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First Edition August 23: Remembering the Life of George Curry

First Edition host Sean Yoes remembers the life of George Curry, a champion of the Black Press, and shares thoughts on the 21st century role of the Black Press.
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Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City

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Episode Twelve: Glow in the Park

The 12th — and final — episode of our first season, "Glow in the Park," presents a history of Druid Hill Park, the third oldest public urban park in the country.
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A potentially habitable planet about the size of Earth is orbiting the star that is nearest our solar system, according to scientists who describe the find Wednesday in the journal Nature.

Gunfire and explosions have been reported at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, and the president of the university tells The Associated Press that a militant attack is underway.

"We are trying to assess the situation," Mark English told the AP.

A police spokesman tells the news service that police and intelligence personnel are on site at the campus to respond to the situation.

An official from Afghanistan's interior ministry tells Reuters that the university was attacked by "several gunmen."

Nestled among rolling hills and grazing cows, Elmore Mountain Bread in central Vermont is quintessentially pastoral. The setting is apropos, given the owners' recent decision to start grinding their own flour by stone — a veritable step back in time.

A fisherman in the Philippines might have discovered the largest natural pearl ever found — and then kept it hidden under his bed for 10 years.

The pearl's existence was revealed by Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao, a tourism officer in Puerto Princesa, on the island of Palawan.

She says the fisherman is one of her relatives and that he who discovered it in a giant clam and kept it as a good-luck charm.

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake shook central Myanmar around 5 p.m. local time on Wednesday, damaging buildings and sending people running into the streets across the region.

Turkish troops crossed into Syria early Wednesday, carrying out airstrikes and launching artillery fire to clear ISIS militants from a border area in coordination with the U.S.-led coalition.

There was perhaps no movie more buzzed-about coming out of the Sundance Film Festival in January than Nate Parker's directorial debut, The Birth of A Nation, a retelling of Nat Turner's 19th century rebellion of enslaved people in Virginia.

Vincent Van Gogh's paintings might not make it obvious that he was an artist troubled with depression and mania. But a computer algorithm might be able to figure that out. Computer programs are getting pretty good at discovering health information by studying heaps of social media data.

A computer script analyzed galleries of photos posted to Instagram and accurately predicted if the users had depression, according to a study posted this month to the public online repository arXiv.com.

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Turkish Rules Leave Syrian Refugee Children In Limbo

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Aref al-Krez has the look of a young, laid-back guy with well-coiffed hair, stylish clothes and carefully cultivated stubble.

But the 24-year-old Syrian refugee and father of a young daughter has a world of worries about her future and his role in it.

Like so many Syrians now living in Turkey, Krez faces huge bureaucratic hurdles while trying to obtain the right government-issued documents that prove his daughter is actually his.

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For Local Non-Profits: In August, Join Us For Ascertainment & Learn About Collaborating With WEAA

For all local non-profit organizations: Learn about the WEAA's Community Cares Program, posting Public Service Announcements, becoming a potential guest on WEAA's Public Affairs Shows, or becoming a Media Partner.
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Get Tickets to the 7th Annual Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival

The Festival lasts from September 1st through the 4th and includes performances by Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Lenny Kravitz, Charlie Wilson, and more.

WEAA & the Bassman Nominated for JazzWeek Awards

Thanks JazzWeek! WEAA & our very own Marcellus "The Bassman" Shepard are nominated for Station of the Year & Presenter of the Year!
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Thursday Morning Jam Sessions: Enayet Hossain and Greg Hatza

On The Baltimore Blend's Thursday Morning Jam Session, Enayet Hossain plays tabla and Greg Hatza plays keyboard.
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Watch: Vibraphonist Warren Wolf Sits Down With the Bassman

Checkout the Bassman on the Cool Jazz Countdown as he sits down with vibraphonist Warren Wolf about his latest CD, Convergence.
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