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Kurt L. Schmoke - 6/7/16

Jun 7, 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.


Jun 7, 2016

Greg and Catherine share some insights about the realities of travel and retirement.

May 31, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Cooking With Local Beer

As everybody knows Radio Kitchen is all about local ingredients, which is why it's about time we paid attention to one local product that is getting a lot of love.  And that would be our fine local beers. 

From Heavy Seas to Brewers Art to Stillwater to Union brewing Co. there are a lot of very good beer makers practicing their craft in and around town.

And as Chef Jerry Pelllegrino of Schola Cooking School points out, there are so many varieties of beer out there that a cook can have a field day working with them.

Here are a handful of ideas that have been brewing in Jerry's head.

A lot of what you thought you knew about poor black kids growing up in Baltimore may not be true. A research effort by three sociologists who got to know 150 African-American young adults who were born into public housing and exposed to significant violence finds that most of them didn’t turn to crime themselves, and that many kept themselves on track by finding something to be passionate about. But still, despite the promise many showed in school, very few have gotten a college degree and a firm hold on a middle-class life. We’ll talk to sociologist Kathryn Edin of Johns Hopkins, one of the authors of "Coming of Age in the Other America."

Annie E. Casey Foundation. Baltimore's Promise

Baltimore‘s Promise is a consortium of civic leaders from government, philanthropy, business, education, and religious institutions who are trying to address the multiple challenges faced by many children in the city of Baltimore. 

There is no shortage of well-meaning people and programs aimed at improving outcomes for kids.  But what programs and strategies best meet the needs of a city where a quarter of children live below the poverty line? 

Patrick McCarthy is co-chair of Baltimore’s Promise and CEO of The Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Tomi Hiers is the Executive Director of Baltimore’s Promise. They both join Tom in-studio to discuss the best ways to improve the journey on what’s been coined the “cradle to career continuum.”

Mónica López-González, PhD

A windowless room, a few hardback chairs and a table with a bare bulb overhead. A female police Detective interrogates a murder suspect. The Suspect is also a woman. She was arrested at a party held to celebrate a book about – and supposedly written by -- a prominent, but notorious man.

He’s identified only as “the president,” though whether that refers to the political or corporate world is left unsaid. Now he’s been murdered. The Suspect was his ghostwriter. Was she also his killer? Does she have something to hide? Does the Detective?

Human communication has its limitations. And, when people deliberately conceal information – at a police interrogation, for example – understanding may boil down to a matter of perception.

Perception -- and its flaws -- is the central theme of Framed Illusion. This latest work by La Petite Noiseuse Productions is premiering at the Theatre Project. The one-act play is written, directed and stars the company’s artistic and scientific director, Mónica López-González.

The American Library Association

 Kathleen Isaacs' new book, Excellent Books for Early and Eager Readers (published by The American Library Association), recommends books to parents and educators seeking intriguing, age-appropriate reading for children. Isaacs offers 300 book recommendations that are meant to challenge, but not overwhelm, children aged 4-10. The book offerings range in topics from non-fiction and short stories to picture books and mythology. The former teacher and librarian has spent many years working within Baltimore, Washington, and Hong Kong. She currently teaches about children's literature in the education program at Towson University. Tom speaks with her in the studio.


Jun 5, 2016
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Tony and Chef Cindy explore the world of Herbs. From everyday staples to exotic herbs from around the world. They address best practices, how to make real herb oils and proper herb and food pairings.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Tens of thousands of people are currently waiting for lifesaving organ transplants from donors. And hundreds of thousands of people receive bone grafts every year. Some must sacrifice a rib or leg bone for the procedure. What if instead we could build organs and bones for these patients from scratch, using living cells? One day we may be able to, with the help of 3D printers. Scientists are learning how to create everything from arteries to jawbones with these remarkably simple machines. How might 3D printers alter the course of medicine? Is it possible that one day we’ll be able to print a human heart? We discuss the medical applications of 3D printing with Warren Grayson, assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University, and Adam Feinberg, associate professor of Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Johns Hopkins University Library

In 2012 and 2013, then Maryland Morning Producer Lawrence Lanahan, WYPR’s Sheilah Kast, Tom Hall and other members of the Maryland Morning team produced a weekly series called The Lines Between Us, which examined the many ways in which inequality was manifested in the Baltimore region.

This morning, a conversation about one of the things we focused on then: discrimination in the mortgage lending market here in Baltimore.

Dr. Jacob Rugh is a Professor of Sociology at Brigham Young University of Utah. Last year Rugh and his co-authors -- sociologists Len Albright of Northeastern University, and Douglas Massey of Princeton University -- published a study of mortgage lending in Baltimore from 2000-2008, when the real estate market and the US economy went into a deep recession. What they found was significant racial discrimination in mortgage lending here in Baltimore City.

Tomorrow night in New Orleans, Prof. Rugh and his co-authors will be awarded the John Hope Franklin Prize for the Best Article on Race, Racism and the Law published within last 2 years for their Baltimore article. The Prize is named after the great historian and civil rights pioneer who studied racial politics.

Jacob Rugh joins me on the line from Utah. The prize-winning – and eye-opening -- article was published in the journal, Social Problems. It is called Race, Space, and Cumulative Disadvantage: A Case Study of the Subprime Lending Collapse.