The Signal
3:19 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Rosemary’s Rabbit, Nerd Camp 2.0, and The Free State Theatre Organ Society

A radio adaptation of Ron Tanner’s short story, “Rosemary’s Rabbit”; Elissa Brent Weissman’s book, Nerd Camp 2.0; and a visit with the Free State Theatre Organ Society

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Humanities Connection
5:07 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

The Battle of Hampstead Hill & Its Citizens Rediscovered

Without the land Battles of North Point and Hampstead Hill, where thousands of citizen soldiers, one fifth of which were African-Americans, delayed the British, the rockets’ red glare and the Birth of our National Anthem at Ft. McHenry might have had a very different outcome.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Sept. 1, 1-2 p.m.
3:44 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

On Being Italian

Joseph Luzzi, an Italian-American writer and Italian scholar at Bard College, tells his family's story and reflects on the culture's split personality -- the Italy of Dante and Michelangelo, and the one of corruption, Mafia and old-world ways. Luzzi is the author of "My Two Italies." Original air date 7/31/14 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Sept. 1, 12-1 p.m.
3:41 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Freeman Hrabowski and the Graduation Gap

Students from lower income families have a more difficult time graduating from college than their well-off counterparts.

Americans from poor families are far less likely to graduate from college than their better-off counterparts, a fact with major implications for society. We'll talk about the college graduation gap with Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County; and David Laude, University of Texas at Austin senior vice provost for enrollment and graduation management, who created a successful program that improved graduation rates. Original air date 7/30/14 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Aug. 29, 12-2 p.m.
3:37 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Midday BBQ Special

Local BBQ competitor George Hensler with some of his BBQ spareribs.
Credit Nikki Gamer, WYPR

Two hours on backyard barbecuing. In the first hour,  legendary Orioles first baseman Boog Powell, a king of barbecue, talks about his life before, during and after his Major League career. Powell is the subject of a new biography co-written with former Baltimore Sun columnist Rob Kasper, "Baltimore Baseball and Barbecue with "Boog Powell: Stories from the Orioles' Smokey Slugger," published this month by American Palate.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Aug. 28, 1-2 p.m.
10:16 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Midday Money: College Value

Money Magazine ranks The University of Maryland at College Park 68 out of 665 schools in terms of overall value.

Ivy League schools are typically at the top of most college rankings. But do they provide the best value for the money? Kim Clark, a senior writer for Money magazine, joins us to talk about the "Best Colleges" list, the publication's new ranking system that evaluates schools on a variety of factors, including cost and the average salary of graduates. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Aug. 28, 12-1 p.m
10:13 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Doctors and Medical Testing

The "Choosing Wisely" campaign encourages doctors to weigh the pros and cons of medical tests like CT scans with their patients before having these types of tests performed.

In an effort to reduce the number of unnecessary tests and treatments that inflate health-care costs nationwide, some prestigious medical groups have joined the "Choosing Wisely" campaign, which recommends that American doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness, of treatments for their patients. Our guest: Dr. Barry Meisenberg, an oncologist and leader in quality-of-care innovations at Anne Arundel Medical Center; he says patients are not served by adding expense for the expectation of little clinical benefit. 

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8:47 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Primary Election Spending, Allegations Of Double Voting, DNA Tests, & Baltimore’s Casino

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.
Credit Christopher Connelly / WYPR

Nearly $25-million were spent on the governor’s race in the primary election season alone… that’s $2-million more than was spent on the governor’s race in 2010 in both the primary and general election seasons combined. A report from watchdog group “Elections Integrity Maryland” says more than 150 people double voted in the 2012 presidential election, casting ballots in MD and in Virginia. MD’s highest court says police can conduct DNA tests on sweat left behind by people who are not arrested. Plus: Baltimore’s new casino, Batts confirmed for 6 more years as Baltimore police commissioner, swimming restrictions at Ocean City, and more.

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The Morning Economic Report
8:34 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Expanding U.S. Manufacturing - 8/28/14

U.S. manufacturing output continues to expand.  According to the Federal Reserve, U.S. factory production surged 1 percent in July after expanding 0.3 percent in June.  The July increase was the largest since February.  Auto production surged 10.1 percent, the largest monthly gain since July of 2009.  There were also significant gains in the production of machinery and computers, which suggests a pick-up in business investment generally. 

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3:30 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

A Frolic with the Yankees