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Baltimore Dirt Bike Debate

In this hour of the show, we tackle the ongoing debate over dirt bikes in Baltimore. Are they a public menace and, if so, what should be done about them? Riding dirt bikes on Baltimore’s streets is illegal, but their appearance has been a Sunday ritual for years. For the past two Sundays, police have been able to shut down Reisterstown Road to block the dirt-bikers from their weekly show of wheelies and weaving that attracts large crowds. Among our guests: a City Councilman Pete Welch, who thinks the dirt-bikers should have their own track, and Lotfy Nathan, director of “Twelve O’Clock Boys.” an acclaimed documentary about the dirt-bikers. We’ll also get an update on Maryland’s heroin crisis and the closing of the old and decrepit Baltimore City Jail.

Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising Producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.