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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. June 4, 1-2 pm
10:23 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Joseph Smith's Final Years

Columnist and author, Alex Beam, explores the final years and the assassination of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church.

In his new book, "American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church," Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam reports on the life and violent death of the charismatic founder of the Mormon church. The book traces the roots of Mormonism, the nation's fastest growing faith, and its turbulent early history.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. June 4, 12-1 pm
10:17 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Transgender Tipping Point?

Laverne Cox, actress and transgender rights activist, graces the cover of the most recent issue of TIME Magazine.

The high-profile failure of a Maryland petition drive to repeal a transgender rights law -- the so-called "Bathroom Bill" -- lends support to the claim, featured on Time's cover this week, that the U.S. has reached a tipping point in the acceptance of transgender people.

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Maryland Morning
9:22 am
Wed June 4, 2014

How to Reduce Youth Violence

From left: Kayanna Johnson, Sheilah Kast, DeShawn Batson and Kelsey Johnson.
Credit Jamyla Kay

Sheilah Kast talks with members of Baltimore City's Youth Commission about violence against city teens.

At least ten Baltimore teenagers have been murdered this year.  The trauma for their families ripples through their communities, and the city worries about what the summer will bring.  Last week 16-year-old Oscar Torres was fatally shot sitting in a Ford Fusion that was carjacked; police say the same car killed 12-year-old Shanizya Taft the next day in East Baltimore.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Beethoven's Ninth at the BSO

Marin Alsop
Credit Grant Leighton

Tom Hall talks with conductor Marin Alsop

The Ode to Joy is one of the most recognizable and popular tunes in all of music.  It’s the centerpiece melody of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.  The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has performed the Ninth every year for the past several years.  They will wrap up their 2013-2014 season with performances this weekend that will also include a Pulitzer Prize-winning cantata by John Adams called "On the Transmigration of Souls," a beautiful elegy on the tragedy of the attacks on September 11th. Marin Alsop will conduct the BSO along with the Peabody Children’s Chorus and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.  Tom Hall talks with her about it.

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Headlines
8:31 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Sexual Assault Policy, Public Financing, Harbor Point, Cove Point, and A Fence At The War Memorial

The Harbor Point development site in Baltimore.
Credit P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Maryland college campuses are required to revamp their policy for dealing with sexual assault by the end of this year. We look at what the new policy contains. Plus: public financing, Harbor Point, Cove Point, a fence at the War Memorial, and more.

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Cellar Notes
8:28 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Ponzi, Pioneer of Oregon - 6/4/14

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

Ponzi Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley '13 *1/2 $
(Very good value in a Ponzi staple,  bright, elegant, crisp)

Ponzi Reserve Chardonnay, Willamette Valley '12 **  $$
(Subtle, firm, complex and delicate; typical quality Oregon chard)

Ponzi Pinot Noir, "Tavola" '12  ** $$
(Lean, balanced with good falvors)

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The Morning Economic Report
8:19 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Decline in International Student Enrollment - 6/4/14

In recent years, growing numbers of U.S. colleges and universities have looked to students from abroad to support enrollment numbers and tuition-based revenues.  For instance, nearly 240,000 South Korean students went abroad last year, equal to roughly 7 percent of that nation’s college population.  About one-third of those South Korean students who headed abroad came to America.  Over the past decade, the number of Chinese undergraduates at American institutions has expanded by nearly 900 percent. 

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The Nature of Things
5:30 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Growing Up Wild

Mary Hardcastle and young with acorn tops

Nature-based preschools are re-focusing the lens on early childhood education. And the third annual Nature Preschool conference, which addresses the unique benefits and challenges of nature-based curriculum in early childhood programs, is this weekend at Irvine Nature Center.

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The Environment In Focus
3:18 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Ancient Dumps Are Fertile Ground for Wildflowers and Archeologists

Scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are studying Native American trash heaps full of oyster shells around the Chesapeake Bay that date to thousands of years ago.

Susan Cook-Patton, Torben Rick and colleagues recently published an article in the journal Landscape Ecology that describes how these old oyster shells enrich the soil with calcium, nitrogen and phosphorus, spurring the growth of unusual communities of wildflowers and grasses.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. June 3, 1-2 p.m.
10:18 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Raising Children Godless

We take a look at the unique challenges that parents face when trying to raise ethical and moral children in a non-religious household.

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