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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

The History of Memorial Day

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Sheilah Kast speaks with Peter Johnston about the origins of Memorial Day.

This conversation originally aired May 23, 2008.

Today is the 146th anniversary of Memorial Day. First known as Decoration Day, thousands of civilians and veterans gathered in cemeteries to honor those fallen in combat.

Today we revisit a conversation that Sheilah Kast had with amateur historian Peter Johnston about the origins of Memorial Day, how they were first celebrated in Baltimore, and its meaning today.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon May 26, 2014

An Iconic Kiss

Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on August 14, 1945.
Credit Naval Institute Press.

To learn about the makings of that iconic kiss between a sailor and woman in white uniform, Sheilah Kast speaks with George Mendonsa (the sailor), Greta Friedman (the woman in the white uniform) and Larry Verria and George Galdorisi, who authored a book on the pair.

This segment originally aired on June 5, 2012

It’s a photo you’ve seen before – a sailor kissing a woman in a white nurse’s uniform in the middle of Times Square.  It was August 14, 1945 – V-J Day, moments just after Japan’s surrender had been announced. The picture was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt, and it ended up on the cover of Life magazine.  It became one of the most famous photos of the 20th century.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon May 26, 2014

"Impossible! A Happenstance Circus" at the Theatre Project

Sarah Olmstead Thomas, Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Alex Vernon and Gwen Grastorf.
Credit Leslie McConnaughy

 

J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "Impossible! A Happenstance Circus" at the Theatre Project.

The Rousuck Review: "Impossible! A Happenstance Circus" at the Theatre Project. 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon May 26, 2014

"Silently, Shadows Are Sweeping"

Tom Hall talks with poet and musician Carolyn Surrick.

Poet Carolyn Surrick's first collection of poems and essays were about her experience playing for wounded veterans. It's called "Between War and Here".  Her latest literary work is a collection of poems about her father’s death, and the passing of her step mother.  It’s called "Silently, Shadows are Sweeping."  Carolyn Surrick spoke with Tom Hall about it last January.

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The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Negative Physical Impacts of Unemployment - 5/26/14

A recent article in the Washington Post highlighted one of the most damaging aspects of long-term unemployment – declining health.  While many economists focus upon the lost earnings suffered by the long-term unemployed and the deterioration of skills, fewer are likely to focus upon the negative physical and mental impacts associated with extended periods of joblessness.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. May 26, 1-2 pm
2:48 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Ivy League and Vietnam

This collection of essays compiles a variety of different experiences that the class of 1964 had with the Vietnam War.
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Loopholes in the draft helped many young, well-educated men dodge the Vietnam War. But not all Ivy Leaguers chose to do so. We hear the stories of Phil Schaefer, Alan McKee and Bill Riggs, three Dartmouth College graduates with connections to Maryland, who each spent time in combat. Each contributed to a new book of essays, “Dartmouth Veterans—Vietnam Perspectives.”

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. May 26, 12-1 pm
2:42 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Income Gap

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From President Obama to Pope Francis, income inequality -- the widening gap between rich and poor -- is a recurring theme in public discourse in the U.S. and around the world. But what does it really mean? How bad is it and what are its long-term consequences for U.S. economy and the emerging generation of American workers?

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. May 23, 12-2 p.m.
2:21 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Midday Friday

Baltimore harbor is home to the country's first "trash-sucking" water wheel.
Credit Water Wheel Factory

Following up on interesting stories, people and ideas, from the Baltimore region and throughout Maryland.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

How Images Shape Our Memories

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Sheilah Kast talks about Rebecca Adelman, an assistant professor of media and communication studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and with MaryAnne Golon, Director of Photography at The Washington Post.

When you think of the attacks of September 11th, what picture comes into your mind? Perhaps it’s the image of the Twin Towers, burning.  Or of three firefighters raising the flag at Ground Zero after the attacks.   Whatever comes to you, visuals tend to play a large role in how we form our idea of what took place during an event.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri May 23, 2014

The Tea Party Nobody Talks About

A reenactment of the Chestertown Tea Party.
Credit Geoffrey DeMeritt

Sheilah Kast talks with historian Adam Goodheart about the Chestertown Tea Party.
Every American school kid knows that in 1773, colonists in Massachusetts angrily tossed tea into the harbor, furious about the new tax British Parliament had imposed tea.  Not as well known is the story of a similar incident five months later on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, in Chestertown, then an important international port.  

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