On this Friday before Christmas 2017, a spritely and indefatigable 95-year-old raconteur joins Tom in Studio A. His name is Gilbert Sandler, and as WYPR listeners well know, Gil has been telling his Baltimore Stories on this station for the past 15 years. On this particular Friday afternoon, as he prepares to retire the series next Friday, the story he tells is the story behind this popular and enduring narrative.
Gil and Tom are joined by Fred Rasmussen of the Baltimore Sun, a longtime friend and associate who provides a retrospective on the many quirky and fascinating characters Gil has introduced us to over the years.
Friday, December 29th, will mark the end of Gilbert Sandler’s remarkable narrative run. That’s when we’ll hear Gil’s final installment of his Baltimore Stories, which he's already recorded. Fans will be pleased to know that Gil will remain on the WYPR airwaves in the New Year, as we transition to The Best of Gil Sandler’s Baltimore Stories. Stay tuned!
The banned-word contest (whose deadline is tonight, Friday 12/22, at midnight EST) that Tom mentions in today's show is the brainchild of Phyllis Freeman and Anthony Robbins, co-editors of the prestigious Journal of Public Health Policy.
Here is the original letter that they posted on the JPHP Facebook page:
We believe the Trump Administration’s recent (and ridiculous) banning of seven words from the vocabulary of several federal agencies including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deserves a rapid response.
We at the Journal of Public Health Policy propose a contest:
Please write a sentence using every one of the newly banned words, and post it on JPHP’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JournalOfPublicHealthPolicy
and/or send it to us (by midnight EST, Friday December 22) at email@example.com.
Invite all your friends to do the same. As soon as we have a good selection, entries will be judged by an impartial panel of former CDC officials. We will post the results.
As you will see from the article in the Washington Post, the banned words are:
“vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
See the Washington Post article from 15 December 2017:
And the New York Times of 17 December 2017
We already have a wonderful submission from Shyama Kuruvilla:
“As forces that transform the world, evidence-based, science-based revolutions and diversity of thought are more powerful than individuals with a dangerous sense of entitlement - cowardly charlatans who put fetuses, transgender people and the most vulnerable on the frontline for trumped-up wars against reason, humanity, the planet and the future.”
Phyllis Freeman & Anthony Robbins
Co-Editors, Journal of Public Health Policy