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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."

"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.  

H. L. Mencken conspires with a fellow reporter and drinking buddy to take some liberties while reporting the news in Baltimore. The life of kings, indeed! 

Highlights of Maryland's rich literary history. 

"War Admiral"

Nov 17, 2016

In November 1938,   champion race horse War Admiral competed against the upstart Sea Biscuit, losing the race in an upset by four lengths. 

"Over There"

Nov 10, 2016

During World War I, Henry C. Evans of Baltimore was one of the first Americans to travel to France and join the fighting. He returned home safely when the war ended he returned to Baltimore, started a family, and became a successful business man.   

"The Bear"

Oct 19, 2016

    

"The Pennant"

Sep 28, 2016

"Wallis"

Sep 7, 2016

"Wild Rose" part two

Aug 16, 2016

"Wild Rose, part one"

Aug 10, 2016

"Jimmie Foxx"

Aug 4, 2016

The Summer of 1776

Jun 30, 2016

"The Pearl"

Jun 23, 2016

"The Blood Red Flag"

Jun 8, 2016

"Front Royal"

Jun 1, 2016

"Hamidou"

May 26, 2016

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