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Senator Barbara Mikulski

Apr 28, 2017

Tom talks with former Senator Barbara Mikulski.

In 1938, Baltimoreans crowded Dundalk ave. and welcomed the American hero and aviator, Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan. Baltimore Mayor, Howard W. Jackson, staged the event to promote the city and, in particular, Baltimore's hot steamed crabs.

Judgement Day for Maryland History Contest

Apr 28, 2017
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Each year, more than 27,000 middle and high school students, throughout the state, compete in the historical research contest known as Maryland History Day. On April 29, more than 600 of those students will move on to the state contest at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

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For years, Americans have wondered why the U.S. economy hasn’t been expanding more rapidly.  Since the end of the Great Recession, economic growth has averaged only about two percent per annum and has yet to achieve three percent rate in any given calendar year.  Economists have put forward all kinds of explanations ranging from the dislocating impacts of technology to global trade and the retirement of Baby Boomers.

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On Saturday, tens of thousands of people marched in support of science in Washington D.C., waving signs with slogans such as “Science is the Poetry of Reality," “Defiance for Science,” and “Make America Smart Again.”

The obvious question is: Aren’t scientists supposed to be objective? Isn’t marching in the street and political advocacy like this the opposite of objectivity?

Several marchers I talked to made a distinction between the dispassionate process of searching for the truth And then, after the facts have been tested and are established, the need to passionately advocate for a system of government that acts on the basis of facts and objective truth and not ideology and propaganda.

Kimberly Klacik

Apr 27, 2017
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In today's episode, Kim Klacik, Founder and Executive Director of Potential Me, tells us how she plans to empower and assist women in the workforce.

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There has been a lot of focus lately on the airline practice of overbooking.  While many of us are just now becoming aware of the types of issues such practices can raise, overbooking is about as old as the airline industry itself.  

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Here are some facts supplied by the Motley Fool that may help you to determine how well you are doing in terms of saving for retirement.  First, the average retirement savings for an American family is in the neighborhood of ninety six thousand dollars – this according to a report from the Economic Policy Institute.  However, for households close to retirement age, the average level of savings is in the range of one hundred and sixty four thousand dollars, and this statistic does not include assets that could potentially be sold like a home.

With more on the story, Anirban Basu.

Light Reds

Apr 26, 2017

Enjoy your transition into Spring with some light red wines. Listen in as Al suggests some classy wines.

"Clara's Boys"

Apr 26, 2017

After the Pratt Street Riot in Baltimore, Clara Barton attended to the Massachusetts volunteers after their train arrived in Washington, DC, and went on to found the American Red Cross. 

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