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The Daily Dose: Maryland Confronts COVID-19


An evening roundup of WYPR's latest reporting on Maryland's COVID-19 response, a summary of essential state and local updates, and a forum for locals who want to share stories about everyday life in the era of Coronavirus.  Let your voice be heard on the podcast! Leave a voicemail with your thoughts, questions, and insights about life in the Coronavirus era at 410-235-6060.
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The Daily Dose 7-9-20

23 hours ago
Rachel Baye/WYPR

Baltimore expands its COVID-19 testing capacity. Governor Hogan makes a decision on how November’s general election will be conducted. And Baltimore County students and educators address systemic racism in an emotional forum.

The Daily Dose 7-8-20

Jul 8, 2020

Overcrowding in Baltimore County schools, a peek at Governor Hogan’s memoir, and a conversation about COVID-19 and Black Americans’ historical distrust of the medical establishment.

The Daily Dose 7-7-20

Jul 7, 2020
Anne Ditmeyer / Flickr Creative Commons

A Maryland lawmaker from a predominately white county takes up the call for a ban on confederate flags. And with a wave of evictions caused by this pandemic on the horizon, Baltimore city funnels millions of dollars into a rent relief fund. Will it be enough?

The Daily Dose 7-6-20

Jul 6, 2020
Mary Rose Madden / WYPR

How are some local businesses managing to adapt to the pandemic while others struggle to stay afloat? Baltimore County is trying to help stave off evictions. Plus, a story about Black-run farms in Baltimore and the intersection of agriculture, politics, and community activism.

The Daily Dose 7-2-20

Jul 2, 2020
Rachel Baye / WYPR

More than 400 million dollars have been cut from Maryland’s budget, and state officials say the fiscal crisis won’t end until the pandemic does. The Maryland Food Bank has received record-breaking donations at a moment of unprecedented demand. And Baltimore City announces pools will reopen, but not in time for the long holiday weekend.

The Daily Dose 7-1-20

Jul 1, 2020
Courtesy of MD Dept of Health

A rental assistance program launched today for Baltimore residents affected by the pandemic. Contact tracers are doing critical work, but does Maryland have enough of them? Plus, some good news for Maryland crab lovers.

The Daily Dose 6-30-20

Jun 30, 2020

Hundreds of millions of dollars are on the chopping block as Maryland’s Board of Public Works prepares for a major budget-cutting vote tomorrow. And Dr. Leana Wen looks at the wisdom of reopening the country as COVID-19 infection rates climb nationwide.

The Daily Dose 6-29-20

Jun 29, 2020

The MD Department of Health bans a local lab from collecting and processing COVID-19 tests. State leaders look at how to prevent a possible wave of evictions. And Maryland’s child-care centers cautiously reopen as parents head back to work.

The Daily Dose 6-26-20

Jun 26, 2020

Maryland businesses reckon with the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Baltimore County teachers ratify a contract with a much reduced pay raise as schools ponder back-to-class logistics. And former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh reports to prison.

The Daily Dose 6-25-20

Jun 25, 2020
Luis Navas-Migueloa

Baltimore housing advocates warn of a wave of mass evictions in the city. And the head of a Baltimore nursing home shares a personal story about the harrowing reality that his residents and staff have endured since the onset of COVID-19.

The Daily Dose 6-24-20

Jun 24, 2020

Maryland hasn’t dealt with some 34 thousand residents who are still waiting to be processed for unemployment insurance. Baltimore County’s School Board cuts back a planned pay raise for teachers. Plus, a conversation with Wes Moore about racial inequity, police reform, and what the rest of the country might learn from Baltimore’s experience.

The Daily Dose 6-23-20

Jun 23, 2020

Mounting frustration over trash collection in Baltimore City, and a new contract for teachers in Baltimore County. Plus a look ahead to the upcoming presidential election: How is the COVID-19 pandemic and a wave of social change going to influence voters in November?

The Daily Dose 6-22-20

Jun 22, 2020
Mary Rose Madden / WYPR

Maryland’s governor promised universal COVID-19 testing for the state’s juvenile detention facilities, but the facilities’ residents and staff are still without tests. With Baltimore’s trash and recycling services hindered by the pandemic, residents are taking a DIY approach. And Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olzsewski is frustrated with the state’s inconsistent reopening schedules.

The Daily Dose 6-19-20

Jun 19, 2020

Baltimore City’s Mayor is easing restrictions and allowing more businesses to open. In-person summer school is off the table for Baltimore County kids. And, with enhanced safety measures, hospitals are getting back to business, but not quite business as usual.

The Daily Dose 6-18-20

Jun 18, 2020
Courtesy Architect of the Capitol

Local leaders tell congress that without another COVID-19 relief bill, their constituents could soon face cuts to basic services. And what will this month’s Baltimore Pride celebrations look like, adapted for a pandemic and demonstrations for racial equity and social justice?

The Daily Dose 6-17-20

Jun 17, 2020
Melissa Gerr

The MTA faces a Fall deadline for its nearly two-decades-old Central Maryland Transportation Plan, so how will it address the needs of riders in the midst of a pandemic? And COVID-19 hasn’t stopped the much-anticipated Maryland Film Festival, but it'll change how we experience it.

The Daily Dose 6-16-20

Jun 16, 2020
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

A public health expert worries that Stage II of Maryland’s reopening may be too much, too soon. Plus: A recent Supreme Court decision could impact a lawsuit against a Baltimore-based humanitarian organization.

The Daily Dose 6-15-20

Jun 15, 2020
Melissa Gerr

The City Council proposes cuts to the Baltimore Police Department. A report on post-graduation challenges for Baltimore County’s students with disabilities. And a look at the pandemic's impact on Baltimore’s tourism economy.

The Daily Dose 6-12-20

Jun 12, 2020

A look at efforts underway for reforming police departments across Maryland. Plus, some important headlines on assisted living facilities. And, as many of the state’s jurisdictions moved into Phase Two of Governor Hogan’s reopening plan today, we'll tell you what’s open this weekend, and with what limitations.

The Daily Dose 6-11-20

Jun 11, 2020
Associated Press/Jeff Chiu, File

A look into the details of Stage II of Maryland’s recovery plan: Is there a difference between what’s legal and what’s safe? Plus: How’s the job hunt going for Maryland’s 700,000 unemployed? And The Pro Bono Counseling Project offers free mental health services in a time of tumult.

The Daily Dose 6-10-20

Jun 10, 2020

Rachel Baye/WYPR

A look at a persistent COVID-19 hot-spot in Maryland: The prison system. A recap of the weekend's demonstrations in Baltimore, calling for an end to police brutality. And the city’s primary election - when are we going to have results?

The Daily Dose 6-5-20

Jun 5, 2020
Mark Gunnery/WYPR

The pandemic has forced libraries to adapt, but how have those changes have impacted patrons? Baltimore’s Mayor says the city is ready for Phase One of reopening. Dr. Leana Wen looks at the intersection of a health crisis and a political crisis. And Erricka Bridgeford reflects on protests, both peaceful and violent.

The Daily Dose 6-4-20

Jun 4, 2020
Rachel Baye/WYPR

A closer look at which businesses can open safely, under Stage II of Maryland’s Road Map to Recovery. One county leader wants to do away with the statewide patchwork of reopening schedules. And in Baltimore, city elections workers gather in a warehouse to properly count ballots.

The Daily Dose 6-3-20

Jun 3, 2020

Maryland’s Governor will be lifting more restrictions as he moves the state into Phase II of it’s reopening plan. State elections board officials are on the defensive because of Baltimore’s problems with its first-ever mail-in balloting. And as America’s racial inequalities play out in protests across the nation, a local community conflict resolution leader says you can’t just address the symptoms.

The Daily Dose 6-2-20

Jun 2, 2020
Wendel Patrick, Out of the Blocks

On Election Day, remote ballot issues force thousands to show up at the polls in Baltimore. Plus, civil unrest rages in other cities, but Baltimore is being held up as an example of powerful, peaceful protest. The head of West Baltimore’s No Boundaries Coalition talks about lessons learned in the wake of Freddie Gray and the hard work ahead.

The Daily Dose 6-1-20

Jun 1, 2020

What happens when civil unrest and massive political demonstrations erupt in the midst of a pandemic? Baltimore’s health commissioner applauds lawful protests while stressing the importance of wearing masks, and health experts worry about nationwide ‘super-spreader’ events that could cause a spike in COVID-19 infection rates.

The Daily Dose 5-29-20

May 29, 2020
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Governor Hogan disapproves of crowds in Ocean City but lifts restrictions on outdoor dining. A contentious Baltimore County Council cuts almost 59 million dollars from the budget. Plus, why aren’t mental health providers hearing from more patients in need of care? The current silence might signal a surge in mental health complications down the road.

The Daily Dose 5-28-20

May 28, 2020
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Maryland moves further into Phase I of its reopening plan. Al fresco dining gets the go-ahead in Baltimore. Legislators raise their eyebrows over the state’s PPE procurement process. And Baltimore County looks to close the racial and economic divide for students.

The Daily Dose 5-27-20

May 27, 2020

A special late-breaking edition of the podcast: Governor Hogan says the state is ready to expand Stage 1 of reopening. Plus, a photographer gives local high school seniors a reason to show off their prom outfits. And Baltimore’s YouthWorks summer program adapts to place young job-seekers in online jobs.