Maryland Morning Podcast

Maryland Morning Podcast
11:00 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Protesting Youth Jails; State Center Redevelopment; Lizzie Skurnick's Modern Words

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Protesters stopped traffic yesterday in Baltimore over a planned 30 million dollar youth jail to be built in the city. We ask Pastor Jamal Bryant, who organized the protest, why the youth jail shouldn't happen.

Then – Just north of Baltimore's downtown, a light-rail stop, a metro station and a set of 1950s-era government buildings inhabit a 28-acre site called State Center. It’s been slated for redevelopment for years - we talk through why those efforts have stalled and what's happening now.

Plus: 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.

Maryland Morning Podcast
11:42 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Homicide Statistics; Novelist Anne Tyler; "Marley"; Veteran Brain Injuries

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Since Freddie Gray’s death, coverage of the spike in crime in Baltimore has centered on fatal shootings. Today we look into the power of homicide statistics: what that number captures and fails to tell us about neighborhoods and the people who live in them.

Then, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist and Baltimorean, Anne Tyler, on her latest book, "A Spool of Blue Thread".

Plus, the man, the music, the reggae legend: theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck tells us about the world premiere musical on Bob Marley, called Marley, playing at Center Stage.

And, scientists at Johns Hopkins have identified a unique pattern in the brains of soldiers injured by IEDs, or improvised explosive devices. We talk with the lead researcher about how the study can help us understand the challenges facing veterans returned from combat.

Maryland Morning Podcast
10:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Fewer Baltimore Children In Foster Care; John Waters On The Road; Redeveloping Baltimore Factories

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Baltimore has less than a third as many kids in foster care as were there seven years ago – which means more kids with their families. We ask city social services director Molly McGrath Tierney what’s behind the change and what happens next.

Then, several years ago, iconic filmmaker John Waters stepped out of his home in Baltimore armed with a travel bag and a cardboard sign. He spent the next week hitchhiking cross-country to his apartment in San Francisco. He talks with Tom Hall about the adventure he found on the road.

Plus, the glory days of manufacturing in Baltimore are long over. So, what can be done with the factory buildings left behind? We ask urban planner Andy Cook how light manufacturing could be the answer.

Maryland Morning Podcast
9:00 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Crime Spike In Baltimore; Gay Bar Closing; Sex Therapist Lois Feinblatt

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Baltimore is seeing a 40% increase in homicides and a 60% increase in shootings this year compared to the same time last year. What's causing the spike, and how can it be eliminated? We ask Tessa Hill-Aston of the NAACP and City Councilman Brandon Scott.

Then, some of Baltimore's most iconic gay bars have closed, or will soon. We talk about the role of gay bars in gay life with the owner of the Mt. Vernon neighborhood’s Grand Central and with the program coordinator of The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central MD.

Plus, how has sex therapy changed in the last five decades? Tom Hall talks with sex therapist Lois Feinblatt, at 94, still seeing patients at Johns Hopkins.

Maryland Morning Podcast
11:00 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Public Safety; Healing Baltimore Long-Term; Theater Review; Bee Decline

After violence rocked Baltimore three weeks ago, Republican State Sen. J.B. Jennings was patrolling as a National Guardsman while Democratic Sen. Cathy Pugh was embracing her constituents in Sandtown Winchester. They’re both part of a legislative task force about public safety – on what  do they agree?

Then – Tom Hall talks with two church leaders about where and how the city should concentrate its efforts to do the long-term work of healing Baltimore's soul and building its social capital.

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Maryland Morning Podcast
11:00 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Libraries and Workforce Development; Marley The Musical; Biography On Painter Grace Hartigan

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The recent protests, and the riots, brought to light the crushing impact of high unemployment in Baltimore’s poorest communities. We recently visited the Enoch Pratt’s Central Library where we spoke with job seekers and staff and sat in on a clinic to look at the role libraries are playing in helping people find jobs and how libraries are transforming to meet the community’s needs.

Then – A new musical focusing on a year Bob Marley spent in London opens at Center Stage tonight. We sit down with its writer and director, Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Plus: Famed abstract expressionist painter Grace Hartigan taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art for decades. A new biography explores her life and art. Tom Hall talks with the author, Cathy Curtis.

Maryland Morning Podcast
9:00 am
Mon May 11, 2015

McElderry Park Post-Unrest; UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski; "Side By Side By Sondheim"; Mosaic

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For two weeks, the media have focused on the Penn North and Sandtown parts of West Baltimore. This morning, we'll get the view from McElderry Park, a neighborhood on the East Side that shares many of the same challenges as the epicenter of the riots.

Then, when UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski was a boy, he heard Martin Luther King Junior speak at his church in Alabama. It transformed Hrabowski’s life. We talk to him about his account, in his new book Holding Fast to Dreams.

Plus, Tom Hall talks about "Side by Side by Sondheim" with a die-hard fan of the great musical theater composer – our theater critic, J. Wynn Rousuck.

And, a renovated health center on North Charles Street in Baltimore aims to address a wide range of its clients’ problems, from mental and physical illness, to addiction to homelessness. We talk to its executive director.

Maryland Morning Podcast
12:31 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Overcriminalized Youth; Sports; Fitness Tracking

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  The protests and riot of the last week have focused our attention on the fractured relationship between police and some neighborhoods. The Public Defender's Office in Baltimore says that fracture extends to young people in those neighborhoods.

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Maryland Morning Podcast
10:00 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Investment In Sandtown; 2015 Maryland Film Festival; Police Training

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  Millions of dollars invested in Baltimore’s Sandtown neighborhood have not reversed the toll of drug epidemics and the disappearance of jobs. We ask Washington Post economics reporter Michael Fletcher and Sandtown native, Pastor Clyde Harris, what investments have worked, what has not, and where they see hope now.

Then, the Maryland Film Festival kicks off in Baltimore tonight, as usual, with a series of short films. What should you see this week? Tom Hall asks the Festival’s Jed Dietz and Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday.

Plus, Baltimore police will get new training soon on when they can and when they can’t legally stop someone on the street. We talk with the creator of the training, criminal lawyer and University of Baltimore Professor Byron Warnken.

Maryland Morning Podcast
9:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Race And Protests; "The Hero's Fight"; "Romeo And Juliet"; Public Health After The Unrest

A protest on North Avenue on Tuesday
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Protestors broke curfew in Hampden and Penn-North Saturday, and the resulting images have people talking about race and policing--and race and protesting. We'll talk to a Morgan State professor who was there about the nexus of black-led movements and white activism.

Then, as a Johns Hopkins researcher in the 1990s, Patricia Fernandez-Kelly embedded herself in West Baltimore and concluded that surveillance, containment, and punishment perpetuate urban poverty. We ask her what’s changed.

Plus, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews the Chesapeake Shakespeare’s Company of the classic, Romeo and Juliet.

And, thirteen pharmacies remain closed in Baltimore, most of them on the West side. What’s the city doing to make sure residents can access their prescriptions? We talk with Dr. Leana Wen, the city’s Health Commissioner.