First Edition with Sean Yoes

Monday-Friday, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

First Edition is Baltimore’s evening drive-time source for the latest news and information from around the city to around the world. Host Sean Yoes leads roundtable discussions with correspondents, politicians, and community leaders to provide the most relevant news for listeners – from policing and law enforcement policy to education to local, state and national politics. But after the hard news, the show shifts gears to bring words of inspiration, celebrate local students, and talk arts and culture. First Edition closes out the week with Friday’s popular Happy Hour segment, where the team spins the hottest tunes while sampling dishes from Baltimore’s best restaurants. 

Ways to Connect

Sean Yoes does the weekly review of top stories with Roberto Alejandro of the AFRO American Newspaper — focusing particularly on Sandra Bland. Then the Mod Squad reports from Pocomoke City, Maryland. The Mod Squad is Roberto Alejandro, and Stephen Janis and Taya Graham of the Real News Network. 

Sean Yoes discusses structural racism with Jamil Smith, Senior Editor for the New Republic. Smith recently wrote about why structural racism must become a presidential campaign issue.

Erica Green, education reporter for the Baltimore Sun, and Juan Nance, Baltimore City educator, talk about the chaotic hours after Freddie Gray's funeral, and the assertion that MTA officials and Baltimore City schools bungled messages that there would be trouble on that day. 

Senator Ben Cardin on First Edition

Jul 7, 2015
Delena Swaby

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) recently introduced legislation that he believes will address some of the core issues that have led to an erosion of trust among communities and law enforcement. The Senate bill, officially named the “BALTIMORE Act,” would help communities nationwide by “Building And Lifting Trust In order to Multiply Opportunities and Racial Equality” (BALTIMORE). Cardin spoke with First Edition host Sean Yoes on Monday about the legislation, the challenges facing the city after the death of Freddie Gray and the uprising, and more.

This summer marks one full year since the deaths of Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. And this year, Baltimore saw the police-custody death of Freddie Gray.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on First Edition

Jun 17, 2015
Breshay Wigglesworth

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sat down with First Edition host Sean Yoes on Tuesday for an extensive interview, her first on WEAA since the April unrest. The conversation covered a range of issues, including Police Commissioner Anthony Batts and the police department, the Fraternal Order of Police, and continued efforts to address the surge in homicides.