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Marriage rates are at historic lows. According to the Pew Research Center’s analysis of 2010 Census data, while in 1960 nearly three out of four of all adults were married, today just half are. Why are Americans delaying or even shunning the institution? What could this decline mean for their economic futures? Does marriage still matter? University of Maryland sociologist Philip Cohen explains what factors, from gender equality to educational attainment, have played a role in the decline of marriage rates.


Jul 5, 2016
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Last month, a friend of mine posted a photo of a local bird's nest onto Facebook. The caption read, "one of these things is not like the other," and the image featured 4 robin's-egg blue eggs alongside one larger white egg with cocoa-colored speckles.

“Not like the other,” indeed.

The outlier belonged to the brown-headed cowbird, a smallish, stocky blackbird with a fascinating approach to raising its young. Cowbirds are our area’s most common brood parasites, meaning that they make no nest of their own and instead lay eggs in the nests of other avian species.


How much are millennials accessing their healthcare benefits and what are the more common ailments?


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.”

Wide Angle Youth Media

Every year, the Baltimore Speaks Out Program -- a project of the non-profit Wide Angle Youth Media -- teaches about 90 young people between the ages of 10 and 15 how to use digital media to tell their own stories and to engage with their communities. This year, the students have created a series of radio and video stories about food, culture and tradition in Baltimore, some of which we’ve been pleased to share with you on Maryland Morning. Here’s their latest radio report on the amazing ethnic diversity to be found in Belvedere Square, a popular Baltimore food market.


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.


Jul 3, 2016
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Why is vintage important? Tony explores this question with three guests to find the flavors and stories conveyed by a wine's vintage and the possible economic impact this can have for a winery. Tony chats with Jeffery Davies of Signature Selections Wine Co., Martine Chermette of Domaine du Vissoux in Beaujoulais, and Enzo Brezza of Azienda Agricola Brezza in Northern Italy.

2100 E Monument

Jul 1, 2016
all photos by Wendel Patrick

The 2100 block of Monument Street is anchored by the Baltimore’s Northeast Market, a honeycomb of vendors selling fish, meat, fried chicken, barbeque, bulgogi, deli sandwiches, and baked goods.  

It’s summer and the mosquitoes are here. But this year that familiar buzz has a menacing quality. The Zika virus is spreading. There are now over 900 confirmed cases in the United States, 31 in Maryland. So far, all of them are travel-related. But the mosquitoes that transmit Zika are found in this country as well. Experts expect the first case of Zika transmission within the United States any day now. How can municipalities slow the spread of this virus? What are scientists doing to combat mosquito-borne diseases like Zika? And what can we do ourselves? Our guests: Joseph Conlon, technical advisor for the American Mosquito Control Association and retired US Navy entomologist; George Dimopoulos, professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute.

Baltimore City Council

The new fiscal year in Baltimore City begins today. After weeks of contention with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the City Council voted to approve the budget on June 20th. 

Council members, including the City Council president Jack Young and Helen Holton, who represents the 8th district and chairs the Budget and Appropriations Committee, threatened to shut down the city government by not approving the budget if $4.2 million for after-school programs was not restored in the budget. While the mayor eventually decided to put the money back, funding cuts had to made in areas of infrastructure, anti-litter programs and to the Enoch Pratt Library.

Brandon Scott, who represents the District 2 on the council, and Helen Holton join Tom in-studio to discuss the budget approval process and the city council’s collaboration with the mayor.