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Maryland Morning
9:03 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Should Poor Marylanders Have Free Access To A Lawyer In Certain Civil Cases?

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Sheilah talks with Pamela Ortiz, Executive Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission.

Fifty years ago the U.S. Supreme Court established a right to a lawyer in criminal cases if the defendant can’t afford one. That was the decision Gideon v. Wainwright. But, should the state provide a lawyer in certain civil cases? How would such a system work? And, who would pay for it? Those are questions that a task force in Maryland has been grappling with since last fall. It comprises judges, legislators, and lawyers and is staffed by Pamela Ortiz, Executive Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission. She joins Sheilah Kast to talk about it.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Tracking the Ospreys

Woody, one of the ospreys being tracked.
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Nathan Sterner investigates Ospreys with John Rodenhausen, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Director of Development.

It's a long way from the Chesapeake Bay to Venezuela. More than 2,000 miles. But it's a trip made twice a year by ospreys. They summer in our region, and spend the winter where it's warmer. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is tracking the movement of four of them with the Osprey Tracking Project. 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon July 7, 2014

"As You Like It" at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Vince Eisenson and Blythe Coons in "As You Like It."
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J. Wynn Rousuck reviews Chesapeake Shakespeare's production of As you Like It.

Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck has been to see Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of “As You Like It.” 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Bluegrass in Studio B: "Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen"

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen in WYPR's Studio B.
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Bluegrass band "Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen" play in Studio B.

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen are an up-and-coming bluegrass band from the D.C. area who will be playing in Baltimore at The 8x10 this Thursday night. They’re led by mandolinist and singer-songwriter Frank Solivan with Mike Munford on banjo, Chris Luquette on guitar, and Danny Booth on bass. Tom Hall spoke with them last January when they crowded around a microphone to play a few songs.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Maryland's Not-So-Prominent Role in Writing the U.S. Constitution

Samuel Chase, referred to sometimes as "Old Bacon Face", was one of Maryland's delegates to the constitutional convention. Painted by John Beale Bordley.
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Sheilah talks with David O. Stewart about Maryland's contribution to the writing of the Constitution in 1787.
On July 4th, we mark our country’s declaration of independence from Britain in 1776. It was another 11 years before we’d draft the framework of laws that guide our country today: During a humid summer in Philadelphia 1787, 55 delegates from a dozen states gathered to write our constitution. Some of those men tower in our memories to this day. Virginia’s delegation, for example, included James Madison, George Mason, and George Washington. And, Maryland? Historian David O. Stewart writes in his book “The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution”, that Maryland did not send her most distinguished citizens to the convention. Sheilah Kast spoke with him about it in August 2007.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri July 4, 2014

The "Central Park Five" Settle Lawsuit Against New York City

Tom talks with filmmakers Sarah Burns and David McMahon, as well as Raymond Santana, one of the "Central Park Five".
In 1989, five black and Latino teens in New York were indicted and then wrongfully convicted of raping a white 28-year-old investment banker named Tricia Meili, while she was jogging in Central Park. The five teens served five to seven years in jail before being exonerated for that crime. Last month, they agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit against New York City for a reported $41 million.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Why Rafael Alvarez Calls Baltimore "The Holy Land"

Tom talks with Baltimore writer Rafael Alvarez about his book of short stories, "Tales from the Holy Land".

The writer Rafael Alvarez is a former reporter for The Baltimore Sun.  These days, you’ll still see his byline from time to time in the Sun and many other local publications.  He worked for a while on "The Wire" with his former Sun colleague David Simon, and earlier this year, he published his eighth book. It’s a collection of short stories in which he introduces us to the kind of people and neighborhoods that give Baltimore its unshakable reputation for quirkiness. It’s called Tales from the Holy Land. Rafael Alvarez joins Tom Hall in the studio to talk about it.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

More Than Bullets

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To discuss urban violence and youth PTSD, Sheilah Kast speaks with licensed social worker Pamela Willis and Stanford University professor Victor Carrion.

Some research says that the rate of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder among children in violent neighborhoods is twice that of returning Iraq veterans. 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Shirley Sherrod on Healing From Injustice

Shirley Sherrod

Tom Hall speaks with civil rights activist Shirley Sherrod.

In the summer of 2010, Shirley Sherrod was fired from her position as the Georgia U.S.D.A. State Director of Rural Development, when a right-wing blogger, Andrew Breitbart, doctored a videotape to make it appear that Ms. Sherrod was making racist remarks about a white farmer in a speech to the N.A.A.C.P. chapter in Coffee County, Georgia.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

District Court of Maryland Is Looking for Lawyers

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Sheilah talks with the District Court of Maryland's Chief Judge John Morrissey.
Last September, Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, ruled that if you’re arrested, you have a right to an attorney at an initial bail hearing and if you can’t afford one, the state must provide one. The District Court of Maryland is trying to lure lawyers across the state to meet the new need with their “Appointed Attorneys Program”. Joining Sheilah to talk about it is Chief Judge John Morrissey of the District Court of Maryland. 

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