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Your Maryland

Thursdays 5:44 pm

Since 2002, "Your Maryland" hosted by Ric Cottom, has presented little-known human interest stories from Maryland's past.  Beginning with accused witches and the murderous career of John Dandy in the earliest days of the colony, through Morgan State's fabled "Ten Bears" in the 1970s, the show covers nearly four centuries of heroes, scoundrels, floods, fires, riots, plots, athletes (two-and four-legged), beautiful spies, brilliant writers, misunderstood pirates, and ghosts. All of that color, suspense, and humor is part of your Maryland.

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In the late 19th century, horse racing enthusiasts worked to bring world class horses and high stakes races to Baltimore. 

In 1816, a series of volcanic eruptions resulted in bizarre weather all over the world, with freezing temperatures, snow, and sleet, and catastrophic consequences. 

In May, 1861, in the wake of the Pratt Street Riots, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney issued a writ of habeas corpus for John Merryman, who had been imprisoned at Fort McHenry for his actions preventing the movement of Federal troops into Maryland. The decision became known as "Ex Parte Merryman," and was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1866. 

"Clara's Boys"

Apr 26, 2017

After the Pratt Street Riot in Baltimore, Clara Barton attended to the Massachusetts volunteers after their train arrived in Washington, DC, and went on to found the American Red Cross. 

"Monty R"

Apr 19, 2017

On April 13, 1940, Monty R, a "family pet" born and raised in Maryland horse country, defeated the favored thoroughbred Blockade at My Lady's Manor in a shocking upset. 

During the War of 1812, American sailors and soldiers were held in England's Dartmoor Prison, where they endured harsh conditions, meager rations, and cruel treatment. 

"Avalon"

Mar 29, 2017

The story of the founding of the Maryland colony in 1632 by Cecil Calvert, which followed a failed attempt by his father, George Calvert, to start another colony in 1620 called Avalon. 

On February 19, 1951, Joseph "Tunnel Joe" Holmes escaped from the Maryland State Penitentiary via a 70 foot long tunnel under the jail. 

"Mary Clocker"

Mar 9, 2017

In 1638, fourteen year old Mary Lawn sailed to America in search of a better life, beating the odds time and again in the rough and tumble world of colonial Maryland.  

"The Iron Duke"

Feb 15, 2017

In 1816, Marianne Patterson, while married to Robert Patterson of Baltimore, captures the heart of the Duke of Wellington. 

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