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Tom Pelton

Privately, officials at the Baltimore Department of Public Works have been candid that they made a major mistake in a federally-mandated, billion-dollar project to upgrade the city’s leaky and overwhelmed sewer system.

By closing off 60 sewage outfalls before they increased the capacity of the system, city contractors caused sewage to overflow into hundreds or potentially thousands of city homes during rain storms, flooding basements with human waste.

"We didn’t really know the right order to do things in, necessarily," said Dana Cooper, general counsel for the city department, speaking in her office in November.   "And so when we closed those other 60 overflows that actually increased the number of basement backups that we saw in the city. Again, because the sewage has to go somewhere."

In public, however, city officials have taken a different position on who’s at fault for the rash of sewage floods in homes.  Almost 5,000 city residents reported backups last year. City and federal officials often blame the victims in Baltimore and suggest that the city ratepayers are negligent by throwing things like carpets, shoes and sanitary napkins into the sewer system.


After many years of rapid economic growth, energy producing regions of the nation are feeling the pain of lower oil and natural gas prices.  According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s quarterly report on household debt and credit, delinquencies on auto loans have spiked in U.S. counties that had the highest employment in the oil and gas industry. 

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With the push of a button, you can summon a driver, rent out your apartment, or hire someone to paint your fence. These are all possible because of mobile platforms that directly connect individuals to freelance work. What does the so-called “gig economy” mean for the future of work? Will full-time jobs with benefits eventually be a thing of the past? Supporters argue that these jobs offer flexibility and the opportunity to be your own boss. In this hour, we speak to a critic of the on-demand economy, who argues that sites like Uber and Upwork allow companies to cut costs while exploiting workers. Is the gig economy a raw deal? 

Baltimore County Government

Kevin Kamenetz is the Baltimore County Executive. He joins Tom in the studio for the first installment of our new series, Focus on the Counties, in which we talk with county executives about the issues impacting the region's residents.

In today's program, Kamenetz, a member of the Democratic Party, talks about the Baltimore County budget, as well as development updates for Tradepoint Atlantic, the former Sparrow's Point. 

Baltimore County is about to usher in a new era of police transparency with body cameras. Kamenetz discusses that decision and Baltimore County's support of the city following the uprising.

O'Neil Arnold

The National Orchestral Institute and Festival highlights the talent of young classical musicians during an annual month-long showcase at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park. Teddy Abrams, the 29-year-old Musical Director of the Louisville Orchestra, is among those selected to participate in the NOI following a rigorous application process.

On Saturday, Abrams will conduct Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1  Titan. The work will be accompanied by a dance performance. 

Abrams joins Tom on the line to discuss his efforts to bring classical music to young people growing up in a world of synthetic music.  

Economists continues to search for explanations regarding America’s soft economic growth.  The current expansion cycle has been associated with unusually slow growth, and 2016 has been no exception.  The economy expanded just zero point eight percent on an annualized basis during the first three months of the year. 

During the current election cycle, there has been a lot of discussion about protecting and creating manufacturing jobs in America.  Several candidates have railed against trade deals – one has proposed a forty five percent tariff on Chinese exports to the U.S. 

Toby Bozzuto - 6/14/16

Jun 14, 2016

As President and Chief Executive Officer of The Bozzuto Group, Toby Bozzuto is responsible for providing strategic as well as day-to-day leadership for the company and its nearly 2,000 employees, in addition to helping guide future growth for all four of the company’s operating businesses - Bozzuto Development, Bozzuto Construction, Bozzuto Management and Bozzuto Homes.

Toby joined The Bozzuto Group in 2001, in 2007 was named Partner, and in 2013 was named President. He previously worked with J.P. Morgan Chase's Real Estate Debt Group, and was also a financial analyst with Columbia National Real Estate Finance.

June 14, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - French Café Food

Well I've gone and done it again.  I've dashed off to Paris, looking for a mighty fine time, and I found it.  Vickie and I just spent a week there and a lot of time was spent, very pleasantly, in the cafés of Paris.  Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School agrees, there are few more evocative locales than a French café.

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