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Today, in the November installment of our monthly series, Living Questions, a look at Native American spiritual practice and the sanctity of tribal land.  We’ll examine how tribal traditions have factored into the months-long conflict between the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of North Dakota and Energy Transfer Partners, a Dallas-based company trying to complete the 1200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline at a Missouri river crossing near the tribe’s reservation.  The standoff at Standing Rock has become an historic gathering of Native Americans and other activists.  We’ll talk with Akim Reinhardt, a professor of American Indian history at Towson University,  Ann Duncan, associate professor of religion at Goucher College, and Richard Meyers, an Oglala Sioux and coordinator of the American Indian Studies program at South Dakota State University, who’s joined the Standing Rock protests.  Spiritual practice and the intersection of religious freedom, property rights, and the US Constitution -- and your calls -- in this edition of Midday's Living Questions.

Last summer, Governor Larry Hogan canceled funding for Baltimore’s long-awaited east-west light rail system, the Red Line. Soon after, he announced the city would instead receive $135 million for a revamped transit system. It’s called BaltimoreLink; it has many components, one of which is a redesign of the entire bus system with 12 new high-frequency routes. That part is called CityLink. In the year since the announcement, the Maryland Transit Administration has released a draft of the bus plan and then revised it based on more than 1,000 suggestions from riders. The new bus system is slated to be completely underway by next summer. Paul Comfort, administrator of the Maryland Transit Administration, joins us to discuss BaltimoreLink.

Following up on last week's discussion on getting ahead of the game with Thanksgiving dinner, Tony and Chef Cindy tackle the task of picking libations for the celebration. From Riesling for the adults to nonalcoholic punch for the kids, they will give you some great ideas of what to drink with your meal.

Time for the next installment in our weekly feature from the Stoop Storytelling Series. Sometimes, when you follow your dreams, things don’t turn out the way you hoped. In high school, Jeff Eline learned this lesson the hard way. Tune in to hear why matching outfits, a missed key change, and a nosebleed doomed his high school band. You can listen to more stories, and learn about Stoop shows and The Stoop podcast, all at stoopstorytelling.com. You can also buy tickets there now for The Stoop Holiday Show at The Senator Theater on Dec. 6th. 

Today we discuss music and the mind with a man who is an expert in both. Dr. Richard Kogan is a psychiatrist as well as a world-renowned concert pianist. He is known for his presentations on the psychology of the great composers--presentations that are half lecture and half recital, with Dr. Kogan illustrating his points by playing passages of music. Dr. Kogan is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical Center in New York City, where he is Artistic Director of the Music and Medicine Program. He will be performing at Goucher College tomorrow, and with the BSO on Sunday. 

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The debate over the future of hydraulic fracturing in Maryland is heating up, with growing numbers of towns and counties across the state voting to ban the controversial natural gas-drilling method, also known as “fracking.” In January, state lawmakers will have to decide if they want to impose a permanent ban on fracking, or allow it to proceed when the moratorium ends next October. But with a changing political and economic landscape, dueling studies of fracking’s impact on the environment and new state drilling regulations, it is not clear how this long-running debate will be resolved. 

Drew Cobbs, the Executive Director of the Maryland Petroleum Council, and Mitch Jones, an anti-fracking activist and a senior policy advocate at Food and Water Watch, join guest host Nathan Sterner to explore the risks and benefits and the uncertain road ahead for fracking in Maryland. 

Matt Lenz

Nov 18, 2016


Tom talks with Matt Lenz, the director of A Christmas Story: The Musical, at the Hippodrome Theater December 6-11, 2016.

Detroit is making a comeback.  As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the unemployment rate in the Detroit metropolitan area sat at five point four percent in September.  Detroit was one of the hardest hit communities during the recession, with a regional unemployment rate that peaked above seventeen percent in mid-two thousand and nine. 

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average fuel economy of twenty fifteen model year vehicles increased by half a gallon to a record high of nearly twenty five miles per gallon.  Mazda had the highest average fuel economy at nearly thirty miles per gallon.  Fiat Chrysler had the lowest, at less than twenty one miles per gallon.