Cellar Notes
9:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Whiskeys Around the World - 7/2/14

Quality key:  * = good decent   ** = very good    *** = superb

Schniederweisss clear whiskey , Germany 1/2*  
(A curiosity)

Mackmyra "The First Edition", Sweeden *

Penderyn, Wales 1/2*
(Scotch-like, big rich flavor)

Reisterbauer, Austria 1/2*
(Bourbon-like, uninspired)

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

More Than Bullets

Credit Lokesh_Dhakar / Flickr / Creative Commons

To discuss urban violence and youth PTSD, Sheilah Kast speaks with licensed social worker Pamela Willis and Stanford University professor Victor Carrion.

Some research says that the rate of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder among children in violent neighborhoods is twice that of returning Iraq veterans. 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Shirley Sherrod on Healing From Injustice

Shirley Sherrod

Tom Hall speaks with civil rights activist Shirley Sherrod.

In the summer of 2010, Shirley Sherrod was fired from her position as the Georgia U.S.D.A. State Director of Rural Development, when a right-wing blogger, Andrew Breitbart, doctored a videotape to make it appear that Ms. Sherrod was making racist remarks about a white farmer in a speech to the N.A.A.C.P. chapter in Coffee County, Georgia.

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The Morning Economic Report
8:41 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Butter - 7/2/14

We’re at dinner.  I ask you if you would like me to pass the butter.  You probably say yes, and that’s because we live in the America of 2014.  Americans this year are expected to eat an average of 5.6 pounds of butter according to the U.S. government.  That represents nearly 22.5 sticks of butter for every woman, man and child in the U.S.  It translates into 892,000 total tons of butter consumed nationally, an amount not seen since World War II according to the Wall Street Journal.


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8:27 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Arthur Heads Up East Coast, A Wednesday Heat Advisory, Budget Cuts, & Baltimore Homicides

Projected track for what's still Tropical Storm Arthur (and is likely to become Hurricane Arthur today).
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What’s now Tropical Storm Arthur is likely to become a hurricane today; the storm’s traveling up the East Coast and its effects could be felt in Ocean City.

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A Blue View
6:13 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

From Backyard to Bay: The Impact of Planting Native Plants - 7/1/14

The colorful Black-Eyed Susan and the sweet-smelling magnolia are just two of the many stunning flowers and trees native to the Chesapeake Bay region.

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The Nature of Things
5:42 pm
Tue July 1, 2014


  Bats perform a true ecological miracle every night.

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The Environment In Focus
12:55 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Governor O'Malley's Visit to Iowa Sparks Protest

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's political campaigning in Iowa, a farming capital of the U.S., has sparked complaints from some environmentalists, who claim that he is pandering to the powerful farm lobby.

The Environment In Focus Podcast 7-2-2014

  Michele Merkel, co-director of the justice program at Food & Water Watch, accused O'Malley of avoiding action in his own state to regulate manure from Maryland’s huge poultry industry, which is polluting the Chesapeake BayFor example, she said, the governor in 2013 signed a law – sought by farmers and their allies -- called the “Agricultural Certainty Act.”  It provides exemptions from any new pollution control regulations for farms that meet minimum requirements.

The O’Malley administration also twice delayed poultry manure regulations that would prohibit the spreading of more poultry waste on Eastern Shore fields that are already overloaded with phosphorus from chicken litter. 

O'Malley's Secretary of Agriculture, Buddy Hance, however argues that the O'Malley Administration has made real strides toward preventing runoff pollution from farms.

For example, Hance said, the state issued regulations prohibiting the spreading of manure in the winter, and required water pollution control permits for 80 percent of the large poultry farms in Maryland.  

Hance said the administration may still issue the long-delayed manure management regulations to control phosphorus -- after conducting an economic impact study to determine the cost for farmers.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 1, 12-1 p.m.
11:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Baltimoreans Work Abroad

Dr. Andy Pollak, chief of orthopedics for the University of Maryland Medical System, works on a patient in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.
Courtesy of Dr. Andy Pollak

  Dr. Andy Pollak, chief of orthopedics for the University of Maryland Medical System, led a team of doctors in Haiti immediately following the 2010 earthquake. Pollak has since made several trips there, most recently to train Haitian doctors in trauma care.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 1, 12-1 pm
10:56 am
Tue July 1, 2014

SCOTUS Wrap-Up / Education Controversies

Baltimore City school teachers protest the new teacher-evaluation system.

We cover two topics today on Midday:  First, we're joined by University of Baltimore School of Law Professor, Mike Meyerson, as well as Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, to discuss the most recent term of the Supreme Court.

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