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Debbie Gosselin

Aug 17, 2017

Baltimore ranks as a top destination for travelers. Summer is coming to a close but visitors and locals alike are still getting the most they can out of Baltimore's land and water amenities. Joining us for Why Baltimore is Debbie Gosselin, owner of Watermark Journey—a local water tour and charter company.

Changing child care setting can be stressful on young children and negatively affect their social development. 

"Despot's Heel"

Aug 17, 2017

The look at the daily lives of the young Union soldiers who occupied various forts around Baltimore during the Civil War. 

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There are many articles on how to save for retirement, but less so on how to stretch your resources once retirement begins...


Tom Pelton

On January 1, 2016, Baltimore missed a deadline from the U.S. Department of Justice to halt its chronic and illegal releases of raw sewage into the Inner Harbor and Chesapeake Bay.

After negotiating with federal officials and the Maryland Department of the Environment, city officials last week released a revised consent decree that would give Baltimore another 14 years to fix the problem. 

Repairing and replacing all of the city’s leaky sewer pipes will eventually cost local ratepayers a total of $2 billion.

Speaking at a construction site, Jeffrey Raymond, chief of communications for the Baltimore Department of Public Works, said the city plans to stop the vast majority of sewage overflows within three years. The city will spend $430 million removing a sewer line obstruction at the entrance to the Back River Wastewater Treatment plant that has been causing a 10-mile sewage backup under the city, Raymond said. 


Click on the image for the book list. 

We have long been fascinated with the history of the wild birds in our country, so we're excited to get writer and educator Margaret Barker in the studio for a conversation. Margaret is a Chesapeake Bay native with an interest in watching birds. She and her colleagues Paul Baicich and Carrol Henderson published a book called Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce and Conservation

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There's a very laudable organization here in town called the Baltimore Orchard Project whose goal is to remind us that we are surrounded by an urban forest. And like any good forest, a lot of those trees are bearing fruit, which is there for the taking. And there are some very interesting things out there including the mythical pawpaw.

Click on the image for some apple recipes. 

Responsible Beaching

Aug 15, 2017
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. 

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Catherine explores what it takes to retire successfully ahead of the 65-year-mark. 

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Click on the image for the reports from the week of August 7.

Penn Station Wedding

Aug 11, 2017
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Something unusual was going on in Baltimore’s Penn station on the afternoon of July 25, 1943.  In the frenetic war years, the station was an around- the-clock scene of soldiers and sailors arriving and departing and loved ones greeting with hugs of welcome or farewell. But today was different—there was a wedding planned! In the station! A wedding like no other in the history of the armed forces of the United States….

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Click on the image for the wine list. 

Venroy July

Aug 10, 2017

Venroy July, Counsel for Miles and Stockbridge on what draws people to Baltimore, and makes them stay.

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Perhaps you’ve heard this before – you are going to need a million dollars to retire. Your initial response may be to ignore such counsel – after all, that number just seems a little too round to be right...


Humanities in Healthcare

Aug 10, 2017

How can the humanities be used to help doctors provide better care for their patients? Meg Chisolm, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine, tells us more.

Many have read reports regarding how ill-prepared many Baby Boomers are for retirement. Last year, GoBankingRates published research involving more than 1500 adults over the age of 55. As indicated by writer Barbara Friedberg, approximately 30 percent of those respondents claimed to have no retirement savings...  

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Click on the image for the MERs for the week of July 31.

Burrell: "It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over"

Aug 9, 2017
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Chet Burrell, President and CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield reflects on what steps can be taken to stabilize the healthcare market.

"Halsted"

Aug 9, 2017

Between the 1880s and the 1920s, Dr. William S. Halsted and his students revolutionized the practice of medicine at Johns Hopkins hospital. 

Tom Pelton

It’s a warm afternoon on the Chesapeake Bay, with a light breeze and the clouds piled high, and Brooke Landry, a biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is in a skiff motoring toward Marshy Creek.

After weaving between channel markers, she finally reaches a cluster of floating islands of underwater grasses.  It’s a dense jungle, with seedpods projecting from the surface like clusters of grapes. Hundreds of minnows dart between the branches and a Chesapeake stingray glides past.

Landry, chair of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s aquatic vegetation research workgroup, reaches down into the forest and pulls up a handful of plants.

 “The one I’ve got in my hand right now is Elodea canadensis, Canadian waterweed,” she says, fingering a feathery shaft. “It’s a lovely, beautiful plant. The second one I managed to grab was redhead grass, Potamogeton perfoliatus. It’s different from a lot of grasses in the bay because it has these small, maybe one inch long leaves that grow alternately all the way up the stalk.”

 


There is a proven way to reduce violence, crime, and addiction – invest in children.  

Marsh Rabbits

Aug 9, 2017

A childhood friend of mine once sent me on an official snipe hunt. He lead me out into the woods with a set of ‘magic’ snipe-finding rocks and encouraged me to knock them together while I searched. I wandered around aimlessly for hours just to return to him laughing hysterically at my naiveté. There was no snipe, of course.

So when that same friend told me just last week that he’d seen something called a marsh rabbit swimming in Virginia, I instinctively believed he was ‘pulling my leg.’ I wasn’t even sure I should Google it, lest I realize it was another elaborate practical joke.

But it turns out that searching for information on marsh rabbits was no fool’s errand. They do exist! They do swim. And they even live in our Chesapeake Bay watershed!

Click on the image for the list. 

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Every time you bring in something off the grill this summer, you end up asking yourself, "what am I going to put on that?"  The answer is some sort of condiment, of course.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School will tell you, it's all to easy to reach for you store-bought mayo or catsup, but it can be very rewarding to whip up your own versions of your favorite condiments.

-Al

Click on the image for the recipes. 

Red-Eared Slider

Aug 8, 2017
The National Aquarium

Red-eared slider turtles are native to the mid- and south-central United States, so what are they doing swimming in the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay?

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Hector talks about prescriptions medications and what things to consider as you sort out the choices in making your health care decisions. 

Odds and Ends

Aug 3, 2017
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Click on the image for the wine list. 

Cat Rodeo

Aug 3, 2017
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On the evening of July 12, 1929, a small crowd was gathered at the entrance where Howard and Biddle streets and Linden Avenue meet. They stood staring at unexpected “Closed” signs on the door to the Market.— “due to a problem with mice.” And so began the Great Baltimore Cat Round Up. The scheme, to turn cats loose to do what cats do to mice, turned out to be an embarrassing failure. The Market management blamed the cats.

The Peale Museum

Aug 3, 2017

Did you know that the Peale is the oldest museum building in the United States? Nancy Proctor, director of the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, tells us a bit about the Peale’s past, present, and future in Baltimore.

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