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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri March 14, 2014

The Gene That Causes Sleep

Credit thejbird

Nathan Sterner talks with Hopkins scientist Mark Wu about his research on a gene that affects our sleep cycles.

Lots of people fall asleep at a reasonable hour each night.  But some have trouble falling asleep, and stay awake for a long time.  Scientists at Johns Hopkins may have figured out one reason why. They’ve discovered a gene that affects how the biological clock sets the timing for sleep.  They found that a mutation in the gene affected whether fruit flies could fall asleep—and they know that the same gene exists in humans.

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Headlines
7:58 am
Fri March 14, 2014

MD’s Budget, MD’s Health Care Exchange, Baltimore County’s School Board, and Marijuana Legislation

Students got up close to the tall ship Virginia on a trip to Fox Island, just south of the Maryland border in the Chesapeake Bay.
Credit Pamela D'Angelo / WYPR

The State Senate passes a budget plan for FY-2015. Officials are looking to Connecticut as they work to move forward with the MD's health exchange. The latest on efforts to change the composition of Baltimore County's school board. Plus: marijuana legislation, STEM learning, why local law enforcement agencies respond differently to federal detention requests, and more.

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The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Fri March 14, 2014

African Economics - 3/14/14

In many ways, sub-Saharan Africa is still poor.  Despite the fact that many of the nation’s fastest growing economies are located in Africa, gross national income there averages just $2,232 per capita.  By contrast, gross national income in the U.S., which is a measure distinct from gross national product, is in the range of $50,000 per person. 

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Humanities Connection
5:05 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Maryland Day

March 25 is Maryland Day, a state holiday commemorating when the first settlers disembarked from two ships, “The Ark” and “The Dove” onto St. Clement’s Island in the Potomac River in 1634.

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The Signal
4:09 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Bosley, Spare Rooms, and Megillat Esther

soul singer Bosley Brown, the movie Spare Rooms, and the graphic novel, Megillat Esther...

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The First Five Years
12:31 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

The First Five Years: Read Aloud

Credit Maryland Family Network

If you haven't read to your child in a while--or ever, now is a great time to start. March is 'Read Aloud' month, and Maryland Family Network has compiled a helpful list of reading tips for parents. 

Maryland Family Network has more resources on this topic. You can learn more here

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. March 13, 1-2 pm
11:51 am
Thu March 13, 2014

De-Extinction Science: Coming To a Future Near You

The passenger pigeon, once the most common bird in North America, became extinct in 1914. But a group of scientists is working on bringing the bird back to life through the latest in genome technology.

A growing number of scientists worldwide are working on projects to bring back to life animals like the wooly mammoth and the passenger pigeon. But is the revival of extinct species a good thing for humanity? Or for the planet? We get into the science and the controversy of de-extinction with Nathaniel Rich, the writer behind The New York Times Magazine's cover story, The Mammoth Cometh.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. March 13, 12-1 pm
11:31 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Selling Baltimore's Public Housing

Baltimore City plans to sell off 22 of its public housing buildings to private developers.
Credit The Baltimore Sun

Last week, Baltimore Housing Authority officials announced a plan to sell 22 of the agency's housing complexes – about 40 percent of the agency's remaining inventory -- to private developers. Officials claim tenants will be mostly unaffected by the sale. However, housing advocates are concerned that it will cause rents to rise and further disenfranchise Baltimore's poor in an already-tight market for affordable housing.

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Maryland Morning
8:39 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Baltimore's Future: Chris Wilson on Building Job Opportunities for Residents

Chris Wilson
Credit Christy Zuccarini

Today, David Warnock speaks with Chris Wilson, director of workforce development for Greater Homewood Community Corporation. In his many roles, Wilson is working to create job opportunities for disadvantaged Baltimoreans.

Wilson's work was featured in the Baltimore Social Innovation Journal. You can read more about Wilson's work and his story, here.

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Headlines
8:28 am
Thu March 13, 2014

A Windy Thursday, MD’s Budget, Marijuana Legislation, and The Shooting At The Mall In Columbia

A Wind Advisory is in effect for Thursday morning, with gusts up to 50 mph possible. The State Senate gives preliminary approval to a state budget for FY-15. New details on the January shooting at the Mall in Columbia. Plus: college tuition, marijuana legislation, the UMD data breach, the reopened Maryland House, and more.

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