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
Mon November 17, 2014

Preserving Baltimore's Architecture

Baltimore City Hall
Credit Wally Gobetz

Baltimore is an old city. It’s got arguably the oldest continually operating markets in the country, neighborhoods which were already neighborhoods when there were still pirates, and a tower where gunshot was made by dropping molten lead into water. These places are still here because we’ve worked to preserve them. For the last fifty years, Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, or CHAP, has been part of that work. With Sheilah to talk about it is Eric Holcomb, who took over as CHAP's executive director in September.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Return Of The Oyster

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The Chesapeake Bay is the largest oyster-producing body of water in the United States. And, oyster farming, or aquaculture, has become a fast-growing businesses in Maryland. However, some watermen feel the ends don’t justify the means.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Supreme Court Will Hear Maryland State Income Tax Case Today

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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 oral arguments for the case are set to begin today in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed November 12, 2014

"Red Devil Moon" In Chestertown

Poster for this weekend's performance.
Credit Original Art: Carol Colgate Layout and Design: Francoise Sullivan/Moo Productions

The singer-songwriter Pam Ortiz has collaborated with Robert Earl Price to create a musical based on "Cane", a famous novel by Harlem Renaissance writer Jean Toomer. The new musical inspired by the book is called "Red Devil Moon." Ortiz and Price join Tom in the studio this morning.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

How Long Are Maryland Veterans Waiting For Health Care?

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In honor of Veterans Day tomorrow, we’re devoting most of our show to the impacts of wars on the people who fight them. We begin with one of the most visible impacts: a veteran’s health. More than 55,000 veterans in Maryland are served by the VA system. With Sheilah now to talk about veterans’ health care in our state is Dr. Sandra Marshall the deputy chief of staff at the VA Maryland Health Care System.

 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon November 10, 2014

"Living Hell: The Dark Side Of The Civil War"

Ahead of Veterans’ Day tomorrow, we’re reflecting on the experience of soldiers. A century and a half after the Civil War, our attempts to understand it may lead us to visit a preserved battlefield, which is now a park.  Or we may engage in a re-enactment, and get the feel of a rough wool uniform on a hot summer. Historian Michael Adams argues nothing we can experience today takes us anywhere close to the horror of the Civil War.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Washington College Students Learn History Of World War II From The People Who Fought It

Sy Ellenhorn, interviewed by Washington College students
Credit Courtesy of Washington College

Sixteen million Americans served in World War II. More than one-million are still alive today, and 16,000 of them live in Maryland, according to the National World War II Museum. It has projected that by 2036, they will all be gone. A group of students at Washington College in Chestertown has been interviewing World War II veterans as part of an oral history project called "The Real War: World War II Veterans Remember”.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri November 7, 2014

How Ken Burns Tells A Story

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Ken Burns has had an enormous impact, not just on filmmaking, but on how we understand our histories. He’s given us a long, deep look at the Civil War and World War II, the American pastime baseball, the American musical form jazz, and the people who have shaped our history, like the Roosevelts.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

How Larry Hogan Won Maryland

Larry Hogan, Maryland's next Governor.
Credit Courtesy of the Hogan Campaign

For only the second time in more than four decades, Maryland will have a Republican governor. Businessman Larry Hogan defeated Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and will take office in January. How did the Republican pull off a win in a state as blue as Maryland? Joining Sheilah in-studio to break down those questions is Charles Robinson, a correspondent for Maryland Public Television. Also with us in-studio is Bryan Sears, a reporter for The Daily Record and Mileah Kromer, Assistant Professor of political science at Goucher College. Todd Eberly, political science professor at St. Mary’s College, joins us by phone.   

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon November 3, 2014

"Maryland Geography: An Introduction"

Here on our show, we look at Maryland through the prism of its politics, its culture, its history, its communities. But, in the eight years the show has been on the air, we're not sure we’ve looked at it through the prism of its geography. We’re going to address that right now, with a conversation with James DiLisio. DiLisio retired after a stint as Towson University’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs – and, more to our purpose, after nearly 40 years as professor of geography. DiLisio has just published Maryland Geography: An Introduction with the Johns Hopkins University Press, and he’s with Sheilah in the studio to talk about it. 

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