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Baker: Keep Working to Save the Bay

May 14, 2018
Michael Busada

Will Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation encourages Marylanders to "Finish the job. Save the Bay." 

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You could get pretty good odds in Vegas or even at Pimlico this weekend that you couldn’t say with specificity what you were doing on April 13, 2009, or that you are doing the same thing now.

Don’t be insulted. That’s no knock on you personally, but rather a recognition that most of us don’t have total recall or perform precisely the same task over an extended period.

Heck, that date was my birthday and I don’t even remember what I did.

An exception might be granted to members of the McDonogh girls lacrosse team. From the aforementioned April date nine years ago until last Friday, the Eagles did one thing, the same thing, over and over.

Win.

Every once in a while, an organization will publish their rankings of the best and worst states or cities for retirement.  Bankrate recently did just that, ranking the nation’s fifty largest metropolitan areas.  Bankrate considered a host of factors, including cost of living, taxes, crime healthcare, public transit, weather, things to do, and the percent of population 65 or older. Get the results in this episode.

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Mike Subelsky, chief technology officer for Staq on why Baltimore was the perfect city to help him start global software companies.

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Mike Subelsky, chief technology officer for Staq on why Baltimore was the perfect city to help him start global software companies.

DOMINIQUE MARIA BONESSI

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's police commissioner was charged Thursday with three misdemeanor counts of failure to file taxes, the latest embarrassment to rock the beleaguered force reeling from scandal to scandal.

In a Thursday statement, the U.S. Attorney's office alleged that Commissioner Darryl De Sousa "willfully failed to file a federal return for tax years 2013, 2014, and 2015, despite having been a salaried employee of the Baltimore Police Department in each of those years."

American Brewing Throughout the Years

May 10, 2018
National Civil War Medicine Museum

The subject of famous quotes spoken by figures ranging from Ernest Hemingway to Homer Simpson, beer continues to play a major role in America’s social and cultural fabric. Did you know that beer’s central role in our culture began even before the United States achieved independence? Graduate student Emma Schrantz writes about the intersections between the craft brewing industry, historic preservation, and community development. She tells us more about beer’s history in America.

Dean of the Women: Barbara Mikulski

May 10, 2018
Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

Senator Barbara Mikulski served longer in Congress than any other woman in U.S. history. During her tenure, she came to be known as the Dean of Women not only blazing a trail in government but also for mentoring her colleagues. And she keeps on working for all us.

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You don't have to shell out $80 or more to enjoy a good Piedmont wine. Click the links to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

In 1840, William Gilmor held a tournament, replete with jousting, a quintain, and gusts clad in Medieval garb, at his Vineyard estate in Baltimore.

On this edition of the Weekly Reader, book critic and long-time Texas cheerleader Marion Winik reviews a new book that captures the mystery and majesty of the Lone Star state.   

Inside Climate News

Last week, this program discussed the spending and mismanagement scandals plaguing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and how they are increasing pressure on President Trump to fire EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

But if Pruitt goes, who is next in line to run EPA? 

The U.S. Senate recently held hearings to confirm EPA’s new deputy administrator, Andrew Wheeler, who will automatically step up should his boss step down.

Wheeler, an environmental lawyer from Ohio, emphasized his work as EPA attorney, from 1991 to 1995.  “The environment today is cleaner than it has ever been in modern times,” Wheeler said. “As a nation, we have made tremendous progress since the 1970’s, and we have to build upon that progress.”

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A few weeks ago, I was getting ready for bed after a long day; I was looking forward to tucking into the covers and the book I had been reading. I turned off the overhead light, turned on my reading light, and put my head back against my pillow. When I looked up at the ceiling, I saw the shadow of a massive bug. It had more legs than I wanted to take the time to count and must have been at least three inches long. This was not the relaxing evening picture I had imagined moments before, but I knew exactly what I was looking at—a house centipede.

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With spring comes a collection of familiar foods that  help us enjoy the new season.  Few vegetables are more welcome than the first peas of the year.  Chef Jerry Pellegrino reminds us that peas are one of those ingredients that can stand alone very nicely or perform any number of supporting roles.

Bird Strike

May 8, 2018
The National Aquarium

City lights are beautiful, but they pose specific challenges to migrating birds. Listen in to hear what Baltimore is doing to protect the species that travel this way and how you can help!

This week: Manufacturing job loss, steel tariffs, the pension crisis, wealth and life expectancy, and investments in children's education.

Meleko Mokgosi

May 4, 2018
Mitro Hood

Botswana-born, New York-based artist Meleko Mokgosi speaks with Christopher Bedford about his new exhibition at the BMA, Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance. Presented in the BMA galleries adjacent to the European Old Masters, the artist’s paintings ask us to consider images of black men and women as embodiments of love, intimacy, and strength in a post-colonial world.

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.

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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.

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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.

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