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Chickie is recommending:

Happiness by Aminatta Forna



The Splendid and the Vile by Eric Larsen


Joel Gott Wines

Sep 17, 2020

Joel Gott wines are known for budget-friendly prices, but how good are they?

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One of the great traditions of summer in Maryland is sweet corn. Although our legendary Silver Queen corn is more or less just a memory, there are a lot of other varieties to attract our attention. And luckily for us, Chef Jerry Pellegrino has made a bit of a study of this warm weather mainstay.


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The new school year has started and students, parents, teachers, school staff and administrators across the country are dealing with the uncertainty of education during a global health pandemic. On this month's Future City, we discuss how COVID-19 is shaping education, how schools in Baltimore and around the country are rolling out virtual instruction and how digital and racial inequities are exacerbating educational inequity. 

The sun was already low on the horizon when I set off into the Susquehanna River in my kayak just southwest of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The golden light illuminated rocky islands in the broad and quiet river, and the crowns of sycamores towering alongshore.

The guide on my trip along the Chesapeake Bay’s biggest tributary was historian Paul Nevin, the Director of a museum in Lancaster County called the Zimmerman Center for Heritage.

“We are on a trip to see the Safe Harbor Petroglyphs, which is one of the most outstanding rock art sites in the northeast United States,” Nevin said.

In the distance, a wall appeared– the nearly century-old Safe Harbor hydroelectric dam, stretching across nearly a mile of the river.  Downstream from the dam, amid a jumble of boulders, is an island of rock the size of a beached sperm whale.  Across its back teeters a sun-bleached and twisted tree trunk, thrown high by floodwaters.  

"The Defenders"

Sep 15, 2020
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The story of the bombardment at Fort McHenry and the defense of Baltimore in 1814. 

Harper (l); Algonquin (r)

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, our book critic Marion Winik reviews two new novels about navigating the sometimes complicated waters of modern marriage, both at home and abroad: Sue Miller's Monogamy, and Peace Adzo Medie's His Only Wife

Baby Black Lives Matter

Sep 15, 2020

Black lives matter. Yet from the moment children of color enter the world, the disparity between races is evident. New research from George Mason University found that black newborn babies in the United States are three times more likely than white babies to die when cared for by white doctors. Likewise, they’re more likely to survive childbirth if cared for by Black physicians. (Photo by iStock/Mongkolchon Akesin)

The pandemic and recession has upended almost every aspect of our everyday lives from layoffs & furloughs……to home schooling children. However….one group that we don’t talk enough about are the older adults who are in retirement.  

Today, we have Catherine Collinson, president of the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies to share with us findings from a recent survey of retirees.

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By all rights, Dak Prescott is the kind of guy that, in a sports context, I should hate.

For openers, he’s the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, a team on the very short list of teams that I despise, for historical and geographical reasons, and darn it, for common sense.

Prescott is quite talented, In four years in Dallas, he’s thrown for almost 16,000 yards and nearly 100 touchdowns. For that, he’ll earn about $32 million this year with the promise of likely $40 million next year, when he’ll be 28 years old.

So, add rich and gifted to young and handsome and famous and you have plenty of reasons for envy. And yet, I can’t hate Dak Prescott. In fact, in many ways, he’s a hero.


Elissa Blount Moorhead

Sep 11, 2020

Baltimore-based artist Elissa Blount Moorhead talks with BMA Director Christopher Bedford about Back and Song, her multi-channel video collaboration with cinematographer Bradford Young that explores the pursuit of healing and well-being, especially through music, is at the root of the black experience. Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young: Back and Song is on view at the BMA from September 23, 2020 through January 3, 2021.  

On the Eastern Shore of Maryland, at the very end of a long peninsula reaching out into the Chesapeake Bay, is a remote and isolated crabbing town called Deal Island.

The place is so little-known and off the grid that it is often mistaken for the better known town of Deal, Maryland – on the Western Shore. But this is a different place, all the way on the other side of the Bay. And the only way to get to Deal Island is down a long road leading west from Princes Anne through vast and open wetlands and over a narrow bridge.

The town is dominated by a wooden dock, piled with crab pots. A waterman’s bar called “Arby’s”  doubles a general store, and about 20 workboats come and go.

A skipjack called the Somerset is tied up beside the boat ramp, its canvas sails furled and streaks of rust tracing its white wooden hull. It’s a sign of this town’s still-living connections to the Chesapeake’s history, when thousands of these single-masted ships dredged oysters from the bay bottom.  

Continuing with our French theme, our friend Franck Agostini has imported a bevy of new vintages from the Loire Valley for you to try.


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It's been a great growing season here on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Backyard gardeners are reporting bumper crops which in turn give rise to the question "what do I do with all this produce?" Chef Jerry Pellegrino has come up with a few very creative ideas about how to handle all that produce.


Think bread. Not your standard flour and yeast bread, but bread made with vegetables. Think pumpkin bread for instance. By grinding up things like squash, zucchini, or corn you can add it to your batter and come up with a very flavorful product. Here are some of Jerry's best ideas.


Farrar Strauss Giroux (l); W. Virginia University (r)

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, debuts from two authors you will want to get to know: Marion Winik reviews Raven Leilani 's Luster, and Deesha Philyaw's The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.

Playground Safety

Sep 8, 2020

When choosing child care, it is just as important to look outside the building as it is to look inside. We offer some times on playground safety to help you make the best and safest choice for your child. (Photo credit: iStock/sturti)

The Reports: Week of September 7th 2020

Data released by Mental Health America revealed that since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, mental health conditions are increasing in prevalence and severity.  Mihaela Vincze, the program specialist for nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies, is here to talk about the mental health impacts from our new reality.

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Imagine you’re preparing to impress a first date at the best restaurant in town. Or, better yet, the dates have gone so well over a period of time that you’re ready to pop the question at said bistro. 

You want everything to go just right, but when the moment comes, the restaurant screws up the occasion. Their way of squaring things? Giving you a free dessert. 

That’s essentially the scenario in play with the NFL’s announcement  that its teams will launch the season by playing “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” just prior to the “Star-Spangled Banner” before each opening weekend game, including here in Baltimore next Sunday.


When Congressman Tommy D'Alesandro, Jr. married Nancy Lombardi, Little Italy - where they were both born and raised - became one vast, day long party of wining and dining.  A little too much of it caused Tommy and Nancy to change their honeymoon plans!  

Resilience And Determination: Ryleigh's Story

Sep 2, 2020
Provided by Kennedy Krieger Institute

Ryleigh is a determined five-year-old who has worked hard over the past year to reverse the effects of acute flaccid myelitis, including paralysis. She has about twelve hours of therapy a week, which is a lot for a little girl. In honor of Physical Therapy Month, Ryleigh’s physical therapist, Lia Brunn shares a story about this inspiring little girl.

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This is that glorious time of the year when we are awash in tomatoes. They're piled high at the market and friends with carefully nourished backyard tomato plants are dropping off paper bags stuffed with their prized produce. And Chef Jerry Pellegrino agrees, our first inclination is to use tomatoes in a salad, but we can also whip up some very easy and tempting dishes using cooked tomatoes.

Childhood Adversity Shortens Lives

Sep 2, 2020

According to a new Danish study, adverse childhood experiences can significantly shorten a person's life expectancy. The good news is by investing in programs for young children, we can save those lives. (Photo by iStock/cokada)

During the Republican National Convention last week, President Trump and his surrogates used environmental issues – especially climate change – to try to portray the moderate Joe Biden as a socialist radical.

“Biden has promised to abolish the production of American oil, coal, shale, and natural gas, laying waste to the economies of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas…and other states,” Trump said.

Trump’s warning laid waste to any notions of reality or truthfulness in the presidential campaign, because Biden has promised none of those things. 

As a matter of fact, when Biden was vice president, the Obama Administration encouraged innovations in the oil and gas industry -- hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling -- that were opposed by many environmentalists. Those innovations allowed America’s oil and gas industry to grow into the largest in the world, surpassing even those in Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Biden corrected the record on his alleged opposition to hydraulic fracturing – or “fracking” -- during a speech on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

“I am not banning fracking,” Biden said.  “Let me say that again: I am not banning fracking, no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.”  


If you can't get to France this year, at least you can replicate the pleasure of sipping wine in a French café.


"Jimmie Foxx"

Sep 1, 2020
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Baseball phenom Jimmie Foxx got his start playing with the Easton Farmers in Queen Anne's County before breaking into the big leagues in the late 1920s with Connie Mack in Philadelphia.

Custom House (l); Random House (r)

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, our book critic Marion Winik reviews two new novels from different corners of the world that illustrate our common humanity: The Exiles, by Christine Baker Kline, and Apeirogon, by Colum McCann.

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The shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha, Wisconsin police officers last week reopened deep wounds that had barely begun to close, much less heal, among Black athletes who long ago wearied of seeing the same sad movie over and over again with the same ending.

The anger and disgust those players – women and men – feel erupted as they shut down the NBA and WNBA to make sure their grievances were heard.

That the basketball players and their leagues were at the forefront is not surprising. 


Emily Sullivan

Aug 31, 2020

Tom talks with Emily Sullivan of the WYPR News Team. 

Emily is recommending:

Girlhood by Melissa Febos