Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri April 10, 2015

What Do High Stakes Common Core Tests Mean For Students, Schools and Teachers?

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This is the first year Maryland students will be taking standardized tests based on the new math and English curriculum standards called Common Core. Proponents of Common Core say the goal is to raise learning standards from memorization to critical thinking, and to measure how prepared students are for the next grade, college and careers. Some parents in Maryland, as elsewhere around the U.S, are opting out of national standardized tests. 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Baltimore's Poulenc Trio Collaborates For National Poetry Month

From left to right: Irina Kaplan, piano; Bryan Young, bassoon and Vladimir Lande, oboe.
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  The month of April brings rain to the Northeast and poetry nation wide. Tonight, coinciding with National Poetry Month, Baltimore based Poulenc Trio will perform a program that features the award winning poet Lia Purpura. The program will take place at The Barns at Wolf Trap,  just south of Baltimore in Virginia. The Trio was founded twelve years ago and includes pianist Irina Kaplan, oboist Vladimir Lande, and bassoonist Bryan Young. Host Tom Hall joins Lia Purpura and the trio at Goucher College in Towson while they rehearse for tonight's show.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Doreen Bolger, Director Of The Baltimore Museum Of Art, Retires

Baltimore Museum of Art
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  On Wednesday, Doreen Bolger announced that she is retiring as the Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art. In an e mail to BMA patrons, she wrote, “Since last fall’s 100th anniversary celebration, I have been reflecting on milestones, the museum’s extraordinary physical transformation, and the passage of time during my 17 years as director—and realized that it was time for me to pass the baton.” She has led the BMA during a time of enormous transition, not only for the BMA, but for the entire arts scene in Maryland, and her advocacy for the arts has extended well past the walls of the museum. Doreen Bolger joins Tom Hall in the studio.

Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Is It Fair To Cut Off Water For Renters?

Eastham pipes and boats at low tide
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Baltimore has started cutting off water service to some of the 23,000 customers who are seriously behind in their water bills and reports that some of those delinquent customers have started paying.  But protesters contend the cut-off pressure falls too heavily on people without money and on renters who don’t control whether their building’s bill gets paid.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Didi Balle: A Playwright In Residence At The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Credit Didi Balle // Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Many symphony orchestras have composers in residence, who write music and who work with the artistic staff to organize programs of contemporary music by other composers.  Likewise, many theaters have playwrights in residence.  Like their musical counterparts, these playwrights write plays and work with the theaters on educational programs and other projects.  The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has had its share of resident composers over the years, but it appears to be the first orchestra in the country to merge these two hallowed traditions by engaging a playwright in residence.  Her name is Didi Balle, and she wrote and is directing a symphonic play that explores Tchaikovsky’s state of mind as he composed his Fifth Symphony. Marin Alsop will lead performances of Didi Balle’s new symphonic play, called Mad But for Music, this weekend.  Didi Balle joins us in the studio.  

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Harnessing The Internet For New Ways To Deal With Disability

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Being disabled is not some odd status that afflicts just a few people. If you’re in your 30's, even if you don’t smoke and if you keep your weight down, there’s still an almost 4-in-10 chance you’ll be disabled by something for five years or more. That according to the Council for Disability Awareness.

And, of course, the risk of being disabled rises as we age. Michael Bullis has a big idea about how to compensate for all of this. He’s founder and executive director of The IMAGE Center of Maryland, and he joins us in the studio.

Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Applying HIV Treatment and Research Across Geographies

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The Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland, based here in Baltimore, won a major grant to work in Zambia last week to prevent mothers from passing on HIV to their children. The Institute has worked extensively in seven African countries, here in Baltimore for two decades as well as in Haiti and Guyana. The grant got us thinking: how does the institute apply its work overseas to its efforts here in Baltimore to fight AIDS? How different is the treatment and impact of the virus between Baltimore and other nations – are there surprising overlaps in how care and community support can happen here and abroad?

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Revisiting Billie Holiday Through Poetry

Portrait of Billie Holiday in Down Beat magazine.
Credit William P. Gottlieb / Public Domain

Tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the woman many consider the greatest jazz singer of all time: Lady Day, Billie Holiday. Like Billie Holiday, the poet Carole Boston Weatherford was raised in Baltimore. She now teaches at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. The author of more than 40 books, she has won numerous awards for her books for children and young readers about important people and events in African American history. Her latest is a collection of poems that tell the story of Billie Holiday’s childhood and early career. It’s called "Becoming Billie Holiday". Carole Weatherford joins Tom Hall on the line from Fayetteville, NC, to talk about it.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon April 6, 2015

The Rousuck Review: "Wicked"

Alyssa Fox and Carrie St. Louis starring in 'Wicked'
Credit Joan Marcus 2015

Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck sits down with Tom Hall to talk about "Wicked", the blockbuster back story of the witches of Oz. The musical is playing for a month at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore and will run through April 26th. 

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon April 6, 2015

The Baltimore Orioles' Season Begins, As The Terps' Basketball Season Ends

Camden Yards
Credit Matt Purdy

The Baltimore Orioles' season gets underway this afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays. Our sports guru, Mark Hyman, tells us what we can expect from the O's this year. We also look back at a very successful season for the University of Maryland's Women’s Basketball season: twenty-eight consecutive wins, a Big 10 Conference championship, and a second trip to the Final Four in as many years. It came to an end last night in a loss to Connecticut.

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