Your Maryland Since 2002, "Your Maryland" hosted by Ric Cottom, has presented little-known human interest stories from Maryland's past. Beginning with accused witches and the murderous career of John Dandy in the earliest days of the colony, through Morgan State's fabled "Ten Bears" in the 1970's, the show covers nearly four centuries of heroes, scoundrels, floods, fires, riots, plots, athletes (two-and four-legged), beautiful spies, brilliant writers, misunderstood pirates, and ghosts. All of that color, suspense, and humor is part of your Maryland.
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Your Maryland

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Since 2002, "Your Maryland" hosted by Ric Cottom, has presented little-known human interest stories from Maryland's past. Beginning with accused witches and the murderous career of John Dandy in the earliest days of the colony, through Morgan State's fabled "Ten Bears" in the 1970's, the show covers nearly four centuries of heroes, scoundrels, floods, fires, riots, plots, athletes (two-and four-legged), beautiful spies, brilliant writers, misunderstood pirates, and ghosts. All of that color, suspense, and humor is part of your Maryland.

Most Recent Episodes

The Hanging of John Brown"

On December 2nd, 1859, abolitionist John Brown met his end at the gallows in Charlestown, Virginia.

----The Orator----

On November 19th, 1863, at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, one of America's greatest orators of the time, Edward Everett, gave a grand speech. But it was Abraham Lincoln's brief address, consisting of only 272 words, which will be remembered forever.

----Mary Garrett----

In 1893, Mary Garrett, daughter of B----O Railroad magnate John Work Garrett, used her fortune to fund the nation's first co-educational medical school at Johns Hopkins.

----Bonus March, 1932----

In June, 1932, desperate veterans, who had been promised a ----bonus---- for their service in WWI with the Allied Expeditionary Forces in France, marched on Washington, DC, to demand payment.

----Early Racing in Pimlico----

In the 1870's, horse racing began at a track in Pimlico with a series of exciting sweepstakes races.

Christiana

In 1851, Maryland farmer Edward Gorsuch formed a posse and tried to retrieve some runaway slaves that had fled over the Pennsylvania border. It did not end well.

----To Anacreon in Heaven----

Francis Scott Key writes the Star Spangled Banner whilst aboard a truce ship in the harbor where he witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry.

----The Defenders----

In September 1814, after raiding and burning Washington, British troops turned their sites on Baltimore. They were met with great resistance from the Americans, and the planned invasion of Baltimore never took place.

----The Maryland Line----

In August, 1776, 400 Marylander s of the "Dandy Fifth" Regiment fought bravely to hold the American line in Brooklyn Heights, New York, while George Washington and his troops beat a hasty retreat after a disastrous encounter with the British.

----The Mermaid----

During the War of Independence, in the spring of 1778, the 28 gun British frigate "Mermaid" chose to surrender to a "nest of pirates" on the Eastern Shore rather than be taken a prize by the notorious French vice admiral Charles Hector D'Estaing.

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