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The Morning Economic Report
9:17 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Wage Pressures - 10/27/14

One of the biggest questions facing the economy in 2015 is whether for the first time in many years we’ll observe large-scale wage pressures in America.  As many know, wages have not expanded rapidly in recent years and most measures of labor compensation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that wage growth remains stuck at around 2 percent per annum. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Representing Unaccompanied Minors

Sheilah Kast and Adonia Simpson in the studio.
Credit Eric Seymour, Esperanza Center-Catholic Charities of Baltimore

It’s been a year since news reports started covering the large numbers of children crossing the U.S. border from Central American countries. It’s estimated that more than 55,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the border since that time. And since January 2014, more than 2,800 minors have been placed with relatives or new caretakers in Maryland. In July, we examined why these children were coming to Maryland and we looked at the options that were on the table to house them. But now we want to ask what’s the next step for these children who are living in the state?

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard
Credit "Julia Gillard 2010" by MystifyMe Concert Photography (Troy) - Prime Minister Julia Gillard (25). Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Many Americans may have gotten a first encounter with Julia Gillard two years ago. She was then Australia’s prime minister, and gave a powerful speech in Parliament accusing the leader of the opposition party of sexism. The speech went viral with 2.6 million views on YouTube so far.  Julia Gillard is no longer prime minister, but she still has a lot to say.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon October 27, 2014

The Rousuck Review: "Next to Normal" at Center Stage

(l to r) Michael Winther, Ariela Morgenstern, Justin Scott Brown.
Credit Center Stage

J. Wynn Rousuck reviews the musical Next to Normal, which continues at Center Stage through November 16. 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Living Questions: Why Is Religion Important?

From far left: Benjamin Sax, Tom Hall, Homayra Ziad and Heather Miller Rubens.
Credit Jamyla Kay

This morning, we begin a series called 'Living Questions,' a monthly series of conversations about issues surrounding religion, theology and ethics. We’re partnering with the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, an organization that for nearly 30 years has worked to cultivate religious literacy and inter-faith understanding. Joining Tom in the studio is Dr. Homayra Ziad, Dr. Benjamin Sax and Dr. Heather Miller Rubens.

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Maryland Morning Podcast
11:26 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Plus Bringing "Next To Normal" To Center Stage

Credit State of Maryland

The democratic candidate for governor, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, joins Sheilah live in-studio to talk about how a Brown administration would differ from an O'Malley administration. The Republican candidate, businessman Larry Hogan, has agreed to join us next week.  

 Plus, the musical “Next to Normal” is now up at Center Stage. Tom Hall talks with a cast member and the director about how they keep up with this high-energy play.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Oct. 24, 1-2 p.m.
10:47 am
Fri October 24, 2014

The Big Rachet

MacArthur Genius Award-winner Ruth DeFries, an expert in the study of the human impact on our environment, counter's the idea of humanity's eventual demise and collapse by offering a positive examination of human capability. Her book is, "The Big Rachet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis." 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Oct. 24, 12-1 p.m.
10:44 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Midday on Health: Ebola

Dr. John Cmar, an infectious disease specialist at Sinai Hospital, continues our coverage of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa with a look at its impact on infectious disease control in the United States. We'll also talk to Elizabeth Serlemitsos, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs, who is in Liberia working to control the spread of the virus. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Candidate For Governor

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown

Maryland’s election for governor is a week and a half away, on November 4th. Next Wednesday, we’ll speak with Republican candidate for governor, Larry Hogan. But, today, we’re joined by the Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Bringing "Next To Normal" To Center Stage

Ariela Morgenstern (l) and Kally Duling (r)
Credit Richard Anderson

It started as a show called Feeling Electric. In 1998, when the playwright and lyricist Brian Yorkey saw a TV news story about electroconvulsive therapy, he suggested it as the topic of a brief musical to his friend and fellow Columbia University student, Tom Kitt.  They wrote a draft of a musical inspired by the story for a musical theater workshop in New York. Ten years later, it arrived off-Broadway, where it promptly failed. That’s usually the end of the story for musicals, but it wasn’t for this one, which evolved into a hit show called Next to Normal, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010, and in 2011, was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, winning three. David Schweitzer is an internationally acclaimed director of plays, musicals and opera who has returned to Center Stage with a new production of Next to Normal. He joins Tom in the studio, along with  a member of this engaging and compelling cast, Kally Duling. She plays the role of Natalie.

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