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The Trump administration is five weeks old today, and there’s never a dull moment. His solo press conference in week four was, depending on your political persuasion, either free-wheeling and refreshing, or out of control and terrifying. You might say that week five was calmer for President Trump than weeks 1-4. Or has this presidency, as some have suggested, become normalized, even though many people think that this White House is anything but? 

This week we hear a story from Mimi Dietrich about a chance meeting between a group of quilters and a rock band. You can listen to more stories, and learn about Stoop shows and The Stoop podcast, here.

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Marceline White, executive director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, tells us about a study of the factors that determine how much you pay for car insurance—not just driving record, but marital status, occupation, and gender. Turns out, being female is hazardous to your wallet when your premium is due.

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Maryland’s oyster sanctuaries could shrink by eleven percent if a draft plan from state natural resource officials goes into effect. The Bay’s oyster population is already a tiny fraction of what it once was. What would these changes mean? Tim Wheeler of the Bay Journal joins us to talk about what’s at stake for the Bay’s famous bivalves as well as for the watermen who depend on them.

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After a long day at work, a lot of folks just don’t feel like cooking an elaborate multi-course meal. Sometimes, it’s just easier to dump it all in a pot and start cooking. Resident foodies John Shields of Gertrude’s Restaurant and Sascha Wolhandler of Sascha’s 527 join Tom with tips on one-pot wonders.  

So, What Ya Got Cookin? Do you have a go-to lasagna dish? A favorite stew or soup?  Let’s share some recipes and tips for crock pots and dutch ovens and whatever your favorite pot is.  

 John is a chef, author and the owner of Gertrude’s Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art.  Sascha and her husband Steve Susser run Sascha’s 527 Restaurant and Catering in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Charm City.

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Each Thursday, we cover the regional thespian scene with Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck.  Today, Judy brings us her conversation with Baltimore native Susan R. Rose.  She’s a theater and film producer whose Broadway credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hurlyburly and Bloodknot. She has also produced movies for NBC, CBS, Showtime and Lifetime.

Rose's latest production, Motherhood Out Loud, is a compendium of more than 20 short pieces by more than a dozen playwrights. Motherhood Out Loud has been produced from coast to coast as well as abroad.  Tomorrow, it will make its Baltimore debut at the Vagabond Players, where it runs through March 19.

J. Wynn Rousuck spoke with Susan Rose on February 14th  from Argot Studios in New York , the city to which Rose moved when her production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat arrived there in the 1980s.

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Last week, the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, released an outline of how House Republicans hope to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care. The legislative blueprint, which offers no precise cost estimates, includes significant changes to Medicaid, grants to states, health savings accounts, and tax credits. Similar repeal-and-replace drafts are circulating as well among Republicans in the Senate, and will have to be reconciled with the House proposal.

On Wednesday, the US Conference of Mayors called for a National Day of Action to talk about the potential consequences of repealing Obama Care.  The Mayors point to  impacts on the health and safety of low income residents of their cities, and the financial strain changes may put on local hospitals.

Today on the Midday Healthwatch, Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore's  health commissioner (and first-time expectant mom!), joins Tom to talk about what the effects of an ACA repeal might be on Charm City.  We’ll take your calls, your questions and comments. 

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Maryland’s legislature has given Attorney General Brian Frosh authority to sue the federal government without first seeking the approval of the governor or General Assembly. We sit down with Frosh to discuss his recommendation for new statewide guidelines for testing and storing rape kits, as well as his thoughts on President Trump’s executive order on immigration and regulation of drug prices.

In today’s episode Chanel, a Frederick Douglass High School student, produced and narrated a radio diary about her identity as a gender non-conformist. Chanel, who also goes by Cory, is committed to dispelling stereotypes about gender identity and expression.

Retired Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, former chair of the joint chiefs of staff, has strong views about former military officers spouting off in political conventions, society’s duty to those displaced by wars, and the power of the national anthem at sports events. He shares his thoughts ahead of his appearance in the Baltimore Speakers Series.

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