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Midday with Dan Rodricks
A look at the top stories of the region with the reporters who covered them.This hour, we talk about the expansion of the Port of Baltimore with Christopher Lee, chairman of Ports America; we'll look at the latest in the Anne Arundel County storm water fee dispute with Rona Kobell of the Chesapeake Bay Journal; more on the Black Guerrilla Family scandal with Patrick Moran, president of AFSCME Maryland Council; and then we'll discuss the Civil Rights exhibit at the Reginald Lewis Museum with Betsy Cunningham of the Maryland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
With the upcoming release of “The Great Gatsby,” our film critics, Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellyn Reed, look at remakes and sequels over the years.
Our relationship with the terrorism threat 12 years after 9/11 and two weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings, with Midday contributor Sheri Parks, associate dean of ther College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland.
For nearly four years, Tavon “Bulldog” White, leader of the notorious Black Guerilla Family prison gang, built a network of corruption so extensive within the Baltimore City Detention Center he controlled every aspect of the jail’s operation. That’s according to a federal indictment against members of BGF and 13 female corrections officers. Four of those officers became pregnant by White. Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. attorney for Maryland, whose will prosecute the case, is our guest.
How did researchers at the Johns Hopkins University and the Kennedy Krieger Institute come to be accused of conducting human experiments on African-American toddlers at risk of lead poisoning? The class action lawsuit against Hopkins is the focus of a new book about the relationship between science and industry, research ethics and patient rights. Our guests are Gerald Markowitz, history professor at John Jay College and the City University of New York, and David Rosner, public health and history professor at Columbia. They are co-authors of Lead Wars and the Fate of America’s Children.
It used to be eggs came two ways: brown and white. But today consumers have a larger choice: free-range, organic, cage free and “all natural.” We’ll talk about the burgeoning egg industry and the backyard hen movement with our guests: Cathy Hudson, who raises chickens in Howard County and is an activist for the backyard movement; Bud Wood, CEO of Murray McMurray's Hatchery in Webster City, IA; and Jesse Laflamme, whose Nellie’s Eggs sells cage-free eggs from 50 small, family farms.
If all goes according to plan, the Maryland Transit Administration’s long-debated Red Line, connecting southeastern Baltimore City with the west side of Baltimore County, will be up and running by 2021. A look at the early stages of the Red Line plans with Henry Kay, executive director of the Maryland Transit Administration’s Transit Development and Delivery office; Osborne Anthony, the Red Line’s chief architect; and Baltimore architect Klaus Philipsen.
Spring has most certainly sprung, and for the many green thumbs that means getting in the garden once again. Baltimore Sun columnist Susan Reimer is back for another Midday gardening hour. She’ll share her tricks for getting the best results and why we’re in what she calls an “impatiens crisis.”
Preservation Maryland, dedicated to preserving the state’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes and archaeological sites, has released its annual “Endangered Maryland” list, a compilation of the state’s threatened historic properties. Our guest: Tyler Gearhart, executive director of Preservation Maryland.
In a new memoir, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams writes that ordinary people are capable of achieving extraordinary things. She joins us to share how she went from a small-town girl with working-class roots to an internationally recognized human rights advocate known for her work banning landmines. Her book is, My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Price Prize.