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The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

To Buy or to Lease - 4/4/14

To buy or to lease – that is the question that many prospective car purchasers are asking.  As indicated by a recent Wall Street Journal article, conventional wisdom holds that leasing an automobile is generally more favorable than purchasing one if you tend to upgrade to a new car every few years.  Purchasing makes more sense is you want to own for many years.  Leasing also doesn’t work as well for people who drive many miles per year. 

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Humanities Connection
4:53 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond

Photo provided by the Baltimore Museum of Industry from the collection of James Bollman

Many may not know it, but Maryland was particularly positioned to take the banjo to national notoriety.  The Maryland Humanities grant-supported exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, "Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond," curated by Greg Adams, Pete Ross, and Robert Winans, traces the city's role in the evolution of the instrument from its introduction before the Civil War to its place in American culture today.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Thur. April 3 1-2 p.m.
4:28 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Energy Bill Shock

Maryland's public service commission received numerous complaints about rate increases during the long winter.
Credit mit.edu

  The long, frigid winter resulted in unusually high utility bills for Marylanders. But for customers with variable-rate contracts, bills are especially steep, leaving some to wonder if the increases were from price gouging. 

Paula Carmody, head of the state's Office of People's Counsel and the citizens representative before the Maryland Public Service Commission, joins us to explain gas-and-electric bills and pricing and to answer listener questions and concerns.

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Foreman and Wolf on Food and Wine
4:19 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Foreman and Wolf on Food and Wine Live

Credit Evan Rappaport

A special live offering of Foreman and Wolf on Food and Wine.  On Sunday, March 30 from 12-1 we will take your calls and read your emails.  Get your questions ready and here are some of the topics we will include.

It’s desperation season for cooking. Winter is over but it doesn't feel like spring.  What are you going to cook to make you get ready for the season change?  Chef Cindy Wolf will give you some fun recipes to get through the "transition" season and all of its emotional culinary trauma.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. April 3, 12-1 pm
4:13 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Doug Gansler

Environmental and consumer protection were among Gansler's top priories as Maryland Attorney General.
Credit huffingtonpost.com

  A conversation with two-term Maryland attorney general Doug Gansler, a Democratic candidate for governor in the June 24 primary.

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The Signal
4:07 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Toy Piano, Anne Thomas, Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald, and “Charlotte”

David Smooke at his home, tickling the (mini) ivories

Toy piano composer David Smooke, Anne Thomas at The Stoop, “An Evening with Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald,” and the short film “Charlotte”

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Baltimore's Future with David Warnock
8:27 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Baltimore's Future: Karen Stokes on Building Construction Jobs

Karen Stokes
Credit Christy Zuccarini

An interview with Karen Stokes, executive director of the Greater Homewood Community Corporation.

On today's episode of Baltimore's Future with David Warnock, David speaks with Karen Stokes, Executive Director of the Greater Homewood Community Corporation

They discuss providing construction jobs for Baltimore residents. 

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Headlines
8:26 am
Thu April 3, 2014

The Minimum Wage, Marijuana Decriminalization, “Jake’s Law,” & The State Center Redevelopment

Maryland State House in Annapolis.
Credit Christopher Connelly / WYPR

The State Senate advances a bill to raise MD’s minimum wage. The House Judiciary Committee votes to create a task force to study marijuana decriminalization. Plus: “Jake’s Law,” the State Center redevelopment, the PSC examines rate hikes, prayer at Carroll County Commissioners’ meetings, and more.

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The Morning Economic Report
10:07 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Globalization - 4/3/14

There are many among us who do not view globalization favorably.  As pointed out by writer Eduardo Porter, globalization is now often perceived as a leading driver of rampant inequality and wage stagnation.  This view is hardly universal despite the fact that in an American context globalization may have contributed to a stalling of middle class incomes and a surge of income growth among the top 1 percent.  If the world were viewed as a single nation, income inequality has in fact declined and middle class incomes have expanded more rapidly than those at the top.  

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wed. April 2 1-2 p.m.
10:21 am
Wed April 2, 2014

American Fun

Beckman's book is a pop-academic exploration of 'joyous revolt' throughout American History.
Credit washingtonpost.com

From the Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party to Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and the hip-hop B-Boys of the South Bronx, a romp through the nation's cultural and political history with the anti-establishment fun-lovers who, John Beckman says, have always been part of the American story. Beckman is an English professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and the author of  "American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt."

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