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Josh Fidler 9/6/16

Sep 6, 2016

Josh Fidler is a respected member of the Maryland business community. He is Co-Chairman of Chesapeake Realty Partners, a diversified real estate development business, and Founding Partner of Boulder Ventures, a venture capital fund active in the Mid-Atlantic and Colorado.

September 6,2016 - Radio Kitchen - What To Do With All That Produce II

Last week we gave you a useful little show chock full of ideas for using all that summer produce that is piling up around us.  And this week we'll do it some more.  And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School and I think people are probably a little overwhelmed with all the good things that are out there, courtesy of our great Maryland farmers.


Here’s a cheery thought to kick off your holiday:  The first two leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease and cancer.  The third leading cause?  Medical errors.  Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that mistakes in prescribing drugs, miscues in surgery, and miscommunication between care givers leads to an astonishing number of preventable deaths every year.  One of the authors of the study, Dr. Michael Daniel, explains how the medical community is addressing this endemic problem. 

Then, 53 years after the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  led the March on Washington, a conversation with an eyewitness to history: pioneering civil rights activist Gloria Richardson, one of the founders of what came to be called The Cambridge Movement on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

And, local author Kathy Flann on her latest collection of Baltimore-based short stories, Get a Grip.  

Alex Proimos


A recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and published in the health journal, BMJ, found that medical errors in hospitals and healthcare facilities in the U.S. account for 250,000 deaths a year. That’s more than other notorious causes like respiratory disease and stroke.  Researchers say medical errors are not counted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because of an oversight in the system hospitals use to record causes of death.

Medical errors include things like misdiagnosis, surgical mishaps and accidental prescription overdoses.

According to the study’s co-author, Dr. Michael Daniel, miscommunication between doctors and patients can lead to many fatal medical errors.

Dr. Daniel joined Tom in the studio to discuss the study’s findings and what can be done to address the issue.

Civil rights activist Gloria Richardson spoke with Tom in January 2016 about her unique but unheralded role in Maryland's civil rights movement.

Richardson was part of the so-called Cambridge Movement in the 1960s on the Eastern Shore of Maryland – an area she has compared to living in the Deep South in terms of the profound and often violent racial divide.  As part of her effort to end racial bigotry and inequity in the region, Richardson helped organize the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee.

Kathy Flann

Joining Tom in the studio is writer Kathy Flann. She's the author of two short-story collections: Get a Gripwhich won the 2014 George Garrett Fiction Prize; and Smoky Ordinary, which earned Flann the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award. She's an associate professor at Goucher College in Towson, where she teaches courses in fiction and creative non-fiction.

Get a Grip, her latest short-story collection, is set mostly in and around Baltimore, and peopled with fascinating and richly textured characters, including two 7-foot-tall Estonian brothers hoping to get admitted to Loyola College, an aspiring writer trying to keep her deadbeat dad at bay, and a guy who finds a meteor in Catonsville. 

Courtesy of Thread

How do you take students performing in the bottom 25 percent of their class to walking across the stage at college graduation? The Baltimore non-profit Thread seems to have the answer: follow each student for a decade, provide them with a team of supporters, and do whatever it takes to help kids succeed, from packing lunches to matching students with summer internships. Ninety-two percent of Thread students graduate from high school, and 90 percent are accepted to college. Sarah Hemminger, co-founder of Thread, tells us how Thread is scaling up its efforts. And we hear from a volunteer and from a member of Thread’s first cohort, now a board member with the organization. Original air date: April 13, 2016.

Community Healing Network

Racist rhetoric, systematic inequality and discrimination can have lasting effects on the mental psyche of those who are exposed to it, especially people of color. 

Dr. Cheryl Grills is a professor of psychology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and the former president of the Association of Black Psychologists. Enola Aird is a lawyer, and the founder and president of Community Healing Network. They both participated in a panel earlier this year sponsored by the Black Mental Health Alliance that explored why African-centered approaches to mental health are crucial to addressing the psychological stress felt by many communities of color. 

Gloria Wright/The Post-Standard

Comedian, writer and political satirist Barry Crimmins is the author of Never Shake Hands with a War Criminal and the subject of Call Me Lucky, an award-winning documentary by his friend and fellow comic, Bobcat Goldthwait.

Crimmins joins Tom in the studio to weigh in on the presidential election. He also gets personal and talks about how the sexual abuse he was subjected to as a child has informed his work and purpose.  Barry Crimmins will be featured on an upcoming web release comedy special produced by comedian Louis C.K.

Bridget Armstrong

If you find yourself on the corner of Presstman Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, look up, you might just catch a glimpse of Elder C.W. Harris on the roof of the Harris-Marcus Center

After climbing the fire escape of the four story building, that’s where I found him, sitting under a canopy tent, eating a bag of peanuts, looking out on the city.

Elder Harris is the founder and pastor of Intersection of Change, formerly known as Newborn Holistic Ministries. He’s been living on the roof since last Saturday and he plans to stay there until 500 people from the Sandtown-Winchester community vote.

"In our last election cycle only 257 people voted in the Sandtown Winchester Community. That community has between 12 and 14,000 residents. We only have 2,000 registered voters. We need to change all that."

Elder Harris is a lifelong resident of Sandtown. He says since last year’s uprising following the death of Freddie Gray who was also a Sandtown resident, people are even more disillusioned and disenfranchised with local government. "Things have not gone back to normal as it was before Freddie Gray. Folks are without hope. It is hard for them to believe after so many years of neglect. I don’t hate the players, I hate the game. If they look on the chart and see that there are only a few people from our community who voted why would they listen to us? That’s the game, we have to beat them at their game."