WYPR Programs

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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  People are beginning to stay in place as they move into retirement.

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The death of forty-nine people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida marks the deadliest mass shooting in United States’ history. As new details emerge about the gunman, we discuss one factor that’s played a role in other shootings: mental illness. Is there a link between mental illness and mass shootings? Can a diagnosis of mental illness predict future violence? While politicians call for increased access to mental health treatment and laws to prevent those with mental illness from accessing firearms, researchers say that these conversations distract from a more effective remedy to mass shootings: gun law reform. 

Washington Post

In Baltimore City, approximately 25% of school-aged children drink one or more sodas per day. Should sugary drinks come with a label warning against the health risks? And, Prince’s death has been ruled an accidental overdose on the powerful drug fentanyl. In our monthly Healthwatch conversation, Baltimore City’s Health Commissioner Leana Wen, who is a leading voice against opioid abuse, joins Tom to discuss sugary drinks, prescription drug abuse and more. 

Tom then speaks with three local directors Katie Hileman, of the The Interrobang Theatre Company, Evan Moritz, of the Annex Theatre, and Genevieve de Mahy, of Single Carrot Theatre, about stepping out of the wings and onto the stage in Single Carrot Theatre’s Midlife. Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck has a review of Cohesion Theater’s production of Neverwhere.    Then we head over to Chestertown, Maryland, where residents are gearing up for their annual June 16th observance of Bloomsday, a celebration of James Joyce’s iconic work Ulysses. Bob Mooney, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Washington College, and actress Melissa McGlynn join Tom to share what folks can look forward to on Bloomsday.  

Professor Mikita Brottman is a psychoanalyst, cultural critic and Oxford-educated scholar of the humanities. She’d had the experience of teaching smart, well-prepared students at MICA … but what would it be like to share books she loved with men convicted of serious crimes, and serving time for them at Jessup Correctional Institute? She tells what it’s like in her new book, "The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men’s Prison." In this hour we talk to Brottman about what the experience meant. We ask what surprised her about the men and the workings of the prison, and how their discussions changed her view of literature. And we’ll meet one of her readers, now free.