The Morning Economic Report
8:35 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Consumer Spending - 7/16/14

One of the driving forces behind the current U.S. economic recovery has been consumer spending.  Consumers have been dishing out money on any number of items, including merchandise sold on the Internet, automobiles and vacations.  They have also been spending at the nation’s malls, which is inducing shopping center owners to increase rents as retailers now in expansion mode jockey for dwindling available space according to the Wall Street Journal. 

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Headlines
8:20 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Health Exchange Software Problems, O’Malley’s Fundraising, Winchester Graffiti, & SHA Safety Patrols

Governor Martin O'Malley
Credit Christopher Connelly / WYPR

State officials vow that problems with the new software for Maryland’s online health insurance exchange will be fixed before the next open enrollment period. Governor Martin O’Malley raises nearly $800-thousand in the second quarter. The anti-immigrant graffiti spray-painted on a building in Westminster has been painted over. The Maryland State Highway Administration announces plans to increase safety patrols. Plus: an emergency response drill in the Inner Harbor, a residency requirement for Annapolis police is eliminated, Artscape is coming, & more.

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The Nature of Things
5:30 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

The Mighty Poison Ivy

Scientists at the University of Georgia found that poison ivy’s growth and potency has doubled just since the 1960s. They believe it’s because poison ivy is particularly sensitive to CO2 levels. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 15, 1-2 p.m.
9:35 am
Tue July 15, 2014

American Cesar

In "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography," Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Miriam Pawel chronicles the life of the famous political and labor activist, from his days as a migrant worker to the dramatic rise of the United Farm Workers union. Original air date 6/23/14

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Headlines
9:30 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Westminster Graffiti Classified Hate Crime, Uber In Annapolis, Grand Prix Bills, & Urban Farmers

Graffiti spray-painted on the former Army Reserve Center in Westminster.
Credit Christian Alexandersen / Baltimore Sun Media Group

State police are classifying the graffiti spray-painted on the former Army Reserve Center in Westminster as a hate crime. Annapolis has asked ride-sharing company Uber to stop operating in the city until it registers as a taxicab service. Baltimore is still paying bills associated with the Grand Prix. A proposed tax break for Baltimore’s urban farmers. And more...

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 15, 12-1 p.m.
9:28 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Carsick with Jon Waters

John Waters shares his stories of hitch-hiking and WYPR listeners tell theirs when the Baltimore filmmaker joins Dan in Studio A.

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A Blue View
8:58 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Transient Giants: How Sand Dunes Protect Our Beaches - 7/15/14

Sand dunes, those soft summertime beach-sights that can be scaled in flip-flops and dune buggies, are coastal geology that evolve in real time.

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Radio Kitchen #1242
8:49 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Leeks, Green Onions and Garlic Scapes

  July 15, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Leeks, Green Onions and Garlic Scapes

Summer is a time for some pretty serious salad making and some pretty serious grilling.  Most salads need a little zing, and the various members of the onion family were put on earth to do just that.  And we shouldn't be surprised that a lot of these oniony veggies can serve multiple roles.  Chef Jerry Pelligrino of The Waterfront Kitchen filled us in on some of the things we should look out for.

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The Morning Economic Report
8:31 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Unemployment Rate - 7/15/14

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The nation’s unemployment rate is precisely where it was in the fall of 2008, but according to writer Binyamin Appelbaum, the labor market remains much weaker today than it was then.  For instance, 3 percent of America’s adult population reports that they are working part-time because they can’t find full-time jobs.  This figure remains far above the December 2007 level of about 1.8 percent.  In fact, part time jobs accounted for two thirds of all new jobs added in June, which suggests that many of these new jobs related to summertime consumer spending.  Those are the types of jobs that may not last into the fall and are unlikely to pay significantly while they last.

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The Morning Economic Report
8:25 am
Tue July 15, 2014

June's Job Numbers - 7/14/14

Less than a week ago, the U.S. Labor Department announced that the nation added 288,000 jobs in June – that was far better than the 215,000 jobs economists had predicted.  The nation’s unemployment rate dipped to 6.1 percent last month, its lowest level since September 2008 when investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, setting off the full-blown global financial crisis.

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