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Maryland Morning Podcast
12:04 pm
Fri September 4, 2015

Batts Breaks His Silence; A Pictoral History of Gay Rights in Baltimore; Local Activists Sing

Ex-Commissioner Batts broke his silence during a panel discussion at Mount Saint Mary's College on Wednesday evening.

    

Former Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony Batts broke the silence he’s kept in public since Mayor Rawlings-Blake fired him two months ago. We ask City Councilman Brandon Scott to react to Batts' descriptions of a “love fest” when the City Council reviewed his contract and of police training to deal with bias.

Then –Tom Hall talks about the social, cultural and political history of the gay right movement with author and activist Louise Parker Kelley, whose new book is called LGBT Baltimore and with long time gay activist Curt Decker.

Plus: we kick off the Labor Day weekend with sounds from the Charm City Labor Chorus. Tom talks to its director, Daryl! L.C. Moch, about singing for solidarity.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Sep. 4, 1-2 PM
11:48 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Midday on Film: WWII and the Pacific Theater

The second hour is Midday on Film, with Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellyn Reed. Noting the anniversary of the end of World War II, 70 years ago this week, Linda and Chris survey some of the great motion pictures set in the war's Pacific theater.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Sep. 4, 12-1 PM
11:43 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Midday Friday: Police, Schools and Theatre

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Ex-Police Commissioner, Anthony Batts, broke his silence this week at a panel discussion at Mount Saint Mary's in Emmitsburg. Colin Campbell of the Baltimore Sun joins us to discuss the controversy surrounding Batts' assertion that officers "took a knee" after the unrest in April. Also, we hear about the start of the school year from the principal of Waverly Elementary/Middle School, and Sun reporter Erica Green. Then, a preview of Everyman Theater’s upcoming season and our weekly business report from the Baltimore Business Journal. Aaron Henkin guests host this edition of Midday Friday.

Maryland Morning
11:00 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Surge In Heroine Use; David Simon On Show Me A Hero; The Sketch Comedy Marylandia

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Maryland is grappling with what to do about the surge in overdoses of prescription pain pills and heroin.  Governor Hogan’s emergency task force has released its interim report.  We touch base with Baltimore’s health commissioner and a program coordinator on the Eastern Shore about how they’re approaching the epidemic. 

Then –  We speak with David Simon, producer of HBO’s famous depiction of Baltimore street life The Wire about Baltimore’s crime surge and Simon’s latest  HBO miniseries, about on public housing.

Plus: Two student filmmakers tell us about their web show Marylandia, a spoof of the Independent Film Channel hit Portlandia. It puts a comic edge on community issues like police brutality and transgender rights.

Maryland Morning
9:01 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Batts Breaks His Silence

Anthony Batts and two others spoke at Mount Saint Mary's College in Emmitsburg on Wednesday about justice in America.
Credit Washington Times

We heard this week from former Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony Batts for the first time since Mayor Rawlings-Blake fired him in July. Batts and two others spoke to nearly 600 students at a panel discussion Wednesday evening about justice in America at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg.

We thought you’d be interested in hearing some of the points Anthony Batts made at the college, and to get the view of a someone with a community perspective on Batts' three years heading Baltimore’s police force. City Councilman Brandon Scott, who represents the second district and is vice chair of the council’s public-safety committee, joins Sheilah by phone. 

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