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The Morning Economic Report
9:09 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Working Hours Around the World - 8/3/15

A recent intellectual tussle between presidential candidates has helped to re-ignite a debate – are Americans working too little?  While many Americans work hard, the citizens of many other nations work even harder, or at least for longer hours.  According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in twenty thirteen, the U.S. ranked sixteenth among thirty eight advanced nations in terms of average hours worked annually. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon August 3, 2015

"English Only" Ordinance Hotly Debated In Frederick County

An Arizona road sign
Credit Thomas Hawk // Flickr Creative Commons

The state of Maryland doesn’t have an official language, but three of its counties do. The first was Frederick County. In 2012 its commissioners adopted an ordinance requiring, “all official actions in the county must be in English.”

Now Frederick is again debating the issue, quite vigorously. During the intervening 3 years, the county has changed its form of government; instead of a five-member board of commissioners, who were all Republican, it now has a seven member County Council of four Republicans and two Democrats. Two Democrats have proposed repealing the English-only ordinance. One of them, Jessica Fitzwater, is with Sheilah in the studio. And joining Sheilah on the phone is Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, a Republican who is advocating for keeping the ordinance in place.

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Maryland Morning
8:47 am
Mon August 3, 2015

The Rousuck Review: "Saving Myself for Steve Martin"

Karen Rosnizeck in "Saving Myself for Steve Martin."
Credit Alexander Fox

“Single Women Actively Seeking Sex.” Those words appear on a sign on stage at the Strand Theater’s production of “Saving Myself for Steve Martin.”

“SWASS,” the awkward acronym on the sign, is a support group. Over the next 80 minutes or so, we hear from the group’s newest member. Eve is a 45-year-old, just-divorced mother of an adolescent daughter.

Ann V. Wixon, author of "Saving Myself for Steve Martin," structures this Baltimore Playwrights Festival selection as a series of monthly group meetings – from September through May. It’s a structure that’s rather formulaic and, at times, repetitive.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Local Author's Newest Novel On Addiction And Meaning Of Family

Credit Madeleine Mysko

Local author Madeleine Mysko joins Tom in the studio this morning. She has recently published her second book. In this season for beach-reads, here’s a novel that takes place in a beach community called Stone Harbor on the New Jersey Shore. The book is called Stone Harbor Bound.

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The Signal
3:31 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

The last days of The Hour Haus

all photos by Dan Goodrich

At midnight on Thursday, July 30th, 2015, the final amps and drum kits were reluctantly lugged out of Station North's longtime music rehearsal space, The Hour Haus.  After 25 years as a music practice facility and performance venue, the building is being converted to office space.  Audio producer Adam Droneburg and photographer Dan Goodrich spent the past few months chronicling the end of the Hour Haus era, collecting interviews and portraits of the building's final musical residents.

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