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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. March 14, 12-1 p.m.
11:16 am
Fri March 14, 2014

The Midday Weekly Review

The Maryland General Assembly is considering a bill to legalize marijuana in its 2014 legislative session.

A look at the regions latest news stories with the reporters and editors who covered them. This hour: We'll dive into the results from the latest Goucher Poll about all things Maryland - how we feel about the direction of the state, our elected leaders and some provocative issues. The poll comes just three months before the Maryland primary election, and in the midst of a General Assembly session.

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Baltimore Stories
10:34 am
Fri March 14, 2014

You Can Thank The 16,317 Baltimoreans Who Saved Harborplace

Harborplace today is among the busiest tourist attractions in the world - but it almost wasn't.  Baltimoreans let it happen by a very slim majority.  

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Maryland Morning
10:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Negotiating Reparations for American Holocaust Survivors

Stuart Eizenstat is leading negotiations with the French government over reparations for Holocaust survivors in the US.
Credit Wikimedia Commons / Slowking

Sheilah Kast talks with Stuart Eizenstat, Special Advisor to the State Department on Holocaust Issues.

During World War II, France’s state-run railway transported thousands of Jews to Nazi prison camps. Today, the same railway—the Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, or SNCF, is the majority stockholder in a company that’s in the running to build the Purple Line light rail project in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.  Some Maryland lawmakers believe the railway should be required to pay reparations to survivors of the Holocaust before being allowed to bid on this contract.   

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Author Mohsin Hamid on "How to Get Filfthy Rich in Rising Asia"

Mohsin Hamid
Credit Ed Kashi

Mohsin Hamid discusses his new novel "How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia."

The Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid has written three acclaimed novels.  His latest book has just been released in paperback.  It’s called How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.  It’s a look at the life of a man who journeys from indigent child to wealthy industrialist.  And it’s written as if it were one of those self-help, get rich quick books that fill the shelves of bookstores around the world.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri March 14, 2014

The Gene That Causes Sleep

Credit thejbird

Nathan Sterner talks with Hopkins scientist Mark Wu about his research on a gene that affects our sleep cycles.

Lots of people fall asleep at a reasonable hour each night.  But some have trouble falling asleep, and stay awake for a long time.  Scientists at Johns Hopkins may have figured out one reason why. They’ve discovered a gene that affects how the biological clock sets the timing for sleep.  They found that a mutation in the gene affected whether fruit flies could fall asleep—and they know that the same gene exists in humans.

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Headlines
7:58 am
Fri March 14, 2014

MD’s Budget, MD’s Health Care Exchange, Baltimore County’s School Board, and Marijuana Legislation

Students got up close to the tall ship Virginia on a trip to Fox Island, just south of the Maryland border in the Chesapeake Bay.
Credit Pamela D'Angelo / WYPR

The State Senate passes a budget plan for FY-2015. Officials are looking to Connecticut as they work to move forward with the MD's health exchange. The latest on efforts to change the composition of Baltimore County's school board. Plus: marijuana legislation, STEM learning, why local law enforcement agencies respond differently to federal detention requests, and more.

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The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Fri March 14, 2014

African Economics - 3/14/14

In many ways, sub-Saharan Africa is still poor.  Despite the fact that many of the nation’s fastest growing economies are located in Africa, gross national income there averages just $2,232 per capita.  By contrast, gross national income in the U.S., which is a measure distinct from gross national product, is in the range of $50,000 per person. 

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Humanities Connection
5:05 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Maryland Day

March 25 is Maryland Day, a state holiday commemorating when the first settlers disembarked from two ships, “The Ark” and “The Dove” onto St. Clement’s Island in the Potomac River in 1634.

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The Signal
4:09 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Bosley, Spare Rooms, and Megillat Esther

soul singer Bosley Brown, the movie Spare Rooms, and the graphic novel, Megillat Esther...

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The First Five Years
12:31 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

The First Five Years: Read Aloud

Credit Maryland Family Network

If you haven't read to your child in a while--or ever, now is a great time to start. March is 'Read Aloud' month, and Maryland Family Network has compiled a helpful list of reading tips for parents. 

Maryland Family Network has more resources on this topic. You can learn more here

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