Cellar Notes
5:30 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Riesling - 4/2/14

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

Ch. Ste. Michelle Riesling, Cold Creek Vineyard, Wash. St. 2012 *1/2  $
(Good soft texture, good fruit, decent acidity, very food friendly)

Ch. Ste. Michelle Riesling, "Eroica", Columbia Valley 2012, * $$
(Made with Mosel's Dr. Ernst Loosen, still a work in progress)

Karl Erbes Riseling, Urziger Wurtzgarten Spatlese 2012  **1/2  $
(Great value in balanced, off-dry fruity food friendly Riesling)

Schmitt-Sohne Riesling, Piesporter Michelsberg Auslese 2009 **1/2 $
(Another wonderful value in rich, fruity German Riesling)

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

The Morning Economic Report
10:10 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Economic Recovery - 4/2/14

The U.S. economy officially emerged from recession in June 2009.  That means that in just three months, America will commence its sixth year of economic recovery.  But a survey conducted last week by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that 57 percent of respondents still think that the economy is in recession. 

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The Morning Economic Report
9:53 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Long-Term Unempolyment - 4/1/14

A new paper authored by three Princeton economists, including Alan B. Krueger, the former chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, indicates that long-term unemployment is even more problematic than conventional wisdom suggests.  According to the paper, the long-term unemployed are "an unlucky subset of the unemployed." 

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The Environment In Focus
2:36 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Spills of Coal Ash and Chemicals Illustrate Need for EPA

A coal waste containment pond owned by the nation’s largest power company, Duke Energy, ruptured in February, spewing almost 40,000 tons of toxic muck into North Carolina's Dan River.

The disaster -- along with a chemical spill into a West Virginia river -- illustrate the need for strong regulatory action by EPA to protect waterways at a time the federal agency is being criticized as unnecessary.   (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Steve Alexander)  

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. April 1, 1-2 p.m.
9:47 am
Tue April 1, 2014

De-Extinction Science: Coming To A Future Near You

Scientists are trying to bring back the passenger pigeon, which went extinct in the early part of the last century.

A growing number of scientists worldwide are working on projects to bring back to life animals like the wooly mammoth and the passenger pigeon.

But is the revival of extinct species a good thing for humanity? Or for the planet? We get into the science and the controversy of de-extinction with Nathaniel Rich, the writer behind The New York Times Magazine's cover story, The Mammoth Cometh. Original air date 03/13/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. April 1, 12-1 p.m.
9:43 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Politics and Baseball

The Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox on opening day Monday.

Political analyst Herb Smith joins Dan to talk about Maryland national politics, and baseball pundit Paul Sullivan sizes up the Orioles, who opened up their 2014 season with a win yesterday at Camden Yards.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

The Affordable Care Act: Day After the Deadline

Credit David Hilowitz / Flickr / Creative Commons

A few people describe their health insurance experiences, and Sheilah Kast speaks with Hopkins health policy professor Brad Herring about remaining coverage options.

The deadline to sign up for health insurance this year ended last night at midnight. First, we hear from a few people who were considering buying insurance. Then, Sheilah Kast talks with Brad Herring, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, about what keeps people from buying health insurance and about what insurance options are available, or not available, for people who didn’t sign up.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Turning Stone Into News

A piece of granite, similar to what is used for The Baltimore Tablet.
Credit Sherrie Thai/flickr creative commons

Tom Hall profiles Baltimore's newest, hard-hitting media outlet, The Baltimore Tablet.

The print media industry is changing. It’s being upended by the World Wide Web, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last month.

Newspapers and magazines across the country have closed up shop or been consolidated into larger media groups, as more people get their news on their laptops, phones, and tablets.  

But, with all the attention being directed to the new technology that has transformed the media landscape, there’s an upstart news outlet in town that is betting on a technology that’s older than the Bible. 

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8:45 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Orioles Magic Taking Place at Camden Yards

Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Credit Compfight

Tom Hall and Mark Hyman discuss the O's, the WNBA, Ray Rice and football injuries.

The Baltimore Orioles began the season yesterday by beating the reigning champs, the Boston Red Sox, 2-1. Sports journalist Mark Hyman joins Tom Hall to talk about the game yesterday, and the season to come.

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8:15 am
Tue April 1, 2014

MD’s Health Exchange, Domestic Violence, Marijuana, Speed Cameras, and MD’s Bail Review System

Credit Christopher Connelly / WYPR

We look at the politics of Maryland’s health exchange. Plus: issues before the General Assembly, including domestic violence, marijuana, speed cameras, MD’s bail review system, and Baltimore’s needle exchange program. Plus: yesterday’s lockdown at Stevenson, a proposed smoking ban in Ocean City, and more…

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