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Maryland Morning Podcast
12:00 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis On Community Policing; Freedom And The Second Ammendment

Credit Flickr Creative Commons // Tom Woodward

Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis joins us to discuss the relentless surge in shootings. Mayor Rawlings-Blake told WYPR the city is making progress. We’ll ask the interim commissioner about the war room and other crime-fighting tools, and building trust with the community.

Then, after every mass shooting comes a national debate about guns. We hear from a philosopher who argues the gun lobby makes us less safe and less free.

And, the ‘Environment in Focus’ with Tom Pelton.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. July 29, 1-2 PM
10:53 am
Wed July 29, 2015

When Rain Hurts

Mary Greene describes the tremendous challenges she and her husband faced after adopting their son from a Russian orphanage. She details her Maryland family’s struggle in “When Rain Hurts: An Adoptive Mother's Journey with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome." Original air date: 02/25/15. Production help from former Midday intern Margorie Goodman.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. July 29, 12-1 PM
10:47 am
Wed July 29, 2015

7,000 Emails

In response to a public information request by The Baltimore Sun, city officials released thousands of documents from April's civil unrest.

Baltimore Sun reporters plummed through a massive amount of emails and other documents among city officials to give a picture of response to the April protests and riot following the death of Freddie Gray. Two of the reporters, Luke Broadwater and Ian Duncan, join Dan Rodricks at noon to discuss what they have uncovered.

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Maryland Morning
9:56 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis On Community Policing and Violent Crime

Credit Flickr Creative Commons // Tom Woodward

Two days before the end of July, Baltimore has recorded 39 homicides so far this month, almost as many as the 42 murders in May, which was the highest monthly count in 25 years. There have been a dozen killings in just the last week

Three weeks ago today Kevin Davis was promoted from deputy to interim commissioner, when Mayor Rawlings Blake fired Commissioner Anthony Batts. Interim Commissioner Davis has set up what he calls a “war room” to coordinate the fight against crime. He has asked rank and file to email him their ideas about how to reorganize the police department. And he’s said he’d like to see the “interim” erased from his title. Interim Commissioner Davis is with Sheilah to address such questions in a special extended segment. 

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Guns, Freedom, and the Second Ammendment

The Knotted Gun, a sculpture outside of the UN in New York City.
Credit Steven Ballegeer via Flickr Creative Commons

Maryland has some of the toughest gun restrictions in the country, but those who oppose tighter restrictions on registering and owning firearms point to the fact that tough gun laws have not decreased the tremendous spike in gun crimes that Baltimore has experienced in the last three months. The recent shootings in Lafayette, LA and Charlestown, SC, like the murders in Newtown, CT a few years ago, prompt a conversation about guns that eventually peters out, and leads to no substantive change in the status quo. 

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