Maryland Morning

Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Why Unaccompanied Children From Central America Are Crossing The U.S. Border

The U.S./Mexico border at Nogales, AZ.
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Sheilah talks with Molly McGrath-Tierney, former director of Baltimore City’s Department of Social Services, Bill McCarthy, director of Catholic Charities of the Baltimore Archdiocese, and Salvadoran reporter Hector Silva Avalos.
An estimated 57,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed the border into the United States since last fall. Maryland is more than 1,700 miles from the Mexican border, but the state has a strong connection with one of the Central American countries: more foreign-born Marylanders have come from El Salvador than any other country. Many of them are concentrated in Langley Park, at the northwest edge of Prince Georges County between College Park and Silver Spring.The "Unaccompanied Alien Children Program," part of the U.S. Department of Human Service, reports that during the first six months of this year, about 2,200 unaccompanied alien children came to Maryland.  Sponsors in the state took responsibility for them.
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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Writer Susan Sullam on Her Father's Secret Search for Nazi Plunder

Lt. Cmdr Joel Fisher
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Sheilah talks with Susan Sullam, former press secretary for U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin.

  “Monuments Men,” the film, was based on a true story. As it became clear the allies would win World War II , President Franklin D. Roosevelt commissioned a platoon to rescue stolen art and other personal and cultural treasures plundered by the Nazis. In that platoon seven men, “Monuments Men” as they were known, embarked on what’s been called “the greatest treasure hunt in history.” 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed July 23, 2014

The History of Charles Street

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Tom talks with Baltimore historian and author John McGrain about the history of Charles Street.

This morning Tom Hall is paying a visit to the historian and author John McGrain at his home in Towson. Mr. McGrain is the former secretary of the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission, and from 1998 until he retired in 2007, he served as the official historian of Baltimore County. He’s written several books, the latest of which is a history of one of this area’s most familiar and widely traversed streets, Charles Street. From its start near the city’s Inner Harbor to its northern most tip in Lutherville, Charles Street has a rich architectural history and a long list of famous residents, which are chronicled in John McGrain’s book, Charles Street: Baltimore’s Artery of Elegance.

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Maryland Morning
9:40 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Baltimore Diversion Program Aims To Keep Prostitutes Off The Street

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Sheilah talks with the University of Maryland School of Social Work's Corey Shdaimah and social worker Sue Diehl.

In 2006, a group of residents in Baltimore’s Curtis Bay neighborhood had a problem: prostitutes stood on street corners waiting for Johns; they’d be picked up for prostitution by the police, only to return to the same streets. A task force was formed. What grew out of it was a program rooted in an approach called “problem-solving justice”. Instead of moving those facing prostitution charges through the criminal justice system, it gives  them access to services that might keep them out of it and off the streets. It's called the Specialized Pre-Trial Diversion program. It began in 2009, within the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, and can now serve about 80 people at any given time.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon July 21, 2014

What To See At The Contemporary American Theater Festival

Kaliswa Brewster plays an Iraq War veteran in "One Night," by Charles Fuller.
Credit Seth Freeman

Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews five plays from the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck has returned from the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with five reviews in hand. She brings us this review. 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Author Tiphanie Yanique on "Land of Love and Drowning"

Tiphanie Yanique
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Tom talks with author Tiphanie Yanique about her debut novel "Land of Love and Drowning."

Tom Hall talks with Tiphanie Yanique, author of the new novel "Land of Love and Drowning." Set in the Virgin Islands and spanning six decades, it follows a family struggling with the search for personal and national identity. Yanique will read from her debut novel at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore on Tuesday. More information here.

Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

A Year In The Life Of Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera

Gov. Martin O'Malley swearing in Mary Ellen Barbera as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals in July 2013.
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Sheilah talks with Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera about her first year in that role.

Mary Ellen Barbera was a public school teacher in Baltimore when she began taking night law school classes at the University of Maryland. About 30 years ago, she graduated from law school, passed the Maryland bar, and began down a path that would lead her to Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. A year ago this month, she became that court’s first female Chief Judge. She joins Sheilah to talk about her first year in that role.

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Maryland Morning
8:52 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Measuring Floods in Annapolis

Annapolis
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To discuss coastal flooding in Annapolis, Sheilah speaks with Dave Mandell, Public Information Officer for the City of Annapolis Office of Emergency Management.

Reuters news agency published its analysis last week of coastal flooding along the Eastern Seaboard.   They tracked the average number of days several East Coast cities were above flood thresholds. 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri July 18, 2014

The Pratt Library's Carla Hayden On What To Read This Summer

Dr. Carla Hayden
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Tom talks about some of the best summer books with Dr. Carla Hayden.

Searching for your next great summer read? For some suggestions about what we might want to read, we turn to someone who always has some great ideas. Enoch Pratt Free Library CEO Carla Hayden has a few suggestions. She talks with Tom Hall.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

How Healthy Is Baltimore's Metro Housing Market?

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Sheilah speaks with Andrew Strauch about the current housing market in Maryland.

Around the state, “For Sale” banners are going up, signs are being staked into front yards and open houses are taking place every weekend.  All that’s typical for this time of year, but what’s the current situation for buyers and sellers?

To catch us up on how the greater Baltimore housing market is doing is Andrew Strauch, Vice President of the Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which compiles data on residential real estate. Sheilah talks with him about it.

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