Maryland Morning Podcast

Maryland Morning
1:38 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Outgoing BCSA, Gregg Bernstein; Black Man Reaches Out to the Klan; Simple Poems About Complex Issues

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Gregg Bernstein will leave the job of Baltimore City State's Attorney in two weeks.  This morning he’s in our studio. We’ll talk with him about his time as the city's top prosecutor and get his thoughts on the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York. Then,  a black man from Maryland has spent decades of befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan, and in the process, motivating some of them to leave it. He joins us to tell us why. Plus, poet Sue Ellen Thompson explores her relationships with her parents and with her transgender child in her latest work, a collection called “They.” She talks about it with Tom Hall.

Maryland Morning Podcast
9:30 am
Mon December 15, 2014

MD Pre-K Expansion Recieves $15 Million Grant, Winter Books, "A Christmas Carol," Baskets in MD


Maryland is getting 15 million dollars from the federal education department to expand access to Pre-Kindergarten programs. How many 4-year-olds will benefit from this money? We ask Rolf Grafwallner, who heads early childhood development efforts in the state department of education. Then – Carla Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, suggests books worth reading this winter. Plus: Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck brings us her review of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's take on the "A Christmas Carol." And – Kathi Beauchesne is trying to keep the art of hand-made, wooden basketry alive in Maryland. We talk with her about what a basket can tell us about our past. 

Maryland Morning Podcast
11:50 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Sports With Mark Hyman, and The Kastner Train

Kastner's train arriving in Switzerland.
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Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland's Health Secretary, is leaving his post at the end of the month. He joins Sheilah to discuss his tenure.

Then, Tom Hall speaks with sports guru Mark Hyman about his take on the Ravens, O's, the upcoming Army-Navy game, and various other topics in the sports world. 

Plus, the Kastner train arrived in Switzerland 70 years ago this month. Baltimore Rabbi Dov Zvi Slanger was one of the passengers on that train, which saved saved thousands of Jews from Nazi persecution. He tells Sheilah his story.

Maryland Morning Podcast
9:30 am
Wed December 10, 2014

A Tax Credit You Shouldn't Miss, Leon and Julian Fleisher, And A Marylander's Uplifting Memoir

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Some low-income families are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. With Sheilah to talk about this tax credit is Robin McKinney, the director and co-founder of the Maryland CASH Campaign.

Plus, Leon and Julian Fleisher join Tom Hall to talk about Leon's latest CD. 

Then, Sheilah speaks with LeRoy Hoffberger about his memoir titled, Measure of a Life: Memoirs, Insights and Philosophies of LeRoy E. Hoffberger.

Maryland Morning Podcast
11:17 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Fracking in Maryland, The Nutcracker, Theater Review: "It's A Wonderful Life," and Coping With Grief

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Two state agencies have released a report recommending that fracking be allowed in western Maryland – but only if restrictions are put on drilling. We talk with the Chairman of a commission that advised on the report about fracking standards and what we might expect from Governor-elect Larry Hogan. Then, ‘Tis the season for The Nutcracker. The famous ballet has a slew of upcoming local productions and Tom Hall talks with the folks behind two of them. Plus, Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck tells us whether "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”, lives up to the movie’s classic status. And  for the many people who’ve lost loved ones this year, the holidays can be a difficult time. We talk about dealing with grief and mourning with bereavement counselor Beth Hewett.

11:43 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Baltimore Protests, Films You Should See, "Newsies," Remembering Pearl Harbor, and Pluto Mission

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Nationwide protests surrounding grand jury decisions to not charge police officers in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York have reached Baltimore. With us to talk about it is Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland. Also with us is Glenn Ivey, he’s a former State’s Attorney in Prince George’s County and a former federal prosecutor. And, Tom speaks with Ann Hornaday, movie critic for The Washington Post and Jed Dietz, director of the Maryland Film Festival, to discuss the films you should see right now. Then, Tom Hall and J. Wynn Rousuck havea conversation about "Newsies," which is playing at the Hippodrome through Dec. 7. Then, we remember Pearl Harbor with an interview with Tom Noble,  a World War II veteran. Plus, Nathan speaks with Hal Weaver to talk about the New Horizons spacecraft mission that's set to explore Pluto. 

Maryland Morning Podcast
3:07 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Baltimore's Multi-Billion Dollar Future, Poetry That Explores Racial Lines, Jessye Norman's Memoir

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 Billions of public dollars will be invested in public infrastructure in Baltimore in the next few years. Sheilah talks about it with reporter Edward Ericson, who wrote about the building boom for the City Paper. And, we get an update on the progress of one project in particular: Baltimore school renovations. Then, Tom Hall talks with poet Ailish Hopper about her new book of poems, Dark-Sky Society, which explores America’s racial lines. After, Tom talks with opera star Jessye Norman, about her new memoir. 

3:06 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Antibiotics, Baltimore Author Jen Michalski, Theater Review: Little Mermaid, Dwight Watkins


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last spring that antibiotics are over-used and erratically prescribed across hospitals in the U-S. We discuss the threat to the drugs’ effectiveness .. and the risk of super-bugs that antibiotics can’t stop .. with Dr. Sara Cosgrove from Johns Hopkins Hospital. Then – Baltimore writer Jen Michalski’s book of short stories, “From Here”, follows young people as they try to find their way in the world. She talks about it with Tom Hall. Plus: Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck brings us her review of “Little Mermaid” now up at the Olney Theatre Center. And - Can you be too poor to be plugged into pop culture? Writer Dwight Watkins says that's what he's seen in neighborhoods in East Baltimore. We talk with him about it. 

Maryland Morning
11:20 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Shining A Light On Dark Energy, More Than Trees, Senior Portrait: Julia, and The Deakins Line


The universe is expanding and we have a better idea of how quickly thanks to the efforts of Johns Hopkins Astrophysicist Adam Riess. We talk with the Nobel-prize winning physicist about his work. Then, at one level, trees provide the fibers that bind the essays together in Angela Pelster's new book, Limber. But her conversation with Nathan shows the book is about much more than branches and leaves. And, we continue our senior portraits series with a visit with a woman who recalls growing up in Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood 70 years ago. Plus, border disputes have popped up between Maryland and neighboring states for as long as their borders existed. Today, we look back at a Supreme Court decision that decided Maryland's far western border.

Maryland Morning
12:12 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

UMUC's Stiff Competiton, Patients Become Part Of The Team, and Author Azar Nafisi


Many colleges and universities have expanded their distance learning programs.  How do local distance-learning institutions stay competitive? We ask the president of University of Maryland University College, fighting to hold on to its claim as America’s largest online public university. Then, doctors at Johns Hopkins Bayview's ‘Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic’ have developed an approach to fighting cancer that puts the patient in the driver’s seat. We talk with them about how it changes treatment. Plus, writer Azar Nafisi talks with Tom Hall about the role of fiction beyond just telling a good story.