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The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Student Debt - 7/7/14

When looking to explain the continued lackluster performance of the U.S. economy or the sputtering housing market, the topic of student debt is almost assuredly to emerge.  Anecdotes shared around water coolers create the impression that high levels of student debt are typical – that there are baristas with $75,000 in debt and poets who need to come up with $100,000. 

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The Signal
6:36 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

The Signal: 7.4.14

Chum Ngek, with student Joanna Pecore
Credit Edwin Remsberg c/o The Maryland State Arts Council

A visit with Cambodian music master Chum Ngek.

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The Morning Economic Report
2:14 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

U.S. Housing Market - 7/4/14

Today, we declare the likelihood that the U.S. housing market will bounce back during the second half of 2014.  According to Moody’s Analytics, the U.S. housing market will not only rebound during the second half of this year, but will strengthen further in 2015. 

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Headlines
9:19 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Hurricane Arthur, Independence Day Schedule Changes, and Brown Proposes Debate Schedule

A lovely 4th of July forecast for Central Maryland… but a wet one on the Eastern Shore, which’ll feel the effects of Hurricane Arthur today. We round up today’s Independence Day schedule changes, with information about the fireworks displays set for this evening. Plus: Brown proposes gubernatorial debate schedule, an APG team readies to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons, and MD cab companies sue Uber.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Maryland's Not-So-Prominent Role in Writing the U.S. Constitution

Samuel Chase, referred to sometimes as "Old Bacon Face", was one of Maryland's delegates to the constitutional convention. Painted by John Beale Bordley.
Credit Public Domain

Sheilah talks with David O. Stewart about Maryland's contribution to the writing of the Constitution in 1787.
On July 4th, we mark our country’s declaration of independence from Britain in 1776. It was another 11 years before we’d draft the framework of laws that guide our country today: During a humid summer in Philadelphia 1787, 55 delegates from a dozen states gathered to write our constitution. Some of those men tower in our memories to this day. Virginia’s delegation, for example, included James Madison, George Mason, and George Washington. And, Maryland? Historian David O. Stewart writes in his book “The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution”, that Maryland did not send her most distinguished citizens to the convention. Sheilah Kast spoke with him about it in August 2007.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri July 4, 2014

The "Central Park Five" Settle Lawsuit Against New York City

Tom talks with filmmakers Sarah Burns and David McMahon, as well as Raymond Santana, one of the "Central Park Five".
In 1989, five black and Latino teens in New York were indicted and then wrongfully convicted of raping a white 28-year-old investment banker named Tricia Meili, while she was jogging in Central Park. The five teens served five to seven years in jail before being exonerated for that crime. Last month, they agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit against New York City for a reported $41 million.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Why Rafael Alvarez Calls Baltimore "The Holy Land"

Tom talks with Baltimore writer Rafael Alvarez about his book of short stories, "Tales from the Holy Land".

The writer Rafael Alvarez is a former reporter for The Baltimore Sun.  These days, you’ll still see his byline from time to time in the Sun and many other local publications.  He worked for a while on "The Wire" with his former Sun colleague David Simon, and earlier this year, he published his eighth book. It’s a collection of short stories in which he introduces us to the kind of people and neighborhoods that give Baltimore its unshakable reputation for quirkiness. It’s called Tales from the Holy Land. Rafael Alvarez joins Tom Hall in the studio to talk about it.

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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Baltimore's Song That Nobody Knows

 The story of the song nobody knows: Baltimore City's "song" was written by a Sun paper reporter who wrote poetry on the side.

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Humanities Connection
5:02 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Gilmor's Raid

Credit Wikipedia

  Maryland played a pivotal role during the Civil War. The war between brothers was fought around us and in our backyards.

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The Morning Economic Report
9:48 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Declining Labor Force Participation - 7/3/14

A growing number of women who are ostensibly in their peak earning years are deciding not to participate in the U.S. labor force.  The declining labor force participation of women in their 40's and 50's in the labor force is attributed to numerous factors, including the need to care for parents.  Reductions in state and local government have also hit this group harder than most. 

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