Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein On His Tenure As Health Secretary


At the end of this month, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland’s Health Secretary, will leave his post to become Associate Dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As he departs, we wanted to know: what has been accomplished during his tenure? And, what public health challenges will be left for his successor to tackle?

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Sports Talk With Mark Hyman

Fan favorite, Nick Markakis, signs with the Atlanta Braves after nine seasons with the O's.
Credit Keith Allison,

Lots going on in the world of sports these days, and to give us his take on the O’s, the Ravens, and other timely topics, we welcome Maryland Morning’s sports guru Mark Hyman, a journalist and author who is currently on the faculty of George Washington University.  His latest book is called Concussions and Our Kids.  

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Escaping The Holocaust

Kastner's train arriving in Switzerland.
Credit Memorial Museum of Hungarian Speaking Jewry

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Kastner train in Switzerland. During the Holocaust, Rudolph Kastner, a Jewish-Hungarian journalist negotiated a deal with Nazi SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann. Kastner arranged for a train to rescue nearly 1,700 Jews from Nazi persecution. In exchange, Eichmann demanded Kastner supply about $1,000 per passenger. The journey, which included a five-month stop at the infamous Bergen-Bensen concentration camp in Germany, was finally completed in December of 1944. Rabbi Dov Zvi Slanger, founder of the Bais HaMedrash and Mesivta of Baltimore, a Jewish high school, was one of the passengers on that train. He was just 10 years old. He joins Sheilah to talk about his journey from Budapest to Baltimore. 

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Baltimore Stories
5:19 am
Fri December 12, 2014

The Time Baltimore's Mighty Boys Lost At Jump Rope

The Great Baltimore World Series of Jump Rope, 1960 edition, was going to be different. In that year's contest, the boys were invited to compete along with the girls. The girls protested - they said it wasn't fair, what with the boys reputed to be stronger. But when the contest ended, there was a big surprise. Not a single boy finished in the running.

Humanities Connection
5:53 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Archaeology and the Ceramic Artist: Baltimore Clayworks

Matthew Hyleck

In September, we heard about the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum's teaching collection and their partnership with Baltimore Clayworks, a local nonprofit ceramic art center in Baltimore City.

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Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.

Before working in public radio, Jack worked as an environmental educator in just about every state in New England, most recently at the Harris Center in Hancock.

Jack comes from a rowdy family of Italians who wave their hands in the air while talking, and he competed for attention as a child by telling the loudest story. 

Baltimore's Future
3:41 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Baltimore's Future: Andy Dahl and Nima Shahidi

Andy Dahl and Nima Shahidi
Credit Courtesy of Warnock Foundation

Andy Dahl and Nima Shahidi are winners of the Baltimore Social Innovation Journal in the summer 2014 edition.

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The Signal
1:06 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Novelist Gandharva Raja, Atomic Books’ Benn Ray, and Dr. Jimmy Lin of the Rare Genomics Institute

Gandharva Raja discusses his novel, August 29:  How Kabir H Jain Became a Deity; Benn Ray from Atomic Books drops in with suggestions for holiday book giving; and Dr. Jimmy Lin of the Rare Genomics Institute talks about how the technology can match up funders, patients, and researchers with a common goal.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Dec. 11, 1-2 p.m.
10:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Bill Heavey

Field and Stream editor-at-large Bill Heavey, who lives in Maryland, shares wisdom and humor from his new collection of essays, “You’re Not Lost if You Can Still See the Truck: The Further Adventures of America's Everyman Outdoorsman.” 

 With production help from Midday Intern Kerry DeSantis. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Dec. 11, 12-1 p.m
9:56 am
Thu December 11, 2014

The Army-Navy Game

Ahead of the weekend's annual game between rivals Army and Navy, we speak with journalist Nick Mills about Army's 1964 upset of Navy and his book about the lives of players who went from West Point into the Vietnam War. Mills is the author of "Every Army Man is With You: The Cadets Who Won the 1964 Army-Navy Game, Fought in Vietnam, and Came Home Forever Changed."

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