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Marciari-Alexander: 1 West Mount Vernon Place

Jul 10, 2018
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Julia Marciari-Alexander, executive director of the Walters Art Museum talks about the re-opening of 1 West Mount Vernon Place, a 19th century mansion for contemporary audiences.

Anirban gives us the latest findings on the gig economy, worker productivity, unemployment rates around the country, the low male laborforce participation rate, and how Americans spend their time. 

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Unlike other generations, millenials have racked up an enormous amount of debt. Because of that, they are not saving as they should be. Catherine shares her research on millenials and their retirement-readiness. 

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On the list of cushy jobs in sports, big-time college athletic director is right near the top.

Millions of dollars and the finest facilities are yours to command. You get to fly in private jets and eat the best food and on someone else’s dime to boot.

Athletic directors also get the power to hire and fire coaches as well as the ability to change thousands of young lives by funding a part or all of their college education.

It’s no wonder Damon Evans wanted in on the University of Maryland’s athletic director gig, which he received a couple of weeks ago.

Shinique Smith

Jul 6, 2018
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Artist Shinique Smith joins Christopher Bedford for a conversation about Baltimore’s influence on her work, the evolution of her artistic practice during her years at the Maryland College Institute of Art, and her current and upcoming projects. Shinique’s work will also be on view at the BMA in an exhibition from The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection in summer 2019.

The Reports: July 2-6

Jul 6, 2018

Anirban discusses new research on deaths exceeding births among white Americans, the national old age dependency ratio, the decline in applications for disability and offers a brief analysis of immigration in America. 

Because of a technical error, the 7/5 episode is not included in the podcast. 

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In July, 1877, the overworked and underpaid railroad men of the B&O went on strike. The strike began in Western Maryland, and rolled east, picking up steam as it headed toward Baltimore.

Conversations that Build a Better Baltimore

Jul 5, 2018

Rev. Hathaway talks about Union Baptist's idea to call into conversation gang leaders and officials in the criminal justice system to identify problems that fuel anti-social behaviors and offer options to those who are in gangs.

Early Women of Maryland Architecture

Jul 5, 2018

In 1925, Harvard Graduate School of Design didn’t offer women graduate degrees in architecture, but Victorine du Pont Homsey completed a certificate program with the same curriculum and professors. The Early Women of Architecture in Maryland exhibit, now at Dorchester Center for the Arts, features du Pont Homsey and 11 other women. The exhibit was supported in part by a grant from Maryland Humanities in 2015. Jillian Storms, curator of the exhibit, tells us more about the work of Victorine du Pont Homsey and this summer’s related programming.

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You don't have to spend a lot to get good pinot noir. Click the links to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

 

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We often focus in this segment on optimal savings behavior. But there are other strategies available to us with respect to retirement preparation, including not retiring or at least postponing retirement. That is the message behind a new and provocative study entitled the "Power of Working Longer." Anirban tells us more. 

Don't Forget Dads

Jul 4, 2018

There have been numerous studies on the importance of father-child relationships. These include how such emotional connections in the early years lay the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. Studies have also shown how fathers who are involved during pregnancy have healthier children. The positive influences of involved dads are well-known. 

Asia Food

Jul 4, 2018

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we feature two new novels that both have a distinctly Asian flavor.

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It’s almost impossible to walk into a convenience store, pass a bus stop, or even to watch You Tube videos these days without being assaulted with ads for vaping or electronic cigarettes.

This online ad features a cool-looking young actor on the beach, with the surf crashing behind him.

 “Blue e-cigs,” the narrator says. “Blue lets me enjoy smoking without it affecting the people around me because it’s vapor, not tobacco smoke. That means there’s no ash. And best of all, no offensive odor.”

But is that really true – that vaping does not affect the people around you?  That it’s harmless, creating no indoor air pollution?

“No,” said Ana Maria Rule, assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “It is definitely not smoking, that’s a good distinction to make.  However, I don’t know where people get this idea that (vaping) is harmless because the chemicals that are being heated up from the liquid are not harmless chemicals.”

An Injured Boy’s Best Friend

Jul 4, 2018

Sherry Fisher, a Kennedy Krieger Institute child life and therapeutic recreation special programs staff member, shares a special memory of how the affection and attention of a therapy dog made a long hospital stay better for a Native American boy far from home, and his family.

July 4th, our great national holiday when we do our level best to celebrate with gusto.  There's going to be a lot of grilling going on, and there is nobody better than Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School to give us a few shrewd hints on how to make the most of it.

 

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The Transamerica Center for Health Studies has released a new "Healthier Traditions" cookbook. This year they've brought you healthy twists on classic soul food recipes.

Hector tells us about TCHS' partners, The Association of Black Women Physicians.

The "Knothole Gang"

Jun 30, 2018

Gil remembers a complete surrender of the Orioles management to the neighborhood boys of Baltimore.

Anirban on a report that determines well-being, the end of the International Entrepreneur Rule and the impact of tariffs.

The First American Saint

Jun 28, 2018

Did you know that the first American Saint lived in Maryland, where she opened the first free Catholic School for girls in the United States? Helen Jahn from The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton tells us more about the woman behind the sainthood.

Eric Orlinsky

Jun 28, 2018

Eric Orlinsky, co-founder of Treble, tells us why the city was the perfect place to launch his app.

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In the summer of 1925, H. L. Mencken traveled to the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, to cover the trial of John Scopes, who challenged the law against teaching evolution in schools.

For the first time since Harry Truman was president, Americans are set to reach retirement age in worse financial shape than the prior generation. The group of Americans approaching retirement is associated with high average debt, in part because they are still paying off their children’s educations and/or dipping into savings to support aging parents.  

Leeks

Jun 27, 2018
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The first weeks of spring are prime time for the onion family.  Green onions, spring onions, ramps and garlic are all coming in right now.  And so is an oft-overlooked member of the onion family, the leek.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino  of Schola Cooking School will confirm, this is actually a very good ingredient to work with.

Merlot Revisited

Jun 27, 2018
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Merlot's rep as a second class wine is totally undeserved. Click the links to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

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On Sunday evening, another rainstorm drenched the Baltimore area, turning gutters into rivers and streams into muddy torrents.

A day earlier, heavy rainfall caused the worst flooding in two decades along the Rappahanock River in Virginia, inundating several homes.

And on May 27, flash floods devastated historic Ellicott City, Maryland, for the second time in as many years, flipping cars and killing a National Guard sergeant.

May turned out to be the third rainiest in Maryland history, with eight inches falling, more than twice the average for that month, according to National Weather Service monitoring at BWI airport. So far in June, almost 5 more inches of rain have fallen – about a third more than is normal for a June.

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Last June, my son Jack and I were wandering through the fields behind our home, when Jack came bolting toward me with his latest nature find.

Atop his finger was a tiny, green, kneeling insect peering at me through large eyes on its triangular head. Its miniscule, yet still prominent, front legs were held together at an angle that nearly looked like they were in reverence to some greater power. I knew immediately what it was: a juvenile praying mantis.

Statistics show that more and more millennials are having children, and among this group, the demand for family-friendly urban living is growing. But across the country, supply doesn’t meet demand.

The National Aquarium

The Amazon River Forest is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, home to thousands of species that appear almost nowhere else. Listen as National Aquarium experts discuss this remarkable place and what you can do to preserve it. 

Medicaid Basics

Jun 26, 2018
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Hector gives us the basics on Medicaid.

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