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City School Transit; The Sensational Sense of Touch; The Swan at Loch Raven

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For the first day of school this year we’re revisiting a story on how Baltimore City public school students get to school. The yellow bus has long been an icon of public school systems, but in many big cities, tens of thousands of students make their way to and from school without the yellow bus. They navigate public transit. More school systems are switching from the yellow bus to public transit services, but getting those kids to school on time can be difficult, especially because middle and high school students can apply to attend any school in the city regardless of how close it is to where they live.

Also, David Linden is a neuroscientist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the former editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology. His first book, The Accidental Mind, explored how our brains evolved over time to make us capable of things like romantic love and belief in God. In a book called The Compass of Pleasure, he argues that we are hard-wired to seek pleasure in a variety of forms. In both of those books, he writes about the inextricable link between our minds and our hearts.
Then, We head to Loch Raven Reservoir, just north of Baltimore City, to revisit Nathan’s conversation with photographer David Simpson. We’ll hear about Simpson’s book The Swan at Loch Raven, and the story of how David encountered the majestic bird at the center of the book.