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
8:55 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Return To The Scene Of The Crime: "Evolution Of A Criminal"

Credit Darius Clark Monroe

When Darius Clark Monroe was sixteen, he and two friends robbed a bank at gunpoint. They were caught. Darius caught a plea bargain and was sentenced to five years in prison. While incarcerated, he earned a GED and started working on a college degree. He was released after three years, finished college and went on to study filmmaking at New York University. In his new documentary film, "Evolution of a Criminal", Monroe turns the camera on himself, family, friends and community, to explore that life-altering decision he made to rob a bank as a teenager in Texas. 

It’s a compelling study in forgiveness and redemption. In late March, we screened the film as part of the Maryland Film Festival WYPR spotlight series. Sheilah spoke with Darius after the screening in front of a live audience. His film is available on Netflix and iTunes.

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Maryland Morning Podcast
11:00 am
Fri July 3, 2015

MLK Boulevard; Lincoln's Congressional Address; Machiavelli's Staying Power

Today, we revisit a conversation about Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the six-lane street that loops around downtown Baltimore. Does it reflect the values Dr. King represented? We ask two transportation experts.

Then – On July 4, 1861, 4 months into his presidency, Abraham Lincoln sent Congress a speech that foreshadowed his address at Gettysburg. We discuss it with Washington College Historian Adam Goodheart.

Plus: It’s a strong statement to call someone “Machiavellian.” In a recent biography, Johns Hopkins Professor Christopher Celenza tells why Machiavelli’s ideas have such staying power.

Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Martin Luther King's Legacy Through The Prism of A Street

You might drive down Baltimore’s Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard every day and unless traffic is snarled up not give it much thought. Last January, on the holiday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., we took a look at the Baltimore boulevard that bears his name.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Abraham Lincoln's Speech On July 4, 1861

Abraham Lincoln, 1861
Credit Christopher German

On July 4, 1861, just three months after the first action of the Civil War at Fort Sumter in South Carolina, President Abraham Lincoln addressed Congress. He walked through his version of what had happened in the past few months.

“So viewing the issue,” he said, “no choice was left but to call out the war power of the Government and so to resist force employed for its destruction by force for its preservation.” Afterward, all who heard him voted to increase funding and troops for the war by 25 percent

Adam Goodheart is the author of 1861: The Civil War Awakening, and the director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College. He spoke in July 2011 with Sheilah about Lincoln's July 4, 1861, address, and what it meant for the Union in the Civil War.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Jess Row's Novel "Your Face In Mine" Explores Race, Gender, And Identity

Credit Riverhead Books

The discovery that former NAACP chapter president Rachel Dolezal was born to white parents sparked a national conversation on the nature of racial identity. In October 2014, Tom Hall spoke with author Jess Row about his novel, "Your Face In Mine". Set in Baltimore, it tackles the issues of racial identity, white privilege, and the notion of starting your life over again as a completely new person. 

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