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Mondays at 7pm

Monday, May 30, 2022

Retirement Options For 2022

Laurence Kotlikoff
Professor of Economics, Boston University
https://www.bu.edu/econ/

Monday, May 23, 2022

Baltimore's Public Safety Plan

Mark Conway
Baltimore City Council
www.baltimorecitycouncil.com

Stroke Awareness Month

Approximately 15% of strokes in adults occur in patients under the age of 50, and national data indicates that stroke incidence is increasing in this young age group. Stroke occurring in the prime of life often results in profound detrimental changes in family roles, ability to work, and quality of life.  

On Monday, May 23, 2022, Dr. Carolyn Cronin, a neurologist and stroke specialist with the University of Maryland Medical Center, will discuss the causes of stroke among these younger patients, and her team’s multidisciplinary approach to treating them. 

Carolyn Cronin, MD
Neurologist with the University of Maryland Medical Center
Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
www.umms.org

Monday, May 16, 2022

Road To Recovery

How a Maryland rehabilitation center is helping turn lives around through innovative tools and individualized treatment programs. 

Alex Denstman
Co-CEO & President, Ashley Addiction Treatment

Tara Handron
Vice President of Engagement, Ashley Addiction Treatment

Cierra Walker
Continuing Care Manager, Ashley Addiction Treatment

Monday, May 9, 2022

Maryland Durable Medical Equipment Re-Use (DME) Program

Ian Edwards
Program Director, Maryland Durable Medical Equipment Re-Use (DME)
https://aging.maryland.gov/

Replacing Taboos With Treatment In Women’s Health

Some women’s health issues remain stubbornly “hush-hush,” with women feeling too embarrassed to discuss them. As a result, they suffer in silence from conditions that are actually very treatable. Three examples: urinary incontinence, menopause and infertility.

Available to talk about why these and other common women’s health issues should be more frequently discussed—and to share insights on the latest treatments—is Harry Johnson, MD, a urogynecologist who specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center; and Mokerrum Malik, OB-GYN, also with the University of Maryland Medical Center. Both doctors are also with the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where Johnson is the Associate Chairman and Malik is an Assistant Professor.  

Dr. Johnson and Dr. Malik bring clinical and academic expertise in what it takes for women to experience their best health at every age. That starts with feeling the freedom to discuss any health condition.  

Harry Johnson, MD
University of Maryland Medical Center
Associate Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine
https://www.umms.org/

Mokerrum Malik, MD
University of Maryland Medical Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine
https://www.umms.org/
 

Biden Administration's Broadband Announcement Local Impact

Jason Hardebeck
Director of Broadband and Digital Equity, Baltimore City Mayor’s Office
http://bde.baltimorecity.gov

Monday, April 25, 2022

When and Where Are Masks Still Required

Nilesh Kalyanaraman, M.D.
Anne Arundel County Health Officer

Your Health: Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month to help raise awareness and promote organ, eye and tissue donation and to honor donors, recipients, their families and caregivers, and clinical teams working to honor the gift of donation and save the lives of those waiting for a second chance at life.

On Monday, April 25, Dr. Chandra Bhati, a University of Maryland transplant surgeon, will discuss Donate Life Month and the need for organ donation, as well as transplant advancements, including robot-assisted transplant procedures and their application in living-donor organ transplantation.

Chandra Bhati, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, April 18, 2022

New Speed Cameras

Marly Cardona-Moz
Chief of Communications, Baltimore City Department of Transportation

Del. D. Antonio Bridges
(D) Baltimore City

Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. Rodney Taylor
Chair of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, April 11, 2022

Sine Die 2022

Gov. Larry Hogan joins us to take your questions about this year's legislative session.

Gov. Larry Hogan
(R) Maryland

Monday, April 4, 2022

2022 Tax Season

Rob Bader
Director of Tax Operations, CASH Campaign of Maryland

Rudolph Isaacs, CPA
Isaacs Accounting
cpa-baltimore.com

Monday, March 28, 2022

Ukraine War & Nuclear Deterrence

Gigi Gronvall, Ph.D.
Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

Latest treatments and trends in a disease that affects over 1 million Americans, including celebrities like Selma Blair, Montel Williams, and Christina Applegate. 

Mitchell Wallin, MD
Neurologist, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, March 21, 2022

Finding Your Roots

Robyn Smith
Genealogy Blogger, Reclaiming Kin
reclaimingkin.com

Druscilla Null
Maryland Genealogical Society
mdgensoc.org

Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland

Del. Darryl Barnes
(D) Prince George's County

Monday, March 14, 2022

Ukraine Refugee Crisis

Krish Vignarajah
President & CEO, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Maryland's Last Public Confederate Statue Removed

Richard Potter
President, Talbot County NAACP
https://www.naacptalbot.org/

Ridgely Ochs
Move The Monument Coalition
https://www.movethemonumenttc.org/

Monday, March 7, 2022

Conflict In Ukraine

A look at the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and potential regional implications, as well as expert insight into the psychology of Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Arie Kruglanski
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland

Vladimir Tismaneanu
Director, Center for the Study of Post-Communist Societies, University of Maryland

Cancer Moonshot: Advancing the Battle Against Cancer

Last month, the Biden Administration reaffirmed its commitment to an ambitious plan to recharge the federal government’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, with the goal of cutting the cancer death rate by 50 percent in the next 25 years and jumpstarting cancer screening that was sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic. An estimated 9.5 million cancer screenings were missed during the pandemic, raising concern that many patients will be diagnosed with later-stage cancers.

Dr. Kevin Cullen, the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Professor in Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Director of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, will discuss the Cancer Moonshot and provide an update on advances in cancer treatment and research.

Kevin Cullen, MD
University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center

Monday, February 28, 2022

Ukraine Invasion & Biden's Supreme Court Nominee 

Sen. Ben Cardin
(D) Maryland

Your Health: Children & COVID-19 Latest

Jason Custer, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine

2022 CIAA Tournament Wrap-up

CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams gives a wrap-up of this year's tournament. 

Jacqie McWilliams
CIAA Commissioner

MarylandPublicTV

2022 CIAA Tournament Wrap-up

CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams gives a wrap-up of this year's tournament.

Monday, February 21, 2022

Retirement Options For 2022

Laurence Kotlikoff
Professor of Economics, Boston University

CIAA Youth Sports Clinic 

Earl "The Pearl" Monroe
CIAA/NBA Hall of Famer

CIAA Youth Sports Clinic

Monday, February 14, 2022

Your Health: Heart Health

Dr. Mukta Srivastava
University of Maryland School of Medicine

MPT SportsDesk: CIAA 2022 Tournament

Jacqie McWilliams
CIAA Commissioner

MPT SportsDesk: CIAA 2022 Tournament

MPT SportsDesk: Earl "The Pearl" Monroe Talks CIAA Tournament 

MPT SportsDesk's Mark Gray interviews basketball legend, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, about the 2022 CIAA tournament, which will be held in Baltimore February 22-26. 

Earl "The Pearl" Monroe
CIAA/NBA Hall of Famer

MPT SportsDesk: Earl "The Pearl" Monroe Talks CIAA Tournament

Monday, February 7, 2022

Sports Betting

Bruce Bilek
General Manager, Fanduel Sportsbook Sports & Social

CIAA Preview & Bowie State Legacy

Dr. Aminta Breaux, president of Bowie State University, highlights the school’s legacy and connections to Baltimore.

Dr. Aminta Breaux
President, Bowie State University

CIAA Preview & Bowie State Legacy

MPT SportsDesk: CIAA Preview

MPT Sports Desk's Jim Hunter interviews Stan Lewter, analyst & host with ESPNU/ESPN3/CIAA TV about the upcoming CIAA basketball tournament. 

Stan Lewter
Analyst-Host, ESPNU/ESPN3 and CIAA TV

MPT SportsDesk: CIAA Preview

Monday, January 31, 2022

MPT Sports Desk: CIAA Tournament Impact 

Ricky Smith
BWI Executive Director

20 Years of Public Radio

LaFontaine Oliver 
President and General Manager, WYPR 
www.wypr.org

Governor Hogan Legacy 

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

Monday, January 24, 2022

Voting Rights Legislation

Sen. Chris Van Hollen
(D) Maryland

Omicron Variant’s Effect On Children And Teens

Andrea Berry, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine 

2022 CIAA Basketball Tournament Comes to Baltimore

Brandon Scott
(D) Baltimore City Mayor

Dr. Aminta Breaux
President, Bowie State University 

Al Hutchinson
President & CEO, Visit Baltimore

Earl "The Pearl" Monroe
CIAA/NBA Hall of Famer

2022 CIAA Basketball Tournament Comes to Baltimore

Monday, January 17, 2022

Finding Your Roots

Robyn Smith
Genealogy Blogger, Reclaiming Kin
reclaimingkin.com

Druscilla Null
Maryland Genealogical Society
mdgensoc.org

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Del. Darryl Barnes
(D) Prince George's County

Monday, January 10, 2022

Your Health - COVID-19 Update

David Marcozzi, MD
COVID-19 Incident Commander, University of Maryland Medical System

Winter Emergency Preparedness

Ragina Ali
Manager, Public & Government Affairs, AAA Mid-Atlantic Maryland & Washington, D.C. 

Monday, January 3, 2022

Inflation Soaring

Anirban Basu, Ph.D.
Sage Policy Group
sagepolicy.com

Climate Change Challenges

Hali Kilbourne, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
www.umces.edu