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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues, March 3, 12-1 P.M.
2:35 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Selma Anniversary

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King lead a march in Selma, Alabama.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the voting rights marches of Selma, Alabama. We examine this crucial period of the Civil Rights Movement with Charles Blackburn, a retired minister and former organizer for the ACLU, and Unitarian Universalist minister Mark Morrison-Reed, whose book, "The Selma Awakening," examines the interracial and interfaith nature of the marches.

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The Morning Economic Report
8:33 am
Tue March 3, 2015

State and Local Spending - 3/3/15

The spending of state and local governments around the country has become less of a drag on the overall economy.  The most up-to-date Bureau of Economic Analysis data confirm that real state and local government contributions to growth have been positive in seven of the past eight quarters. As indicated by Moody’s Analytics, the largest source of growth continues to be in the form of social benefit payments to individuals, predominantly Medicaid, which have been rising because of expansions related to the Affordable Care Act.  If one controls for these payments, nominal state and local government spending actually declined during all four quarters of 2014. 

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Foreman and Wolf on Food and Wine
1:49 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Women on Wine

Credit Flickr/Jens Ulriksen

Tony is joined by two of the leading female Sommeliers in the Baltimore area.


Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon, March 2, 1-2 P.M.
1:16 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Mikulski To Retire

The longest serving woman in Congress in U.S. history, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D - MD) announced today that she will not seek a sixth term.

Barbara Mikulski, Maryland’s senior Democratic senator, announced her retirement this morning in Baltimore. Mikulski, a social worker and community activist, first went to Congress in the 1970s; she was elected to the Senate in 1987 and became the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress in 2012. In this hour of Midday, more on the Mikulski announcement from WYPR’s senior news analyst Fraser Smith and from Washington College political scientist Melissa Deckman. What does her announcement mean for Maryland Democrats, including former Gov. Martin O’Malley, who aspire to higher office?

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon, March 2, 12-1 P.M.
1:13 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Taking Politics Out of Parole

Walter Lomax, who served almost 40 years for a wrongful conviction, founded the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative in order to work for parole reform.

Maryland is one of the only states in the county that permits a governor to reject or veto a parole commission’s recommendations.  We take another look at parole reform in this hour with Tessa Hill-Aston, president of Baltimore’s NAACP, and Walter Lomax, of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative (MRJI), who served 39 years in prison for a wrongful conviction. Here is a link to the report, "Still Blocking the Exit," written by the ACLU of Maryland and the MRJI.

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Maryland Morning Podcast
9:20 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Costs Of Incarceration; Poetry And Medicine; Theater Review, "Rabbit Hole"; Terps Basketball

Sandtown-Winchester
Credit Matt Purdy

A new study finds that more people from Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood are incarcerated in Maryland state prisons than from any other census tract in the state. We visit two ex-offenders there who are working to change that statistic.

Then, part-neurosurgeon, part-brain scientist and part-poet: Michael Salcman talks with Tom Hall about a new anthology of poems he’s edited that connect poetry and medicine.

Plus, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck brings us her review of the Vagabond Players’ production of “Rabbit Hole” by David Lindsay-Abaire.

And, the University of Maryland’s men’s and women’s basketball teams have had terrific seasons in their first year in the Big Ten. We talk with a couple of sports reporters from the school’s newspaper, The Diamondback, about how the Terps have done it.

The Morning Economic Report
9:11 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Image Problem for Buses - 3/2/15

Buses have an image problem.  Transit agencies around the country are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on new rail infrastructure that is often no faster than existing bus service, but benefits from a better image.  As writer Josh Barro recently pointed out in a piece published in the New York Times, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed AirTrain link from La Guardia Airport could be the latest example. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon March 2, 2015

The Cost Of Crime And Incarceration In One Baltimore Neighborhood

Sandtown
Credit Matt Purdy

A new report from the Justice Policy Institute and Prison Policy Initiative says that, as of 2010, 458 people from Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood or neighboring Harlem Park were in a Maryland prison. It's the largest number of any census tract in the state. We talk about it with Marc Schindler, Executive Director of the Justice Policy Institute. And, we visit two men in Sandtown who have been to prison and back. Antoine Bennett is the director of Men of Valuable Action, or MOVA. Anthony Warren is MOVA’s Community Service Project Coordinator.

Maryand Morning
8:55 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Poetry in Medicine: An Anthology of Poems About Doctors, Patients, Illness and Healing

Credit Persea Publications

Michael Salcman is not only an acclaimed poet, he’s also a neurosurgeon and brain scientist. These particular interests are married beautifully in a new collection he has edited, called Poetry in Medicine: An Anthology of Poems About Doctors, Patients, Illness and Healing. The book draws parallels between the growth of poetry and its relationship to medicine.  Michael Salcman will be speaking at the Ivy Bookshop tomorrow night about the new book.  He joins Tom Hall in the studio. 

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon March 2, 2015

The Rousuck Review: "Rabbit Hole"

Zarah Rautell, Ryan Gunning and Amy Jo Shapiro in "Rabbit Hole" at the Vagabond Players
Credit Photography by Rachel Verhaaren

Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews the Vagabond Players' production of "Rabbit Hole", up until March 29th:

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