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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Police-Community Relations And Race

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Not long after Police Commissioner Anthony Batts arrived in Baltimore in September 2012, he established a unit to focus on community partnerships. He put veteran Lt. Col. Melvin Russell in charge of the division. Today, we’re going to revisit a conversation we had with Lt. Col. Russell two years ago, as part of our year-long series on race and inequality, The Lines Between Us. Like many of the topics discussed in that series, Lt. Col. Russell’s thoughts bear repeating now.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed May 13, 2015

How Baltimore City's Libraries Address Workforce Development

68-year old Harvard Hardges learned how to use computers at the Orleans Street Branch's Senior Tech classes.
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The day after the outpouring of anger and looting in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray, Baltimore’s libraries stayed open including the Pennsylvania avenue branch, at the center of some of the worst devastation.  One of the issues at the center of the Freddie Gray discussion is the issue of unemployment and economic growth in neighborhoods with pervasive poverty. And in Baltimore, workforce development is happening in an unlikely place. 

Walk into almost any public library and you’re likely to see lots of people at the computers: kids cruising YouTube videos, high schoolers working on their homework, folks updating their Facebook profiles. Americans don’t use libraries just for books.  They are very much 21st century institutions, repositories that make the past more accessible at the same time they increase access to technology and digital information. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that one-fourth of Baltimore residents don’t have access to the internet at home, school or work.  

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed May 13, 2015

A World Premiere Bob Marley Musical Opens Tonight At Center Stage

Bob Marley
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Marley, a new musical by Kwame Kwei-Armah, opens tonight at Center Stage. Marley tells the story of a particularly difficult time in the life of reggae icon Bob Marley, in the mid-1970s, just before and after he fled to London from his native Jamaica, following an assassination attempt. There are more than two dozen Bob Marley songs in this new show. Tom Hall sat down with Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, who wrote the book and has directed this world premiere production.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed May 13, 2015

"Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan, Painter"

The painter Grace Hartigan taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art for more than 40 years. By the time she joined the MICA faculty in 1965, she was one of the most celebrated painters of her generation. In a new biography, Cathy Curtis chronicles Hartigan’s difficult childhood, her rise to prominence as part of the New York School of artists in the 1940s and 50s, her four marriages, and her lasting influence in the art world and on the scores of artists she taught. It’s called "Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan, Painter". Cathy Curtis joins Tom Hall on the line from her home in Los Angeles.

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Maryland Morning
9:41 am
Mon May 11, 2015

A View Of The Unrest From McElderry Park

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The corner of North and Pennsylvania Avenues has become a stage for a national debate over race and policing. Nearby West Baltimore neighborhoods like Sandtown-Winchester have been the focus of a wider discussion of the social conditions fueling the unrest, and community efforts to rebuild. But, what about East Baltimore? Just like in West Baltimore, communities there have been working for decades to address challenges like unemployment, addiction, residential segregation, violence, and police brutality.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon May 11, 2015

How The Civil Rights Movement Inspired UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

Dr. Hrabowski's latest book
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This summer will mark 23 years since Freeman Hrabowski became president of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. A good key to what excites him about the job every day is the slender book he just published, part memoir and part policy prescription. It’s titled "Holding Fast to Dreams". He joins Sheilah in the studio to talk about it.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon May 11, 2015

The Rousuck Review: "Side By Side By Sondheim"

Steve Antonsen and Alyson Shirk
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If you cannot get enough of the work of Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim, the Vagabond Players have a musical revue for you. Side By Side By Sondheim packages a varied assortment of Sondheim songs tied together by a narrator who gives context for each one. Host Tom Hall sits down to talk through the tunes with resident theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck. The Vagabond Players will be running the show through May 17th.

Maryland Moring
8:45 am
Mon May 11, 2015

How A Health Clinic Can Help Heal A Community

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Mosaic Community Services celebrated the opening of its remodeled clinic in Charles Village on Friday. The health clinic provides wrap-around services to those needing help with mental and physical illness, addiction, and homelessness. We explore how the clinic operates with Mosaic's Executive Director Jeff Richardson.

Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Baltimore Public Defender's Office Says City Youth Are Being Overcriminalized

Police gathered in anticipation of riot control on May 1st.
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The protests and riot of the last week have focused our attention on the fractured relationship between police and some neighborhoods. The Public Defender's Office in Baltimore says that fracture extends to young people in those neighborhoods. They say a much higher percentage of young people are sent through the juvenile justice system after being arrested in the city than in the rest of the state. At least 49 juveniles were arrested during the riot and shortly after – and a significant percentage of them will enter the juvenile justice system, despite indicators that they should not, says the Public Defender's Office in Baltimore. Christine Burke, a supervising attorney in the Public Defender’s Office who handles juvenile cases joins host Sheilah Kast by phone to talk about it.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri May 8, 2015

What A Deflated Football And A Green Jacket Have To Do With Under Armour

Camden Yards
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 Mark Hyman is Maryland Morning’s resident sports guru. He joins Tom Hall in-studio to talk about the business of sports. Mark is on the faculty of George Washington University, and the author of several books, the latest of which is called Concussions and Our Kids.

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