Maryland Podcasts

Here you'll find advice, opinion and news from some great Maryland podcasters.

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Midday News Wrap 10.23.20Plus, we'll hear about the Londoners protesting against police brutality in. Christina Greer is a political scientist on the faculty of Fordham University, and the author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream.

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Rousuck On Theater: Drake's "Larry Kramer" And Other Streaming TreatsThe region's theaters remain dark as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to prevent traditional indoor public stagings.

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What to Expect When Voting Early in MarylandWith only 12 days left before Election Day, early voting in Maryland starts on Monday and runs for eight consecutive days, including Saturday and Sunday.

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2020 Maryland Football PreviewThe Testudo Times Podcast is back with Matt Levine and Lila Bromberg, as the duo previews the 2020 Maryland football season.

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Return Home Baltimore: New Website Creates Pathways For Returning-CitizensFor the thousands of inmates released from prison every year, the transition out of jail and into society is often a transition to homelessness and status presents perpetual obstacles for returning-citizens, who often lack access to critical resources and opportunities.

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Forward Maryland 138 With Vanessa Atterbeary, October 21, 2020We talk with Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary from District 13 in Howard County about a wide range of topics, including local school board districts, policing, domestic violence issues, and what the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly may have in store!

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Journalist Gerald Seib's Chronicle Of The Rise and Decline Of American ConservatismThere are less than two weeks to go before voting ends, and as we enter this critical stretch in the presidential race, the political and cultural divisions in our country appear more pronounced than they have ever been in modern times.

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Report: Allowing Trees to Grow on 15 Percent of Farmland Could Solve Environmental CrisesThe Earth, as we know it, is being threatened by at least two simultaneous environmental crises.

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Maryland Transit: Creating A More Resilient And Equitable System In The Wake Of COVID-19To adjust to the new financial realities, the MTA says it needs to trim $98 million dollars from its budget.

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Why The 2020 Election Won't Be Stolen: Three PerspectivesFor Maryland voters, tomorrow is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot online for the November election.

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Election Fun and Question OneOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, P.J. Hogan joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss election issues and breakdown the proposed constitutional amendment which, if approved by voters in the November election, would adjust the State's budget process.

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Forward Maryland 137 With Harvest United, October 17, 2020A great conversation this morning with Roxana Segovia-Beltran, founder of Harvest United.

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COVID-19 Impact On Mentorship And Youth Achievement ProgramsTom speaks to Sarah Hemminger, the co-founder of the mentoring program, Thread, about the challenges students and mentors face in the era of Coronavirus.

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Midday News Wrap 10.16.20Joe Biden's Town Hall was a much calmer affair. Answering questions from voters in Philadelphia, he promised to restore stability and reaffirm America's leadership on the world stage.

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"Mobtown Elections of 1856, part two"The story of the chaotic Baltimore elections of 1856, continued.

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"Life After Privacy": Firmin DeBrabander's Warnings About Surveillance and DemocracyThe capacity to track what we buy, where we go, and who we align with socially and politically is astounding, and troubling.

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Baltimore Builder Charles Duff's Ode To The Row HouseTom's next guest is the urban planner, builder and architectural historian, Charles Duff. As the president of Jubilee Baltimore since 1987, Mr.

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The Maryland Mindset, with Guest Mileah KromerOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Dr. Mileah Kromer joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to breakdown the results from the latest Goucher College Poll, discuss the ins and outs of political polling, and debunk some common myths about polling methods and methodology.

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Poll: Most Marylanders Want Police ReformsWith a Maryland House committee set to make recommendations on police reform legislation for 2021, a new poll shows a majority of Marylanders support the group's efforts.

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Midday on Politics: The Democrats' Iowa Caucus DebacleBy midday Tuesday, the Iowa Democratic Party had still not released any results from Monday evening's statewide Democratic presidential caucuses, citing problems with the new mobile software it had deployed to precinct managers to speed their reporting of caucus data.

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Amid a Rising Sea of Vacant Malls, Developer Plans to Clear-Cut a ForestForty minutes northeast of Baltimore, at the Boulevard at Box Hill shopping mall in Harford County, hundreds of empty parking spaces surround a J.C. Penney store.

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Former Baltimore SA Gregg Bernstein Reflects on Breonna Taylor Grand Jury ProcessLast month, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that a grand jury had decided not to indict those officers with a crime.

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Homegrown Terror: The Rise of Far-Right Militias In The USThe FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have identified far-right and racially motivated paramilitary-style groups as among the most significant national security threats facing our country.

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Forward Maryland 136 With Matthew Molyett, October 13, 2020With three weeks before the 2020 General Election, we talk with Howard County Board of Education candidate Matthew Molyett!

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Update on Congress: A 25th Amendment Commission, COVID Relief, Barrett HearingsThe 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the US Congress, ratified by 38 states, and enacted in 1967, to prepare for a situation in which a sitting U.S. president is no longer capable of performing his or her duties.

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Goodbye, Columbus? Hello, Indigenous Peoples Day!Then, Tom welcomes Ashley Minner, a local artist and a professor and folklorist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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Healthwatch w/Dr. Leana Wen: Trump, COVID; Safe At Home?The coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate the national conversation as well. Since President Trump's treatment for his COVID-19 infection at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center last weekend and his return to the White House Monday, dozens of the president's staffers, as well as political and military leaders who had recent close contact...

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Unique Project to Map Black History Sites in Chesapeake Bay RegionA new multi-state partnership aims to shine a light on hidden African American history in the Chesapeake Bay area.

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State Revenues: Looking Beyond the HeadlineOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson breakdown the latest state revenue projections, examine the role of federal stimulus funds in avoiding a catastrophic economic collapse, and explain why Maryland's fiscal picture may ultimately be at the mercy of Washington D.C. politics.

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Brandon Scott, Democrat for Baltimore City MayorBrandon was elected President of the City Council by his fellow council members last year when then Council President Jack Young became Mayor after Catherine Pugh's fall from grace.

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Del. Nick Mosby: Candidate For Baltimore City Council PresidentToday, Del. Nick Mosby is Tom's guest, as we continue with our Conversations with the Candidates series.

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Art For Equity: BMA's Plan To Sell 3 Works To Fund Equity, Diversity ProgramsTom's first guest today is Baltimore Museum of Art Director Christopher Bedford. He joins us to discuss the BMA's plan to sell three of the paintings in its collection to raise money for several initiatives.

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GOP's Rejection of Science Comes Home with COVID in White HouseAfter months of ridiculing scientific guidance on the use of masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus - and even demanding that his own employees inside the White House not take precautions around him - President Trump was hospitalized with COVID-19.

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Forward Maryland 135, October 6, 2020We talk Presidential COVID! The Veep debate! Robin Ficker's Folly! And two developments regarding the Howard County Council.

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Baltimore Redevelopment: From Lexington Market to Innovation VillageLater in the program, we consider some development projects that haven't fared as well as Lexington Market.

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UBLaw Prof. Kim Wehle: The US Supreme Court's New Term, New ChallengesJudge Barrett will be questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee during four days of hearings set to begin next Monday, with a full Senate vote on her confirmation possible before the end of October, although that timetable could be upset by the Coronavirus.

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Shannon Wright, Republican For Baltimore MayorPastor Wright was born in New York. She's a second-generation American of West Indian descent.

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Rep. John Sarbanes, Democrat for Maryland's 3rd DistrictToday's conversation begins with Rep. Sarbanes' reaction to the news that broke in a tweet just before 1:00 this morning: President Trump announced that he and his wife, Melania, have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Trump Proclaims Himself "The Great Environmentalist? " A Reality Check"They came to my office and they said that this will make us, and make you, the number one environmental president since Teddy Roosevelt," Trump said from the podium.

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2021 Top Issues: Put Public Health FirstOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson are joined by MACo Legislative Director Natasha Mehu to breakdown MACo's 2021 Legislative Initiative to put public health first by protecting services and advocating for public health and emergency services to be properly supported with necessary funds to...

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"Hoax": CNN's Brian Stetler On The Trump-FoxNews AllianceChris Wallace, the debate moderator, came under criticism for his inability to enforce the rules of the debate that had been agreed to by both campaigns.

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Analysis Of First 2020 Presidential Debate: Did Anyone Win?NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson joins Tom to analyze last night's confrontation and what we might expect when the two candidates meet again.

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Jovani Patterson, Republican For Baltimore City Council PresidentJovani Patterson has worked in IT and Cybersecurity for more than 20 years. He is also a musician who spent two years playing the drums with the Morgan State University Choir.

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MD First State to Ban Foam Food ContainersIn a victory for environmental groups, Maryland on Thursday becomes the first state in the nation to ban foam food containers.

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Meet Baltimore's 2020 Teacher Of The Year: Wyatt OrokeTom's guest is Wyatt Oroke, an English teacher at City Springs Elementary and Middle School in East Baltimore, and City School's 2020 Teacher of the Year.

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"The Socialist Awakening": John Judis On The New LeftTom's guest is journalist John Judis, an editor-at-large at Talking Points Memo and the author of many books.

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Rep. Kweisi Mfume, Democrat For Maryland's 7th DistrictMfume won a special election in April to fill the vacancy left by the death of his long-time friend, Congressman Elijah Cummings.

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"MASKerade": An Arts Event To Support BCF's LBGTQ+ FundTom's guests now are two activists in the LGBTQ+ community who have organized a unique event to fund organizations that are helping their community to cope with COVID 19.

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Forward Maryland 133 With James Howard, September 27, 2020Howard County Charter Review Commission member James Howard talks with us about the charter review process, and the charter amendments Howard Countians will vote on this fall.

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Rousuck's Review: Works By Acme Corporation, Single CarrotIn Single Carrot Theatre's "Keep Off the Grass: A Guide to... something" the itinerant company has found a way to do a real-live theater production without violating COVID-19 public health restrictions.

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"John Brown and Frederick Douglass"Abolitionist "Captain" John Brown made quite an impression on Frederick Douglass when they first met, but, while bound by the same passion, the two men went on to fight to end slavery by very different means.

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Local Child Care Provider On Meeting The Challenges Of COVID-19Tom talks with Anita Hilson, Executive Director of nonprofit child care provider Open Door, about the challenges area parents are facing in accessing safe and affordable childcare amid the continuing pandemic.

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Midday News Wrap 09.25.20: Trump Sparks Election FearsAnd on Wednesday afternoon in the White House Briefing Room, in an astonishing statement, President Trump would not commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election in November.

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2021 Top Issues: Broadband Accessibility Act of 2021On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson are joined by MACo Policy Associate Drew Jabin and Maryland State Office of Rural Broadband Director Kenrick Gordon to breakdown MACo's 2021 Legislative Initiative to build out broadband access across Maryland.

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Honors for Frederick Douglass in an Age of Racial ReckoningAs racially-charged protests continue across the country, tomorrow Maryland celebrates one of the nation's first civil rights activists - Frederick Douglass.

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Breonna Taylor Protest Update/ "Race Man": Reflections On Julian Bond's Life And WorkWe begin today with a news update from Louisville, Kentucky. Yesterday afternoon, Daniel Cameron, the Attorney General of Kentucky, and a judge, announced that a grand jury had decided NOT to indict two of the police officers who killed 26 year-old Breonna Taylor last March.

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Black, Brown Communities Get COVID-19 Support through TelethonThis Saturday night, musicians, health-care workers and people who've been directly affected by COVID-19 are coming together online to raise awareness and funds for underserved communities hit hardest by the coronavirus.

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Forward Maryland 132: Justice Eludes, and ICE Evades, 09232020We discuss the outrageous decision made regarding the officers responsible for Breonna Taylor's death, and about the Howard County Council's current legislation which would end the County's contract with ICE.

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Whatcha' Got Cookin'?It's been six months since restaurants in Maryland were forced to shut down because of the Coronavirus.

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Why We Should Fill The High Court Vacancy Now: Legal Scholar Andrew GrossmanAnd on Saturday, President Trump will announce his nomination for her replacement on the court.

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Suspension of Curbside Recycling in Baltimore is Part of a National TrendOn August 31, Baltimore suspended its curbside recycling program. The coronavirus pandemic and fear of infection had caused about a third of the city's solid waste workers to call in sick or take days off, which triggered a trash collection crisis in the city.

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'We're Better Than This': Elijah Cummings' Posthumous Political MemoirTom's guest is Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings. She's a political consultant and widow of the late Rep.

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UBLaw Dean Ron Weich: Why We Must Wait To Fill The Ginsburg VacancyRonald Weich is the Dean of the School of Law at the University of Baltimore.

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The Ginsburg Vacancy And The Epic Battle For The US SenateLater in the hour, Tom is joined on the line by Susan Davis, NPR's congressional correspondent and co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast.

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For World Alzheimer's Day, Patients Get Help with End-of-Life CareTo mark World Alzheimer's day today, a.

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'Come And Be Shocked': Examining Baltimore's Identity Through The Lens Of MediaWhose Baltimore do we see on TV and in film? In her new book, historian Dr. Mary Rizzo examines how our city's long-standing racial and economic divide has influenced the art that comes from here, and how public policy shapes the way artists choose to depict Baltimore in their work.

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Football, Golden Goats, and Global Beer Responsible DayWhen you are tired of Zoom podcasts and the weather is beautiful and there is a big picnic table outside - you get together in PERSON and record a beercast!

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2021 Top Issues: Elections Fairness and FundingOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson breakdown MACo's 2021 Legislative Initiative to ensure fair funding and proper local input for elections in Maryland.

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Robert Reich's "The System": Fixing Our Rigged EconomyHe's also the author of 18 books, the latest of which is called The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It.

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MK Asante On Education, The Election, And The Experiences of Black American YouthIn his latest endeavor as the host and executive producer of two Snapchat original series: While Black and Free Tuition, Asante harnesses social media to create a forum for Black youth to discuss the issues of their day including, police brutality, politics, and education.

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Ancient Petroglyphs in Susquehanna River Reveal Lost American CultureThe sun was already low on the horizon when I set off into the Susquehanna River in my kayak just southwest of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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A Push to Help Eligible Marylanders Vote, Even from JailAs Election Day approaches, a coalition of voting-rights groups is urging Maryland's Board of Elections to help eligible citizens vote when they're incarcerated or newly released.

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Bob Wallace, Independent For Baltimore MayorThere are 49 days to go until the November 3rd elections. Among the many contests voters will be deciding will be the race for Baltimore mayor.

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"The Defenders"The defense of Baltimore and Fort McHenry in 1814.

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America's Racial Wealth Gap: The Fight For Equity In Business And HousingEconomic assistance to Black-owned businesses has lagged far behind the help given to White firms.

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Forward Maryland 131 With Shawn Gladden, September 11, 2020We talk with Howard County Historical Society Executive Director Shawn Gladden about interesting inflection points in Howard County history!

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'Monogamy': Sue Miller's Latest Novel Is A Portrait Of The Fragility Of FamilyTom's guest is the best-selling author, Sue Miller. She's written a dozen novels and a memoir which have been translated and published in more than 20 countries around the world.

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Addressing Racial Disparities In The Juvenile Justice SystemToday on Midday, a conversation about efforts to re-direct youth who are entangled in the criminal justice system and efforts to provide alternative pathways for Baltimore's high-risk youth.

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Legislators' Roadmap to ReconveneOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson are joined by Alex Butler to discuss the roadmap ahead for the Maryland General include the pros and cons of convening a special session amid the COVID-19 pandemic, how guidance from the Maryland Attorney General may lead to big changes for the 2021...

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Bob Woodward's "Rage" And The Ethics Of Trump ExposesExcerpts from Bob Woodward's new book, Rage, have raised harrowing questions about President Donald Trump's prevarication to the public about the lethality of the COVID-19 virus, and his lack of action to control the pandemic.

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Midday at the Movies: New Streaming Flicks and MD Cinemas' ReopeningIt's another edition of Midday at the Movies, our monthly look at films and filmmaking.

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The Beauty Of Devil's Island In The Chesapeake BayOn the Eastern Shore of Maryland, at the very end of a long peninsula reaching out into the Chesapeake Bay, is a remote and isolated crabbing town called Deal Island.

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MD Congressman Launches Bipartisan Coalition to Defend DemocracyAddressing fears partisanship is undermining people's trust in democracy, Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin, D-Md., launched a campaign this week that aims to build a cross-party coalition to defend America's democratic current and former Republican congresspeople joined Democrat Raskin in an online event that stressed the need for political...

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Midday Healthwatch: COVID-19 And Public Confidence In ScienceYesterday, representatives of nine major drug companies signed a pledge promising not to file for federal approval of a Coronavirus vaccine without subjecting their drugs to long accepted scientific and ethical standards and clinical trials.

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Reporters' Notebook 09.08.20: WYPR's Rachel Baye, Maryland Matter's Josh KurtzThen, Tom is joined by veteran local newsman Josh Kurtz. He's the co-founder and editor of Maryland Matters, the online news journal covering state politics and government.

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Midday on Higher Education: University of Maryland's New President, Darryll J. PinesTom's guest today is Dr. Darryll J. Pines. He was appointed earlier this year to be the 34th President of the University of Maryland, an office he assumed on July 1st.

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Black Psychology: Why it Matters and The Burden of Racism on Black Mental HealthTom speaks with Dr. Theopia Jackson, president of The Association of Black Psychologists. Dr. Jackson explains how African and Black centered psychology embraces Afrikan traditions, and draws on the strength of community to meet the individual mental health needs of Black people.

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Pure Banter with Bruce Perry: Ep. 1Welcome to the first episode Pure Banter with Bruce Perry. Testudo Times' newest show is hosted by Bruce Perry, 2001 ACC Offensive Player of the Year for Maryland football and former Philadelphia Eagle, alongside Lila Bromberg and Matt Levine.

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Eddie Glaude Invokes James Baldwin and Asks America To 'Begin Again'In his latest book Eddie Glaude draws on his imaginative reading of James Baldwin and his own trenchant observations about the current American moment.

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The Doctor Is InOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson are joined by Natasha Mehu and Calvert County Health Officer Dr. Laurence Polsky to discuss the latest on state and local efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Caution Urged in Applying for Federal Eviction MoratoriumSome Maryland families hit hard by the novel coronavirus are breathing a sigh of relief since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced.

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Five Years After Freddie Gray, What's Changed In Baltimore?Some call it "The Uprising.". Some call it "the riots.". Whatever your point of view, the paroxysm of destruction that followed the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, in late April, 2015, exposed old wounds, and created a host of new ones for our city.

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"The People, NO:" Thomas Frank's Urgent Ode To PopulismBut the real story of populism, says Mr. Frank, is rooted in a more enlightened and hopeful world view.

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Trump Distorts Climate Proposals to Smear Biden as a ‘Socialist'During the Republican National Convention last week, President Trump and his surrogates used environmental issues - especially climate change - to try to portray the moderate Joe Biden as a socialist radical.

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"Jimmie Foxx"Baseball phenom Jimmie Foxx got his start playing with the Easton Farmers in Queen Anne's County before breaking into the big leagues in the late 1920s with Connie Mack in Philadelphia.

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'How to Be an Antiracist': Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on Dismantling Systemic RacismIn this follow up to, Stamped From the Beginning, his award-winning 2016 book about the origin of racist ideas, Dr. Kendi's latest offering is a pragmatic and instructive guide to fighting the roots of racism.

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Pandemic Gives Rise To Racism Against Chinese AmericansTom's next guest is Dr. Charissa Cheah, a professor of psychology at UMBC. She received a National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research Award this spring to research the extent of racism toward the Chinese-American community during the pandemic - and the effect of that racism on parents and their children.

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Writer Adam Gopnik On The New Threats To LiberalismThe book explores liberalism's roots with the French Renaissance philosopher, Michel de Montaigne, and the so-called Age of Enlightenment, and traces its history through the present day.

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Forward Maryland 130 With Julie Hotopp, August 29, 2020We talk with Howard County Board of Education Candidate in District 4 Julie Hotopp!

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Bill Kristol On Trump, The 2020 RNC And The Campaign AheadJoining Tom with analysis of Mr. Trump's speech and a recap of the four-day Republican National Convention is conservative political analyst Bill Kristol.

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Robert Jones' "White Too Long:" The Alliance Of White Supremacy and ChristianityTom's next guest today is the founder and CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, Robert P. Jones.

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U.S. Census-Takers Target Baltimore to Boost Response RateU.S. Census-Takers Target Baltimore to Boost Response Rate BALTIMORE - There may be a knock on your door soon, as the U.S. Census Bureau is following up door-to-door with households in Maryland that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census.

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Watching Washington… StillOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including updates on the November election, the ongoing negotiations over the next round of federal COVID-19 aid, Maryland's statewide rollout of text-to-9-1-1, and intriguing local issues.

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MD Congressman Andy Harris Recaps Night Three Of The 2020 Republican National ConventionOn Night Three of the 2020 Republican National Convention, Vice President Mike Pence used Fort McHenry here in Baltimore as the back drop for his re-nomination acceptance speech, in which he seemed to suggest that the country is being overrun with anarchy and violence.

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COVID-19, Influenza Season, And Why It's Crucial To Get Your Flu Shot This YearToday on Midday, an update on Coronavirus mitigation efforts including, what to know about getting your flu shot, and how a change to CDC testing guidelines could impact the fight against the virus.

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'Anatomy Of Wings': Local Documentary Spotlights Black Womanhood and KinshipThe lives of a group of African American girls from Baltimore are the focus a new documentary set to premier next week at the 2020 Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival.

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Forward Maryland 129: RNC tear apart, DNC breakdown, NBA action analysis! 8/26/2020We talk about the fear-ridden dumpster fire that is the 2020 Republican National Convention, the 2020 Democratic National Convention, the chances for a third party, and the cancelled games in professional sports this evening.

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'Say It Louder! ': Tiffany Cross On Race, Politics And The Power Of Black VotersThe intersection of race, politics and media is a sticky and complicated place to be, and that's precisely where Tiffany Cross plants herself in her terrific new book, 'Say it Louder!

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Governors' Meeting Shows Bankruptcy of Bay Cleanup BureaucracyLast week, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan chaired an annual meeting of Chesapeake region government officials supervising the Bay cleanup effort.

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'Closing The Distance': Baltimore City Public Schools Plan For ReopeningEarlier this month, Baltimore City Public Schools presented their plan for remote learning. The plan lays out the district's virtual learning model, and offers a look at future hybrid learning models that blend online and in-person instruction.

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"She Proclaims:" Jennifer Palmieri's New Feminist Manifesto"Michael Braverman served our city for more than 30 years, and his expertise in housing and development was sought after by people all over the country."

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Urgency Over Unity: Bakari Sellers On The 2020 Democratic Convention And The Fight AheadWith less than 90 days left in the campaign, recent polls have Biden leading the President by a substantial margin.

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New Virtual Theater Works from Everyman, Annapolis Shakespeare and MoreToday, we'll hear first about one of the ways Baltimore's Everyman Theater has adapted to the new normal: they've attached themselves to a city-sponsored film festival.

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West Coast SwingOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, California State Association of Counties. Executive Director Graham Knaus joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson for a look at how the Golden State is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, school reopenings, elections, budget crises, and a number of other pressing issues in our respective...

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Maryland AG: Legal Action Against U.S. Postal Service Will AdvanceAs Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies in a Senate hearing today about controversial cost-cutting measures, Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh says.

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Forward Maryland 128 With Pat Elder, August 20, 2020We talk with local investigative journalist Pat Elder about poly fluoroalkyl substances, otherwise known as PFAS.

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Recap: Night Three Of The 2020 Democratic ConventionKamala Harris made history, Barack Obama sounded an alarm about the future of democracy, and a diverse array of women gave testimonials about gun control, immigration, child care, climate change and domestic scientist Dr. Christina Greer of Fordham University and The Grio joins Tom with Greer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at...

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Despite Pandemic, Good Jobs Abound In Baltimore RegionSome businesses, like airlines, restaurants, and entertainment venues, have suffered badly in the COVID 19 economy.

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John Waters' "Mr. Know-It-All:" A Memoir of A Peculiar LifeIt's part memoir, part advice column, and part peroration on the passing parade. It's a fascinating, funny, and insightful commentary on subjects as disparate as the nature of celebrity, and the snobbishness of restaurants, the art market and architecture, and it's an often deeply personal take on the importance of family and friends.

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Sailor Turned Sleuth Investigating Polluters in Potomac RiverBrent Walls has dedicated his life to stopping water pollution in Western Maryland. He's worked for the last 11 years as the Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, an advocate with a nonprofit organization, the Potomac Riverkeeper Network.

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"Joshua Barney"On August 24, 1813, during the Battle of Bladensburg, Commodore Joshua Barney, along with 360 sailors and 120 Marines, defended Washington-fighting against the British hand-to-hand with cutlasses and pikes.

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Problems With U.S. Postal Service: What's Really Happening?Late last month, the general counsel of the Postal Service sent letters to 46 states and the District of Columbia in which he answered that question, "No." He said there is a risk that mailed ballots may not arrive in time.

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Healthwatch: Imagine A National Strategy and Fast Testing At Home?School districts in and around Baltimore will be opening virtually for the first term. President Trump continues to state falsehoods about children and COVID-19 - and to urge schools to open for in-person learning.

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The Fall Beers are Coming!Just because our local Oktoberfests have been cancelled along wth the real Oktoberfest is no reason that we can't start thinking about the delicious fall beers and the team at Katcef Brothers Inc teases us a little bit with a Spaten-Devils Backbone collaboration.

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Forward Maryland 127: DNC Preview Edition! August 16, 2020We talk about this week's upcoming Democratic National Convention. being brought to you from Milwaukee, Delaware, and many virtual places in between!

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‘On The Precipice Of Change': Transforming How K-12 Schools Teach Black HistoryDr. Daina Ramey Berry is the Rabkey Regents Professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Investigation Digs Up Eco-Corruption In Local Recycling ProgramsSince 1971, 10 states - led by Oregon and Vermont - have passed bottle deposit laws.

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Midday On Music: Adapting To An Online-Only WorldWe begin with a look at Maryland's largest arts organization, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The BSO's performances, of course, have been put on hold - except its online offerings.

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Revisiting: Reopening, Relief, and RevenuesOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Alex Butler and Drew Jabin join Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss the latest on school reopenings, negotiations over the next federal COVID-19 stimulus package, unemployment benefits, payroll taxes, big changes for the November 3 election, and the road ahead for state and local...

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MD Officials Agree On Balloting Plans For November ElectionsTurnout on June 2nd was high, but problems with the election were somewhat plentiful. The Governor described it as "an unmitigated disaster," and he made no secret of his displeasure with the way the Board of Elections handled it.

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Farai Chideya: Sizing Up The Democrats' Biden-Harris TicketYesterday, former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for President, announced her as his choice for a running mate, in a text message.

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Sing Second SportsSing Second Sports popped on my radar about 2 months ago and after two episodes I was hooked!

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Amid Pandemic, MD Replaces Polling Places with Voting CentersFacing a shortage of poll workers because of the pandemic, Gov. Larry Hogan has given the go-ahead to use "voting centers" in Maryland, in place of 1,600 local polling sites for the Nov....

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"The Gold Hoard"In August 1934, two young boys found a treasure trove of gold coins buried in the basement of a home located at 132 South Eden Street in East Baltimore.

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Baltimore's Violence Interruptors: Meet Five On The Front LinesThen, Tom welcomes another of the city's front-line champions of violence reduction. Letrice Gant is one of the co-founders and co-leaders, with Erricka Bridgeford, of Baltimore Ceasefire 365, a grass-roots end-violence movement that uses the moral strength of the community to dissuade potential perpetrators of gun violence, and to heal their...

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Foward Maryland 126 With Erinn Camp Mansour and HoCo Peace Action, 08/09/2020We talk with Howard County Peace Action Coordinator Erinn Camp Mansour about her organization and about how peace issues are relevant at the state and local level.

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Saving City Taxpayers Millions By Rooting Out CorruptionMy next guest is the city's top crusader against corruption. Isabel Mercedes Cumming is Baltimore's inspector general.

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Soulful Symphony's Darin Atwater On The Struggle For Cultural EquityDarin Atwater is a gifted composer, conductor, pianist and producer who has worked in film, recording, radio and television.

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Midday at the Movies: "Tenet" News, Disney $Woes, COVID's Film Festival FalloutAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep the nation's movie theaters shuttered, struggling film production studios and streaming services such as HBO, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon are keeping their audiences entertained with a steady stream of multi-part series, documentaries and new feature films.

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Midday NewsWrap 08.06.20: Trump, Twitter, COVID-19 and Virtual ConventionsOn today's edition of the News Wrap, reporter Tamara Keith, NPR's White House correspondent and host of its Politics Podcast, joins Tom with her perspectives on a busy news week in Washington, with fewer than 100 days remaining before the November 3rd general Trump's approval rating has taken a hit in recent polls.

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An Answer in Song for Modern Times: "Let the Trees Do What They Will."He recently released a new song called "Let the Trees Do What They Will." In a way, it's a radical political statement about modern America - but not radical in the way most people would think.

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Forward Maryland 125 With Franca Muller Paz, August 4, 2020We talk with Green Party candidate for City Council in Baltimore's 12th Council District, Franca Muller Paz!

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Report: Youth Prisons Too Costly, IneffectiveReport: Youth Prisons Too Costly, Ineffective BALTIMORE - Dozens of prosecutors and corrections officials are calling for youth prisons across the country to close permanently.

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New Book Unmasks The Enablers Of Police Corruption In BaltimoreIn their new book, I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Corrupt Police Squad, Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg chronicle the story of the Gun Trace Task Force, their victims, and the lasting reverberations their crimes continue to have on Baltimore's criminal justice system.

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Leon Fleisher: Remembering A Musical Giant"The world lost one of its greatest musical minds and hearts on Sunday when the legendary pianist, conductor and teacher Leon Fleisher died of cancer at the age of 92."

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Baltimore's COVID-19 Cases Rising: An Update From City Health Commissioner DzirasaThe number of cases of COVID 19 in MD has climbed steadily in the past several weeks.

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Hopkins Report Sees A Path To Curb Baltimore's Gun ViolenceBaltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison was on Midday last week, and he pointed to a strategy of "focused deterrence" as the centerpiece of the BPD's efforts to stop the violence.

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Forward Maryland 124 With David Parrish, July 31, 2020We talk with David Parrish, the author of "Losing Jon", about his book about the death of a young Columbia man in 1990, and the significance of those events in today's landscape.

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As COVID-19 Deepens Global Hunger, Relief Groups RespondThe United Nations reports that there are nearly 60 million more people who are under-nourished now than there were in 2014.

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"Fantastic Fungi:" Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg's Mind-Bending Ode to MushroomsWe are joined now by the acclaimed filmmaker and cinematographer, Louie Schwartzberg. He is the creator of what critics have described as a "mind-blowing," and "" film called Fantastic Fungi.

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New Book Examines the Link Between Wildlife and Covid-19The origin of the coronavirus wreaking havoc around the world remains a source of mystery and controversy.

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A Conduit St Look at Pennsylvania AvenueOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, National Association of Counties deputy director of government affairs Mark Ritacco joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to break down the competing coronavirus relief proposals being considered by Congress - including the likelihood the next relief bill will include direct and flexible...

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Proposed Tax on MD Internet Providers Could Close Broadband GapsWith many people needing internet service more than ever during the pandemic, a Maryland economist is recommending an extra tax on internet service providers, to get them to offer better access across the state.

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Midday Newsmaker: BPD Commissioner Michael HarrisonA recent Baltimore Police Department report describes the status of the department's five year plan to reduce violence and implement a court-ordered Consent Decree.

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Forward Maryland 123: What Problem is Opening Helping? July 28, 2020We talk about the current push to reopen schools for in-person learning during the pandemic, and talk about what's behind that push, who's behind it, and speculate as to what they're thinking!

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The Great Railroad Strike of 1877, part oneIn July, 1877, the overworked and underpaid railroad men of the B&O went on strike.

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Dr. Leana Wen: We Need National COVID Policy, Faster TestingIt's the Midday Healthwatch with Dr. Leana Wen, the former health commissioner of the City of Baltimore.

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Rousuck on Theater: More Top Picks From The Virtual StageAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep the nation's theaters shuttered and their stages dark, theater companies have kept busy developing and producing new plays for a variety of streamable, online platforms.

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Midday NewsWrap 07.24.20: Portland Protests, COVID Briefings, Michael CohenRascoe shares her unique perspectives on the political strategy behind Trump's deployment of those militarized federal agents to US cities; the resumption of White House COVID-19 briefings and the president's changing tone on the pandemic; the cancellation of the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida; Trump's call for the 2020...

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John Lewis, Remembered: A Salute From Rep. Kweisi MfumeJohn Lewis's body will lie in state at the US Capitol next week, with a public viewing that will take place outdoors because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a joint press release from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Wrestling With ReopeningOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Howard County Public School System Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano joins Kevin Kinnally, Drew Jabin, and Michael Sanderson to discuss the health, safety, and logistical challenges of educating children in the fall.

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OuTTakes with Bruce PerryMatt Levine and Lila Bromberg are joined by former Maryland football running back Bruce Perry to discuss his life and football career, both in college and the NFL.

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OuTTakes with Madieu WilliamsMatt Levine and Lila Bromberg are joined by former Maryland football safety Madieu Williams to discuss his life and football career, both in college and the NFL.

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The Ethics Of Digital Contact Tracing and Vaccine TestingDr. Jeffrey Kahn is the director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. He oversaw a project that led to a new book with recommendations to ensure that contact tracing is not only effective, but ethical.

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Studies Document Increased Flooding from Climate ChangeLynda Mettee lives in a house built high up on risers on a slender peninsula called Swan Point that sticks out into the Chesapeake Bay east of Dundalk, in Baltimore County.

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Protesters Push Hogan to Change His Mind on In-Person VotingWith mail-in voting for the presidential election becoming a partisan issue across the nation, a coalition of lawmakers and activist groups in Maryland is protesting in Annapolis Wednesday to demand Gov.

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Homeownership Has Fallen In Baltimore: Who's Buying Now?And now, a conversation about housing in Baltimore City. A new Abell Foundation report examined why the rate of homeownership in Baltimore has fallen over the last decade, and the barriers for homeownership, particularly in communities of color.

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Why We Shouldn't Defund The PoliceMr. Davis recently wrote an opinion piece in The Baltimore Sun that pushes back against the idea of defunding the police, and which offers a suggestion for a national approach to police reform, including creating a cabinet-level position of national secretary of police.

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"The Trial of the Century"Mencken traveled to the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, to cover the trial of John Scopes, who challenged the law against teaching evolution in schools.

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Catching up with Travis Pastrana and his latest venture, Circuit 199Travis Pastrana never rests. If he is not racing, jumping, building a stunt, or chasing down his two daughters, you can probably be sure he's working on something new.

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Recapping A Remarkable Supreme Court TermLast week, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital for a couple days of for treatment of a gall bladder infection.

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Forward Maryland 122 With Opel Jones, July 18, 2020We talk with Howard County Councilmember Opel Jones about his first 18 months in office, his favorite pieces of legislation, ICE, CB-9 redux and much more!

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Newsmaker: Former City Solicitor Andre Davis On Baltimore and The Rule Of LawIn 2017, Judge Davis left his seat on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and answered then-Mayor Catherine Pugh's call for him to serve as his hometown's top lawyer.

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What's on your summer beer menu?We hopped on the phone with the fine folks at Katcef Brothers to talk about summer drinks, lacrosse, and the scepter of a fall without college sports!

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C. Fraser Smith: "The Daily Miracle: A Memoir Of Newspapering"Fraser Smith spent a good chunk of his career at The Baltimore Sun, as well as right here at WYPR, where he was our senior news analyst and the host of Inside Maryland Politics.

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Update On Maryland's "Massive" Unemployment Fraud SchemeWYPR State House reporter Rachel Baye joins Tom to discuss the latest regarding what Hogan called a massive identity theft scheme that led to more than 47,500 fraudulent unemployment insurance claims worth more than than $501 million.

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Big Issues, Big DataOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Beth Blauer joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss the role of quality data in helping governments make informed decisions in order to protect public health and support local businesses and workers.

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Night Herons Moving into Baltimore and Other Big CitiesMy wife and I were strolling late at night in Fells Point, near Baltimore's waterfront when we heard an odd sound coming from the trees in Thames Street Park.

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Baltimore's Economic Development: What's Next?Today on Midday, perspectives on economic development in Baltimore as businesses deal with the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19.

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Forward Maryland 121, Veepstakes Edition! July 14, 2020Jason and I had Bastille Day fun speculating over who Joe Biden's running mate might be!

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The 2020 Voting Challenge: Ensuring Free, Fair And Safe Elections On November 3rdToday on Midday, a conversation about how we will vote in November, here in Maryland and around the country.

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Marylanders Urged to Sign Up for Health Coverage by WednesdayWith COVID-19 cases among younger Marylanders on the rise, state and federal lawmakers are urging residents to sign up for health care coverage by tomorrow's deadline.

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Midday Newsmaker: Sen. Van Hollen On COVID-19 Redux, Reopenings, 2020 PoliticsTom's Newsmaker guest for the hour is Chris Van Hollen, Maryland's Democratic junior senator, who has served in the U.S. Senate since January, 2017.

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1M in Grants Help MD Groups Address COVID-19 Impact1M in Grants Help MD Groups Address COVID-19 Impact BALTIMORE - Spurred by concern for supporting underserved communities battling the impact of COVID-19, UnitedHealthcare awarded $1 million to Maryland organizations to help the state's most vulnerable populations get through the pandemic.

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Police Officers Weigh In On Demands To 'Defund' DepartmentsTom is joined by Officer Seth Templeton, a beat cop in Baltimore County who wrote an open letter in the Baltimore Sun to a protester, hoping to bridge the gap between demonstrators and law enforcement; Chief Melvin Russell, who served in the Baltimore City Police Department for 40 years; and Matthew Horace, a 28-year veteran of local, state and...

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"The Homecoming"In 1836, a young aspiring doctor from the colony of Maryland in Liberia came to Baltimore to study medicine, only to be met with prejudice and intolerance.

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Groups Fight Proposed Gas Pipeline on MD's Eastern ShoreEnvironmental groups and local residents are speaking out against a proposed fracked-gas pipeline to run through rivers, farms and forests from Delaware to Maryland's Eastern Shore.

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Forward Maryland 120 With Amber Ivey, July 9, 2020We talk with Independent candidate for Congress in Maryland's 7th Congressional District, Amber Ivey!

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Budget Balancing BreakdownOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss what may be on the chopping block as the State looks to offset COVID-19-related economic woes.

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Ann Patchett On Her Novel "The Dutch House"Tom's guest is the acclaimed writer Ann Patchett. She is the winner of the Pen Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for fiction, and her work has been translated into more than 30 is the author of eight novels.

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Pamela Newkirk On The Failed Promise Of Corporate "Diversity"The business of diversity is booming. Corporations and cultural institutions spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on diversity training, yet despite the ubiquity and expense of these efforts, overall racial, gender and ethnic diversity remains an aspiration rather than a reality.

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The Impact of the Coronavirus on Energy ConsumptionDriven in part by the coronavirus recession and reductions in driving and air travel, the number of oil and gas drilling rigs operating in the U.S. has plummeted by 70 percent over the last year, falling to a record low since World War II.

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Forward Maryland 119 With Nina Basu, July 7, 2020Bill talks with President and CEO of Howard County's Inner Arbor Trust, Nina Basu, about how arts organizations and the arts community have been affected by the pandemic.

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Charles Johnson On His Novel "Middle Passage" And Black Lives In AmericaDr. Johnson is best-known as the author of Middle Passage, the epic novel about the 1830s slave trade for which he won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1990.

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Law Professor Kim Wehle: Bottom Line, Voting MattersTom's guest is Kim Wehle, a constitutional scholar who has written a primer on voting: how voting differs from state to state, what the structural barriers are to voting, and how those barriers can be overcome.

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Madison Smartt Bell On "Child of Light" and Louise Erdrich On "The Night Watchman"Her latest novel is called The Night Watchman. It takes place in rural North Dakota in the 1950s.

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House Bill Aims to Promote Chesapeake Bay CleanupThis week, the House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act, which includes $3 billion for coastal restoration projects.

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"What Is Owed:" Nikole Hannah-Jones' Call For Black ReparationsTom's guest is the award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, an investigative correspondent who covers race and social justice issues for the New York Times Magazine.

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Midday At The Movies: BLM Memes, COVID-Summer Streams, Theater DreamsAs COVID-19 continues to threaten the nation and keep most movie theaters dark, Ann and Jed note the success of recent virtual film festivals and the return of drive-in movies.

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"The Blood Red Flag"In the spring of 1700, the pirate ship "La Paix" terrorized merchant ships in the Chesapeake region under an impressive blood red flag.

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Terrorism Charges Against Protester Part of a National PatternThe global plastics industry is booming, adding trash to our oceans and greenhouse gases to our atmosphere.

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"Piety and Power:" Tom LoBianco's Portrait Of America's Enigmatic VPTom LoBianco is a Washington correspondent at Business Insider's Washington Bureau, covering the White House, the Trump re-election campaign and Republicans.

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Tube Talk: 'I May Destroy You' And Other Binge-Worthy TV For The QuarantineHBO and NBC are going national with their newest streaming services. Netflix, Amazon and others are jumping on the Black Lives Matter bandwagon; and Issa Rae and Dave Chappelle are back.

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Forward Maryland 118 With Marty Niland, June 29, 2020We talk with Baltimore Washington sports journalist Marty Niland about the effect of the pandemic on the world of sports!

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As Maryland Reopens, A Crisis in Child Care LoomsToday we're taking a look at the challenges facing child care providers and parents. Later this hour we'll talk with the directors of two child care centers: Richard Huffman, the founder and CEO of Celebree Schools, which operates 26 locally-owned child care centers in Maryland and Delaware; and Beth Drummond Casey, the executive director of the...

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U.S. House Votes on Historic D.C. Statehood BillU.S. House Votes on Historic D.C. Statehood Bill WASHINGTON, D.C. - Spurred on by recent anti-racism protests around the country, today the U.S. House is voting to make the District of Columbia the 51st state....

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A View From the SenateOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Senator Cheryl Kagan joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss the 2020 legislative session and what may on tap for 2021.

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"The Pearl"In February 1848, Chesapeake Bay boat captain Daniel Drayton was offered a few hundred dollars to go to Washington and pick up 76 people escaping from slavery and take them to freedom in Pennsylvania.

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WYPR's LaFontaine Oliver and MPT's Larry Unger: Public Media And The PandemicAbout a year ago, when LaFontaine Oliver took over as president and general manager of WYPR, we talked with him on this program about his plans for our station moving forward.

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Midday News Wrap 06.24.20: Trump Stumps, COVID Spikes, AG Takes Fire, SCOTUS ShocksAs we went to air today, the House Judiciary Committee convened an investigative hearing into "political interference and threats to prosecutorial independence" at the U.S. Justice Department.

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An Abandoned Fortress Reborn as a Breeding Ground for BirdsIt was just after dawn when I set out paddling in my kayak to find nature in one of the least natural places on Earth.

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Midday on The Arts: Pandemic Takes Toll on Creatives And Art InstitutionsTheaters, concert halls and live performance venues were the first to close when the pandemic arrived, and many will be among the last to re-open.

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COVID-19 Update With Fran Phillips, Maryland Deputy Health SecretaryTom's first guest is Fran Phillips. She is Maryland's deputy health secretary for public health services and a member of Gov.

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Midday Newsmaker: Senator Ben CardinA federal judge denied the Trump Administration's request that Simon and Schuster be blocked from releasing former National Security Adviser John Bolton's tell-all memoir, citing the fact that so many copies of the book were already circulating.

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Beercast: Devils Backbone is smashing it this Independence DayThis is a Crabcake from The Maryland Crabs! What is a Crabcake? Well, it's a very short snippet of something you need to know.

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Will Corporate Solidarity With Black Lives Matter Lead To Racial Economic Equity?From granting Juneteenth as a paid holiday to marketing campaigns designed to align their businesses with protesters, companies are suddenly falling over themselves to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Juneteenth And Tulsa: Reflections On America's Bloody Past Amid Current Racial TensionsThere has been renewed interest in this bloody chapter in America's history because President Trump is set to hold a campaign rally in Tulsa tomorrow.

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Forward Maryland 117 With Bill Henry, June 18, 2020We talk with Democratic nominee for Baltimore City Comptroller Bill Henry! Fresh off his defeat of incumbent Comptroller Joan Pratt, what are his plans for reinventing the Comptroller's Office?

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MD County Declares Racism a Public Health CrisisAs protests against George Floyd's death at the hands of a police officer continue a national reckoning with inequality, this week Maryland's most populous county has declared racism a public health crisis.

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The State of PolicingOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Everett Sesker joins Kevin Kinnally, Natasha Mehu, and Michael Sanderson to discuss the state of policing.

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How Baltimore Eateries Have Been Surviving COVID-19Later in this program, we'll be joined by two chef-owners of restaurants here in Baltimore City.

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Hopkins Disease Expert Cautions On COVID-19 Amid More State Re-OpeningsAll 50 states are in some phase of re-opening their economies after a few weeks, and in some cases several months, of lockdown.

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"The Vineyard Tournament"In 1840, William Gilmor held a tournament, replete with jousting, a quintain, and guests clad in Medieval garb, at his Vineyard estate in Baltimore, which was located near 29th Street and Greenmount in the Waverly neighborhood in Baltimore.

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Cultivating "Hip Hop Forestry" To Grow The Environmental MovementThomas RaShad Easley grew up in an apartment in an urban neighborhood in Birmingham, Ala.

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On Redefining Policing: Three PerspectivesWe are nearly three weeks into sustained worldwide protests over the Minneapolis police killing last month of George Floyd.

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Forward Maryland 116 With Bob Flanagan, June 13, 2020Why is former Maryland Transportation Secretary and Republican Maryland State Delegate Bob Flanagan supporting Joe Biden for President?

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Protest Organizer Kellie Vaughan On The Economic Consequences of RacismOn June 1st, Vince Meyer, the owner and operator of Vince's Crab House wrote on Facebook, "There is one place I bet the protesters / rioters won't light on fire or break into or even block the road to...."

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Midday on Politics: Maryland 2020 Primary Election ResultsIf history repeats itself and the Democratic nominees for local offices prevail in November, a new cadre of progressive leaders will take a sharp left turn on their way to Baltimore City Hall, where they will assume responsibility for the COVID 19 pandemic, the re-build of the local economy, a persistent murder rate and the reform of a police...

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Unemployment, From Every AngleOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally, Drew Jabin, and Michael Sanderson discuss why an unprecedented number of COVID-19-related unemployment claims are putting tremendous pressure on all levels of government, what Congress has done to ease the burden on state and local governments, and explain why a technical fix...

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MD Health Dept's Vickie Fretwell On The Importance of Contact TracingAt the heart of Gov. Hogan's plan to reopen the state economy are increased testing for COVID-19 and contact tracing.

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Save Our Sun: What Would It Take To Make The Baltimore Sun A Local Nonprofit?A new coalition of local business leaders, foundations and the union that represents journalists at The Baltimore Sun have banded together to try once again to buy the paper so that it is locally owned, and then turn it into a nonprofit.

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Trump Builds Wall Around a National ParkIn his documentary titled "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," filmmaker Ken Burns described why parks and wildlife preservers - lands owned by the public - are really an American invention.

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'Black Birders Week,' And The Politics of Race And Green SpaceBlack conservationists and avian enthusiasts are challenging the widely-held racist stereotype that Black folks and people of color are more suited to urban landscapes than to the fields and forests of the natural world.

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Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa: 300 New Contact Tracing Jobs AvailableOne of the key elements in reopening plans, across counties or states, is to increase contact tracing to determine if people infected with COVID-19 may have exposed others to the virus.

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Forward Maryland 115: This Week in Incredible Things Happening, June 10, 2020In this episode, Bill and Jason talk about the start of what might be the historic Summer of 2020.

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Complaints Soar Over Maryland Primary-Election BreakdownsComplaints Soar Over Maryland Primary-Election Breakdowns BALTIMORE - As votes continue to be counted a week after Maryland's mail-in primary election, voting-rights groups are.

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Richard Haass On "The World: A Brief Introduction"Dr. Haass has been the president of the Council on Foreign Relations since 2003. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, the latest of which serves as a compact and compelling primer on foreign policy, a handbook for global literacy, and a clarion call for engagement with the global community to help maintain a fragile and fraying...

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"Same God:" Dr. Larycia Hawkins And The Cost Of ConscienceTom's next guest is Dr. Larycia Hawkins. She's a political scientist and social activist who is currently the Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and a lecturer at the University of Virginia.

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"The Maestro"In May, 1891, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky visited Baltimore to give a concert at the Lyceum on Charles Street.

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Protests Build Momentum For Wide-Ranging Police ReformAs the nationwide protests continue over the police killing last month in Minneapolis of George Floyd, there have been renewed calls for defunding police departments, and at the very least, reforming use-of-force policies employed by police across the country.

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US Prisons Still COVID-19 Hot Zones: An Update On Control EffortsOf course, prisons, like nursing homes, meat packing plants and other highly congregate facilities have been COVID-19 hot zones from the beginning of the outbreak.

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SECU and some financial advice for the Class of 2020The Class of 2020 is ending their high school or college life in a weird time.

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Healthwatch With Dr. Leana Wen: Medicare-For-All And CoronavirusDr. Wen was Baltimore City Health Commissioner from 2015 to 2018 and then chief executive of Planned Parenthood.

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Forward Maryland 114 With Dan Medinger, June 4, 2020Bill and Jason talk with Dan Medinger, Owner and Publisher of the Business Monthly, a monthly newspaper focused on business in Howard and Anne Arundel Counties in the great state of Maryland!

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ElectionsOn the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally, Natasha Mehu, and Michael Sanderson discuss the early returns from Maryland's presidential primary election, examine some of the administrative issues that plagued the process, and look ahead to how and why election policy, procedures, and oversight may look very different the...

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Gary Vikan's "The Holy Shroud" Demystifies Christianity's Controversial IconTom's guest is Dr. Gary Vikan. He was the director of the Walters Art Museum for nearly 20 years before retiring in 2013.

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Midday at the Movies: Previewing The Virtual 2020 MD Film FestivalIt's another edition of Midday at the Movies, our monthly look at films and filmmaking.

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MD's Primary Election: An Update On Partial ReturnsAs for potential winners, Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon maintains a lead in the race for Mayor, although she has not declared herself the victor in her race for her old job.

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Back to the Garden, Summer Edition: Tips From Carrie Engel and Denzel MitchellTime now for another edition of Midday's Back to the Garden, our seasonal foray into the essential pleasures and healthful rewards of planting and tending our own fruits, vegetables and flowers.

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MD Primary Returns: Early Analysis With Luke Broadwater, Jayne MillerAt about 10:00 Wednesday morning, the Board issued a statement saying that there was a "proofing error" in the ballot title for the Democratic primary in the 1st Councilmanic District, and that mail-in ballots in that district could not be counted properly.

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