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First Edition Aug 22: Trump's "Outreach" to Black America; Local Man Takes Legal Action Against BCPD

Sean Yoes talks national politics with political strategist Catalina Byrd and commentator Sean Breeze, including thoughts on Donald Trump’s “outreach” to Black America. Plus, Yoes talks to Aaron Winston, who had his arm broken by Baltimore City Police during an event at Power Plant Live last February. He plans legal action against the BCPD.
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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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Episode Eleven: The Rise of Charm City — Live!

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Episode Ten: Can't We All Just Get Islam?

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Computers have already beaten us at chess, Jeopardy and go, the ancient board game from Asia. And now, in the raging war with machines, human beings have lost yet another battle – over typing.

A powerful earthquake shook central Italy overnight, killing at least 37 people and destroying large swathes of several towns. People are still being pulled from the rubble, and the full extent of the devastation is not yet clear.

The U.S. Geologic Service estimates that the quake, which was centered about 100 miles northeast of Rome, had a magnitude of 6.2.

Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, in the Apennine mountains, are among the hardest-hit towns. They're small in size but popular as tourist destinations.

In 2008, the investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for the largest bankruptcy in American history. It took just hours for the catastrophic effects of the company's failure to become apparent to ordinary people all across the world, even ones who had never before heard terms like "subprime mortgage" and "collateralized debt obligation."

On a Saturday morning, a group of adults gather in a circle in an elementary school classroom on the campus of Gallaudet University. Each wears a name tag — and on that name tag is a common sexual term: "Ejaculation." "Orgasm." "Condom."

One by one they introduce themselves by the name on their tag. Not in spoken words, but in American Sign Language (ASL).

These are parents and caregivers who have — or work with — children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The moms and dads are bashful at first, but after signing for a few minutes, they're laughing at themselves.

When Donald Trump started a national conversation about his regrets the other day, he notably neglected to say just what he regretted.

"Sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it — and I do regret it — particularly where it may have caused personal pain."

In the small flood-ravaged town of Springfield, La., Rachel Moriarty waited more than a week for a center where she could apply for emergency food stamps to finally open in this AM-Vets hall. But now she's been turned away at the door.

This week they are only processing those with the last names beginning with A through D.

"I don't have a vehicle to get here," she tells a staffer from the state, who replies that unfortunately due to the volume of applicants in need, there wasn't anything they could do.

Great Lakes Waters Take A Savage Toll On Swimmers

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The Great Lakes have more coastline for beaches than the United States' East and West coasts combined. There are thousands of beaches — and hundreds of drownings each year, in part because of dangerous currents that are very different from those found in the ocean.

Author Lawrence Wright was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, which meant he was required to do two years of what was called "alternative service." He ended up in Egypt, teaching at the American University in Cairo. And it was there that the man from Texas started his obsession with the Middle East.

Since then, Wright has written a lot about the region and about terrorism as a staff writer for The New Yorker. Now, he has compiled his many New Yorker essays into a new book called The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State.

Mike Pence sat down in Henry Jones' barbershop in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, during a campaign swing — and the media came along for the ride.

CNN streamed 20 minutes of silence and small talk on Facebook Live, as Pence got a trim. Watch it here:

Among the moments captured on camera:

Pence: You've been at this location since '92?

Jones: Yes

Pence: It's a good location

After looking in a mirror and proclaiming it a "great haircut — perfect," Pence applauded, then walked behind the chair to shake Jones' hand.

A series of medical images published Tuesday offer the most complete picture, so far, of how the Zika virus can damage the brain of a fetus.

"The images show the worst brain infections that doctors will ever see," says Dr. Deborah Levine, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, who contributed to the study. "Zika is such a severe infection [in fetuses]. Most doctors will have never seen brains like this before."

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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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TUNE IN WEEKDAYS at 1PM

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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