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“The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins:” The Life and Legacy that Shaped an American City

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Johns Hopkins amassed millions by trying almost anything that promised to make money--investing in liquor, real estate, coal-mining, fertilizer, and more. He never married, and it was only after he’d retired from most of those businesses that the public saw what he intended to do with his fortune: create a university--including a medical school--and a hospital. Beyond the man himself, how have his institutions shaped Baltimore? Antero Pietila guides us through his new book, “The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins.”

Pietila will launch his book tomorrow evening, 6 pm, at Union Baptist Church. On Nov. 20, Pietila will take part in a panel discussion at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health from 4 to 5:30 p.m. On Nov. 28, Pietila will speak at the at the Enoch Pratt Free Library “Writers Live” series at 7 p.m. and the following evening at Red Emma’s bookstore.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior 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.