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Creating a Skilled Workforce

Aug 2, 2017

M&T Bank polled small businesses owners about their outlook on the economy and 75% of small business owners say they continue to have problems finding skilled workers to fill their positions.

Augie Chiasera, senior vice president of M&T Bank Corporation, discusses how to create a skilled workforce that meets the demands of current and future employers. 

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As elementary school students, we all learn that leaves contain a pigment called chlorophyll, which colors leaves green. And shortly after, we middle-school scientists usually discover that through a process called photosynthesis, plants can use chlorophyll and energy from the sun to turn carbon dioxide, water and minerals into food.

So it took me by surprise when a recent nature center visitor asked me if plants can eat anything else. “Are there,” he asked me earnestly, “other ways for plants to feed themselves?”

Perhaps surprisingly, the answer is: yes.

On our planet, there is a diverse type of plants that have evolved a very different strategy than the one we learn about as children. These plants, alien as it may seem, can actually eat animals.

Lifetime Milestones

Jul 31, 2017
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Catherine talks us through what birthday milestones mean for retirement and what we need to be doing when we get to them. 

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 24. 

Rob Sivak

Jul 28, 2017

Tom talks with WYPR’s Rob Sivak, the Senior Producer of Midday. 

Rob is recommending:

Earth by David Brin. You can find it here

Dolly Flap

Jul 28, 2017

On the evening of January 6, 1967, the scene outside the Mechanic Theater at Baltimore and Charles streets was a busy one! It was opening night and the show was no less than the smash Broadway hit, "Hello, Dolly." Hollywood starlet Betty Grable was slated to play the part, although in the world of show biz, Carroll Channing owned the part. Behind the scenes, war broke out! So who played Dolly opening night of the Mechanic? Here's the story. 

Finding and Cultivating Your Ideas

Jul 27, 2017

One of the most popular questions writers face from their curious audiences is “where do you get your ideas?” Elisabeth Dahl, a local author who writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults, tackles that question as well as its natural follow-up: “how do you bring those ideas to life?”

Adam Benesch

Jul 27, 2017

The craft beer industry is rapidly growing in the Baltimore region with more than 60 breweries including new breweries like Manor Hill Brewing and Waverly Brewing Company joining long-time favorites like The Brewer’s Art and Heavy Seas Beer. Today, the state ranks 21st nationally for the production of craft beer and has an economic impact of $652 million.Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Adam Benesch, founder of Union Craft Brewing.

U.S. Lags in ECE

Jul 26, 2017

The U.S. ranks 32nd out of 35 Western nations when it comes to investing in to early childhood education. We owe it to our children to do better. 

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