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Conduit Street Podcast

Maryland Association of Counties

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A podcast on Maryland policy and politics. Stay in the know about how the General Assembly, Governor, state agencies, and county leaders affect the essential services that Marylanders depend on each and every day. Tune in for deep dives into state and county issues, special guests from around the state, and our world-famous dad jokes. We’ve got you covered on the Maryland Association of Counties’ Conduit Street Podcast.
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From the Streets to the Statehouse

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle

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During the Maryland General Assembly, we offer insight an analysis on the issues impacting the Black community in Baltimore. Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) is a grassroots thinktank in Baltimore, MD that advocates for the political interests of the Black community. We cut through the noise and give you the information that matters the most.
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Join Kojo and resident analyst Tom Sherwood on Fridays at noon for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Each week Kojo and Tom help make sense of legislation, hold elected officials accountable and provide in-depth analysis of local issues and elections. The Politics Hour is also a vital forum for Washingtonians to engage directly with their local leaders.
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Planted: Finding Your Roots in STEM Careers

The Morton Arboretum: STEM Education

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Welcome to ‘Planted: Finding your roots in STEM careers,’ we are here to introduce you to some professionals that have interesting and diverse careers and the journey they took to get there. These plant professionals do everything from teaching people about the natural world, unlocking the secrets of DNA, and traveling the world to save unique species. Explore the journey, by listening to the episode that matches your interest, or mirrors your journey towards a STEM career.
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Good and Substantial discusses all things related to Marylanders' rights of armed self defense and gun ownership. The title is a reference to Maryland's subjective and erroneous requirement that one have a "good and substantial reason" to be issued a wear and carry permit. Maryland Shall Issue® is an all volunteer, non-partisan organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of gun owners' rights in Maryland. It seeks to educate the community about the right of self-protection, th ...
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On The Record

WYPR 88.1 FM Baltimore

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Catch On the Record, hosted by Sheilah Kast, weekdays from 9:30 to 10:00 am, following NPR's Morning Edition. We'll discuss the issues that affect your life and bring you thoughtful and lively conversations with the people who shape those issues -- business people, public officials, scholars, artists, authors, WYPR reporters and other journalists who can take us inside the story. If you want to share a comment, question, or an idea for an interview you?d like to hear, email us at ontherecord ...
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The Virginia General Assembly reconvened on Wednesday to consider Governor Glenn Youngkin’s 223 budget amendments and a record-setting number of vetoes. A deal was quickly struck between the governor and the legislature to work together on a new state budget, averting a crisis — at least for now. Virginia Delegate Marcus Simon, who represents Falls…
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In honor of WYPR’s Spring pledge, we’re offering up not one but two stoop stories today. First, a stoop story by Rohaizad Suaidi about fierce love, sacrifice, and pledging support for an adopted country. Then we hear from Gretchen and Warren Hensel, about persistence, timing, and pledging your heart to someone before it’s too late! Do you have a qu…
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This week on the Conduit Street Podcast, Dominic Butchko from the MACo Policy Team is joined by Lisa Ochsenhirt from AquaLaw and Erik Michelsen from Anne Arundel County Dept of Public Works for a timely discussion on all things water. They'll discuss the latest on "forever chemicals," stream restoration, and the recently passed Whole Watershed Act …
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Author Brittany Williams grew up in East Baltimore, taking theater classes and performing in the spotlight. Now she’s turned her talent from the stage to the page. In her latest novel, “Saint-Seducing Gold,” Williams brings readers to 17th century London, where a sword-wielding heroine teams up with William Shakespeare to defeat evil fairies and re…
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Patients in Maryland’s emergency rooms experience far longer wait times than residents of other states. What does this mean for the more than 1.7 million patients served each year by the state’s 48 emergency departments? What solutions are hospital leaders exploring? Our guests: Erin Dorrien, vice president of policy at the Maryland Hospital Associ…
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For a group of Baltimore middle and high school students, squash is more than a vegetable! They participate in SquashWise. The non-profit melds the fast-paced game with personal development and academic excellence. We hear from Abby Markoe, co-founder and executive director, and visit the courts to hear from some of the coaches and students! Links:…
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Daniel and Mary Bell tried to use the courts to win freedom for their family, so history shows us more details about them than many other enslaved people in the 19th century. We know that Francis Scott Key, who wrote our national anthem, was one of the white people who lined up against freedom for enslaved people like the Bells. "The Bell Affair" f…
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This week on The Politics Hour, Metro General Randy Clarke took Kojo, Tom, and listeners on a ride through Metro’s upcoming budget decisions, why he’d like to see a regional tax, and the significance of Metro teaming up with COG. Clarke said he’s very happy overall that D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are all stepping up with additional funding for Me…
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In the early 20th century, Baltimore City codified racial segregation in housing into law, prohibiting African Americans from moving onto blocks where white residents were the majority. As the city grew, the sewer commission methodically avoided building infrastructure in Black neighborhoods. That’s one example given by historian Andrew Kahrl of ho…
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Here’s a Stoop Story from Erica Rimlinger about growing up in Baltimore’s Stoneleigh neighborhood. The next Stoop event is April 18th. The theme is “Too Close for Comfort: Tales about Roommates to Remember.” Listen to the Stoop podcast. Do you have a question or comment about a show or a story idea to pitch? Contact On the Record at: Senior Supervi…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, join Sarah Sample and Dominic Butchko from the MACo Policy Team as they take listeners on a 'rapid round ride' through MACo's major portfolio of issues from the just-wrapped 2024 legislative session. From affordable housing to public safety, firefighters, and health, they'll highlight MACo's big …
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Health disparities, food deserts, the achievement gap. In ‘Just Action,'' Leah and Richard Rothstein argue the profound issues plaguing society are tied to our segregated neighborhoods. They draw a roadmap to desegregation that allies can undertake at the local level. Original air date: February 5, 2024 Do you have a question or comment about a sho…
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Pompeian Olive Oil has employed locals for more than a century. Since the Key Bridge collapse, how have they supported workers and kept their product flowing? Mouna Aissaoui, executive vice president and chief operating officer, fills us in. Then, Dundalk is home to a diverse community of people affected by the tragedy. We hear how they’re faring f…
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Hours after the Maryland General Assembly adjourns, we speak with two journalists who covered it: WYPR's News Director Matt Bush and Pamela Wood of The Baltimore Banner. Lawmakers reached a budget compromise. What new taxes and fees can consumers expect? Juvenile justice was revisited; will longer probation reduce crime? What's the future of Pimlic…
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Black teachers in Maryland leave the profession at higher rates than their white teacher counterparts. Why? We talk with Baltimore Banner education reporter Kristen Griffith about what she learned. Plus, Wallace Lane, Michelle Early and Danielle Ferrentino share their very different experiences in the Maryland education system. Baltimore Banner art…
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It’s budget season on The Politics Hour. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser released her budget proposal on Wednesday calling for some tax increases and hefty cuts, including to the Early Childhood Pay Equity Fund. The cuts were met with pushback from some councilmembers, including Christina Henderson who made an emotional plea to save the fund. She explains…
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We learn about the Native communities who lived, and still live along Maryland's Eastern Shore. Drew Shuptar-Rayvis a citizen and ambassador of the Pocomoke Indian Nation, paints a picture of their traditions and ways of life, drawing on collected oral histories. Links: Mayaisuwàk (They Speak in One Voice): The Oral History and History of Place of …
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Here’s a Stoop Story from Sophia Garber about contemplating mortality, the privilege of prioritizing joy, and a very, very long hike. Hear her story and others at Stoopstorytelling.com Do you have a question or comment about a show or a story idea to pitch? Contact On the Record at: Senior Supervising Producer, Maureen Harvie she/her/hers mharvie@w…
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Six months after Richard Worley was sworn in as Baltimore police commissioner, we ask him about his focus on community policing, how he’s recruiting to fill hundreds of vacant slots, squelching the flow of ghost guns, youth who carry in self-defense, and what he’s doing to stave off burnout. Do you have a question or comment about a show or a story…
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Shannon Sneed is a former Baltimore City Councilwoman running in the Democratic primary for City Council president. What did she learn from representing East Baltimore? What are her priorities if elected? What would she do to limit the economic impact of shutting the port? Find more WYPR coverage of the 2024 Primary Election. Do you have a question…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson is joined by Shantelle Malcolm-Lym from the MACo team. They discuss the ongoing policy debates in Annapolis, particularly focusing on transportation funding cuts and their effect on local communities. This special episode highlights an audio excerpt from a January 16, 2024, brie…
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While the wreckage of the Key Bridge blocks commercial travel, the crews of the Dali and other ships in the Port of Baltimore remain aboard their vessels. Two local organizations have been checking on the mariners. We speak with Andrew Middleton, who directs the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Apostleship of the Sea, and Rev. Joshua Messick, an Episcopa…
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The disruption at the port will likely boost inflation, but Tom Perez, senior adviser to President Biden and former candidate in the 2022 Democratic primary for Maryland governor, said the focus now is finding the bodies of those who died. Find more WYPR coverage of the Francis Scott key Bridge collapse. Photo caption: White House advisor Tom Perez…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson talk through the 2024 legislative session wrapping up and top off recent discussions around the still-developing budget, the effects of the Key Bridge tragedy, and several more county government issues that remain "in play" during these always-eventful last we…
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In Maryland, a child is reported abused or neglected every 10 minutes. We hear from program and research director Matila Jones to learn how The Family Tree works discreetly with families to step in and prevent abuse. Then Yuvi Rattigan, director of clinical services at Center for Hope, tells how they help families move on from trauma. Links: The Fa…
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It's game over for the Alexandria arena with the Washington Wizards and Capitals now poised to stay in the District. On Wednesday, D.C. councilmembers, Mayor Muriel Bowser, and Monumental Sports owner Ted Leonsis announced a deal to keep the sports teams at Capital One Arena in D.C. until 2050. It came weeks after a proposal to move the teams to a …
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With all the grim news battering Baltimore this week, let's take a few minutes to celebrate the good fortune that befell five local nonprofits two weeks ago—major gifts that could be transformative. Wide Angle Youth Media, Baltimore Tree Trust, Govans Economic Development Corporation, St. Francis Neighborhood Center, and Marian House each received …
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Here's a Stoop Story from Joy Kika about her path to business school. What more Stoop? Check out the podcast. The next live Stoop show is April 6th. The theme is "Wit and Wisdom: Stories about Life Lessons and Laughter." Do you have a question or comment about a show or a story idea to pitch? Contact On the Record at: Senior Supervising Producer, M…
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The collapse of the Francis Scott Key bridge would be a disaster in any case, but the deaths of six Latino construction workers who were on the bridge makes it a heart-rending tragedy. We hear from Clara Longo de Freitas, a neighborhood reporter The Baltimore Banner, about a vigil held in their memories and about support coming from the Latino comm…
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We go On the Record with Scott Cowan, president of the International Longshoreman’s Association Local 333, to ask what shutting down the Port of Baltimore means for workers, and with WYPR reporter Scott Maucione to ask about the timeline for reopening. Do you have a question or comment about a show or a story idea to pitch? Contact On the Record at…
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A new collection of photographs and essays documents the central Appalachian Mountains. Amid the misty ridges and valleys of Appalachia live some of Maryland’s rarest animal and plant life. The book is The Central Appalachians: Mountains of the Chesapeake. Mark Hendricks' photos capture hiding salamanders, rare plant life and the shifting seasons a…
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Spring is here. Pack your hiking boots, swimwear and hammock and consider heading to one of Maryland’s many State Parks, from the oceanside Assateague State Park to Herrington Manor in the Appalachian range. There is new leadership at the Maryland Park Service. Angela Crenshaw, a veteran park ranger, was named director of the Maryland Park Service …
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On Friday’s Politics Hour, resident analyst Tom Sherwood broke news that D.C. Attorney General Brian Schwalb sent a letter earlier in the week to Monumental Sports saying that Wizards and Capitals are legally bound to the District until 2047. In a since publicly-released letter, the District’s Attorney General accused Monumental Sports and owner Te…
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Almost four hundred years ago European settlers landed in what is now St. Mary’s County and established the new state of Maryland. But they weren’t the first to inhabit the fertile ground along the Chesapeake Bay. Events at Maryland Hall in Annapolis highlight the Indigenous people that inhabited the land long before English Catholic settlers arriv…
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Here's a Stoop Story from Michael Ziccardi about - quite literally - taking the fall and still landing on your feet. There are Two LIVE stoop events coming up: on April 6, stories about life lessons and laughter and on April 11, tales of detours and unexpected adventures. More information here. Do you have a question or comment about a show or a st…
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The last day to file your federal and state taxes without an extension is April 15. Beyond tax season, managing your finances can be intimidating. Where to begin? And, how can you tell the difference between helpful information and untrustworthy advice? We ask Sara Johnson, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of the CASH Campaign of Maryland. Th…
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Each year, Maryland municipalities seek to recoup unpaid taxes from property owners through a tax sale. If overdue property taxes are not paid, liens are issued by the city and sold to investors, who can make a lot of money collecting the debt, fees, and interest from the property owner. Eventually, property owners risk losing their homes to forecl…
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Each year in Maryland, hundreds of young teens accused of breaking the law are charged as adults. Judges could send their cases to juvenile court, but one third of the time they don’t. WYPR’s Rachel Baye has investigated how judges decide … and the dire results for many kids. Read the investigation by WYPR and APM Reports: Judges use ‘arbitrary,’ ‘…
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Why is Coppin State University funneling a million dollars toward training special educators? We ask Prof. Nicole Anthony and Prof. Anita Weisburger to explain. For information about Project POSE at Coppin State University contact Nicole Anthony, Ph.D. at 410.951.6448 or nianthony@coppin.edu or Anita Weisburger, Ph.D. at aweisburger@coppin.edu 410-…
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We talk with NPR Sunday host Ayesha Rascoe about why she collected essays from another dozen-and-a-half alumni for her new book: "HBCU Made: A Celebration of the Black College Experience." (Original airdate: January 24, 2024) Do you have a question or comment about a show or a story idea to pitch? Contact On the Record at: Senior Supervising Produc…
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The Chesapeake Bay’s watermen have long put food on the plates of restaurants and family dinners across the region. An often overlooked but crucial part of the Chesapeake Bay’s history are the stories of Black watermen. Now there is discussion among these watermen and their advocates about a memorial and cultural center dedicated to their history. …
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The Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population plummeted in the later half of the 20th century, but there are recent hopeful signs the bay’s oysters are making a comeback. Here to talk about all things oysters is Imani Black, an oyster farmer who is pursuing a Master's degree at University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Labora…
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Secure D.C. omnibus bill earlier this week. Now, the question is how it will be implemented. The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves is set to have a big role in its rollout and joins the show. Plus, he’ll explain why he advocated for the DNA collection provision. And we ask about newly rele…
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Tracy Akinade shares a Stoop Story about standing up for herself and her coworkers. The next Stoop Storytelling event today, March 15, 2024. “See Beyond: Stories about dismantling the disability narrative” is set to kickoff at 7pm at the Maryland School of the Blind in northeast Baltimore. Join them for stories bucking the stereotypes about life wi…
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Photography can capture the perspective of the person behind the lens. An exhibit at the Walters Art Museum, Through Our Eyes, showcases the work of teenage photographers new to the craft. Their work reveals a new perspective of Baltimore, and of a refreshing approach to creative pursuits. Baltimore-native SHAN Wallace is an artist, archivist, and …
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Last month, scientists created a new, more detailed map of that low background rumble of radiation in our universe. The U.S. National Science Foundation's Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor—or CLASS—a collaboration led by Johns Hopkins University astrophysicists, created the maps. Joseph Eimer is a senior scientist on the CLASS project and the …
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Maryland’s legislature will wrap up its work this year in three-and-a-half weeks. What will it have done, and how will it affect residents of the Free State? The most fundamental task of any legislative session--even if it doesn’t claim the most headlines--is to pass a budget that’s balanced: which means expected tax revenues high enough to pay for…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson talk through the Senate actions regarding the State's fiscal plan for the year ahead - the budget and accompanying reconciliation bill. Cuts to Highway User Revenues (but not the deepest cuts on the table), some restored funding for our community colleges, and…
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In this episode, we'll be discussing the status of our legislative agenda during the 2024 MD General Assembly. Support the show "From the Streets to the Statehouse" is a podcast owned, produced and sponsored by Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) - a grassroots think tank in Baltimore, Maryland. LBS is a Black-owned, for-profit, independent organ…
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How can poetry be a path to healing after abuse? Vanita Leatherwood is director of community engagement at HopeWorks of Howard County, a nonprofit that serves victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. In addition to shelter, legal services, and therapy, HopeWorks of Howard County also provides workshops focused on self-care and art. We hear …
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