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
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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Maryland Morning
9:46 am
Wed June 11, 2014

What Might You Pay For Health Insurance Next Year?

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Sheilah Kast talks with Chet Burrell, CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

The Affordable Care Act aims to expand access to health insurance. To do that, it also needs to keep down the cost of insurance premiums. So, how are things going? You can get a sense of it from the proposed rates from health insurers for individual health insurance next year. State regulators released them last week. With Sheilah Kast to talk about it is Chet Burrell, CEO of the state’s largest insurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon June 9, 2014

David Ignatius On His Latest Spy Thriller, "The Director"

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Sheilah Kast speaks with author David Ignatius.

David Ignatius writes a column for the Washington Post about global politics, economics, diplomacy and international affairs.  He also writes spy thrillers, and has just published his ninth – “The Director.” Ignatius joins Sheilah Kast on the line from Washington.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Maryland Case Headed To Supreme Court Could Shake Up State Income Taxes

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Sheilah Kast talks with attorneys on both sides of an argument around how Maryland taxes residents.

Nobody likes to pay taxes. If they have to pay taxes on their income, they only want to pay once. Brian and Karen Wynne, who used to live in Howard County, took that argument up a notch. They contend that if their income is taxed more than once -- say, in Maryland and Howard County, and in other states where some of that income was earned -- Maryland is bound by the U.S. Constitution to refund all but one set of taxes. Maryland's highest court agreed with them in 2012, and now the case is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Mapping Baltimore's Social Media Landscape

One of Dave Troy's graphs of Twitter connections in Baltimore.
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Sheilah Kast talks with Baltimore tech entrepreneur Dave Troy.
In the time it takes you to read this sentence, thousands of Tweets were sent out on Twitter, the social media platform where users can send out their thoughts 140 characters at a time. Baltimore tech entrepreneur Dave Troy has thought a lot about who’s sending those Tweets and who they’re connected with. For several years, he’s been creating colorful images of social media networks in Baltimore. He joins Sheilah Kast to talk about what they can tell us about Charm city. 
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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Beethoven's Ninth at the BSO

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Tom Hall talks with conductor Marin Alsop

The Ode to Joy is one of the most recognizable and popular tunes in all of music.  It’s the centerpiece melody of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.  The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has performed the Ninth every year for the past several years.  They will wrap up their 2013-2014 season with performances this weekend that will also include a Pulitzer Prize-winning cantata by John Adams called "On the Transmigration of Souls," a beautiful elegy on the tragedy of the attacks on September 11th. Marin Alsop will conduct the BSO along with the Peabody Children’s Chorus and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.  Tom Hall talks with her about it.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

What's Keeping Job Seekers From Finding Work?

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Sheilah Kast speaks with economist Chris Seals, Jason Perkins-Cohen, Executive Director of the Job Opportunities Task Force and Clifford White, an ex-offender who has started his own business.

According to the latest jobs report, there are about 81,000 unemployed job seekers in the Baltimore region. A new report analyzes what's keeping the unemployed from finding work. The report comes from the Opportunity Collaborative, a group of governments, agencies, and non-profits developing a regional plan for workforce development, housing, and transportation. Sheilah Kast talks with economist Chris Seals, author of the report, as well as Jason Perkins-Cohen, Executive Director of the Job Opportunities Task Force.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Marilyn Mosby, Candidate for Baltimore City State's Attorney

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Sheilah Kast talks with Marilyn Mosby, Democratic candidate for Baltimore City State's Attorney.

The primary election is less than a month away, on June 24th. We’re talking this week with the two Democratic candidates for Baltimore City State’s Attorney. That's the city’s top prosecutor. Joining Sheilah Kast today is Marilyn Mosby, a civil attorney who worked as a prosecutor in the State’s Attorney’s office for six years.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Cockeysville Native Reid Wiseman Launches Into Space

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Tom Hall speaks with Reid Wiseman, astronaut and Cockeysville native.

This afternoon, at 3:57 Maryland time, a Russian spacecraft will launch from Kazakhstan headed for the Intl Space Station. One of the astronauts on board will be Cockeysville native Reid Wiseman, a Commander in the Navy who was chosen as one of nine astronauts in the class of 2009. He’ll be conducting experiments and working on repairs of the space station. He’s been training in Russia for more than two years. Tom Hall spoke with Commander Wiseman about two and a half weeks ago from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.

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