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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.

Stonestreet Winery/Facebook

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.

Wood Ducks

Dec 13, 2017
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Last week, while walking by the wetlands at Irvine, I saw a young male “dressed” elegantly and walking alongside the water. He wore chestnut on his body and iridescent green on top of his head.  A white collar extended along the side of his neck and a second one ran up each cheek. His bright red eyes glanced over at me as he descended into the water. Of course, this impressive attire wasn’t for my admiration. He was hoping to attract a female. This well-dressed creature is one of the most recognizable birds because of his decorative markings, and his scientific name, Aix Sponsa, echoes his beauty. The latin word “sponsa”, meaning betrothed, refers to this bird’s striking plumage as he appears to be dressed for a wedding. However, you probably know this dapper duck as a male wood duck.


According to a recent study, 43.5 million people provide unpaid care to an adult or child. Catherine shares some insights about the financial implications of caregiving. 

Swells Sharks

Dec 12, 2017
The National Aquarium

Though not particularly well known, swell sharks are unassuming, harmless to humans and completely fascinating. Listen in as we discuss one of the most remarkable animals we’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.   

A Living Treasure for Maryland's Youth

Dec 12, 2017
The Walters Art Museum

Julia Marciari-Alexander, Executive Director of the Walters Art Museum, talks about the importance of student field trips.

This week: Holidays shopping, unemployment rates, global aptitude tests, and more. 


On an evening in 1935, in the living room in a house in Baltimore, a husband and wife are sitting at a small table, facing each other. On the table there is a flat, two-foot square of cardboard. The woman leans over close to the board, and, head down close to the board, whispers,” Mother, can you hear me?” The woman is talking to the Ouija Board. In its time in Baltimore it was the way Baltimoreans talked to the dead…Really? Really!

"Diamond Jim"

Dec 7, 2017

In the early years of the 20th century, "Diamond Jim" Brady was a man of enormous appetites, for food, entertainment, and, of course, diamonds. 


What does it mean to retire early?  Well, according to Aperion Care, which has produced an interactive map indicating the official and average retirement ages for people around the world, the typical American leaves the workforce at the age of 63...

The Greater Baltimore region ranks 13th among the 25 largest metros for job growth, comparable to Washington, D.C., New York and San Diego. And more than $1 billion has been invested in Maryland firms in the last year. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Augie Chiasera, President of M&T Bank Greater Baltimore.

Maple Syrup

Dec 6, 2017
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As I was leaving work a few days ago, I decided to take a walk around the property to enjoy what was left of the daylight. As the days get shorter and colder, I have to make an extra effort to get outdoors. I started to walk down the trail, pulling my hat on tightly and zipping my coat up close around my chin. As I walked past brightly colored red and orange trees, I thought about how just a week ago the leaves were still green. Although all trees have sap that can be used to make syrup, Maple trees have a higher sugar content than any other tree.  For this reason, the Sugar Maple is the primary tree used to make syrup, thus giving it its name, maple syrup.

Odd Couples

Dec 6, 2017

You may be familiar with the old saying, “There’s a lid for every pot.” On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we celebrate Odd Couples.

Kosher Wines

Dec 6, 2017

Kosher wine has come a long way in quality and variety. Hugh and Al discuss this list of kosher wines from Quarry Wine and Spirits, and they learn what makes a wine kosher. 

Business in Frederick

I’m standing on the banks of the scenic Monocacy River in central Maryland, near Frederick.  As the sun sets, a full moon rises illuminating ragged rows of bone-white sycamores that flank the waterway as it winds through an historic landscape of Civil War battlefields.

Leaves drift by in the moonlight, like tiny brown kayaks.  And in fact, both the city of Frederick and the state of Maryland aggressively promote the Monocacy River for its kayaking and fishing.

But here on the river, you can hear a loud sound. It’s the sound of a waterfall that cascades into the river, down a tumble of granite boulders. You can tell it’s not a natural waterfall because the rocks are stained black and because of a powerful smell of ammonia: the gut-wrenching reek of raw human waste.

The waterfall pours into the river from the Frederick City Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The Environmental Integrity Project examined EPA and state records for the Frederick sewage plant and found that the plant dumped twice as much nitrogen pollution into the river – nearly 200,000 pounds --as its permit allowed last year. The problems continued into 2017, with the plant discharging – just from January through September – 30 percent more nitrogen pollution than it is legally permitted to release for an entire year.

Reading Between the Lines (Encore)

Dec 6, 2017

As adults, we know well the power of literacy – but how do we pass that along to our children in a way that encourages them to truly enjoy reading? Rona Sue London, children’s book curator at the Ivy Bookshop, tells us how she shares her love of reading with children.


Dec 6, 2017
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. 

Doesn’t everyone eat?

Dec 6, 2017

Having a child with a feeding disorder can be especially difficult during the holidays. Dr. Peter Girolami from Kennedy Krieger’s feeding disorders program tells about one mom’s worries about how to help her daughter overcome her feeding challenges.

Stick to It

Dec 6, 2017

Young children who watch adults remain committed to a task are more likely to try harder when performing their own tasks. Find out why this matters! 


The next few weeks will be a season of traditional celebration with lots of big hearty dinners.  So let's say you're going to be serving a big old roast beef; what is one of the best accompaniments?  Anyone from Great Britain will answer enthusiastically, Yorkshire Pudding! But as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has observed, this is one of those dishes that draws a puzzled shrug from most Americans.


Dec 5, 2017
Michael Busada

Will Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, discusses the EPA's endorsement of the use of Chlorpyrifos, a highly toxic insecticide.


Hector sorts out the essentials of the upcoming open enrollment period.

This week: Fitbits, vehicle sales, Harvard's endowment, and more. 

Tomás Saraceno

Dec 1, 2017
Mitro Hood

For this episode of “Art Matters,” BMA Director Christopher Bedford interviews Berlin-based artist Tomás Saraceno, who recently created a stunning new work titled Entangled Orbits for the BMA’s East Lobby. Chris and Tomás talk about the artist’s fascination with spiders—how they influence his work and how they can help us consider new ways of living in this galaxy.