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Spanking a child has long-term consequences. New research suggests that people who are spanked during early childhood have a greater likelihood of perpetrating violence toward romantic partners. 

Samuel Hoi on building the creative economy

Dec 27, 2017

MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) president Samuel Hoi discusses how Baltimore's creative economy can be a catalyst for positive change.

Out of India

Dec 27, 2017
Books include "The Windfall" , "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" and "Selection Day."

When you think about India, the word “boring” rarely comes to mind. Here are three new books that take you there. 

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You've got a week to get ready, so let's cracking on a first class New Year's Eve party menu. This is when you want to get in touch with your "Inner Pellegrino" and let it all hang out. And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has put together some ideas for folks to try.


John and Curtis Bennett, Conservation Project Manager at the National Aquarium discuss urban conservation efforts.


Dec 26, 2017
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Did you know there is a creature in the Chesapeake Bay that can filter up to 50 gallons of water in one day? Perhaps one of the most iconic species in the Chesapeake, the eastern oyster, is an essential part of the bay’s ecosystem. Their powerful vacuum-like ability to filter large amounts of water helps create a balanced ecosystem where many species can thrive.

Anirban discusses job growth and immigrant entrepreneurship. 

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On Christmas Day, 1943, in the heart of World War II, there was an announcement on radio station WFBR—to the effect: Listen to a special broadcast from somewhere in England. Hear your loved ones wishing you a Merry Christmas from deep in the heart of war torn Europe. The broadcast happened exactly as it was advertised—bringing to all on both sides of the Ocean the merriest of Christmases.

A 2016 Fidelity study estimates that a typical retired couple will have $260,000 in out-of-pocket healthcare outlays, up from an estimated $220,000 in 2014...

Susan Ganz, CEO of Lion Brothers, speaks on what it means for the leading manufacturer of apparel identity to be based in Baltimore. 

Understanding Sacrifice and Preserving War Stories

Dec 21, 2017

How can we experience the emotional impact of history and pass on stories of heroes for younger generations? Ryan Kaiser is a Social Studies teacher at The Mt. Washington School, whose class participates in Maryland Humanities’ Maryland History Day. Through a program called Understanding Sacrifice, he traveled to the Philippines to learn more about World War II and read the eulogy of a fallen soldier.

Shopping Lists

Dec 20, 2017
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Al and Hugh review their favorite wines from this year, which would be great for gifts. 

Trash Free Maryland

Our world is awash in litter, with a monstrous gyre of floating plastic swelling in the Pacific Ocean, bottles and cans cluttering our roadsides, and blighting even the most remote and beautiful Chesapeake Bay islands and wetlands.

One response to this: more than 100 cities and counties across the U.S. have banned Styrofoam cups and food containers. These included the District of Columbia last year, along with suburban Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

The Styrofoam industry and take-out food retailers, however, have been fighting back – launching a PR campaign and “Go Foam!” website.  The anti anti-foam forces prevailed in the Maryland General Assembly last winter, halting a bill that would have banned Styrofoam statewide.

In Baltimore, the crusade against what is more formally known as expanded polystyrene – a petroleum product-- is being led by a pair of students, Claire Wayner and Mercedes Thompson, both seniors at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

“A lot of the students that we’ve talked to especially see Styrofoam as this particularly malicious form of trash,” Wayner said. “Because whenever we do litter cleanups, you try to pick it up, and it just breaks apart, and you can’t get it out, physically.  So it’s ruining our ecosystem and it’s an eyesore for the Inner Harbor. So we need to get rid of it.”

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, some essential cookbooks for everyone, including kitchen novices as well as experts.  


We've been talking a lot about holiday traditions this month, and one of the most ancient is a little treat called Plum Pudding. Making a proper Plum Pudding involves a few techniques that most Americans aren't familiar with. But we've got you covered. 

The Cormorant

Dec 19, 2017

They aren’t from this area, but they have certainly made themselves comfortable along our shores. Learn more about the adaptable, carnivorous cormorant not at home around the Chesapeake Bay. 


Think about the last time it rained. Maybe you were cozy at home reading a book, or you took your kids outside to jump in puddles. For me, rain reminds me of a harsh reality – trash pollution. When it rains, I imagine the piles of garbage sitting on the side of the street and think about where it goes, and then I think of Mr. Trash Wheel. Since May 2014, Mr. Trash Wheel has collected 1.4 million pounds of trash.

Guarding Against Opioid Overdoses

Dec 19, 2017

Dr. Redonda Miller, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, tells how Hopkins tackles the massive problem of opioid overdoses. 

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Today's Clear Path looks at the expansion of Medicaid for lower income adults and children and how changes to the ACA could impact this coverage. Hector De La Torre tells us more.


Dec 15, 2017
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On the night of January 15, 1955, at the Coliseum on Monroe Street, thousands o fans had come to boo and cheer and look for blood—at the local wrestling matches. They saw what they had come for—phony and faked wrestling, featuring the curly-headed blond Gorgeous George. They also saw blood. Or was that blood? Here’s the story.

Understanding cryptocurrency, younger Americans' support of capitalism, residential mobility, and more.  

Jessie Nelson

Dec 15, 2017

Tom talks with Jessie Nelson, who wrote the book for Waitress at the Hippodrome Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2018.

Alice Through the Ages

Dec 15, 2017

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland remains a beloved classic more than 150 years since its publication, and its readership spans generations. How have different versions of the tale reflected their environments, and what does Alice look like in 2017? We speak with Rebecca Adelsheim, Production Dramaturg for Lookingglass Alice, now playing at Baltimore Center Stage, a Maryland Humanities grantee.

Delaying Retirement

Dec 15, 2017

There are a lot of people in a lot of places offering retirement advice.  Many of these advisors suggest taking full advantage of employer-sponsored savings plans, maintaining a diversified portfolio, and quickly paying off high interest debt.  All of that makes sense...

Cute Aggression

Dec 14, 2017

That impulse to take a little bite out of a baby due to his or her overwhelming cuteness actually has a name…and a purpose. Find out more! 

On today's episode of "Why Baltimore," Caroline Popper, CEO of Popper and Company, describes why Baltimore is a prime location for her healthcare consulting firm.

This is a rebroadcast. 


The Department of the Interior is a sprawling federal agency that manages lands, wildlife and scientific research across the U.S. including through the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Geological Survey.

Although much of the agency’s real-estate is in the West, here in Maryland it also has an important presence, managing – for example – the Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, the Assateague Island National Seashore, the Baltimore Washington Parkway, and the C & O Canal trail along the Potomac River.

For years, the agency’s motto read: “The Department of the Interior protects and manages the Nation's natural resources and cultural heritage; and provides scientific and other information about those resources.”

When President Trump took office and appointed former Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke to run the agency, they updated the motto to: “Our Mission: Protecting America's Great Outdoors and Powering Our Future.”

Zinke set about almost immediately to help the energy industry obtain more power over public lands by lifting an Obama-era ban on new coal mines on federal property, and lifting regulations for oil and gas companies that want to drill there.

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Al and Hugh discuss the wines of Jess Stonestreet Jackson, which the hosts say is one of the most important figures in the California wine industry in the last 30-40 years.


Kids all over love this time of year, with the presents, the holidays, the cookies, it's all dreamland.  One of the perennial props for this time of year is a project that you can take on with your kids.  In Chef Jerry Pellegrino's opinion, nothing says winter holidays like a Gingerbread House.


Dec 13, 2017

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, a selection of great gift books for everyone on your holiday list.