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For the week of January 26, Anirban covers car sales, the U.S. trade deficit and the U.S. debt burden. 

Elizabeth Strout

Jan 26, 2018

Tom talks with Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Elizabeth Strout.

Elizabeth is recommending:

The Collected Stories of William Trevor

Number Writers

Jan 26, 2018
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In the 1940s and 1950s, before the Maryland lottery and the casinos, the betting action on the street was “on the numbers” -- and illegal. It was the bookmakers who took the bets and who controlled the action that were the target of Captain Alexander Emerson’s raids on their “places of business.” His continuing raids, staged to get them to shut down their operations and send them to jail, made him a threat to and the nemesis of their livelihood. When he died there was a coffin-side eulogy for him by a former victim…

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger tells us about the economic impact of the Port of Baltimore.

This is a rebroadcast.

Documenting Traditions in Maryland

Jan 25, 2018

Did you know that Business Insider reported that, in 2016, over 68 million people watched documentary films on Netflix? How do filmmakers create a documentary that both resonates with an audience and helps to preserve local history?  Matt Kelley, filmmaker and CEO of Human Being Productions, talks about the company’s mini-documentary series, Traditions.  Each video in the series centers on the history of a Maryland institution.

Dashiell Hammett, born on Maryland's Eastern Shore in 1894, worked for the Pinkerton Detective Agency before turning to writing, creating such memorable characters as Sam Spade and The Thin Man.

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Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced that it would open up the entire Eastern Seaboard to offshore drilling – including at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

“Offshore energy production will reduce the cost of energy, create countless new jobs, and make America more secure and far more energy independent,” Trump said.

Immediately after the announcement, the Republican governor of Florida, Rick Scott – leader of a politically important swing state where Trump maintains a waterfront mansion -- met with Trump’s secretary of the interior, Ryan Zinke. The governor voiced his strong objection to the offshore drilling near his state, because oil spills and unsightly oil platforms might put Florida’s tourism industry at risk.

Zinke quickly switched positions, and announced that Florida – but only Florida – was exempt and would not have offshore drilling.

 

So now we are into 2018, which means that we are in the midst of another year during which people will be both fretting about and preparing for retirement.  As indicated by U.S. News, there are some reasons to believe that your retirement will be meaningfully better than the one your grandparents lived. At the heart of this optimism are technological advances...

On this episode, Marion reviews three new books that feature rather unstable female protagonists. 

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During these cold, dark weeks I like to pass the time cozying up with some of my old cookbooks.  One book I return to time and again is called "Scheherazade's Feast" by Habeeb Salloum.  The book finds inspiration in the cuisine of the medieval Arab world, including the region of Morocco. The recipes are adapted for the modern kitchen, and as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School can attest, Moroccan cooking is outright fabulous. And to boot, it pairs up extremely well with locally produced Maryland meats, seafood and vegetables.

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What animals do you think exhibit the most kaleidoscopic variety of colors and patterns in the wildest diversity of forms in the animal kingdom? Tropical birds? Rain forest frogs? Well, move over toucans; and hop aside, poison-dart frogs. Because the prize for the most flamboyant group of animals out there has to go to the 3,000 species that make up the sub-class called nudibranchs.

If Maryland increases the Child Care Subsidy rates so that we are subsidizing parents up to the federally-recommended 75% of child care settings in their communities, families will have more choices and access to better programs. 

MERF Wines

Jan 24, 2018
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Hugh and Al give us the lowdown on a new value wine distributed by the well-known Pacific Northwest winemaker David "Merf" Merfeld.

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After brunch this Saturday, I was looking out the kitchen window while rinsing some dishes. Perching in a tree overlooking one of our bird feeders was a crow-sized hawk I hadn’t noticed before. From my vantage point, it appeared lightly colored in the front, with dark wings. I turned off the faucet to lean forward and get a closer look, when the hawk swooped into action. It flew toward the feeder, scattering visiting songbirds in all directions. A cardinal took off for the bushes and some house sparrows shot for the forest line.

For the nearly 150 years since college students have been playing organized sports, the deck has been decidedly stacked against the collegians.

Well, the times appear to be changin’, what with a series of votes last week during the NCAA’s annual convention.

A panel of the largest schools in the NCAA, college sports’ governing body, passed four changes to the way athletics will be run, going forward.

Charity Angél Dawson

Jan 22, 2018

Tom talks with Charity Angél Dawson, who wrote the Book for Waitress at the Hippodrome Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2018.

Teaching the Teachers

Jan 22, 2018

Lisa Carey, a special education consultant with Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education, tells about a teacher from Baltimore City Schools who inspired her. She shares how she was reminded of why she loves her job of helping teachers learn ways to be even better teachers, especially for students who learn differently.

Also for the week of January 19: the state of retailers and cooperation among U.S. and global cities. 

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On the night of January 16, 1967, the sidewalk under the marquee of the Mechanic Theatre at Charles and Baltimore streets was the scene of bright lights and cameras flashing and celebrities working the crowd. The occasion was the Grand Opening of the Mechanic—which would close after three years, stay dark for two years and reopen nine years later in n 1976. It closed for the last time in 2004—after 37 years, As they say in show biz, not a bad run.

"Hunch Meat" Literary Anthology

Jan 18, 2018

Sixteen years old isn’t the standard age for an Editor-in-Chief, but June Keating dreamt up a literary anthology and with the help of a team, she’s bringing it to fruition. The high school junior in the Literary Arts program at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology talks about her anthology, Hunch Meat.

Lance Lucas

Jan 18, 2018

Founder of Digit All Systems, Lance Lucas’s program has trained more than 10,000 students in programming through partnerships with 60 schools in Baltimore City. With the Cyber Warrior Diversity Program, Digit All has partnered with Coppin State and Morgan State to provide students with cyber security training and certification testing.

Let’s say that you work for a company offering automatic enrollment in their retirement plan. That’s a good thing. In such instances, the employer will typically enroll an employee in the plan once he or she meets eligibility requirements. At that point, a certain percentage of the paycheck, known as the contribution rate, will be directed into the investment fund the company has selected...

Madeira

Jan 17, 2018
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One type of fortified wine that has fallen off the radar is Madeira. Al and Hugh tell us more about the wine and give their picks. 

Quick Reads

Jan 17, 2018

This week, a trio of books that feaure big stories in small packages. 

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A few weeks ago we offered our listeners a long list of handy holiday gifts for home cooks.  One of our suggestions was the new sous vide systems that use a submersible wand to handle the temperature control side of things.  So guess what?  I ended up getting one for Christmas, and I've already used it a couple times.  With Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School at my side with advice, I am confident that I will master this technique.

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The sun was setting behind a sea of pink and steel gray clouds at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on Maryland’s Eastern shore when a few dozen, then hundreds, then thousands of migrating geese rose into the sky with an explosion of wings.

Next to these wetlands is a futuristic-looking building with an array of solar panels and green roof.

This is the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center, which the Maryland Department of Natural Resources opened last year. It honors Tubman, the antislavery freedom fighter, who lived and hid runaway slaves here among the trackless marshes and loblolly pine forests surrounding the Blackwater River.

Angela Crenshaw, assistant manager of the facility, said the center focuses in part on nature because Tubman was a master of surviving alone in the wilderness.  She was a slave who escaped through the woods to freedom in the North and then returned a dozen times to personally rescue about 80 more people.

“Harriet Tubman was the ultimate outdoorswoman, which is the aspect of her life that I like to talk about the most,” Crenshaw said.

  

Food Insecurity

Jan 17, 2018

When a young child experiences regular bouts of food insecurity they are more likely to be unprepared for kindergarten than children who know where the next meal is coming from. 

Snowbirds

Jan 16, 2018
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One of my favorite parts of winter is the snowbirds. No, not the people who spend the cold months in Florida each year... I’m talking about the beautiful, artic birds like Tundra Swans, Snowy Owls, and Red Crossbills. Some of my most rewarding birdwatching has occurred in the winter months when bare trees and quiet parks create the perfect condition for seeing different species of birds.

Sondes (Encore)

Jan 16, 2018
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When we talk about improvements in local water quality, what does that mean? Moreover, how can we be sure? Take a listen to learn more about the technology at work in assessing the Inner Harbor. 

This is a re-air. 

Crediting the Change-Makers

Jan 16, 2018

Michael Hankin, president and CEO at Brown Advisory, acknowledges some of the leaders that he's worked with in 2017.

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