Maryland Morning Podcast

Maryland Morning Podcast
11:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Baltimore's New Health Commissioner, Author Wes Moore, "The Whale" At Rep Stage, Homeless Count

Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore's New Health Commissioner

Dr. Leana Wen, an ER doctor and self-described patient advocate, has just joined Baltimore City government as Health Commissioner. We talk with her about how she plans to improve the city’s public health.

Baltimore author and social entrepreneur Wes Moore gained noticed for his first book, “The Other Wes Moore”. We talk with him about his new book, “The Work: My Search For A Life That Matters”.

Plus, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "The Whale", now up at Rep Stage in Columbia.

Last night, volunteers canvassed cities and counties around the nation as part of a national effort to gather more data on homeless populations. We ask Adrienne Breidenstine of The Journey Home, Baltimore’s effort to end homelessness, about what we can learn from the count.

Maryland Morning Podcast
11:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Police Discipline; Mixed Signals, Crankies and Folk Music

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  The General Assembly is likely to debate how police officers are disciplined – a debate that may echo parts of the national conversation that triggered by protests in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, New York of police officers allegedly using excessive force against suspects. Baltimore Sun reporter Mark Puente joins host Sheliah Kast in studio to discuss further. 

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Maryland Morning Podcast
10:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby; Traumatic Brain Injuries; The Musical "Annie"

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby
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New Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby comes into office as the nation is focused on prosecutions in cases of police-related deaths. We ask how she will approach the issue, what agenda she’s setting for the State’s Attorney’s office, and about recent firings of prosecutors mid-trial.

Then, how do blows to the head affect the brain? We talk with a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine about the impact of long-term brain inflammation, which is more widespread than you may think.

Plus, “Annie” is up at the Hippodrome Theatre through February 1st. Tom Hall talks with the man who wrote the lyrics of its legendary songs, including “Tomorrow,” written early in the process.

Maryland Morning Podcast
10:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

MLK Blvd, Liz McAlister And Nonviolent Resistance, "Other Desert Cities" Review, Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King
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Today we remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We take a look at the six-lane boulevard named after him that loops around downtown Baltimore. Does it reflect the values Dr. King represented? We discuss it with two transportation experts.

Then, we talk with long-time activist and co-founder of the Jonah House community, Elizabeth McAlister, about her decades of activism using nonviolence and peaceful resistance.

Plus, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "Other Desert Cities" now up at the Fells Point Corner Theatre.

And, a year after Dr. King’s death, his widow, Coretta Scott King, visited Baltimore to support the 1199 SEIU health workers union, which was organizing for higher wages at Johns Hopkins Hospital. We hear from two union members who recall that day.

Maryland Morning Podcast
12:06 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Charm City Circulator, Civics and the American Dream, JHU Brain Research Impacting Veterans

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  Since it started five years ago The Charm City Circulator has accumulated a deficit of more than $11 million dollars, and without changes will continue to run millions in the red. We talk about the future of free bus rides with William Johnson, head of the city's Department of Transportation.

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Maryland Morning Podcast
3:33 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Phosphorus Regs; Mark Hyman Sports Update; New Book: How Republicans Captured Congress

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Governor-elect Larry Hogan told Eastern Shore farmers last month that his “first fight” in office would be against new state rules aiming to curb phosphorus run-off into the Bay from chicken manure. We discuss how significant the rules are with environmental advocate Bob Gallagher, Washington Post reporter Jenna Johnson, and chicken farmer Lee Richardson.

Then, sportswriter Mark Hyman breaks down the Ravens season, college football playoffs and the success of the University of Maryland basketball team.

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Maryland Morning Podcast
8:45 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Medical Marijuana; Engaging Baltimore Neighborhoods; Two Theater Reviews; Olympia Snowe

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  An expanded medical marijuana program is coming to Maryland. But, will it in fact make marijuana accessible to those who need it? We talk with Del. Dan Morhaim, co-sponsor of the bill that paved the way for medical marijuana. 

Then: how do you engage a neighborhood to advocate for its best interests? We ask Mel Freeman, who's leaving after five years as Executive Director of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association.

Plus, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews two, count ‘em, two plays: Single Carrot Theatre’s "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" and "Fortune's Child" at the Theater Project.

And, we talk with Olympia Snowe, former Republican Senator from Maine, about dysfunction on Capitol Hill.

Maryland Morning Podcast
12:34 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Maryland Budget Breakdown, Movie Reviews, Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher On Charlie Hebdo

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Governor-elect Larry Hogan ran on the campaign promise of balancing the state budget and cutting taxes. The budget will be the big issue of the General Assembly that convenes next week -- We talk with Professor Roy Meyers and reporter Bryan Sears about how a Republican governor might deal with a Democratic legislature to balance the budget. Then, how closely should an historical film hew to the historical record? We explore fact and fiction in the new film Selma, about Martin Luther King Jr. and the push for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Then, the twelve people gunned down in the terror attack in Paris at the satirical French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo  included some celebrated cartoonists. Tom Hall talks with political cartoonist KAL -- Kevin Kallaugher  about the value of satire.

Maryland Morning Podcast
11:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh; Mendes Cohen at the Jewish Museum of MD; Teen Fashion Trends

Brian Frosh was sworn-in as the 46th Attorney General of Maryland yesterday. We talk with the 28-year veteran of the General Assembly about his priorities as Maryland’s top lawyer. Then, you’ve probably never heard of Mendes Cohen . But, he was present at some historic moments in Baltimore history – from the Battle of Baltimore to the creation of the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon. Tom Hall visits an exhibit about the man now up at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Plus, Zoey Washington, fashion editor and consultant, talks with us about how teens are changing the way they shop … and the significance for companies that want their business.

Maryland Morning Podcast
11:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Nursing Ethics, New Year's Resolution Resolve, "Diner" At Signature Theatre, Workplace Etiquette

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Nurses learn a code of ethics in school. How is that code put to the test in the real world? We ask Dr. Cynda Hylton Rushton, a professor of Clinical Ethics at Johns Hopkins University, and Laurie Badzek, a nurse attorney and director of the American Nurses Association ‘Center for Ethics and Human Rights.’

Then, we’re five days into the new year. You may have decided to make a change in your diet - our nutrition diva Monica Reinagel is here to advise you how to keep your resolve.

Plus, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck brings us her review of the musical “Diner”, based on the Barry Levinson film. It’s now up at the Signature Theatre in Arlington.

And, why “reply all” can be dangerous - and other office etiquette - with Baltimore author Richie Frieman.