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
10:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Open Waiting List For Section 8 Housing In Baltimore Draws Tens Of Thousands

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Baltimore opened its waiting list for Section 8 housing vouchers for the first time in a decade last Wednesday. About 60,000 people, that’s roughly one in ten Baltimoreans, have signed up to take part in a lottery that would give them a shot at a Section 8 voucher. The Baltimore Sun’s Yvonne Wenger has been reporting on the story and joins Nathan Sterner by phone to talk about it.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard
Credit "Julia Gillard 2010" by MystifyMe Concert Photography (Troy) - Prime Minister Julia Gillard (25). Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Many Americans may have gotten a first encounter with Julia Gillard two years ago. She was then Australia’s prime minister, and gave a powerful speech in Parliament accusing the leader of the opposition party of sexism. The speech went viral with 2.6 million views on YouTube so far.  Julia Gillard is no longer prime minister, but she still has a lot to say.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Candidate For Governor

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown

Maryland’s election for governor is a week and a half away, on November 4th. Next Wednesday, we’ll speak with Republican candidate for governor, Larry Hogan. But, today, we’re joined by the Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

What Can A Liberal Arts Education Do For Maryland Prisoners?

Political science class at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women

We begin today with a visit to a couple of unusual college classrooms. In a spacious library, a political science class discusses why some political movements succeed, while others don’t. In another classroom, the subject is Latin American History. The professors are from Goucher College, but the classes aren’t held on Goucher’s bucolic Towson campus. They’re being conducted at prisons in Jessup. Tom Hall sat in on the classes last spring.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon October 20, 2014

"Farewell, Aleppo: My Father, My People, And Their Long Journey Home"

These days the name “Syria” is more often than not preceded by adjectives like “war-torn” and “devastated.” It evokes images of belligerent militias, Islamic extremists, and unending civil war. It’s hard now to view this land between Iraq and the Mediterranean Sea as ever having been peaceful, culturally rich and home to tens of thousands of Jews whose families had lived there for centuries. That’s the Syria, especially its northern city of Aleppo, that grounds Claudette Sutton’s story of the odyssey her father and several of his brothers traveled from the Middle East to the U.S.  The book is called, Farewell, Aleppo: My Father, My People, and Their Long Journey Home.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Lowering The Infant Mortality Rate In Baltimore

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More than six in every thousand babies in Maryland die before their first birthday.  In Baltimore, the infant mortality rate is even higher – 10.3 deaths in the first year for every thousand live births – although the rate has been heading down in recent years. Five years ago the city of Baltimore overhauled its approach to preventing infant deaths. It created "B'more for Healthy Babies," which has been developed and overseen by our guests today.

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Maryland Morning
8:47 am
Mon October 13, 2014

New Goucher College President, Jose Antonio Bowen

Jose Antonio Bowen
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Jose Antonio Bowen became Goucher College’s 11th president last July.  He comes to Maryland from Texas, where he was the dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.  His career began at Stanford University. Tom Hall sits down with him in his office at Goucher.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Maryland Health Exchange, Round Two

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The second open enrollment period for the Maryland health exchange begins in a little over a month. Last year, the exchange sputtered and faltered from Day 1 through the fall. The site performed so badly, Maryland has adapted Connecticut’s exchange structure to use this year. With Sheilah to talk about how the exchange will work this year is Carolyn Quattrocki, head of the Maryland exchange.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri October 10, 2014

"Painkillers, Heroin, And The Road To Sanity"

It has been three years since we talked to Joani Gammill of Annapolis.  She’s a trained nurse and recovering pill addict who works as an interventionist – a professional who confronts addicts who are resistant to treatment and persuades them to enter treatment. Her first book, "The Interventionist," describes how she works.  Her new book takes us deeper into her own recovery.  It’s called "Painkillers, Heroin, and the Road to Sanity."  Joani Gammill joins Sheilah in the studio.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Singer-Songwriter Lea On Her New Album "Let You In"

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The singer-songwriter Lea is about to release a new CD. She will be introducing it tonight at a pre-release party at the Creative Alliance in East Baltimore. It’s called Let You In.

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