On The Record From WYPR 88.1 FM in Baltimore. 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, and journalists who can take us inside the story.
On The Record

On The Record

From WYPR - 88.1 FM Baltimore

From WYPR 88.1 FM in Baltimore. 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, and journalists who can take us inside the story.

Most Recent Episodes

Baltimore's SquashWise combines love of the game and the drive for personal excellence

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: Community SquashWise sign up, Squash with Your Squad sign up, Greyhound project, Youth Develop Programs. 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@wypr.org 410-235-1903 Senior Producer, Melissa Gerr she/her/hers mgerr@wypr.org 410-235-1157 Producer Sam Bermas-Dawes he/him/his sbdawes@wypr.org 410-235-1472

Baltimore's SquashWise combines love of the game and the drive for personal excellence

An enslaved family's fight for freedom

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" film tells the Bells' story; we talk to director Kwakiutl Dreher and historian William G. Thomas III. Thomas says, "We need to see this part of American history differently-- enslaved people, not as nameless and faceless, but as real people acting in history, who are clearly attempting to claim freedom from day one of the United States." And we ask two of Mary and Daniel's descendants about the strength they draw from this history. Original air date: May 19, 2022. "The Bell Affair" is now available to stream on Amazon. 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@wypr.org 410-235-1903 Senior Producer, Melissa Gerr she/her/hers mgerr@wypr.org 410-235-1157 Producer Sam Bermas-Dawes he/him/his sbdawes@wypr.org 410-235-1472

'The Black Tax' argues African Americans are overtaxed and underserved

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 how African American taxpayers have been denied the benefits of their dollars. Andrew Kahrl is a professor of history and African American studies at the University of Virginia. His new book is "The Black Tax: 150 Years of Theft, Exploitation, and Dispossession in America." He'll be speaking about it on Tuesday, April 16th at the Enoch Pratt Free Central Library. Links: Registration here Virtual event here It's Time to End the Quiet Cruelty of Property Taxes 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@wypr.org 410-235-1903 Senior Producer, Melissa Gerr she/her/hers mgerr@wypr.org 410-235-1157 Producer Sam Bermas-Dawes he/him/his sbdawes@wypr.org 410-235-1472

Stoop Story: A pink flamingo prank!

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 Supervising Producer, Maureen Harvie she/her/hers mharvie@wypr.org 410-235-1903 Senior Producer, Melissa Gerr she/her/hers mgerr@wypr.org 410-235-1157 Producer Sam Bermas-Dawes he/him/his sbdawes@wypr.org 410-235-1472

'Just Action,' a roadmap to desegregating our neighborhoods

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 show or a story idea to pitch? Contact On the Record at: Senior Supervising Producer, Maureen Harvie she/her/hers mharvie@wypr.org 410-235-1903 Senior Producer, Melissa Gerr she/her/hers mgerr@wypr.org 410-235-1157 Producer Sam Bermas-Dawes he/him/his sbdawes@wypr.org 410-235-1472

Business and community resilient after Key Bridge collapse

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 from Tasha Gresham-James, executive director of Dundalk Renaissance. And Giuliana Valencia-Banks, Baltimore County chief of immigrant affairs, talks about her work with the families of the workers who died in the accident. 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@wypr.org 410-235-1903 Senior Producer, Melissa Gerr she/her/hers mgerr@wypr.org 410-235-1157 Producer Sam Bermas-Dawes he/him/his sbdawes@wypr.org 410-235-1472

Port aid, racetrack bills pass as General Assembly 2024 session ends

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 Pimlico Race Course? Plus, financial help for Port workers. Links: Here's what your Maryland lawmakers did this year Maryland lawmakers wrap work after budget dispute, fatal bridge collapse Maryland PORT Act would give financial relief to businesses, workers impacted by Key Bridge collapse Key Bridge aid and Pimlico takeover headline final bills passed by Maryland General Assembly 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@wypr.org 410-235-1903 Senior Producer, Melissa Gerr she/her/hers mgerr@wypr.org 410-235-1157 Producer Sam Bermas-Dawes he/him/his sbdawes@wypr.org 410-235-1472

Why are Black teachers in Maryland leaving the classroom?

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 article: "Black teachers are leaving. How can Maryland schools get them to stay?" Original air date: January 11, 2024 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@wypr.org 410-235-1903 Senior Producer, Melissa Gerr she/her/hers mgerr@wypr.org 410-235-1157 Producer Sam Bermas-Dawes he/him/his sbdawes@wypr.org 410-235-1472

Mayis: Native American oral histories from Maryland's Eastern Shore

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 Maryland's Eastern Shore Tribal Communities and Remnant Descendants virtual lunch and learn, Maryland Archives Mayis Indigenous Records Guide. 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@wypr.org 410-235-1903 Senior Producer, Melissa Gerr she/her/hers mgerr@wypr.org 410-235-1157 Producer Sam Bermas-Dawes he/him/his sbdawes@wypr.org 410-235-1472

Stoop Stories: Hike of a lifetime!

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@wypr.org 410-235-1903 Senior Producer, Melissa Gerr she/her/hers mgerr@wypr.org 410-235-1157 Producer Sam Bermas-Dawes he/him/his sbdawes@wypr.org 410-235-1472