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Nathan Sterner

Local Host, Morning Edition Director/Co-Host, Maryland Morning

You can hear Nathan from 5:18 am to 3 pm on weekdays, giving you news headlines, weather, and interviews. Nathan can be heard on the locally produced Maryland Morning and he also co-hosts WYPR's Friday morning Spotlight on Station North.Before coming to WYPR in September of 2005, Nathan spent 8 years at WAMU in Washington -- working every job from part-time receptionist to on-air host, gaining experience in promotions, fundraising, audience analysis, and program production.  Nathan has also served as a fundraising consultant, and helped dozens of public radio stations nationwide with their on-air fundraisers.Nathan originally hails from rural Pennsylvania, but has lived in Baltimore since 2005.

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Last night's snowfall has left this morning's roads icy; officials urge you to be careful on untreated roads, bridges, and overpasses -- and to drive more slowly and carefully than usual.

Some schools are changing their schedules:

In 2010 Baltimore unveiled Vacants to Value, an effort to rehab abandoned properties and eliminate blight across the city. But, while officials have boasted that more than 1,500 houses have been renovated and occupied through the program, a recent investigation found that the real number is closer to just 900 homes.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, along with governors in more than half of US states, is asking for the resettlement of Syrian refugees to cease until the federal government addresses concerns about potential terrorist threats. We discuss the screening process for refugees with Ruben Chandrasekar, the executive director of Baltimore's arm of the International Rescue Committee.

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In April of next year, Maryland Morning will celebrate its 10th anniversary here on WYPR. Sheilah Kast, Nathan Sterner and Tom Hall launched the show on April 21, 2006. The theme music of the show for the first few months was composed by Thomas Newman, an acclaimed film composer. It's a piece called Lunch with the King from the 1999 movie, American Beauty. It’s not unusual for shows to use pre-existing music as their themes, but we always knew that at some point, we would want our very own musical identity, composed just for us. In August of 2006, Jack Heyrman, who owns a music production company in Baltimore called Clean Cuts, made a very generous offer to do just that. The composers at Clean Cuts, who create music for commericals, video games, TV shows, movies, and other purposes, were kind enough to offer us several theme songs as possibilities.

Now, as we approach our 10th birthday, we’ve decided to change our theme music, and we’d like to ask your help in choosing a worthy successor to Chris’ great music. Once again, Jack Heyrman was kind enough to help us out. He put us in touch with Rich Isaac, the Creative Director of Original Music at Clean Cuts, who in turn, reached out to the Clean Cuts composing staff. That group includes Chris Kennedy, along with Austin Coughlin and Louis Weeks. They've written five samples of music that can be developed into our new theme song.  On today's show, Rich Isaac joins Tom and our own Nathan Sterner to shed some light on the process that composers at companies like Clean Cuts go through to create musical identities for shows like ours. And we'll play the tunes Clean Cuts composed for us, then ask which one you think should be the new Maryland Morning theme.

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Love is in the air, especially if you’re a deer. It’s deer breeding season: a time of year that deer-related accidents on the state’s roads skyrocket.

Nathan takes a look at the state’s deer population and the variety of methods being used to control it. He talks with George Timko, Assistant Deer Project Leader with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  More information about non-lethal deer-control programs in the region is available from Wildlife Rescue, Inc.

On November 5th, 1605, a group of radicals placed explosives beneath the House of Lords in London in order to kill the British king, James I.  Their scheme, which came to be known as the Gunpowder Plot, failed because the bombs never went off. The man tasked with guarding the explosives, Guy Fawkes, was arrested, and Londoners celebrated the survival of their king by lighting bonfires throughout the city.

Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated to this day with ceremonial bonfires and the ritual burning of effigies of Guy Fawkes.  WYPR's Nathan Sterner tells us about his family's unusual observance of this centuries-old holiday.  

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says the Baltimore region has the fifth worst traffic congestion in the nation.  On Thursday, Kamenetz told state officials that a comprehensive transit system needs to be developed.  WYPR's John Lee gives Nathan Sterner a closer look at what Kamenetz had to say.

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Black bears are making a resurgence in Western Maryland. As late as the 1970s, they have been considered an endangered species in our state. But their population has since bounced back – so significantly, that the state has sanctioned annual black bear hunts since 2004.   Licensed hunts are  conducted in Western Maryland’s Garrett and Allegheny Counties to slow the growth of black bears to manageable levels. 

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WYPR was in the middle of our fall pledge drive when NASA announced it had discovered the existence of water on the planet Mars. Now that our members have figuratively “made it rain,” Nathan's going to focus on that Martian water. And planetary scientist Nathan Bridges of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is here to help. Bridges looks at Mars through the electric eyes of the Curiosity Mars Rover.

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