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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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Maryland Morning
8:53 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Beer Brewing in Baltimore

The Natty Boh Tower in Brewer's Hill
Credit Vox Efx / Flickr / Creative Commons

An interview with Nick Kovacic about his documentary "Brewmore Baltimore."

The story of beer brewing in Baltimore is the story of the city itself. Our brewing history can tell us when immigrants were coming over and charts the dominance of large beer companies in our country.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Night at the Morgan State Opera

When many people think of Morgan State University, they think of the famed Morgan Choir.  Under the direction of the late Dr. Nathan Carter, the choir toured the world, and established itself as one of the great musical ambassadors for Morgan and for the state of Maryland.  Its current director, Dr. Eric Conway, has continued the revered tradition of the Morgan Choir, and over the last few seasons, a newer tradition of grand opera performance has also taken hold at Morgan.

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Headlines
8:31 am
Wed March 19, 2014

MD’s Health Exchange, Baltimore’s Budget, The Minimum Wage, and Baltimore County’s School Board

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Credit Mathematical Association of America via flickr

Many people trying to buy insurance through Maryland’s online health benefit exchange are going to get some extra time to complete the process. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will unveil a $2.5-billion budget proposal today. Plus: the minimum wage, Baltimore County’s school board, a new location for the Baltimore Book Festival, and more.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Tue. March 18 1-2 p.m.
11:37 am
Tue March 18, 2014

A Dwight Pettit

Prominent Baltimore Attorney, A. Dwight Pettit, was the first male black student to attend Aberdeen High School.
Credit Baltimore Sun

In his four-decades long career practicing law, A. Dwight Pettit has been involved in a variety of high-profile cases, ranging from civil rights litigation to infamous murder trials.

In his new autobiography, "Under Color of Law," Pettit chronicles his life  in the courtroom, from his first encounter with the legal system when his father successfully challenged school segregation, to his involvement with lawsuits involving the likes of Mike Tyson and former Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis.  

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Tue. March 18 12-1 p.m.
11:33 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Adults and Nature Deficit Disorder

Journalist Richard Louv warns of the danger of what he calls "nature deficit-disorder," or the distancing of humans from the environment.
Credit National Park Service

Bestselling author Richard Louv, founder of the Children & Nature Network,  spawned an international call-to-action with his writing on the importance of reconnecting kids to nature. 

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Your Maryland 02-20-14
11:21 am
Tue March 18, 2014

"Hatrack"

H. L. Mencken crusades against hypocrisy and censorship.   

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Lowering Health Care Spending, One Patient at a Time

Credit Tabitha Kaylee Hawk

The Affordable Care Act’s main goal is to insure the uninsured. But, one other goal: lower the cost of health care. Advances in data collection are giving us a clearer picture of who’s costing hospitals the most and why. Some say this creates new opportunities for savings. Reporter Lawrence Lanahan went to Columbia, Maryland, to see how this is playing out in our backyard.

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