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State Circle Guests

Friday, August 11, 2017

CONOWINGO DAM

What to do about the wall of mud built up behind the Conowingo Dam?

Roy McGrath
Director, Maryland Environmental Service

CHESAPEAKE BAY

New imaging software giving scientists a closer look at problem areas.

​​Joel Dunn
Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Conservancy

AROUND MARYLAND

It’s considered to be Maryland’s first museum house and the oldest Colonial-era structure in Baltimore City. Yolanda Vazquez visits a place that as their tagline says is “minutes from the Inner Harbor, but centuries away.”

Rose Gallenberger
Director, Mount Clare Museum House
http://www.mountclare.org/

Friday, August 4, 2017

POLITICAL ROUNDTABLE

​​Sen. Robert Cassilly
(R) Harford County

​​Del. Keith Haynes
(D) Baltimore City

NEWSMAKERS

​​Ricky Travers
President, Dorchester County Council

​​Victoria Jackson-Stanley
Mayor, Cambridge

NAACP CONVENTION

The nation's oldest civil rights organization held its annual convention in Baltimore and MPT's Charles Robinson looks at the NAACP's efforts to recruit younger members.

Friday, July 28, 2017

NEWSMAKERS

Marylanders shopping for healthcare are down to just two choices after the collapse of a rescue deal for Evergreen Health.

​​Dr. Peter Beilenson
Founder, Evergreen Health

The State Ethics Commission has released its report on lobbying during the 2017 Legislative session and it remains big business.

​​Jennifer Bevan-Dangel
Executive Director, Common Cause Maryland

AROUND MARYLAND

It is what many call the centerpiece of the Mt. Vernon Historic District. And several years ago, this 200-year old monument underwent a major renovation. Yolanda Vazquez tells us more about local efforts to save a national treasure.

Lance Humphries, PhD
Executive Director. Mt. Vernon Place Conservancy
http://mvpconservancy.org/the-monument/

Friday, July 21, 2017

NewsMakers

What's happening in Frostburg and Garrett County this summer?

Bob Flanigan
Mayor, Frostburg

Paul Edwards
Chairman, Garrett County Commissioners

Political Roundtable

Del. Samuel Rosenberg
(D) Baltimore City

Del. Kathy Afzali
(R) Frederick & Carroll Counties

Salute To Veterans

We salute a disabled Veteran who in many ways has defied the odds and made it his life's mission to give back and make a difference in many lives. Nancy Yamada visited him at his home in Bowie.

Friday, July 14, 2017

NewsMakers

What's happening in Calvert & Charles County this summer?

Evan Slaughenhoupt
Vice President, Calvert County Board of Commissioners

Amanda Stewart
Vice President, Calvert County Board of Commissioners

NewsMaker

New insights on the political history of Baltimore.

Matthew Crenson
Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University
Author, Baltimore, A Political History

Friday, July 7, 2017

NewsMaker

Are insurance rates going up? Maryland's Insurance Commissioner will be making the decision on requested rate hikes of over 50% for some individual health plans.

Al Redmer
Maryland Insurance Commissioner

Around Maryland

The heyday of model trains dates back to the early 50's, but there's one museum that's chugging along near downtown Frederick. Yolanda Vazquez takes us to this miniature world that's right on track.

Dave Burroughs
General Manager, Roads and Rails Museum
http://www.roadsnrails.com/

Friday, June 30, 2017

NewsMaker

State officials move to place limits on this year's crab harvest.

David Blazer
Director, Fishing & Boating Services, DNR

Political Roundtable

Del. Dan Morhaim
(D) Baltimore County

Del. Christopher West
(R) Baltimore County

Friday, June 23, 2017

NewsMaker

Maryland's stunning 66% increase in overdose deaths, many traced to synthetic opioid drugs. Meantime health care workers are facing limited supplies of a lifesaving antidote.

Dr. Leana Wen
Baltimore City Health Commissioner

NewsMaker

Down to the wire legal and political battles over medical marijuana.

Del. Cheryl Glenn
(D) Baltimore City

Salute to Veterans

More veterans are taking advantage of post 9/11 benefits which allow them to go back to school. But getting that coveted degree is not without it's challenges. Nancy Yamada reports on one schools' efforts to support veteran students.

Friday, June 16, 2017

NewsMaker

Summer 2017, Previewing Maryland's top vacation destination.

Mayor Rick Meehan
Ocean City

NewsMaker

Behind the scenes with the PBS CEO.

Paula Kerger
President & CEO, PBS

Friday, June 9, 2017

NewsMaker

The Maryland State Police Medevac service is celebrating its 47th anniversary. Thousands of lives have been saved and no one has gotten a bill.

Sgt. Chad Gainey
Maryland State Police Aviation Command

Political Roundtable

Bryan Sears
The Daily Record

Pamela Wood
The Baltimore Sun

Around MD

Rose Hill Manor Park & Museum

http://recreater.com/264/Rose-Hill-Manor-Park

Friday, June 2, 2017

NewsMaker

Summer 2017, Previewing Maryland's top vacation destination.

Mayor Rick Meehan
Ocean City

NewsMaker

Behind the scenes with the PBS CEO.

Paula Kerger
President & CEO, PBS

Friday, May 26, 2017

NewsMaker

The state comptroller is starting the process of reviewing who can sell what kinds of liquor and where.

Peter Franchot
Maryland Comptroller

NewsMaker

The president of Goucher College is out with a new book titled "Teaching Naked Techniques."

Jose Antonio Bowen
President, Goucher College

Friday, May 19, 2017

NewsMakers

How are the next round of election races shaping up?

Dirk Haire
Chair, Maryland Republican Party

Kathleen Matthews
Chair, Maryland Democratic Party

NewsMakers

The state of horse racing in Maryland.

Mike Pons
Country Life Farm

Ross Peddicord
Executive Director, Maryland Horse Industry Board

Friday, May 12, 2017

NewsMaker

Firing of the FBI Director.

Rep. John Sarbanes
(D) Maryland

NewsMaker

A trip to Old Hilltop for a Preakness preview.

Sal Sinatra
GM, Maryland Jockey Club

Friday, May 5, 2017

NewsMaker

Two years after the Freddie Gray riots, what has changed?

Pastor Donté Hickman
Southern Baptist Church

Friday, April 28, 2017

NewsMaker

The state comptroller is starting the process of reviewing who can sell what kinds of liquor and where.

Peter Franchot
Maryland Comptroller

NewsMaker

The president of Goucher College is out with a new book titled "Teaching Naked Techniques."

Jose Antonio Bowen
President, Goucher College

Friday, April 21, 2017

Political Roundtable

Mileah Kromer, Ph.D.
Director, Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center, Goucher College

Todd Eberly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Bail Reform

The state senate passed a bill this year to reform the pretrial release process in maryland, changing the current system of cash bail. The house of delegates did not act on the issue, but there are still changes coming.

Scott Shellenberger
Baltimore County State's Attorney

Paul DeWolfe
Maryland's Public Defender

Friday, April 14, 2017

2017 Maryland Legislative Session

The 90 day session was marked by partisan battles but in the end saw cooperation on a number of issues between the democratic legislature and republican Governor.

Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller
(D) Senate President

Del. Michael Busch
(D) House Speaker

Del. Nick Kipke
(R) House Minority Leader

Sen. J.B. Jennings
(R) Senate Minority Leader

Friday, April 7, 2017

Annapolis Face Off

Del. Stephen Lafferty
(D) Baltimore County

Del. Herb McMillan
(R) Anne Arundel County

Political Roundtable

Michael Dresser
Baltimore Sun
baltimoresun.com

Friday, March 31, 2017

Annapolis Face Off

Sen. Craig Zucker
(D) Montgomery Co.

Sen. Stephen Waugh
(R) Calvert & St. Mary's Co.

Political Roundtable

Josh Hicks
The Washington Post

Friday, March 24, 2017

NewsMaker

Clay Stamp
Maryland Emergency Management Agency

Political Roundtable

Pam Wood
Baltimore Sun
baltimoresun.com

Friday, March 17, 2017

Political Roundtable

Robert Lang
WBAL-Radio

Friday, March 10, 2017

Annapolis Face-Off

A look at the pros and cons of the sick leave bill.

Del. Luke Clippinger
(D) Baltimore City

Del. Christopher Adams
(R) Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot & Wicomico Counties

Political Roundtable

Steve Lash
The Daily Record

Friday, March 3, 2017

Annapolis Face-Off

Del. Kathleen Dumais
(D) Montgomery County

Del. Brett Wilson
(R) Washington County

Political Roundtable

Amanda Yeager
Capital Gazette

Friday, February 24, 2017

Annapolis Face-Off

Del. Jason Buckel
(R) Allegany County

Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo
(D) Montgomery County

Political Roundtable

Lawmakers debate the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as fracking.

Len Lazarick
MarylandReporter.Com

Friday, February 17, 2017

Annapolis Face-Off

A close look at the statewide debate over drug pricing including two bills making their way through the legislature.

Vinny DeMarco
Maryland Initiative

Caitlin Carroll
Communications Director, PhRMA

Friday, February 10, 2017

NEWSMAKER

As part of our special programming focused on heroin addiction this week, we look at the heroin epidemic in Anne Arundel County and in our state and what is being done about it.

Wes Adams
Anne Arundel County State's Attorney

Friday, February 3, 2017

Tax Season

A look at what you can expect this tax season.

Peter Franchot
Maryland Comptroller

Friday, January 27, 2017

Annapolis Face-Off

One new administration and two different views of its impact on Maryland.

Sen. Johnny Ray Salling
(R) Baltimore County

Sen. Cheryl Kagan
(D) Montgomery County

Friday, January 20, 2017

Annapolis Face-Off

A look at the 2018 state budget.

Sen. Richard Madaleno
(D) Montgomery County

Sen. Adelaide Eckardt
(R) Eastern Shore

Political Roundtable

Bryan Sears
The Daily Record

Friday, January 13, 2017

Annapolis Face-Off

Sen. Brian Feldman
(D) Montgomery Co.

Sen. J.B. Jennings
(R) Baltimore & Harford Counties

Political Roundtable

Erin Cox
baltimoresun.com

Friday, January 6, 2017

The 437th Legislative Session

The 437th session of the General Assembly will convene in Annapolis from January 11 to April 10, 2017. We talk with Speaker Mike Busch and Senate President Mike Miller about some of the issues we can expect to be raised this session.

Del. Mike Busch
(D) House Speaker

Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller
(D) Senate President

Del. Nick Kipke
(R) House Minority Leader

Sen. Stephen Hershey
(R) Minority Whip

Friday, December 30, 2016

5 Months Later

Ellicott City 5 months after July's historic flood. A night of terror, months of rebuilding now the future of a historic Maryland city.

Jim Caldwell
Howard County Community Sustainability

Del. Robert Flanagan
(R) Howard County

Councilman Jon Weinstein
Howard County Council

Friday, December 23, 2016

Senator Mikulski: A Look At Her Legacy

The longest serving woman in congressional history sits down with Jeff Salkin to look back at her political career and legacy.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski
(D) Maryland

Political Roundtable

A look at whether Maryland's experimental new global hospital payment system puts patients at risk.

Gene Ransom
CEO, MedChi

Nelson Sabatini
Chairman, Health Services Cost Review Commission

Friday, December 16, 2016

Technology Going Too Far?

Will lawmakers reign in new surveillance technologies by police?

David Rocah
Senior Staff Attorney,| ACLU of Maryland

Scott Shellenberger
Baltimore County State's Attorney

Friday, December 9, 2016

MGM Opening

The newest casino opens in Maryland, whats the impact?

Rushern Baker
Prince George's County Executive

NewsMaker

Troubling news about life expectancy in the United States.

Josh Sharfstein
Director, American Health Initiative, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Friday, December 2, 2016

Political Roundtable

A look at Donald Trump's transition as the president of the United States and what it might mean for Maryland.

Sen. Jim Rosapepe
(D) Prince George's & Anne Arundel Counties

Sen. Johnny Ray Salling
(R) Baltimore County

The Future Of Immigration

A discussion on the current state of immigration law and what could change under the new president-elect, and what the "sanctuary" city/campus means.

‎Sirine Shebaya
Civil Rights & Immigration Attorney

Jill Marie Bussey
Advocacy Attorney, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Senator Mikulski: A Look At Her Legacy

The longest serving woman in congressional history sits down with Jeff Salkin to look back at her political career and legacy.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski
(D) Maryland

Political Roundtable

A look at whether Maryland's experimental new global hospital payment system puts patients at risk.

Gene Ransom
CEO, MedChi

Nelson Sabatini
Chairman, Health Services Cost Review Commission

Friday, November 18, 2016

Report Hate Crimes

The dark side of a divisive campaign. The increase in hate crimes and harassment. Maryland's Attorney General has set up a hotline to report these incidents.

Brian Frosh
Maryland Attorney General
http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/contactus.aspx

Political Roundtable

Breaking down the politcal fallout from the presidential election.

Bryan Sears
The Daily Record

Kenneth Burns
WYPR Radio

Holiday Travel

Beating the gridlock.

Ragina Cooper Averella
AAA Mid-Atlantic
http://midatlantic.aaa.com/DrivingPrograms/Classroom/Maryland

Around Maryland

The National Park Service is asking everyone to Find Your Park. Yolanda Vazquez visits one in Baltiore County chock full of local history.

https://www.nps.gov/hamp/index.htm

Friday, November 11, 2016

Political Roundtable - Presidential Election Results Analysis

What will the unexpected victory of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States mean for the country and for Maryland.

Todd Eberly, Ph.D.
Chair, Dept. of Political Science, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Tiffany Davenport, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Political Science, United States Naval Academy

NEWSMAKER: New Librarian of Congress

Jeff Salkin pays a visit to the 14th Librarian of Congress to talk about her new role and plans for the largest library in the world.

Carla Hayden
Librarian of Congress

Friday, November 4, 2016

Senator Mikulski: A Look At Her Legacy

The longest serving woman in congressional history sits down with Jeff Salkin to look back at her political career and legacy.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski
(D) Maryland

Presidential Election Just Days Away

With the presidential election just days away we look at any last minute strategies that candidates might use to sway voters - and how successful would these be at this point.

Matthew Crenson
Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

NEWSMAKER

The new leader of a historic university in Maryland joins us to talk about her plans for the school.

Kim Schatzel, Ph.D.
Towson University President

Friday, October 28, 2016

U.S. Congressional Race, Maryland Second District

Rep. Dutch C.A. Ruppersberger joins us in studio to talk about his campaign for Congress.

Rep. Dutch C.A. Ruppersberger
(D) U.S. Congress Candidate

Maryland's Third Congressional District

Rep. John Sarbanes
(D) U.S. Congress Candidate

Mark Plaster
(R ) U.S. Congress Candidate

Friday, October 21, 2016

Student Debt Crisis and Tuition Affordability

Former FDIC chair and current President of Washington College, Sheila Bair, joins us to discuss some of the ways she plans to make college tuition more affordable.

Sheila Bair
President, Washington College

Political Roundtable - Presidential and Local Politics

With the presidential election just around the corner, we look at voters' registration, the latest concerns about a rigged election, millennial voters' impact and much more with the two major Maryland political parties chairs.

Diana Waterman
Chair, MD Republican Party

Bruce Poole
Chair, MD Democratic Party

Friday, October 14, 2016

NEWSMAKER

How a former Howard County executive is building partnerships for a better, richer future.

Ken Ulman
President, Margrave Strategies

Maryland Voting

Accusations that a new system for making absentee ballots is at risk from hackers.

Linda Lamone
Maryland State Board of Elections Administrator
http://www.elections.state.md.us/

Friday, October 7, 2016

NEWSMAKER

Big rate increases are coming for many Marylanders who get their health insurnace through the Affordable Care Act, why is this happening?

Al Redmer
Commissioner, Maryland Insurance Administration
http://insurance.maryland.gov

NEWSMAKER

Scandal at Maryland's largest prison

Stephen Moyer
Secretary, Public Safety & Correctional Services
https://www.dpscs.state.md.us/employment/

Friday, September 30, 2016

US Senate race

Chris Van Hollen joins us to talk about his campaign for the US Senate.

Chris Van Hollen
(D) U.S. Senate Candidate

Noah's Law

As The Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016 also known as Noah's Law is scheduled to take effect Saturday October 1st, we talk with Rich Leotta, father of police officer Noah Leotta who was killed by a drunk driver last December.

Rich Leotta
Father of Noah Leotta

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fracking in Maryland

A look at the pros and cons of hydraulic fracturing in Maryland.

Britten "Leo" Martin
Mayor, Mountain Lake Park

Shawn Bender
VP, Oil & Gas Services, Beitzel Corporation

Bear Country

Did you know that there are about 2,000 adult bears living in the four western counties in Maryland? Harry Spiker, Bear Project Leader at Maryland Department of Natural Resources, joins us to talk about the bear population management programs and why these programs are so important.

Harry Spiker
Bear Project Leader, DNR

Friday, September 16, 2016

Education Week - County Schools

A look at county schools with Montgomery County Schools Superintendent, Jack Smith.

Jack Smith, Ph.D.
Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent

Friday, September 9, 2016

Labor Day School Start Order

A roundtable on Governor Hogan's executive order to change the school calendar.

Del. Will Smith
(D) Montgomery County

Del. Kathy Afzali
(R) Frederick & Carroll Counties

US Senate Race

A look at Del. Kathy Szeliga's race for the seat of retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski.

Del. Kathy Szeliga
(R) Baltimore & Harford Counties

Friday, September 2, 2016

NEWSMAKER

Brian Frosh joins us to talk about consumer awareness and issues involving moving companies, electric utilities, and the importance of advance medical directives.

Brian Frosh
Maryland Attorney General

Political Roundtable

A look at whether Maryland's experimental new global hospital payment system puts patients at risk.

Gene Ransom
CEO, MedChi

Nelson Sabatini
Chairman, Health Services Cost Review Commission