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The Morning Economic Report
9:46 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Swiss Minimum Wage - 5/28/14

America is not the only nation wrestling with the minimum wage issue.  For instance, voters in Switzerland recently rejected what would have become the world’s highest national minimum wage, striking down a proposal for an hourly rate of 22 swiss francs per hour, which translates into 25 dollars.  As reported by Bloomberg, 76.3 percent of voters opposed the measure.  Swiss companies and the government had opposed the measure, arguing that it would have hurt the economy by increasing joblessness and triggering wage inflation across the board. 

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The Morning Economic Report
9:18 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Income Inequality of the Past - 5/27/14

There continues to be a considerable amount of focus on income inequality in America.  But the early 21st century is hardly the only moment in economic history during which inequality became deeply problematic in America.  As pointed out in a recent article authored by writer Eduardo Porter, America faced similar issues during the late 19th and early 20th century. 

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The First Five Years
4:56 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The First Five Years: Pets

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The May 28 episode of "The First Five Years."

Children and Pets

There’s nothing cuter than young children and animals together. When children help care for a pet it teaches responsibility and boosts self-esteem. But if you’re thinking about adopting a cuddly companion, listen to this first. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wed. May 28 1-2 p.m.
9:41 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Inside The Teen Brain

Daniel Siegel says for teens, "Life is on fire."
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Psychiatrist and author Daniel Siegel talks about the teenage brain, how it develops, how it works -- and how parents and their children can make the most of an important period of growth, change and experimentation. Siegel is the best-selling author of "Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wed. May 128 12-1 p.m.
9:34 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Midday Politics

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown opted out of last night's gubernatorial debate on WBFF.
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Analysis of the second televised debate of Maryland's Democratic gubernatorial candidates, with Melissa Deckman, chair and professor of political science at Washington College, and Barry Rascovar of politicalmaryland.org

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Marilyn Mosby, Candidate for Baltimore City State's Attorney

Marilyn Mosby
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Sheilah Kast talks with Marilyn Mosby, Democratic candidate for Baltimore City State's Attorney.

The primary election is less than a month away, on June 24th. We’re talking this week with the two Democratic candidates for Baltimore City State’s Attorney. That's the city’s top prosecutor. Joining Sheilah Kast today is Marilyn Mosby, a civil attorney who worked as a prosecutor in the State’s Attorney’s office for six years.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Cockeysville Native Reid Wiseman Launches Into Space

Astronaut Reid Wiseman
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Tom Hall speaks with Reid Wiseman, astronaut and Cockeysville native.

This afternoon, at 3:57 Maryland time, a Russian spacecraft will launch from Kazakhstan headed for the Intl Space Station. One of the astronauts on board will be Cockeysville native Reid Wiseman, a Commander in the Navy who was chosen as one of nine astronauts in the class of 2009. He’ll be conducting experiments and working on repairs of the space station. He’s been training in Russia for more than two years. Tom Hall spoke with Commander Wiseman about two and a half weeks ago from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Not Your Father's Bourbon

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To talk bourbon, Tom Hall speaks with author Dane Huckelbridge and mixologist Corey Polyoka.

“Bourbon is the American Spirit, both blessing and bane served neat or on the rocks.  To know its story is to know our own.”  Author Dane Huckelbridge wrote that in his book Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit.  Technically, bourbon has to be made in Kentucky, but now producers in the mid-Atlantic region are working to create their own variations.

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Cellar Notes
5:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Paul Blanck of Alsace - 5/28/14

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

Blanck Pinot Gris, Alsace 2011  **1/2 $$
(Dense, earthy, off-dry, almost majestic.)

Blanck Pinot Blanc d'Alsace 2011 ** $
(One of your better pinot blancs, with earthy citrus notes.)

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The Nature of Things
5:32 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Citizen Science

If you’ve ever wanted to be involved in the great work that scientists do, this is your chance.

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