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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

How Healthy Is Baltimore's Metro Housing Market?

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Sheilah speaks with Andrew Strauch about the current housing market in Maryland.

Around the state, “For Sale” banners are going up, signs are being staked into front yards and open houses are taking place every weekend.  All that’s typical for this time of year, but what’s the current situation for buyers and sellers?

To catch us up on how the greater Baltimore housing market is doing is Andrew Strauch, Vice President of the Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which compiles data on residential real estate. Sheilah talks with him about it.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed July 16, 2014

The Nation's First National Labor Strike Has Roots In Baltimore

"Sixth Regiment Fighting its way through Baltimore", an engraving done for "Harper's Weekly, Journal of Civilization", August 1877
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Bill Barry joins Sheilah in the studio to discuss the first national labor strike in 1877.

It was just about this time on this date in 1877 that the first national strike started, and it started in Baltimore. Two dozen locomotive firemen employed by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, refused to man the trains at Camden Yard, Mount Clare and Riverside Stations. Within hours the work stoppage had spread to Martinsburg, West Virginia, then to other states. Within a week, almost half the U.S. Army was deployed against more than 100,000 strikers. Before the strike collapsed two weeks later, ten citizens had been killed in Baltimore alone.

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Cellar Notes
8:50 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Chardonnays - 7/16/14

William Hill Chardonnay, North Coast 2012 * $
(Nice basic chard, nothing fancy.)

Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay, Sonoma County 2011  *1/2 $
(A touch of complexity, good mid-level chard.)

St. Supery Estate Chardonnay, oak-free, Napa ** $
(Very nice, idiosyncratic chard, seems "German" in style.)

Arrowood Chardonnay, Sonoma County 2010 **1/2  $
(One of the classics, a steal at this price.)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Wine World.  See sponsor tab.

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Baltimore Museum of Art Features the Work of Seth Adelsberger

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Credit via Seth Adelsberger's Tumblr

Seth Adelsberger talks with Tom Hall about his upcoming exhibition.

The Front Room Exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art currently features the work of Seth Adelsberger.  He was born in Emmitsburg, and he received a degree in Fine Arts from Towson University.  A co-founder of the Nudashank Gallery, he has exhibited the work of many emerging artists, and now, nearly a dozen of his own works are featured in the BMA’s Contemporary Wing, in a show curated by the BMA’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Kristen Hileman.  Seth Adelsberger joins Tom Hall in the studio. 

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The Morning Economic Report
8:35 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Consumer Spending - 7/16/14

One of the driving forces behind the current U.S. economic recovery has been consumer spending.  Consumers have been dishing out money on any number of items, including merchandise sold on the Internet, automobiles and vacations.  They have also been spending at the nation’s malls, which is inducing shopping center owners to increase rents as retailers now in expansion mode jockey for dwindling available space according to the Wall Street Journal. 

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Headlines
8:20 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Health Exchange Software Problems, O’Malley’s Fundraising, Winchester Graffiti, & SHA Safety Patrols

Governor Martin O'Malley
Credit Christopher Connelly / WYPR

State officials vow that problems with the new software for Maryland’s online health insurance exchange will be fixed before the next open enrollment period. Governor Martin O’Malley raises nearly $800-thousand in the second quarter. The anti-immigrant graffiti spray-painted on a building in Westminster has been painted over. The Maryland State Highway Administration announces plans to increase safety patrols. Plus: an emergency response drill in the Inner Harbor, a residency requirement for Annapolis police is eliminated, Artscape is coming, & more.

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The Nature of Things
5:30 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

The Mighty Poison Ivy

Scientists at the University of Georgia found that poison ivy’s growth and potency has doubled just since the 1960s. They believe it’s because poison ivy is particularly sensitive to CO2 levels. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 15, 1-2 p.m.
9:35 am
Tue July 15, 2014

American Cesar

In "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography," Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Miriam Pawel chronicles the life of the famous political and labor activist, from his days as a migrant worker to the dramatic rise of the United Farm Workers union. Original air date 6/23/14

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Headlines
9:30 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Westminster Graffiti Classified Hate Crime, Uber In Annapolis, Grand Prix Bills, & Urban Farmers

Graffiti spray-painted on the former Army Reserve Center in Westminster.
Credit Christian Alexandersen / Baltimore Sun Media Group

State police are classifying the graffiti spray-painted on the former Army Reserve Center in Westminster as a hate crime. Annapolis has asked ride-sharing company Uber to stop operating in the city until it registers as a taxicab service. Baltimore is still paying bills associated with the Grand Prix. A proposed tax break for Baltimore’s urban farmers. And more...

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 15, 12-1 p.m.
9:28 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Carsick with Jon Waters

John Waters shares his stories of hitch-hiking and WYPR listeners tell theirs when the Baltimore filmmaker joins Dan in Studio A.

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