The Signal
2:42 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Paul Rucker’s REWIND, Mobtown Doulas, and Starbux Diary

Paul Rucker

We visit with artist Paul Rucker on the eve of his solo exhibition, REWIND; we meet Mobtown Doulas Carla Paisley and Emily Leffler-Schulman; and Christine Ferrera shares from her Starbux Diary.

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The Morning Economic Report
11:34 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Stagnant Wages - 2/5/15

Wages and incomes for the majority of Americans have now been stagnant for 15 years.  Even as employment growth picked up in recent months, wages have failed to expand much more quickly than inflation.  According to writer David Leonhardt, there is little modern precedent for a period of income stagnation lingering as long as this one. 

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Baltimore's Future
9:54 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Baltimore's Future: Joseph T. Jones, Jr. (3 part series)

Joe Jones is the President and founder of the Center for Urban Families.



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The First Five Years
9:37 am
Thu February 5, 2015

The First Five Years: Self-Control Takes Patience and Practice

  Self-control can be hard.  New ways of dieting, exercising and saving money are seem to always be in the news. But a recent study demonstrates that adults who learn self-control as very young children grow up healthier and with few financial problems.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Feb. 5, 1-2 P.M.
9:30 am
Thu February 5, 2015

American Culture: Love of Place

Surveys suggest that young Americans are moving toward cities as much for community life -- and the sense of belonging -- as for work.

Do you love where you live? Do young Americans now move for a job or a sense of place? How important is location to happiness? Our guests: Sheri Parks, Midday’s American culture commentator; Katherine Loflin, a consultant whose research focuses specifically on "place making” and what drives human attachment to cities; and Melani N. Douglass, founder of the The Family Arts Museum and creator of an upcoming "love of place" pop-up event at the Spin City Laundromat in Baltimore. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Feb. 5, 12-1 P.M.
9:24 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Pope Francis

Pope Francis recently announced that he will visit the United States this September.

The pontiff garners headlines – and pushback from traditionalists -- with his atypical public commentary, his calls for tolerance of marginalized groups and his challenges to capitalism. A conversation about the Pope with Fritz Bauerschmidt, chair of the department of theology at Loyola University Maryland; David Cloutier, associate professor of theology at Mount St. Mary’s University; and Jozef Goethals, author of "Holy White Smoke: The Second Vatican Council Under Siege."

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The Nature of Things
3:09 pm
Wed February 4, 2015


Credit Photo via North American Bear Center

Of all the adaptations employed by our local animals to deal with our winter climates, true hibernation is definitely the most drastic.

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Maryland Morning Podcast
11:00 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Law Enforcement In Schools; Aura Nova Ensemble; Sustainable Fashion

Credit SickestFame / Flickr / Creative Commons

A bill before the General Assembly would require every public school in Maryland to hire a school resource officer with law-enforcement authority. We talk with Baltimore County Republican Del. John Cluster, who sponsored the bill and with Kate Rabb from the nonprofit, Advocates for Children and Youth.

Then, the Aura Nova Ensemble will perform the second of a two part program in Owings Mills this weekend that traces the story of Jewish musical and cultural life in the 20th Century. Tom Hall gets a preview.

Plus, our resident fashion expert, Zoey Washington, has some ideas for consumers concerned about sustainability in fashion.

Cellar Notes
9:32 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Ports - 2/4/15

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

Fonseca Ruby Port ** $
(Delicious, sweet, lighter bodied, supple)

Taylor-Fladgate LBV Porto 2008 *** $$
(Fabulous value, with  tons of flavor and complexity)

Taylor-Fladgate First Estate Reserve Porto *** $$
(A "reserve" ruby, with more depth and complexity)

Graham's Six Great Reserve Porto **1/2 $$
(A very reliable and familiar brand)

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

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The Morning Economic Report
9:25 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Consumer Borrowing Expansion - 2/4/15

As consumer confidence rises, so too does consumer indebtedness.  According to the Federal Reserve, in November, U.S. consumer borrowing expanded by another $14.1 billion after a $16 billion increase in October.  The gains in aggregate consumer borrowing pushed consumer debt excluding real estate loans to a record level of $3.3 trillion according to the Associated Press. 

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