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Baltimore City’s Liquor Board Waverly Tavern’s liquor license for a week and fined the establishment $2,500 Thursday afternoon.

Midday on the Media with David Folkenflik 7.17.18

Jul 17, 2018

It’s Midday on the Media.  Today: NPR Media Correspondent and author David Folkenflik joins me to talk about President Trump’s trip to Helsinki.  Was it a Diplomatic Debacle or as some Fox News hosts said last night, did the media simply go into a meltdown like it always does when it comes to the President?

 David Folkenflik joined NPR in 2004 after a decade as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun.  He’s also the author of  a new book about Rupert Murdoch called Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires.  He joins us on the line from the studios of NPR in New York.

During the Revolutionary War, Charles Wilson Peale served with, and painted portraits of, many great leaders fighting for independence from England, including George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. 

"Diamond Jim"

Dec 7, 2017

In the early years of the 20th century, "Diamond Jim" Brady was a man of enormous appetites, for food, entertainment, and, of course, diamonds. 

 

On December 2nd, 1859, abolitionist John Brown met his end at the gallows in Charlestown, Virginia. 

Today, a conversation with a man who has filed or joined more than half a dozen cases against the Trump Administration: Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh. Mr. Frosh is a Democrat who was elected in 2014, after serving for 28 years on the Maryland General Assembly.

Earlier this year, to the chagrin of the Governor, the general assembly gave the Attorney General’s office the authority to sue the Trump administration without Governor Larry Hogan’s permission. Back in March, Maryland joined the state of Washington in a lawsuit against the second travel ban.  Maryland also filed a lawsuit with the District of Columbia alleging that President Trump violated anti-corruption clauses in the constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments after he took office. Attorney General Frosh pushed back against president Trump’s voter fraud commission, saying that the commission only exists to “indulge Trump’s fantasy that he won the popular vote.” He also called the commissions’ request for voter data “repugnant.” The lawsuits of course are not without critics. Republican state lawmakers accused the Attorney General of “grandstanding,” saying that he’s exploiting his political power to go after President Trump.

Closer to home, Attorney General Frosh has spoken out about criminal justice reform. In an opinion issued last year, he told state lawmakers that our cash bail system is unconstitutional. Mr. Frosh joins Tom to talk law, respond to comments, and field all of your burning questions.

Credit Courtesy of Dr. Brittney C. Cooper

Today, another installment of the Midday Culture Connection with Dr. Sheri Parks of the University of Maryland.

Sheri is an Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming at the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland College Park, where she is also an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies.  She’s the author of Fierce Angels: Living with a Legacy from the Sacred Dark Feminine to the Strong Black Woman.

We’re joined by Dr. Brittney Cooper, an assistant professor of women and gender studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University in Brunswick, New Jersey. She is also the author of a new book called Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women.

Dr. Cooper’s book explores the history of black women as intellectuals. The 19th and 20th century “Race Women” she tells us about are often thought of as activists rather than public intellectuals. Their scholarship and achievements are often overshadowed by the work of Black men like W.E.B Dubois, Frederick Douglas and others, as well as the writing and activism of white feminists. 

A little later in the program,  Tom is joined by Ellen Gee, a contemporary Race Woman, who is one of the organizers behind the Baltimore Ceasefire, an attempt to put a stop to the onslaught of violence that has plagued Baltimore, particularly since the death of Freddie Gray in 2015. She and other organizers are calling for no violence in our city for 72 hours, beginning this weekend.

A Baltimore school police officer was filmed hitting and kicking a teenager early this month while another officer watched. The video went viral, and the school system moved quickly to suspend the officers and press criminal charges. The chief was also put on leave. Critics say this is not an isolated incident. Baltimore City is the only jurisdiction in Maryland with its own school police force, separate from the police department. Child advocates say that force needs a complete overhaul; they say it doesn’t hire or manage well, and officers tend to arrest kids for run-of-the-mill misbehavior. What’s happening that is not caught on camera? Are cops in Baltimore schools doing more harm than good? 

Understanding Animal Research/Flickr via Creative Commons

Millions of animals are used in research every year. Cosmetics, pesticides, pharmaceuticals: Half of every dollar we spend on products is for something that was tested on animals. Animal-rights advocates condemn animal testing, but many scientists say it is vital. Can technology solve this problem?  Dr. Thomas Hartung, director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, believes it can go a long way. His own lab at the Bloomberg School of Public Health has just developed a tiny replica of the brain using human skin cells. This mini-brain could replace hundreds of thousands of animals now used in neurology labs.

Baltimore City DPW

 

     

The City of Baltimore is rolling out a new program that, over the next several months, will provide lidded, wheeled, 65- or 35-gallon trash cans free to every household across the city.  The new cans, designed to reduce the problems of loose garbage and rodents, have been piloted successfully in a few sections of the city.  But some neighborhood groups say they believe the big new trash cans might be difficult to use.  
 

Jeffrey Raymond, Chief of Communications and Community Affairs at the city's Department of Public Works, joins Tom in the studio to describe how the new trash can program will work.

Pixar President Ed Catmull

Jun 10, 2014
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The computer scientist and Disney and Pixar Animations president talks about the history of the company he co-founded and the future of cinematic art.

The legacy of the griot in America, through the lenses of three generations...

The Signal: 2.7.14

Feb 6, 2014

remembering Baltimore’s own Monuments Man; a punk rock love story from The Stoop; and a visit with strip-dancer-turned-novelist Margo Christie    Hollywood's Monuments Men opens in theaters across the country this weekend, and the World War II adventure movie promises to do for art historians what Indiana Jones did for archeologists - make them heroes.  The big difference, though?  The Monuments Men actually existed.  One of them, it turns out, came from Baltimore, and producer Aaron Henkin shares his story.

The Signal: 12.6.13

Dec 6, 2013

This past Thursday night, festive crowds gathered on the cobblestones at Mount Vernon Place to celebrate the annual lighting of Baltimore’s Washington Monument.  The statue of George Washington looked regal as ever, perched atop his marble column amidst the colored lights and fireworks, but the venerable structure has suffered nearly two hundred years of wear and tear.  The truth is, it could use a makeover, and, as Aaron Henkin reports, it’s about to get one.