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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."

"Joe Gans"

Oct 18, 2017

In 1902, Joe Gans, a black boxer from Baltimore, became Featherweight Champion of the World. 

"Hound Dog"

Oct 12, 2017

The story behind the hit song and its tie to Baltimore. 

Abolitionist "Captain" John Brown made quite an impression on Frederick Douglass when they met, but, while bound by the same passion, 

the two men went on to fight to end slavery by very different means. 

"The Chasseur"

Sep 27, 2017

During the War of 1812, Privateer Captain Thomas Boyle and his ship the Chasseur harassed the British fleet and disrupted shipping in the Irish Sea. 

"Christiana"

Sep 21, 2017

In 1851, Maryland farmer Edward Gorsuch formed a posse and tried to retrieve some runaway slaves that had fled over the Pennsylvania border. It did not end well. 

"The Defenders"

Sep 14, 2017

In September, 1814, Baltimore and Fort McHenry withstand bombardment from the British. 

On August 24, 1814, Joshua Barney and his troops fought the British at Bladensburg as they made their way to sack and burn Washington. 

In late summer, 1897, using "unorthodox methods" and "inside baseball," the scrappy Baltimore Orioles battled the more refined Boston Bean Eaters for the National League pennant. 

In August, 1776, 400 Marylander s of the “Dandy 5th” Regiment fought bravely to hold the American line in Brooklyn Heights, New York, while George Washington and his troops beat a hasty retreat after a disastrous encounter with the British. 

"Despot's Heel"

Aug 17, 2017

The look at the daily lives of the young Union soldiers who occupied various forts around Baltimore during the Civil War. 

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