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Ric Cottom

Host, Your Maryland

Ric Cottom, host of "Your Maryland," came to Baltimore more than four decades ago and never left. Formerly the editor and publisher at the Maryland Historical Society, he now runs the Chesapeake Book Company, publishing Chesapeake regional history, biography, and environmental studies.

Ric lives in historic Roland Park with his lovely wife Barbara. He loves Maryland seafood, Hopkins lacrosse, Ravens football, good books, tropical islands, and a dry martini, in no particular order.

From the shores of the Chesapeake to the Allegheny Mountains, "Your Maryland" brings you four centuries of colorful men and women who have called this state home. Join us on Thursdays at 5:30 during All Things Considered and discover—"Your Maryland."

"The Iron Duke"

Feb 15, 2017

In 1816, Marianne Patterson, while married to Robert Patterson of Baltimore, captures the heart of the Duke of Wellington. 

"The Slave Catchers"

Feb 8, 2017

The complicated, brutal, yet perfectly legal business of capturing runaway slaves who managed to make their way to freedom in Pennsylvania in 1849. 

"Aristocrat"

Feb 2, 2017

After traveling to Baltimore to help fight the Great Fire of 1904, New York firefighters took home a four-legged friend who never left their sides whilst they fought the blaze. 

During Prohibition, Maryland became known as "The  Free State"  due to widespread and  fiercely defiant attitudes about the production, sale and consumption of alcohol. 

"The Jungle"

Jan 12, 2017

In 1906, Upton Sinclair causes an uproar when he publishes his book "The Jungle," a shocking expose of the conditions in the meat packing industry. 

"Canajoharie"

Jan 4, 2017

In December, 1944, a lone squad of the 29th Division spent a quiet Christmas in a well-stocked German farmhouse, enjoying a brief respite from the bitter cold and constant fighting of the Battle of the Bulge. 

"The Bathtub Hoax"

Dec 29, 2016

A colorful "history" of the bathtub, as told by H. L. Mencken.   

"The Greatest Game"

Dec 22, 2016

On December 28, 1958, Johnny Unitas led the Baltimore Colts to victory over the New York Giants in what many still consider the greatest game of football ever played.   

"Cab and Thurgood"

Dec 15, 2016

In 1883, two extraordinary young men entered the 9th grade at Baltimore's Colored High and Training School, the city's first public high school. 

"Gus Rice"

Dec 8, 2016

In the late 19th century, Gus Rice and his band of "pirates" dredged for Oysters and waged war against law enforcement in and around the Chesapeake Bay.  

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