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Nathan Sterner

Local Host, Morning Edition

Nathan gets to WYPR before sunrise every weekday morning, to make sure listeners start their days with the news they need. Between 5am to 3pm, Nathan serves up news headlines, weather, and the occasional snarky comment. Nathan edits and does the occasional interview for Sheilah Kast's On The Record, infrequently fills in for Tom Hall on Midday, and co-hosts the Friday morning Spotlight on Station North. When not at WYPR, Nathan teaches a class on audio documentary at Towson University. 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.

Bitter cold in the forecast this morning... with lows in the single digits and high winds making it feel as cold as 11 below. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect through 8am.

Many public schools in the WYPR listening area will open late.

There’s a 2-hour delay in effect for schools in: Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Nathan Sterner / WYPR

Bitter cold and strong winds are following the Alberta Clipper system that dropped several inches of snow on Maryland yesterday. And the icy roads the storm left behind are prompting many schools to change their schedules.

On a 90 minute delay: schools in Kent CountyQueen Anne's County, and Talbot County.

National Weather Service / http://www.erh.noaa.gov/lwx/winterstorm/

Baltimore's first snowstorm of 2015 is upon us -- and prompting schedule changes at some of the region's schools.

Take A Trip To Pluto

Dec 5, 2014
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/FLickr/Creative Commons

When NASA’s “New Horizons” spacecraft launched in January 2006, its mission was to explore the planet Pluto. But Pluto is more than 3 billion miles from Earth and while the spacecraft was making the trip, the International Astronomical Union stripped the celestial body of its status. So when “New Horizons” makes it there, it’ll actually be exploring the Dwarf Planet Pluto. The spacecraft has spent much of the journey in sleep mode and on Saturday, NASA is set to wake it up. Hal Weaver is a project scientist on the mission, which is run from The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel. He joins Nathan to talk about the mission.

More Than Trees

Nov 28, 2014
Sarabande Books website

Towson University Assistant Professor Angela Pelster's  collection 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 joined Nathan Sterner in the studio to talk about the book last July. 

National Weather Service / http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/lwx/winterstorm/

Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for different parts of the listening area today. Baltimore City, Southern Baltimore County, and areas south are under Advisories, and expected to get an inch or so of snow (maybe a little more, maybe a little less). Northern Baltimore County and areas west are under Warnings, and could get up to 6 inches of snow.

  A final vote is expected to take place on whether Baltimore City Police officers will be required to wear body cameras at Monday’s city council meeting.  The bill, which is expected to pass, is also under a veto threat by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake who called the proposal rushed and not thought out. 

The mayor is also threatening to veto a bill that would ban plastic bags.  The bill originally proposed as a plastic bag fee in April was changed to a ban at last week’s council meeting.

Election Day

Nov 4, 2014

Today is election day. Maryland polling places are open from 7am through 8pm.

You can find your polling place here.

There are answers to frequently asked questions about voting here.

"The Baltimore Atrocities"

Oct 31, 2014

"The Baltimore Atrocities” is the title of the latest book by author John Dermot Woods. It’s a novel, but it’s not like any other novel you've ever read. It’s composed of a series of short tragic stories – the "atrocities" of the title – all of which are loosely connected to a larger narrative, involving missing children, and their siblings’ search for answers. That story, in itself, an atrocity. John Dermot Woods currently spends his days in Brooklyn, New York. But, the time spent here in Charm City appears to have affected him deeply. He joins Nathan Sterner to discuss the book.

Jack Lyons / Flickr / Creative Commons

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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