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Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City

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Episode Two: Eddie-AFRO!

A history of the AFRO-American Newspapers. From Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City. An audio documentary series on WEAA-FM.
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Commentators Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze in the WEAA Studio with Sean Yoes, April 2015.
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First Edition Feb 8: Politics with Byrd and Breeze; Baltimore City Public School Report

First Edition host Sean Yoes discusses national politics with commentators Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze, including thoughts on the New Hampshire Primary on Tuesday. Then: a report on Baltimore City Public School’s fiscal and enrollment woes with Erica Green of The Baltimore Sun, Sean Stinnett, an administrator at BCPS, and Bebe Verdery, Education Reform Director for ACLU-Maryland.
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NPR News

Will HealthCare.gov Get A California-Style Makeover?

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When 28-year-old Charis Hill discovered that the cost of medication to treat her degenerative arthritis had risen to $2,000 a month, she chose to be in pain instead.

"I felt like an invalid," said Hill, who lives in Sacramento and at the time had only catastrophic health coverage. She said the month without the medicine made it hard to get out of bed.

Paying for drugs isn't a problem for Hill now. She has a more robust Covered California health plan, and she gets assistance from a drug company.

A federal grand jury is said to have begun hearing evidence in the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died after he was placed in a chokehold by a white police officer, NPR's Joel Rose reports, citing two sources familiar with the investigation.

The grand jury is determining whether Officer Daniel Pantaleo violated Garner's civil rights as he moved to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.

Far from our galaxy, in the vast darkness of space, two massive black holes merged into a single, larger hole.

And now researchers say they have detected rumblings from that cataclysmic collision as ripples in the very fabric of space-time itself. The discovery comes a century after Albert Einstein first predicted such ripples should exist.

A fire and a riot broke out in a prison in the city of Monterrey in northern Mexico Wednesday night, killing at least 52 people and putting 12 in the hospital, says Nuevo Leon Governor Jaime Rodriguez, whose state includes the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey.

The riot at the prison in northern Mexico began with a dispute between two groups around 11:30 p.m. local time, Rodriguez said at a Thursday morning news conference. The prison was brought back under control at 1:30 a.m., state officials in Nuevo Leon said earlier today.

Who is among the least likely to use online dating sites? A few years ago, you would have been correct to guess college students or those in their early 20s, a group surrounded by peers and in the prime of their bar-hopping years. But a newly released Pew Research Center study finds the use of online dating sites by 18- to 24-year-olds has nearly tripled just since 2013, making this group now the most likely to use the web to find partners.

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Saying a maritime force will contribute "critical information and surveillance to help counter human trafficking and criminal networks," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the alliance has ordered ships to the Aegean Sea, a focal point for smuggling migrants and refugees from Turkey to Greece.

The mission will include both naval ships and aircraft and will start "without any delay," Stoltenberg said.

This tune comes from a demo tape of a band's first-ever public gig. The recording engineer was a 19-year-old college radio kid scrambling to capture 18 musicians in a tiny basement club. But half a century later, that kid now runs a record label and deemed his work good enough to re-touch and issue as part of a deluxe 2-CD package. After all, this was no ordinary band. Within three months of that first gig, this group started making "real" albums — five LPs worth in the next four years, plus two album-length collaborations with singers.

After enduring winds that topped 120 mph and waves that tossed their ship around, passengers of the Anthem of the Seas are on dry land Thursday, having cut short a planned cruise to the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean says the storm that damaged the ship and forced its return to New Jersey "far exceeded forecasts."

Taking A Time-Out From Time — It's A Family Thing

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Waldy Tolliver wakes to find himself "excused from time" (excused, as if time were PE class or jury duty). It's 8:47 – it stays 8:47. "Time moves freely around me," he writes from the cramped apartment of his eccentric, dead twin aunts, "gurgling like a whirlpool, fluxing like a quantum field, spinning like a galaxy around its focal hub – at the hub, however, everything is quiet."

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Thursday Morning Jam Sessions: Coniece Washington

The Baltimore Blend Brings you the classy, sultry vocal stylings of recording artist Coniece Washington.
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Thursday Morning Jam Session: Al Strong

Join The Baltimore Blend for The Thursday Morning Jam Session featuring special guest, jazz trumpter Al Strong.
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February CD: Mack Ave SuperBand, Live from the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival

If you aren’t aware, in Detroit every year during labor day weekend, the world’s largest open-air free jazz festival takes place. It’s the Detroit International Jazz Festival and man, what a great time it is to gather with people from all over the globe who are equally excited about a weekend full of music featuring some of the most incredible talent in the world.
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In the Community

Michael Austin, of In This Together.
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February Community Cares Partner: In This Together

The Community Cares Partner for February is In This Together, created by Michael Austin two years ago after a trip to South Africa to put together a Talent Show. Austin noticed how the community got together to help the street youth have something else to do to stay out of trouble. When he came back to the states he decided to create In this Together to give youth of Baltimore a chance to do something that would keep them from having criminal records or getting in trouble. The program meets a...
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Jazz Master of the Month: Abbey Lincoln

Abbey Lincoln, born Anna Marie Wooldridge, is one of the most fearless and uncompromising singers of our era. Singing in a style of both bold projection and expressive restraint, critics often compare her to Billie Holiday. Lincoln’s career ranged from acting in Hollywood films, to outspoken civil rights advocacy in the 1960’s.
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