Cellar Notes
8:28 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Ponzi, Pioneer of Oregon - 6/4/14

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

Ponzi Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley '13 *1/2 $
(Very good value in a Ponzi staple,  bright, elegant, crisp)

Ponzi Reserve Chardonnay, Willamette Valley '12 **  $$
(Subtle, firm, complex and delicate; typical quality Oregon chard)

Ponzi Pinot Noir, "Tavola" '12  ** $$
(Lean, balanced with good falvors)

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The Morning Economic Report
8:19 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Decline in International Student Enrollment - 6/4/14

In recent years, growing numbers of U.S. colleges and universities have looked to students from abroad to support enrollment numbers and tuition-based revenues.  For instance, nearly 240,000 South Korean students went abroad last year, equal to roughly 7 percent of that nation’s college population.  About one-third of those South Korean students who headed abroad came to America.  Over the past decade, the number of Chinese undergraduates at American institutions has expanded by nearly 900 percent. 

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The Nature of Things
5:30 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Growing Up Wild

Mary Hardcastle and young with acorn tops

Nature-based preschools are re-focusing the lens on early childhood education. And the third annual Nature Preschool conference, which addresses the unique benefits and challenges of nature-based curriculum in early childhood programs, is this weekend at Irvine Nature Center.

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The Environment In Focus
3:18 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Ancient Dumps Are Fertile Ground for Wildflowers and Archeologists

Scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are studying Native American trash heaps full of oyster shells around the Chesapeake Bay that date to thousands of years ago.

Susan Cook-Patton, Torben Rick and colleagues recently published an article in the journal Landscape Ecology that describes how these old oyster shells enrich the soil with calcium, nitrogen and phosphorus, spurring the growth of unusual communities of wildflowers and grasses.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. June 3, 1-2 p.m.
10:18 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Raising Children Godless

We take a look at the unique challenges that parents face when trying to raise ethical and moral children in a non-religious household.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. June 3, 12-1 p.m.
10:14 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Midday Politics

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown with State House Del. Heather Mizeur at the third and final televised gubernatorial debate ahead of the June 24 primary.
Credit The Washington Post

Melissa Deckman of Washington College and Barry Rascovar of review Monday night's televised gubernatorial debate and take WYPR listener comments on the Democratic candidates. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Civil Rights Leader Gloria Richardson on the Cambridge Movement

Gloria Richardson
Credit Bruce Wallace

Sheilah Kast talks with civil rights leader Gloria Richardson.

Gloria Richardson was born in Cambridge, Maryland, in Dorchester County, in 1922. As an African-American woman, she grew up in segregation, and in the 1960s, she would go on to lead the Cambridge movement, demanding the end of discrimination in schools and hospitals, movie theaters and restrooms. Now 92, Gloria Richardson is still very much watching activist movements, both in Maryland, and in New York City, where she lives now.  Sheilah Kast spoke with her in late March.

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8:48 am
Tue June 3, 2014

The Voter Registration Deadline, A Democratic Gubernatorial Debate, and Baltimore’s Curfew

Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Montgomery County Delegate Heather Mizeur, and state Attorney General Doug Gansler. At the last televised debate between the Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls.
Credit Courtesy of MPT

Today is the last day to register to vote in advance of Maryland’s June 24th primary election; we’ve got links to do so, and to check on your registration status. Plus: yesterday’s gubernatorial debates, changes to Baltimore’s curfew, and more.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Tue June 3, 2014

It's Raining Cats And Dogs

Credit joshme17 / Flickr / Creative Commons

Tom Hall talks with David Grimm
In a severe thunderstorm, you might hear someone say, “it’s raining cats and dogs.”  In the United States, even in the sunniest of weather, it really is raining cats and dogs. More homes in the United States have cats and dogs than have kids. There are more than four times as many feline and canine residents of American homes than there were in the 1960s, nearly 150 million, one of them for every two of us. In a new book, the Baltimore-based writer David Grimm takes a look at how the status of our animals, in our homes, and in our society, has changed over time.  It’s called Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs.  David Grimm talks about it with Tom Hall. 

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A Blue View
5:30 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Mapping the Seafloor - 6/3/14

Oceanography and seafloor mapping have been headline news recently in the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. One of the many challenges of finding the missing plane was the fact that the ocean floor has been dark, deep and remote for all of time.

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