Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City

Mawish Raza / Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City

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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This Week on WEAA

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

Throughout his career, Bryan J. Sledge has kept good company.

Comedian Samantha Bee made her name on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and now her name is on her own show. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is a weekly, half-hour show that riffs on the news. It premiered Monday on TBS.

Bee is currently the only late night TV host who's a woman, something the show took on from the very beginning:

A new novel takes young readers inside the mind of a five year old fox. Abandoned as a kit, Pax is taken in by Peter, a boy whose mother has died. When Peter's dad joins the military, Peter is forced to send Pax into the wild for the first time. The story — set during wartime in an unidentified time and place — is told from both Peter and Pax's perspectives.

Attention Harry Potter fans.

This is not a drill.

A new Harry Potter book will be published this summer.

The book, called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II picks up the story of Harry, Ron and Hermione where the epilogue left off, according to author J.K. Rowling's website Pottermore.

As you no doubt vividly remember, the series' final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, closes on a scene that takes place 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts and Voldemort's downfall.

A few years ago, mysterious green bottles started washing up on the New England coast.

Each one contained a message from Ken Baker, a crane operator who lives in the Scituate, Mass. So far, Baker has thrown 223 of these bottles into the Atlantic Ocean.

The journey of Baker's bottles starts in his basement. They originally started in 2012 when his wife bought some bottles of San Pellegrino water.

"I used to clean 'em and wash 'em, and put 'em on my fence posts outside. I think my neighbors thought I was a raging alcoholic for a while," he says.

In Flint, Mich., government officials allowed water from the Flint River to corrode the city's pipes, leaching lead and other toxins into the tap water. The damaged pipes continue to contaminate the water, and it could take months — or years — to repair and rebuild the water system.

It could take even longer to rebuild something more abstract: trust, between citizens and their government.

Roxanne Adair, a vendor at the local farmers market, says this goes deeper than just the water.

Humans have long turned to the dog for its nose, especially in its ability to hunt, track missing people, and search for drugs.

But there is a new challenge: Bomb-detecting dogs have to now learn to find the increasingly common Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) that can be assembled from ingredients that are not dangerous by itself.

"So we're now asking dogs not just to find a needle in a haystack – now the problem is more like saying to the dog 'we need you to find any sharp object in the haystack,' " says Clive Wynne, a professor at Arizona State University.

Aedes aegypti is the dog of the mosquito world. It acts as if it's man's best friend.

"It's been with us for a long time, probably for at least 5,000 years when we started keeping water next to our homes [ideal for laying eggs] and it's adapted to people," says Marten Edwards, an entomologist at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. "It loves us. It loves our cities. It loves our blood. It functions very well with us."

There's just one problem. This mosquito makes us sick.

The National Book Foundation announced Wednesday that it will soon have a new leader at the helm. Lisa Lucas, the 36-year-old publisher of Guernica magazine, is set to become only the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which oversees the annual National Book Awards.

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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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Al Strong on the Baltimore Blend
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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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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...
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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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