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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.

"Hamidou"

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
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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

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. 

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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. 

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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!

Paella

Jul 10, 2018
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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. 

Marciari-Alexander: 1 West Mount Vernon Place

Jul 10, 2018
The Walters Art Museum

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
Jason Mandella, Courtesy David Castillo Gallery

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. 

Golden Images

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.

 

Audio coming soon.

 

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. 

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