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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

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The size of student loan debt in the United States is staggering. About 44 million borrowers in the United States hold $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loans. A new report finds that about two-thirds of all student loan debt belongs to women, that women borrow more than men, and that it takes them longer to pay off their debt. Anne Hedgepeth, Senior Government Relations Manager at the American Association of University Women, joins us to discuss this report, “Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans".

Monday is Memorial Day, when the nation remembers those who sacrificed their lives for the security of our country. In that spirit, we speak with Dario DiBattista, a writer, educator, and veteran-Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. DiBattista describes his military experience and teaching writing to combat veterans as a form of post-trauma therapy. He says the stories of veterans are transformative not only for them … but for other Americans to understand what democracy costs. You can purchase Retire the Colors, an anthology of those stories, here.

Veteran Catharine Dietch tells her Stoop Story about enlisting in World War II and the travels that ensued. You can find her story and others at stoopstorytelling.com. If you'd like to pledge to #GoSilent, a digital campaign to remember and honor fallen troops with a moment of silence on Monday, Memorial Day, at 3pm local, you can find more information here.

Courtesy A Workshop of Our Own website

The phrase ‘women’s work’ rarely conjures images of a woman wielding a mallet and chisel, navigating a jigsaw or gliding a power sander as she puts the finishing touches on a dining table or dresser. But two woodworking professionals are planning to make that image more commonplace. We meet Sarah Marriage, founder of Baltimore's new “A Workshop of Our Own," a cooperative space for women and gender non-conforming furniture makers. We also hear from Nancy Hiller, a nationally known cabinet and furniture maker who has been subverting male dominance of the woodworking field for more than three decades. She recently published a  humorous memoir, “Making Things Work.”   She speaks at A Workshop of Our Own on Friday, May 26 and you can learn more about that event here.

ALICE in Maryland

May 24, 2017
Courtesy United Way website

About one out of three households in Maryland has income above the federal poverty level, but not enough to cover basic necessities like housing, food, child care, health care and transportation. That’s the conclusion of The ALICE Project -- United Way’s statewide analysis which reveals a staggering situation in almost every county. We ask Franklyn Baker, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland, to help us understand ALICE -- asset-limited, income-constrained, employed. On June 8 United Way of Central Maryland is sponsoring a policy forum to address the challenges of ALICE. You can register for that event here.

Courtesy B'More Clubhouse website

For Tanya Phillips, mental illness made it hard for her to work or to be around others. Then she connected with B’More Clubhouse, a community that focused on her strengths, not her diagnosis. We speak with Tanya, and B’More Clubhouse executive director Jason Woody, about the work the non-profit does to support individuals with mental illness by  allowing them to check their diagnosis at the door, and instead concentrate on building community and developing skills. 

We talk with award-winning journalist Mary Otto about her new book “Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America.” It chronicles the rise of cosmetic dentistry and the marketing of the coveted ‘Hollywood Smile,’ contrasted with decades of deficient access to oral healthcare for many Americans--a gap that still pervades and challenges the system. Otto’s book was spurred by the tragedy of Deamonte Driver in Prince George’s County, who died at age 12 from infection from an abscessed tooth. Otto will be speaking about her book and signing copies for sale at the Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry, an event co-sponsored with the Public Justice Center and Health Care for the Homeless. You can find out more about the event here, and you can purchase the book here.

Loring Cornish shares a Stoop Story about divine messages he received upon his arrival in Baltimore, that led his art to take on a life of its own. The next live Stoop show is Monday, May 22, with the theme “THE SHOW MUST GO ON!” -- it’s a collaboration with Everyman Theatre. Get tickets here andvisit the Stoop Storytelling site for more stories!

Design Matters

May 19, 2017
Courtesy BMI website

Artist Chris Bathgate wants people to look at everyday objects with a sense of wonder. He believes we often take for granted the iterations of design and the thought process required in the manufacturing of a simple power tool, electronics device, or even a pocket knife. Bathgate, well-known for his precise, elegant industrial-feel sculptures spoke with us about his exhibit at Baltimore Museum of Industry, which is up through March, 2018. He leads a tour of his work May 21. You can find more information about the tour here and about Bathgate's exhibit here

In the spirit of Bike to Work Day, we get a bikeable Baltimore status update from to Liz Cornish, executive director of Bikemore, which advocates for roads that are safer and more accessible for cyclists as well as pedestrians. In the second half of the show, founder and program director Chavi Rhodes and longtime mechanics mentor Lee, from BYKE - Baltimore Youth Kinetic Energy collective, talk about how its teen participants learn personal and professional development through bicycle mechanics and mentoring. For more information about BYKE visit the site here and to learn more about Bike to Work Day and other biking events, check those out at Bikemore.

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