Nathan Sterner | WYPR

Nathan Sterner

Local Host, Morning Edition

"If radio were a two-way visual medium," Nathan would see WYPR listeners every weekday between 5am and 3pm. Weekday mornings, Nathan serves up the latest Maryland news and weather (interspersed with the occasional snarky comment).  Nathan also does continuity breaks through the midday, edits Sheilah Kast's "On The Record," infrequently fills in for Tom Hall on "Midday," and does all sorts of fundraising stuff. When not at WYPR, Nathan teaches a class on audio documentary at Towson University, and spends spare time running around Baltimore's streets and hiking around Maryland's natural areas. Before coming to WYPR, 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. Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Nathan has called Charm City home since 2005.

Andy Harris taken at CPAC 2013 by Gage Skidmore via flickr

1st District Congressman Andy Harris says the federal government has issued subpoenas as part of its investigation into Maryland's troubled health exchange. GOP gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan is leading Democratic nominee Anthony Brown in the money race – for now, at least. Baltimore’s casino opens. Financing plans for the Red Line more forward. Plus: medical marijuana regs, judicial appointments, scrutiny over a planned Somerset County wind farm, restrictions on smoking at Ocean City’s beaches. And much more.

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Maryland’s roads are expected to be crowded over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. A look at travel projections from AAA Mid-Atlantic and the Maryland Transportation Authority… plus the latest on the Chesapeake Bay’s expanding “dead zone,” prep for tonight’s grand opening of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, and a look at a report on last year’s Rosedale train derailment. Also: O’Malley’s PAC sends workers to Iowa and New Hampshire, Vice President Biden fundraises for Anthony Brown, rates are expected to rise at two Baltimore parking garages, and more.

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Among the students attending class in Maryland this year will be thousands of the immigrant children from Central America who’ve crossed the US/Mexico border in recent months. The top gubernatorial candidates take their messages to the TV airwaves. Montgomery County’s police chief calls for cops to be outfitted with cameras. Plus: the politics of retirement, sewage spills, the National Park Service turns 98, and more.

Bank of America 32 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, MD taken by Elliot Plack via flickr

We examine the UMD report on hydraulic fracturing (aka “fracking”) and look at why it’s important for the governor’s race. We examine the preparation for the soon-to-open Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. Plus: MD’s share of the Bank of America settlement, Baltimore speed cameras, the Maryland State Fair opens, and more.

Algae Bloom in the Chesapeake Bay taken by painaporo via flickr

Baltimore is considering requiring cameras to be strapped to its police officers. The city has reached a settlement with the US Justice Department over its hiring practices. Last week’s rains are leading to major algae blooms in the Chesapeake Bay. A study shows that more drivers are failing to stop for school buses in Maryland. And more.



You knew caffeine made you more alert. But now scientists are saying it may actually improve your memory. Neurobiologist Michael Yassa, while working as an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins, found that caffeine has a positive effect on long-term memory in humans.  Their research, published by the journal Nature Neuroscience, shows that caffeine enhances memories up to 24 hours after it is consumed.

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While state officials say Maryland’s new health insurance exchange website will be ready to go by the next open enrollment period in November… they also say that the nearly 79-thousand Marylanders who bought private coverage through the old system will have to sign up for insurance again. Exelon files an application with Maryland’s Public Service Commission in its push to acquire more regional utilities, including Delmarva Power and Pepco. Another step was taken yesterday to bring an offshore wind industry to our state; the federal government awarded leases for 80-thousand acres of land off the coast of Ocean City to a subsidiary of an Italian renewable energy company. And more…

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We report on the push to develop an offshore wind industry in Maryland. We examine a new study on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing (aka “fracking”) in Western MD. Plus: a team from Aberdeen Proving Ground has completed the destruction of Syria’s most dangerous chemical weapons. MD’s unemployment rate rose to 6.1% in July. And more.

Solar Probe Plus: Here Comes The Sun

Aug 18, 2014
A rendering of Solar Probe Plus
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Life on Earth depends on the Sun, that giant furnace nearly 93 million miles away that anchors our planet's orbit. Its light makes it possible for plants to grow, and for animals to eat them. But, for playing such an outsized role in our lives, there’re still quite a few things we don’t know about the sun.

Demonstrators took to the streets in Baltimore last night to protest the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. State Comptroller Peter Franchot took his call for a later start to the school year to Ocean City yesterday. You’ve got two more days to get in on Maryland’s annual sales-tax-free shopping period. Today and tomorrow, you can buy many articles of clothing - including shoes - valued up to $100 without paying the state's six-percent sales tax. Plus: a new president for BCCC, why a fee-reduction bill drew Rawlings-Blake's first veto, spice-seller McCormick is recalling nearly 75-thousand bottles of ground oregano, and more.

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State employees will soon see changes in their health plans, including rewards for workers who take steps to stay healthy, and penalties for those who don’t follow medical advice. The Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown’s gubernatorial campaign. The latest on the implementation of the Common Core education standards. New vaccination requirements for MD students. A new commander for Baltimore’s homicide unit. And more.

Joel McCord / WYPR

6.3-inches of rain were recorded at BWI yesterday, the most rain ever recorded on an August 12th. A federal judge says the strict gun law that Maryland’s General Assembly passed last year is constitutional. A Circuit Court judge’s decision to strike down an ordinance exempting plans for a LNG export terminal at Cove Point from zoning regulations may or may not affect that project’s construction. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has issued her first veto. And more…

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An agreement has been reached on how to pay to fix the retaining wall that collapsed along Baltimore’s East 26th Street amid heavy rains in April. The push for railroad improvements in Baltimore and the Northeast Corridor is continuing. The story of one of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who’ve come to the US from Central America. And more.

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Maryland lawmakers react to the situation in Iraq. MD Comptroller Peter Franchot renews calls to delay the first day of school until after Labor Day. A report on the implementation of Common Core standards in MD classrooms. A look at Congressman John Delaney’s push for election reform. And much more.

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Governor Martin O'Malley was joined in Bethesda yesterday by US Labor Secretary Tom Perez – where they called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. What’s been called one of the strictest curfew laws in the nation goes into effect tonight in Baltimore. Plans for a development in Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood are moving forward. Baltimore City Councilman Bill Cole is set to take the helm of the Baltimore Development Corporation, after current President and CEO Brenda McKenzie steps down. Plus: MD’s limited sales tax holiday starts Sunday, airfare at BWI, Russell Neverdon’s campaign to be the next Baltimore City State's Attorney, former Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele mulls a return to MD politics, and more.

Christopher Connelly / WYPR

Maryland’s Public Service Commission has ruled that ride-sharing company Uber is a common carrier, and that it should be subject to state transportation regulations. Maryland's top gubernatorial candidates are set to face off in a televised debate on October 7th. The overhaul of Baltimore’s police and fire pension system that took effect in 2010 was upheld by a federal appeals court yesterday – but the legal battle isn’t over. Plus: the Ravens face off against the San Francisco 49ers in tonight’s pre-season opener at M&T Bank stadium; kickoff is set for 7:30.

Postman has been taken by Simon Greig Photo via flickr

We examine the ongoing clash between Governor Martin O'Malley and several members of Maryland's Congressional delegation over a proposed wind farm in Somerset County. The University of Maryland has launched a new test site that’ll study how unmanned aircraft should operate in US airspace. Amazon launches same-day delivery service in Baltimore. Plus: National Night Out, calls for an investigation of Uber and Lyft, calls for an audit of Annapolis’s speed cameras, and Governor O’Malley calls for the Redskins to get a new name. And more.

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Most members Maryland’s congressional delegation are calling on President Obama to reconsider plans to allow seismic testing for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean off our state’s coast. As the world’s largest outbreak of Ebola continues to spread in West Africa, Maryland officials held a mock medical exercise yesterday to test how the state would respond if the disease were to show up in our state. The brand new, $26-million Chesapeake House Travel Plaza along I-95 in Cecil County has reopened. And more.

Former Maryland Sen. and Rep. Paul Sarbanes (D). / Phil Romans via flickr

A proposed wind farm in Somerset County is facing another challenge. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is calling for a new plan to ease school overcrowding in the York Road corridor. Baltimore lawyer Russell Neverdon is mounting a bid to run as an independent candidate for Baltimore City State's Attorney. A look at how two Maryland Representatives made their mark during Watergate. And much more.

The NAACP’s 2016 convention may not be coming to Baltimore after all. The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on the cause of 2012’s fatal train derailment in Ellicott City. A northbound section of the Jones Falls Expressway will be closed this weekend for construction. Baltimore officials got a first look yesterday at the schematic designs for an 18-story apartment building in Harbor Point. Three US Senators are calling on the NFL to revisit Ravens running back Ray Rice’s punishment for a domestic violence incident. Plus: Old Bay beer, the “world’s largest crab feast,” Antiterrorism Awareness Month, and more.

Republicans in the House of Representatives voted yesterday to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama. Anne Arundel County Council candidate Michael Peroutka says he will not distance himself from the “League of the South.” The unemployment rate for the Baltimore area went up in June. Plus: resignations from MD Health Secretary Dr. Joshua Sharfstein and Baltimore City Finance Director Harry Black, the annual Chincoteague Pony Swim, and more.

The list of possible new headquarters sites for the FBI is down to three, and two of them are in Maryland. The state’s Public Service Commission has decided that taxi rates should say the same, and that all taxis in Baltimore City and Baltimore County should be able to accept credit cards by the end of the year. Plus, a look at Maryland's medical marijuana commission and why one important lawmaker is criticizing a few of its proposed regulations. And more.

More Than Trees

Jul 30, 2014
via Sarabande Books website

Towson University Assistant Professor Angela Pelster's new book of essays, “Limber”, is a book about trees; from “The Tree That Owned Itself” in Georgia, to “The Loneliest Tree on Earth” which once stood in the middle of the Sahara. But, the trees are often just a starting point for essays that delve into topics ranging from faith to love to language itself. Angela Pelster joins Nathan Sterner in the studio to talk about the book.

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Maryland could soon provide shelter for thousands more of the Central American children who’ve been apprehended at the US Mexico border. Maryland’s pension system got a higher-than-expected return on its investments this year. Four parking garages in Baltimore could soon have new owners, under a proposal from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Plus: pre-K funding, sewer line inspections, two railroad companies sue the Maryland Department of the Environment. And more.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via flickr

US Senator Barbara Mikulski is calling on the Obama administration to crack down on seafood processors that are fraudulently labeling imported crab meat as a product of the Chesapeake Bay. Governor Martin O’Malley is renewing his call for the American people to help the tens of thousands of Central American children who’ve been apprehended while crossing the US Mexico border in recent months. Plus: Baltimore’s new curfew law, Anne Arundel County’s back to school program, “goods for guns,” tonight’s Ravens open practice & fireworks, and much more.

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Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan has formally “disassociate[d]” himself from Michael Peroutka, the GOP nominee for an Anne Arundel County Council seat. The Maryland Democratic Party has filed a complaint with the state elections board against Hogan. Drug overdose deaths are up in MD. Oysters are moving from the Inner Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay. And more.

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Maryland’s Board of Public Works voted unanimously yesterday to approve a wetlands permit to Virginia-based Dominion Resources, bringing plans for a liquefied natural gas export facility closer to fruition. The BPW also approves a major upgrade at BWI… as well as a credit monitoring service for people affected by a UMD data breach. Plus: the NAACP announces that its 2016 convention will be held in Baltimore. A “Goods For Guns” program is set for Saturday in Baltimore. The US Naval Academy gets new leadership. And more.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via flickr

US Senator Barbara Mikulski plans to introduce a reduced border funding measure today. Attorneys have presented arguments in federal court in Baltimore on Maryland's ban of high-capacity magazines and 45 gun types classified as “assault weapons”. Baltimore City and Baltimore County working together to fight a common enemy: trash. And much more.

Christopher Connelly / WYPR

Governor Martin O’Malley met with a group of Maryland faith leaders yesterday to try to come up with a way to shelter some of the Central American children who’ve been caught crossing the US Mexico border in recent months.

Mosquito by edans via flickr

Maryland added 7,700 jobs to its rolls in June, but the state’s unemployment rate went up two tenths of a percent. Plus, a year after his death, Tyrone West’s family continues to seek answers. Also: a look at the plan to shelter some immigrant children in Baltimore County, preparations for Baltimore City’s expanded curfew, warnings about mosquitoes, Marilyn Mosby’s victory in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney race, and more.