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Nathan Sterner

Love is in the air, especially if you’re a deer. It’s deer breeding season: a time of year that deer-related accidents on the state’s roads skyrocket.

Nathan takes a look at the state’s deer population and the variety of methods being used to control it. He talks with George Timko, Assistant Deer Project Leader with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  More information about non-lethal deer-control programs in the region is available from Wildlife Rescue, Inc.

On November 5th, 1605, a group of radicals placed explosives beneath the House of Lords in London in order to kill the British king, James I.  Their scheme, which came to be known as the Gunpowder Plot, failed because the bombs never went off. The man tasked with guarding the explosives, Guy Fawkes, was arrested, and Londoners celebrated the survival of their king by lighting bonfires throughout the city.

Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated to this day with ceremonial bonfires and the ritual burning of effigies of Guy Fawkes.  WYPR's Nathan Sterner tells us about his family's unusual observance of this centuries-old holiday.  

Let’s say that you are single and want to make yourself appealing to others.  There are many things that one could do.  Sit-ups, learning Italian, or perhaps going online and creating a misleadingly positive profile.  These are all productive activities, but perhaps the best way to make oneself more attractive is to improve one’s credit score. 

  The consensus among Baltimore’s 2016 Mayoral Candidates: Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano must go. It was announced early this week that the HABC and the women who are alleging sexual abuse from maintenance men will enter into settlement discussions early next year. WBAL's veteran reporter, Jayne Miller, gives us the details. Plus, we speak with Sandie Nagel  who has embarked on a needed mission in some of the city’s schools. We’ll also talk to Pressbox Online's Steve Jones about the longstanding rivalry between the Gilman and McDonough football teams. This weekend marks the the 100th regular-season meeting between the Baltimore schools. And musician Victoria Vox shows off her skills on the ukulele.

Movies Preview

Nov 6, 2015


Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post and Jed Dietz, director of the Maryland Film Festival stop by to share their rundown of must-see movies this summer.

Below is a list of films they discussed in their interview with Tom Hall.

  • Spotlight 
  • Truth
  • The Assassin 
  • Brooklyn 
  • Room
  • Suffragette 
  • Our Brand Is Crisis

Duo Amal

The piano duet Duo Amal includes two hugely talented young classical pianists who have been heralded as among the top pianists of their generation.  Bishara Haroni and Yaron Kohlberg have toured the world, and Friday night, they’ll be sharing their artistry at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts in Owings Mills.  But as with most of their concerts, musical artistry won’t be the only thing they’ll be sharing.    They’ll also be sharing hope.  Bishara Haroni is Palestinian.  Yaron Kohlberg is Israeli.  With tensions in Israel and the occupied territories as high as they have been in years, and with talk of another Intifada, the fact that two artists from opposite sides of the conflict are choosing to perform together is noteworthy on its face.  But as important as their collaboration may be as a symbol of hope for peace in the Middle East, let’s be clear:  these guys can play.  

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Reno, Nevada is also known as the Biggest Little City in the World.  The town has been known as a much smaller and less glamorous version of Las Vegas, with its primary industry being gambling.  But Reno’s leaders have decided to secure fortune in a different way, turning its back on casino tourism as an economic driver in favor of emerging as a manufacturing hub for everything from car batteries to drones. 

Interim State Superintendent Jack Smith last week made public results of the standardized tests known as PARCC or the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. These are the standardized testing companion to the Common Core curriculum standards that Maryland public schools are using to prepare students for college and careers. 

Today, the state board is releasing a more detailed report on the PARCC test scores filling out the picture it outlined last week. Today’s scores will offer a glimpse of how each school and jurisdiction performed.

Pearls on a String

Nov 5, 2015
Walters Art Museum

On Sunday, November 8 the first international loan exhibition of Islamic art to focus on people, Pearls on a String: Artists, Poets, and Patrons at the Great Islamic Courts, will open at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. This free exhibition, made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Maryland Humanities Council, among others, emphasizes the role of human relationships in inspiring and sustaining artistic creativity. Curator Amy Landau tells us more.