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Baltimore violence: Transforming lives, sustaining programs that work

1/17/2018
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2:33: Cory McCray, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from East Baltimore, talks about what got him off the streets where he sold drugs as a young man — his mother, an apprenticeship program, and an inspiring community leader in Belair-Edison.15:19: Anthony Smith, executive director of Cities United, talks about a national effort to reduce violence among African-American men and boys in more than 100 communities across the country, a collaboration of mayors to identify best...

Duration: 00:47:40


Erricka Bridgeford: Reclaiming Baltimore killing scenes with 'light and love' (episode 343)

1/12/2018
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Erricka Bridgeford, one of the organizers of Baltimore Ceasefire and The Baltimore Sun's Marylander of The Year, talks about visiting the sites where homicide victims fall, and what Baltimoreans can do about the violence in their city.

Duration: 00:29:23


'If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention' (episode 342)

1/11/2018
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On Tuesday at the White House, Donald J. Trump made an attempt at bipartisanship on immigration. But, as the evil Ramsay Bolton in "Game of Thrones" might say: "If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention." Republicans quickly criticized Trump for appearing to make concessions, and conservatives in the House of Representatives rolled out a legislative package that takes a hard line on immigrants, including those covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood...

Duration: 00:48:08


Thinking about Baltimore with one of our most thoughtful citizens (episode 256)

11/8/2017
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1:36: Book critic Paula Gallagher recommends a book about a bird with a lousy reputation: "Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird," by Katie Fallon.6:08: Could Baltimore reverse its population slide, grow by 80,000 residents and fill 40,000 empty rowhouses? Architect Klaus Philipsen offers informed opinions — and a dose of optimism — in today's wide-ranging conversation about the city's past, present and future. Philipsen, president of ArchPlan Inc., writes a daily blog about urban...

Duration: 00:34:42


Rep. John Sarbanes on Trump's 'draconian' budget and 'ethical blindness' (episode 255)

11/8/2017
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1:04: Dan's commentary on the terror attack in Britain and a potential hate crime at the University of Maryland.5:35: Richard Cross, a Maryland-based Republican political analyst and speechwriter, talks about the issues raised just before the president's trip abroad — the firing of the FBI director, the appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign — and whether these controversies will prompt any Republican leaders to distance...

Duration: 00:47:32


Pimlico, Preakness and Park Heights; a salute to a hero (episode 254)

11/8/2017
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2:00: The Sun's Childs Walker previews the 142d Preakness Stakes, with Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, trained by Todd Pletcher, the oddsmakers' 4-5 favorite.6:27: As attention shifts once again to Pimlico Race Course and the Preakness, Sun reporter Luke Broadwater talks about his recent story on Park Heights, the blighted neighborhood near the track and hopes for a redevelopment of the area. A lot of those hopes, Luke says, are intertwined with Pimlico and the future of the...

Duration: 00:33:40


True crimes — a nun's unsolved murder, the Madoff massive fraud (episode 253)

11/8/2017
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Today a look at a new HBO movie and a Netflix docuseries, both about true crimes — the massive financial fraud of Bernie Madoff, and the unsolved murder, nearly 50 years ago, of a young Baltimore nun.5:25: Baltimore Sun reporter Alison Knezevich talks about the 1969 murder of Sister Catherine Cesnick, now the subject of a seven-part Netflix documentary called, "The Keepers." This week, Baltimore County police reported that a DNA sample taken from the remains of a Catholic priest did not...

Duration: 00:41:08


Trumpmania: 'I hope you can let this go' (episode 252)

11/8/2017
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"I hope you can let this go," Donald J. Trump reportedly said to the former FBI director James Comey regarding th"e bureau's investigation of Trump's former national security adviser Mike Flynn. Was the president trying to obstruct justice? Today on the show, Dan talks Trump with commentators Melissa Deckman and Sheri Parks.Melissa Deckman is the Louis L. Goldstein Professor of Public Affairs and chair of the political science department at Washington College. She is the author of, "Tea...

Duration: 00:24:17


Chief Joseph, General Howard and the Nez Perce resistance of 1877 (episode 251)

11/8/2017
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American History: Chief Joseph, White Supremacy and the quest for human rights in the late 19th Century. In his new book, Daniel Sharfstein tells the story of two men — Chief Joseph, the young leader of the Nez Perce who fought to keep his ancestral lands in the Pacific Northwest, and Oliver Otis Howard, the Union general who believed it was his destiny to send Joseph and his tribe to a reservation in Idaho. How the devout Christian and abolitionist Howard, the man for whom Howard University...

Duration: 00:41:00


How to make the perfect crab cake (episode 250)

11/8/2017
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1:50: With Mother's Day approaching, Paula Gallagher recommends a new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford, a memoir about his parents, with emphasis on this mother.5:22: With Maryland's early-season crab harvest expected to be strong, John Shields, Chesapeake culinary expert, offers a 12-minute tutorial in making the perfect crab cake. Two of John's most popular recipes for crab cakes, published in his cookbooks, can also be found online -- his grandmother Gertie's Baltimore...

Duration: 00:19:32


Why does Baltimore have so many evictions? (episode 249)

11/8/2017
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A look at big problems in housing in Baltimore: People losing their homes — renters through eviction and homeowners under a federal program originally intended to keep them in their houses.3:10: Kristerfer Burnett and John Bullock, first-term members of the Baltimore City Council, have raised flags about problems caused by a federal program to sell off delinquent mortgages to private investors. Instead of helping homeowners modify the terms of their mortgages and stay in their houses, the...

Duration: 00:40:47


Van Hollen: Comey firing a "dark and dangerous moment" (episode 248)

11/8/2017
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A special edition of Roughly Speaking, the day after Donald Trump’s sacking of the FBI director, James Comey, whose agency has been investigating suspected ties between Russia and the Trump campaign for president. Reaction from:Michael Greenberger (0:43), professor of law at the University of Maryland and a longtime attorney with extensive practice in Washington as a litigator and as a financial regulator.U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (12:26), Maryland Democrat.

Duration: 00:21:22


How concerned should Americans be about Zika? (episode 247)

11/7/2017
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The Zika virus, largely concentrated in Latin America and the Caribbean, has drifted out of the news since last summer, but with a mild winter behind us, and mosquito season coming, there are concerns, especially in southern states. A Johns Hopkins University researcher recently estimated the cost of a mild Zika outbreak (about 7,000 cases) at more than $183 million and the cost of a more severe one (700,000 infections) at more than $1.2 billion. Most people have mild or no obvious effects...

Duration: 00:25:07


One good book and two great bartenders (episode 246)

11/7/2017
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Paula Gallagher, Baltimore County librarian and Roughly Speaking book critic, recommends a dystopian novel from the eco-fiction shelf called "Borne," by Jeff Vandemeer.Baltimore bartenders Brendan Dorr and Amie Ward talk about Amari, the branch of herbal, bitter-sweet liqueurs produced in Italy, sipped as digestives and now being offered in some mixed drinks. Ward and Dorr join Dan for a taste test of Meletti Amaro, Rabarbaro Zucco, Fernet-Branca and Fernet-Valet, a Mexican liqueur. Be...

Duration: 00:31:24


What to see at the Maryland Film Festival (episode 245)

11/7/2017
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With the 2017 Maryland Film Festival now underway during a busy weekend in Baltimore, our critics Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellyn Reed list the films they're looking forward to seeing at the festival's new home in the renovated Parkway Theater in Station North.Linda's list: "Werewolf" "Golden Exits" "Rat Film" "Motherland" "Love After Love"Chris's choices: "Beach Rats" "The Blood Is At The Doorstep" "Lemon" "Maineland" "Princess Cyd" "Person To Person" "Sylvio" "Tell Them We Are...

Duration: 00:20:23


Keeping successful startups in Baltimore (episode 244)

11/7/2017
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How do you keep brilliant researchers who come up with great ideas from taking their successful startups to Silicon Valley or Cambridge, Mass.? Since 2012, companies founded on Johns Hopkins technology have raised about $1.1 billion in funding, but about 85 percent of them are no longer in Maryland. Incubating tech and bio-tech startups and retaining them in Baltimore is a mission of Hopkins at its new FastForward 1812 lab space in the university’s sprawling medical campus. Christy Wyskiel,...

Duration: 00:26:40


Sen. Ben Cardin on Trump's first 100 days (episode 243)

11/7/2017
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“Make no mistake about it, I believe President Trump is causing damage to our country, primarily to the values America stands for.” Sen. Ben Cardin, the Maryland Democrat, stopped by the Sun’s studio to talk about the first 100 days of the Trump presidency. Cardin explains why he believes Donald Trump is damaging the country, but also where he thinks Trump could notch some achievements should he choose to act in a bipartisan manner.

Duration: 00:28:02


A classic Western and the Hollywood witch hunt (episode 242)

11/7/2017
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Film historians consider “High Noon” to be a Western, but it’s more than that — the story of one man’s moral courage in the face of overwhelming odds. In the 1952 film, a town marshal, played by Gary Cooper, is about to retire his badge and his gun and move away with his new bride, played by Grace Kelly. But the marshal learns that a man who hates him, a vicious outlaw named Frank Miller, is coming back to the town to kill him — and he’s arriving on the noon train. High Noon is a Hollywood...

Duration: 00:45:04


What's changed two years after Baltimore unrest? (episode 241)

11/7/2017
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Book critic Paula Gallagher strongly recommends, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” by David Grann, a staff writer for the New Yorker and author of “The Lost City of Z.” His new book is about the mysterious murders of Native Americans in Oklahoma in the 1920s, and the birth of the FBI.Kevin Shird, a Baltimore native and drug dealer-turned-youth advocate, talks about the unrest that hit Baltimore two years ago today, on the day of Freddie Gray’s funeral. Shird is the author of two books, “Lessons...

Duration: 00:29:00


Is hemp the next big thing in farming? (episode 240)

11/7/2017
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Are Maryland farmers and Baltimore entrepreneurs missing a big economic opportunity by not growing and processing hemp for the commercial market? A report commissioned by the Abell Foundation concludes that hemp-marijuana confusion, along with a federal prohibition, form obstacles to a new branch of environmentally-friendly agriculture that could augment the income of Maryland farmers and spawn new businesses. Kentucky has already moved forward with growing hemp, despite the federal ban...

Duration: 00:23:40

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