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Expunging Criminal Records; US's Triumphant Rowing Team; Jazz Man, Carl Grubbs; Madonnari Arts Fest

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  New state laws could raise prospects for employment and housing by letting thousands of Marylanders clear parts of their criminal records or shield some minor convictions from public view. We hear from a policy advocate and a mother made unemployable by a felony arrest.

Tom Hall talks to Daniel James Brown about his book, The Boys in the Boat about nine young American rowers who beat the odds to triumph at the 1936 Olympics. It’s this year’s ‘One Maryland, One Book’ community reading project.

Saxophonist and jazz composer Carl Grubbs tells Tom about his new piece, inspired by the Inner Harbor – that will be part of Freefall Baltimore, the month-long celebration of the arts that kicks off tomorrow.

And: a new festival in which the streets of Little Italy become a kind of canvas.