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Today marks the golden anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Gideon v Wainwright, that affirmed the Sixth Amendment right of all criminal defendants, including the indigent, to counsel. A look back at Gideon and the defense of the poor, plus the effort to provide “civil Gideon” for those who cannot afford a lawyer. Our guests: Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights; Michael Millemann, professor of public interest law at the University of Maryland; Charles “Chip” Dorsey III, deputy public defender for Maryland;Nancy Forster, attorney and former Maryland public defender; and Debra Gardner, legal director of the Public Justice Center in Baltimore.
A review of top stories of the region with the reporters who covered them and some of the newsmakers behind them. This hour: Allison Bourg of the Capital Gazette on the sentencing of former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold;WYPR State House repoter Karen Hosler on the latest from Annapolis; the Baltimore Sun's Steve Kilar on Baltimore's population growth; Patch.com's Adam Bednar on the seqeuster's local imact; Danielle Gaines of the Frederick News Post on a proposed dram shop law; the Washington Post's Steve Mufson on a bill in Annapolis that is trying to close a loophole that paid millions of dollars in renewable energy money to Western Maryland paper mills that produced black liquor; and author Kathleen Koch on the two-year anniversary of the Japanese tsunami disaster.
Cooking, eating, drinking and traveling the world with acclaimed chef Cindy Wolf and Baltimore restaurateur Tony Foreman. This hour, we are joined by acclaimed Southern chefs the Lee Bros.
Disagreements over money can ruin romantic relationships and inject stresses into family life. Why does money have such a powerful hold on our emotions, and what are some of the best ways to talk about money with those we love? Columbia-based psychologist Brad Sachs shares tips on balancing financial troubles and relationships.
Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Gale E. Rasin, recently retired, shares her observations and experiences about juries with Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, author of "Why Jury Duty Matters: A Citizens Guide to Constitutional Action." Ferguson is professor of law at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia.
In collaboration with Midday, a new polling center at Goucher College releases results from its most recent survey of Maryland citizens, measuring attitudes toward President Obama, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Sen.Ben Cardin and Gov. Martin O’Malley; transportation issues; direction of the state; gun control; the death penalty, and hydraulic fracking. Our guest: Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center. The Goucher Poll is conducted under the auspices of the Hughes Center, which is part of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Goucher College.
When’s the last time you heard violin music? Actually, the violin is heard so regularly that you don’t even think about it. Historian David Schoenbaum has done extensive research on the origin and evolution of this common and indispensable instrument. He is the author of "The Violin: A Social History of the World’s Most Versatile Instrument."
Since taking over for disgraced county executive John Leopold, Laura Neuman has tried to clean house in scandal-scarred Annapolis. In addition to making staff changes to build a new administration, Neuman removed a secret system of 500 cameras that her predecessor had had installed in county office buildings. Neuman has been on a tour of the county to meet residents and public officials, and joins us for her first interview on Midday.
Have you ever had a fit of the hiccups or found yourself yawning and sneezing and wondering what your body was up to? Why does tickling make us squirm and giggle? University of Maryland Baltimore County professor Robert Provine has studied the behavior and physiology of our bodies’ mundane actions in an effort to explain them. He is the author of Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccuping, and Beyond.
This month marks the centennial of the death of Harriet Tubman, the legendary abolitionist who helped slaves escape to freedom. We examine her incredible life with one of the nation's leading Tubman biographers, Kate Clifford Larson, author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero, and consulting historian and curator of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center; and Anthony Cohen, who conducts tours along the routes of the Underground Railroad. Cohen is president of the Menare Foundation, a group preserving the legacy of the Underground Railroad.