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Ric Cottom

Host, Your Maryland

Ric Cottom, host of "Your Maryland," came to Baltimore more than four decades ago and never left. Formerly the editor and publisher at the Maryland Historical Society, he now runs the Chesapeake Book Company, publishing Chesapeake regional history, biography, and environmental studies.

Ric lives in historic Roland Park with his lovely wife Barbara. He loves Maryland seafood, Hopkins lacrosse, Ravens football, good books, tropical islands, and a dry martini, in no particular order.

From the shores of the Chesapeake to the Allegheny Mountains, "Your Maryland" brings you four centuries of colorful men and women who have called this state home. Join us on Thursdays at 5:30 during All Things Considered and discover—"Your Maryland."

"Diamond" Jim Brady

Feb 2, 2016

The story of "Diamond" Jim Brady, a man with an enormous appetite, a love of diamonds, and a very generous spirit.   

"Ingle's Rebellion"

Jan 21, 2016

The English Civil War influences events in Maryland in the 17th century.   

Edgar Allan Poe finds inspiration for some of his best-loved short stories whilst living in Baltimore in the early 1830s.   

In January,  1912, a little black cat, a firehouse mascot, tagged along on a fire call, frightening the superstitious firemen. 

Mrs. Smith's Ball

Dec 29, 2015

In 1803, Betsy Bonaparte, an early American fashionista,  causes a stir at a Christmas Eve ball with her stylish and revealing European attire. 

"Mary Garrett"

Dec 17, 2015

In 1893, Mary Garrett,  daughter of B&O Railroad magnate  John Work Garrett,  uses her fortune to fund the nation's first co-educational medical school at Johns Hopkins. 

"The Gold Hoard"

Dec 10, 2015

In 1934, two teenage boys find a secret stash of gold coins in the basement of an empty house on Eden Street in Baltimore. 

"John Brown"

Dec 3, 2015


Nov 24, 2015

"The Orator"

Nov 19, 2015

"Over There"

Nov 19, 2015

"The Bear"

Nov 19, 2015

Cresap the Monster

Oct 14, 2015

In 1794, 16 year old Rosalie Stier Calvert sailed to America with her family, leaving behind her aristocratic European world for a decidedly dreary life in provincial Annapolis. 

Tubman and Nalle

Oct 1, 2015


Sep 17, 2015

Barbara Freitchie

Sep 10, 2015

"Joe Gans"

Sep 3, 2015

The Parthian Shot

Aug 20, 2015

"Good Deeds"

Jul 1, 2015

"King Kong"

Jun 30, 2015

Maryland ties to the making of the movie "King Kong."   

Ransom Train Wreck

Jun 18, 2015

In 1905, a freight train and a passenger train collided in Western Maryland, killing 26 railroad men. 

Hedgerows of Normandy

Jun 11, 2015

In June of 1944, Emil Willimetz, a US soldier of German descent, fought the Nazis during the invasion of Normandy.   

"Silent Spring"

Jun 4, 2015

the publication of Rachel Carson's book, "Silent Spring,"   changes the way the public thinks about the health of the environment and the ways in which the use of chemicals effect all living things. 

Ex Parte Merryman

May 29, 2015

The imprisonment of John Merryman at Fort McHenry at the start of the Civil War becomes the foundation for rules of habeus corpus in the United States.   

The Maestro

May 20, 2015

In May, 1891, Tchaikovsky visited Baltimore to present a concert at the Lyceum on Charles Street. 

Preakness of 1909

May 14, 2015

Fixed Bayonets

May 7, 2015