Maryland Morning

Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Jobs Are Growing In Maryland But What Kind?

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The national news on the economy isn’t good this morning – the economy shrank during the first three months of the year – but the local news is more promising:  The government reported this week that Maryland employers created more jobs than any month since April 2010  -- 16,400 jobs. Still, in the previous month the state lost almost half that many jobs – 7,200 – perhaps reflecting the same forces that shrank the national economy early in the year.

Over the past 12 months, Maryland’s trend is up – almost 40,000 jobs created, or 1 ½ percent. 

So, what kind of track is the state’s economy on and what types of jobs are being created? Where are they, and can they support families?  We’ve asked two economists to talk to us about it. 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri May 29, 2015

How To Get Grocery Stores In Baltimore's Food Deserts

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More than 200 businesses were destroyed by violence, with as many as 150 more severely damaged. When the fires were put out, people in many of Baltimore’s poorest neighborhoods faced difficult challenges finding food and medications. The Maryland Food Bank delivered more than 90,000 pounds of food to area food pantries in the wake of the violence, and community leaders have talked about food justice as a central tenet of rebuilding and revitalizing neighborhoods on both the East and West sides of the city. But the problem of healthy food being accessible is not new to the neighborhoods that were most affected by rioting. 

Michele Speaks, the Major Gifts Officer at the Maryland Food Bank, is in the studio. She opened Apples and Oranges at the corner of North Avenue and Broadway in East Baltimore, an area that is one of the city’s many food deserts. It closed earlier this year. Holly Freishtat is here as well. She is the Director of Food Policy for the city of Baltimore.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Two New Murder Mysteries With Maryland Roots

Two new mystery novels may be exactly what you'd like to have with you at the beach this summer. Tracy Kiely already has a following from her four “Elizabeth Parker” mysteries that pay homage to the wit and humor of Jane Austen. Now, Kiely is channeling another writer, Maryland-born master of mystery Dashiell Hammett. Just a few pages into Kiely’s new novel, "Murder with a Twist", and you feel you’ve burrowed into one of the Thin Man movies from the 1930s.

Novelist Allison Leotta worked in Washington for 12 years as a federal sex-crimes prosecutor before turning to fiction. We’ve talked to her before about some of her suspense novels, based on real-word events. Now she’s published another: "A Good Killing".

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Protesters Stop Traffic In Opposition To Youth Jail

Baltimore Detention Center
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In early 2013, the state of Maryland scrapped plans to build a controversial youth jail in Baltimore to house juveniles charged as adults. The $70 million dollar plan would’ve built a 120-bed facility. But, those opposed to the plan said the state should invest in youth activities, not youth jails. A compromise was reached: the state would renovate an existing facility for $30 million, creating 60 beds.

Earlier this month, the state’s Board of Public Works approved funding for the youth jail. Yesterday, protesters on I-395 clogged traffic in protest of it. Pastor Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple led the protests. He joins Sheilah by phone to talk about it.

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed May 27, 2015

An Update On The Faded State Center Complex

State Center during the urban renewal period in which it was constructed.
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Just north of Baltimore’s downtown, there’s a light-rail stop, a metro station and a set of 1950s-era government buildings. The 28-acre site that comprises all that is called State Center. It’s a part of West Baltimore that abuts Bolton Hill and the McCulloh Homes community. But to the south and east it’s cut off from Mt Vernon, and University of Maryland Medical Center and communities South by Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard and Howard Street.

For years developers and community leaders have seen in State Center the potential to support shops and updated office space.  But the re-development has been stalled for various reasons – we’d like to understand why, and what’s happening now. So we invited John Kyle.  He has lived in nearby Bolton Hill for about three decades, and is President of the State Center Neighborhood Alliance, a coalition of a dozen surrounding neighborhoods.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Woogle, Slumbrage, Crambitious: Words That Should Exist, But Don't

Sometimes the perfect word hasn’t yet been invented, so you have to do it yourself. Writer Lizzie Skurnick has written a new book of words she’s coined, including woogle, slumbrage, and crambitious. Tom Hall finds out what they mean.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Getting Past Homicide Numbers

Street memorial for Washington, D.C. homicide victim Tyler Fogle.
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The surge in crime this spring in Baltimore draws attention to all shootings, and especially fatal shootings.  The city’s homicide statistic is 40 percent higher than this time last year.  The Western District has seen more homicides so far this year than it did for all of 2014.

Murder stats are central to public discussions about safety, policing, violence and even economic development. So we’re revisiting we had three months ago dissecting how homicide numbers, zealously reported by the media, shape how we think about our neighborhoods, communities and the people who live in them.

In February we spoke with David Kennedy, director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He started the program Ceasefire, which aims to reduce violence in inner cities. Jeanetta Churchill joined us in the studio – she’s a research associate at the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Anne Tyler On Her Novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread"

Pulitzer prize-winning writer Anne Tyler has lived in Baltimore for decades. She published her 20th novel this year, A Spool of Blue Thread. It chronicles several generations of a family; their quotidian experience, as well as each character’s unique relationship to each other, and even to a house in Roland Park. Tom Hall visited Anne Tyler in February at her home to talk about her latest book.

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Programs
8:50 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Theater Review: Marley

Image from the Center Stage production of Marley.
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Maryland Morning's Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck sits down with Tom Hall to talk about Marley: A World Premier Musical which opened at Center Stage on May 8th and runs until June 14th, 2015 . The play explores Bob Marley during a pivotal period in his life, when he finds himself the target of an attempted assassination. J. Wynn Rousuck and Tom Hall talk about the music, plot and the performances. Written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, Marley is a collaboration between Center Stage and The Public Theater in New York City.  

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Research At Hopkins Gives Insight Into "Shell Shock"

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In the early 20th century, tens of thousands of British soldiers returned home from World War I battles with a mysterious condition that left them racked with anxiety and in psychological distress. It was thought to be caused by the blast of artillery shells, so people called it “shell shock”. A 100 years later, scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have found what they believe to be the physical evidence of “shell shock” in the brains of veterans.

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