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Leeks

Jun 27, 2018
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The first weeks of spring are prime time for the onion family.  Green onions, spring onions, ramps and garlic are all coming in right now.  And so is an oft-overlooked member of the onion family, the leek.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino  of Schola Cooking School will confirm, this is actually a very good ingredient to work with.

Merlot Revisited

Jun 27, 2018
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Merlot's rep as a second class wine is totally undeserved. Click the links to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

Peter Cihelka/Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

On Sunday evening, another rainstorm drenched the Baltimore area, turning gutters into rivers and streams into muddy torrents.

A day earlier, heavy rainfall caused the worst flooding in two decades along the Rappahanock River in Virginia, inundating several homes.

And on May 27, flash floods devastated historic Ellicott City, Maryland, for the second time in as many years, flipping cars and killing a National Guard sergeant.

May turned out to be the third rainiest in Maryland history, with eight inches falling, more than twice the average for that month, according to National Weather Service monitoring at BWI airport. So far in June, almost 5 more inches of rain have fallen – about a third more than is normal for a June.

JASON BOLONSKI/FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

Last June, my son Jack and I were wandering through the fields behind our home, when Jack came bolting toward me with his latest nature find.

Atop his finger was a tiny, green, kneeling insect peering at me through large eyes on its triangular head. Its miniscule, yet still prominent, front legs were held together at an angle that nearly looked like they were in reverence to some greater power. I knew immediately what it was: a juvenile praying mantis.

Statistics show that more and more millennials are having children, and among this group, the demand for family-friendly urban living is growing. But across the country, supply doesn’t meet demand.

The National Aquarium

The Amazon River Forest is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, home to thousands of species that appear almost nowhere else. Listen as National Aquarium experts discuss this remarkable place and what you can do to preserve it. 

Medicaid Basics

Jun 26, 2018
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Hector gives us the basics on Medicaid.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we bring you two additions to our growing list of summer reading recommendations.

Baker: Celebrating the Crab

Jun 26, 2018
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Scientists are telling us that the blue crab population  remains modestly healthy and sustainable. Will Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says we should celebrate this, but remember that blue crabs depend on a healthy bay and recovery can be fragile. 

Residents being priced out of the metropolitan housing market, America's pension crisis and rising compensation costs.

Toby Bozzuto, President and CEO of the Bozzuto Group tells us how his love of his hometown of Baltimore influences his company's work.

Reports indicating just how little many Americans have saved for retirement keep on coming. Northwestern Mutual’s 2018 Planning and Progress Study, based on a survey of approximately 2,000 adults, found that 21 percent of Americans have nothing saved at all for their golden years.

"Hound Dog"

Jun 21, 2018

The story behind the hit song, first recorded by Willy May "Big Mama" Thornton, and then Elvis Presley, and written by Baltimore native Jerry Leiber and his partner Mike Stoller.

Using data from the study, tracking how often children spent time with their friends from the ages of six to sixteen, suggests that having active social lives during childhood is good for our health. They found that boys who spent more time with their friends during childhood and adolescence tended to have healthier blood pressure and body mass index as adults.

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn

Jun 19, 2018

Tom talks with Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, the Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Jeff is recommending:

Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry by Paul Goldberger

Black Chalk by Christopher Yates

Preserving the Past (Encore)

Jun 19, 2018
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Siobhan Hagan, president and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive tells us about the value of audio-visual preservation.

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It's all about keeping an open mind when you look for value. Click the links to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

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I don't know, but I've seen it in the movies: Italians will eat pasta all year long. Whether it's in the bleak mid-winter or al fresco on a sunny summer afternoon, pasta is always there.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School will tell you, there seems to be quite a few pasta ideas that are appropriate for these warmer months.

Here's a few.

Eli Hanover (Encore)

Jun 19, 2018

Baltimore, 1940: In the gym of the Jewel Box Girly Club on 'The Block,' a 'trainer' worked at his dream: teaching contenders how to box and making Baltimore a world-renowned center for boxing. 

The National Aquarium

Summer is here, and over 60 million Americans are beach bound. Take a listen to learn some simple, helpful suggestions for leaving the beach better than you found it. 

Meadow Voles

Jun 19, 2018
The New York Times

One of the most significant benefits to my position as Executive Director of Irvine Nature Center is access to the 210 acres of wild land we have here—and the incredible species that call it home. Our meadow, a wide open space filled with tall grasses and wildflowers, is a prime location to see large birds of prey on the hunt. Last week, I went out to the meadow for a walk after lunch. There were a number of hawks circling the space, waiting to swoop down and grab their prey. When one decided to strike, I saw it dive quickly and come back up from the grasses with something small, furry, and brown. I initially thought it was a mole, but moles spend so much of their time in their underground burrows, it would be surprising that one would be caught so easily above ground. Plus, this would have been a very small mole. It was then I remembered the meadow vole, a small rodent that is native to our area and quite prevalent. I’m sure that’s what this hawk grabbed for his late afternoon lunch.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

I was paddling down the Big Gunpowder Falls near Sparks, Maryland, when I saw a great blue heron standing on a log in the river, tall and elegant.   As I drifted closer, it launched into the air and flew over my head, its six-foot wingspan and knife-like beak all the more impressive at close range.

Nearby, atop the riverbank, was a house.  I thought:  what is the economic value of this heron to that homeowner? 

Would he be able to sell his house for $505,000 instead of $500,000 if a buyer saw the heron before agreeing to the price? Or maybe the location and the view of the river are all that matter in the fast-moving world of real estate transactions.

Hankin: Closer to a Swimmable Inner Harbor

Jun 19, 2018

Michael D. Hankin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brown Advisory, tells us about the efforts that are getting the Inner Harbor closer to the 2020 goal of being swimmable and fishable. 

thebittenword.com

The Transamerica Center for Health Studies has released a new "Healthier Traditions" cookbook. This year they've brought you healthy twists on classic soul food recipes. Hector tells us more. 

Last week, we featured an article authored by Teresa Ghilarducci and Tony James that appeared in the Harvard Business Review. The article focuses largely upon how the shift from defined benefit pension plans to 401Ks has placed many workers at risk for financially treacherous retirements. That article is so incredibly endowed with information, I thought it worthwhile to speak to some of its other conclusions.  

Wage growth, student debt, employment in steel cities, levels of wealth based on age and looking at where people are moving for work.

thurmontimages.com

On June 17, 1905, a freight train collided with a passenger train near Ransom, a little village southeast of Patapsco, Maryland.

While consumer and business needs change, regions with such storied histories as the Greater Baltimore region often benefit from established, multigenerational companies. Greater Baltimore is seeing growth in many industries but one of the most significant has been the construction industry due to the growth in commercial and residential development.

Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Jamie Alban, CEO of Alban Cat, a construction equipment company headquartered in Baltimore for four generations since 1927.

The Father of Modern Battlefield Medicine

Jun 14, 2018

Did you know that the very first use of an ambulance corps and medical triage in the United States occurred in Frederick, Maryland? Major Jonathan Letterman — called "The Father of Modern Battlefield Medicine" — instituted these essential medical practices during the Civil War’s Battle of Antietam. Jake Wynn of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine talks about battle’s impact on Frederick and Letterman’s influence on medicine.

NZ not SB

Jun 13, 2018
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Al and Hugh offer some wine picks that show that New Zealand can do more than just sauvignon blancs. Click the links to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

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