Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. March 20, 1-2 pm
9:52 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Midday on the Bay

The Chesapeake Bay Journal's Rona Kobell enjoys a walk in the sunshine at Chincoteage Island with her daughters.
Courtesy of Rona Kobell

Think spring -- and overcome your "nature deficit disorder" with hikes, camping, canoe trips, fishing: The Chesapeake Bay's Rona Kobell and Candus Thomson, public information officer with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and former Sun outdoors columnist, have some suggestions for breaking cabin fever.

  Click here for a complete list of places from this broadcast.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. March 20, 12-1 pm
9:46 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Obamacare Deadline

March 31st is the deadline to sign up for health care coverage under the ACA.

As the March 31st deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act approaches, we spend an hour with Washington Post reporter Jenna Johnson and Jonathan Weiner, professor at the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and an expert in the law.

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The First Five Years
9:25 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The First Five Years: Choosing Child Care

Credit Maryland Family Network

March 20 episode of "The First Five Years:" Choosing Child Care

Choosing child care is stressful for any parent. For parents who have children with special needs, the anxieties can be compounded. LOCATE: Child Care, a program of Maryland Family Network, is designed to help all parents in Maryland find child care.

For more on this topic and others, visit

Baltimore's Future with David Warnock
9:16 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Baltimore's Future: Gretchen LeGrand on Teaching Code in Schools

Gretchen LeGrand
Credit John Oliver

David Warnock speaks with Gretchen LeGrand.

Today David Warnock speaks with Gretchen LeGrand, co-founder of Code in the Schools, a non-profit that brings computer coding and programming to Baltimore City students.

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The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Nonprofits - 3/20/14

For a variety of reasons ranging from tax considerations to emerging social challenges, the role of nonprofits in the U.S. economy continues to expand.  According to the most recent figures compiled by the Urban Institute, between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofits operating in the U.S. expanded by 25 percent while the number of for profit business rose by just one half of 1 percent. 

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The Morning Economic Report
5:14 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Minimum Wage and Gender - 3/19/14

Debate regarding local and national minimum wages rages on.  A recent article authored by economist Laura D’Andrea Tyson, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and a key policy advisor to the Clinton Administration puts a different twist on the discussion. 

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The Morning Economic Report
5:06 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

College Degrees and Employment - 3/18/14

A recent Federal Reserve Bank of New York study provides additional evidence regarding the rampant underemployment of recent college graduates.  Among other things, the study determined that the share of Americans ages 22 to 27 with at least a bachelor’s degree who were in jobs that don’t require a college degree was 44 percent in 2012.  That’s up from 34 percent in 2001, a year during which the U.S. was in recession. 

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Cellar Notes
4:55 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

The Southwest of France - 3/19/14

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

Domaine de la Bouysse, "Hauterive Rouge", Vin de Pays d'Oc 2009  ** $
(Full, black fruit flavors, great for early grilling, bargain!)

Domaine de la Bouysse, "Mazerac", Languedoc (red) 2010 *** $$
(Intense, dark flavors, rustic notes, great value)

La Borie la Vitarelle, "Les Terres Blanches", St. Chinian (red) 2010  **1/2 $$
(Rhone blend, complex, full bodied, age-worthy)

Mas Bruguiere "La Grenadière", Pic St.-Loup 2010  **1/2  $$
(Intense, lovely aromas, loaded with Syrah, complex flavors)

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

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Public Commentary
2:56 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Carmela Coyle - March 18, 2014

Carmela Coyle is the President & CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA), a position she has held since July 2008. MHA is the advocate for Maryland hospitals, health systems, and the communities and patients they serve. In her role, Carmela is sharpening the association’s focus on advocacy and public policy. Quality and patient safety is a priority, where she is helping hospitals make health care in Maryland the safest in the nation. She is currently leading an effort to rethink the future of payment in Maryland and to both preserve and modernize Maryland’s Medicare waiver for the next 30 years. In addition to her post at MHA, Carmela also serves on the Board of the Maryland Patient Safety Center, the Maryland Healthcare Education Institute, and PRIME, MHA’s shared services organization.

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A Blue View
2:46 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

The Sounds of the Wood Frogs and Spring Peepers - 3/18/14

Through the winter, woodlands and meadows are mostly quiet at night. But with the arrival of spring rains and warming temperatures, that silence is broken by loud choruses of wood frogs and spring peepers. These are the first frog species to come out of hibernation and begin the year’s amphibian breeding season.

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