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It's easy to talk about what's wrong in Baltimore. The challenge is to talk about what's next. In each episode, Wes looks at innovative ideas that are working in other cities, places like Cincinnati, St Louis, and Detroit. And he asks the question: Can those ideas work for Baltimore? This program is made possible by Genine and Josh Fidler, and supported by the Baltimore Community Foundation, created by and for the people of Greater Baltimore, where many donors join together to make the regio ...
 
Monday-Friday from noon-1:00, Tom Hall and his guests are talking about what's on your mind, and what matters most to Marylander's, the latest news, local and national politics, education and the environment, popular culture and the arts, sports and science, race and religion, movies and medicine. We welcome your questions and comments. E-mail us at midday@wypr.org.
 
Catch On the Record, hosted by Sheilah Kast, weekdays from 9:30 to 10:00 am, following NPR's Morning Edition. We'll discuss the issues that affect your life and bring you thoughtful and lively conversations with the people who shape those issues -- business people, public officials, scholars, artists, authors, WYPR reporters and other journalists who can take us inside the story. If you want to share a comment, question, or an idea for an interview you?d like to hear, email us at ontherecord ...
 
Life in the Balance is a monthly program that asks: What are the systemic issues in Baltimore that keep marginalized people from reaching their full potential, and what are the solutions to those problems?Each episode is rooted in an individual's story about overcoming a personal hurdle related to one of these systemic issues. It might be homelessness, drug abuse, or a post-incarceration employment struggle. This narrative engages the listener throughout the program as concerned stakeho ...
 
Since 2002, "Your Maryland" hosted by Ric Cottom, has presented little-known human interest stories from Maryland's past. Beginning with accused witches and the murderous career of John Dandy in the earliest days of the colony, through Morgan State's fabled "Ten Bears" in the 1970's, the show covers nearly four centuries of heroes, scoundrels, floods, fires, riots, plots, athletes (two-and four-legged), beautiful spies, brilliant writers, misunderstood pirates, and ghosts. All of that color, ...
 
The Noir and Bizarre explores the dark and strange stories we tell ourselves about human existence - occult history, ghosts, haunted houses, and secret crimes - with a special emphasis on stories that draw on the rich history and culture of Baltimore. Additionally, the show philosophically asks big questions about spiritual narratives and rituals surrounding life and death.
 
Sports at Large is a weekly exploration of the issues and people who play and watch sports. SaL goes behind the headlines and stats to find the how and why, and the ways in which sports intersect with and influence our daily lives. SaL features interviews and commentaries from professionals and fans a like to tell a more complete story. One person described it as "a thinking fan's guide to sports."
 
Truth and Reconciliation is a forum for the people of Baltimore to discuss the challenges of law enforcement reform, alternative paths to improving communal safety, and how to hold power accountable.Through personal tales of triumph and tragedy, Truth and Reconciliation seeks new perspectives on how to improve the lives of the people of the city through activism, analysis, and actionable ideas.Hosted by Taya Graham, Sean Yoes, and Stephen Janis
 
Catherine Collinson, the Transamerica Institute's founding president who also leads Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies® TCRS (a foremost expert on the state of retirement readiness in America), and Hector De La Torre, who leads the The Transamerica Center for Health StudiesSM TCHS, discuss the broad range of issues related to financial literacy, retirement, and health and wellness.
 
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Baltimore County Public Schools have been hit by a ransomware attack, county officials announced Wednesday morning. The attack, which shut down the system’s network information systems, forced school administrators to cancel classes for 115,000 students the day before Thanksgiving break. Officials said it’s unclear when classes may resume. School o…
 
This Thanksgiving, as many Americans forego travel due to the pandemic, large gatherings of friends and families will give way to more intimate feasts.Whether you're cooking for one, two, or ten - today, we're sharing recipes and tips to help make your Thanksgiving dinner a delicious and memorable affair. Chefs David Thomas and John Shields are wit…
 
Though meals will be planned, gifts exchanged, and lights kindled … Many of our loved ones will be missing from around our tables this holiday season. We ask Dr. Aliya Jones, Maryland’s Deputy Health Secretary, what to watch for regarding emotional wellness during this time, and how we can help ourselves and those we care about.Plus, we talk with e…
 
Baltimore healthcare providers urged city council members to support overdose prevention sites, places where people can use previously purchased drugs under the supervision of healthcare professionals, during a hearing Tuesday. They said the sites confront the reality that people use drugs and allows them to do so safely.…
 
Today on Midday, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re going to take a break from news about the pandemic, or our recalcitrant president, or the intractable murder rate here in Baltimore City. Instead, we are going to take some time to show Baltimore a little love. It is easy to complain about our town. It takes only a mild dash of cynicism to point…
 
When the American republic was only a couple decades old, and more people were held enslaved in Maryland than all but two other states, enslaved people could petition the courts for freedom--if they could show they were descended from a woman who had been free. Before slaveholders got the laws changed, hundreds of enslaved people in Prince George’s…
 
Baltimore City Council President-Elect Nick Mosby has added his voice to pleas from health experts and the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention urging people to stay home for Thanksgiving this year. He warned at a press conference today with other city council members that if people stop taking COVID-19 seriously, Thanksgiving gatherings coul…
 
A third pharmaceutical giant, AstraZeneca, announced this morning that late-stage clinical trials of a COVID 19 vaccine in the UK and Brazil show more promising results. The London-based company joins the American companies Pfizer and Moderna in expressing confidence that an effective vaccine will be available soon.But in the meantime, the coronavi…
 
Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom with a look at a couple of new streaming-arts endeavors helping to entertain and inspire us as the raging COVID-19 pandemic keeps most of the nation's theaters and movie houses dark.She leads off with a review of HBO's new all-star adaptation of writer Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, the …
 
Before March, part of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School’s success formula was to place every student in an internship--one day a week in a business or non-profit where they could observe professionals at work as they learned on-the-job behavior themselves. John Busse is in charge of the internships.The students’ work also paid about a third of their tu…
 
Activists experiencing homelessness in Baltimore led a march from the Shot Tower to City Hall on Saturday. They chanted “evictions have got to go” and “cancel rent” and carried signs reading ‘homeless can’t stay home,’ ‘homeless, not hopeless,’ and ‘empty shelters now.“ Their demands included permanent housing for all, rent cancellation and an end …
 
Now, it's another edition of Smart Nutrition, with our good friend Monica Reinagel — a licensed nutritionist and host of the Nutrition Diva podcast, one of the most popular health and fitness podcasts on the Web. Monica is also the author of several books, including Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet. She's also the co-host of a new podcas…
 
As the country falls deeper into a morass of a surging pandemic, the President has ignored the coronavirus and most of his other presidential duties, and instead -- through hundreds of Tweets -- has attempted to rile up his supporters around unfounded allegations of massive, Democrat-directed election fraud. He fired Christopher Krebs, a respected …
 
Days until Thanksgiving, the coronavirus surging, and good Samaritans stuck at home. There may be fewer volunteers but the work is still getting done, and from a distance. We hear from Bea Gaddy Family Centers director Cynthia Brooks, who has devised new ways to provide thousands of people Thanksgiving dinner. And Ashley Pressman, from the Jewish V…
 
Our Newsmaker guest today is Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison.The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled businesses across the city and forced many to close, but it has had no appreciable effect on the number of murders in our city this year, which stands at 294 as of today.Yesterday, the Baltimore Police Department announced the arrests…
 
With a COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon, we look at the practical and ethical issues of rolling out the vaccine. Epidemiologist Kurt Seetoo leads the Center for Immunization at the Maryland Department of Health. He describes who is likely to be first in line to receive doses, and what’s being done to recruit healthcare workers to administer the vacc…
 
The head of the Baltimore City school system said she is pleased with how things are going so far with the reopening this week of more than two dozen schools. Meanwhile, all schools in Baltimore County remain closed. The chief of the Baltimore County Schools said when it comes to COVID-19, much remains unknown.…
 
Yesterday, at a news conference at the State House in Annapolis, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan gave a somber summary of the scope of the COVID 19 pandemic in the state. Some hospitals in Western Maryland are at or near capacity. For three of the past five days, the state has reported more than 2,000 new cases, as the country sees new infections surpass…
 
Today, on Midday, the complex decision facing school administrators in Maryland and across the country: when and how to reopen schools for in-person learning.Dr. Darryl L. Williams, the Superintendent of the Baltimore County School System, and Dr. Sonja Santelises, the CEO of Baltimore City Schools, discuss who’s in school a building now, who’s sta…
 
It’s been two weeks since Election Day, when a record breaking number of people voted in the midst of a pandemic. On today’s Future City we assess the national and local races and ask what lessons they can teach us about elections and ballot access moving forward.We discuss how election officials pivoted to create safer voting opportunities, the fi…
 
Half of Black business owners in the country have shut down operations during the pandemic, or say they’re likely to do so in the next six months. We talk about the challenges ahead with Debra Keller-Greene, chair of the board of the Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce. And Takia Ross, founder of the mobile makeup artistry studio Accessmati…
 
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy implored Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Twenty years later, Ronald Reagan won election by asking Americans, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” Not if the country was better off; if you were better off.In their fascinating, compelli…
 
When crime surged in 2015 after the Freddie Gray protests, Baltimore police were more determined than ever to rack up more arrests and seize more illegal guns from the streets. The new book, "I Got A Monster," chronicles how that empowered cops on the ‘Gun Trace Task Force’--some of whom had been planting evidence, making illegal arrests and robbin…
 
Last week, in response to the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases, Gov. Larry Hogan ordered all state employees who can telework to do so. “Effective immediately all state employees who are approved to telework must again begin a period of mandatory telework except for essential direct public facing services and other essential personnel,” Hogan said a…
 
The Baltimore City Council is to vote on a bill Monday night that would provide lawyers to tenants facing eviction cases. The bill comes amid concerns about a mass eviction crisis as tenants struggle to pay rent because of the pandemic. For most of the pandemic, Maryland has been under state and federal eviction moratoriums. In September, the Cente…
 
Today, another in our occasional series, Midday on Higher Education in which we sit down with the presidents of colleges and universities throughout the state. Tom's guest is Dr. Debra McCurdy, president of Baltimore City Community College, a State-sponsored community college located in Baltimore's Park Heights neighborhood.Dr. McCurdy took the rei…
 
About 1,200 Baltimore City students are set to re-enter the classrooms of 27 schools Monday morning for the first time last spring when the coronavirus pandemic hit. The partial re-opening prioritizes the district’s most vulnerable students, including students experiencing homelessness, students with disabilities, English language learners and thos…
 
Have you ever faced a problem that seems insurmountable, only to have someone come along, view it from a different perspective and find a solution? That is the business model for the IMAGE Center of Maryland. Executive director Michael Bullis explains how the non-profit connects people with disabilities to solutions to help regain independence in t…
 
President-elect Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the presidential election in Arizona, bringing his total in the Electoral College to 290 votes. A hand recount ordered by state officials in Georgia will almost certainly confirm Biden’s win in that state as well. Ever since he burst onto the scene with an upset Senate victory in 1972, Joe B…
 
Thurston Moore's name and work have been ever-present in the last 40 years of underground culture, from his years in Sonic Youth and his solo career, his many musical collaborations, his record-label and book-publishing activities, and his unofficial boosterism. In this episode, he talks about how the Kingsmen, Patti Smith, and Public Image Ltd. sh…
 
Bill Henry, who has represented Baltimore’s North and Northeast neighborhoods on the City Council for a dozen years, will be sworn in as comptroller next month.One of his priorities? Making it easier to track the Board of Estimates, which approves over half a billion dollars in city government contracts each year. We ask about holding city agencies…
 
As COVID-19 case numbers continue to climb in Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that the state will spend an additional $70 million dollars in federal CARES Act funding on supplies and programs related to the pandemic. Among that $70 million, Hogan said $20 million will be spent on personal protective equipment, or PPE, $15 million on b…
 
Last May, an Ohio-based company called Persistent Surveillance Systems was granted permission to conduct a six-month trial program in Baltimore -- paid for by a foundation in Texas -- to determine if an Aerial Investigation Research (AIR) program was an effective way to help local police and prosecutors in their efforts to solve crimes. The trial p…
 
Tom's guest is singer Freda Payne. Some might know Ms. Payne for the 1970 Holland-Dozier-Holland song she recorded called Band of Gold. It was a huge, international top-40 hit single for the then-28 year-old singer. Payne had a solid run in the R&B genre, with another gold-record hit two years later, an anti-Vietnam War song called Bring the Boys H…
 
With coronavirus infections on the rise in Maryland, school systems are reevaluating their plans for in-person learning. Baltimore County pressed “pause” on its plan for a staggered reopening. We get an update from Dr. George Roberts, one of the system’s community superintendents. The district's reopening plan is available here. It's health and saf…
 
Baltimore will re-enter Phase 1 level restrictions at 5 p.m. Thursday, as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths and positivity rates continue to climb throughout the city and state. Mayor Jack Young’s executive order reduces capacity to 25% at religious facilities, retail establishments, gyms, theaters and other businesses, and also caps indoor …
 
Today on Midday: another check on the economic impact of the pandemic. For retailers, it's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. But this year, as cases of Coronavirus surge across the country, consumer spending may be a ghost of holiday's past. Bill Thorne, the Senior Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at the Nationa…
 
Today we honor veterans. Serving in the military is one part of that identity, returning to civilian life is another -- one that many grapple with. Dario DiBattista, director at the Military and Veterans Center at Towson University, describes how the space provides community and support for student veterans. And Rachel Duff, a participant at MVC, u…
 
Baltimore City Public Schools will scale back a planned partial reopening from 44 to 27 schools and open on-site testing at schools as local COVID-19 cases spike, CEO Sonja Santelises announced Tuesday evening. “I had epidemiologists telling me back in April, beware of the fall/winter surge. And it is happening,” Santelises said. “It's also why we'…
 
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