UMMC Commentary
12:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Keshava Rajagopal, M.D.

Dr. Kasheva Rajagopal

Dr. Rajagopal received his medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program, in 2002. He completed his general surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center in 2009, during which time he also undertook and completed a 2 year research fellowship in cardiovascular biology at Duke University Medical Center. He completed a cardiothoracic surgical residency at Duke University Medical Center in 2012.

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Public Commentary
8:00 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Josh M. Sharfstein - February 11, 2014

Dr. Sharfstein is the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Previously, he served as the Commissioner of Health in Baltimore, Maryland and as the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In these positions, Dr. Sharfstein has pursued creative solutions to longstanding public health problems -- including drug addiction, school failure, unsafe consumer products, and most recently, cheap, candy-flavored cigars.

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A Blue View
7:45 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Seals on our Coasts - 2/11/14

Spotting seals on Mid-Atlantic beaches at this time of year is a lot more common than you think.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wed. Feb. 12, 1-2 p.m.
3:07 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Angry White Men

Sociologist Michael Kimmel discusses Tea Party rhetoric in the age of Rush Limbaugh in his new book "Angry White Men."

Sociologist Michael Kimmel tackles controversial territory as he tries to explain the emotional response of some of the country's white men (tea party and NRA, as examples) to the election of Barack Obama, changing political demographics, wage stagnation and downward mobility.

Kimmel, professor of gender studies and sociology at Stony Brook, is the author of "Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of An Era."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wed. Feb. 12, 12-1 p.m.
3:01 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts

Police Commissioner Batts confronts the public's concerns about the increase in homicides in 2014.

Lawmakers and citizens continue to publicly express dismay at the sharp increase in homicides, which have been rising since last summer; one of the latest headline-making crimes was an armed robbery of a 12-year-old girl as she walked to school near Patterson Park.

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The Signal
2:24 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

The Signal: 2.14.14

Prem Raja Mahat, at his home in northeast Baltimore

Nepalese pop star Prem Raja Mahat, the pioneering women of The Roc-a-Jets, and an air travel confession from Ami Spencer...    Before Nepalese immigrant Prem Raja Mahat came to the US and opened up a restaurant in Baltimore, he was a pop-music sensation in India.  Aaron Henkin shares the story of Prem’s path from Nepalese superstar to American Everyman.    The Roc-A-Jets sported pompadours and they made the ladies swoon… but these rockabilly idols weren’t guys.

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1:27 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Winter Weather Wednesday Night And Thursday

Projected snow accumulation map from the National Weather Service; updated at 1:42pm Wednesday.
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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

How Maryland's Open Data Could Become More Open

Data set of toll transactions in Maryland via

Sheilah Kast talks with Senator Bill Ferguson about open data.

What can Maryland do to make the data it collects more accessible to you? How could you use it? We talk with State Senator Bill Ferguson about creating a new Open Data Policy for Maryland.

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8:45 am
Wed February 12, 2014

A Winter Storm Warning, MD’s Minimum Wage, Mizeur’s Gubernatorial Bid, and Baltimore Policing

Credit National Weather Service

Governor Martin O’Malley has declared a State of Emergency as a winter storm bears down on Maryland; the system could dump 6 to 10 inches of snow and sleet on the state before Thursday night. More on the storm, plus: the minimum wage, Baltimore policing, a longshoremen’s union rejects a contract proposal, and more.

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Cellar Notes
10:32 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Domestic Dessert Wines - 2/12/14

Cost key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60

Justin Vineyards & Wines "Obtuse" dessert wine, Paso Robles ** $$
(100% cab sauv port)

Boordy "Veritude" Ruby Port , Maryland 2008 (375 ml.) ***  $$
(Precise approximation of classic ruby port style.)

Kiona Late Harvest Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington 2007 *1/2 $
(Light, delicate, full of flavor.)

Orchid Cellars "The Archer" Mead, Maryland  ** $
(A honey based wine with spicy notes.)

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