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Melissa Gerr

Environmentalists contend that Gov. Hogan’s proposals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade won’t go far enough to deter climate change. They say that plan is unrealistic in relying on fossil fuels and is counting on hundreds of thousands of Maryland drivers to switch to electric vehicles. Mike Tidwell heads the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and claims there is no substance to Gov. Hogan’s greenhouse reduction plan. But Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles touts the substance of the governor’s proposals for less carbon in generating electricity -- called 'CARES.'  Grumbles claims the plan recognizes the need for renewable and cleaner energy incentives. How far apart are environmentalists and the Hogan administration?

For information on attending public climate plan meetings, visit this link.

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Baltimore Mayor Jack Young has challenged the city’s Department of Transportation to a 50-day pothole challenge: that is, repairing 5,000 potholes in 50 days. DOT is game, according to Director Steve Sharkey.

The initiative is part of Young’s broader Clean It Up! campaign.

Donate your car to WYPR!

Feb 12, 2020

Share the love by donating your vehicle to WYPR! If your car is ready to be traded in, it could help fund the programs you love. 


Life Starts Showing Up: Mary’s Story

Feb 12, 2020

Mary felt invisible when she was a kid. She was a middle child in a family preoccupied by multiple illnesses. She knows now that she was clinically depressed, but at the time, all she knew was that illicit drugs provided her some relief. After years of addiction, she got clean, had a good job, and a family, but a relapse threw her into a tailspin. She’s starting over now, again, with 20 months clean, and she talks with Theo about the highs and lows of her ongoing struggle.

VOTE WYPR's T-Shirt Design Contest

Feb 6, 2020

VOTE in WYPR's t-shirt design contest and help pick the official t-shirt design for the spring pledge drive!! What design would YOU wear? Which design would inspire you to become a member? 

Rachel Paroan

Americans are showing more and more interest in plant-based foods. Some are just sampling, some are replacing all meat, fish and dairy in their diets. Our guests today want to entice you!

Restaurateurs Naijha Wright-Brown and Sam Claassen have organized “Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week,” Feb. 7 through Feb. 23. They talk about flavor and texture and the community of a meal --and why a restaurant doesn’t have to be all-vegan to take part. Plus Dr. Neal Barnard on his new book: "Your Body in Balance: the New Science of Food, Hormones and Health."

Poe Theatre On The Air - The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar

Feb 5, 2020

What if a person is hypnotized at the moment of death? The horrifying consequences of cheating the Reaper are unraveled in a story that readers during Poe’s time were afraid had actually happened.

all photos by Wendel Patrick

Our audio tour through Charleston’s West Side continues with a community gardener, an antique collector, a symphony clarinetist, a deli owner, and a retired pro basketball player. Plus, a visit to a local auto shop, a barbershop, a Girl Scout meeting, and Mary C Snow West Side Elementary.

Jose Luis Magana (top image) & Julio Cortez (bottom image)/AP

 Days after the emotional funeral of congressman and civil rights icon Elijah Cummings, Governor Larry Hogan announced a Feb. 4 special primary to fill his seat – and Democratic candidates in the deep-blue 7th congressional district were off to the races. 


“The whole race has been very fast. It's been emotional,” Martha McKenna, a longtime Democratic campaign consultant and advisor to Maya Rockeymore Cummings, said. “It's been the kind of race where people talking to each other about... why they're supporting individual candidates has a lot of meaning because the whole election has come so quickly, over the holidays and into the new year.”


Mary Rose Madden / WYPR

It’s Sunday morning mass at Union Baptist Church in West Baltimore. The choir is small but the organ is mighty. The pews hold a scattering of women wearing fancy hats and a few young men in suits. But for a Sunday morning, there are a lot of empty seats in this church.

For years, the black churches in Baltimore were hubs for the city's African American community - and their collective influence on Maryland politics showed results in electing judges and politicians. 

Colin Medley

Andy Shauf's understated, gentle, and expertly composed pop songs are miniature gems that grow in appeal with each listen. In this episode, Shauf talks about how Elliott Smith, Wilco, and The Beatles guided and inspired his understanding of how to write intimate but deeply accessible pop songs.

Lydia Thompson (21st Century Fox) for National Geographic

Powerful painkillers can often dispatch acute pain, but using them for chronic, persistent pain carries the risk of addiction. Nearly two million Americans have a substance abuse disorder stemming from prescribed opioids. So scientists are researching ways to treat pain without drugs. Journalist Yudhijit Bhattacharjee writes about them in National Geographic in "Scientists are Unraveling the Mysteries of Pain." Plus, University of Maryland neurobiologist Dr. Luana Colloca describes her research using virtual reality to manage chronic pain. For more information on this National Geographic article, visit this link. For more information on Dr. Luana Colloca's research at the University of Maryland, visit this link.

Robinson photo Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Colbert photo by Hulaimatu Jalloh

On Midday today, we're marking the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday by meeting some local examplars of the MLK Day of Service ethic, who've taken the lead in efforts to make Baltimore a better place to live.

In the second of three conversations today, Tom talks with Dr. Douglas Robinson, a professor of cell biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Eleven years ago, Dr. Robinson launched the Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine (CSM), a program that works to support interest and achievement in STEM fields among low-income students of color, from middle- and high school age through the college years.  Also joining Tom in the studio is Michelle Colbert, a graduate of Arizona State University and now a second-year medical student at Johns Hopkins, who completed a 2-year post-baccalaureate research internship at Hopkins through CSM's Doctoral Diversity Program

This conversation was live-streamed on WYPR's Facebook page.  Watch the video here, beginning at 14:08 and continuing until 29:00 into the stream.

T-Shirt Design Contest

Jan 17, 2020

Do you know what public radio is all about?  Can you close your eyes and envision WYPR? We are asking local artists to design a T-shirt that embodies the theme “Your Public Radio” for the chance to win $500 cash or $1,000 of on-air & digital spots! 

Learn more at wypr.org/shirt 

We take the show to Charleston West Virginia’s West Side neighborhood to visit a family barbecue joint, a country music jamboree, a faith-based after-school program, a women’s drug recovery house, and a bustling Goodwill headquarters. Plus, conversations with an activist preacher, a vacant-home rehabber, an open-eared neighborhood planner, and a retired theater technician who’s projected more than 50 years of movie history.

WYPR's 4th Guest Bartending Night

Jan 16, 2020

Mount Vernon Marketplace hosts WYPR’s 4th Guest Bartending Night on Wednesday, February 19 from 6-8PM. Don't miss one of our favorite events of the year!

Does Andy Bienstock make a good old-fashioned? Can Nathan Sterner pour a proper pint? We know for a fact that Mary Rose Madden mixes a mean honey graham milkshake!

WYPR Contest

Jan 15, 2020

WYPR has a history of volunteer designed t-shirts. Thank you to our previous designers, Steve Ogden, Louis Umerlik, and Tim Stump, just to name a few! Become our next designer by entering our t-shirt design contest. Learn more at wypr.org/shirt

Jamyla Krempel

How did the events of 2019--political, financial or technological -- affect how we conduct our daily lives? What will 2020 and the dawn of a new decade bring? We ask Amy Webb, who founded the Future Today Institute. Each year she compiles an inventory of events, mergers, policy decisions and other developments that affect business and technology. This year, she claims, is the beginning of the end … of the smartphone. Plus, we’ll take a look at that future … through extended-reality eyeglasses! To sign up for The Future Today Institute newsletter, visit this link.

When DNA Testing Delivers A Surprise

Jan 14, 2020
Tom Flynn

Robert Benzinger didn’t see this coming.

His brother, Carl-Eric, asked him, a few months back if he had a daughter in Hawaii. You see, Carl-Eric had taken a 23 and Me DNA test and the results showed he had a niece in Hawaii. One question led to another and Robert soon discovered he did indeed have a daughter, now 41, living in Hawaii.

“I was in shock when I first found out,” said Robert. “But then I was immediately overwhelmed by joy. I had two sons and I love them but I’ve always wanted a daughter.”

Courtesy of the office of Councilman Bill Henry

Mayor Jack Young signed a plastic bag ban into law on Monday morning, marking Baltimore’s effort to reduce pollution and single-use plastics.

The Comprehensive Bag Reduction Bill was the council’s ninth attempt to ban plastic bags since 2006. Surrounded by the ban’s supporters at National Aquarium, Young said now is the time. 

Artists wanted!

Jan 12, 2020

Artists wanted! We are looking for Maryland's creative minds to help design WYPR's next t-shirt. The winner chooses between $500 cash OR $1,000 in on-air and digital spots. Our theme is "Your Public Radio". Entries are due 1/31/2020. 

John Lee

Since August, around 180 teachers, therapists, social workers and nurses have resigned from Baltimore County Public Schools. And that does not include staff who have retired and teachers who have gone on leave.


Poe Theatre on the Air - A Predicament

Jan 8, 2020

There's always a price to be paid for arrogance.  In one of Poe’s very few comedic short stories, a woman loses her head waiting for the time to come…

Maureen Harvie / WYPR

Baltimore nonprofit Building Our Nation’s Daughters -- BOND -- carves out time for single moms and their daughters to improve communication skills, set goals, and have fun.

Founder Ateira Griffin says her experience as an educator inspired her to create the program. We hear from Griffin and her mother, Alisa Williams.

Photos courtesy Bill Ferguson, Adrienne Jones

Tom sits down at the State House with Senate President Designate Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones for a preview of their priorities as the General Assembly begins a historic new chapter. 

Senator Bill Ferguson is expected to be elected Senate President, succeeding Mike Miller, who held the job for longer than any Senate President in the country. 

Delegate Adrienne Jones will preside over her first full session as Speaker of the House of Delegates.  She is the first woman and the first African American to be elected Speaker, succeeding Mike Busch, who passed away last April. 

The central challenge of this year’s session: revamping the funding formula for MD schools.  Can lawmakers find consensus on Kirwan?

At the beginning of each day, Rodney James says, “I’m going to save someone’s life today.” Rodney works as a peer recovery coach at Saint Agnes Health Institute, steering others onto the path of recovery. He’s traveled that path himself. Rodney talks with Theo about denial, shifting blame, relapse, and the importance of surrounding yourself with people who have your best interests at heart.

WYPR T-Shirt Design Contest

Jan 6, 2020

WYPR is hosting a t-shirt design contest! If you win, you can choose between $500 cash OR $1,000 in on-air and digital spots.  Submit your design by January 31, 2020, at wypr.org/shirt.


Jan 2, 2020

Every scar comes with a story. And if you’re telling the story, it means you survived whatever gave you that scar. In this episode, stories about things that left a mark.

Amy Berbert

Do you remember the name of your childhood best friend? Turns out, it’s harder to initiate those solid bonds of friendship as we grow older. Dr. Andrea Bonior, clinical psychologist and advice columnist, explains why and says the feeling is universal. Plus, Carolyn Walton Lynch tells us about Mixolo, a service that helps individuals, regardless of their relationship status, step out on the town and find community. 


Thalia Zedek's distinctive voice and soul-baring songwriting have powered a series of bands, including Live Skull and Come, as well as her own solo career. On this episode, she discusses a seminal moment with Patti Smith, obscure Kentucky band Circle X, and her love of Nick Cave.