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Baltimore’s Sister Cities: Where are they? And why them?

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Baltimore has nine sister cities around the globe

Listener Josh Dix’s question about sister cities takes us down a historical rabbit hole to a moment in Cold War history when President Eisenhower announced a new ‘citizen diplomacy’ initiative to build relationships with cities abroad. Sister Cities International has been operating ever since, and today, Baltimore has nine sister cities around the globe. Take your seats for a very cosmopolitan episode.

Interested in learning more about Baltimore's sister cities program? Head over to www.baltimoresistercities.org

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Baltimore Alexandria/Luxor Sister Committee co-chairs Tharwat Abouraya and Karen Leggett at Woodmoor Elementary School, after a presentation to a fifth-grade class (photo credit: Aaron Henkin / WYPR)

Aaron creates and produces original radio programs and podcasts for WYPR. His current project is The Maryland Curiosity Bureau. Aaron's neighborhood documentary series, Out of the Blocks, earned the 2018 national Edward R Murrow Award. His past work includes the long-running weekly cultural program, The Signal, and the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings series, Tapestry of the Times. Aaron's stories have aired nationally on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.