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Dr. Miho Tanaka

Feb 23, 2018

Tom talks with Dr. Miho Tanaka, an Orthopedic Surgeon and the Director of the Johns Hopkins Women’s Sports Medicine Program.

Miho is recommending:

How the Mighty Fall And Why Some Companies Never Give In by Jim Collins.  You can find the book here

Start Saving Young

Feb 22, 2018

Let’s say that you are thirty years old. If you are, I am already not that fond of you, but let’s set that aside.  You may be wondering as a young person with much to look forward to how you should be preparing for the balance of your financial life, including retirement. The first piece of advice would be to avoid mimicking the behavior of the majority... 

University of Maryland Extension Service

Chlorpyrifos is a common insecticide sprayed on fruits, vegetables and golf courses around the world since the 1960s, but increasingly linked by scientists to brain damage and developmental problems in children.

After being petitioned by public health organizations, scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in November 2016  -- at the end of the Obama Administration – recommended a ban for chlorpyrifos because of these health concerns.

But as one of his first acts as the Trump Administration’s Administrator of EPA, Scott Pruitt in March 2017 overruled his scientists and allowed manufacturer Dow Agro Sciences to continue to sell the pesticide.

In Maryland, state Delegate Dana Stein, Vice-Chair of the House Environment and Transportation Committee, recently worked with colleagues to introduce legislation that would counteract the decision of the Trump Administration and ban chlorpyrifos in Maryland.

Will Schwarz

Feb 22, 2018

What purpose can be served by confronting our region’s racist past? How can documentation of tragedy foster empathy? Will Schwarz, documentary director and producer and director of Pennant Productions, answers these questions and talks about his work on The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project.

Joining us today for "Why Baltimore," is Taura Musgrove, graduate student at Johns Hopkins University and creator of the app "Freedom Fighter." 

Boccelli Wines from Italy

Feb 22, 2018

The singer-songwriter Andre Bocelli is famous in Italy and abroad, and his family hits some high notes of their own with the Bocelli wine brand. Al and Hugh sing the praises of their favorites. 

Tundra Swans

Feb 22, 2018

Last week while I was out for a hike, I happened across a pair of swans swimming serenely in a wetland pond. I stopped and watched the pair, marveling at their quiet grace. Later that afternoon, I considered exactly which species of swan I had seen...

The Dover Eight

Feb 21, 2018

In March, 1857, a group of slaves from Dorchester County made their way to Dover, Delaware on the Underground Railroad. There, after being betrayed, they narrowly escaped from the Dover jail and continued on to freedom.

 Anyone who lists Dr. Seuss, Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman and Jimi Hendrix as their major influences is alright in my book. Today on The Weekly Reader, we talk about the late, great Denis Johnson.


Decades of psychological experiments with children as young as two-year-old have shown that children lie. But lying is not just normal, it’s a sign of intelligence.

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This is the season of the root vegetable, the heartiest and most die-hard of Maryland produce, the food that just keeps on giving. And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School will tell you, perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy winter root vegetables is in a root vegetable soup.

Winter Harbor

Feb 20, 2018
The National Aquarium

Over 3,000 species make a home in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. But when the bitter cold comes, where does all that abundant life go?

Protecting our Forests

Feb 19, 2018
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Every year, Maryland loses nearly 2,000 acres of forest to development. Will Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, comments on the impact to our health and cost to taxpayers, and appeals for a forest conservation act that's before the General Assembly. 


Catherine details what you need to know about Roth 401Ks and gives tips about choosing the right retirement plan for your circumstance.

Harley Brinsfield

Feb 16, 2018

In the 1950s, long before there were carry out sub sandwiches at hundreds of places in Baltimore, there were Harley Sandwich Shops, maybe 40 of them, selling what Harley Brinsfeld claimed was the very first submarine sandwich ever. Almost around the clock people stood in line for a Harley Sub sandwich —except for one very popular singing star. This is the story of Harley’s famous sub sandwich, his sandwich carry-out shops, and one privileged guest who never had to stand line for her Harley sub.

Ron Legler

Feb 16, 2018

Tom talks with Ron Legler, President of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center about what’s planned for the Hippodrome’s 2018-19 season.   

Anirban on trends related to women studying economics, wage growth, labor force participation and debt levels. 

Anirban gives an overview of a survey of Millenials' ideas around retirement savings. 


Winston Frazer, President and CEO of Danae Prosthetics joins us for today's '"Why Baltimore."

Baltimore’s African-American Maritime History

Feb 15, 2018

Did you know that the Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock, was founded in Baltimore in 1886 by Isaac Myers, a free African-American man? The Railway and Dry Dock’s location is now home to the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum, a part of the Living Classrooms Foundation. Candi Claggett is the Interpretation Coordinator at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum. She teaches us about the contributions Isaac Myers and abolitionist and writer, Frederick Douglass, made to the development of Baltimore’s maritime history.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Blue crabs are an important part of the Chesapeake region’s culture, diet, and economy. But crab remains are rare in archeological sites around the Bay. This has led some scientists to believe that Native Americans did not eat the beautiful swimmers that today we find so delicious.

"What we know about Native Americans ate is based on some historic records, but also on looking at the trash piles that Indians left, mostly on the shoreline of Chesapeake Bay," said Tuck Hines, Director of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. "And the majority of those trash piles are made up of oyster shells. But not much in the way of blue crab remains are generally found in those trash piles or 'middens.'"


Postpartum depression affects an estimated one out of nine women. These new moms must not only must acclimate to raising a newborn child, but also with the symptoms of this newfound depression. That’s no small feat.

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Al and Hugh recommend some Ogier wines from the complex Rhone Valley. 

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review three new books that explore the idea of immortality. Who doesn't want to live forever?


Feb 13, 2018
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Underneath the earth, spanning hundreds of miles below our feet, is a massive colony. Often referred to as the “internet of fungus”, this vast system of roots has the ability to connect with plants several miles away. Mycelium, the living body of a mushroom, is made up of a web of tiny filaments. It allows fungi, and other species, to communicate with each other. It helps plants receive water and nutrients and it can even help protect plants against certain infections. While all of this is happening below the ground, the mushroom we see above the earth is just as fascinating.

Winter Tapas

Feb 13, 2018
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Having been in Spain last Spring, Al came back with all sorts of ideas about serving tapas to his friends when they came over.  One might think tapas are warm weather concepts to, but it ain't necessarily so. There are cold winters in Spain, but that doesn't mean the tapas hibernate. 

The National Aquarium

From record storm surges in Texas to rampant wildfires in California, the news about climate change is, quite frankly, a little scary. Listen in to learn how to empower kids to mature into conservation-savvy adults.  

The Growth of the Inner Harbor

Feb 13, 2018

Michael Hankin, president and CEO at Brown Advisory, describes how downtown Baltimore has grown to be "integral to our identity" as a city, and discusses the 'Inner Harbor 2.0' project. 

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Hector walks us through a major accreditation program for physicians, health care plans and medical groups provided by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Voting on the Aquarium

Feb 9, 2018

On the evening of November 2, 1976, Baltimoreans were glued to their TV and radios—following the election results of Question 3 on the ballot—whether or not the city should build and operate what would be known as the National Aquarium in the Inner Harbor. It was a controversial idea from the outset, with City Councilman Emerson Julian calling the proposed aquarium, derisively, “nothing but a fish tank.” This is the story of how that so-called “fish tank” became one of the most visited tourist attraction in the world.