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The Fierce Urgency of Now

Aug 29, 2017

Dr. "Kaye" Wise Whitehead on why we should "do more acting than reflecting and more activism than conversation."

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Catherine shares insights on the importance of a healthy lifestyle in planning for our retirement. 

The National Aquarium

The International Coastal Cleanup—the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from waterways, beaches, lakes and rivers—will be held on September 16.

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As the grilling season reaches its climax with Labor Day next week, we thought it might be fun to take an in-depth look atone of our favorite cook-out foods. We think the humble hamburger is just about a perfect... and perfectly satisfying food.  Jerry has thought a lot about the perfect hamburger.  Here are his thoughts.

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Dragonflies

Aug 29, 2017
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Flying insects are usually annoying. Mosquitoes can bite, leaving itchy red welts. Bees and wasps can sting. Flies are quick to invade your meal at a picnic. But there’s something really magical about dragonflies.

Ice Cream!

Aug 28, 2017

Tony and Chef Cindy help you get through the dog days of summer with a conversation about ice cream. They share their favorite flavors and some childhood memories of the delicious dessert. They also chat with Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams out of Columbus, Ohio, and David Alima of The Charmery right here in Baltimore - two ice cream makers with very creative takes on the frozen treat.

What you should be doing to prepare for retirement depends largely on how old you are today. As indicated by writer Kerry Hannon, if you are in your twenties and thirties, you may want to read a book on personal finance if you haven’t done so yet. You also want to sketch out your monthly budget, including items like rent, groceries, and loan repayments.  

Click on the image for The Morning Economic Reports for the week of August 21.

Bridget Armstrong

Aug 25, 2017

Tom talks with WYPR’s Bridget Armstrong, Midday Producer

Bridget is recommending:

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Poetry and Parkway

Aug 25, 2017
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Up into the 1970s, Baltimoreans could tune in on their radios to station WCAO at midnight and listen to—poetry! It was an hour of readings, to the accompaniment soft organ music, originating from the Parkway Theater on North Avenue.

“The last reading of the last night of the poetry hour read here comes a time to say the song is through.”

And for Baltimore’s first lat and only poetry hour it was.

Ed Callahan

Aug 24, 2017

In the last decade, the Baltimore region has quietly emerged as a hub for marketing and creative agencies developing a reputation for branding and digital marketing not only for many local businesses but for national and global brands.

Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Ed Callahan, Co-Founder of Planit, a strategic creative agency based in Baltimore that has been recognized as one of Advertising Age's Small Agencies of the Year.

Judy Pittinger

Aug 24, 2017

The cornerstone of Maryland Humanities’ mission is lifelong learning in the humanities. Judy Pittenger, a former Roland Park Country School teacher who now offers continuing education courses through the school’s Kaleidoscope program, tells us more about the value of lifelong learning.

In August, 1776, 400 Marylander s of the “Dandy 5th” Regiment fought bravely to hold the American line in Brooklyn Heights, New York, while George Washington and his troops beat a hasty retreat after a disastrous encounter with the British. 

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) is up for reauthorization in September. Without this crucial evidence-based program, many at-risk pregnant women and parents with young children will not get the services they need to be healthy and productive.

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Tom Pelton

In the Guilford neighborhood of North Baltimore, what had been a scenic man-made lake – a drinking water reservoir, high atop a hill, surrounded by a walking path -- has been transformed into a muddy construction site.

The Guilford Reservoir has been drained, and the tall grassy dams surrounding it are being bulldozed.  Cranes, backhoes and teams of workers are replacing the open drinking water storage pond with underground water storage tanks.

It is part of a $400 million project by the Baltimore Department of Public Works to rebuild five post-treatment, above-ground drinking water storage reservoirs – including Druid Lake and Lake Ashburton – to comply with new EPA drinking water safety regulations.  

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Upholding Universal Values

Aug 22, 2017

Josh Fidler reflects on his commentaries and his "communitarian" perspective. 


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For Maryland white corn lovers, this is high season, a treasured slice of time when life is as good as a buttery, salty ear of fresh corn on the cob.  Although corn on the cob is arguably the best way to enjoy it, there are a lot of other iterations of corn that are pretty wonderful too. And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino points out, one thing that always makes our eyes brighten is the mention of corn pudding on the menu.

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Blue Crabs

Aug 22, 2017
The National Aquarium

Their Latin name means beautiful swimmers and they are not only our state crustacean, but also an excellent indicator of the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Let’s take a closer look at blue crabs.


Barred Owl

Aug 22, 2017
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The rich baritone hooting of my favorite owl species is a characteristic sound in our listening area, where breeding pairs often call back and forth to one another.

Bird enthusiasts quickly learn this easy-to-recognize rhythm with the mnemonic “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?” It is, all bird watchers will tell you, the sound of the magnificent barred owl.

 


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


Improving Educational Outcomes

Aug 18, 2017

Sarah Hemminger of Thread explains why "we need to think about learning as more than just a nine month endeavor."

Rachel Moore

Aug 18, 2017

Tom talks with Rachel Moore from Love Never Dies.

Exodus and Johnny Pica

Aug 18, 2017

On the moonless night of February 9, 1947. A shadowy melodrama was being played out on the Lancaster street dock and aboard the ship moored to it. Boys were to be seen loading the ship and with munitions. They were boys from Little Italy and from the Jewish Community Center—recruited off the basketball court of the Jewish Community Center together, at work, not realizing it, founding a country.

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Click on the picture for The Morning Economic Reports for the week of August 14. 

Reading Partners

Aug 17, 2017

The transformative power of literacy is well documented. Reading Partners Baltimore, a local nonprofit, seeks to ensure every Baltimore student has the tools to become a lifelong reader. Allison Jones, regional site coordinator and AmeriCorps Fellow, tells us more.

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Debbie Gosselin

Aug 17, 2017

Baltimore ranks as a top destination for travelers. Summer is coming to a close but visitors and locals alike are still getting the most they can out of Baltimore's land and water amenities. Joining us for Why Baltimore is Debbie Gosselin, owner of Watermark Journey—a local water tour and charter company.

Changing child care setting can be stressful on young children and negatively affect their social development. 

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