WYPR Programs

The First Five Years
2:51 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

The First Five Years: The Growing Need for Inclusive Child Care

The demand for child care to accommodate children with special needs is substantial. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say one in 68 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder each year. Thankfully, Maryland Family Network's LOCATE: Child Care is here to help.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Mar. 18th, 1-2 P.M.
2:05 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Calling Out Racism

Officials at the University of Maryland are investigating an email sent by a Kappa Sigma fraternity member that contained racist language.

A spate of racial hate speech -- fraternity chants at the University of Oklahoma, a frat email at the University of Maryland, Facebook comments about black men in a Baltimore County neighborhood -- surface as the nation observes the 50th anniversary of the 1965 civil rights marches and the country's long struggles with racial equality. Does the wide reporting of the incidents in social and mainstream media, and strong reaction to them, suggest racial progress the incidents themselves would seem to mock? What in the national culture still provides a space for such behavior?

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Midday to Dan Rodricks: Wed. Mar. 18th, 12-1 P.M.
2:04 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Calling Out Black Men

Credit P. Kenneth Burns

In her State of the City address, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called on black men to do more to prevent violence in the city. Responses have been mixed, with the mayor's plea coming during a time of heightened concern about police misconduct and a run of highly-publicized racial incidents across the country.

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The Morning Economic Report
9:10 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Luxury Home Market - 3/18/15

While America’s apartment market continues to boom as homeownership rates fall in America, the owner occupied portion of the housing market continues to recovery slowly.  One exception to this is the market for newly constructed luxury homes.  The expanding wealth of the already rich is impacting the demand for expensive new construction. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Reenvisioning Maryland's Criminal Justice System

Credit Kate Ter Haar / Flickr / Creative Commons

For evidence that Maryland’s criminal justice system needs reform, some point to its recidivism rate: the inefficiency shown in the fact that three years after inmates leave prison, four out of ten are back behind bars. There’s a bipartisan drive in the legislature to create a task force that would attach Maryland to a reform movement called the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, or JRI. It's a multi-state effort run by the U.S. Justice Department and the Pew Center on the States. We turned to Governor Hogan’s point man on the issue, Christopher Shank, who heads the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed March 18, 2015

"Facing The Great War": Baltimore Students Explore Fort McHenry's World War I Legacy

Injured soldier, M. Giovanni. U.S. General Hospital No. 2, Fort McHenry, Baltimore. May 2, 1919. MdHS, PP32.932.

If you think Maryland’s spectacular celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 told you all the interesting history of Fort McHenry, think again. A century ago, another armed conflict was starting in Europe, a combat that would grow into the first World War. A hospital at Fort McHenry would care for the American wounded of that war. We get a chance to learn more about the hospital, the fort, and the impact of the war through a collaboration among the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Maryland Historical Society and the National Park Service, which runs Fort McHenry. Stage production and acting students have been working with theater faculty, researching the period and the result is three short plays that will be performed at Fort McHenry this Saturday and next week.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Bridge To Healing: Finding Strength To Cope With Illness

Credit Mazo Publishers

Israela Meyerstein is a licensed clinical social worker and family therapist who has had a private therapy practice in Baltimore for almost 40 years.  She is the co-founder of the Baltimore Jewish Healing Network, and she’s written a book about the role that spirituality can play when individuals and families confront a serious medical challenge.  The book is called Bridge to Healing: Finding Strength to Cope with IllnessIsraela Meyerstein is herself a cancer survivor, and her book is, in part, a chronicle of her experience with her disease, as well as observations about the emotional component of being a patient. Today, she joins host Tom Hall in the studio to talk about her new book.

The Nature of Things
5:14 pm
Tue March 17, 2015


Credit New Hampshire Wildlife

One of the more peculiar native animals in our listening area seems like it could have come from the inspired imagination of a Hollywood director.

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The Environment In Focus
3:58 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Honoring a Champion of the Chesapeake Bay

Someday, when a history is written about the long and not always successful war to restore the Chesapeake Bay, a chapter will be devoted to one of the bay’s greatest heroes:  John Griffin.

Over more than three decades, Griffin labored – often behind the scenes, working 70 hour weeks-- for four Maryland governors as the state’s deputy secretary or secretary of Natural Resources.  With the change in administrations in January, Griffin – now 68 years old -- finally resigned from his final job with the state, as Governor Martin O’Malley’s chief of staff.

As chairman of the Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet from 2007 to 2013, Griffin led Maryland’s efforts to meet new pollution limits for the nation’s largest estuary, set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010.

But, oddly enough, his lifelong devotion to conservation did not grow out of the bay – but instead, out of his childhood, growing up in part in New Mexico.  There, in the stark but stunning western landscapes outside Albuqurque, he hunted, fished and camped with his father, an air force bomber pilot. Father and son visited Native American reservations, which inspired reverence in John.

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A Blue View
3:32 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Underwater Masterpieces: Nudibranchs - 3/17/15

Credit Wikipedia

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.

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