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The Nature of Things
5:42 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Bats

  Bats perform a true ecological miracle every night.

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The Environment In Focus
12:55 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Governor O'Malley's Visit to Iowa Sparks Protest

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's political campaigning in Iowa, a farming capital of the U.S., has sparked complaints from some environmentalists, who claim that he is pandering to the powerful farm lobby.

The Environment In Focus Podcast 7-2-2014

  Michele Merkel, co-director of the justice program at Food & Water Watch, accused O'Malley of avoiding action in his own state to regulate manure from Maryland’s huge poultry industry, which is polluting the Chesapeake BayFor example, she said, the governor in 2013 signed a law – sought by farmers and their allies -- called the “Agricultural Certainty Act.”  It provides exemptions from any new pollution control regulations for farms that meet minimum requirements.

The O’Malley administration also twice delayed poultry manure regulations that would prohibit the spreading of more poultry waste on Eastern Shore fields that are already overloaded with phosphorus from chicken litter. 

O'Malley's Secretary of Agriculture, Buddy Hance, however argues that the O'Malley Administration has made real strides toward preventing runoff pollution from farms.

For example, Hance said, the state issued regulations prohibiting the spreading of manure in the winter, and required water pollution control permits for 80 percent of the large poultry farms in Maryland.  

Hance said the administration may still issue the long-delayed manure management regulations to control phosphorus -- after conducting an economic impact study to determine the cost for farmers.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 1, 12-1 p.m.
11:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Baltimoreans Work Abroad

Dr. Andy Pollak, chief of orthopedics for the University of Maryland Medical System, works on a patient in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.
Courtesy of Dr. Andy Pollak

  Dr. Andy Pollak, chief of orthopedics for the University of Maryland Medical System, led a team of doctors in Haiti immediately following the 2010 earthquake. Pollak has since made several trips there, most recently to train Haitian doctors in trauma care.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 1, 12-1 pm
10:56 am
Tue July 1, 2014

SCOTUS Wrap-Up / Education Controversies

Baltimore City school teachers protest the new teacher-evaluation system.
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We cover two topics today on Midday:  First, we're joined by University of Baltimore School of Law Professor, Mike Meyerson, as well as Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, to discuss the most recent term of the Supreme Court.

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Radio Kitchen #1240
8:39 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Traveling Spice Kit

July 1, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Traveling Spice Kit

Summer is the time to travel and whether you travel within the state, hit the wide open highways of America or fly abroad, you're going to want to eat.  Of course, dining out is a big part of the fun of travel, but you might want to do a little home cooking too.

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Headlines
8:31 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Reactions To Hobby Lobby Ruling, New MD Laws, Higher Gas Tax, Water Rates, & 911 Problems

Credit AMR Meter by PSNH via flickr

Maryland lawmakers react to yesterday’s Supreme Court decision that allows some for-profit companies not to cover contraceptives in their employee health insurance plans. More than 200 new laws take effect in MD today. The state’s gas tax goes up today, as do water and sewer rates for people served by the Baltimore Department of Public Works. Plus: problems at Baltimore’s 911 call center, a tropical storm could affect Ocean City on Friday, the latest installment of our series “Deconstructing Vacants: Baltimore’s Hope For A Better City,” and more.

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The Morning Economic Report
8:26 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Coal Comeback - 7/1/14

Coal may be making a comeback.  Conventional wisdom suggests that coal will gradually be replaced by natural gas and other fuels.  Since the 1950's, coal has been the mainstay of electricity production in America, but its market share has been falling.  According to Bloomberg, it accounted for 39 percent of total U.S.

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ClearPath - Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth
5:23 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Employee Wellness Plans

Wellness Plans and what the mean to employees and employers.

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Foreman and Wolf on Food and Wine
3:03 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Market Products

 

  

  An education on Market Products.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. June 30, 1-2 pm
9:50 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Midday World Cup Special

More World Cup 2014 tickets were sold to Americans than to fans of any other country, bar the hosts.

With the U.S. soccer team preparing for its next World Cup match -- Tuesday, against Belgium, in the knockout round -- we’ll hear from veteran sportswriter George Vecsey, longtime columnist for The New York Times. He is the author of "Eight World Cups: My Journey Through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer."

With production help from Midday intern Tyler Downey

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