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Spring 2019 commentaries from community leaders around the Baltimore Metropolitan Region:

  • Bob Atlas, President and CEO, Maryland Hospital Association
  • Michael Curley, Environmental Lawyer and Author 
  • Jacqueline Copeland, Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture
  • José  Bowen, President of Goucher College 
  • Bishop Frank Madison Reid III, African Methodist Episcopal Church

COMMENTARIES HEARD ON WYPR, DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE OPINIONS OF WYPR’S STAFF OR MANAGEMENT.

Archive prior to October 2013

Jackie Copeland comments on the history of enslaved African Americans in Baltimore.  

Maryland Hospital Association

The summer of 2019 is flying by. As schoolkids across Maryland prepare to return to their classroom, the hospitals and health systems that serve your communities are helping to make sure your kids start the school year off right. They’re offering check-ups, vaccinations, routine care, sports physicals and more.

As devoted caregivers, it’s the privilege of our doctors and nurses to welcome children into the world and to continue to help them grow and to thrive. And, increasingly, we partner with the community and with local schools to make sure students are healthy – and ready to learn.

Bowen: The Three Rs of Education

Aug 13, 2019
ROB FERRELL

What does thinking for yourself really mean? Jose Antonio Bowen, former president of Goucher College and self-regulated learner, tells us. 

Curley: Do The Right Thing

Aug 6, 2019
Noel St. John

Michael Curley, environmental lawyer and author, tells us how we can help save the Chesapeake Bay and reduce global warming. 

Copeland: Kwame Onwauchi's Rise

Jul 30, 2019

Jackie Copeland, executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, tells us about Kwame Onwauchi's unique journey that led him to become a well-respected chef and author. 

Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, explains how hospitals are using telehealth to care for communities. 

Bowen: How Learning Works

Jul 9, 2019
Rob Ferrell

Jose Antonio Bowen, former president of Goucher College, explains how the five most important things people can do to improve learning are S.W.E.E.T. 

Curley: The Chesapeake Bay Keepers Club

Jul 2, 2019
Noel St. John

Why don't we have Chesapeake Bay keepers? San Francisco has them, Narragansett has them...environmental lawyer and author Michael Curley explains how it could work, and why it's important. 

Copeland: The Six Triple Eight

Jun 18, 2019

In February 1945, the U.S. Army sent 855 black women from the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations. 

Jackie Copeland, executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, tells us about a film that spotlights this effort. 

MARYLAND HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, explains how Maryland's health care leaders and public officials are working to provide Marylanders with fresh, affordable food. 

Bowen: The Future of Work

Jun 4, 2019
Rob Ferrell

Goucher College President Jose Antonio Bowen comments on why the future of work is about being complimentary to technology, not dependent on it. 

Curley: Help Save the Bay!

May 28, 2019
Noel St. John

Michael Curley, environmental lawyer and author, tells us how the Chesapeake Bay Foundation educates, advocates, litigates and restores, all with the hope of saving the bay. 

Maryland Hospital Association

Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association comments on how hospitals are working to increase patient safety and expand access to care. 

Bowen: From Professor to Cognitive Coach

May 1, 2019
ROB FERRELL

Jose Bowen, president of Goucher College, comments on why the role of the professor needs to be reimagined as a cognitive coach. 

Curley: How Salt Can Be "Bad News" for the Environment

Apr 24, 2019
Noel St. John

Environmental lawyer and author Michael Curley comments on how road salt can be "death to the environment" and provides information on its use in Maryland.   

Copeland: Celebrating the Work of Linda Day Clark

Apr 16, 2019

Jackie Copeland, the executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, tells us about Baltimore photographer Linda Day Clark and her new exhibition at the Lewis Museum, The Gee's Bend Photographs

MARYLAND HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, discusses a few of the major public health issues facing the state, and shares how Maryland hospitals are working to tackle these challenges.

How to Go to College

Mar 26, 2019
Rob Ferrell

As high school seniors enter the stressful college decision time, here is some advice. Relax.

Where you go to college matters a lot less than how you go to college. We have known this for years, but it is hard to accept. Surely being around future titans of industry at Harvard has some advantage. But much of that seems to be correlation not causal: people who exercise also tend to eat better.

Curley: Uncomplicating Climate Change

Mar 19, 2019
Noel St. John

Environmental lawyer and author Michael Curley tells us a true story that teaches the simple facts about climate change. 

Copeland: Honoring the Work of Victorine Quille Adams

Mar 12, 2019

Jacqueline Copeland, Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, comments on the achievements of Victorine Quille Adams who was, among many other things, the first African-American woman elected to the Baltimore City Council. 

How Hospitals Care for the Community

Feb 26, 2019
MARYLAND HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, lists some of the ways that Maryland's not-for-profit hospitals benefit communities. 

Bowen: Expanding Comfort with Discomfort

Feb 19, 2019
Rob Ferrell

Jose Antonio Bowen, president of Goucher College, comments on why being "comfortable with discomfort is a key aspect of learning." 

Curley: Understanding R.G.G.I

Feb 11, 2019
Noel St. John

Michael Curley tells us about R.G.G.I, a program that discourages electric power plants from burning fossil fuels. Maryland, Delaware, and six New England states are included in R.G.G.I. and Curley says that's good news. 

courtesy of Wanda Draper

Wanda Draper, the outgoing director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, tells us about the contributions of some unsung Black Americans, and why their achievements should be acknowledged year-round. 

MARYLAND HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

Maryland is home to 32 birthing hospitals where 66,000 newborns arrive each year. In this commentary, Bob Atlas tells us how Maryland hospitals are working hard to follow best practices to provide the best care possible to new families. 

Bowen: Discovering Your Accent in Study Abroad

Jan 15, 2019
Rob Ferrell

Here at Goucher, we require all students to study abroad before they graduate. We do this in part because employers want graduates who can navigate working with people from different cultures and backgrounds, but also because study abroad provides an almost unique opportunity for self-discovery, reflection, and growth.

Curley: Doing Your Part to Eliminate Global Warming

Jan 8, 2019
Noel St. John

Michael Curley comments on simple things we can do to reduce global warming, like using less electricity. 

Draper: The Disappearance of Civility

Jan 2, 2019

Wanda Draper comments on the importance of civility in our society. 

Bishop Reid III: Make Room for Justice and Joy

Dec 25, 2018
Bishop Frank Reid III/Facebook

In this Christmas commentary, Bishop Frank Reid III encourages us to make room for justice, and to make room for joy. 

MARYLAND HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, comments on what hospitals are doing to stem the opioid crisis.

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