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The Signal
4:31 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

The Singing & Praying Bands of Maryland

photo credit: Shane Carpenter

Two centuries ago, in the tidewater regions of Maryland, traditional African worship practices merged with the beckoning Christianity of the Methodist Church.  Born of that cultural intersection was a new hybrid of spiritual and musical devotion, a movement that came to be known as The Singing and Praying Bands.  

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What Are You Reading
2:18 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Mohsin Hamid

Credit Jillian Edelstein

Tom talks with best-selling Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid.


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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. May 22, 1-2 PM
12:33 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Trekking the C&O Canal

Frank Lenz showing off his new "safety bicycle" next to the Paw Paw Tunnel in Western Maryland. The Paw Paw Tunnel is over 3000 feet long, allowing Canal Boats to float underneath a portion of the Allegheny Mountains.

In the 1850s, men and mules teamed up to pull boats of coal along the C&O canal. From the mountains of Cumberland, Maryland to the tidal waters of Washington D.C, laborers took the 185-mile journey to deliver resources to the bay. Today, adventurers make this same journey - on foot, on bike, or by kayak. In this hour, we trek the C&O Canal with author and historian Mike High.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. May 22, 12-1 PM
12:30 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Midday Friday

All six officers involved in the police custody death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury.

Yesterday, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that a grand jury has indicted all six officers involved in the police custody death of Freddie Gray. In this hour, we’ll hear from University of Maryland law professor David Gray on how the charges have changed and how the case is expected to proceed. We’ll also talk about how the city’s small businesses community is recovering from last month’s unrest with Joanna Sullivan of the Baltimore Business Journal. And Rev.

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Maryland Morning Podcast
10:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Fewer Baltimore Children In Foster Care; John Waters On The Road; Redeveloping Baltimore Factories

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Baltimore has less than a third as many kids in foster care as were there seven years ago – which means more kids with their families. We ask city social services director Molly McGrath Tierney what’s behind the change and what happens next.

Then, several years ago, iconic filmmaker John Waters stepped out of his home in Baltimore armed with a travel bag and a cardboard sign. He spent the next week hitchhiking cross-country to his apartment in San Francisco. He talks with Tom Hall about the adventure he found on the road.

Plus, the glory days of manufacturing in Baltimore are long over. So, what can be done with the factory buildings left behind? We ask urban planner Andy Cook how light manufacturing could be the answer.

Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

The Number Of Baltimore Children In Foster Care Is Dropping

Credit Carissa Rogers / Creative Commons

In 2007, more than 6,000 children in Baltimore were in foster care. This year, the number of children in foster care has slipped below 2,000 – a reduction of more than two thirds. At a time when so many aspects of Baltimore are coming under scrutiny, this positive trend seems worth talking about. With Sheilah in the studio is Molly McGrath Tierney. She has headed the Baltimore City Department of Social Services for most of the past seven years.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Iconic Filmmaker John Waters Goes On The Road

John Waters
Credit Edinburgh International Film Festival / Creative Commons

Several years ago, iconic filmmaker John Waters stepped out of his home in Baltimore armed with a travel bag and a cardboard sign. He spent the next week hitchhiking cross-country to his apartment in San Francisco. He's written a book about the experience, "Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America". He talks with Tom Hall about the adventure he found on the road.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri May 22, 2015

How Can Baltimore Put Abandoned Factories Back Into Good Use?

Archival photo of Eigenbrot Brewery
Credit Library of Congress

In the latter half of the last century, Baltimore lost roughly 100,000 manufacturing jobs. The factories shuttered, but the buildings remain, many of them clustered in desolate stretches of industrially zoned areas in Southwest Baltimore.

Like other former industrial cities along the East Coast, Baltimore is trying to figure out how to regain its manufacturing footing. The big factories may not return to their former use, but can other types of businesses blossom? And if so, what role can these shuttered factories play?

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The Morning Economic Report
12:48 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Urban Marriage Analysis - 5/22/15

Want to get married, then don’t grow up in New York.  According to a new analysis of data compiled by a team of Harvard economists, spending one’s childhood in places like Washington, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and New York renders people about ten percentage points less likely to marry relative to the balance of the United States. 

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