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Usually parents do their best to steer babies clear of germs. However there is at least one strain of bacteria that children need. Unfortunately scientists at UC Davis say it is disappearing . . . to the detriment of our children.

Summer Berries

Jul 24, 2018

Summer is the season of the berry patch, the source of some of the most appealing fruit of the year. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, black raspberries... gooseberries! We could go on and on, and you can eat 'em right off the bush, or you can take 'em home for some real fun.

Miller: Redesigning Healthcare

Jul 24, 2018

Dr. Redonda Miller, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, tells us why it's important that health systems "think in nontraditional ways to create more value for patients" and what that means for Hopkins. 

Edible Plants

Jul 24, 2018
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My kids used to gather a bucket full of plants and twigs they foraged from our backyard and offer it to me and my wife as “soup.” While most of those ingredients were inedible, you’d be surprised how many were edible and rich in vitamins and minerals! Their favorite food to serve, and most easily harvested, was Dandelions. I can remember the shock on their faces when I put the whole thing, stem and flower, in my mouth, chewed and then swallowed.

Ghost Anemones

Jul 24, 2018
The National Aquarium

If you’ve ever peered into a tide pool and glimpsed an exotic, pulsing flower-like creature, you’ve probably seen a sea anemone. Found across the globe, these diverse and beautiful creatures aren’t plants, they’re colonizing animals, and they occur in nearly every marine habitat—tropical, temperate, shallow or deep. And they’re even here in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Erin Berzel Photography, erinberzel.com

Catherine tells us about the growing trend of older American entrepreneurs.

This week we’re turning the airwaves over to you to share your favorite food and travel stories. Tony and Chef Cindy take your calls and emails and share some of their favorite dining experiences while on the road.

Anirban tells us about a sobering report that finds that people living in 15 different nations don't have the retirement information that they should.

Anirban shares research on the economic and personal considerations caregivers face.

Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture

Jul 19, 2018

2016 National Medal of Arts honoree, Jack Whitten, is best known for his paintings. This may be because his sculptures have never been visible to the public until now. The sculptures — inspired by the materials and traditions of Africa and ancient Greece — are now on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art in the exhibition Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture. Kevin Tervala, the museum’s Associate Curator of African Art, tells us more about the artist and the exhibition.

Organic Wines

Jul 18, 2018
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The good news for people who want to support organic farming and buy organic wines is that there's lots of choices out there. Click the links to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

I’ve spoken often about the impact that our ever-more-connected human world has on our native plant and animal species. In the case of invasive species, human efforts to connect to new lands and new people can result in the introduction of a plant, animal, or insect that can often produce devastating consequences for native species. The battle against invasive species is real, and environmental education organizations like Irvine Nature Center are on the front lines.

For some invasive plants in particular, the best way to beat them is to eat them. This is especially true for garlic mustard, an invasive plant that you can find throughout our area.

Cleaner But Greener

Jul 18, 2018
The National Aquarium

If your household is like most, you’ve likely accumulated an array of scrubs, sprays, paints and solvents, each aimed at helping you tackle a dirty job. But what if having a squeaky clean bathtub leads to tainted ground water, or a shiny car in the driveway means fewer fish in the creek? As with so much in our lives, some of these choices are…complicated.

Tom Pelton

Dean Naujoks fires up the engine of his boat at the Bell Haven Marina in Alexandria, Virginia, and heads out to his version of an office cubicle: the wide, windy, greenish-gray currents of the Potomac River.

“This is the Woodrow Wilson Bridge,” Naujoks says as he guides the boat on a sunny morning. “And then right over here is Jones Point Lighthouse. This is the oldest riverine lighthouse in the country.”

For the last three and a half years, Naujoks – a 49-year-old veteran environmental activist and son of a tool-and-die maker from Eastern Pennsylvania – has worked as the Potomac Riverkeeper, leading a nonprofit organization that advocates for cleaner water.


Jul 18, 2018
Patriots on Fire

Fighting pirates along the Barbary Coastin 1815, US Navy ships encountered a fierce and brave Algerian naval hero, Rais Hamidou.

Soft Shell Crabs

Jul 18, 2018

One of the fleeting joys of summer is the soft shell crab. They seem to come and go in the marketplace, but when they're around, they're irresistible to a lot of Marylanders. To newcomers, the prospect of cleaning, cooking and eating these crustaceans is, frankly, quite daunting. But once you get the hang of it, it's a breeze...

Tummy Time

Jul 18, 2018

There’s a ton of pediatric advice out there, a great deal of which promotes tummy time for babies. Positioning babies on their stomachs not only helps to prevent flat spots on the back of your baby’s developing head, it is also good for strengthening neck, shoulder, and even hand muscles. Tummy time also helps improve motor development, as it works the muscles that are integral for fine motor skills.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, two new novels by first-time writers that explore the intricacies of relationships within Muslims families in the modern world.

Hoi: The Value of Artscape

Jul 17, 2018

MICA president Samuel Hoi tells us how Artscape is a prime example of the power of the arts bringing people together and bringing revenue into the city. 

Sophia Bevilacqua/flickr

How are Generation X-ers and millenials preparing for retirement? Catherine tells us the trends. 

McKeldin's Speech

Jul 13, 2018

On the summer night of July 11, 1962 at the Republican National Convention in Chicago, those in the hall and millions watching television saw and heard Theodore R. McKeldin, former Mayor of Baltimore and incumbent Governor of Maryland, nominate General Dwight David Eisenhower for president of the United States...

The strike comes to a head in Baltimore, with railroad workers and other citizens rioting and fighting with National Guard troops.

How Civic Engagement Shaped Laurel, Maryland

Jul 12, 2018

How can ordinary Marylanders bring about change in their region? “We The People: How Civic Engagement Has Shaped Laurel,” the current exhibit at the Laurel Museum, delves into this question. Ann Bennett, Executive Director of the Laurel Historical Society, tells us more about the exhibit.

Attitude Counts

Jul 11, 2018

What will your new baby be like? What fun things will you do together? What do you want to share with him or her?

Asking a pregnant mother these questions might help her to be healthier during pregnancy and interact positively with her infant after he or she is born. So say experts at the Centre for Family Research in a recently published study. 

Lee Coursey/flickr

They make white wines in the Rhone, and they are great. Click the links to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

Union of Concerned Scientists

When he was on the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to impose new rules to keep lobbyists out of government.  “If I’m elected president, we are going to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.,” Trump proclaimed.

But he didn’t ban the hiring of lobbyists to his administration – far from it.  On January 28, 2017, he signed an executive order that simply requires any lobbyists hired by his administration to refrain -- for two years -- from participating in discussion of any issue areas on which they lobbied for industry.

This question became relevant last week when EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned amid multiple investigations of his mismanagement and misspending. His replacement as acting EPA Administrator is Andrew Wheeler, a longtime former lobbyist for the coal and energy industries.

Trouble Ahead

Jul 11, 2018

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, two books about scary nightmares that may or may not be in our future. Dystopia, ho!


Jul 10, 2018
Hirotaka Nakajima/flickr

Now that I'm a veteran of no fewer than 3 trips to Spain, I can tell you for certain that paella is taken very seriously, and enjoyed immensely.  This rice and seafood and chicken and whatever else dish is cooked in a big purpose built  deep metal pan that is indispensible for making the paella up to specs.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School will tell you, this is a seemingly involved dish that is actually quite simple.

Here's one of Jerry's favorite approaches. 

Bog Turtle

Jul 10, 2018

There are some species of animals that hold a special place in my heart. I know that as an environmentalist I’m not supposed to pick favorites, but some species just have that certain something that pulls on my heart strings. Enter the bog turtle, whose name is not especially fancy, but who could definitely use a little help from us humans.

Dart Frogs (Encore)

Jul 10, 2018
The National Aquarium

Dart frogs' rainforest homes are in great risk from the activities of humans. John has more.