WYPR Programs

June 21, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Mulberries with Gwen Kokes

We are in prime time for berries here in Maryland. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, are all here or in the pipeline.  But there is one other berry that does well in Maryland that I have absolutely no cooking experience with, and that is the mulberry.  So we invited Gwen Kokes to school us on this big juicy berry.

Jay A. Perman - 6/21/16

Jun 21, 2016


Jay A. Perman, MD, became the sixth president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in July 2010.

A pediatric gastroenterologist, Perman continues to practice medicine through his weekly President’s Clinic, where he teaches team-based health care to students of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, law, and social work.

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Maryland’s woods, fields and urban spaces are full of food, if you know how to find it. Cattails, milkweed, wild ginger, mulberries. Did you know stinging nettles were edible? What about pine needles? More and more people are learning to utilize Maryland’s outdoor pantry. Like canning, knitting, and other skills we’d begun to forget, the ancient art of foraging has become trendy. Upscale restaurants now serve ingredients gathered from wild places, and foraging workshops are increasingly popular. What’s the appeal? Which are the greatest delicacies and how do you find them? And what’s the etiquette of filling your plate from the forest? We speak to Nick Spero, a biologist and longtime forager who teaches courses on wild edibles for the Natural History Society of Maryland, and Eric Kelly, the founder of Charm City Farms, an urban agriculture initiative that teaches self-sufficiency skills, including foraging. Kelly also founded a group called 'Foragers of Baltimore'.  



Greg and Hector discuss young adults, health care, and reality, and how millennials are handling their health care decisions.

It’s summer! A week from today thousands of young people in Baltimore will start a summer job – work that not only keeps boredom at bay, but teaches skills that can lead to careers. The city of Baltimore has lined up close to 8-thousand jobs, the same number it organized for YouthWorks last year in response to the unrest. It’s a big challenge. We talk to the head of the city’s jobs effort about how YouthWorks works, why businesses are interested in offering summer jobs, and why more don’t take part. We also meet an employer, a couple of the young workers, and a strategist behind a new set of jobs that teach work skills to young teens.

Sheri Parks

Culture Commentator Sheri Parks on reactions to the mass shooting in Orlando.  Was the shooter a self-radicalized terrorist, a deranged abuser, a virulent bigot, a self-loathing gay man, or some combination thereof?  As the dead are remembered and buried, what will we remember months and years from now about how this tragedy changed the conversation about the fight against terrorism, access to firearms, and bigotry against the LGBTQ community, Latinos, and Muslims?  Sheri Parks is an associate Dean and associate professor at the University of Maryland College Park.  She’ll help us unpack lessons from the massacre at Pulse nightclub.

Plus, Theater Critic J Wynn Rousuck reviews Godspell at Cockpit in Court.

Sheri Parks

Sheri Parks is a culture critic, associate professor in the Department of American Studies and Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming at the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland College Park.

She joins Tom to discuss the massacre in Orlando and how issues of terrorism, gun control and bigotry against the LGBTQ, Latino and the Muslim communities intersect.  Dr. Parks also discusses presidential politics and how President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and other politicians are reacting to the Orlando massacre. 

Photo by Tom Lauer

Godspell is a high-spirited, musical re-telling of the life and passion of Jesus Christ, created in 1971 by a 23-year-old wunderkind named Stephen Schwartz (who would later go on to score many more musical hits), with a book by John-Michael Tebelak. Since its Off-Broadway debut, Godspell has become an iconic and seemingly timeless work, played in numerous community theaters, touring companies and revivals, including a successful 2011 run on Broadway. Now, a new production of Godspell by Cockpit in Court is playing through Sunday (June 26) at the Essex Campus of the Community College of Baltimore.  Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck caught the show and joins Tom in the studio with her review.


Jun 19, 2016
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  Chef and Tony talk about entertaining outside.



As Maryland Morning focuses on the arts, Liz Lerman, a MacArthur award winning dancer and choreographer joins Tom to discuss her new appointment as a Professor in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.

Then, Donald Hicken, longtime head of the theater department at the Baltimore School of the Arts is retiring. He joins to share his reflections after three and a half decades of changing young lives.  And, Sharayna Christmas is a dancer, writer and the executive director of Muse 360, an organization that works with youth to cultivate their interests in the arts. Next month, Muse 360 will be taking a group of young people from Baltimore City to Havana, Cuba where for two weeks they’ll study history, Spanish and dance. The trip is being put together in conjunction with The African Diaspora Alliance and Frederick Douglass High School. Sharayna and two of her students share their thoughts about the upcoming trip.