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Maryland Morning
11:00 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Surge In Heroine Use; David Simon On Show Me A Hero; The Sketch Comedy Marylandia

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Maryland is grappling with what to do about the surge in overdoses of prescription pain pills and heroin.  Governor Hogan’s emergency task force has released its interim report.  We touch base with Baltimore’s health commissioner and a program coordinator on the Eastern Shore about how they’re approaching the epidemic. 

Then –  We speak with David Simon, producer of HBO’s famous depiction of Baltimore street life The Wire about Baltimore’s crime surge and Simon’s latest  HBO miniseries, about on public housing.

Plus: Two student filmmakers tell us about their web show Marylandia, a spoof of the Independent Film Channel hit Portlandia. It puts a comic edge on community issues like police brutality and transgender rights.

Maryland Morning
9:01 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Batts Breaks His Silence

Anthony Batts and two others spoke at Mount Saint Mary's College in Emmitsburg on Wednesday about justice in America.
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We heard this week from former Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony Batts for the first time since Mayor Rawlings-Blake fired him in July. Batts and two others spoke to nearly 600 students at a panel discussion Wednesday evening about justice in America at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg.

We thought you’d be interested in hearing some of the points Anthony Batts made at the college, and to get the view of a someone with a community perspective on Batts' three years heading Baltimore’s police force. City Councilman Brandon Scott, who represents the second district and is vice chair of the council’s public-safety committee, joins Sheilah by phone. 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri September 4, 2015

A Pictorial History of Gay Rights in Baltimore

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In 2012, Maryland became the first state to pass a same sex marriage bill by voter referendum. Earlier this summer, the tide toward marriage equality shifted decidedly when the Supreme Court ruled that all states must allow gay marriage. Now, a conversation about the history of the gay rights movement in Baltimore in the decades leading up to these major developments.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Local Activists Sing For Labor

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As we begin this Labor Day weekend, we’d like to let you know about a group of local progressive activists who combine their passion for union and community organizing with a love of singing.  The Charm City Labor Chorus was formed seven years ago to sing songs of the labor movement, and to raise awareness about historic and contemporary issues of social justice.  Their director, Darryl! L.C. Moch, joins Tom in the studio. 

The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Fri September 4, 2015

West Virginia's Employment Woes - 9/4/15

Only one state has lost jobs over the past year – Maryland’s neighbor to the West – West Virginia.  According to data recently released by the Labor Department, West Virginia was alone in terms of having lost a statistically significant number of jobs between July of twenty fourteen and July of twenty fifteen. 

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