Maryland Morning Podcast

Maryland Morning Podcast
3:31 pm
Sat August 29, 2015

Goucher Prison Partnership; Eating Ethically; Novelist Laura Lippman


Late last month, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch came to the MD Correctional Institute in Jessup to announce that the Obama Administration plans to introduce a pilot program that would allow a limited number of incarcerated people to receive Pell Grants for the college courses they take in prison. Congress banned the use of government grants for prisoners in 1994. The Obama Administration hopes that the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program will be a way of working around that ban to make grants available to some inmates. 

Then, Dr. Ruth Faden is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Co-Principal Investigator of the Global Food Ethics Project.  This is an international team of researchers, ethicists, nutritionists and people who study a wide variety of areas related to food policy, and in particular, the ethical challenges of feeding an ever-growing human population.    In 25 years, there may be more than 9.5 billion people inhabiting this planet, and keeping everyone fed with safe, nutritious food will give rise to many thorny ethical issues, as we attempt to produce enough good food to satisfy that incredible need.  Dr. Faden’s team has just issued a report called the 7 by 5 Agenda for Ethics and Global Food Securitywhich suggests seven projects that can be undertaken in the next five years to address the complex issues around global food security.

Also, As a novelist, Laura Lippman keeps a pace like the tempo she set meeting deadlines as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun:  Lippman has published 21 novels in 18 years. But there was a curious gap in her signature series, the mysteries built around reporter-turned-private investigator Tess Monaghan. Until last spring, we hadn’t gotten a peek at Tess since 2011, when she was solving a mystery while on bed rest for a difficult pregnancy.Roughly the same time Tess became a mother, Lippman did, too.  Sheilah sat down with Lippman last February when she published her 12th Tess Monaghan mystery, called “Hush, Hush”.  

Maryland Morning Podcast
12:01 pm
Wed August 26, 2015

Remembering Julian Bond; A Life That Matters With Wes Moore; Rebellion As Education

Civil rights activist, Julian Bond, died ten days ago at the age of 75.
Credit Reston Community Center via flickr Creative Commons

The charismatic equal-rights champion, Julian Bond, died ten days ago. He was 75. He served two decades in the Georgia legislature, and taught history for two decades at the University of Virginia – but he was connected to Maryland, also, through the dozen years he served as chair of theNAACP, headquartered here in Baltimore. All that came after the demonstrations and sit-ins of the 1960's, when Bond became a national figure as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. One admirer wrote last week, “SNCC was the #BlackLivesMatter movement before there were hashtags.” 

Also, In 2010, author Wes Moore published a best-selling book, "The Other Wes Moore," which told the story of his childhood and early adulthood, as well as that of another young man, who grew up in Baltimore, in the same neighborhood and, coincidentally, with the same name. Their outcomes, however, couldn’t be more different. One Wes Moore was convicted of murder, and imprisoned for life, while the Wes Moore I spoke with graduated from Johns Hopkins University, went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, became a decorated war veteran, an investment banker, a White House Fellow, an entrepreneur, and television host.

Plus, Jay Gillen was a founding teacher-director of theStadium School in Baltimore City, who is still teaching math in the City Schools, and working closely with the Baltimore Algebra Project.  In a book published last fall, he indicts an educational system that he says is stacked against poor and disadvantaged students. He suggests that we change that by encouraging students to organize and rebel.  The book is called “Educating for Insurgency: The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty.” 

Maryland Morning Podcast
12:37 pm
Mon August 24, 2015

City School Transit; The Sensational Sense of Touch; The Swan at Loch Raven

Children riding the MTA light rail.
Credit creative commons


For the first day of school this year we’re revisiting a story on how Baltimore City public school students get to school. The yellow bus has long been an icon of public school systems, but in many big cities, tens of thousands of students make their way to and from school without the yellow bus. They navigate public transit. More school systems are switching from the yellow bus to public transit services, but getting those kids to school on time can be difficult, especially because middle and high school students can apply to attend any school in the city regardless of how close it is to where they live.

Also, David Linden is a neuroscientist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the former editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology. His first book, The Accidental Mind, explored how our brains evolved over time to make us capable of things like romantic love and belief in God. In a book called The Compass of Pleasure, he argues that we are hard-wired to seek pleasure in a variety of forms. In both of those books, he writes about the inextricable link between our minds and our hearts. Then, We head to Loch Raven Reservoir, just north of Baltimore City, to revisit Nathan’s conversation with photographer David Simpson. We’ll hear about Simpson’s book The Swan at Loch Raven, and the story of how David encountered the majestic bird at the center of the book. 

Maryland Morning Podcast
11:00 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates' The Beautiful Struggle; Christie's These Days; Hoffberger's Measure of A Life

Ta-Nehisi Coates is national correspondent for The Atlantic. He is also the author of New York Times Bestseller Between The World And Me.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is getting lots of attention for his new memoir, written as a letter to his son.  We take another listen to our talk  with Coates and his father, Paul, when Ta-Nehisi had just written his first memoir about raising children, and growing up on Baltimore’s mean streets: "coming up I didn't feel that I was particularly disadvantage or that anything was wrong; I still don't."

Then –Margo Christie was 16 when she began working as a stripper on Baltimore’s Block. Her time there inspired her novel, These Days. She talked about it with Tom Hall.

Our third recollection comes from Baltimore businessman and philanthropist LeRoy Hoffberger.  He called his memoir, Measure of a Life.  

Maryland Morning Podcast
11:00 am
Mon August 17, 2015

Millions Invested In Sandtown; Out Of The Blocks; City Schools And The Unrest

Millions invested in the Sandtown neighborhood did not reverse the toll of illegal drugs and vanishing jobs. A week after Freddie Gray’s funeral, we asked a journalist and a pastor who was born in Sandtown and lives there still, what investments have worked, what have not, and where they see hope now. 

Then – From “Out of the Blocks” --the documentary series from The Signal’s Aaron Henkin and electronic musician Wendel Patrick-- We’ll hear part of their visit to Penn North, recorded two days after the riot. 

And That same day schools reopened, and we visited a high school in northeast Baltimore to learn how they were processing the unrest.

Plus: Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck talks with Tom Hall about the world premiere musical “Dear Evan Hansen” -- causing a stir at Washington’s Arena Stage.