In today's Urbanite Radio Story we're joined by Dr. Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy in the UCLA School of Public Affairs. He is a Baltimore native and one of the leading thinkers on refining drug enforcement policy to reduce violence and drug abuse without overloading our law enforcement and treatment systems.
NewsTrust is an online social network that seeks to help people identify quality journalism. We'll take a look at how this works by discussing coverage of recent events surrounding the Superblock development in downtown Baltimore, and the movement to save Read's Drug store, site of an early civil rights sit-in, from being demolished.
Join us for an Urbanite Radio Story as we speak with inventor Saul Griffith, winner of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant in 2007. He received the prize for his creative inventions, including a desktop printer that prints out eyeglass lenses. He's worked on diverse projects like electronic ink (which powers electronic readers like the Ki
On today's show, we're joined by a writer and a sociologist to discuss the new way that young people in America define family. Ethan Watters is the author of Urban Tribes: Are Friends the New Family? He argues that 20-somethings form friendships and networks that in many ways fill the roll that family did for earlier generations.
Today we revisit one of our Urbanite Radio Stories, we learn about a garden in an unlikely place. Inside the walls of the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore, Correctional Officer Maurice Smith runs a program where inmates grow food and flowers, and help maintain a serene and welcoming corner of an otherwise stark place.
Mary Joel Davis has worked with women in prison and former prisoners for over thirty years. She founded Alternative Directions, which provides legal assistance and re-entry support to women. Recently she founded a new program, Second Chance, to focus on women serving life sentences. She joins us to discuss why she believes many women should be let out of prison early.
Baltimore has long been plagued with the problem of vacant lots scattered across the city. These lots are often areas of epidemic crime and drug use, but now there is new hope with greenspace programs being officially established and sanctioned in the city. The greenspace programs, such as the Duncan Street Miracle Garden, provide lush and ornate gardens in place of vacant run-down city lots.
Join us for another Urbanite Radio hour. This week we explore graffiti. Is it art, or vandalism? What are you looking at when you see a tag on the street? And how can painting a building be a political statement?
We're joined by Haneen Alshujairy, who fled her home in Iraq with her family in 2003, and Justin Sirois, a writer living here in Baltimore. They are the co-founders of the Understanding Campaign, which seeks to teach everyone in the world one word of Arabic. Fhm (fuh-hem’), literally means un
Pit bulls are often at the center of controversy, from illegal dog fighting to the occasional dog attack. Can fighting dogs be rehabilitated? Joining us this hour to talk about pit bulls are:
Caroline Griffin - Chair of the Baltimore Mayor's anti-animal abuse task force
Tami Gosheff - Head of Mid-Atlantic Bully Buddies, a rescue organization
In another of our Urbanite Radio Stories, we learn about a garden in an unlikely place. Inside the walls of the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore, Correctional Officer Maurice Smith runs a program where inmates grow food and flowers, and help maintain a serene and welcoming corner of an otherwise stark place.
We begin this segment with another update on how frugality can be fun, as part of our "Your Money Matters" series.
In another of our Urbanite Radio Stories, we take a look at cancer in Baltimore. While Baltimore City has a lower rate of cancer than other jurisdictions in Maryland, the mortality rate in the city is much higher. Our panel joins us to talk about why that is, and what's being done to improve care for those living with the disease.
Our guests are:
Tony Geraci, the head of the Food and Nutrition Services Department in the Baltimore City Public Schools, updates us on what's being served at schools around the city. Never one for boring bureaucratic talk, Geraci discusses the struggle of making institutional change in the school system, and why he thinks fresh, local food is important to bring to all kids.
The Other Wes Moore is the tale of two boys with the same name growing up at the same time in Baltimore. One is serving a life sentence for murder. The other took a dramatically different path, and he speaks with us today about what he found when he explored these two similar yet divergent lives.
Martha Cooper joins us to discuss her photography and her new project in Baltimore. Best known for documenting the birth of hip hop culture in New York City in the 1970's and early 80's, Martha is now back in Baltimore part-time, documenting street life in her new neighborhood here, Sowebo.
We're joined by Howell S. Baum, author of the new book Brown in Baltimore: School Desegregation and the Limits of Liberalism. Why has segregation continued in Baltimore's schools over fifty-five years after legal school segregation was outlawed?
Marc talks with Aneesh Chopra, the first Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States (CTO), who previously served as the Secretary of Technology for Virginia. Marc and the CTO explore his ambitious goals for education, internet security and job creation.
When Annie Leonard created a short video illuminating the interconnected nature of environmental and social issues around the world, she never expected many people would see it. Now that many millions have watched The Story of Stuff online, in classrooms, and beyond, what is Annie Leonard up to?
We discuss health care reform this hour. The bill to reform health care barely passed through the House last weekend, and now must go through the Senate. Our guests are: