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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

How do you build healthy relationships with friends, family, and partners after surviving sexual or domestic violence? How does abuse impact your ability to trust and love? We speak to Saida Agostini, social worker and chief operating officer of the group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, about her upcoming workshop in Baltimore, “Building Our Tribe: Love as an Act of Resistance.” It’s the first in a monthly series of events hosted by FORCE's sexual and domestic violence survivor collective, Gather Together.

After a long wait, medical marijuana could start being prescribed in Maryland this year. Patients awaiting the drug welcome the roll-out, but it will present a thorny problem for employers. Under federal law, marijuana remains illegal. So what does medical marijuana mean for workplace drug-testing? We hear from Dr. Ryan Vandrey, of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who studies marijuana. He explains the science of drug-testing, and the pitfalls. Then Maryland employment lawyer Julie Janofsky joins us to discuss the legal ins and outs of workplace drug-testing now that medical marijuana has been legalized.

Baltimore’s public markets are an enduring feature. The city had some of the earliest public markets in the United States. After visiting Lexington Market, Ralph Waldo Emerson dubbed it “the gastronomic capital of the world.” But in modern times the city’s markets have struggled with vacancies; and in some, the fare tends toward the fast and fried. Renovations are planned for several of the markets, but the city was dealt a setback last week when the developer charged with renovating Cross Street Market on South Charles Street backed out of the deal after years of negotiations. What does the future hold for Baltimore’s storied public markets? Robert Thomas, executive director of the Baltimore Public Markets Corporation, the non-profit organization that administers the markets, joins us. And Baltimore Business Journal reporter Melody Simmons, who has covered recent developments at both Cross Street and Lexington Markets, also joins us. 

In today's episode of "More Than Words," Xavier, a Frederick Douglass High School student shares his connection to an issue all too common in Baltimore City--gun violence.

Courtesy of the DANCE IQUAIL! Facebook page

A dance production being staged at Goucher College later this month draws inspiration from the songs of singer and activist Nina Simone. Choreographer Iquail Shaheed, assistant professor and the founder of DANCE IQUAIL!, tells us how “Black Swan,” uses dance and music to shed light on issues of race, identity and isolation in ballet. And Goucher sophomore Jamison Curcio tells us about what the production means to her as a African American dancer.

Slowly but surely, President Trump’s cabinet picks are coming to a vote, despite fierce opposition by Democrats in some cases. One of those cases is the nomination of Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Early this month Democrats on the Senate committee charged with vetting his nomination boycotted. Republicans suspended committee rules and moved the confirmation on to the full Senate. A vote is likely to come this week. What would Scott Pruitt’s nomination mean for Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay? We hear from Republican Congressman Andy Harris, who represents Maryland’s 1st congressional district, and Eric Schaeffer, executive director of the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project. He served as director of the EPA’s Office of Civil Enforcement from 1997 to 2002. 

William Wright talks about coming to America. You can listen to more stories, and learn about Stoop shows and The Stoop podcast here.

Each year Strong City Baltimore’s Adult Learning Center helps 600 students improve their English skills or prep for the GED. For residents who have immigrated to the city, English fluency can open career avenues and help them adjust to their new home. Regina Boyce, who oversees the Center, says peer support creates a sense of community among the students. We hear about the classes offered at the Adult Learning Center from Boyce and from Jiseon Yu, a South Korean immigrant who graduated from the program and now serves as a volunteer.

Strong City Baltimore and The Stoop Storytelling Series will present "Live and Learn: The Immigrant Experience," a fundraiser to benefit the Adult Learning Center. The event is February 17th at the University of Baltimore Student Center. Information here.

Courtney Wilson, director of the B&O Railroad Museum tells us about an exhibit about the jobs available to black Americans during the railway’s heyday. Stable jobs like porter and cook paid relatively well, but demanded long hours and often difficult conditions.

Jesse Owens is all most of us know about black athletes at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Berlin, but a new film tells the stories of all 18 African-Americans who competed for the U.S. and won one-fourth of its medals that year.

Deborah Riley Draper’s documentary is titled, “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice.” It will be shown a week from Sunday, on February 19, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Draper and the curator of the National Holocaust Museum. Information here.