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Changes in population, marriage age, home prices, age of homebuyers, and personal wealth. 

A recent Harvard Business Review article indicates that over the past four decades, changes prompted by corporate America have placed workers and the broader American society at risk. Here’s what authors Teresa Ghilarducci and Tony James mean. The shift from defined benefit pension plans to employee-directed contribution 401K plans represents a major driver of America’s impending retirement crisis.  Beginning during the 1980s, this shift in retirement benefits helped companies reduce their retirement liabilities and better meet their quarterly financial targets.  

Trauma Hurts

Jun 8, 2018

Researchers at Penn State recently conducted a study that found connections between early childhood adversity and chronic pain in adulthood. Using data culled from over 260 participants who had reported some level of childhood trauma, researchers found that childhood adversity was linked to not only to pain but mood and sleep problems, in adulthood.

"Omaha Beach"

Jun 7, 2018

On June 6th, 1944, soldiers from Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, members of the 29th Division, were among the first soldiers to land at Omaha Beach on the coast of Normandy.

The Walters Art Museum

According to the Maryland State Arts Council, our state's arts organizations have an economic impact of more than $1 billion.  In Greater Baltimore, there are more than 9,500 full time equivalent jobs in the arts, double the median number found in similar-sized regions. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Julia-Marciari Alexander, Executive Director of the Walters Art Museum.

30 years ago, the Baltimore City Council passed The Gay Rights Bill of 1988, which provided legal protection against discrimination for gay and lesbian citizens. Dr. Jonathan Bailey talks about GLBTQAI social spaces, anti-racist civil rights movements, and their impact on the bill’s passing. Bailey is the author of a forthcoming book about race, gender, and sexuality in post-civil rights Baltimore, which covers 1965 through 1995.

After a spring of wretched downpours and cold, cloudy weather, summer has finally begun -- at least unofficially -- and the bullfrogs are singing its praise.

I slide my kayak into the lake at Tuckahoe State Park on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  It’s a sunny, breezy afternoon, and the lake is fringed by swaying reeds and the arrow-shaped leaves of water plants -- called Tuckahoe – whose roots were an important source of food for Native Americans.

As I paddle along the edge of the lake, three painted turtles sunning themselves on a log plunk down into the water. Dragonflies flit over the surface. A leaf drifts down into the lake, and as it lands, its curled backside stretches up from the water like the sail of a boat.

My trip is a prelude to the joys of summer.  And what brought me here was a new book called Paddle Maryland by University of Maryland, Baltimore County biologist Bryan McKay.

A Cleaner Earth: Rachel Carson

Jun 6, 2018
Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame

Rachel Carson changed our world for the better, quite literally, with her 1962 book “Silent Spring.” In it, she brought attention to the contamination of our environment through the use of pesticides.

A pair of California labels over-deliver on classic wines. Click the links to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

The Nature Conservancy

As the tender buds of spring flower and bloom to make way for summer’s lush greenery, an annual battle begins anew. This clash pits our big human brains and thumbs against one of our region’s most prolific species. It has seemingly few boundaries, except that of an unattractive, tall wire fence. As summer nears, gardeners and landscapers across our state suit up for combat against hungry deer, who see their carefully-laid beds of flowers as an all-you-can-eat buffet.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, a look back at some of Roth's best work, plus a great biography about him and a book inspired by his novel, The Ghost Writer.

Alessio Algeri/flickr

Since a good chef never travels far from their roots, it is natural that our own Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School should have an affinity for Sicilian cuisine.  In Sicily, geography is the key.  This island is surrounded by the Mediterranean, home to thousands of species of fish and shell fish.  And they all find their way into the Sicilian kitchen.

Here are a few of Jerry's favorite recipes from the old country.

Bay Grasses

Jun 5, 2018
The National Aquarium

Perhaps they’ve never held your attention, but a healthy system of bay grasses provide critical habitat and are crucial to the resiliency and well-being of the Chesapeake Bay. Listen to learn more!  

Miller: Always Ready

Jun 5, 2018

Dr. Redonda Miller, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital discusses how the hospital has been preparing for an ebola outbreak. 

The Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association (CAPBA) honored WYPR with two awards at its annual ceremony on Saturday. WYPR reporter John Lee won for Outstanding Editorial or Commentary for "One Virginian's Take on Confederate Monuments" and Outstanding Feature or Human Interest Story for "Farms That Go ‘Boom’ Annoying Neighbors in Baltimore County." 

Midday host Tom Hall was recognized as a finalist for Outstanding Talk Show for "Freddie Gray, Two Years On: Baltimore Community Perspectives” and reporter Rachel Baye was a finalist for Outstanding Enterprise Reporting for "Maryland Poor Get Little Help on Child Care." 

American life expectancy, unemployment rates, defining wealth, economic expansion and fertility rates. 

One of the most difficult aspects of preparing for retirement is projecting one’s future living costs. After all, it’s not easy to determine how much inflation there will be or how your lifestyle or health will change.  According to the Nationwide Retirement Institute, 44 percent of workers aged 50 and over believe that their living expenses will stay the same one they leave their careers behind.  

Oletha DeVane

Jun 1, 2018
Courtesy the artist. ©2018 Oletha DeVane

Maryland-based artist Oletha DeVane joins Christopher Bedford for a conversation about how her work conceptually links the physical and spiritual worlds and is influenced by African and Haitian spiritual traditions. To see examples of her paintings, prints, sculptures, and videos, visit www.olethadevane.com

Susan Ganz, CEO of Lion Brothers, speaks on what it means for the leading manufacturer of apparel identity to be based in Baltimore. 

The Winton Triangle

May 31, 2018

What discoveries can be sparked by making a single observation about a community we were born into? Marvin T. Jones tells us more about Winton Triangle, a 437-year-old landowning community of people of color. Jones is the Executive Director and founder of the Chowan Discovery Group, whose mission is to research, document, preserve, and present the history of the Winton Triangle.

"Jimmie Foxx"

May 30, 2018

Baseball phenom Jimmie Foxx got his start playing with the Easton Farmers in Queen Anne's County before breaking into the big leagues in the late 1920s. 


One of the pleasures of dining in Baltimore is the number of different cuisines we can sample.  At Cypriana of Roland Park the culinary traditions of Cyprus are on display, and that little island turns out some fabulous food.

Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School and Al invited Chef Maria Kaimakis to be with to talk about her restaurant.

The Aftermath

May 30, 2018

Today on The Weekly Reader we review two books that tackle a difficult subject - the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury - in very different ways. 


Don’t be deceived by the desolate look of a mudflat. These areas of mud or sandy mud, which line thousands of miles of Chesapeake Bay shoreline, are hiding a rich variety of life.

Put your sturdy hip-wader boots on, because today we're wading into ... the mud. If you’ve spent any time on the Chesapeake Bay, you’ve felt mud between your toes. That’s because our watershed consists of miles and miles of mudflats.


As sea levels have risen because of climate change, and the geology beneath the Chesapeake region has settled naturally over the last two centuries, more than 500 islands – large and small – have vanished beneath the waves.

Some of these bay islands held hideaways for pirates, hunting lodges for the rich, brothels for watermen, the sites of illegal boxing matches and gambling dens, even an unusual enterprise to breed and skin black cats to sell their fur to China. This last scheme failed when the bay froze and the cats, wisely, ran off across the ice, according to William Cronin’s book, The Disappearing Islands of the Chesapeake.  Others – such as Sharp’s Island and Holland Island -- were simply the homes of farmers and fishermen, or mosquito-infested scabs of marsh grass.

On a recent afternoon, I set off in a kayak to find a tiny island that – strangely enough – has been heading in the opposite direction: rising from the bay, and  growing over the years.

University of Maryland Extension Service

A few weeks ago, I visited a friend. We were sitting outside, enjoying the weather with a couple local brews while his daughter played nearby. Suddenly, his daughter yelled, “Dad! Come see this!” So we quickly got out of our chairs and hurried over. “Look at this bug,” his daughter demanded, “When I poke it, it curls up!” My friend smiled and said, “That’s a potato bug, sweetheart. You find them under rocks and in the dirt and, you’re right, they do curl up when you poke them.” Cue the sound of a record scratch on this idyllic scene. A potato bug? Surely my friend was confused. I didn’t want to contradict him in front of his child, so when we sat back down I said casually, “You called that a potato bug. I always called it a pill bug. I’ve heard it called a roly-poly…but not a potato bug.” “It’s a potato bug,” my friend retorted. I could see this wasn’t going anywhere, so I decided to drop it and read more about it later. As it turns out, we were both correct.

Marciari-Alexander: Finding and Creating Community at the Walters

May 29, 2018
The Walters Art Museum

Julia Marciari-Alexander, Executive Director of the Walters Art Museum, discusses how providing free access to the Walters allows visitors to connect to the art, and each other. 

The Reports: May 21-25

May 29, 2018

This week: Improvements in the national economy, eyeglasses, retirement across the world, when retirees can expect to live comfortably, and the rise in female homebuyers.

Wine in Cans

May 29, 2018

They're putting wine in cans, and it's going to change where you drink...and it's a lot better than you might think. Click the links to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.


May 27, 2018
erik forsberg/flickr

This week Tony and Chef Wolf are taking on the grill: Meat, seafood, marinades, sauces, and what to drink with your grilled goodness.