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The Morning Economic Report
10:07 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Globalization - 4/3/14

There are many among us who do not view globalization favorably.  As pointed out by writer Eduardo Porter, globalization is now often perceived as a leading driver of rampant inequality and wage stagnation.  This view is hardly universal despite the fact that in an American context globalization may have contributed to a stalling of middle class incomes and a surge of income growth among the top 1 percent.  If the world were viewed as a single nation, income inequality has in fact declined and middle class incomes have expanded more rapidly than those at the top.  

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wed. April 2 1-2 p.m.
10:21 am
Wed April 2, 2014

American Fun

Beckman's book is a pop-academic exploration of 'joyous revolt' throughout American History.
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From the Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party to Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and the hip-hop B-Boys of the South Bronx, a romp through the nation's cultural and political history with the anti-establishment fun-lovers who, John Beckman says, have always been part of the American story. Beckman is an English professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and the author of  "American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wed. April 2 12-1 p.m.
10:12 am
Wed April 2, 2014

The Clark Rockefeller Con

Walter Kirn's Blood WIll Out is an exploration of American class dynamics.
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Writer Walter Kirn found himself part of a real-life plot twist when he realized that one of his longtime friends was playing him, and everyone else, as part of an elaborate con. In "Blood Will Out: The True Story of A Murder, A Mystery and A Masquerade," Kirn tells the chilling story of his friendship with Christian Gerhartsreiter, aka Clark Rockefeller, who duped Kirn for years by pretending to be part of the Rockefeller dynasty.

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Maryland Morning
9:23 am
Wed April 2, 2014

How Labor Trafficking Looks in Maryland

Farmworkers are a population that's vulnerable to labor trafficking.
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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 US, but their legal status is tied to a particular employer.  

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Tracking the Ospreys

Woody, one of the ospreys being tracked.
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Nathan Sterner talks with John Rodenhausen of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation about tracking the ospreys

It's a long way from the Chesapeake Bay to Venezuela. More than 2,000 miles. But it's a trip made twice a year by ospreys. They summer in our region, and spend the winter where it's warmer. 

The birds are making their journey back to our region from South America right now, and the Chesapeake Bay is tracking the progress of four of them with the Osprey Tracking Project. 

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Headlines
8:45 am
Wed April 2, 2014

MD’s Health Exchange, Sexting, Marijuana, Wildlands, Snow Days, & Baltimore Homicides

Hunting Creek Lake in Cunningham Falls State Park.
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The board of Maryland’s health insurance exchange has voted to hire Deloitte Consulting to replace most of the state’s troubled online healthcare marketplace. Plus: sexting, marijuana decriminalization, a wildlands expansion, snow days, Baltimore homicides, and more.

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Maryland Morning
8:30 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Author David Shipler on "The Working Poor"

A scene from "The Consumables" at CCBC.
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Tom Hall talks with author David Shipler and director Julie Lewis on CCBC's theater piece "The Consumables"

There’s a program at the Community College of Baltimore County’s Essex Campus called the Community Book Connection.  Students and staff at CCBC read a book, and throughout the year, the college presents events related to the themes of that book.  The book they chose this year is "The Working Poor: Invisible in America" by the Pulitzer Prize winning author David Shipler.  It paints portraits of people who are for the most part employed, but constantly navigating that terrifying space where there is never quite enough to get by.  

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Cellar Notes
5:30 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Riesling - 4/2/14

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

Ch. Ste. Michelle Riesling, Cold Creek Vineyard, Wash. St. 2012 *1/2  $
(Good soft texture, good fruit, decent acidity, very food friendly)

Ch. Ste. Michelle Riesling, "Eroica", Columbia Valley 2012, * $$
(Made with Mosel's Dr. Ernst Loosen, still a work in progress)

Karl Erbes Riseling, Urziger Wurtzgarten Spatlese 2012  **1/2  $
(Great value in balanced, off-dry fruity food friendly Riesling)

Schmitt-Sohne Riesling, Piesporter Michelsberg Auslese 2009 **1/2 $
(Another wonderful value in rich, fruity German Riesling)

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

The First Five Years
5:30 am
Wed April 2, 2014

The First Five Years: How to be a Successful Grandparent

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The April 2 "First Five Years" episode "Grandparenting."

Being a grandparent – like being a parent – isn't easy, especially in this digital age where things change so quickly. This week we present 10 tips on how to be a successful grandparent.

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The Morning Economic Report
10:10 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Economic Recovery - 4/2/14

The U.S. economy officially emerged from recession in June 2009.  That means that in just three months, America will commence its sixth year of economic recovery.  But a survey conducted last week by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that 57 percent of respondents still think that the economy is in recession. 

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