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The Morning Economic Report
5:58 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Regional Growth and Decline - 6/2/15

For a number of years, the fastest economic growth was taking place in states located toward the center of the country.  Oil producing states like North Dakota, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma had been at the vanguard of economic expansion when oil prices were high.  But the fall in oil prices and rapid reductions in oil field investment are now taking their toll on these regional economies. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Jun. 1, 1-2 PM
2:20 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Midday on Health

Dr. John Cmar, infectious disease specialist at Sinai Hospital, joins us for our monthly edition of Midday on Health. In this hour, John Hopkins has announced the launch of a research center to study “post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome.” We’ll hear from Dr. John Aucott, a Hopkins internist and director of the center, about his research into potential causes of lingering symptoms and how to diagnose Lyme disease sooner.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Jun. 1, 12-1 PM
2:15 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Midday Politics

On Saturday, former Maryland Governor, Martin O'Malley, announced his candidacy for President.

On the heels of Martin O’Malley’s announcement that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, we take a look at his record as former governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore. Plus, we take a look at the bills that Governor Hogan vetoed. Will his vetoes stick? Our panel of guests includes: Fraser Smith, WYPR’s Senior News Analyst; Barry Rascovar of the blog Political Maryland; and Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College.

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Maryland Morning Podcast
11:00 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Low Income Baltimore Housing; The Ethics Of Eating; "Last Of The Boys" Review; One-Hit Wonder Novel

Credit Jonna McKone

Change is on the way in Baltimore’s public housing. RAD is the Rental Assistance Demonstration program. Will it bring private money into the city's rundown public dwellings or make those units unaffordable? We hear what’s at stake from the housing authority, critics and long-time residents. Then, how can we eat in an ethical way? Tom Hall asks Dr. Ruth Faden, of the Johns Hopkins ‘Berman Institute of Bioethics,’ about how our eating habits affect our environment. 

Plus: Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews  "Last of the Boys", a play about the Vietnam War’s impact on those who fought and those left behind. Also, Baltimore native Andy Abramowitz tells us about his funny debut novel, Thank You, Goodnight… about a one-hit-wonder songwriter re-uniting his band and figuring out his values.

The Morning Economic Report
9:04 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Stronger Growth Than Expected in First Quarter - 6/1/15

A paper recently published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco suggests that the U.S. economy may not have been as weak during the initial months of twenty fifteen as available data indicate.  The Bureau of Economic Analysis’ initial estimate of gross domestic product expansion during the year’s first quarter was just zero point two percent. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon June 1, 2015

After 80 Years Of Public Housing, The State Of Low Income Housing In Baltimore

A group of friends sit in front of Bel Park Towers in Park Heights. Many of the folks in this picture spent a lot of time telling me about their concerns and the conditions of their building.
Credit Jonna McKone

The frustrations that have convulsed Baltimore this spring have roots in police practices, yes – but also much deeper roots, roots that stretch back over a century, in a history of various government policies that made racial segregation official. 

Take public housing, which has existed in the United States for nearly eight decades. As in many other places, government housing assistance in Baltimore has been a central safety net for the poor. But it also has perpetuated generational poverty and racial segregation.

In the last twenty years, new approaches have been tried to replace government-owned high-rises – for example, housing vouchers or rent subsidies in privately owned buildings.  Now there’s another new idea, and Baltimore is one of the cities trying it out.  It’s called RAD, or Rental Assistance Demonstration.

RAD’s proponents say it will bring a long-overdue investment from private developers into under-funded public housing in poor neighborhoods. But critics say it will let private businesses control a federal program that should remain just that– publicly funded. 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon June 1, 2015

How To Eat In An Ethical Way

Credit Socially Responsible Agricultural Project

In 25 years, there may be more than 9.5 billion people inhabiting this planet, and keeping everyone fed with safe, nutritious food will give rise to many thorny ethical issues, as we attempt to produce enough good food to satisfy that incredible need. We talk with Dr. Ruth Faden, the Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Co-Principal Investigator of the Global Food Ethics Project, about how regional eating habits can affect both the environment and the global population.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Theater Review: "Last Of The Boys" At Fells Point Corner Theatre

Tony Colavito (left) and Mark Squirek (right) in "Last of the Boys."
Credit Harry Bechkes

Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "Last of the Boys", a play about the Vietnam War’s impact on those who fought and those left behind. The play runs through June 7 at the Fells Point Corner Theatre.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon June 1, 2015

A Story Of A One-Hit Wonder Band Reuniting After A Decade

Andy Abramowitz was born in Baltimore and lived most of his growing-up years here, went away to college, but had the good sense to come to the University of Maryland Carey Law School.  Along the way he played in some bands and listened to a lot of music – experiences indispensable for Abramowitz’s debut novel, out this month.  Thank You, Goodnight  is the story of a one-hit wonder band reuniting a decade after they broke up.  Their rivalries, regrets, and motivations pull us along with them into a very funny  examination of what’s important in life. Andy Abramowitz joins Sheilah on the line from  his home in Philadelphia to talk about the book.

Programs
2:38 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Ex Parte Merryman

The imprisonment of John Merryman at Fort McHenry at the start of the Civil War becomes the foundation for rules of habeus corpus in the United States.   

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