Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. May 27, 1-2 PM
10:35 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Baltimore's Master Bike Plan & A Conversation About Masculinity

Baltimore's new Mast Bike Plan, proposes adding ninety-plus miles of new bike lanes.

While neighboring cities like Washington, DC and Philadelphia have invested in bicycle infrastructure, Charm City is still playing catch-up. In this hour of Midday, we get a progress report on Baltimore City's new Master Bike Plan, and hear how cyclists and drivers can share our crowded streets. Our guests are Caitlin Doolin, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner of the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, Greg Hinchliffe, the Interim President of Bikemore, and Brian Kopp, the Education Coordinator of Bike Maryland.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. May 27, 12-1 PM
10:21 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Progress On Transit?

The quality of service for MTA buses receives mixed reactions from its riders.

What’s the best way to get around Baltimore? How often do you take Baltimore’s busses and how would you rate the quality of your ride? We dissect Baltimore’s transportation issues with urban designer Klaus Philipsen, president of ArchPlan Inc., James Rouse, a founding member of Transit Choices, a coalition of mass transit advocates, and a representative of the MTA.

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The Morning Economic Report
9:09 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Various Measures of National Output - 5/27/15

The most common way to describe national output is to cite gross domestic product statistics.  Gross domestic product represents the monetary value of all finished goods and services produced within a country’s border over a specific time period.  Growing up, many of us spoke in the language of gross national product, which is a measure of what the citizens of a nation produce irrespective of whether these items are produced within its borders. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Protesters Stop Traffic In Opposition To Youth Jail

Baltimore Detention Center
Credit Tyler Merbler

In early 2013, the state of Maryland scrapped plans to build a controversial youth jail in Baltimore to house juveniles charged as adults. The $70 million dollar plan would’ve built a 120-bed facility. But, those opposed to the plan said the state should invest in youth activities, not youth jails. A compromise was reached: the state would renovate an existing facility for $30 million, creating 60 beds.

Earlier this month, the state’s Board of Public Works approved funding for the youth jail. Yesterday, protesters on I-395 clogged traffic in protest of it. Pastor Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple led the protests. He joins Sheilah by phone to talk about it.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed May 27, 2015

An Update On The Faded State Center Complex

A 2010 event at State Center.
Credit Maryland Dept of Planning//Flickr Creative Commons

Just north of Baltimore’s downtown, there’s a light-rail stop, a metro station and a set of 1950s-era government buildings. The 28-acre site that comprises all that is called State Center. It’s a part of West Baltimore that abuts Bolton Hill and the McCulloh Homes community. But to the south and east it’s cut off from Mt Vernon, and University of Maryland Medical Center and communities South by Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard and Howard Street.

For years developers and community leaders have seen in State Center the potential to support shops and updated office space.  But the re-development has been stalled for various reasons – we’d like to understand why, and what’s happening now. So we invited John Kyle.  He has lived in nearby Bolton Hill for about three decades, and is President of the State Center Neighborhood Alliance, a coalition of a dozen surrounding neighborhoods.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Woogle, Slumbrage, Crambitious: Words That Should Exist, But Don't

Sometimes the perfect word hasn’t yet been invented, so you have to do it yourself. Writer Lizzie Skurnick has written a new book of words she’s coined, including woogle, slumbrage, and crambitious. Tom Hall finds out what they mean.

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Cellar Notes
5:30 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Beringer: Part 1 - 5/27/15

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

Beringer Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley '11 **  $ VALUE
(Round, melon flavored SB with good balance, very refreshing)

Beringer Merlot, Napa Valley '12 **1/2 $$
(A pretty wine, with soft plummy notes and gentle tannins)

Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley '11 **1/2  $$
(A big bodied cab with gritty tannins, long finish)

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A Blue View
7:12 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

10 Ways to Garden for Wildlife - 5/26/15


With the right gardening strategies, you can create your own certified wildlife habitat around your home or somewhere in your community.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. May 26, 12-1 PM
5:13 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Paul Reed Smith

Paul Reed Smith founded his Maryland-based guitar company in 1985.

Master guitar-maker Paul Reed Smith counts the great Carlos Santana among his loyal customers. As Smith's Maryland-based PRS Guitars celebrates its 30th anniversary, we hear the company's story from its founder.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. May 26, 1-2 PM
5:06 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Baltimore's Crime Surge

The 300 Men March rallied last week against Baltimore's recent uptick in violent crime.

With the spring bloodshed in Baltimore reaching totals not seen since the 1990s, we continue coverage and conversation about the city's violent surge and ask what police and political leaders are doing to curtail it. Guests include Munir Bahar, leader of the anti-violence 300 Men March.

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