Maryland Morning Podcast
8:45 am
Wed February 18, 2015

The Best Children's Books Of The Year

The Oscars are on Sunday night, but if you’re a young reader, the Academy Awards of children’s literature was held earlier this month at the mid-winter meeting of the American Library Association in Chicago. Paula Willey is our resident expert on great books for kids, and she joins me this morning to talk about some of the books that won some of the big awards this year. Paula is a librarian at the Parkville-Carney branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. She’s also a library consultant, and she writes about books at her blog, "Unadulterated".

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Cellar Notes
8:38 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Petite Sirah - 2/18/15

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

Michael David "Pette Petite" Petite Sirah, Lodi 2011 **1/2 $$
(Big, jammy Shiraz look-alike)

Marietta Petite Sirah, Alexander Valley 2009 ** $$
(Informal, personality-laden big red)

J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 2011 **1/2 $$
(A very refined, complex, elegant big red)

Earthquake Petite Sirah, Lodi 2012 **1/2 $$
(Blockbuster style, tons of fruit)

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

The Morning Economic Report
8:29 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Oil Production - 2/18/15

Though lower oil prices are generally viewed favorably by many economic actors, this is less likely to be the case in oil producing states like Texas and North Dakota.  For several months, oil industry and other analysts have been predicting major reductions in investment related to oil production.  Those predictions may turn out to be true, but to date there is little evidence that oil-related investment is collapsing according to Bloomberg. 

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5:09 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Winter Weather: February 18, 2015

Predicted snow accumulations for today, as of 2:30pm.
Credit National Weather Service /

Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 9pm. Less than one inch of accumulation is expected, but falling snow could cause difficult driving conditions.

Then a Wind Chill Advisory takes effect at midnight tonight.

A Code Blue Alert is in effect in Baltimore City.

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A Blue View
5:27 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Migration of Oceanic Plankton - 2/17/15

Credit Eelke/Flickr

  In the popular cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants,” Plankton is a tiny troublemaker who fantasizes about someday taking over the world. Well, according to the scientists who study these microscopic migrators, they may already have.

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The Nature of Things
5:13 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Local Food & Locavores


  Knowing that I can make a difference through my food choice has led me to become a 'locavore.'  That is – I'm committed to eating meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, honey and other food products that are produced at farms in my local community.

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Public Commentary
3:09 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Rick Barth - Feburary 17, 2015

Richard P. “Rick” Barth, PhD, MSW, is professor and dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He is a Fellow and President of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. His bachelors and graduate degrees are from Brown University and the University of California at Berkeley, respectively. He has also served as a chaired professor at UC Berkeley and University of North Carolina. He has authored many books, chapters, and articles on children’s services practice, programs, policy, and research.

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Radio Kitchen #1321
3:00 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Cooking With Pickled Vegetables

February 17, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Cooking With Pickled Vegetables  

Late last autumn we encouraged you to buy up freshly harvested vegetables and preserve them for later use.  Well, winter is here and we ought to tell the people how to cook all those pickled veggies.  So let's look beyond pickled cucumbers and embrace everything from green beans, beets, carrots, cauliflower, radishes to hot little peppers.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Feb. 17th, 1-2 P.M
11:30 am
Tue February 17, 2015

A Libertarian's View

Johns Hopkins Professor Benjamin Ginsberg asserts that war can bring progress to humanity, despite its destruction.

While war brings death and destruction, history shows that it has been a great driver of human progress. So argues libertarian political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg. His new book, "The Worth of War," details what he sees as the benefits civilizations have derived from armed conflict. Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. Original air date: 10/13/14.


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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Feb. 17, 12-1 P.M.
11:22 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Police Body Cameras

One model of a body-worn camera used by police officers.

Next week, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s working group on police body cameras will release its findings on the technology's risks and benefits. We hear from David Rocah, senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and a member of mayor’s task force, on privacy concerns associated with body cameras and their potential to reduce police brutality.

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