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The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Nonprofits - 3/20/14

For a variety of reasons ranging from tax considerations to emerging social challenges, the role of nonprofits in the U.S. economy continues to expand.  According to the most recent figures compiled by the Urban Institute, between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofits operating in the U.S. expanded by 25 percent while the number of for profit business rose by just one half of 1 percent. 

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The Morning Economic Report
5:14 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Minimum Wage and Gender - 3/19/14

Debate regarding local and national minimum wages rages on.  A recent article authored by economist Laura D’Andrea Tyson, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and a key policy advisor to the Clinton Administration puts a different twist on the discussion. 

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The Morning Economic Report
5:06 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

College Degrees and Employment - 3/18/14

A recent Federal Reserve Bank of New York study provides additional evidence regarding the rampant underemployment of recent college graduates.  Among other things, the study determined that the share of Americans ages 22 to 27 with at least a bachelor’s degree who were in jobs that don’t require a college degree was 44 percent in 2012.  That’s up from 34 percent in 2001, a year during which the U.S. was in recession. 

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Cellar Notes
4:55 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

The Southwest of France - 3/19/14

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

Domaine de la Bouysse, "Hauterive Rouge", Vin de Pays d'Oc 2009  ** $
(Full, black fruit flavors, great for early grilling, bargain!)

Domaine de la Bouysse, "Mazerac", Languedoc (red) 2010 *** $$
(Intense, dark flavors, rustic notes, great value)

La Borie la Vitarelle, "Les Terres Blanches", St. Chinian (red) 2010  **1/2 $$
(Rhone blend, complex, full bodied, age-worthy)

Mas Bruguiere "La Grenadière", Pic St.-Loup 2010  **1/2  $$
(Intense, lovely aromas, loaded with Syrah, complex flavors)

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

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Public Commentary
2:56 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Carmela Coyle - March 18, 2014

Carmela Coyle is the President & CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA), a position she has held since July 2008. MHA is the advocate for Maryland hospitals, health systems, and the communities and patients they serve. In her role, Carmela is sharpening the association’s focus on advocacy and public policy. Quality and patient safety is a priority, where she is helping hospitals make health care in Maryland the safest in the nation. She is currently leading an effort to rethink the future of payment in Maryland and to both preserve and modernize Maryland’s Medicare waiver for the next 30 years. In addition to her post at MHA, Carmela also serves on the Board of the Maryland Patient Safety Center, the Maryland Healthcare Education Institute, and PRIME, MHA’s shared services organization.

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A Blue View
2:46 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

The Sounds of the Wood Frogs and Spring Peepers - 3/18/14

Through the winter, woodlands and meadows are mostly quiet at night. But with the arrival of spring rains and warming temperatures, that silence is broken by loud choruses of wood frogs and spring peepers. These are the first frog species to come out of hibernation and begin the year’s amphibian breeding season.

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The Environment In Focus
11:42 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Climate Engineering is a Controversial "Plan B" for Global Warming

Can we engineer Earth's atmosphere to stop global warming?

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wed. March 19 1-2 p.m.
11:40 am
Wed March 19, 2014

P.J. O'Rourke

  ENCORE PRESENTATION: The political satirist, author, humorist, and frequent contributor to NPR’s popular news quiz show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” joins Midday to talk about his new book, The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And it Wasn’t My Fault).

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wed. March 19 12-1 p.m.
11:37 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Heroin Addiction in the Suburbs

Danny Torsch and his mother Toni Torsch the year of his death. Danny Torsch died at the age of 24 from a heroin overdose. His body was found by members of his family.
Courtesy of Toni Torsch

Heroin addiction has soared in the country's rural and suburban areas. In Maryland, the number of heroin-related deaths jumped more than 50 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Baltimore Health Commissioner Leaving Post

Dr. Oxiris Barbot
Credit Baltimore City website

An interview with outgoing B'more health commissioner Oxiris Barbot

Baltimore’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, came here from New York City four years ago. Last week, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that Barbot is leaving. She’ll be returning to New York in late April to take a job as First Deputy Commissioner of Health there. She joins Sheilah Kast in the studio to talk about her time here in Baltimore.

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