Matt Purdy

Senior Producer, Maryland Morning

Matt Purdy is senior producer of Maryland Morning. He keeps an eye on city government, health policy, history, science, and music. Before coming to the show, he was a freelance reporter and producer in the WYPR newsroom. He reported on everything from crime in the city to legislation in the General Assembly. His short radio documentary about his bicycle trip across the United States won a 2010 ShortDoc Award from the Third Coast Audio Festival. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri July 11, 2014

How 'Bout Them O's?

Camden Yards.
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Tom talks baseball with sportswriter Mark Hyman.

  As we approach Major League Baseball's All Star Break, "how ‘bout them O's"?  They’re in first place, three games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays.  To help us revel in this good fortune, and for insight into the how and why of it, Tom turns again to Mark Hyman.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Will The Cost of Sending Money Abroad Go Up?

100 peso bill.
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Sheilah talks with Paul Dwyer, co-founder and CEO of Viamericas, a national money transfer company based in Bethesda.
More than $50 billion were sent from the United States to people in other countries in 2012, according to the World Bank. In Maryland, there are dozens of money transfer companies operating, with thousands of different places you can transfer money abroad. But, the cost of doing so, which has been falling in recent years, might reverse course soon and start going up. With Sheilah Kast to talk about it is Paul Dwyer, co-founder and CEO of Viamericas, a national money transfer company headquartered in Bethesda.

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed July 9, 2014

What Sri Lanka Can Teach You About Parenthood

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Professor Chapin joins Sheilah in the studio to share her experiences.

If you give a toddler everything she wants, she’ll develop a bad case of the Terrible Two’s, into the Terrible Three’s and Four’s.   She’ll become a spoiled brat, and she’ll probably spend her whole life demanding her own way.  Everybody knows that, right? University of Maryland, Baltimore County associate professor Bambi Chapin’s anthropological research in Southeast Asia shows it isn't necessarily true.

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Maryland Morning
9:03 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Should Poor Marylanders Have Free Access To A Lawyer In Certain Civil Cases?

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Sheilah talks with Pamela Ortiz, Executive Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission.

Fifty years ago the U.S. Supreme Court established a right to a lawyer in criminal cases if the defendant can’t afford one. That was the decision Gideon v. Wainwright. But, should the state provide a lawyer in certain civil cases? How would such a system work? And, who would pay for it? Those are questions that a task force in Maryland has been grappling with since last fall. It comprises judges, legislators, and lawyers and is staffed by Pamela Ortiz, Executive Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission. She joins Sheilah Kast to talk about it.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Bluegrass in Studio B: "Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen"

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen in WYPR's Studio B.
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Bluegrass band "Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen" play in Studio B.

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen are an up-and-coming bluegrass band from the D.C. area who will be playing in Baltimore at The 8x10 this Thursday night. They’re led by mandolinist and singer-songwriter Frank Solivan with Mike Munford on banjo, Chris Luquette on guitar, and Danny Booth on bass. Tom Hall spoke with them last January when they crowded around a microphone to play a few songs.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Maryland's Not-So-Prominent Role in Writing the U.S. Constitution

Samuel Chase, referred to sometimes as "Old Bacon Face", was one of Maryland's delegates to the constitutional convention. Painted by John Beale Bordley.
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Sheilah talks with David O. Stewart about Maryland's contribution to the writing of the Constitution in 1787.
On July 4th, we mark our country’s declaration of independence from Britain in 1776. It was another 11 years before we’d draft the framework of laws that guide our country today: During a humid summer in Philadelphia 1787, 55 delegates from a dozen states gathered to write our constitution. Some of those men tower in our memories to this day. Virginia’s delegation, for example, included James Madison, George Mason, and George Washington. And, Maryland? Historian David O. Stewart writes in his book “The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution”, that Maryland did not send her most distinguished citizens to the convention. Sheilah Kast spoke with him about it in August 2007.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri July 4, 2014

The "Central Park Five" Settle Lawsuit Against New York City

Tom talks with filmmakers Sarah Burns and David McMahon, as well as Raymond Santana, one of the "Central Park Five".
In 1989, five black and Latino teens in New York were indicted and then wrongfully convicted of raping a white 28-year-old investment banker named Tricia Meili, while she was jogging in Central Park. The five teens served five to seven years in jail before being exonerated for that crime. Last month, they agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit against New York City for a reported $41 million.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Why Rafael Alvarez Calls Baltimore "The Holy Land"

Tom talks with Baltimore writer Rafael Alvarez about his book of short stories, "Tales from the Holy Land".

The writer Rafael Alvarez is a former reporter for The Baltimore Sun.  These days, you’ll still see his byline from time to time in the Sun and many other local publications.  He worked for a while on "The Wire" with his former Sun colleague David Simon, and earlier this year, he published his eighth book. It’s a collection of short stories in which he introduces us to the kind of people and neighborhoods that give Baltimore its unshakable reputation for quirkiness. It’s called Tales from the Holy Land. Rafael Alvarez joins Tom Hall in the studio to talk about it.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

District Court of Maryland Is Looking for Lawyers

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Sheilah talks with the District Court of Maryland's Chief Judge John Morrissey.
Last September, Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, ruled that if you’re arrested, you have a right to an attorney at an initial bail hearing and if you can’t afford one, the state must provide one. The District Court of Maryland is trying to lure lawyers across the state to meet the new need with their “Appointed Attorneys Program”. Joining Sheilah to talk about it is Chief Judge John Morrissey of the District Court of Maryland. 
Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Monocacy: The Battle That Saved Washington

Monocacy National Battlefield Park.
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Sheilah talks with Monocacy National Battlefield Park Ranger Brett Spaulding about the Civil War's "Battle of Monocacy."

One-hundred and fifty years ago this week, Confederate General Robert E. Lee was hatching a plan he hoped would gain him the enemy’s capital, Washington, D.C.  Lee had dispatched Lt. Gen. Jubal Early and 15,000 rebel soldiers up through Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to cross the Potomac into Maryland on the Fourth of July. Five days later, July 9, 1864, at Monocacy Junction, a few miles southeast of Frederick, Confederate and Union forces clashed in perhaps the least known important confrontation of the Civil War.  It’s sometimes called “The Battle that Saved Washington.”

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