Baltimore's Sewage Crisis; News Roundup; Rousuck Review: Moonlight & Magnolias; RapperAbdu Ali | WYPR

Baltimore's Sewage Crisis; News Roundup; Rousuck Review: Moonlight & Magnolias; RapperAbdu Ali

Jan 11, 2016

Sewage backup on Falls Road
Credit WYPR-Tom Pelton

A new study by the Environmental Integrity Project finds that over the past five years, the city has intentionally dumped hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Jones Falls and the Inner Harbor.  That spillage -- caused by structural inadequacies in the city's 100-year-old network  of stormwater and sewer pipes -- also found its way into more than 400 homes in the city of Baltimore. Tom Hall talks with the author of the report, Tom Pelton, and with Jeffrey Raymond of the  Baltimore Department of Public Works about the city’s overwhelmed sewer system, and why its federally-ordered repair is so seriously behind schedule.

Then, a roundup of some of the top local stories -- from the latest developments in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson to Governor Hogan’s demolition plan for blighted sections of East and West Baltimore -- with Yvonne Wenger of the Baltimore Sun, Jayne Miller of WBAL-TV, and attorney Ed Smith.

Our theater critic, J Wynn Rousuck, reviews Moonlight and Magnolias at the Spotlighters Theater.

And rapper Abdu Ali sits downs with producer Jonna McKone to talk about his dance party series called Kahlon and what it's like being gay in the hip hop, Baltimore club and soul music scenes.