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
9:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

One Step Closer to November: Results from Yesterday's Primary Election

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Sheilah Kast talks with WYPR reporter Chris Connelly and Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater.
About one-fifth of Maryland’s voters took part in the primary, setting up some clear choices for the general election in November. Sheilah Kast analyzes the results with WYPR’s statehouse reporter Chris Connelly and Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater.
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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Love, Espionage, and Theremin

Tom Hall with Sean Michaels, author of the new novel “Us Conductors," about the inventor of the theremin.

The theremin is a musical instrument that you don’t actually touch to play. Its pitch and volume are guided by your hands as they move through the air between two antennas. It was invented in 1919 by a Russian scientist named Lev Sergeyvich Termen, known as Leon Theremin here in the States. Montreal writer,  Sean Michaels, found inspiration in the theremin and its creator for his debut novel, Us Conductors.  It’s a book brimming with unrequited love, international espionage, and enduring hope.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Chronic Conditions and Our Health Care System

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Sheilah talks with Gerard Anderson, a professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Nearly two weeks ago, we spoke with Chet Burrell, CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Maryland’s largest health insurer. He told us that access to health insurance isn’t a quick fix for the chronic conditions that afflict many Marylanders: "Heart disease mixed with hypertension, mixed with diabetes, mixed with asthma, on multiple medications. Chronic disease endures.” We wanted to follow-up on that sobering thought. How do chronic conditions fit into the picture of our health care system?

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Are You Eating Too Much Protein?

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Tom Hall speaks with nutritionist Monica Reinagel.

Some of the most popular diet approaches emphasize protein in favor of carbohydrates and just about everything else.  But, certain researchers are concerned that most Americans are eating much more protein than they need. But, how much is too much? How much is enough? Tom Hall asks nutritionist Monica Reinagel.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Bringing Space to the Eastern Shore

November 2013 rocket launch from Wallops Flight Facility.
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Sheilah talks with Dr. Memo Diriker from Salisbury University, as well as Bruce Underwood, Deputy Director of Strategic Development at Wallops Flight Facility.

What can the aerospace industry do for the Eastern Shore economy? We talk with an economist at Salisbury University and a Deputy Director at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Maryland in Photographs, 75 Years Ago

Tom speaks with author Constance Schulz and Baltimore Sun reporter Fred Rasmussen.

There’s a beautiful new book of photographs that chronicles life in MD in the 1930s and 40s.   It’s called Maryland in Black and White: Documentary Photography from the Great Depression and World War II. Tom Hall spoke about it with the author of the book, Constance Schulz, a professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina. He also spoke with Fred Rasmussen, a reporter at the Baltimore Sun for more than forty years. He wrote the foreword for the book. He used to write a column called Back Story, and is now part of the Retro Baltimore team.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Popular Summer Reads for Children and Young Adults

Paula Willey in the studio.
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Tom talks with librarian and blogger Paula Willey.

Summer reading is often a prospect that fills young students with dread, but these authors have created series that have been captivating young readers and keeping them glued to pages long after school lets out. Baltimore County Librarian and blogger Paula Willey has her finger on the pulse of what kids are excited about reading, and joins Tom Hall in the studio to share her summer reading recommendations.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Poetry on a Town Underwater

Loch Raven Reservoir
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Tom talks with poet Ann Kolakowski.

The Loch Raven Reservoir is the largest of the three area watersheds that supply more than 400 million gallons of water every day to residents of Baltimore City and Baltimore County.  It’s also the inspiration for a new collection of poems. Ann Kolakowski is a poet who lives in Timonium, and it appears that her grandmother, who died in 2006, was the last surviving resident of the town that was closed down and flooded to create the Loch Raven Reservoir. In 1921, the residents of Warren and the adjacent town of Bosley were told to leave, and their history ran the risk of being literally washed out, until now. Ann Kolakowski has written a book of poems called "Persistence: Poems of Warren, Maryland."  She talks about it with Tom Hall.

 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Fatherhood and the Inner City

Sheilah Kast talks with Kathryn Edin and Timothy Nelson about their book "Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City".
About one-third of American kids are growing up in homes without fathers. That number is even higher for kids in poor families. Two scholars at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have spent years looking behind the numbers, talking to the people who live them. Kathryn Edin is a noted poverty researcher and professor, and Timothy Nelson, is a research associate.  They’re also married, and moved with their children to Camden, N.J. to observe how its inner-city families function. 
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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri June 13, 2014

The Secret Lives of Plants

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Tom Hall talks with author Ruth Kassinger about her book "A Garden of Marvels".

Growing a garden seems so simple. You make sure the plants have sunlight, water, and air, and you make sure the soil has the nutrients it needs. But, of course, if you’ve ever toiled in the soil, you know that gardening seems as much an art as a science. Author Ruth Kassinger fully grasps the art of gardening, and she’s written a book about the fascinating science behind it.

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