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Albarino

May 3, 2018
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Spain's great seafood wine is achieving a great audience around the world. Click the links to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

"The Maestro"

May 3, 2018

In May, 1891, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky visited Baltimore to give a concert at the Lyceum on Charles Street.

Melding Histories at Catoctin Furnace

May 3, 2018

Did you know an iron forge in Frederick, Maryland was a stop on Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad?   Predating the American Revolution, Catoctin Furnace ran for over a century.  The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society – a recent Maryland Humanities grantee – formed in 1973. Archaeologist Elizabeth Anderson Comer, Secretary of Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, discusses melding the area’s well-known history with the lesser-known stories of some of the site’s enslaved workers.

The New York Times

Last week, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared before a U.S. House committee to answer questions about several scandals that have marked his administration.

“Good morning, Administrator Pruitt, and welcome back to the environment subcommittee,” said Congressman John Shimkus, a Republican from Illinois, chairman of the Environment Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland, a Democrat, was among those who grilled the EPA Administrator. Pruitt is a former Oklahoma attorney general who works in close concert with his state’s oil and gas industry to roll back environmental regulations that impact that industry.

“We’ve trying to keep up with the ethical lapses of the Trump Administration, and which I will tell you is kind of a full-time job,” Sarbanes said.  “And you certainly have been at the center of some of that focus. To date, five independent federal investigations have been initiated at this committee’s request, and more than eight independent federal reviews.” 


A new study sheds light on the connections between melatonin levels and the sleeping patterns of very young children. The results may provide a beacon of hope for parents of children who mightily resist bedtime.

Great news: there’s a way to save our state’s economy billions of dollars a year – improve Maryland’s child care system.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, a pair of books that look at the ways in which money, or a lack thereof, changes our lives and relationships in a wide variety of ways. 

Art as a Uniter

May 1, 2018
MICA

Samuel Hoi comments on art's ability to engage and unite, as witnessed during MICA's ArtWalk, Light City and Artscape.

Mike Licht/flickr

This is one of the nicest times of the year to visit your market.  Strolling up and down the aisles your eye will be caught by the crown jewels of the season:  our fresh Maryland strawberries. My first instincts are for strawberries and ice cream with shortcake, but Chef Jerry Pellegrino tells me, we don't have to go for sweet dessert dishes all the time.  Strawberries can go savory too.

Lockwood Gardens

A few nights ago, I was walking my dogs and enjoying a peaceful evening stroll. The breeze was light and the air was just starting to chill -- it was a perfect spring night. Suddenly without warning, I started to hear what sounded like small projectiles hitting the large boxwood next to me. I stopped and stood silently -- listening for the source of the sound. I continued to hear the repeated "tunk, tunk" of something hitting the tree. I thought for a moment that someone with very poor aim might be shooting at me with a sling shot or pellet gun. I decided to move along quickly and head home. When I got home, I immediately shared my experience with my wife. "It was probably just the wisteria seed pods popping," she said. Confused, I suggested that we sit down and research it together and sure enough, wisteria pods do that!

Oysters (Encore)

May 1, 2018
The National Aquarium

A longtime staple of our region’s maritime industries, oysters are more than just a briny snack. They play a critical role in the health of the Chesapeake region’s aquatic ecosystems, including the Inner Harbor. Take a listen to learn more. 

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Catherine shares insights from her research about the significant financial challenges that caregivers face.

As awareness of the ongoing opioid crisis continues to grow, recent studies focus on the effects of opioid-exposure to infant brain development. The results – like the crisis itself – are not good.

David Yaffe

Apr 27, 2018
Ellen M. Blalock

Tom talks with Syracuse University Professor David Yaffe.

David recommends: 

Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides.

The Bostonians by Henry James.

David’s latest book is Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell.

"Mimi" DiPietro

Apr 27, 2018

The weather on August 6,1995, the day of the funeral of City Councilman Dominic “Mimi” DiPietro, was unseasonably pleasant—low humidity in the low 80s, and bright sunshine, and some among the mourners, noting the out-of-season weather, wondered whether there was a connection between Mimi’s reputation for “going to the top” to get things done for his constituents and the gloriously fair weather. Father Esposito, in his eulogy, wondered out loud about the question. The citizenry is left to decide.

This week: Retail space, supporting working women, car buying, tax reform and wages. 

A report from the National Institute on Retirement Security entitled 'Millennials and Retirement:  Already Falling Short,' further contributes to our collective understand of how vast the nation’s retirement crisis has become. The analysis finds that 66 percent of working Millennials have nothing saved for retirement, and the situation is far worse for Millennial Latinos. Among Latinos, about 5 in 6 Millennials who are working have nothing saved for retirement. The report further indicates that a bit more than a third of Millennials actually participates in employer-sponsored retirement plans despite the fact that two-thirds of Millennials work for employers offering such plans.

"The Aviator"

Apr 26, 2018

At the beginning of the 20th century, young aviators like Hubert Latham awed spectators with their high-flying antics, including a thrilling Baltimore flyover on November 7, 1910.

Henry Posko, president and CEO of Humanim, tells us why his organization is doing to empower Baltimore's workforce.

Heritage, Culture, and How We Take Our Coffee

Apr 26, 2018

How can one culinary specialty teach us about both our own heritage and that of other cultures? Ravi Chhatani tells us more. Chhatani is the CEO and founder of Nela in Baltimore. Nela produces panela: unprocessed sugar made by boiling and evaporating sugarcane juice, popular in Central and South America.

The Power of the Voting Booth: Victorine Adams

Apr 26, 2018
Maryland State Archives

If Baltimore’s black residents voted in greater numbers, political candidates would have to pay attention to them or risk losing at their hands, the great activist Victorine Adams recognized in the 1940s. So she went out and registered them by the thousands.

The Maryland Department of the Environment recently released its annual report on the agency’s efforts to enforce environmental laws in the state.

Tim Wheeler, associate editor and editor for the Bay Journal, examined the state’s water pollution enforcement numbers as part of his ongoing scrutiny of the bay cleanup.

He noticed a significant dropoff in actions by the agency under the most recent year of Governor Larry Hogan’s Administration.  “For water enforcement last year, the year that ended the end of June 2017, MDE (the Maryland Department of the Environment) took 771 enforcement actions. That’s 46 percent fewer than the year before, and the fewest number in the last decade,” Wheeler said.

But it’s not just water pollution enforcement actions that are down. According to the state report, the number of state water pollution inspectors has declined over time from 62 in the year 2000 to 47 last year.

 


Awareness of the opioid crisis continues to grow and recent studies focus on the effects of opioid-exposure to infant brain development. The results – like the crisis itself – are not good.

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Lower in alcohol, supple in body, packed with flavor and very food-friendly, light reds are perfect for this time of the year.

Click the links to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

The Academic Medical Center

Apr 24, 2018
KEITH WELLER

Dr. Redonda Miller, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, on the importance and role of academic medical centers. 


On this episode of The Weekly Reader, two novels with fresh takes on classic tales.

Ryan Snyder/flickr

Spring is finally starting to feel like spring, and we are starting to sport the first new harvests of the year.  This gives us a whole new set of options as we work out ways to celebrate this tender season. I told Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School, that I wanted to see if I could find any recipes for those two stalwarts of the season: spring lamb and spring onions.

Ohio State University

Last summer, I was out for a walk to clear my head. The sun was shining and I was lost in thought, so I didn’t take notice when my hand casually brushed up against a plant. I immediately regretted my lack of attention because suddenly, my whole hand began to sting and burn. As the burning subsided, it was replaced by an intense itching as my skin turned red and produced small, raised welts. I had inadvertently run myself right into the leaves of a stinging nettle, a plant that packs a whole lot of histamines and toxins into its leaves and stem.

Mallards (Encore)

Apr 24, 2018
The National Aquarium

As part of our continuing look at life in and around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, we’re learning about mallards. Listen in to find out how they support plant life and a diverse waterfront ecosystem. 

Unretirement

Apr 20, 2018

Many of us plan retirement for years.  We contribute to our 401ks.  We pick out a place in Florida.  We tell our kids and grandkids that it’s going to be OK, but that they’re going to have to take care of themselves from now on.  And then the day comes – we retire – and then, sometimes, we decide, that retirement is just not for us.  Economists refer to this lifestyle U-turn as unretirement.

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