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The Morning Economic Report
10:03 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Economic Good News - 7/11/14

There is much about the U.S. economy with which to be pleased.  Real gross domestic product appears to be tracking above 3 percent during the current quarter.  Job gains have accelerated. 

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Humanities Connection
9:54 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Civic Reflection: Inside and Out

Community Mediation Maryland is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening mediation programs in our state. Their Maryland Humanities Council grant-supported program, Civic Reflection: Inside and Out, adds reading and discussion to their successful prisoner re-entry mediation programs.

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Maryland Morning
9:49 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Children Facing Hunger In The Summer

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Sheilah talks to Jonathon Rondeau, C.E.O. of the Family League of Baltimore, and Dr. Robert Lawrence of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

While many kids fill their summer days running, playing and swimming, there are thousands of kids in Maryland who find themselves distracted by their hunger.  For the most part, the kids who are hungry in the summer are the ones who received free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year.

While in school some kids can get three meals a day, but this summer, for the first time, only two meals a day. What are the barriers to feeding these children and how does summer nutrition loss affect a student’s achievement when school starts?

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Maryland Morning
9:22 am
Fri July 11, 2014

"Baltimore's Deaf Heritage"

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Sheilah talks with Kathleen Brockway, author of the new book "Baltimore's Deaf Heritage."

  Kathleen Brockway’s new book has a grand title, Baltimore’s Deaf Heritage, but it feels like family album. Brockway has done both: given us an overview of a deaf community organizing and fighting for new rights as well as an intimate profile of families who led that community.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri July 11, 2014

How 'Bout Them O's?

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Tom talks baseball with sportswriter Mark Hyman.

  As we approach Major League Baseball's All Star Break, "how ‘bout them O's"?  They’re in first place, three games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays.  To help us revel in this good fortune, and for insight into the how and why of it, Tom turns again to Mark Hyman.

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Headlines
8:14 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Hearing On Funding For Child Immigrant Crisis, Primary Recounts, & Baltimore Pensions

Lawmakers in Washington are considering President Obama's request for $3.7-billion to help deal with the flood of immigrants crossing the US Mexico border. Recounts could be on the way for two close primary elections. A look at Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s desired changes to the pension plan for new police officers and firefighters. Plus: Baltimore curfew centers, the Red Line, Sparrows Point, an E-ZPass phishing scam, and more.

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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri July 11, 2014

The Great Baltimore Cat Round-Up

The Great Baltimore Cat Round-Up

There were so many mice in the old Richmond Market that the merchants, frustrated by the failure of all previous attempts to eradicate the pests, tried loosing cats throughout the market. But that scheme failed, too. The cats, it seemed, misunderstood the mission.

Programs
1:16 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

"Gilmor's Raid"

The Signal
12:22 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

A Lego Armada, Zig Zag Wanderer, and Jacob Panic

Commodore Wilbert McKinley’s Lego ‘Teach-Fleet,’ Madison Smartt Bell’s ‘Zig Zag Wanderer,’ and Jacob Panic’s banjo ‘pop-grass’

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The Morning Economic Report
9:29 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Economic Impact of Student Loans - 7/10/14

Most people would agree that large volumes of student debt are holding the economy back.  Just a decade ago, there were only about $300 billion in student loans outstanding.  Today, that figure is in the range of $1.1 trillion.  While that total is dwarfed by total mortgage debt in the U.S., $8.2 trillion, student debt is concentrated among a smaller group of people – many of them in their 20s and 30s.  These people often serve as the engine of economic activity, including with respect to the housing market. 

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