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State Circle Guests

Friday, August 10, 2018

Opioid Epidemic

The latest in the opioid epidemic impacting Maryland.

Dr. Leana Wen
Baltimore City Health Commissioner

Political Roundtable

A look at this week in the heated Maryland governor's race including political endorsements and more.

Erin Cox
The Washington Post

Bruce DePuyt
MarylandMatters.org

Around Maryland

In this Around Maryland segment Yolanda Vazquez talks with a member of The Preservation Society who shares the story of a young merchant and his home built near Baltimore’s waterfront in the mid 18th century.

David Gleason
President, The Preservation Society
https://www.preservationsociety.com/about-us/robertlong.html

Friday, August 3, 2018

NEWSMAKER

A federal judge in Seattle ordered a halt to the release of instructions for creating guns using 3D printers, which can fabricate almost anything based on digital blueprints.

Brian Frosh
Attorney General of Maryland

Political Roundtable

A look at the upcoming Maryland election for governor from two opposing angles.

Greg Kline
Author, Red Maryland

Larry Stafford
Executive Director, Progressive Maryland

Around Maryland

Radar equipment, infrared cameras, space sensors, just some of the items you’ll see at a museum in Linthicum. In this Around Maryland Yolanda Vazquez takes a look at the history of the nation’s defense electronics industry.

Mike Simons
Director, National Electronics Museum
http://www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/

Friday, July 27, 2018

Political Roundtable: Single Payer Healthcare

A discussion on the single-payer healthcare system, also known as "Medicare for all."

Dr. Eric Naumburg
Co-Chair, Maryland Physicians for a National Health Program

Bradley Herring, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

NEWSMAKER

A conversation about what happened or changed in the weeks and years following the death of Freddie Gray.

Sean Yoes
Author, "Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories from One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities" & Editor, Afro American Newspaper

Salute To Veterans

Veteran Compost

Nancy Yamada
MPT.org

Friday, July 20, 2018

NewsMaker

The one-year anniversary of ceasefire Baltimore. It's a grassroots group trying to stop the violence and maybe seeing some results.

Erricka Bridgeford
Founder, Baltimore Ceasefire

Political Roundtable

Donald Norris
Professor Emeritus, Public Policy, UMBC

John Dedie
Professor, Political Science, CCBC

Around Maryland

A resource center designed to promote the future sustainability of Baltimore County’s agricultural industry also doubles as a farm park with walking trails, a demo garden and lots of equine opportunities. Yolanda Vazquez takes us there.

Chris McCollum
Executive Director, Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park
https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/recreation/countyparks/mostpopular/agcenter.html

Friday, July 13, 2018

NewsMaker

Grieving and recovering in Annapolis after the mass shooting in the newsroom of the Annapolis Capital Gazette.

Mayor Gavin Buckley
Annapolis

Helping Students Learn During Summer Break

Stacie Sanders Evans
President & CEO, Young Audiences

Lara Ohanian
Director, Differentiated Learning, Baltimore City Public Schools

Maryland Model Healthcare Program

Robert Neall
Maryland Health Secretary

Around Maryland

A new reason to visit the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. MPT's Nancy Yamada talks with the author of a new book dedicated to early public transportation.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Maryland's Juvenile Justice System

Rikki Spector
Former Baltimore Councilwoman

Odeana R. Neal
Associate Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law

NEWSMAKER

Starbucks Customer Service Training

What the employees of the coffeehouse chain stores heard during the racial-bias training.

Kaye Whitehead, Ph.D.
Loyola University Maryland

Around Maryland

If you're looking to mix a little outdoor fun and a history lesson, you might want to visit Fort Smallwood Park. It has a fishing pier, children’s playground, historic gun battery and barracks, walking trails, beaches, pond and volleyball courts.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Reaction To Annapolis Capital Gazette Shooting

Terence Smith
Columnist, Capital Gazette

Political Roundtable

Sen. Will Smith
(D) Montgomery County

Sen. Andrew Serafini
(R ) Washington County

NewsMaker

Michael Hayes
Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law

Friday, June 22, 2018

Political Roundtable

Three days of campaigning remain before the primary election and several races are beginning to get heated.

Rachel Baye
WYPR Radio

Danielle Gaines
Frederick News Post

The Future Of Pimlico

Should the state pay to upgrade the Pimlico Race Course?

Ryan King-White, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Sports Management Program, Towson University

Chris Daley
Director, Brand & Business Development, Maroon PR

Around Maryland

A sneak peek inside the highly anticipated National Law Enforcement Museum that will be opening in Northwest DC this fall. MPT's Nancy Yamada takes us there.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Maryland's Juvenile Justice System

Rikki Spector
Former Baltimore Councilwoman

Odeana R. Neal
Associate Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law

NEWSMAKER

Starbucks Customer Service Training

What the employees of the coffeehouse chain stores heard during the racial-bias training.

Kaye Whitehead, Ph.D.
Loyola University Maryland

Around Maryland

Charles Robinson takes us on a journey to Fort Smallwood Park in Anne Arundel County.

Matthew Grey
Park Ranger

Friday, June 1, 2018

Ellicott City Flooding

Ellicott City, again wiped out by another flash flood, this one claiming the life of a national guard member who was himself trying to save a life. What accounts for main street turning into a river for the second time in two years?

Jeffrey Halverson
Professor, Dept. Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Friday, May 25, 2018

Chesapeake Bay Grasses

For decades, scientists have been tracking underwater grasses, aquatic vegetation that is an important part of the bay's ecosystem.

Bill Dennison, Ph.D.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

The Bay In Focus

Tom Pelton, a national award-winning environmental journalist, discusses his new book focused on the Chesapeake Bay.

Tom Pelton
Author, The Chesapeake in Focus: Transforming the Natural World

Calling Out BS College Course

Calling out B.S. The Art of Deceptive Misrepresentation is a new course taught at a local college meant to help students sort through deceptive information.

David Tengwall, Ph.D.
Professor of History & Political Science, Anne Arundel Community College

Friday, May 18, 2018

Preakness Preps

Michael Algeo
Chairman, Maryland Racing Commission

Political Roundtable

Erin Cox
State House Bureau Chief, The Baltimore Sun

Bryan Sears
Government Reporter, The Daily Record

Salute to Veterans

This week we spotlight a veteran who went to Vietnam and was on the front lines AFTER getting out of the military. As Nancy Yamada reports, his covert intelligence missions are helping tell the story of what happened during the fall of Saigon.

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Sudden Death Of Kevin Kamenetz

Andy Green
Opinion Editor, The Baltimore Sun

NewsMakers

Linda Lamone
Maryland State Board of Elections Administrator

Nikki Charlson
Deputy Administrator

Inside Politics

Tim Hickman
Co-Author, How to get Elected to State & Local Office

Cathy Hickman
Co-Author, How to get Elected to State & Local Office

Friday, April 27, 2018

Chesapeake Bay Grasses

For decades, scientists have been tracking underwater grasses, aquatic vegetation that is an important part of the bay's ecosystem.

Bill Dennison, Ph.D.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

The Bay In Focus

Tom Pelton, a national award-winning environmental journalist, discusses his new book focused on the Chesapeake Bay.

Tom Pelton
Author, The Chesapeake in Focus: Transforming the Natural World

Calling Out BS College Course

Calling out B.S. The Art of Deceptive Misrepresentation is a new course taught at a local college meant to help students sort through deceptive information.

David Tengwall, Ph.D.
Professor of History & Political Science, Anne Arundel Community College

Friday, April 20, 2018

Political Roundtable

Melissa Deckman, Ph.D.
Chair, Political Science Dept., Washington College

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

NewsMaker

Charlotte Davis
Rural Broadband Internet Wireless & Cellular Service

NewsMaker

Krish Vignarajah
(D) Candidate For Governor

Friday, April 13, 2018

NewsMakers

The 2018 Maryland Legislative Session wrap-up.

Del. Michael Busch
(D) House Speaker

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

Friday, April 6, 2018

Annapolis FaceOff

Del. Frank Turner
(D) Howard County

Del. Herb McMillan
(R) Anne Arundel County

Political Roundtable

This week in Annapolis.

Kelsi Loos
Frederick News-Post

Friday, March 30, 2018

Annapolis FaceOff

Lawmakers debate a $500 fine for texting and driving.

Del. Frank Turner
(D) Howard County

Del. Herb McMillan
(R) Anne Arundel County

Political Roundtable

This week in Annapolis.

Charles Robinson
MPT.org

Yolanda Vazquez
MPT.org

Friday, March 23, 2018

Political Roundtable

Steve Lash
The Daily Record

Friday, March 9, 2018

NEWSMAKER

The president of the Women Legislators of Maryland caucus is sponsoring legislation that calls for an independent investigator to look into some sexual harassment complaints in the Maryland General Assembly.

Del. Ariana Kelly
(D) Montgomery County

Political Roundtable

Steve Lash
The Daily Record

Friday, March 2, 2018

Annapolis FaceOff

Del. Deborah Rey
(R) St. Mary's County

Del. Vanessa Atterbeary
(D) Howard County

Political Roundtable

Erin Cox
The Baltimore Sun

Friday, February 23, 2018

NEWSMAKER

Ben Jealous
(D) Candidate for Governor

Political Roundtable

Ovetta Wiggins
The Washington Post

Friday, February 16, 2018

NEWSMAKER

Kevin Kamenetz
(D) Candidate for Governor

Political Roundtable

A look at this week in Annapolis.

Bryan Sears
The Daily Record

Friday, February 9, 2018

Annapolis FaceOff

Sen. Cheryl Kagan
(D) Montgomery County

Del. Christian Miele
(R) Baltimore County

Political Roundtable

Len Lazarick
Marylandreporter.com

Friday, February 2, 2018

NEWSMAKER

A look at the impact of the 19th amendment in the progress of women's rights.

Maj. Gen. Linda Singh
Maryland National Guard

Political Roundtable

Rachel Baye
WYPR Radio

Friday, January 26, 2018

NEWSMAKER

The impact of the new federal tax law on your tax bill.

Peter Franchot
Comptroller of Maryland

Political Roundtable

Danielle Gaines
Frederick News Post

Friday, January 19, 2018

Annapolis Face-Off

Sen. Andrew Serafini
(R ) Washington County

Sen. Bill Ferguson
(D) Baltimore City

NewsMaker

Rushern Baker
(D) Candidate For Governor

Friday, January 12, 2018

NEWSMAKER

Gov. Larry Hogan joins us from Annapolis to discuss some of the most pressing issues for Maryland this legislative session.

Gov. Larry Hogan
(R) Maryland

Friday, January 5, 2018

NewsMakers

Previewing the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session.

Del. Michael Busch
(D) House Speaker

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

Friday, December 15, 2017

Newsmaker

Rep. Elijah Cummings sits down with Jeff Salkin to talk about the latest in Pres. Trump's Russian investigation and dealing with crime in Baltimore.

Rep. Elijah Cummings
(D) Maryland

Dealing with Homelessness

A look at a major problem our city is facing: homelessness.

Sonce Reese
Board Member, Journey Home

Lee Martin
Program Director, Catholic Charities of Baltimore

Salute to Veterans

In our Salute To Veterans, we introduce you to a woman who's dedicated her life to veterans, even though she's never served in the military. MPT's Nancy Yamada has her inspiring story.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Newsmaker

Archbishop William E. Lori reflects on Catholic faith and Baltimore.

Archbishop William E. Lori
Archdiocese of Baltimore

Political Roundtable

Christopher Summers
President, Maryland Public Policy Institute

Jessica Shiller
Assistant Professor of Education, Towson University

Friday, December 1, 2017

Political Roundtable

Del. Susan McComas
(R) Harford County

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

Around Maryland

In this week's Around Maryland, Yolanda Vazquez visits the newest museum on the National Mall.

https://nmaahc.si.edu/

Friday, November 24, 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, November 17, 2017

Political Roundtable

Sarah Oliver
Assistant Professor, Political Science, Towson University

John Dedie
Professor, Political Science, CCBC

NewsMaker

Isiah Leggett
Montgomery County Executive

Around Maryland

What started off as a place to simply leave wartime memorabilia has now turned into a formal museum dedicated to Maryland military service.
http://www.marylandmuseumofmilitaryhistory.org/

Friday, November 3, 2017

Political Roundtable

Del. Luke Clippinger
(D) Baltimore City

Del. Kathy Szeliga
(R) Baltimore & Harford Counties

NewsMaker

Ben Steffen
Executive Director, Maryland Health Care Commission

Around Maryland

What life was like in 18th and 19th century Maryland.

Holly Burnham
Museum Educator, Montpelier Mansion
http://history.pgparks.com/sites_and_museums/Montpelier_Mansion.htm

Friday, October 27, 2017

Opioid Crisis

This week, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency. So today, we head to Carroll County to talk with officials there about how they're dealing with the situation locally and working on saving lives.

Edwin Singer
Carroll County Health Officer

Veronica Dietz
Director of Crisis Services, Carroll County

Columbia at 50

A look back and into the future of the city of Columbia with Maryland journalist, Len Lazarick.

Len Lazarick
MarylandReporter.com

Salute To Veterans

In our spotlight on military veterans, we head to Rockville where a special monument honors the sacrifices and service of Jewish veterans. MPT's Nancy Yamada has the story.

Around Maryland

In tonight's Around Maryland Yolanda Vazquez shows us some items that you don't typically see as she pays a visit to the Museum of the American Urological Association.

Tupper Stevens
Archivist, William P. Didisuch Center for Urologic History
http://www.urologichistory.museum/

Friday, October 20 2017

Political Roundtable

Bryan Sears
The Daily Record

Pamela Wood
The Baltimore Sun

Around Maryland

MPT'S Charles Robinson visits the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Medical Cannabis Industry Latest

Where Maryland stands when it comes to the medical marijuana program from the perspective of a grower.

Michael Bronfein
CEO, Curio Wellness

NFL Players Protest

A look at the controversy over athletes taking a knee during the National Anthem.

Stan Charles
Publisher, PressBoxOnline.com

Milton Kent
Sports Columnist

Around Maryland

It is the only remaining example of what was once a thriving business in Northern Anne Arundel County. In tonight's Around Maryland, Yolanda Vazquez takes us to a farmhouse that is nearly 200 years old.

http://www.aachs.org/

Friday, October 6, 2017

Political Roundtable

The future of gun laws after the worst mass shooting in American history.

Arthur Fergenson
Litigator

Kimberly Wehle
Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law​

NewsMaker

Larry Twele
CEO, Howard Co, Economic Development Authority

Around Maryland

They roamed the earth more than 100 million years ago. Now dinosaur teeth and hundreds of other fossils are being discovered at an old iron quarry. In this "Around Maryland" Yolanda Vazquez takes us to a park in Prince George's County where you can help uncover the past.

Kristin Montaperto
Archaeology Program Manager, Prince George's County Dept of Parks & Recreation

Ben Miller
Program Coordinator/Archaeology Dept, Prince George's County Dept of Parks & Recreation

http://history.pgparks.com/sites_and_museums/Dinosaur_Park.htm

Friday, September 29, 2017

NewsMaker

The latest Goucher Poll results.

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

Political Roundtable

Sen. Justin Ready
(R) Carroll County

Sen. Richard Madaleno
(D) Montgomery County​

Around Maryland

When you think of a tourist attraction, you might not think of the Baltimore Police Department, but that could be changing as MPT's Charles Robinson explains.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Political Roundtable

Dirk Haire
Chair, Maryland Republican Party

Kathleen Matthews
Chair, Maryland Democratic Party​

Around Maryland

They were once a vital part of public transportation in Baltimore dating back to the late 1800's. Yolanda Vazquez takes us along for a ride to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.

Jerry Kelly
Active Volunteer, The Baltimore Streetcar Museum
https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreStreetcarMuseumInc/

Salute To Veterans

A look into a hard reality for a lot of veterans, homelessness. MPT's Nancy Yamada shows us how some vets are getting the help they need through an organization that is providing a much needed service for free.

Friday, September 15, 2017

NewsMaker

Paul Wiedefeld join us to discuss Metro funding, safety and what's next.

Paul Wiedefeld
General Manager/CEO, WMATA

Maryland Solar

With the 2nd Annual Maryland Solar Congress just a day away, we discuss the state and the future of the solar energy industry in Maryland.

Corey Ramsden
Program Director, Maryland SUN

Around Maryland - Harriet Tubman New Museum

MPT's Charles Robinson pays a visit to the new Harriet Tubman museum in Dorchester County.

Angela Crenshaw
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park

Friday, September 8, 2017

Political Roundtable

Truth in sentencing, a plan to crack down on repeat offenders.

Sen. Jim Brochin
(D) Baltimore County

Del. Erek Barron
(D) Prince George's County​

NewsMaker

Changes to the emissions testing program.

Ben Grumbles
Secretary, MD Dept. of the Environment

Around Maryland

Celebrating their community through the culture and arts.

Chanel Compton
Executive Director, Prince George's African-American Museum and Cultural Center
http://www.pgaamcc.org/

Friday, September 1, 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/