Cellar Notes
12:31 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

Mandela Wines - 9/2/15

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

House of Mandela Sauvignon Blanc, Western  Cape, '14 * $
(A very nice good simple suav blanc, easy drinker)

House of Mandela Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Cape '12 * 1/2 $
(A somewhat scaled down cab with good flavor)

House of Mandela Shiraz, Western Cape '12 ** $
(Delightful scaled down shiraz with character) VALUE

House of Mandela Chenin Blanc, Vusani Series, Western Cape '14 *** $
(A very impressive chenin, with classic flavors and classy presence)

House of Mandela Pinotage, Vusani Series, Western Cape '14 ** $
(Surprisingly good version of this checkered grape, very likeable)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Reds Wine, Spirits, Deli & Meats.
Visit them at

The Morning Economic Report
10:54 am
Wed September 2, 2015

Rising Construction of Single Family Homes - 9/2/15

It is a piece of very good and important news for the U.S. economy – home builders began construction on single family homes at the fastest pace since the recession began in late two thousand and seven.  The U.S. economy has continued to struggle to expand robustly in recent months.  Increased consumer spending has sustained much of the growth that has occurred.  There has been a dearth of other significant economic drivers to emerge. 

Read more
Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed September 2, 2015

How Maryland Is Fighting Back Against Drug Addiction

Credit Hayley Bouchard // Flickr Creative Commons

Addiction to pain relievers or opioids like oxycodone and morphine as well as heroin, has been an unrelenting problem in the US and throughout the state. Last week Governor Hogan’s office released an interim report on the state’s Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force’s findings to curb addiction in the state. The report’s recommendations range from police efforts to disrupt groups distributing drugs, to improving treatment centers, to media awareness campaigns.

Joining Sheilah to talk about heroin in Eastern Shore, specifically Talbot County, is Beth Williams, who coordinates the I Wish I Knew Campaign for the county. The campaign recently received federal funds to educate communities about heroin in five counties: Kent, Talbot, Queen Anne's, Caroline and Dorchester. Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Leana Wen is also in the studio to talk about the city’s latest work on the issue.

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed September 2, 2015

David Simon On In His New HBO Series, Show Me A Hero

Credit HBO Mini-Series "Show Me A Hero"

For most of his career David Simon has been digging into the most pressing urban issues we face: race, inequality, crime, and policing. He spent years as a Baltimore Sun reporter, and created both The Wire and Tremé, his HBO series about New Orleans after Katrina.

Now he brings us an HBO miniseries about a racial divide in housing called Show Me a Hero. It takes place in the 1980s in the working-class town of Yonkers, north of New York City. David Simon joins Sheilah in the studio.

Read more
Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed September 2, 2015

Maryland Is Sketch Comedy's Next Target

Credit Emily Eaglin and Ivan Figgs

Oregon has Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of the IFC hit Portlandia, a series that spoofs the ways of that Pacific Northwest city. Now Maryland has Emily Eaglin, Ivan Figgs and their new show Marylandia.

They’re two student filmmakers from UMBC, University of Maryland Baltimore County who won a Linehan summer research grant to create the community-focused, sketch comedy web series, Marylandia. The web series looks at social justice issues like police brutality and transgender rights with a comic edge in the vein of Key and Peele, Saturday Night Live, and, of course, the series that inspired it, Portlandia. The creators, both rising juniors, join Sheilah in the studio. The first three episodes can be seen on the YouTube channel “Emily-On-Wishes.”