Future City It's easy to talk about what's wrong in Baltimore. The challenge is to talk about what's next. Wes Moore takes on the challenge, with WYPR's Future City.In each episode, Wes looks at bright ideas that are working in other cities. And he asks the question: Can those ideas work for Baltimore?
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Future City

From WYPR - 88.1 FM Baltimore

It's easy to talk about what's wrong in Baltimore. The challenge is to talk about what's next. Wes Moore takes on the challenge, with WYPR's Future City.In each episode, Wes looks at bright ideas that are working in other cities. And he asks the question: Can those ideas work for Baltimore?

Most Recent Episodes

"Our Hearts Exploding All Over The City": Erricka Bridgeford On Ending Violence

Erricka Bridgeford is a co-creator of Baltimore Ceasefire 365, an organization that seeks to end homicides in the city. The group organizes quarterly ceasefire weekends, asking Baltimoreans to handle conflict nonviolently while celebrating life and sharing resources. They also practice healing rituals at the sites of homicides and offer support to the surviving friends and families of homicide victims. Bridgeford spoke to Future City producer Mark Gunnery for a special podcast extra to accompany this month's episode "Baltimore's Different": Gangs, Youth, And Violence Interruption.

"Our Hearts Exploding All Over The City": Erricka Bridgeford On Ending Violence

"Baltimore's Different": Gangs, Youth, And Stopping Violence

For the fifth year in a row, the annual number of homicides in Baltimore has surpassed 300. Young people have been at the forefront of the city's violence. On this month's episode of Future City, we discuss violence in Baltimore, how it affects young people in particular, gangs in the city and efforts to end cycles of retaliatory violence.

A Toxic Legacy: Confronting Lead Poisoning In Baltimore

Baltimore is at the center of the lead crisis in the U.S., and generations of Baltimoreans have been poisoned by the heavy metal. How did lead exposure become such a drastic problem here in Baltimore? And how can the city deal with lead poisoning in a lasting and comprehensive way?

The Future of Foster Care

Here in Maryland, there are nearly 4,000 children in foster care. With so many children in need, how do we ensure a future where children, parents, and foster parents are all provided with the best possible care? Wes discusses interracial adoption, foster parents, biological parents, and the emotional realities of this complex system.

The Future of Incarceration

With the highest imprisonment rate in the world, the United States is long overdue to address the issue of mass incarceration. With 2.2 million people behind bars in this country, what have been the effects? Has our prison system worked? We're looking to examples in Europe to learn more. Many European models focus on rehabilitation rather than retribution. While some here in the U.S. remain skeptical about the European method of incarceration, many are beginning to implement changes and programs that take best practices from European countries and apply them here in the U.S.

The Future of Workplaces

When many of us think of the modern workplace, we start thinking about the images we\u8217\uve seen of Facebook and Google headquarters: open floorplans, fooseball tables, designer beanbag chairs.Maybe we don\u8217\ut picture an office at all. Instead, we picture someone telecommuting from home in their pajamas. But do either of these images reflect the reality of the modern workplace? And what trends are emerging that are changing our conceptions about the needs of workers in the 21st century? On this edition of Future City, Wes explores the future of workplaces.

The Future of Ownership

We live in a society deeply invested in ownership. It\u8217\us been the classic way to gain, sustain, and grow family wealth. It\u8217\us been the mark of adulthood and stability. Ownership \u8211\u of a car, of a house, of a phone, clothes - has been a \u8216\ugiven\u8217\u for most of recent history. But will this remain the case? With the rise of the so-called sharing economy and the popularity of Marie Kondo-style minimalism, ownership doesn\u8217\ut always hold the same appeal.

The Future of Addiction Policies and Treatments

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total ----economic burden---- of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.

The Future of Community Colleges

With so many people priced out of higher education \u8211\u what\u8217\us the future of colleges \u8211\u and where do community colleges fit into this changing landscape?

The Future of Retail

It\u8217\us the holidays \u8211\u and maybe you still have some last-minute shopping to do. But how are you doing that shopping? Is it the same way you were doing your holiday shopping five years ago \u8211\u fifteen years ago? Are you driving to a mall \u8211\u are you hitting up your local shops \u8211\u or are you ordering packages on Amazon?

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