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John Lee

Sep 25, 2020

WYPR's Baltimore County Reporter, John Lee is on the move! Here he is recording at an event in Towson with his new COVID-19 field kit equipment. Support socially distanced reporting with a gift to WYPR today! https://donate.nprstations.org/wypr/wypr-social-form

Board Challenge

Sep 25, 2020

Today only, we have a challenge on the table from WYPR’s Board of Directors for just over $100,000. Will you help us bring you community radio and meet the challenge by pledging to support WYPR today?


Restaurant Gift Card Giveaway

Sep 24, 2020

Happy hour with Foreman Wolf! From 4 PM-7 PM today, WYPR Care Packages will include a gift card to a Foreman Wolf restaurant like Petit Louis Bistro, Johnny's, Cinghiale, Charleston, or Bar Vasquez. https://donate.nprstations.org/wypr/wypr-social-form

Foster Care

Sep 24, 2020

This year, WYPR Reporter Rachel Baye uncovered that Maryland foster children were left in hospitals for months due to a lack of alternative housing. This story of a pressing child welfare issue in our state was made possible by listeners like you who made the decision to donate. You help us continue WYPR’s essential journalism.

Pledge now. Story: https://www.wypr.org/post/maryland-foster-children-stay-hospitals-because-they-have-nowhere-else-go

Donate: https://donate.nprstations.org/wypr/wypr-social-form

Throwback Thursday

Sep 24, 2020

In years past, WYPR’s green room would be a control center during pledges drives. Packed with volunteers, phone lines, and live pitching, WYPR would depend on the help of volunteers for these crucial weeks. Make a gift today to support our remote team to show your love for WYPR from a distance.


Tree Match

Sep 23, 2020

Attn: Tree huggers! Today only, @Blue Water Baltimore will plant a tree for every pledge WYPR receives. This match is in addition to our partnership with the @Maryland Food Bank that provides a meal for each WYPR pledge. Let your gift go 3x the distance with WYPR’s tree and food bank matches. https://donate.nprstations.org/wypr/wypr-social-form

Kai Ryssdal

Sep 22, 2020

What is "Kai Ryssdal" wearing? It's WYPR's 88.1 mask! Available all week for our Fall Membership Campaign, adding our mask to your collection lets others know that you are not just a WYPR fan, you’re a WYPR member. https://donate.nprstations.org/wypr/wypr-social-form


Sep 22, 2020

While supplies last! From 4 PM-7 PM today only we will include a gift card to @citronbaltimore in the #WYPR Care Package. Support Baltimore’s NPR station and enjoy a meal at Citron: a contemporary, upscale restaurant at Quarry Lake. https://donate.nprstations.org/wypr/wypr-social-form

Election Year 2020

Sep 22, 2020

It’s no secret that 2020 is an election year. WYPR strives to provide crucial election transparency as COVID-19 further complicates traditional voting. Visit wypr.org/elections for recent coverage and polling place info. Donate today to support WYPR’s election coverage. https://donate.nprstations.org/wypr/wypr-social-form


Sep 22, 2020

WYPR’s community journalism in action! This summer Baltimore Safe Haven along with volunteer trans activists and allies took over several blocks of N. Charles Street, including a stretch in front of WYPR’s station to paint a new street mural reading “BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER”. Support WYPR’s reporting with a gift to the station today! https://donate.nprstations.org/wypr/wypr-social-form

Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen

Sep 21, 2020

From 4 PM until 7 PM today, the first 75 members to select WYPR’s Care Package will receive a gift card to Gertrude's! Available for dine-in, carry out Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen is open for business. Support WYPR and dine local! https://donate.nprstations.org/wypr/wypr-social-form

Maryland Food Bank Match

Sep 21, 2020

All week, your donations to WYPR will also support the Maryland Food Bank & Hunger Action Month. For every pledge to the station, one meal will be provided by the Maryland Food Bank to a person in need thanks to a generous contribution by WYPR's Board of Directors. https://donate.nprstations.org/wypr/wypr-social-form

WYPR Fall Membership Campaign!

Sep 21, 2020

Welcome to WYPR’s Fall Membership Campaign! We have new thank you gifts, specials, and matches all week. WYPR has a new radio design by Ian Mize available as a sticker or magnet, an 88.1 mask by Louis Umerlik, a 1,000 piece puzzle by Robert McClintock, and a Care Package full of goodies from local businesses, playing cards from Out of the Blocks, a gift of the day, and the 88.1 mask! https://donate.nprstations.org/wypr/wypr-social-form


Sep 21, 2020

First come, first serve! WYPR’s Membership Campaign is kicking off bright and early with a Monday morning special gift card from

Celebrity Love

Sep 18, 2020

Wonder who else is listening? NPR has some famous fans including Patton Oswald, Jane Lynch, Julie Bowen, Jordan Peele & Keegan-Michael Key. Join the greater public radio community by becoming a WYPR member today!


Space Sonification

Sep 14, 2020
Space Telescope Science Institute

They have access to the collected astronomical data of the world’s most powerful space telescopes, and they’re stuck at home in quarantine.  Here’s what they’re doing:  Scientists Jenn Kotler, Clara Brasseur, and Scott Fleming have been using their time in isolation to design a radically new way of understanding the dynamics of the cosmos.  Inspired by a blind colleague halfway around the planet, Australian astrophysicist Garry Foran, they’re pioneering a new method to study the motion of the universe, through sound.

The Ivy

Sep 14, 2020

You’ve heard the stories (Oprah? Drake?) and we’re here to confirm that the rumors are true – The Ivy Hotel is the best-kept secret in Baltimore hands-down. Any increase in your monthly membership, additional gift, or new pledge made before 9/21/20 will enter you to win WYPR's Staycation at The Ivy Hotel prize! https://donate.nprstations.org/wypr/wypr-social-form

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LaFontaine E. Oliver, the president and general manager of WYPR, was voted the chairman of NPR’s governing board on Friday afternoon. 

The board is instrumental in both NPR’s day-to-day and long term strategy: it decides management’s policies and overall direction, monitors the news organization’s performance and provides financial oversight of its 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.


John Lee

There will be no school buses on the road Tuesday, even though it’s the first day of classes for a number of school systems in Maryland, including Baltimore City, and Baltimore and Howard Counties. Every school district in the state is starting the year with virtual learning.

Emily Sullivan/WYPR

  Loosened pandemic restrictions in Baltimore’s phase 2 reopening will go into effect at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, including increased capacity at indoor restaurants.

Mayor Jack Young issued an executive order that allows restaurants, religious facilities, retail establishments and malls, indoor recreation establishments and casinos to increase operations from 25% to 50% of their capacity.

Capacity at indoor restaurants, religious facilities, retail establishments and malls, indoor recreation establishments and casinos may increase from 25% to 50%, per an executive order from Mayor Jack Young. 


The coronavirus is not taking time off for Labor Day, Baltimore City Mayor Jack Young said, and residents should remain cautious as they enter the long holiday weekend known for cookouts, parties and one last summer hurrah.

“Now is still not the time to be planning large parties, cookouts, celebrations or religious events,” the Democrat said during a Friday morning news conference. “We're still in a pandemic, one that's built to spread rapidly in large groups. I know people are not looking to catch COVID, but COVID is looking for you.”


Gov. Larry Hogan has lifted broad pandemic containment restrictions across Maryland starting on Friday, but that doesn’t mean localities like Baltimore City are joining him in phase 3 of his re-opening plan.

Baltimore is still firmly in phase 2, Mayor Jack Young said at a news conference Wednesday, though the city will allow indoor theaters to open at 25% of capacity. 

“We do not want to erase the gains we’ve made over the past month by loosening restrictions now,” the Democrat said.

Wes Moore, Erica Green

The original version of this program aired on April 24, 2020.

Some call it “The Uprising.”  Some call it “the riots.”  Whatever your point of view, the paroxysm of destruction that followed the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, in late April, 2015, exposed old wounds, and created a host of new ones for our city.


Today, we revisit a conversation Tom had earlier this year with Wes Moore and Erica L. Greentwo thoughtful observers of Baltimore who examined what happened at that critical moment in our city's history in their new book, called “Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City.”   

John Lee

Baltimore County will follow the state’s lead and move into Stage 3 of reopening. That means all businesses in the county, including indoor theaters and other entertainment venues can reopen with restrictions.

Poe Theatre On The Air - Edgar Allan, Part Two

Sep 2, 2020

In this second episode of our guest production “Edgar Allan” by The Coldharts, Edgar and his nemesis have the first meeting of their secret society. Edgar reveals a terrible secret, and immediately regrets his decision. Mallard and company return in October!

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Theaters and concert venues can open beginning Friday at 5 p.m., just in time for Labor Day Weekend. Gov. Larry Hogan announced that change Tuesday with the news that Maryland is entering the third and final phase of his COVID-19 recovery plan.


Theaters for both movies and live performances, concert arenas, and other entertainment venues will be allowed to open at half capacity, up to a maximum of 100 people at an indoor venue, or 250 people at an outdoor venue. 


Sep 1, 2020

MC Schmidt and Drew Daniel of the electronic duo Matmos have built their body of work from manipulating unusual sounds. On this episode, recorded live at Fadensonnen in Baltimore, they talk the music that influenced their own.

National Radio Day!

Aug 20, 2020

Happy National Radio Day! Today celebrates 100 years since the origin of modern radio. WYPR is proud to be part of Maryland's radio landscape for close to 20 years. We hope to continue our legacy of quality news radio for decades to come. Support WYPR's future on National Radio Day by donating today.


John Lee

Four-year colleges across the country are deciding whether it’s safe to have in-person, classroom instruction. So are community colleges.

The Community College of Baltimore County is offering some in-person classes. But before you set foot on campus to get to that class, you will have to pass a test, a screening for COVID-19.

Family, Perseverance, Seafood And More With Chef Jasmine Norton

Aug 11, 2020

In this episode, Sammy sits down with Chef Jasmine Norton, the Owner, and Chef of The Urban Oyster (www.theurbanoyster.com.) Throughout this episode we learn that Chef Jasmine’s parents are her biggest inspiration behind her love of seafood and her entrepreneurial spirit!