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First Edition Feb 23: The Case for Renaissance Academy; Legislative Update from Annapolis

A meeting on Friday, February 24, may determine the fate of the troubled Renaissance Academy High School in West Baltimore. First Edition host Sean Yoes speaks to members of the Renaissance community about their case for why the school should remain open.

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Barnaby Manor Elementary School Visit by Jay Baker at Oxon Hill, MD.
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mdgovpics/">Government of Maryland</a> / Flickr

Ellison Report, 2.19.17: K-12 Dilemmas; Does Trump Have a Foreign Policy?

Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City

Local designer Carlous Palmer.
Stacia Brown / The Rise of Charm City

Dressed and Highly Favored: a Bonus Episode from Rise of Charm City

Dressed and Highly Favored provides listeners with a brief window into Black Baltimore's history of fashion merchandising and design.

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Ali Post / Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City

Episode Twelve: Glow in the Park

Mawish Raza / Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City

Episode Eleven: The Rise of Charm City — Live!

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At least 28 people were injured — 21 of whom have been hospitalized — after a man driving a pickup truck plowed into a crowd of spectators Saturday night at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.

The city's mayor, Mitch Landrieu, said none of the victims had sustained a life-threatening injury in the wreck, which both he and police are calling a drunken-driving incident.

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you three 5-letter words. You tell me a 5-letter word that can precede each of mine to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

Ex. DRAFT HOUSE RIDER --> Rough (rough draft, rough-house, Rough Rider)

1. GLASS SLIDE MELON
2. TIGER TRAIL TOWEL
3. COUNT DONOR SPORT
4. SENSE POWER LAUGH
5. GIANT PEACE THUMB
6. SHIFT SHIRT STAND
7. SALAD PUNCH FLIES
8. TEASE POKER STEAK
9. STORY ORDER RANGE
10. SAUCE CIDER STORE
11. BLANK GUARD TAKEN

If you're in Clarksdale, Miss., home of the Delta blues, everybody says you have to go to Red's juke joint. The hole-in-the-wall club is the real deal. It's just a small room, a few tables and a fridge full of beer. Red lights are strung around a low ceiling. On the night we visit, octogenarian Leo "Bud" Welch plays in the center of the room, hunched over a sparkly, hot pink, electric guitar. Red Paden, the owner, sits out front, surveying from behind the bar.

In 2010, Lester Packingham was convicted of having a Facebook account. That's a crime in North Carolina, which bars registered sex offenders from "accessing" certain social media sites, including Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on whether that law violates the First Amendment guarantee of free speech. Packingham contends the statute, instead of being narrowly targeted, encompasses a "vast amount" of speech that is protected by the Constitution.

What Makes Mira Rai Run?

2 hours ago

Mira Rai is perched on the edge of a couch in Kathmandu in a bright yellow Salomon windbreaker and track pants. The 29-year-old is recovering from knee surgery but looks as if she needs to jump off the couch and burn energy on a mountain trail.

Trail running is, in fact, what the Nepali athlete is known for — along with her unlikely journey from school dropout in a remote Nepali village to Maoist child soldier to national sports hero featured in children's books and depicted in murals.

Firsts can be life changing — think about your first kiss, your first time behind the wheel of a car. But what about the first time you got a prescription for a narcotic?

James Hatzell, from Collingswood, NJ, is now a technology officer for a college addiction treatment program. He didn't realize it at the time, but that spring day of his junior year of high school — seven years ago — was a pivotal moment in his life.

Which Colleges Might Give You The Best Bang For Your Buck?

3 hours ago

The cost of college is high and rising, while a bachelor's degree is practically required to get ahead.

It's hard enough for a family with means to get a student through school these days, let alone a low-income family.

So, are the immediate costs of college, and the loans that can follow, worth it?

Tales of talented black students on majority-white campuses running through a racial gauntlet that has them questioning their brilliance, abilities and place are familiar to parents like me who have a college-bound child at home.

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Stepping Out with Your Girl Cheryl: Feb 24-26

Hi, this is Your Girl Cheryl with What’s Hot for the Weekend!

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Jazz Master of the Month

Jazz Master of the Month: Nancy Wilson

With more than s ixty years in the music business, over seventy albums, and three Grammys, 79-year-old singer self-described “song stylist” Nancy Wilson still holds an audience in the palm of her hand when she sings.

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Watch: The Bassman Sits Down with Vocalist Gregory Porter

The Bassman sits down with Grammy Award winning vocalist Gregory Porter in a intimate conversation about his life and music.

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February CD: Reverence

The latest CD of famed Grammy award-winning Composer and Bassist Nathan East has arrived. Reverence is the follow-up to his long awaited self-titled debut CD.

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Coalition of day laborers and allies protesting  Ron's Temp Staffing violations of the Day Labor Service Act in 2006.
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagojwj/">Carlos Fernandez</a> / Flickr

We Don't Need a "Temporary Economy." We Need a Responsible Job Creation Act Now

All of us are feeling it. We see it happening every day. While representing constituents in Illinois’ 103 rd district, I watch the tragedy of an entire state losing good, blue collar jobs on a constant basis.

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In the Community

February Community Cares: The Dream Academy Inc.

The Dream Academy Inc. works with children of the incarcerated who have faced tremendous obstacles in their lives, including poverty and low-performing schools. The goal is to provide committed, caring adults who can make a difference and help children fix these gaps, and find self-esteem and direction in their young lives.

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WEAA Featured on Medium.com's List of 8 Music Stations to Hear in 2017

NFCB Membership Program Director Ernesto Aguilar included WEAA in an article about the 8 music stations to hear in 2017, published on Medium.com.

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Remembering WEAA's First Day of Broadcasting: January 10, 1977

WEAA first began broadcasting on January 10, 1977. For the station's 40th anniversary, read the story of WEAA's first year, as told in a 1977 issue of Morgan Magazine.

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