Then-Mayor Martin O'Malley at an Earth Day Planting at Gilmor Elementary in 2005Before I came to work at WYPR, I worked at a documentary company called Soundprint. While I was there, they were working on a series of stories about urban forests that delved into the unique environmental issues that cities face. For the documentary Watershed 263, we attended an Earth Day planting ceremony at Gilmor Elementary in Baltimore. Gilmor was one of a dozen schools in Baltimore that had converted their parking lot into a garden. Things like parking lots and roads are terrible for the environment. When it rains, the rain gathers up all the oil and other pollutants that have been sitting on the pavement and then whooshes it all into a storm-water drain. That all ends up in the Chesapeake, of course, where it wreaks havoc. A garden, on the other hand, keeps that water right there, and puts it to good use. It's a lot of fun for the kids, too, to get a day out of class to get their hands dirty and have a beautiful spot to play. The purpose of that whole long story was to tell you that on that day, then-Mayor Martin O'Malley was at that school, and ceremoniously planted the first flower in the soil. I remember being impressed that he would find time in a busy schedule to visit a school, make a speech, plant a flower, and hang out with the kids for awhile. I left with the feeling that he cared about the environment. The impression I was left with would please the now Governor, and those who work to craft his image. He has very purposefully cast himself as a "Green Governer". But what does that term really mean? As the environmental crisis in the Bay and beyond seems to grow more urgent, how does the criteria for being an environmental politician change? What is the gold standard in environmentalism for a politician? What is the leading edge-and is O'Malley on it? We'll discuss this today with people who all care deeply and have devoted their lives to the environment. Join us, to share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen in Maryland. Poll: Do you think Governor Martin O'Malley is a Green Governor?
Here are some pictures courtesy of one of our guests today, Gerry Winegrad. His descriptions are below:
What role did the Walters Art Museum have in discovering the earliest surviving manuscript by Archimedes, which includes some previously undiscovered writings? Join us at 1pm today to find out, as we're joined by the authors of The Archimedes Codex: How a Medieval Prayer Book Is Revealing the True Genius of Antiquity's Greatest Scientist.
For more info in the meantime, check out this informative blog post by Dan Harlow.
I'm a huge Ravens fan, so I could go on and on about all of the trivial things that only another Ravens fan would care about. I had a bad feeling after we lost the first game of the season to The Bengals. We should have won that game, right? We were right there on the goal line....
That scenario repeated itself, in more and less similar ways, many times throughout the season, and it turned out to be a trainwreck of a season. What went wrong?
Now Billick is gone, and fans seem to have divided opinions, with many not being sure whether it was a good decision to fire him, or not. The questions we can ask now, as all we can do is look forward to next season, are endless, starting with who will be head coach. And the whole coaching staff was fired, so what about the other coaches? Who will start as quarterback? Will we ever have a strong offense?
Lots of questions, and we'll welcome your thoughts from noon to 1pm today on the air, or right here at any time.
Emily Martin, professor of anthropology and author of the book above joins us at 1pm today. She has a lot of insight to share on mania and depression, and we hope you'll join us with questions, and to share your own experiences with these common parts of our lives, as well.
I went down to southern Maryland last August and took this picture standing in the Chesapeake Bay at Calvert Cliffs, although maybe that wasn't such a good idea. Beautiful place, but the water didn't quite look as clean as it might have.
This hour we'll be talking about what really would need to be done to clean up the Bay. Is it realistic at all to see a cleaner Bay? Efforts have been made for decades, but results are less than hoped for so far.. What do you think?
Here's a picture from earlier this year of Governor O'Malley swearing Brenda Donald in as the new Secretary for Maryland's Department of Human Resources. With her job, comes the responsibility of running the state's foster care system.
About a month ago, we had a show looking at the foster care system, which I described at the time like this:
We’re starting off the hour with a look at Baltimore’s foster care system, which, no one would argue, is in need of some huge reforms. A class action suit was brought on behalf of 2,500 foster children in 1984. In 1988, the court entered a comprehensive consent decree requiring reforms, and nearly 20 years later we’re still waiting for those reforms. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but two decades is a long time by anyone’s standards. If you’re unfamiliar with this lawsuit, or the foster care situation here in general, a good place to start would be this article from Tuesday’s Sun.
Where are things now, another month later? Brenda Donald will be here at 1pm to let us know, and take your questions, as well.
What effect has the increased level of US troops, 'the surge,' had in Iraq? Statistics show decreased levels of violence, but does that constitute a success? There are still tragic amounts of daily violence, and a host of other problems, throughout Iraq. What would a "good" outcome to the war look like at this point?
Joining us today is Nancy Youssef, who just returned from Iraq where she reports for the McClatchy newspapers. Read her articles here. Also joining us is Adil Shamoo, who recently wrote an article supporting a military withdrawal from Iraq, which you can read here.
Does anyone remember this book, "Owl At Home?" I remember a lot of great books from my childhood, but this one has really stuck with me for some reason. I picked it up again a few years ago, and was struck by how emotionally evocative it was. Arnold Lobel, also the creator of the Frog and Toad books, is a genius.
What are your favorite kid's books? We had great response from our kid's books show a year ago, so we're bringing back the same guests today at 1pm for another round.
Children's Bookstore in Roland Park
Marion Nestle will be here at 1pm today, and looking at the cover of her most recent book above, you can see the some of the questions we'll be discussing. She's got a great blog - check it out here. And don't forget to let us know what you think as you listen to her on the air with us today. Continue the discussion with your comments here!
Dixon at yesterday's inauguration.. who's the guy in the suit?
Sheila Dixon was sworn in as Mayor of Baltiomore yesteday, after being Mayor for about a year already, since the guy in the suit left this small town for a nice position in Annapolis. Can't blame him, being Mayor is not an easy job.
Today we'll welcome two of the people Dixon has chosen to help her run the city:
Andrew Frank - Deputy Mayor for Neighborhood and Economic Development
Salima Marriott - Deputy Mayor for Community and Human Development
What would you like to ask, or tell, the people running this city? Call us between noon and one pm today, 410-662-8780, while we're on the air with Baltimore's Deputy Mayors.