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.
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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

Undesigning The Racism Of Redlining

Racially restrictive housing covenants were once common in Baltimore. Eventually, federal rules and regulations locked in even sharper barriers to mortgage loans and housing access. A traveling exhibit titled, "Undesign the Redline," now at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, uses maps and stories to show how explicit racism became structural. Facilitator Trent Hall tells us about the exhibit. He hopes visitors leave with a sense of purpose.

Stories From The Stoop: Alvin Eng

Here's a Stoop Story told by Alvin Eng in 2015 about the racism his parents experienced as Chinese immigrants to the U.S., and his struggle to be an "All American" boy.

No Man Or Woman Left Behind

Struggling military veterans can get trapped in a vicious cycle of mental illness and substance abuse, and sometimes land behind bars. But there is a program they can turn to for help. The Veterans Treatment Court provides services and holds vets accountable so they can turn their lives around. Judge Halee Weinstein presides over the Veterans Treatment Court and describes how it works. Plus, we visit a hearing to meet some of the veteran participants and mentors.

'The Daily Miracle': A Memoir of Newspapering

The first half of the title of C. Fraser Smith's new book may sound reverent--a miracle! Every day! But along with the tales of eccentric characters in the newsrooms where Smith has worked, "The Daily Miracle" offers a hint of sarcasm, plus anguish about the challenges that threaten newspapers. When papers wither, Smith says the community loses a valuable ally.

The Next Generation Of Climate Activists; Mapping Baltimore's Future Climate

Urgent alarms from the U.N. and the European Parliament call for intensified commitment to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, while the Trump Administration pursues pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement. As scientists warn that time is running out, young people are taking action. We speak to artist and activist Nadia Nazar of the youth-led organization Zero Hour. Plus, a mapping tool that predicts your city's future climate. Spatial ecologist Matthew Fitzpatrick tells us why the Maryland of 2080 may feel more like Mississippi or Arkansas. You can hear more from Nadia Nazar and Matthew Fitzpatrick at the Institute of Marine & Environmental Technology tonight, following a screening of the National Geographic film "From Paris to Pittsburgh: The Climate for Change is Now". Register here.

The Next Generation Of Climate Activists; Mapping Baltimore's Future Climate

Domestic Abuse: Technology as a Weapon

Partner abuse takes many forms. One that's on the rise is cyber stalking. It can be deployed using common methods: like nonstop texting, hacking or trolling. The nonprofit Chana supports people experiencing domestic harassment. Regarding technology, executive director Lauren Shaivitz warns that almost anything with an internet connection can be used as a weapon. And Faye, a client of Chana, says its support gives her peace of mind.

Enjoying Maryland's Delicious Bounty

Produce bins at the grocery stores are filled with fruits and vegetables from around the world. What about the bounty grown close to home? Renee Brooks Catacalos has written "The Chesapeake Table: Your Guide to Eating Local". She says beyond boosting Maryland's economy by choosing locally grown and produced foods - foods that spend less time in transit just taste better.

A Lens On Baltimore

For nearly fifty years, John Clark Mayden has viewed life through a distinctive lens. His black-and-white photographs capture ordinary moments--passengers riding the bus, weary workers pausing for a break-and spark our curiosity. When was this photo taken? Where are these people now? We talk with Mayden about how he got his start, and how his style has changed over time. You can see his photos at the Peabody Library through March 1, 2020.

Singing As We Age; "The Nutcracker" In Charm City

Singing is a lifelong joy, and joining a choir can stave off isolation and build friendships--big reasons why Jeanne Kelly founded Encore Creativity for Older Adults. It's a national network of choirs where singers over 55 learn and perform rigorous choral music. Soprano Esther Layton tells us what's kept her coming back for over a decade. Encore's free holiday concert series begins December 1st. View the schedule of concerts here. See videos of Encore performances here. And we preview the new production of "The Nutcracker" at the Baltimore School for the Arts with Laura Halm, head of the dance department, and senior Christopher Owens. Performances run December 12-14th.

Could Safe Injection Sites Work In Baltimore?

Every month close to 200 people in Maryland die from a drug overdose--mostly the opioid fentanyl. The toll is especially stubborn in Baltimore. The Abell Foundation commissioned Natanya Robinowitz, executive director of Charm City Care Connection, to probe what Baltimore can learn from how Barcelona, Spain, combats addiction--a comprehensive network of care, including spaces where people can use illicit drugs under medical monitoring. She's joined by Aura Ruig , founder and leader of Metzineres, a women-only harm reduction center in Barcelona for women who use drugs and who have survived violence. Plus, Nina Feldman, health reporter for WHYY, tells us how the first safe-injection site in the U.S. may open in Philadelphia.

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