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7:30 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Microfilm Found Hidden In Carroll County Pumpkin in 1948 Breaks A Spy Case Wide Open!

History was made in a pumpkin patch in Carroll County when microfilm was found inside one of the pumpkins.  The discovery changed the course of history! 

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The Morning Economic Report
5:25 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Healthcare - 3/7/14

For decades, American policymakers have felt that too much of the nation’s economy was tied to healthcare.  After all, the US spends much more on healthcare than other countries.  The goal among many has been to reduce outlays tied to healthcare, with the logic being that diminished healthcare expenditures would free up resources for other parts of the economy. 

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Humanities Connection
5:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Better Living Through the Humanities

The recent national report "The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation," commissioned by a bipartisan group of legislators and prepared by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences’ Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, continues to spur dialogue on the importance of the humanities to the future of our nation.

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The Signal
4:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Gather Baltimore, Nancy Heneson, Peals, The Drawing Zoo, and Jim Karantonis at The Stoop

Arthur Gray Morgan, founder of Gather Baltimore

Gather Baltimore, memoirist Nancy Heneson, rock duo Peals, The Drawing Zoo, and Jim Karantonis at The Stoop.

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Your Maryland 03-06-14
3:58 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

"The Year Without a Summer"

In the early 19th century, a series of volcanic eruptions resulted in some very strange weather. 

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Headlines
12:21 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Minimum Wage, Harbor Point, Enoch Pratt Redesign, and Maryland Billionaires

Central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library
Credit Jim Rettig via flickr

Minimum Wage Legislation: Lawmakers looking to raise Maryland’s minimum wage won a preliminary victory in Annapolis yesterday. The House of Delegates advanced a bill that would boost the minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by January of 2017. In doing so, Delegates rejected multiple amendments to the legislation that would change it even more from what had been originally proposed by Governor Martin O’Malley. Changes to the initial proposal include a delay in the implementation of the wage increase, exemptions for seasonal amusement parks, and the elimination of a provision that would have tied the rate to inflation. The House is expected to pass its version of the bill on Friday. But the State Senate may attempt to revive some of the provisions that were in the Governor’s initial proposal… and if the Senate’s bill differs from the House’s, the measure would have to go to conference committee before it could be sent to O’Malley’s desk. The Annapolis Capital has more here; there’s more here from the Frederick News Post, and more here from the Washington Post.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. March 6, 1-2 p.m.
9:27 am
Thu March 6, 2014

American Grotesque

HBO's new series True Detective gets into dark territory, dealing with murder, child sex abuse, drug abuse, and political corruption. But is the show too dark for its own good?

A look at the public's fascination with the dark side of life -- depravity, criminality and social dysfunction -- and with increasingly graphic depictions of sex and violence in television and film. Midday contributor and pop culture critic Sheri Parks leads our discussion.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. March 6, 12- p.m.
9:14 am
Thu March 6, 2014

The Improbability Principle

Statistician David Hand doesn't believe in miracles.

Statistician David Hand does not believe in miracles. Nor does he believe in chance. Using the laws of inevitability, Hand demonstrates that extraordinarily rare events and coincidences are anything but. Hand is the author of "The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day."

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Baltimore's Future
8:40 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Baltimore's Future: Jerrie Kumalah on Baltimore's Alleys

Jerrie Kumalah
Credit Michael Cross-Barnet

Today on "Baltimore's Future," David Warnock speaks with Jerrie Kumalah, who is working on a project to redefine Baltimore alleys. 

Kumalah's work was highlighted in the Baltimore Social Innovation Journal. You can see pictures of 'living alleys' and 'green alleys' here

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The Morning Economic Report
5:25 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Poor Air Quality In China - 3/6/14

There has been much discussion worldwide regarding poor air quality in China.  The Chinese government is also concerned, and Chinese officials recently announced that they were offering a total of 10 billion renminbi, or $1.65 billion to cities and regions that make significant progress in air pollution control this year.

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