Maryland Morning Podcast

Maryland Morning Podcast
12:00 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

What's Next After City Detention Center Closes; Baltimore's Bluegrass; 98 Rock DJ Turned Hypnotist

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The City's Detention Center is set to close, according to Governor Hogan who announced the decision yesterday. We’ll talk about what the closure means for criminal justice reform in the state and for those housed in the jail.

Then, we’ll talk about the rich history of the bluegrass genre here in Baltimore, a city that’s music was influenced by an influx of Appalachians during World Two, as chronicled in a new book by Tim Newby, who’s also brought along a few tunes.

Plus, longtime Baltimore DJ, Matt Davis, is leaving WBAL’s 98 Rock to become a full time hypnotist. We talk to him about his career in radio and moving-on to his peculiar new gig as a hypnotist.

Maryland Morning Podcast
12:00 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis On Community Policing; Freedom And The Second Ammendment

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Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis joins us to discuss the relentless surge in shootings. Mayor Rawlings-Blake told WYPR the city is making progress. We’ll ask the interim commissioner about the war room and other crime-fighting tools, and building trust with the community.

Then, after every mass shooting comes a national debate about guns. We hear from a philosopher who argues the gun lobby makes us less safe and less free.

And, the ‘Environment in Focus’ with Tom Pelton.

Maryland Morning Podcast
12:00 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Black Churches In 2015; Faith Inclusive Congregations; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Food Waste

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Churches historically have played a leadership role in the black community. We talk about how faith groups in Baltimore are engaging in the digital and decentralized ‘black lives matter’ movement.

Then, Tom Hall talks to Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg from Beth Am Congregation and the Reverend Andrew Foster Connors from Brown Memorial Church about what they’re doing to make their congregations more inclusive.

Plus, Tom and theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck discuss the Jazz Age musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie," at Cockpit in Court Theater of the Community College of Baltimore County.

And, we talk to two grad students who just won a prize for their proposal that Baltimore make healthy produce more accessible by setting up a market that would charge cheap prices for food otherwise headed for the landfill.

Maryland Morning Podcast
12:00 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Panel Calls For Housing For Displaced Homeless; Coping With Disability; Author E. L. Doctorow

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After the city cleared an encampment of homeless people living near MLK Boulevard last month, advocates for the homeless are calling for the city to leave encampments in place until Baltimore can commit to permanent housing for those displaced. We’ll speak to an attorney who fights for due process for Baltimore’s homeless.

Then, to mark the 25th anniversary of the ‘Americans with Disabilities Act,’ we talk to the head of a nonprofit who has designed an online video library for aging and disabled people to pool the skills they’ve learned in compensating for their own individual shortcoming.

Plus, one the 20th century’s most widely-read writers, E. L. Doctorow, died this week. We’ll listen again to his conversation with Tom Hall in 2006, when Doctorow was honored by the Pratt Library.

Maryland Morning Podcast
12:00 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Research On Dementia; Shriver Hall Anniversary; Rebranding Fashion Magazines

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Maryland scientists are joining others from around the world looking for a cure for Alzheimer's Disease, and just as pressing, for better ways to treat dementia and help caregivers cope. Dr. Paul Rosenberg, associate director of the Johns Hopkins ‘Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center,’ joins Sheilah from the conference in Washington.

Then, Tom Hall introduces us to the new executive director of the Shriver Hall Concert Series. Catherine Cochran takes the helm at Shriver Hall as it enters its 50th anniversary season of classical concerts.

Plus, we talk to our regular fashion contributor, Zoey Washington, about fashion magazines making the transition to ‘lifestyle’ publications and running their own online shopping sites.