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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

How Coffee Can Improve Your Memory

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You knew caffeine made you more alert. But now scientists are saying it may actually improve your memory. Neurobiologist Michael Yassa, while working as an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins, found that caffeine has a positive effect on long-term memory in humans.  Their research, published by the journal Nature Neuroscience, shows that caffeine enhances memories up to 24 hours after it is consumed.

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Maryland Morning Podcast
9:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Caffeine and Memory, Finding Real Rosie the Riveters, and Author Mohsin Hamid

Can a cup of coffee act as a memory enhancer? Then, preserving the local stories of real-life "Rosie the Riveters." Plus, Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid, author of the novel "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia."  

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Finding Real Rosie the Riveters

A photo of Wilma Foster during her days at Fairchild Aircraft.
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Sheilah Kast speaks with Wilma Foster (a real 'Rosie the Riveter' from Laurel) and her daughter Ann Marie Miller (a rosebud.)

It's a famous image--the red polka-dot scarf, the blue work shirt, the determined face, and of course that curled bicep. It's Rosie the Riveter. Here face and "We Can Do It!" message was the star of World War II propaganda campaigns. Rosie was a composite character: millions of American women spent years working in factories and shipyards producing equipment to be used in the War. They could 'do it.' In this interview Sheilah Kast speaks with one of the real 'Rosies.' Wilma Foster lives in Laurel and worked as a riveter at Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown during the early 1940s. 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Author Mohsin Hamid on "How to Get Filfthy Rich in Rising Asia"

Mohsin Hamid.
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Tom Hall speaks with author Mohsin Hamid.

The Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid has written three acclaimed novels.  His latest book has just been released in paperback.  It’s called How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.  It’s a look at the life of a man who journeys from indigent child to wealthy industrialist.  And it’s written as if it were one of those self-help, get rich quick books that fill the shelves of bookstores around the world.

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Headlines
8:25 am
Wed August 20, 2014

MD’s Health Insurance Exchange, Exelon’s Push To Expand Its Holdings, & Offshore Wind Leases

Governor Martin O'Malley.
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While state officials say Maryland’s new health insurance exchange website will be ready to go by the next open enrollment period in November… they also say that the nearly 79-thousand Marylanders who bought private coverage through the old system will have to sign up for insurance again. Exelon files an application with Maryland’s Public Service Commission in its push to acquire more regional utilities, including Delmarva Power and Pepco. Another step was taken yesterday to bring an offshore wind industry to our state; the federal government awarded leases for 80-thousand acres of land off the coast of Ocean City to a subsidiary of an Italian renewable energy company. And more…

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The First Five Years
4:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

The First Five Years: EXCELS

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The First Five Years: EXCELS

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Cellar Notes
9:57 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Maconais Chards, the Other White Burgundy - 8/20/14

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

Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Blanc 2012  *1/2 $$    
(A very rare wine, informal chardonnay, very nice.)

Sylvain et Alain Normand Macon-La Roche-Vineuse 2012  **  $
(Good buy in a spicy, mineral Macon.)

Fabrice Larochette, Chat. Chaintré Macon-Chaintré 2102  **  $
(Attractive peach, pear and mineral notes, well made, good value.)

Louis Jadot Macon Villages 2012 *1/2  $
(A very good value in Macon chard, from a reliable producer.)
        
Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Wine World.  See sponsor tab.

The Morning Economic Report
9:48 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Infrastucture - 8/20/14

America’s infrastructure is said to be crumbling.  Our bridges are failing, our water mains are bursting and our electrical grid is leaking.  But the situation is far worse in much of the world – take the Philippines as an example.  As detailed by writer Floyd Whaley, the 2.2 million vehicles that occupy Manila’s crumbling road system cost the Philippines 876 billion pesos per annum, or about $20 billion in lost productivity and wasted energy according to a recent study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. 

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The Nature of Things
5:23 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Monarchs

  Monarch butterflies are famous for their southward migration and northward return in summer from here to Mexico.

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ClearPath - Your Roadmap To Health & Wealth
3:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Veterans and Healthcare

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Veterans beware of healthcare scams.

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