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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Maryland's Not-So-Prominent Role in Writing the U.S. Constitution

Samuel Chase, referred to sometimes as "Old Bacon Face", was one of Maryland's delegates to the constitutional convention. Painted by John Beale Bordley.
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Sheilah talks with David O. Stewart about Maryland's contribution to the writing of the Constitution in 1787.
On July 4th, we mark our country’s declaration of independence from Britain in 1776. It was another 11 years before we’d draft the framework of laws that guide our country today: During a humid summer in Philadelphia 1787, 55 delegates from a dozen states gathered to write our constitution. Some of those men tower in our memories to this day. Virginia’s delegation, for example, included James Madison, George Mason, and George Washington. And, Maryland? Historian David O. Stewart writes in his book “The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution”, that Maryland did not send her most distinguished citizens to the convention. Sheilah Kast spoke with him about it in August 2007.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri July 4, 2014

The "Central Park Five" Settle Lawsuit Against New York City

Tom talks with filmmakers Sarah Burns and David McMahon, as well as Raymond Santana, one of the "Central Park Five".
In 1989, five black and Latino teens in New York were indicted and then wrongfully convicted of raping a white 28-year-old investment banker named Tricia Meili, while she was jogging in Central Park. The five teens served five to seven years in jail before being exonerated for that crime. Last month, they agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit against New York City for a reported $41 million.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Why Rafael Alvarez Calls Baltimore "The Holy Land"

Tom talks with Baltimore writer Rafael Alvarez about his book of short stories, "Tales from the Holy Land".

The writer Rafael Alvarez is a former reporter for The Baltimore Sun.  These days, you’ll still see his byline from time to time in the Sun and many other local publications.  He worked for a while on "The Wire" with his former Sun colleague David Simon, and earlier this year, he published his eighth book. It’s a collection of short stories in which he introduces us to the kind of people and neighborhoods that give Baltimore its unshakable reputation for quirkiness. It’s called Tales from the Holy Land. Rafael Alvarez joins Tom Hall in the studio to talk about it.

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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Baltimore's Song That Nobody Knows

 The story of the song nobody knows: Baltimore City's "song" was written by a Sun paper reporter who wrote poetry on the side.

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Humanities Connection
5:02 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Gilmor's Raid

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  Maryland played a pivotal role during the Civil War. The war between brothers was fought around us and in our backyards.

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The First Five Years
4:50 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

The First Five Years: Communication

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The First Five Years on "Communication."

From the day they're born, children communicate in many ways. For example, crying can mean  boredom, hunger or pain depending on the pitch and volume. The national nonprofit Zero to Three has some tips to help parents encourage language development in babies.

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3:30 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

"Maryland Line"

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 8, 1-2 p.m.
1:51 pm
Wed July 2, 2014


Brigid Schulte, a mother of two and reporter at The Washington Post, talks about time management and juggling life's competing agendas. Original air date 6/26/14

Production help from Midday intern Brian Gilbert

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 8, 12-1 p.m.
1:47 pm
Wed July 2, 2014


In a collection of short stories, Dartmouth College graduate and Iraq War veteran Phil Klay describes the tedium, bloodshed and chaos experienced by Marines during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Original air date 6/10/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. July 7, 1-2 p.m.
12:55 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Midday on Health with Dr. John Cmar

Experts warn antibiotic-resistant bacteria could soon become a major public health problem.

The World Health Organization recently reported that antibiotic-resistant bacteria is “a problem so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine.” A look at the origins of this problem and what it could mean for global public health with Midday contributor Dr. John Cmar, infectious diseases specialist at Sinai Hospital and the head of the hospital's Antibiotic Stewardship Committee. Original air date 6/2/14

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