The First Five Years
12:58 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

The First Five Years: Choosing Apps

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"The First Five Years" episode on choosing apps for children.

It starts with proud parents Tweeting pictures from the delivery room to a seemingly endless supply of smart phone apps that claim to be educational. In the first few years of life, children are around computer screens all the time. It’s hard for parents to know how much exposure, if any, is okay for developing brains. Listen now for some tips that will help. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. April 23 1-2 p.m.
9:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Millenials and the Economy

In his new book, Paul Taylor addresses whether the millenial generation has what it takes to move the American economy forward.

With the looming exodus of the baby boomer generation from the workforce, what lies ahead for the American economy? Will the underemployed younger generation be able to pick up the pieces? Our guest is Paul Taylor, executive vice president of the Pew Research Center and the author of "The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. April 23, 12-1 pm
9:34 am
Wed April 23, 2014

The End of Suburban Sprawl

Transit activist Benjamin Ross is calling for an end to suburban sprawl in his new book.

Maryland transit activist Benjamin Ross is the author of, "Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism."

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

How Domestic Violence Laws are Changing

Purple ribbons tied to a tree to remember individuals who have been subjected to domestic violence.
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Sheilah Kast talks with Dorothy Lennig from the House of Ruth and Leigh Goodmark, visiting Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Each year, thousands of Marylanders are abused by spouses or people they live with – in 2012, the most recent statistics we have, nearly 18,000 crimes of domestic violence were reported in the state.

No wonder the General Assembly considered about a dozen bills to deal with domestic violence, and approved about half of them to send to Gov. O’Malley for his signature.  Yesterday, Sheilah Kast spoke about the legislation with Dorothy Lennig, an attorney and Director of the House of Ruth’s ‘Domestic Violence Legal Clinic.'  This morning Sheilah Kast spoke with Leigh Goodmark,  a visiting law professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She's written a book called “A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System.” We get her perspective on how the legal system works and doesn’t work in domestic violence cases. 

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Maryland Morning
8:40 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Reducing Cancer Risk in Middle Age

Nutritionist Monica Reinagel.

Tom Hall talks with nutritionist Monica Reinagel

What can people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s do to reduce their risk of cancer?  The Centers for Disease Control has issued a report collecting new research.  They suggest staying away from alcohol and shutting off computer screens a few hours before bedtime.  Nutritionist Monica Reinagel walks us through the notes. 

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8:19 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Fire Weather, O’Malley’s Europe Tour, The Governor’s Race, and The Planned Frederick Incinerator

Where are conditions conducive to fires today? Pretty much everywhere.
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Strong winds and low humidity in the forecast could lead to fires; the National Weather Service has issued fire weather watches and warnings due to today’s conditions. Plus: O’Malley’s 5-day Europe tour, the latest on the Governor’s race, Carroll County’s exit from the partnership to build a waste-to-energy incinerator in Frederick County, education news, and much more.

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The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Tax Rates for the Wealthy - 4/23/14

If you make between half a million and ten million dollars per year, today’s installment may prove pretty upsetting.  You may find yourself gripping the wheel of your Mercedes a bit tighter than usual. 

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Cellar Notes
5:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

American Pinot Noir - 4/23/14

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

Le Nez Pinot Noir, Yamhill, Oregon, Lenné Vyd. 2012 **1/2  $$
(Silky smooth, with deep red fruit flavors, classy)

Lyric Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara 2011  *1/2  $
(A very good entry level California pinot noir)

Stoller Pinot Noir, Dundee HIlls, Oregon 2010  **  $$
(An upper end entry level Oregon pinot noir with great complexity)

CalStar Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2010  **1/2  $$
(Big, soft, silky pinot noir with wonderful flavor and texture)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Wine World.  See sponsor tab.

The Environment in Focus
5:26 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Female Song Birds Turn Darwin's Theory Upside Down

Since Darwin's time, most scientists and school children have assumed that the singing of song birds in the spring is an almost exclusively male trait.  But new research by Kevin Omland and Karan Odom of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and colleagues shows that both female and males sing in 71 percent of the surveyed song bird species around the world.

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The Nature of Things
12:52 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

It might be hard to imagine, but before 1970, all factories could unendingly spew black, toxic clouds into the air.

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