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Maryland County Executives Copy Each Other

Oct 2, 2015
Baltimore County Government


Just shy of half of Maryland’s population is packed into its three biggest counties – Montgomery, Prince Georges, and Baltimore Counties. Now the chief executives of those jurisdictions have decided they’re pretty smart about some aspects of government, and could get smarter by copying each other. ‘Smarter’ translates into more cost-effective, and less pressure to raise taxes or fees.

So right now, as we’re starting this show, Baltimore County’s executive and a few handful of his top staffers are sitting down in Rockville with the Montgomery County executive and top staffers to talk information technology, and how to do it smarter. Sheilah sat down with Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz yesterday.

October's Indy and 3D Blockbuster Movies

Oct 2, 2015
New York Film Festival

  Tom is joined by our Movie Mayhem critics, Ann Hornaday, film critic for the Washington Post, and Jed Dietz, Executive Director of the Maryland Film Festival to discuss some of October's best Indy films, and 3D Blockbusters.

The Rousuck Review: "Kinky Boots"

Oct 2, 2015
Matthew Murphy


Kinky Boots” won six Tony Awards, including best musical in 2013. Now this Broadway musical -- script by Harvey Fierstein, score by Cyndi Lauper -- has opened the season at the Hippodrome. Based on a movie that was in turn based on a true story, "Kinky Boots" is about a dying British shoe factory that saves itself by making stiletto-heeled boots for drag queens. Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck and Tom Hall discuss whether you’ll get a kick out of “Kinky Boots.”


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About a third of all Americans have a criminal record; less than 5 percent for violent crimes. Those of us who don’t have records are probably aware of some of the consequences, like fines, probation, jail time and parole. We may not be aware of collateral consequences that affect employment, public assistance, housing and voting rights. For example, ex-felons earn about 40 percent less annually than non- felons.

Several new laws take effect tomorrow that could allow Marylanders with criminal records to expunge or shield from public view certain parts of them. One of the new laws would also allow actions that are no longer crimes, like possession of small amounts of marijuana, to be removed from peoples’ records.

With Sheilah to talk more about the new laws is Caryn Aslan, Senior Policy Advocate at the non-profit Job Opportunities Task Force. She’s spent years lobbying in Annapolis to adopt laws to make it possible for people with a record to remove those marks. Joining them is Danielle. She’s 37, has 7 children and a criminal record for an arrest that resulted in no trial and no conviction. The offense occurred during a domestic violence dispute in 2002. 

Penguin Random House

    Tom's guest this morning is Daniel James Brown, the author of a New York Times No. 1 best-selling book, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It tells the amazing story of a group of nine young American rowers, who, against all odds, triumph at the 1936 Olympics, stealing thunder from Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime, and transforming the sport.

The Boys in the Boat has been chosen as this year’s One Maryland, One Book selection by the Maryland Humanities Council. It’s just been published in a young reader’s edition, too. Daniel James Brown joins Tom this morning in Studio A.