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Humanities Connection
12:06 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

The Shelley-Godwin Archive

The Shelley-Godwin Archive a project of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, is making the handwritten works of four renowned 19th-century British writers accessible in today’s digital age.


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Maryland Morning Podcast
12:00 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

What's Next After City Detention Center Closes; Baltimore's Bluegrass; 98 Rock DJ Turned Hypnotist

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The City's Detention Center is set to close, according to Governor Hogan who announced the decision yesterday. We’ll talk about what the closure means for criminal justice reform in the state and for those housed in the jail.

Then, we’ll talk about the rich history of the bluegrass genre here in Baltimore, a city that’s music was influenced by an influx of Appalachians during World Two, as chronicled in a new book by Tim Newby, who’s also brought along a few tunes.

Plus, longtime Baltimore DJ, Matt Davis, is leaving WBAL’s 98 Rock to become a full time hypnotist. We talk to him about his career in radio and moving-on to his peculiar new gig as a hypnotist.

Maryland Morning
10:12 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Next Steps After Governor Hogan's Announcement That The City Detention Center Will Close

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The men’s detention center was built in East Baltimore before the Civil War.  Now it’s part of a cluster of more than a dozen public-safety buildings run by the state. Yesterday Governor Hogan called it dilapidated, dangerous, a place of corruption -- and said he’s closing it at onceThe individuals currently housed in the men’s detention center will immediately be moved to other facilities in Baltimore City or in nearby areas," Gov. Hogan said.  "There’s plenty of capacity elsewhere in the system to meet this need. Given the space that we have, it makes no sense whatsoever to keep this deplorable facility open.  Frankly, I cannot understand why this action didn’t happen years ago." 

Between 700 and 800 men awaiting trial will be moved; the governor said none of the 772 employees who work in the facility would lose their jobs. His announcement left unanswered many questions, including where the men would be moved to.

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The Morning Economic Report
8:58 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Universal Wins Big at Summer Box Office - 7/31/15

Sometimes, a company just gets hot.  Everything they do turns into an economic winner, enriching owners in the process.  Such is the story of Universal Pictures, the movie studio owned by Comcast.  The studio recently passed the 5 billion mark at the worldwide box office faster than any other studio in history during a single calendar year. 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri July 31, 2015

The Unique Legacy Of Baltimore's Bluegrass

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The roots of bluegrass can be traced to the Scottish and English settlers who brought it to Appalachia in the 18th century, but when Appalachian migrants fled the mountains for the cities following World War II, Baltimore became, for a time, the capital of Bluegrass, and some of its finest practitioners could be heard in bars and in home jam sessions all around town. One of the breakout groups of the 1950s was the Stoney Mountain Boys, a Baltimore group who became the first bluegrass band to appear in Carnegie Hall.

On Sunday night, Tim Newby, a Baltimore based author and historian, will host a launch party and concert for his new book which chronicles the history of Bluegrass in Baltimore. The book is called Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin’ Sound and Its Legacy. The launch party will take place at the Creative Alliance in East Baltimore at 7:00 p.m. with musicians Caleb Stine, Chris Jacobs, and many others.

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