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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

How Domestic Violence Laws are Changing

Purple ribbons tied to a tree to remember individuals who have been subjected to domestic violence.
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Sheilah Kast talks with Dorothy Lennig from the House of Ruth and Leigh Goodmark, visiting Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Each year, thousands of Marylanders are abused by spouses or people they live with – in 2012, the most recent statistics we have, nearly 18,000 crimes of domestic violence were reported in the state.

No wonder the General Assembly considered about a dozen bills to deal with domestic violence, and approved about half of them to send to Gov. O’Malley for his signature.  Yesterday, Sheilah Kast spoke about the legislation with Dorothy Lennig, an attorney and Director of the House of Ruth’s ‘Domestic Violence Legal Clinic.'  This morning Sheilah Kast spoke with Leigh Goodmark,  a visiting law professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She's written a book called “A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System.” We get her perspective on how the legal system works and doesn’t work in domestic violence cases. 

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Maryland Morning
8:40 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Reducing Cancer Risk in Middle Age

Nutritionist Monica Reinagel.

Tom Hall talks with nutritionist Monica Reinagel

What can people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s do to reduce their risk of cancer?  The Centers for Disease Control has issued a report collecting new research.  They suggest staying away from alcohol and shutting off computer screens a few hours before bedtime.  Nutritionist Monica Reinagel walks us through the notes. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Examining the Relationship Between Women and Drinking

Ann Dowsett Johnston
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Sheilah Kast talks with author Ann Dowsett Johnston and Dr. David Jernigan.

Writer and educator Ann Dowsett Johnston grew up with an alcoholic mother. Ann thought liquor was something she’d be able to deal with, and for years she did. It took her years to realize alcohol had become her demon. After she went into recovery, she applied her skills as a journalist, and her experience, to writing Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Springtime Clothing Conundrums

Zoey sports a perforated suede boot--one way to keep your feet cool in summer.
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Sheilah Kast talks with our fashion expert, Zoey Washington.
It’s springtime.  The weather is gusty and cold one day, warm and pleasant the next.  When the weather is changing so rapidly—how do you dress for it? 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Tue April 22, 2014

"Make Your Move"

Duane Adler at dance auditions for "Make Your Move."
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Tom Hall talks with filmmaker Duane Adler.

The filmmaker Duane Adler spent some years of his young life in Odenton, Maryland and graduated from the University of MD College Park in the early 90s.  He now lives in Los Angeles, and he has written the screenplays for two of the highest grossing dance-teen romance movies in the last 40 years.  

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

The Possibility of a Vaccine for HIV

Sheilah Kast talks with Dr. Robert Gallo, who discovered the virus we now call HIV 30 years ago.
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Sheilah Kast talks with Dr. Robert Gallo, who discovered that HIV causes AIDS 30 years ago.

This week marks 30 years since the announcement that Dr. Robert Gallo discovered that HIV is the cause of AIDS.  Dr. Gallo went on to found the Institute for Human Virology at the University of Maryland Medical School.  

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Dave Barry, on the Art of Being Funny

Writer Dave Barry

Tom Hall talks with humorist Dave Barry.

Pulitzer-prize winning humorist Dave Barry was a syndicated columnist for 20 years.  He is the author of more than 30 books that encompass fiction for adults and young readers, as well as collections of essays on everything from parenthood to the joys and challenges of aging.  His latest book is You Can Date Boys When You're Forty.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon April 21, 2014

"Top Girls" at Fells Point Corner Theatre

Left to right: Helenmary Ball, Robin Zerbe, Annette Mooney Wasno, Kara Turner, Cori Dioquino and Amy Miller in "Top Girls."
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J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "Top Girls" at Fells Point Corner Theatre

  Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck has been to see "Top Girls" at Fells Point Corner Theatre. 

"Top Girls" is up until April 27.

The Rousuck Review: "Top Girls" at Fells Point Corner Theatre

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Taylor Branch on Citizenship, Freedom, and Civil Rights

Taylor Branch
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Tom Hall talks with Civil Rights leader Julian Bond and historian Taylor Branch.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch wrote the acclaimed America in the King Years trilogy, which is considered the seminal history of the American civil rights movement. Taylor Branch is teaching a course this semester on the subject of Citizenship and Freedom at the University of Baltimore, which is available online to people around the world. 
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Maryland Morning
9:45 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Examining the Messages in Handel's Messiah

Musicologist Michael Marissen.
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Tom Hall speaks with Michael Marissen, author of "Tainted Glory in Handel’s Messiah: The Unsettling History of the World’s Most Beloved Choral Work."

Although many people associate the Hallelujah Chorus and Handel’s Messiah with the Christmas holiday season, in fact, Handel, who performed the work dozens of times, never once performed it in December.  All of his performances were during this time of year, Lent.  

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