Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. April 9 12-1 p.m.
10:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Maryland's New Farmers

Moon Valley Farm in Cockeysville
Credit James Daley

The local food movement has led to changes in the demographics of farmers in Maryland. Some 70 percent of today's beginning farmers did not grow up on a farm. We'll speak with two Maryland farmers whose desire to support the local food movement evolved into a career. And we'll hear from Greg Bowen, president of Maryland FarmLINK, which provides resources and support to farmers just starting out.

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9:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research, Resources and Portrayals

Conor Wade and Alisa Rock.
Credit Alisa Rock

In our episode on autism, Sheilah Kast talks with Alisa Rock, whose son Conor has autism, and with Rebecca Landa, who studies the disorder. Then, Tom Hall talks with Anthony Baker about media depictions of autism.

1 in 68 U.S. children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In Maryland, 1 in 60 children are on the Spectrum.

These statistics were released last month in a report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  In the second part of this interview, we’ll hear from Dr. Li-Ching Lee, the School’s principal investigator for that report and Dr. Rebecca Landa, of Kennedy Krieger.  But first, we want to get a picture of what it’s like for one family who has a child with ASD, an Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

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8:24 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The Governor’s Race, Campaign Finance, Kamenetz’s Budget Proposal, & A MARC Ridership Record

The MARC train at the Odenton station.
Credit Ryan Stavely via flickr

The latest on issues being discussed in the governor’s race. How Supreme Court campaign finance decision could affect Maryland. A look at the proposed budget for Baltimore County. Plus: record weekend ridership for MARC trains, fixing potholes in Frederick County, and more.

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The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Fertility Rates - 4/16/14

Writers Michael Teitelbaum and Jay Winter point out in a recent New York Times piece that nearly half of all people now live in countries where women on average give birth to fewer than 2.1 babies.  That is the number generally required to replace both parents.  And this is not only true of nations such as Japan and Australia.  It is also true in nations like Bhutan, El Salvador and Armenia. 

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Cellar Notes
10:17 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

The Branding of a Wine - 4/16/14

Hugh shared his thoughts on the true meaning of brand names in wine.  No recommendations this week.

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Public Commentary
10:08 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Joe Jones - April 15, 2014

Joseph T. Jones, Jr. is founder of the Center For Urban Families (CFUF), a Baltimore, Maryland nonprofit service organization established to empower low-income families by enhancing both the ability of women and men to contribute to their families as wage earners and of men to fulfill their roles as fathers. Prior to founding CFUF, Mr. Jones developed and directed the Men’s Services program for the federally funded Baltimore Healthy Start initiative and replicated the Baltimore affiliate of the nationally recognized STRIVE employment services program. His ability to engage and provide hands-on services to fathers garnered him the reputation of trailblazer in the field.  Mr. Jones is now a national leader in workforce development, fatherhood and family services programming, and through his professional and civic involvement influences policy direction nationwide.

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A Blue View
8:37 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Floating Forests - 4/15/14

Far south of the Chesapeake, fringing tropical and subtropical coastlines, there exist floating forests of mangroves, whose roots grow in a luxuriant tangle at the ocean's edge.  And there, they thrive. Botanists call the 50 species of mangroves halophylic, or "salt loving."

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The Nature of Things
4:45 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Bluebirds Aren’t Blue?

Small, round thrushes, eastern bluebirds are a symbol of happiness and cheer really are a delight to see; but are bluebirds really blue?

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ClearPath - Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth
2:24 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Retirement Traveling

The Environment In Focus
1:28 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Beaver Boom Dams Up Pollution Control Projects

Once nearly extinct in the East, beaver populations are booming.  Their comeback, however, is creating complications for storm water pollution control systems, which beavers love to dam up.

Stephanie Boyles Griffin, director of wildlife response for the Humane Society of the U.S., is convincing governments to use devices called "beaver deceivers." They foil beaver dams in a way that does not kill the animals.

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