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On The Record

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Catch On the Record, hosted by Sheilah Kast, weekdays from 9:30 to 10:00 am, following NPR’s Morning Edition. We’ll discuss the issues that affect your life and bring you thoughtful and lively conversations with the people who shape those issues -- business people, public officials, scholars, artists, authors, and journalists who can take us inside the story. If you want to share a comment, question, or an idea for an interview you’d like to hear, email us at ontherecord@wypr.org.

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Ways to Connect

Barney Frank

President Trump is intent on eliminating what he calls “job-killing regulation.” One of the president’s primary targets is the law known as Dodd-Frank, or The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, passed by Congress in 2010 in response to the financial crash two years earlier. President Trump has promised to  “do a big number on Dodd-Frank.” Democrats in the General Assembly say they’re worried about the impact in Maryland of cutting back financial regulation. They’ve introduced bills to set up a watchdog commission to monitor the effect and recommend state action. They’re holding hearings on that legislation today, and they’ve invited one of the authors and namesakes of the law, former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, to testify. Barney Frank joins us. 

Goucher College

The latest poll from Goucher College measures Marylanders' attitudes about paid sick leave, spending for education and transportation, and reforming the way congressional districts are drawn--as well as whether President Trump is having an impact on Governor Hogan’s approval ratings. Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College, breaks down the results.

This week we hear a story from Mimi Dietrich about a chance meeting between a group of quilters and a rock band. You can listen to more stories, and learn about Stoop shows and The Stoop podcast, here.

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Marceline White, executive director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, tells us about a study of the factors that determine how much you pay for car insurance—not just driving record, but marital status, occupation, and gender. Turns out, being female is hazardous to your wallet when your premium is due.

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Maryland’s oyster sanctuaries could shrink by eleven percent if a draft plan from state natural resource officials goes into effect. The Bay’s oyster population is already a tiny fraction of what it once was. What would these changes mean? Tim Wheeler of the Bay Journal joins us to talk about what’s at stake for the Bay’s famous bivalves as well as for the watermen who depend on them.

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Maryland’s legislature has given Attorney General Brian Frosh authority to sue the federal government without first seeking the approval of the governor or General Assembly. We sit down with Frosh to discuss his recommendation for new statewide guidelines for testing and storing rape kits, as well as his thoughts on President Trump’s executive order on immigration and regulation of drug prices.


In today’s episode Chanel, a Frederick Douglass High School student, produced and narrated a radio diary about her identity as a gender non-conformist. Chanel, who also goes by Cory, is committed to dispelling stereotypes about gender identity and expression.

Retired Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, former chair of the joint chiefs of staff, has strong views about former military officers spouting off in political conventions, society’s duty to those displaced by wars, and the power of the national anthem at sports events. He shares his thoughts ahead of his appearance in the Baltimore Speakers Series.

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The president’s executive orders on immigration have expanded the rules for considering an undocumented immigrant a priority for deportation. What effect is that having in Maryland? Valerie Twanmoh, head of Catholic Charities' Esperanza Center, an immigrant resource center in Baltimore, joins us. Then we turn to Emily Gray, senior vice president for U.S. ministries for World Relief, a refugee resettlement agency. World Relief is laying off 140 staff and closing five offices, including one in Glen Burnie, as a result of the president’s executive order reducing the number of refugees allowed into the country.

Take a listen to Raj Konar’s Stoop Story about a sweet adventure turned spicy mishap.

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