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3:14 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

West Coast Pinot Noir - 2/26/15

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = good decent wine  ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine

Byron Vineyards Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley '12 **1/2  $$
(Stylish, elegant light and supple)

Wind Racer Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley '11  **1/2  $$
(medium bodied, understated and elegant)

La Crema Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley '12 **1/2 $$
(A new Oregon offering from a very good pinot producer)

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Feb. 25, 1-2 P.M.
11:43 am
Wed February 25, 2015

When Rain Hurts

Mary Greene describes the tremendous challenges she and her husband faced after adopting their son from a Russian orphanage. She details her Maryland family’s struggle in “When Rain Hurts: An Adoptive Mother's Journey with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome."

  With production help from Midday intern Margorie Goodman.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Feb. 25, 12-1 P.M.
11:34 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Middle Class Losing Ground

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) recently launched the "Middle Class Prosperity Project."

From stagnant wages to rising debt, the gap between America’s middle and upper classes is wider than ever, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Maryland Morning Podcast
11:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Reforming MD's Public Information Act; Discontent and Its Civilizations; Changing Retirement Savings

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Maryland’s Public Information Act gives journalists, advocates, and everyone the right to request state and local data. But, some say the 45-year-old law needs reforming. We talk about bills in the General Assembly to do just that.

Then, Award-winning Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid tells Tom Hall about his new collections of essays that range from the personal to the political.

Plus, A new report from a state task force has found that one out of five Marylanders haven’t saved for retirement. We talk about efforts to change that.

Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Government Transparency Advocates Push To Reform Maryland's Public Information Act

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How do journalists bring important stories to light? Sometimes a a well-placed source spills the beans. Sometimes a whistle-blower comes forward. Another important way may be less familiar to you: Public Information Act requests. They allow a journalist, non-profit, a business, or anyone, to request information held by the state and local governments.  Maryland’s Public Information Act was enacted in 1970. That was before email, before desktop computers, way before thumb drives. It hasn’t seen a major update since then. But, some journalists and advocacy groups want to reshape it.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed February 25, 2015

A Writer Tackles The Personal, The Political And The Global in 'Discontent and Its Civilizations'

The award-winning novelist Mohsin Hamid recently published a new book, a collection of essays, written over the last 14 years, while he was living in New York, London, and Lahore, Pakistan, the city of his birth.  The book is called Discontents and its Civilizations. Hamid talks about his new work in advance of his Friday night talk at the Ivy Bookshop.    

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed February 25, 2015

State Task Force Says Not Enough Marylanders Ready For Retirement

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On this chilly morning, a chilling statistic from a new report by a state task force on retirement savings, which found that about one-million Marylanders will enter retirement with no pension and basically no savings. So, what will retirement look like for all of these people? Will Social Security be enough to support them? Former Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend chairs the task force, appointed by then-Governor Martin O’Malley last year, to look into the problem. She joins us this morning to explain what the task force found.

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The Morning Economic Report
8:11 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Job Market in High Gear - 2/25/15

The U.S. job market is now in high gear.  During the three month period beginning November first of last year, employers hired more than one million net new workers, the best performance over a three-month period since 1997.

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The Nature of Things
5:37 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

The American Kestrel

Kestrel

The kestrel has a cool, 'hipster' vibe, with pairs of black vertical slashes on its pale face – referred to as a "mustache" and "sideburns."


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A Blue View
3:53 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Seal Season - 2/24/15

Seal sightings are rare for even the most frequent beach-goers to the Mid-Atlantic shore. In a typical year, about 20 are spotted in Ocean City, Maryland.

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