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November 26, 2007

11/27/07 Mountaintop Removal Mining

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November 26, 2007

11/26/07 Annapolis Peace Summit

Seems like this week's Middle East peace conference in Annapolis has come back from the dead.  Everyone was saying that the conference had become irrelevant--that no one was coming, it would only be one day, and it wouldn't make a dent in the enormous amount of work and negotiation that needs to occur between Palestine and Israel. But things seem to be looking up.  As President Bush emphasizes his desire to make peace in the Middle East part of his legacy, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and other nations of the Arab League have agreed to attend.  So looks like we're going to have a bona fide conference.  Today at Noon we're going to discuss what issues are going to be at the top of the heap.  What are the likely sticking points?  What is a reasonable set of things we can hope to see accomplished? We'll talk with our friend Ali Zaghab, a Palestinian-born local businessman who has joined us many times in the past to discuss these issues, and Dr. Elli Lieberman, a retired Israeli Army major, a PhD in Middle East studies, and a local businessman.  We're also going to here an essay on peace and interfaith understanding and love from John Oliver Smith. So join us.  What do you want to see accomplished?  Do you feel optimistic?

-Jessica

November 21, 2007

11/21 Open Phones

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It's the busiest travel day of the year and before you head over the river and through the woods join us for an hour of open phones where your calls and comments determine the topics.                                                                                                                                  -Marcus 
November 20, 2007

11/20 Martin & Malcolm: One Vision – Two Voices

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Today we present a special program titled Martin and Malcolm: One Vision - Two Voices. Produced, in cooperation with the Maryland Humanities Council, Marc moderated a discussion between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. , portrayed by actor Bill Grimmette, and Malcolm X, portrayed by actor Charles Everett Pace. The program was recorded before a live audience at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

                                                                                                                              -Marcus

November 20, 2007

11/20/07 Charm City: A Walk Through Baltimore

 

Today, local author, Goucher professor, and friend Madison Smartt Bell is joining us to discuss his new book Charm City: A Walk Through Baltimore.  The book is what it sounds like; the author takes us on a walk through Baltimore, pointing out the important cultural, historical, and social points of interest along the way.  He visits typical Baltimore tourist spots like the Inner Harbor and Fells Point, but also goes to places off the tourist track, like the vibrant Greenmount Avenue and Greenmount Cemetery.   Producer Justin went out with him last week and captured the sounds of some of these spots...we'll be playing those on the air today while we talk with Madison.  So join us with your comments, questions, and stories of your favorite parts of the city!

-Jessica

November 19, 2007

11/19/07 Holiday Cooking

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First, a disclosure.  Having become vegetarian and then learned to cook, in that order, I've never cooked a turkey.  Still, Thanksgiving is 3 days away, and at 1pm today we'll be talking about cooking all sorts of things, including turkey, I'm sure.  What are your favorite holiday recipes and family traditions, when it comes to eating?  Share them here and on the air today, and have a great holiday!

-Justin

November 19, 2007

11/19 Annapolis Special Session Wrap-up

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The special session of the Maryland General Assembly came to a close early this morning at 2:30am. State legislators passed tax increases spending reductions to resolve Maryland's looming $1.7 billion deficit. Marc and his guests, Fraser Smith, WYPR senior news analyst and Sunday Sun columnist, Andy Green, Statehouse reporter for the Sun and Tom LoBianco, Annapolis reporter for the Washington Times will discuss the recent session, what it accomplished and what it means for state residents.

                                                                                                                                  -Marcus

 

November 15, 2007

11/15/07 Iraq and Pakistan

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Well, I hope if any of you aren't members, you will become one after today, because we're gonna be running up the phone bill here at WYPR!  First--we're going to go to Iraq, to talk with Nancy Youssef of the McClatchy papers.  She's going to share her first-hand perspective of the political and security situation in that country. Then, we're traveling to Pakistan.  We're going to talk to Shahan Mufti of the Christian Science Monitor, who is reporting from Pakistan.  We'll also talk to Washington College professor Tahir Shad, a Pakistani who is currently in Argentina.  And we'll talk with Kamran Asdar Ali, a Pakistani and professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas. What do you want to know about the situation in Iraq and Pakistan?  Bring them to the show!

-Jessica

November 15, 2007

11/14 Hearts

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Currently on stage at Center Stage The play Hearts deals with the experiences of a Jewish - American soldier during WWII and how those experiences shape the rest of his life. These experiences are played out by a quartet of friends who meet for a weekly card game of hearts. Taking part in a discussion about the play are playwright Willy Holzman, his father Donald, on whom the play is based, director Tim Vasen and actor Jordan Charney who portrays Holzman in the play.                                                                                                                                   -Marcus
November 14, 2007

11/14/07 TV writers on strike!

It's not the usual group of workers you'd expect to go on strike, not the auto workers, or municipal workers in some far off part of South America or Europe.  Members of the Writers Guild of America, tv and film writers, walked out over a new contract dispute.  They want to update their residuals payments to reflect the increasingly popularity of tv shows being streamed online, often free of charge to the viewer. Interesting, the intersection of technology, media, labor...... So, will the next season of your favorite show be on as expected?  How much longer will the strike last?  Will our tv's be sitting in the basement next to our old vcr's soon, as we watch everything on our computers?  Joining us to answer all of your questions will be Baltimore Sun tv critic David Zurawick, at 1pm. -Justin
November 14, 2007

11/14/07 Shodekeh

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Baltimore's premier practictioner of the art of the human beatbox, Shodekeh, will be here at 1:30pm today.  If you're wondering what I'm talking about, check out www.beatboxing.com for some background on beatboxing.  Shodekeh has a page on there here that will tell you more about him.  And check out his myspace page, as well, for some live videos, including one performing with KRS-1, and a piece on Shodekeh done by WYPR's own Aaron Henkin for The Signal.

-Justin

November 14, 2007

11/14/07 Economy

Can I let you in on a little secret?  I am loving the housing slump.  It is my favorite thing in the world.  I hope it just keeps falling and falling.  I, of course, am a prospective buyer.  But you, the owner, are cursing me for celebrating the loss you are experiencing in your net worth! The differences in our attitudes explains in part why it is so hard to come to a consensus about the economy and how it is doing.  In my eyes, the economy was flying so high that someone like me, young and without much money, couldn't really get my foot in the door and buy stocks or a house.  It was not an economy that was friendly to beginners. I felt priced out of that economy. But to someone whose foot was in the door already, the economy was perfect-great-never been better! We're going to talk today with people who have different ideas about what the economy we have today means.  Does the housing slump portend a recession-or is the market just correcting itself?  Are oil prices rising higher and higher because of actual supply and demand issues, or is it market manipulation? Why does the Federal Reserve seem so optimistic? And what role do hedge funds play in alll this? Join us...with your comments and questions...or offers to sell me your house at a reduced price!

-Jessica

November 13, 2007

11/13/07 SNOOP

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Snoop is possibly the most terrifying character on The Wire.  She looks like she's about 12 years old, she's completely androgynous, she's got the strangest, almost alien-sounding voice, and she kills people in a completely matter of fact way like it's nothing.

Felicia Pearson drew on her own experiences, which she documents in her new memoir, Grace After Midnight, to create the character she plays.  Just how much of her own experiences?  Well, she grew up with a foster family in East Baltimore, got involved in the drug game, and wound up in prison for murder.  Her book is full of some real-life terrifying stories, like the first time she visited her real mom's house after being put into foster care.  Her mom screamed at her, maybe 8 years old, to take off all of her clothes and then locked her in a closet.  She cried until she passed out, and woke up to find out that her mom had taken her clothes and sold them for crack.

I'll leave the rest of the stories for her to tell today.  She'll be here for an hour at 1pm.. do not miss..

-Justin

November 13, 2007

11/13/07 David Kaczynski

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What would you do if you realized your brother was the Unabomber?  Not a question most people have had to answer, but you can find out what it was like from someone who has at 12:30pm today.  After we check in on the goings on in Annapolis, as the special session heads toward a close as early as the end of the week, we'll be joined by David Kaczynski.

After the Unabomber's Manifesto was published in the NY Times and Washington Post, David recognized his brother's writing style and was faced with an agonizing decision, which would change the course of his life completely.  Join us to find out what happened, and about the work that David is currently doing as executive director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty.

-Justin

November 12, 2007

11/12/07 Veteran’s Day (observed)

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What does it mean to go to war?  How does a society decide to go to war?  Is there such thing as a good war?  How about a necessary war?  What is the cost of war to those who fight it, and those who survive it?  Is an end to war a realistic thing to hope for?

What have we learned from struggles to wage war, and struggles to wage peace, in the past?  What can we learn from today’s conflicts?

We'll be reflecting on these questions, and maybe a few others, with veterans of war and veterans of the peace movement, and at least one person who is both of those things. -Justin
November 8, 2007

What’s on tap today?

As has been the case the first three days of the week, we have a show with many different parts to it.  Any thoughts on that - have you noticed?  do you like it? - are welcome. 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. Then we'll hear from House Speaker Mike Busch, live from Annapolis, for an update on the special session.  Following that, we'll leave some time for our listeners' thoughts on the special session, so get your thoughts and questions ready by 1pm. Lastly, we'll be joined by Elbridge James.  He's the director of the Maryland Black Family Alliance, a new group of black politicians, ministers, and activists seeking to promote "fairness, justice, and equality for all families" aka legalization of same-sex marriage. -Justin
November 7, 2007

11/7/2007 Naomi Klein

Disaster capitalism.  What an interesting phrase.  It's the topic of Naomi Klein's new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.  What is disaster capitalism?  It's things like Blackwater, or the privatization of New Orleans schools after Hurricane Katrina, or Haliburton and the rebuilding of Iraq.  It is the world in which private companies profit from disasters, natural or man-made.  Is this an example of the triumph of the global free market?  Or evidence that some of the events of the past decades have been engineered to profit certain corporations? Join us as we speak with Naomi Klein....and watch a short video inspired by the book. And then, we take a look at the special session in Annapolis.  Is deal making and compromise occuring?  Will slots pass?  Will corporations and those with high incomes be paying more in taxes?  We'll talk with WYPR's Senior News Analyst Fraser Smith and Kevin Dayhoff, columnist for The Tentacle. Join us! -Jessica
November 7, 2007

11/7 My Fair Lady

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Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady opened on Broadway in 1956 to critical raves and, at the time, went on to become one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history. The show also made a star of Julie Andrews. The current touring production of My Fair Lady is playing at the Hippodrome. This production is direct from London's West End and with top flight talent on stage and behind the scenes. The reviews and word of mouth on the production say it raises the bar for all other touring productions.

                                                                                                                                 -Marcus

November 7, 2007

11/6 College Gender Gap

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Thirty years ago, male students were in the majority on college campuses. Today women are outnumbering men at colleges and universities. While the number of women is increasing; educators are asking where  have the boys gone? There's been a significant drop in the number of men applying and attending college which is baffling educators.

                                                                                                                                     -Marcus

November 6, 2007

11/06/07 Education.. and More Education.

A couple weeks back, I was reading this article in The Sun, "Towson scraps gender effort," and came upon a statistic that really surprised me.  Apparently, 42% of US college students are male, 58% female.  I had no idea there was such a big gender gap.  We're going to be looking at the reasons behind that in the first part of today's show. The education theme will continue as we debate possible education funding cuts in the proposed state budget, and also host a teachers' roundtable to continue the conversations from earlier in the show from a teacher's perspective, as well as look at other issues that are important to teachers.  A new contract, maybe? -Justin
November 5, 2007

11/05/07 Child Refugees

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This picture was taken in a refugee camp in Kenya in 2003, where Sudanese refugees wound up after fleeing first their own country, and then refugee camps where they had settled in Ethiopia.  For more on their story, see this article.

It's written by Charles London, who'll be joining us from 1-2pm today.  Charles left Baltimore, where he grew up, to work for Refugees International.  His experiences led him to write a book called One Day the Soldiers Came, in which he tells the stories of children displaced by war who he met over the past few years.

He was in Burma during the recent unrest there.  He recorded his observations in a piece for the NY Times magazines; that piece is here.

One more thing to check out.. Charles was interviewed on All Things Considered recently; that interview is here

-Justin

November 5, 2007

11/5 Budget cuts

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The Maryland legislature is in the midst of a special session called by Governor Martin O'Malley. The major issue facing this special session is the state budget. While Maryland is reported to be the richest state in the union, it faces a budge deficit. To remedy the situation the governor is putting forth a plan that calls for generating more revenue.

However generating more revenue might come at a cost to existing programs. If that's the case, to repair the fiscal health of the state, where should funds be reduced? What programs, if any should be cut? Today, in our ongoing look at the special session, we'll look at the state budget from three perspectives.

                                                                                                                                   -Marcus

November 1, 2007

11/1/07 Tune in today….

...to hear two more interesting conversations that, like yesterday's show, if you missed the first time, you won't want to miss again.  A couple of months ago we had a show about the digital divide, with a focus on how it plays out in Baltimore's economy.  We'll be airing that for a second time at noon today.  See the original blog post, and comments, here. A couple weeks ago Garrison Keillor came and spent most of the the day at WYPR during a trip to Baltimore.  For a genuinely touching piece Keillor wrote about his recent visit here, check out this column on salon.com.  At one, we'll rebroadcast his appearance on The Marc Steiner Show.  You can see the original blog post for that show here. -Justin
October 31, 2007

10/31/07 Free Speech: Waters, Nader, Thomas

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Last month MICA and the Maryland ACLU teamed up to put together a rather unusual celebration for Constitution Day, a holiday that not many people bother to celebrate in the first place.  They put together an event devoted to the First Amendment, and the right of free speech.  Who better to speak on this topic than the trio of John Waters, Ralph Nader, and Helen Thomas?  That's what someone thought, at least, and they were all brought together for a couple hours.  It turned out great; the auditorium at MICA couldn't even fit everyone who tried to get in.  So, for those of you that missed it the first time, we'll be playing it as a two hour special, from noon-2, on The Marc Steiner Show today.  To hear the complete version, because we had to cut a little bit for time and edit a few words here and there, ironically enough, just go to www.wypr.org and download the podcast anytime in the next month.

-Justin

October 30, 2007

10/30/07 New City Council Members

Assuming each of these Democrat nominees wins the general election next month, there will be four newly elected City Council members in Baltimore.  Today at 1pm you'll have a chance to find out more about three of them, and the ideas they will be bringing to the City Council.  Sharon Middleton is already serving on the Council, having been appointed to fill a seat left vacant last January.  She'll be here along with newbies Bill Cole and Bill Henry. As for the fourth, Warren Branch, he'll remain a bit of a mystery to our listeners, but not for lack of an invitation.  You can read an article here in The Sun about the city public works inspector's primary victory over incumbent Vernon Crider by a mere 51 votes.  If you're googling him, don't confuse him with bodybuilder Branch Warren. -Justin
October 30, 2007

10/30/07 Land Bank

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 Some interesting stats on vacant houses and property in Baltimore:

  • 13% of the total property in the city is abandoned

  • there are about 30,ooo abandoned buildings and lots in Baltimore

  • the city owns about 1/3 of the abandoned property

  • the city owns about 4,000 abandoned buildings and 6,000 abandoned lots

  • the city owns about 25% of vacant buildings

All of these figures are taken from here, the Housing Authority's "A Plan to Create The Baltimore City Land Bank."  Basically, the city is planning to sell many of its vacant properties cheaply as soon as next July.  The city is also planning to acquire more vacant properties, with the intention of selling them, as well.

If you're wondering if and how you'll be able to buy a cheap house to fix up, tune in at noon today, when the author of the Land Bank Plan and the head of Baltimore Housing, as well as housing activist Michael Sarbanes, will be here to help us figure out how this is all going to work.

And for a look at a land bank program that has already been implemented in Flint, Michigan, another town full of abandoned properties, take a listen to this story from Morning Edition today.

-Justin

October 29, 2007

10/29/07 Special Session Begins Today!

A special legislative session begins in Annapolis today, and while that might not be the most exciting news to everyone, it may end up having an impact on your daily life in more ways than one.  The goal of the session is to work toward balancing the state budget, which means finding more revenue than the state is currently taking in.  So, by the time it's over, we could see things like an increase in different kinds of taxes, whether it be sales tax, personal income tax, or business taxes.  Once again, for the millionth time, bringing slots to Maryland will be considered and debated, with the possibility of a statewide voter referendum. This hour we'll be focusing on the business side of the equation.  Are businesses taxed fairly?  What that means depends who you ask, of course, so at noon we'll be seeking some varied opinions.  Call in or write us here to let us know what you think. An article in the Wall Street Journal last week about Wal Mart's agressive strategies to cut their state income tax bills got us talking about some of the ideas we'll be exploring today.  Wall Street Journal doesn't have free online archives, but thanks to walmartwatch.com the article is reprinted here in its entirety, along with other related articles. -Justin
October 29, 2007

10-29 Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean is our guest today.  She's the nun whose work with death row inmates was profiled in the Academy Award winning movie Dead Man Walking.  She joined Marc to talk about the death penalty, and why she believes it is not only morally wrong but replete with racial, economic, and geographic disparity as a result of a broken judicial system. 

-Jessica

October 25, 2007

10/25 The Rothmans: Hollywood Insiders

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Sunday, October 28 at 8:30 pm at the Charles Theater and Tapas Teatro, the Maryland Film Festival will hold its first fundraising event. One of the highlights will be a panel discussion entitled The Rothman's: An Insider's Look at the Movie Business. The talk will feature Donald Rothman, founding partner of the law firm Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, and one of the founding members of CENTERSTAGE. Also taking part are his sons John Rothman an actor.writer and producer and Tom Rothman, Co-Chair of Twentieth Century-Fox Film Entertainment.

In preparation for Sunday's program, Marc spoke with the Rothmans and Jed Deitz, director of the Maryland Film Festival.

                                                                                                                              -Marcus

October 25, 2007

10/24/07 The Rothmans

You heard Marc's short interview with the Rothmans today--now hear the full version online!  Just click here. Sunday, October 28 at 8:30pm at the Charles Theater and Tappas Teatro the Maryland Film Festival will hold its first fundraising event. One of the events will be a panel discussion entitled The Rothman’s An Insiders Look at the Movie Business.  The discussion will feature Donald Rothman, founding partner of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger and Hollander. Also taking part are his sons John Rothman an actor/writer and producer and Tom Rothman, Co-Chair of Twentieth Century-Fox Film Entertainment. Enjoy!
October 25, 2007

10/25/07 Roger Kamenetz

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You may have heard Marc interview Roger Kamenetz in the past.  He's best known for two of his books, The Jew in The Lotus and Stalking Elijah.  His newest book is all about interpreting dreams in the context of spirituality.  It's called The History of Last Night's Dream.

It's crazy to think that we all spend about a third of our lives asleep, and who knows how much of that time dreaming, but most of us give it so little thought during the other two thirds of our lives, when we're awake.  I rarely remember my dreams past the moment I wake up, but if anyone has had any interesting experiences with dreams lately, we'd love to hear about it.

-Justin

October 25, 2007

10/25/07 Rape

Today we're discussing what is probably one of the uglier topics to be discussed.  Rape. Some interesting things in the news lately:
  • Students at University of Maryland are protesting because they feel they should be able to name their alleged assailants on a public forum.  The University of Maryland disagrees. Learn more.
  • The Court of Appeals is currently considering a case, Baby v. State (pdf)that came to them from the Court of Special Appeals that says that post-penetration rape basically doesn't exist.  Maryland currently says that if a woman gives or indicates initial consent, she cannot withdraw it after she is penetrated.  Why?  According to the Court of Special Appeals, which based their unwillingness to call this rape based on the outcome of a 198o case Battle v. State:

“The concept, undergirding the Battle holding, rooted in ancient laws  by English common law, views the initial ‘deflowering’ of  as the real harm or insult which must be redressed by compensating, in legal contemplation, the injured party – the father or husband. … [I]t was the act of penetration that was the essence of the crime of rape; after this initial infringement upon the responsible male’s interest in a woman’s sexual and reproductive functions, any further injury was considered to be less consequential."

                      -from Court of Special Appeals, Opinion by J. Davis, filed February 9, 2007

I mean WOW, just WOW.  Right?  Join us today.  We're going to be talking about rape in the modern world--how we deal with it socially and legally.  How does our culture treat people who allege they were victimized?  How do we treat alleged assailants?  Here is a link to the op-edwritten in The Baltimore Sun by Glenn Sacks, one of our guests, in which he supports the University of Maryland's decision to deny protesters a forum to publicly name alleged rapists. Bring your comments and questions....

-Jessica

October 24, 2007

10/24/07 Paul Krugman

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Of all the people in the world who love to spout off about politics, few make a living doing it.  Even fewer get paid to do it in The New York Times twice a week.  This Paul Krugman must be a pretty smart guy.

He certainly has a lot to say.  Click here to see his work for The NY Times, and also a link to Krugman on The Colbert Report!  Click here for his own page with an extremely extensive archive of his writing.  There is even an official Krugman site with tons of archives, other people's writing about Krugman, and much more.  Click here for that.

Lastly, for a review of his new book, The Conscience of a Liberal, on salon.com, click here.

And, of course, tune in at noon today to here Paul Krugman on The Marc Steiner Show, then share your thoughts right here.

-Justin

October 23, 2007

10/23/07 Diana Walker

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Today we are talking with one of the finest photographers working in journalism today. Her name is Diana Walker and she is a contract photographer for Time Magazine. She's spent over two decades covering the White House, and has photographed Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. Today she is joining us because of her new book The Bigger Picture: 30 years of Portraits. It's an amazing book, and she is full of amazing stories of behind the scenes on the campaign trail and behind the public face of public officials. National Geographic, which published the book, was kind enough to share with us some of the photographs in the book. Just click here to check them out! Want to meet Diana? She'll be doing a talk and book signing at Politics & Prose in Washington D.C. on November 11th. Call 202.364.1919 for more information. -Jessica
October 22, 2007

10/23 Antarctica: The Global Warning

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The recent awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to former Vice-President Al Gore and climatologists, conitinues to strengthen the need for worldwide awareness of global warming.

Global warming has been most noticeable in the Antarctic. Significant changes in the environment have resulted in the melting of the polar ice caps, increased water levels and the threat of extinction to animal life. Marc's guest this hour is award-wining photographer, lecturer and environmental activist Sebastian Copeland. In his new book Antarctica: the Global Warning Copeland documents in photos and text, his personal insights about the increasingly rapid pace at which the arctic regions are melting.

- Marcus

Related Links

Sebastian Copeland interview on You Tube

Sebastian Copeland Photography

Antarctica: The Global Warning

October 19, 2007

9/22 Ballroom Dancing

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In the 1930's Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers personified the elegance and sophistication of ballroom dancing. Over time, partnered social dancing gave way to people dancing apart. However, the popularity of movies like Strictly Ballroom, Dance With Me and Shall We Dance, as well the television show Dancing With the Stars has lead to a resurgence in the popularity of ballroom dancing. Join Marc and his guests this hour as they trip the light fantastic and discuss ballroom dancing.                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                            -Marcus

Related links Arthur Murray Dance Studios The Promenade Dancesport Facility
October 18, 2007

10/18/07 Baltimore Teachers’ Contract Dispute

Main Entry: im·passe Listen to the pronunciation of impasse
Pronunciation:
\ˈim-ˌpas, im-ˈ\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
French, from in- + passer to pass
Date:
1851

1 a: a predicament affording no obvious escape b: deadlock2: an impassable road or way : cul-de-sac

Thanks to Webster's for the above definition.  Impasse is the word of choice for the contract dispute between the Baltimore Teachers Union and the Baltimore City Public School System.  If you are not a teacher or school administrator, you might be wondering what is such a big deal about some planning time that it is stalling the entire contract negotiation process, leaving teachers working without contracts.

I'm sure that our two guests today, BCPSS CEO Andres Alonso, and BTU President Marietta English can shed some light on the issue for you.  We'd love to hear thoughts from parents, students, teachers, and school administrators about how they view this dispute, and how the impasse is effecting them.  Call 410-662-8780 during the show at noon today, or leave your thoughts here on the blog!

Poll: Who should have their way in this situation?

-Justin

October 18, 2007

10/17/07 Travis Price

When this book came in, I was immediately transfixed.  We get a lot of books coming through everyday, and when a pretty one comes in, it's a nice break from the policy tomes we see all the time.  But this book goes so far beyond that.  It is way more than pretty pictures.  It's a poetic argument in favor of reinvigorating architecture with a sense of purpose and spirit.  It's a passionate plea from an architect who is seeing our world become increasingly devoid of metaphor and grace. This book is so visually stunning, and the conversation is bound to focus on a lot of the images of the buildings that Travis Price has designed and built.  He was kind enough to let us use some of his images to create a little visual exploration for our blog readers.  Just click here and enjoy! Join us on air or here in the blog to talk about your favorite buildings, what you think about American design today, and whether or not you think our world has lost it's way in terms of design. And don't forget to become or renew your membership!

-Jessica

October 17, 2007

10-17-07 Food and Kids… and School.

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If this picture triggers horrible flashbacks to your school cafeteria lunch days, I'm sorry.  If this picture looks like your lunch today, I'm also sorry.  If this picture is making you hungry and you're offended by the first two sentences, I'm sorry, as well.

I never had cafeterias in my elementary schools, so I always had to bring lunch to school.  So, I don't have memories of frozen peas, carrots, corn, processed meat, cheese, white bread, boxes of milk, and whatever the hell is in the top right corner of that tray.  Jello?  Probably...

The contradiction between people's desires to raise healthy kids and the food we feed kids, whether in school or at home, is one of those things you might not ever think about, but once you do, it's hard not to wonder what on earth we're doing.  If we want kids to be healthy, why are school lunches notoriously unhealthy?  Why are kids menus full of fried, greasy, fatty foods like pizza, french fries, and chicken nuggets?  Why do we assume these are the types of foods that kids naturally like?

At 1pm today, we'll talk about some different approaches to feeding kids, again, both in and out of school.  For some interesting ideas, check out The Food Studies Institute, started by one of our guests today, Antonia Demas.

If you're a parent, what have your experiences been when it comes to feeding your kids?  Are you happy with the food that they're given in school?

-Justin

October 16, 2007

10/17 Jayne Miller

jayne.jpg Marc's guest this hour is Jayne Miller, Chief Investigative Reporter for WBAL-TVCity Paper has named her one of Baltimore's best reporters. Jayne Miller's work as a general assignment reporter, consumer advocate and investigative reporter has earned numerous awards and resulted in changes in legislation and public policy.                                                                                                                                      -Marcus
October 16, 2007

10-16-07 The Story of Tibet

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The Dalai Lama is in DC this week receiving the Congressional Gold Medal Award.  Bush will become the first US President to appear publicly with the Dalai Lama, which is kind of funny in a twisted way, but not to the Chinese government.

Thomas Laird is going to be in DC for the occasion, and while he's there, he's making a trip up to Baltimore to join us in the studio at 1pm today.  He has spent years living in Asia and written extensively about Tibet.  His book The Story of Tibet is an oral history of the country as told to him by the Dalai Lama himself over the course of many visits to Dharamsala.

Funny side note:  there is a small community of Tibetan Monks in East Baltimore, including one who fled Tibet with the Dalai Lama.  We were hoping to have him and some of the others also join us for the show today, but they're all in DC with His Holiness.

-Justin

October 15, 2007

10/15/07 Garrison Keillor

At one:

Need I say more?

-Jessica

October 12, 2007

10/15/07 Drought

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The southeastern United States has been experiencing one of the most severe droughts in its history. Closer to home, Maryland is experiencing its own drought. Earlier this month, a drought watch was announced for 15 centrtal and eastern Maryland counties. The far reaching consequences of the current drought will impact our environment, finances and force us to take a closer look at how we develop the state. Joining Marc to discuss the drought in Maryland are Dan Soder, hydrologist with the
US Geological Survey, Dr. Tim Foresman, President of the International Center for Remote Sensing and Donald Boesch, President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.                                                                                                                               -Marcus Related Links: Maryland Commission on Climate Change Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Climate Change Program Dept. of Energy - Energy Conservation at Federal Facilities Report An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for United States National Security
October 11, 2007

10/11/07 Voices of Lombard Street

Lombard Street, back in the day

 

Lots of people pitch show ideas to us all of the time.  Sometimes they're good, sometimes they're not, but we only have so many hours in a week, and we could never get to them all even if we wanted to. The idea for his hour's show came to us from the Jewish Museum of Maryland, who want to promote a new exhibit they have opening on Sunday.  In general, if someone is pitching an idea that is a thinly vailed promotion, I would politely decline.  In this case, however, I realized this idea had some great potential for us. The exhibit is called "Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore."  The idea of actually bringing together a group of people with deep roots in one neighborhood, so that we could explore the history of the neighborhood from a personal level, is what really appealed to me in putting this hour together.  In a place like Baltimore, the combination of neighborhood histories and personal stories always makes for something interesting. If you, or someone in your family, grew up around East Lombard Street, have memories of the area at different times, or live there today, we'd love to hear from you.  As always, you can call or email while we're on the air at 1pm today, and also leave your stories here. We're thinking about adding a new segment on the air in which we'll read emails and blog posts from listeners reflecting on shows that have already aired either later in the week or the following week.  So, don't hesitate to keep writing after each show. Go here to see more pictures! -Justin
October 11, 2007

10/11/07 Personality Disorder

Today we're going to return to a topic we've been covering since the story broke, and that's the case of wounded soldiers being discharged from the Army under Chapter 5-13 "Personality Disorder."  This enables the Army to avoid paying medical and disability benefits for these soldiers.  It was being applied despite the fact that these men passed the Army's rigorous psychological entrance examinations and displayed no prior evidence of mental disorders.  Joshua Kors from The Nation is the one who broke this story (the original article is here,  and he's back with an update, which you can read here.  We'll also be joined by Congressman Phil Harefrom Illinois, who has introduced legislation to stop this kind of discharge, and from Congressman Bob Filner from California, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

We'll also have a statement from the Army.  They declined to come on live. You can read their statement here.  You can also read the statement they sent us on March 27, 2007 here. -Jessica
October 11, 2007

10/11/07 Beverly McIver

  Beverly McIver "Oh Happy Day" 2001 Oil on Canvas 60 x 55 3/4 in. I first became aware of Beverly McIver in the November 2006 episode of Art News.  The images of her paintings stopped me on my tracks.  She depicted herself, a black woman, in black-face.  She played off the "Mammy" stereotype.  She painting herself dancing with a white man, but scratched her face out.  She painted portraits of her mentally handicapped sister, whom she is the primary caregiver for. I have ambivalent feelings about contemporary art.  I walked into a museum in Paris once where a whole room was filled with a table that had potatoes dumped on it, with wires going in and out of the potatoes.  At that moment, I sort of broke up with contemporary art.  So much of it feels derivative and irrelevant to me.  So much of it is absurd and almost obscene in how removed from any real sense of aesthetics it is.  Her art escapes that.  To me it has both contextual and technical beauty and worth.  It is brave and actually manages to shock and unsettle without resorting to ridiculous extremes in terms of medium.   So when the card announcing her October show at the C. Grimaldis Gallery came, I told Marc, "You have no choice.  You are interviewing this woman!"  and he intelligently agreed with me. I've prepared a page with some of her work on it.   Click here. I hope you like her stuff as much as I do. -Jessica

October 10, 2007

10/10/07 Pit Bulls

When you think of a Pit Bull, do you think this:

or this?

Are Pit Bulls just destined to be more aggressive and violent?  Or do they only become that way because they have bad owners?  Are laws regulating Pit Bulls unfair?  Or do they provide needed protection for people?  Lots of people get mauled by dogs each year.  I can think of three cases in Baltimore City that got press just this summer.  Two of the victims were seven year old children.  Today we will talk with people on different sides of this issue. Let us know if you have a Pit Bull story, as an owner, or someone who knows a Pit Bull.  Good or bad experiences, share them here.

-Jessica

October 10, 2007

10/10/07 Edward P. Jones

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It's my pleasure to announce that Ed Jones will be joining us in the studio today.  I think his work speaks for itself.  If you haven't read him, yet, check out The Known World, Lost in the City, or All Aunt Hagar's Children.  And listen to what he has to say today.

-Justin

October 9, 2007

10/9 Baltimore Marathon

marathon-runners-u13742500.jpg Last week, the unseasonably warm weather, and the death of one runner, stopped the running of the Chicago Marathon.  Saturday the streets of Baltimore will be filled with runners taking part in the Baltimore Marathon. Everyday from Inner Harbor to Charles Village to the suburbs you'll find people, from experienced marathoners to recreational joggers getting in a run. Since the start of the running craze in the '70's, one of the most popular fitness goals is to complete a 5K, half-marathon or marathon. But how do you get started? This hour is for novice and experienced runners. If you're thinking of beginning a running program or improving your current program check-in with our panel of experts. We'll hear from Jim Adams, owner of the Falls Road and Fells Point Running Stores, Dr. John Senatore Union-Memorial Podiatrist and Lee Corrigan, President of Corrigan Sports Enterprises.                                                                                                                                       -Marcus
October 8, 2007

10-08-07 Slots?

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Are slots coming to Maryland?  The Governor hopes so, because he needs to raise some money to cover the state's budget deficit, and the less he has to raise taxes, the happier we all are.  Slots have been a politically divisive issue for years, though, and bringing them here is far from a done deal, yet.

Marc has been covering slots and gambling, discussing how, when, if, why, and where they might find a home in Maryland as long as he's been on the air, and today the debate continues.  We're joined by Ron Wineholt from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Aaron Meisner from Stop Slots Maryland, and James Karmel, a history professor from Harford Community College with a new book on the way called Gambling on the American Dream: Atlantic City and the Casino Era.

-Justin