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The U.S. economy expanded by a lackluster one point five percent on an annualized basis during the third quarter, but don’t blame consumers.  Spending by consumers on goods like furniture and services like healthcare and insurance advanced at more than twice the pace of the overall economy during the July to September quarter. 


Nov 10, 2015

November 10, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Okra

A few weeks ago I was having dinner at the Ambassador Dining Room, Baltimore's premier Indian restaurant.  Our meal started out with two vegetable appetizers, including a fabulous squash dish that featured okra.  It was wonderful, and it made me wonder, why doesn't everybody love okra?

Smart Streets and Urban Transformation

Nov 10, 2015

  “An urban transformation is underway, and smart streets are at the heart of it.” These are the words of Samuel Schwartz, a man who spent two decades as New York City’s traffic commissioner and managed to walk away from the experience an optimist. He’s just written a book titled, “Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars,” and he joins us this hour with a look back at how city streets were taken over by cars… and how those streets are beginning to get reclaimed by pedestrians and bicyclists. Also joining us this hour: urban planner and architect Klaus Philipsen, for a look at transportation possibilities and problems here in Maryland. Our state just got a grade of D on its transportation report card and the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance's Brian O'Malley tells us why. 


We have five senses; ask any schoolchild and they can rattle them off on the fingers of one hand: hearing, taste, smell, touch and sight.

Winter Prep

Nov 10, 2015
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All across our listening area, many Canada geese are flying in their “V” formations heading south. White-tailed deer have changed into their dull brown winter coats. And fox kits are getting fatter and furrier. 

Even though fall has truly arrived and winter’s snow is soon to follow, our local wildlife doesn’t halt its daily routines. During this time of year, animals Maryland-wide are modifying their behavior patterns and adjusting in some really interesting ways.

Those concerned by global warming might presume that the entire planet will suffer if the earth continues to get hotter.  But a recent article published in the scientific journal Nature indicates that the economic impacts will vary significantly between nations. 

Urbanite returns with a special issue on Baltimore's uprising, "Truth, Reconciliation, and Baltimore". Print issues hit the streets today, and the digital version is available here. We'll hear from Tracy Ward, the magazine's publisher; Lionel Foster, a former staff writer and editor of the special issue; and former editor Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson.

In the last few weeks, there has been much discussion about Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano and the troubled state of Baltimore’s public housing.  Some residents of public housing, have been living in this troubled state for years.

Mr. Graziano enjoys the support of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, and some public housing residents who gave him a somewhat limited endorsement last week, but several mayoral candidates have called for Graziano to resign.  There have been allegations of sexual abuse on the part of maintenance workers in the Gilmor Homes and other locations.  Two union representatives in the Department were disciplined after they filed an affidavit in the lawsuit surrounding those allegations.  They were later reinstated.   Senior Citizens went without heat or water for several days last month at the Lakeview Towers in Reservoir Hill.  And, questions arose last week about the elimination of the Inspector General’s office at the Housing Authority.  Over the years, there have been lawsuits on issues ranging from lead paint to segregation, and soon after Mr. Graziano was appointed to his position by then Mayor Martin O’Malley, he was arrested at a Fells Point Bar. for a drunken, anti-gay tirade.  He entered rehab, and he’s stayed on to head the housing agency for the last 15 years.

We have asked Mr. Graziano several times to be on our show, and he has, through a spokesperson, declined those invitations.  But today we want to talk about Paul Graziano’s leadership of the city’s largest agency, as well as some of the bigger-picture political, racial and economic dynamics of public housing. Luke Broadwater joins me on the phone from his home in Baltimore.  He wrote an excellent profile of Mr. Graziano in yesterday’s Baltimore Sun.  And Ed Goetz is on the line from Paris. He’s professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota and the author of a book called  New Deal Ruins: Race, Economic Justice and Public Housing Policy

Penguin Press

Tomorrow night at 7:30 pm at the Maryland Institute College of Art, fans of Morning Edition will get a chance to hear from the host of that very popular program, Steve Inskeep. He’ll be at the Brown Center here in Baltimore in an event hosted by our very own Nathan Sterner.

He’ll talk about his work on America’s most listened-to radio show, and his new book, Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and the Great American Land Grab, which chronicles the rivalry of two strong-willed leaders in the years after the war of 1812.  Steve Inskeep joins Tom Hall from NPR studios in Washington.

Happenstance Theater

Cabaret Noir summons up a world where Philip Marlowe or Mike Hammer or, for that matter, Guy Noir would feel right at home.

Stage versions of film noir aren’t new – Sunset Boulevard and City of Angels were big, glitzy Broadway musicals that won Tony Awards.

Washington-based Happenstance Theatre takes a much more low-key approach. Cabaret Noir is an ensemble-created work based in stylized movement, humor, mime, dance and a dash of puppetry. The show is making its world premiere at the Theatre Project.