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12:57 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Maryland Wits & Baltimore Bards

Maryland Morning
12:12 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

UMUC's Stiff Competiton, Patients Become Part Of The Team, and Author Azar Nafisi

Credit cityofhope.org

Many colleges and universities have expanded their distance learning programs.  How do local distance-learning institutions stay competitive? We ask the president of University of Maryland University College, fighting to hold on to its claim as America’s largest online public university. Then, doctors at Johns Hopkins Bayview's ‘Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic’ have developed an approach to fighting cancer that puts the patient in the driver’s seat. We talk with them about how it changes treatment. Plus, writer Azar Nafisi talks with Tom Hall about the role of fiction beyond just telling a good story.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed., Nov. 26, 1-2 P.M.
10:28 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Future of the Harvest

On this day before Thanksgiving, as Americans travel to gather and give thanks, we’ll be talking about the food we eat – and why so little of it comes from nearby farms. Spike Gjerde, the prominent Baltimore chef and restaurateur, has a lot to say about the importance of building a sustainable food culture in the Chesapeake region. So do representatives of an alliance called Future Harvest.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed., Nov. 26, 12-1 P.M.
10:02 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Midday Open Phones

Students in Liberia are unable to attend school due to the Ebola outbreak.
Credit B. D. Colen

Open phones for listener comment about the news, including the aftermath of the Ferguson decision and, in Baltimore, the grim financials on the popular Circulator bus. Plus, Brigid McDonnell, program director at the International Book Bank, shares details about the shipment of 86,000 books from Maryland to children in Liberia.

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Maryland Morning
9:20 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Patients As Part of the Team

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A diagnosis of throat cancer or lung cancer, or other cancer of the chest, sends a patient and her family down a long, difficult and sometimes lonely and scary road.  Such cancers often grow unnoticed, so by the time they’re found, the prognosis is poor.  About two years ago Johns Hopkins Bayview reorganized how it approaches chest cancers. To confront the cancer with a wide view of how to treat it – and to include the patient as part of that team.

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Maryland Morning
9:05 am
Wed November 26, 2014

UMUC's Stiff Competiton

UMUC President, Javier Miyares
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"Distance learning" is arguably the wave of the future in higher education. More and more students are choosing courses, or entire degree programs, that don't require them to show up in class, to listen to lectures and take tests … but to learn course material and interact with their professors on line. In Maryland, distance learning also has a venerable past.  For decades, University of Maryland University College dominated distance learning globally – offering classes at more than 100 U.S. military installations and in more than 20 countries around the world.  Now, UMUC is scrambling to hold on to students who have many other options for distance learning. We talk about it with Javier Mivares, UMUC's President.

The Morning Economic Report
8:46 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Global Population - 11/26/14

United Nations researcher Patrick Gerland along with co-authors recently published an incredibly important article in the journal Science – an article recently featured in the New York Times.  The authors argue that contrary to previous estimates, global population is unlikely to peak anytime soon.  Rather, the authors see an 80 percent probability that the world’s population, now 7.2 billion, will rise to as much as 12.3 billion by the year 2100. 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Writer Azar Nafisi On The Importance Of Fiction

Credit azarnafisi.com

Ten years ago, the Iranian–American author Azar Nafisi wrote a memoir called Reading Lolita in Tehran. That book sold more than a million copies, and it was hailed as a powerful testament to literature’s unique potential in a closed society.  In her latest book, Ms. Nafisi examines the role of novels in American culture, by looking at three important works of fiction, and discussing how and why the stories we encounter in literature are so important to our democracy.  The book is called The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books. She joins us from her home in Washington, DC.

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Cellar Notes
8:40 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Trimbach of Alsace - 11/26/14

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

Trimbach Riesling (yellow label) 2011 *** $$
(Just a superb Alsatian riesling at a very good price.)

Trimbach Pinot Gris "Vendage Tardive" 2000 *** $$$
(Current release of this great dessert wine, amazingly concentrated.)

Trimbach Pinot Gris "Reserve" 2011 ** $
(Very good price for a reserve quality pinot gris; try with lobster.)

Trimbach Pinot Blanc (yellow label) 2011  ** $
(Light, delicate but complex pinot blanc with real character.)

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

Headlines
4:48 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Pre-Thanksgiving Winter Weather

Predicted snow accumulations for Wednesday, as of 3:38am.
Credit National Weather Service / http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/lwx/winterstorm/

Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for different parts of the listening area today. Baltimore City, Southern Baltimore County, and areas south are under Advisories, and expected to get an inch or so of snow (maybe a little more, maybe a little less). Northern Baltimore County and areas west are under Warnings, and could get up to 6 inches of snow.

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