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Mayor Catherine Pugh and Gov. Larry Hogan's two very different weeks

4/25/2019
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Two prominent Maryland figures entered the spotlight this week, albeit for very different reasons. Days after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's return from New Hampshire, an early-caucus state considered a "must" stop for potential presidential candidates, federal law enforcement agents spread out across Baltimore, raiding City Hall and other several other locations with connections to Mayor Catherine Pugh. It was the first confirmation that federal authorities, as well as state officials, were...

Duration:00:33:23

What started the Baltimore riot? A reporter explains the updated, but still incomplete, answer.

4/19/2019
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On April 27, 2015, the day of Freddie Gray’s funeral in Baltimore, police and youth clashed near the Mondawmin metro stop in a skirmish that would thrust the city into the international spotlight. For four years, police, youth and others there that day has shared their version of events, leaving unanswered questions. Who, in reality, initiated the confrontation? And who was responsible for shutting down the transit service that day, a decision that left many high school students stranded...

Duration:00:27:15

Remembering Maryland's House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch

4/10/2019
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In the final episode of "Roughly Speaking: Government Edition," Baltimore Sun State House reporters Luke Broadwater and Pamela Wood talk with Goucher College pollster Mileah Kromer about the legacy of House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch. He presided over a progressive agenda as speaker that included ending the death penalty, decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, legalizing same-sex marriage and in this session raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour."Roughly Speaking: Government...

Duration:00:29:35

Overriding Gov. Hogan's vetoes, the failure of medically assisted suicide and the 'joint chiefs' in Annapolis

4/2/2019
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Overriding Gov. Hogan's vetoes, the failure of medically assisted suicide and the "joint chiefs" in Annapolis: In the penultimate (13th) episode of "Roughly Speaking: Government Edition," Baltimore Sun State House reporter Luke Broadwater and Goucher College pollster Mileah Kromer talk about the Democratic-controlled legislature's override of Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes, including the $15 minimum wage, and the failure of medically assisted suicide. Sun politics reporter Pamela Wood joins to...

Duration:00:40:54

The 1819 Maryland case that affirmed Hamilton's genius on banks and federal power (episode 512)

4/1/2019
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The uber-musical “Hamilton” comes to Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theater in June, and in this episode of the show: Some Maryland history related to Alexander Hamilton, founder of the nation’s financial system and its first Secretary of the Treasury. In McCulloch v. Maryland, a case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court in the winter of 1819, statesman Daniel Webster defended the legitimacy of a national bank that had opened a branch in Baltimore. The Maryland General Assembly, sympathetic...

Duration:00:39:12

University of Maryland Medical System scandal, the fight to save the Preakness and the youngest lawmakers in Annapolis

3/27/2019
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In the 12th episode of "Roughly Speaking: Government Edition," Baltimore Sun State House reporter Luke Broadwater and Goucher College pollster Mileah Kromer talk about the evolving scandal rocking the University of Maryland Medical System over allegations of "self-dealing" and no-bid contracting among board members. Sun politics reporter Pamela Wood joins the discussion about the continuing battle to save the Preakness from moving to Laurel. The show's guests are the youngest lawmakers from...

Duration:00:36:45

The University of Maryland Medical System scandal, the fight to save the Preakness and the youngest lawmakers in Annapolis

3/26/2019
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In the 12th episode of "Roughly Speaking: Government Edition," Baltimore Sun State House reporter Luke Broadwater and Goucher College pollster Mileah Kromer talk about the evolving scandal rocking the University of Maryland Medical System over allegations of "self-dealing" and no-bid contracting among board members. Sun politics reporter Pamela Wood joins the discussion about the continuing battle to save the Preakness from moving to Laurel. The show's guests are the youngest lawmakers from...

'Healthy Holly,' crossover day, and Sen. Bill Ferguson

3/20/2019
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In the 11th episode of "Roughly Speaking: Government Edition," Baltimore Sun State House reporters Luke Broadwater and Pamela Wood talk about the intense scrutiny facing the University of Maryland Medical System over its contracting practices, including $500,000 in payments to Mayor Catherine Pugh for self-published "Healthy Holly" books. They also discuss the flurry of legislation moving in the General Assembly on "crossover day" — the deadline for most bills to pass from one chamber to...

Duration:00:29:43

The massive redevelopment of the old Bethlehem Steel land in Sparrows Point (episode 511)

3/18/2019
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Amazon, FedEx and Under Armour are the first major tenants of Tradepoint Atlantic in Baltimore County, the sprawling former site of the largest steel-making operation in the world, where more than 30,000 men and women were employed in 1959. But Bethlehem Steel is long gone, and now Tradepoint Atlantic, a private joint venture, is in the process of redeveloping the waterfront land for a hub of e-commerce and manufacturing. So far, the complex features mostly warehouse and distribution centers...

Duration:00:39:00

Medically assisted suicide, the handgun review board and Del. Eric Luedtke

3/12/2019
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In the 10th episode of "Roughly Speaking: Government Edition," Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater and Goucher College pollster Dr. Mileah Kromer talk about the House of Delegates' vote to legalize medically assisted suicide, the effort to repeal the Handgun Permit Review Board and how a Sun investigation is changing state policy. The show's guest is Del. Eric Luedtke, a Montgomery County Democrat who gave moving testimony on the so-called "aid-in-dying" bill. Sun reporters Pamela Wood...

Duration:00:43:11

The Lisanti censure, the fight over Preakness, and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford

3/6/2019
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In the ninth episode of "Roughly Speaking: Government Edition," Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater and Goucher College pollster Dr. Mileah Kromer talk about the House of Delegates' censure of Harford County Del. Mary Ann Lisanti after she apologized for using a racist slur. They also check in on important bills moving through the General Assembly, including two that affect the future of horse-racing in Maryland. The show's guest is Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, who talks about how the GOP...

Duration:00:43:20

After four decades under cover, a Baltimore party band records its first album (episode 510)

3/1/2019
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Gazze is one of the Baltimore area's oldest party bands, going back to teen dances in the 1970s. In fact, if you attended a wedding, bah mitzvah, dance, bull roast, crab feast or fundraiser over the last 47 years, there’s a good chance the music at that event came from Gazze -- a cover band with a brass section and a talented lead singer and dancer, Dwight Weems, the last of the founding members.In this episode: Can a group that played other people’s music for 40-plus years come up with...

Duration:00:28:46

Unspecified gender option sought for Maryland IDs; sexual assault waiver investigation gets results

2/27/2019
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Sun investigation into sexual assault waivers gets results; the debate over gender neutral driver's licenses; and an interview with Sen. Stephen Hershey: In the eighth episode of "Roughly Speaking: Government Edition," Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater and Goucher College pollster Dr. Mileah Kromer talk about what it's like being a State House reporter and spotlight some of the key debates in the Maryland General Assembly, including whether to add a non-binary gender classification on...

Duration:00:42:36

Four great, un-Oscar-buzzed movies you must see (episode 509)

2/21/2019
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Over dinner at Gertrude's in Baltimore, film critics Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellyn Reed talk about the 2019 Oscars and four great movies you probably won't hear much about during Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. Take notes in case you missed them: "If Beale Street Could Talk," and "First Reformed," both victims of major Oscar snubs, and two foreign-language films: "Shoplifters," and "Capernaum." Linda and Chris handicap the major Oscar categories for us, and they debate the...

Duration:00:32:09

Government Edition: Goucher Poll, a possible new Bay Bridge, Del. Shelly Hettleman

2/19/2019
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Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater and Goucher College pollster Dr. Mileah Kromer go in-depth on the Goucher Poll results on the key issues facing Marylanders, including whether to raise the minimum wage, legalize marijuana and ban tobacco for people younger than 21. The show's special guest is District 11 state Del. Shelly Hettleman, a Baltimore County Democrat who speaks about her work to expand testing of rape kits and other issues. Sun State House reporter Pamela Wood and breaking...

Duration:00:42:39

Government Edition: The great Labor Day school fight, tougher gun laws, and Del. Vanessa Atterbeary

2/12/2019
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In the sixth episode of "Roughly Speaking: Government Edition," Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater and Goucher College pollster Dr. Mileah Kromer discuss the heated debate over the General Assembly's push to overturn Gov. Larry Hogan's order that public schools may not start classes until after Labor Day, before interviewing District 13 state Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, a Howard County Democrat and vice chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee. After extolling the diversity of her district,...

Duration:00:45:17

One of the worst Supreme Court decisions ever (episode 508)

2/11/2019
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In this episode: A look back to 1896 and a landmark Supreme Court decision that is considered one of the worst in the court's history. In Plessy v. Ferguson, the court upheld a Louisiana law that required racial separation on passenger trains. The decision preserved and furthered segregation ("separate but equal") throughout the nation well into the 20th Century. Guest: Baltimore-based journalist and author Steve Luxenberg, a former Sun reporter and editor, and senior editor at The...

Duration:00:37:39

Government Edition: Hogan's State of the State, gun laws and Sen. Justin Ready

2/6/2019
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Hogan's "State of the State," gun laws and Sen. Justin Ready: In the fifth episode of "Roughly Speaking: Government Edition," Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater and Goucher College pollster Dr. Mileah Kromer talk about tax cuts, gun laws and Gov. Hogan's "State of the State" speech, before interviewing State Sen. Justin Ready, a Carroll County Republican. Sun reporters Pamela Wood and Doug Donovan join the discussion."Roughly Speaking: Government Edition" is a partnership between the...

Duration:00:42:20

Government Edition: Anton Black, criminal justice and Sen. Jill P. Carter

1/30/2019
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In the fourth episode of "Roughly Speaking: Government Edition," Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater and Goucher College pollster Dr. Mileah Kromer talk about criminal justice issues affecting Maryland, including the Anton Black case and a proposed police force for Johns Hopkins University, before interviewing State Sen. Jill P. Carter, a Baltimore Democrat who is the former director of Baltimore's Office of Civil Rights. Sun reporters Pamela Wood and Talia Richman join the...

Duration:00:38:16

Turning Baltimore's abandoned houses and vacant lots into affordable homes (episode 503)

1/28/2019
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Baltimore's long-standing problem with thousands of abandoned houses and blighted communities is gradually being addressed -- with state funds for demolition and initiatives by the city to raise funds for affordable housing and new development in previously overlooked neighborhoods. One of the key organizations on the affordable-housing front is Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. Since it came on the scene in the 1980s, Habitat Chesapeake has built or restored about 750 homes in the...

Duration:00:28:38