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In our occasional series Focus on the Countieswe've been talking with Maryland county executives about how they're addressing the needs and concerns of the region's residents.  In today's program, Tom is joined in the studio by Anne Arundel County Executive Steven R. Schuh.

Schuh  was  sworn  in as Anne Arundel's 9th County Executive on December 1, 2014, after defeating incumbent Laura Neuman in the Republican primary and defeating former three-term Sheriff George Johnson in the General Election.

The 55-year-old Baltimore native and long-time Anne Arundel County resident holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from Dartmouth College. Schuh holds two Master's degrees – a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Education from Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University, respectively.  He is the father of two college-age children.

Before his election as County Executive, Schuh served two terms in the Maryland General Assembly as the Republican representative of District 31, which includes Pasadena, and parts of Glen Burnie and Brooklyn Park.

(left) Miriam Berkely

James Magruder's Love Slaves Of Helen Hadley Hall tells the story, through the medium of a ghostly narrator, of a group of reckless Yale graduate students trying to find themselves in the early 1980s. Magruder draws on his own experiences as a grad student at Yale to create characters who are more obsessed with their messy love lives than their graduate studies. 

The book takes place during the 1983-84 school year, just as the HIV/AIDS epidemic was beginning in the United States. Magruder, who is living with HIV, says he wanted to revisit a time of innocence and "unsafety" right before HIV changed the way young people approach their relationships.  Baltimore native James Magruder joins Tom in-studio to discuss Love Slaves Of Helen Hadley Hall.  

Kurt L. Schmoke - 7/12/16

Jul 12, 2016

 Kurt L. Schmoke was appointed as the University of Baltimore’s eighth president as of July 7, 2014. Schmoke served as the mayor of Baltimore from 1987-1999 and was the Baltimore City State’s Attorney from 1982-1987.

Prior to joining UB, he was dean of the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. from 2003-2012. During his tenure as Baltimore’s mayor, Schmoke initiated a number of innovative programs in housing, education, public health and economic development.


Greg and Catherine discuss how pension plans are becoming a thing of the past and how the new trend in 401K's and IRA's are changing saving at the workplace.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis joins Midday to share his reaction to last week’s violence  --two black men shot by police, in Baton Rouge and near Minneapolis, and five police officers killed by a black sniper in Dallas, after a Black Lives Matter march. We ask Davis what police are doing to confront violent crime, including near-daily homicides. We ask about the number of officers who have left the department and what’s being done to fill those vacancies, as well as what to expect from the U.S. Justice Department’s review of Baltimore. Plus a look at Baltimore’s new policy about using force, the first full rewrite in more than a decade. And your questions for Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. 


Jul 12, 2016
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With the exception of my kids after those messy, artificially flavored orange popsicles, there’s only one animal I can think of that has orange teeth. While some people might be turned off by this critter’s hairless, rat-like tail, it’s actually the teeth that stick with me.

The hooked, stubby, Tang-colored fangs protrude forward prominently. They are long, sharp and perfect for eating marsh plants.

And they belong to an animal called the nutria.

I don't know about you, but my grill is fired up and going like blazes.  Cooking on the grill can be as easy as you want it, or it can be an opportunity for creativity.  And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School, who is a past master at grilling and a tremendously creative chef is planning to have a lot of fun this summer.

As indicated by writer Nick Timiraos, Puerto Rico has suffered a dive in population that is steeper and more financially disastrous than in any U.S. state since the end of World War II.  Over the past ten years, an exodus of workers, retirees and families as helped to shrink Puerto Rico’s population by more than nine percent to less than three point five million. 

Over the years, many of us have poked fun at the large numbers of people in their twenties and thirties still living with their parents.  While some attribute this to delayed maturation, at the heart of the issue is basic economics.  According to an analysis of U.S. Census data released by Apartment List, a rental listing website, inflation adjusted apartment rents have expanded by sixty four percent since nineteen sixty. 

Economists remain fixated on the enormous gaps in income and wealth that have been forged over time.  Compounding the seriousness of the issue are circumstances under which the lower one’s income, the more one pays for a particular service – take auto insurance as an example.