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  • When was the last time you got to know someone who lives a life entirely different from your own? How did that feel? What did you learn?The documentary ‘Faith’s World’ opens a window into the life of a teen who defies all sorts of stereotypes about people with disabilities. Faith Guilbault, its director and star, has cerebral palsy. We also talk with her filmmaking mentor in a project called BYKids, Joyce Chopra and with Faith’s mother, Karen.
  • Here is a Stoop Story from Kate Hooks about the remarkable gift of empathy … especially when it comes from high school kids. You can hear her story and others at Stoopstorytelling.com
  • Adopting an anti-racist approach requires more than reading books and marching for justice.That’s why Govans Presbyterian church has welcomed singer and activist Lea Gilmore as its first ‘Minister for Racial Justice and Multicultural Engagement.’ She and Pastor Tom Harris talk about ways the church’s white congregation is working to engage with the surrounding diverse Baltimore neighborhood.Plus--pediatrician Nicole Rochester on why racism should be viewed as a public health crisis.
  • More than five million Marylanders have received a Covid vaccine dose. Now the state is moving its focus from mass vaccination sites to mobile outreach.Health Secretary Dennis Schrader describes the efforts. And as younger teens become eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, we ask how the state will expand access.Then, Amy Liebman of the Migrant Clinicians Network talks about the increased Covid risks facing immigrant workers in poultry and crab processing.
  • As Jessica Anya Blau’s latest novel starts, Mary Jane has just turned 14. She’s starting a summer job as a nanny of an endearing five-year-old, just a short walk from her own traditional home in Baltimore’s Roland Park. Mary Jane’s conservative parents think it’s great their daughter will be workin for a doctor. They don’t yet know he’s a psychiatrist who has cleared his summer schedule to treat a recovering drug addict who’s a rock star … and whose movie-star wife will also spend the summer.
  • The pandemic is distributing financial and other stresses, like its health damages--chaotically. They’re colliding on people who never before reached out for mental-health support but are now seeking help.
  • Here’s a Mother's Day Stoop Story from Debbie Page, who reminds us: there is no instruction book for parenting.
  • Two decades ago, just a few months shy of high school graduation, Sherise Holden learned she was pregnant. Today, Holden leads the nonprofit SheRises, which connects teen moms to resources and mentors. We hear about love and perseverance from Sherise and her daughter, Autumn.
  • Child care is an essential service, but the pandemic rocked the industry: capacity was restricted and cleaning costs soared.We speak with Laura Weeldreyer of the nonprofit Maryland Family Network, and ask what President Biden’s "American Families Plan" would mean for the industry. Then, Christina Peusch, who leads the Maryland State Child Care Association, and Imani-Angela Rose, co-owner of a center in Northwest Baltimore, detail hurdles facing providers.
  • Only a small number of Marylanders who have received their first COVID-19 vaccine shot have skipped their second dose, less than 4 percent.But Dr. William Moss, who leads the International Vaccine Access Center at the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says it’s a risky move. He talks about the factors behind vaccine drop-off.Then, the math that signals the end of the pandemic. UMBC health economist Zoë McLaren gives us a lesson in exponential decay. Read her New York Times piece, "The Math That Explains the End of the Pandemic."