WYPR Programs

First Five Years
3:44 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

The First Five Years: The Changing Faces of Families

What we mean when we say "family" has changed dramatically over the years. But despite these changes, what matters most has stayed the same—love.


The Nature of Things
2:19 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Skunks

Credit Fairfax County Public Schools

Skunks are legendary for their powerful predator-deterrent – an oily, hard-to-remove, horrible-smelling spray.


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Midday with Dan Rodricks Wed. Apr. 8, 2015 1-2 PM
9:05 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Words On Screen

E-readers, tablets, and smart phones -- every day, millions of people read using their handheld devices. But how does this affect our critical thinking and our attention spans? In her book, “Words Onscreen,” Naomi Baron, professor of linguistics at American University, argues that the benefits of reading on-the-go are equally matched by the drawbacks. We’ll take a look at how our reading habits are changing and hear her predictions on the future of reading.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Is It Fair To Cut Off Water For Renters?

Eastham pipes and boats at low tide
Credit jimmedia// Flickr Creative Commons

Baltimore has started cutting off water service to some of the 23,000 customers who are seriously behind in their water bills and reports that some of those delinquent customers have started paying.  But protesters contend the cut-off pressure falls too heavily on people without money and on renters who don’t control whether their building’s bill gets paid.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Wed. Apr. 8, 2015 12-1 PM
9:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Ben Cardin's Consumption Tax

A week ahead of April 15 tax-filing deadline, our panel discusses Senator Cardin's proposal to create a "consumption tax" while lowering business taxes and scrapping income taxes completely for lower- and middle-income Americans. Our panel: Michael Reisch, the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at the University of Maryland School of Social Work; Ken Solow, founding partner of Pinnacle Advisory Group, Inc., the private wealth management firm based in Columbia, MD.; and Barbara Morgan, senior lecturer and undergraduate economics adviser at Johns Hopkins University.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Didi Balle: A Playwright In Residence At The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Credit Didi Balle // Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Many symphony orchestras have composers in residence, who write music and who work with the artistic staff to organize programs of contemporary music by other composers.  Likewise, many theaters have playwrights in residence.  Like their musical counterparts, these playwrights write plays and work with the theaters on educational programs and other projects.  The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has had its share of resident composers over the years, but it appears to be the first orchestra in the country to merge these two hallowed traditions by engaging a playwright in residence.  Her name is Didi Balle, and she wrote and is directing a symphonic play that explores Tchaikovsky’s state of mind as he composed his Fifth Symphony. Marin Alsop will lead performances of Didi Balle’s new symphonic play, called Mad But for Music, this weekend.  Didi Balle joins us in the studio.  

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Harnessing The Internet For New Ways To Deal With Disability

Credit IMAGE Center of Maryland

Being disabled is not some odd status that afflicts just a few people. If you’re in your 30's, even if you don’t smoke and if you keep your weight down, there’s still an almost 4-in-10 chance you’ll be disabled by something for five years or more. That according to the Council for Disability Awareness.

And, of course, the risk of being disabled rises as we age. Michael Bullis has a big idea about how to compensate for all of this. He’s founder and executive director of The IMAGE Center of Maryland, and he joins us in the studio.

The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Wed April 8, 2015

A Troubled Japanese Economy - 4/8/15

Nation’s acquire economic reputations over time.  America has a reputation for path breaking innovation.  Germany has a reputation for exquisite engineering and craftsmanship.  Among other things, the Japanese have a reputation for high household savings rates, but that is no longer the case.  As indicated by writer Jonathan Soble, Japan’s savings rate, long one of the loftiest in the world, is now less than zer0. 

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Cellar Notes
5:30 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Maryland Vidal - 4/8/15

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = decent   ** = very good   *** = superb   **** = elite

Knob Hall Vidal 2013 **
(Full flavored crisp white, think Chablis.)

Boordy Vidal, "Off-Dry" 2013 **
(Smells like viognier, drinks like a Vouvray.)

Crow Vineyards Vidal Blanc 2013 **1/2
(Intense, classy, drinks a lot like a Spanish Rueda.)

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A Blue View
5:16 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Floating Forests - 4/7/15

Credit aqua.org/blog/2015/april/floating-forests

Gardeners in Maryland know that most trees in our temperate climate don't like having wet feet. And water that's salty? Forget about it. Around here, having tree roots submerged in saltwater is guaranteed to kill off your landscaping.

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