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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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

David Warnock speaks with Jerrie Kumalah.

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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Cellar Notes
5:46 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Cellar Notes Website with Kyle Leslie - 3/5/14

Now that WYPR's new website is up and running, we wanted to let Cellar Notes listeners know how to use it to their best advantage. 

For years people have mentioned that they cannot write down our recommendations while they are driving home.  We understand.  That is why we post them on the website.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. March 5, 1-2 p.m.
10:52 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Cutting Clutter

Household clutter can be both a cause and a symptom of emotional distress.

In 2010, Susan Vogt decided to give away at least one thing she owned each day for the 40 days of Lent, and then she continued the practice for a year. She found it spiritually rewarding and discovered some major practical and social benefits as well.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. March 3, 12-1 p.m.
10:41 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Ukraine Crisis and the U.S. Response

Chaos in the Ukraine
Credit BBC News

Is there any way for the United States and its European allies to reverse the Russian military occupation of Crimea, or are President Putin’s troops there to stay? Conversation and commentary about the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Dealing with Debt After a Foreclosure

Credit Flickr / Jeffrey Turner

Sheilah Kast talks with Marceline White, Executive Director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, and Kathleen Murphy, President and CEO of the Maryland Bankers Association.
In Maryland, lenders have up to 12 years to take homeowners to court for any remaining debt they owe on a foreclosed home. It’s known as a “deficiency judgment.”  The General Assembly is considering two bills that could change deficiency judgments in Maryland.   We talk about both.

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