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Maryland crabs, Maine lobsters, Atlantic menhaden -- sustaining fisheries on a crowded, warming planet (episode 413)

With climate change, population growth and an insatiable global demand for seafood, how can we continue to harvest fish without destroying the fragile ecosystems of the oceans and bays? And should Americans eat more fish and shellfish for the sake of their health and the environment?In this episode of Roughly Speaking: An update on the status of the Chesapeake blue crab, a deep dive into the Omega-3 industry and the merits of seafood, and a look at effect of warming waters on Maine’s...


Lor Choc, rapper and singer (episode 64)

Lor Choc brings together rapping and melodies to create her unique brand of autobiographical R"B. The Baltimore native came out with a mixtape called "Worth the Wait" in 2016, and is set to release her sophomore effort next month. Last year, Choc broke through to a wider audience with her song “Fast Life,” which drew national praise from prominent music publications. Choc talked about the times people doubted her, drawing on real problems to make music and what it means to be a Baltimore...


Robbyn Lewis, Maryland state delegate (episode 63)

Robbyn Lewis has always been a public servant, but it wasn’t until last year that she held elected office. Robbyn represents Southeast Baltimore in Annapolis as a state delegate for Maryland’s 46th district. Before joining the General Assembly, Robbyn spent her time as a health care professional and advocate for sustainability initiatives and the Red Line light rail. She was also a member of the Patterson Park Neighborhood Association. Robbyn was appointed to the delegation after Del. Pete...


Jessica 'Trillnatured' Hyman, DJ (episode 62)

Jessica Hyman came to DJing somewhat accidentally. Known as Trillnatured, Jessica now brings her eclectic style across the East Coast and DJs a monthly queer dance party at the Crown. She’s also a member of Balti Gurls, an artist collective for women of color. Jessica talked about conflict, community and going from homebody to ruling the club.


Sara Autrey, Wing Dam bassist and vocalist (episode 61)

Sara Autrey plays bass, sings and writes songs in the Baltimore band Wing Dam, a ‘90s-influenced guitar rock trio. The band, which includes Austin Tally and Abe Sanders, has put out three full-length albums, most recently 2016’s “Glow Ahead.” Sara talked about leaving her hometown, loving pop music and building a life in Baltimore.


Carol Ott, Housing Policy Watch director (episode 60)

In 2009, armed with a camera and research, Carol Ott began outing Baltimore’s slumlords. On her blog, Baltimore Slumlord Watch, she shared information about the owners of vacant and neglected properties, who she saw as contributing to the decay of Baltimore neighborhoods. The project found a wide audience, and Carol’s next step was a nonprofit called Housing Policy Watch, which works to create a more equitable city through affordable and safe housing. Carol talked about Baltimore’s vacants...


Jasmine Norton, Urban Oyster chef and owner (episode 59)

For Jasmine Norton, oysters are a family affair. Jasmine is the owner and chef at the Urban Oyster, a mobile oyster bar in Baltimore. Jasmine and her family serve up oysters in a casual, approachable manner, whether char-grilled with buffalo sauce or fried up in a taco, at festivals, farmers markets and other events. Jasmine, who made her first appearance with the oyster bar this spring, talked about her inspiration, being a self-taught chef and why she feels passionately about seafood.


Cara Ober, BmoreArt founding editor (episode 58)

When Cara Ober created BmoreArt a decade ago, she was driven by a curiosity about the ways artists build their lives in untraditional ways. Founded by Cara and friends from grad school in 2007, BmoreArt is an online publication of art and culture in the Baltimore area, offering reviews, reporting and resources for artists and the community. In 2015, Cara launched a corresponding bi-annual print journal that explores Baltimore's cultural landscape thematically. Cara, who is also an artist,...


Jessica Anya Blau, author (episode 57)

Jessica Anya Blau is insatiably curious about people. The author, who splits her time between Baltimore and New York, credits that curiosity with leading her into conversations and situations that sometimes inspire her books. Jessica is the author of four novels: “The Summer of Naked Swim Parties,” “Drinking Closer to Home,” “The Wonder Bread Summer” and, most recently, “The Trouble with Lexie.” Jessica talked about unlikable characters, feeling like an outsider and her unlikely path to...


Meagan "Ducky Dynamo" Buster, DJ and organizer (episode 56)

With a passion for music and the environment, Meagan "Ducky Dynamo" Buster defies the notion of doing or being only one thing. At first managing and promoting artists, Meagan eventually started creating music herself as DJ Ducky Dynamo, and can be found bringing the sounds of Baltimore Club music across the country. She makes up half of the DJ duo Turnt, with Shawn Smallwood, and is also an organizer for the Baltimore City Green Party. Meagan talked about her loyalty to Baltimore, weather...


Maria Thompson, Coppin State University president (episode 55)

For Maria Thompson, education is the family business. With a background in textiles, Maria has worked as an administrator at Tennessee State University and served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Oneonta. In July 2015, Maria became president of Coppin State University, a historically black institution in West Baltimore with a history of educating nurses, teachers and other professionals. Coppin has struggled with financial problems and poor graduation rates, and...


Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler, Stoop Storytelling Series (episode 54)

Everyone has a story. What’s yours? That’s the motto of the Stoop, a Baltimore storytelling series created and hosted by Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin. Since its founding in 2006, hundreds of ordinary people have shared their 7-minute personal tales in front of a live audience. Ranging from hilarious to heartbreaking, the stories, centered around a common theme, aren’t scripted or memorized. Jessica, an improv comic who works in education, and Laura, a writer and producer, also host the...


Saida Agostini and Shanti Flagg, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture (episode 53)

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is an activist collaboration based in Baltimore that uses art actions to inspire difficult and honest conversations about sexual and domestic violence. Two of the people leading those conversations are Saida Agostini, FORCE’s Chief Operating Officer, and Shanti Flagg, Studio Director. One way FORCE upsets the culture of rape is with the Monument Quilt, a public art project that collects stories of survivors and their supporters, stitched together on red...


Kate Wagner, McMansion Hell creator (episode 52)

You might hate McMansions -- but do you know why? Kate Wagner does, and in wanting to educate people about the oversized, cheaply made and poorly designed beacons of suburbia, started a blog last year called McMansion Hell. On the blog, Kate translates architectural language into humorous criticism of McMansions using real estate photos, obscuring identifying details of the homes’ locations and residents. She also includes educational posts on the site, and contributes to outlets like 99%...


Wendy Osefo, political commentator and professor (episode 51)

Wendy Osefo aims to bring a voice to spaces where it would otherwise go unheard. The professor, media personality and political commentator regularly appears on cable news shows like “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and “Fox " Friends,” where she often goes head-to-head with opposing interviewers and pundits. Wendy became increasingly sought after as a commentator after penning a widely read op-ed for City Paper on election night titled, “Donald Trump did not win. Hatred did.” As a visiting...


Krystal Mack, Blk // Sugar owner (episode 50)

Krystal Mack has led several lives -- most recently, that of a pastry chef and business owner. Krystal is the owner of Blk // Sugar bakery, which she has described as a food and lifestyle concept from the black feminine perspective. Blk // Sugar serves up treats like macarons, lavender honey pie and activated charcoal brownies, in addition to teas and other desserts. Before opening Blk // Sugar, Krystal was riding a tricycle around the city, selling pies and ice pops as the owner of...


Donna Woodruff, Loyola University Maryland athletic director (episode 49)

Donna Woodruff is the new athletic director at Loyola University Maryland, and the first woman ever to hold that job. Loyola, located in Baltimore, is a NCAA Division I school, and at that level, about one in ten athletic directors is a woman. Before coming to Loyola, Donna spent 13 years at Stony Brook University, and also worked as an athletic administrator at Villanova University and the University of Pennsylvania. Donna is no stranger to the field; as a student athlete at Penn, she...


Ramona S. Diaz, filmmaker (episode 48)

Ramona Diaz has always been an observer. Inspired by her upbringing, the Baltimore-based filmmaker tells character-driven stories that often highlight the diversity of the Filipino experience. Ramona’s documentary credits include “Imelda,” about the former First Lady of the Philippines; “The Learning,” which follows Filipino teachers in Baltimore City; and “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” which tells the story of the band Journey finding their new Filipino lead singer, Arnel...


April Ryan, White House correspondent (episode 47)

April Ryan has covered the news for decades, but it wasn’t until recently that she became part of it. April has been White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks for 20 years, covering the Clinton, Bush, Obama and now Trump administrations, and she contributes to CNN as a political analyst. You might know April from one of her notable interactions this year, which include an exchange with President Donald J. Trump in which he asked her whether the Congressional Black Caucus...


Jill P. Carter, Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights director (episode 46)

Ingrained in her since she was a child, justice and equality matter most to Jill P. Carter. Jill is the daughter of prominent civil rights activist Walter P. Carter, and she now serves as director of the Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement. Before joining Mayor Catherine Pugh’s administration and taking over the office in January, Jill served as a state delegate for 14 years. She takes over the civil rights office at a pivotal time; Jill now oversees the Civilian Review Board,...