8:08 am
Thu June 5, 2014

A Gubernatorial Debate, Attack Ads, Frosh Picks Up O’Malley Endorsement, & Baltimore Property Taxes

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The three top Democratic candidates for governor hold their final broadcast debate this morning. An independent expenditure group launches the latest attack ad in the governor’s race. State Senator Brian Frosh’s bid to be MD’s next Attorney General picks up the endorsement of Governor Martin O’Malley. Baltimore’s property tax rate falls. And more.

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The Morning Economic Report
8:37 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Canadian Economic Incentives - 6/5/14

If you are trying to grow a technology firm, you might tend to focus on potential locations like Silicon Valley, North Carolina’s Research Triangle, Maryland’s I-270 Corridor, Austin, Texas, the suburbs of Boston or the side streets of New York.  Here’s another possibility – Canada.  The Wall Street Journal reports that Canada is offering massive economic incentives to technology companies, in one case paying nearly 80 percent of the cost of engineers for a firm working on a new kind of wearable technology. 

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Baltimore's Future with David Warnock
4:09 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Baltimore's Future: Marc Szarkowski

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A conversation with Marc Szarkowski.

On today's episode of "Baltimore's Future," David Warnock speaks with Marc Szarkowski. Szarkowski, an urban designer, along with transportation blogger Gerald Neily, came up with an idea involving Carroll Park, Mount Clare, a streetcar and a railroad right-of-way. 

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The First Five Years
3:44 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The First Five Years: Storytelling

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We each have a story to tell. It’s your turn. 

Since the dawn of time, there have been storytellers. But we are just starting to understand how important this tradition is. New research published in The Atlantic suggests that young children who hear lots of detailed family stories grow into well-adjusted adolescents.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. June 4, 1-2 pm
10:23 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Joseph Smith's Final Years

Columnist and author, Alex Beam, explores the final years and the assassination of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church.

In his new book, "American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church," Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam reports on the life and violent death of the charismatic founder of the Mormon church. The book traces the roots of Mormonism, the nation's fastest growing faith, and its turbulent early history.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. June 4, 12-1 pm
10:17 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Transgender Tipping Point?

Laverne Cox, actress and transgender rights activist, graces the cover of the most recent issue of TIME Magazine.

The high-profile failure of a Maryland petition drive to repeal a transgender rights law -- the so-called "Bathroom Bill" -- lends support to the claim, featured on Time's cover this week, that the U.S. has reached a tipping point in the acceptance of transgender people.

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Maryland Morning
9:22 am
Wed June 4, 2014

How to Reduce Youth Violence

From left: Kayanna Johnson, Sheilah Kast, DeShawn Batson and Kelsey Johnson.
Credit Jamyla Kay

Sheilah Kast talks with members of Baltimore City's Youth Commission about violence against city teens.

At least ten Baltimore teenagers have been murdered this year.  The trauma for their families ripples through their communities, and the city worries about what the summer will bring.  Last week 16-year-old Oscar Torres was fatally shot sitting in a Ford Fusion that was carjacked; police say the same car killed 12-year-old Shanizya Taft the next day in East Baltimore.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Beethoven's Ninth at the BSO

Marin Alsop
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Tom Hall talks with conductor Marin Alsop

The Ode to Joy is one of the most recognizable and popular tunes in all of music.  It’s the centerpiece melody of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.  The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has performed the Ninth every year for the past several years.  They will wrap up their 2013-2014 season with performances this weekend that will also include a Pulitzer Prize-winning cantata by John Adams called "On the Transmigration of Souls," a beautiful elegy on the tragedy of the attacks on September 11th. Marin Alsop will conduct the BSO along with the Peabody Children’s Chorus and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.  Tom Hall talks with her about it.

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8:31 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Sexual Assault Policy, Public Financing, Harbor Point, Cove Point, and A Fence At The War Memorial

The Harbor Point development site in Baltimore.
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Maryland college campuses are required to revamp their policy for dealing with sexual assault by the end of this year. We look at what the new policy contains. Plus: public financing, Harbor Point, Cove Point, a fence at the War Memorial, and more.

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Cellar Notes
8:28 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Ponzi, Pioneer of Oregon - 6/4/14

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = good decent wine  ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine

Ponzi Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley '13 *1/2 $
(Very good value in a Ponzi staple,  bright, elegant, crisp)

Ponzi Reserve Chardonnay, Willamette Valley '12 **  $$
(Subtle, firm, complex and delicate; typical quality Oregon chard)

Ponzi Pinot Noir, "Tavola" '12  ** $$
(Lean, balanced with good falvors)

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