Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon June 1, 2015

After 80 Years Of Public Housing, The State Of Low Income Housing In Baltimore

A group of friends sit in front of Bel Park Towers in Park Heights. Many of the folks in this picture spent a lot of time telling me about their concerns and the conditions of their building.
Credit Jonna McKone

The frustrations that have convulsed Baltimore this spring have roots in police practices, yes – but also much deeper roots, roots that stretch back over a century, in a history of various government policies that made racial segregation official. 

Take public housing, which has existed in the United States for nearly eight decades. As in many other places, government housing assistance in Baltimore has been a central safety net for the poor. But it also has perpetuated generational poverty and racial segregation.

In the last twenty years, new approaches have been tried to replace government-owned high-rises – for example, housing vouchers or rent subsidies in privately owned buildings.  Now there’s another new idea, and Baltimore is one of the cities trying it out.  It’s called RAD, or Rental Assistance Demonstration.

RAD’s proponents say it will bring a long-overdue investment from private developers into under-funded public housing in poor neighborhoods. But critics say it will let private businesses control a federal program that should remain just that– publicly funded. 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon June 1, 2015

How To Eat In An Ethical Way

Credit Socially Responsible Agricultural Project

In 25 years, there may be more than 9.5 billion people inhabiting this planet, and keeping everyone fed with safe, nutritious food will give rise to many thorny ethical issues, as we attempt to produce enough good food to satisfy that incredible need. We talk with Dr. Ruth Faden, the Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Co-Principal Investigator of the Global Food Ethics Project, about how regional eating habits can affect both the environment and the global population.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Theater Review: "Last Of The Boys" At Fells Point Corner Theatre

Tony Colavito (left) and Mark Squirek (right) in "Last of the Boys."
Credit Harry Bechkes

Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "Last of the Boys", a play about the Vietnam War’s impact on those who fought and those left behind. The play runs through June 7 at the Fells Point Corner Theatre.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon June 1, 2015

A Story Of A One-Hit Wonder Band Reuniting After A Decade

Andy Abramowitz was born in Baltimore and lived most of his growing-up years here, went away to college, but had the good sense to come to the University of Maryland Carey Law School.  Along the way he played in some bands and listened to a lot of music – experiences indispensable for Abramowitz’s debut novel, out this month.  Thank You, Goodnight  is the story of a one-hit wonder band reuniting a decade after they broke up.  Their rivalries, regrets, and motivations pull us along with them into a very funny  examination of what’s important in life. Andy Abramowitz joins Sheilah on the line from  his home in Philadelphia to talk about the book.

Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Jobs Are Growing In Maryland But What Kind?

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The national news on the economy isn’t good this morning – the economy shrank during the first three months of the year – but the local news is more promising:  The government reported this week that Maryland employers created more jobs than any month since April 2010  -- 16,400 jobs. Still, in the previous month the state lost almost half that many jobs – 7,200 – perhaps reflecting the same forces that shrank the national economy early in the year.

Over the past 12 months, Maryland’s trend is up – almost 40,000 jobs created, or 1 ½ percent. 

So, what kind of track is the state’s economy on and what types of jobs are being created? Where are they, and can they support families?  We’ve asked two economists to talk to us about it. 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri May 29, 2015

How To Get Grocery Stores In Baltimore's Food Deserts

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More than 200 businesses were destroyed by violence, with as many as 150 more severely damaged. When the fires were put out, people in many of Baltimore’s poorest neighborhoods faced difficult challenges finding food and medications. The Maryland Food Bank delivered more than 90,000 pounds of food to area food pantries in the wake of the violence, and community leaders have talked about food justice as a central tenet of rebuilding and revitalizing neighborhoods on both the East and West sides of the city. But the problem of healthy food being accessible is not new to the neighborhoods that were most affected by rioting. 

Michele Speaks, the Major Gifts Officer at the Maryland Food Bank, is in the studio. She opened Apples and Oranges at the corner of North Avenue and Broadway in East Baltimore, an area that is one of the city’s many food deserts. It closed earlier this year. Holly Freishtat is here as well. She is the Director of Food Policy for the city of Baltimore.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Two New Murder Mysteries With Maryland Roots

Two new mystery novels may be exactly what you'd like to have with you at the beach this summer. Tracy Kiely already has a following from her four “Elizabeth Parker” mysteries that pay homage to the wit and humor of Jane Austen. Now, Kiely is channeling another writer, Maryland-born master of mystery Dashiell Hammett. Just a few pages into Kiely’s new novel, "Murder with a Twist", and you feel you’ve burrowed into one of the Thin Man movies from the 1930s.

Novelist Allison Leotta worked in Washington for 12 years as a federal sex-crimes prosecutor before turning to fiction. We’ve talked to her before about some of her suspense novels, based on real-word events. Now she’s published another: "A Good Killing".

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Protesters Stop Traffic In Opposition To Youth Jail

Baltimore Detention Center
Credit Tyler Merbler

In early 2013, the state of Maryland scrapped plans to build a controversial youth jail in Baltimore to house juveniles charged as adults. The $70 million dollar plan would’ve built a 120-bed facility. But, those opposed to the plan said the state should invest in youth activities, not youth jails. A compromise was reached: the state would renovate an existing facility for $30 million, creating 60 beds.

Earlier this month, the state’s Board of Public Works approved funding for the youth jail. Yesterday, protesters on I-395 clogged traffic in protest of it. Pastor Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple led the protests. He joins Sheilah by phone to talk about it.

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed May 27, 2015

An Update On The Faded State Center Complex

State Center during the urban renewal period in which it was constructed.
Credit John Kyle

Just north of Baltimore’s downtown, there’s a light-rail stop, a metro station and a set of 1950s-era government buildings. The 28-acre site that comprises all that is called State Center. It’s a part of West Baltimore that abuts Bolton Hill and the McCulloh Homes community. But to the south and east it’s cut off from Mt Vernon, and University of Maryland Medical Center and communities South by Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard and Howard Street.

For years developers and community leaders have seen in State Center the potential to support shops and updated office space.  But the re-development has been stalled for various reasons – we’d like to understand why, and what’s happening now. So we invited John Kyle.  He has lived in nearby Bolton Hill for about three decades, and is President of the State Center Neighborhood Alliance, a coalition of a dozen surrounding neighborhoods.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Woogle, Slumbrage, Crambitious: Words That Should Exist, But Don't

Sometimes the perfect word hasn’t yet been invented, so you have to do it yourself. Writer Lizzie Skurnick has written a new book of words she’s coined, including woogle, slumbrage, and crambitious. Tom Hall finds out what they mean.

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