment and graduation management, who created a successful program that improved graduation rates. Original air date 7/30/14 

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