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  1. Home Is Where The Art Is: The Unlikely Story Of Folk Artist Maud Lewis

    06.19 / 21:34 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIr8PAO0RSA There's no rain in her clouds, no gray in her shadows; Maud Lewis' small paintings are bright with sunshine, and filled with blue skies, crystal snow and calm waters. Now, a new movie tells the true story of a painter from Nova Scotia whose joyful works hardly hint at the difficult life she led. Lewis had rheumatoid arthritis, which made it difficult for her to work, even as a young woman. To support herself, she took a job cooking and cleaning…
  2. 'Maudie' Made Such Joyful Art, You'd Never Guess How Tough She Had It

    06.19 / 21:34 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Maudie is the largely true story of a Canadian painter whose work was so exuberant, you'd never guess at the difficult life she lived. In her 30s when we meet her, Maud is tiny, bent of frame, fingers crippled by juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. As played by a plucky Sally Hawkins, she has been treated all her life as if she were a child. Which is precisely what her brother does, when he tells her she's going to have to stay with their Aunt Ida, now that he's sold their house out from under…
  3. Baltimore Link gets first real test

    06.19 / 20:38 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Baltimore’s newly revamped system of bus routes got its first real test during the Monday morning rush. And while it’s designed to be quicker and more efficient and to get commuter closer to their jobs, it didn’t go all that well for Rodney Bennett, who was making his way from his home in North Baltimore to work in Cherry Hill. His first bus was 10 minutes late…
  4. Ray Tensing Police Shooting Case Goes To A Jury, For The Second Time

    06.19 / 19:41 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    For the second time in eight months, the fate of former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing is in the hands of a jury over the fatal shooting of black motorist Sam DuBose. A previous trial ended in a deadlocked panel, and a mistrial. As in the earlier trial, Tensing, 27, faces murder and manslaughter charges over his killing of DuBose in July of 2015. The police officer had pulled DuBose over because the car he was driving was missing its front license plate. As we reported…
  5. Car Rams Police Van In 'Attempted Attack' On Champs-Élysées

    06.19 / 19:41 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    A man carrying guns and explosives died when he rammed a car into a police van Monday on Paris' famed Champs-Élysées in what officials characterize as a deliberate attack. But upon collision, the car — and not the van — burst into flames, NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports from Paris. The man died even though police were able to extricate him from the burning car. No officers or bystanders were hurt. It's not clear what led the man to ram the van. But French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb ca…
  6. Be Bigger, Fight Harder: Roxane Gay On A Lifetime Of 'Hunger'

    06.19 / 18:35 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Roxane Gay has finally written the book that she "wanted to write the least." The author of Bad Feminist and Difficult Women says the moment she realized that she would "never want to write about fatness" was the same moment she knew this was the book she needed to write. The result is Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body . Hunger, she writes, is not about wanting to shed 30 or 40 pounds: "This is a book about living in the world when you are three or four hundred pounds overweight," she…
  7. Man Charged In Killing Of Muslim Teenager In Virginia

    06.19 / 18:35 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Police have arrested and charged a man in the murder of a Muslim teenaged girl who went missing early Sunday morning in northern Virginia. Authorities haven't released details of how Nabra Hassanen of Reston, Va., died but tweeted that they are not investigating the killing as a hate crime. Hassanen and four or five others teenagers had left the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) mosque in Sterling, Va., on Sunday to get breakfast at an IHOP a little more than a mile away, The…
  8. A Good News Story About Diarrhea — With One Surprising Exception

    06.19 / 17:30 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Diarrhea is not only a topic that makes people a bit squeamish, it turns out to be a difficult disease to put into numbers. But two trends are clear, says an author of a new report: The number of deaths from diarrheal diseases is dropping dramatically in low-income countries – and ticking upward in wealthy nations. An infection by E. coli, Cryptosporidium, Shigella or rotavirus, and the resulting diarrhea, is often a death sentence in much of the world. In 2005, about 1.6 million people d…
  9. Russia Draws A Line Across Syria After U.S. Shoots Down Syrian Jet

    06.19 / 17:30 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Russia says its missile systems in Syria will track everything in the air west of the Euphrates River as a potential target — including aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition — after the U.S. shot down a Syrian jet Sunday. U.S. officials say the aircraft had struck America's rebel allies. Russia also says it will suspend its participation in a "deconfliction" line that was established to prevent inadvertent clashes when Russia began military operations in Syria's airspace 20 months ago. The a…
  10. Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

    06.19 / 17:30 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up an appeal over electoral districts in Wisconsin after a lower court ruled that the state's Republican-drawn map constitutes an "unconstitutional partisan gerrymander." It's the first time in more than a decade that the nation's highest court will take up the issue of partisan gerrymandering, or drawing voting districts with the aim of strengthening one political party. And it gives the court an opportunity to formally determine a metric on what…
  11. New System to 'Link' Baltimore City

    06.19 / 16:32 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    The Baltimore Link , Charm City’s new transit system, is making its debut. After almost two years of planning, the $135 million dollar revamped system was launched in the wee hours of Sunday morning. MTA Director Kevin Quinn , along with Brian O’Malley, president and CEO of the Central Maryland Transit Alliance ; Samuel Jordan, president of the Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition ; and city planner Klaus Philipsen join Tom today to discuss the new system and its impact on city residents. MTA…
  12. A Couple's Quest To Stop A Rare Disease Before It Takes One Of Them

    06.19 / 16:32 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    In 2010, Sonia Vallabh watched her mom, Kamni Vallabh, die in a really horrible way. First, her mom's memory started to go, then she lost the ability to reason. Sonia says it was like watching someone get unplugged from the world. By the end, it was as if she was stuck between being awake and asleep. She was confused and uncomfortable all the time. "Even when awake, was she fully or was she really? And when asleep, was she really asleep?" says Sonia. The smart, warm, artistic Kamni – just 5…
  13. Can You Find The Defibrillator At Work? Half Of People Say No

    06.19 / 16:32 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Do you know where your workplace's automated external defibrillator is located? About half of all U.S. employees don't, according to the results of an American Heart Association survey. The survey also found that workers in the hospitality and service industry, which includes hotels and restaurants, were less likely to know the location of their workplace's AED. About 66 percent of them didn't know where it was. Workers in schools and other education facilities were the most likely to be…
  14. The Slants Win Supreme Court Battle Over Band's Name In Trademark Dispute

    06.19 / 14:39 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Members of the rock band The Slants have the right to call themselves by a disparaging name, the Supreme Court says, in a ruling that could have broad impact on how the First Amendment is applied in other trademark cases. The Slants' leader Simon Tam filed a lawsuit after the Patent and Trademark Office kept the band from registering its name and rejected its appeal, citing the Lanham Act, which prohibits any trademark that could "disparage ... or bring ... into contemp[t] or disrepute"…
  15. Green Cities

    06.19 / 13:40 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Wes looks to Boston, where a clean harbor and a growing urban agriculture initiative are turning the city into a prime example of what a Green City can look like. The first half of the show focuses on urban agriculture; Wes talks with Green City Growers, the company responsible for implementing a vegetable garden on top of Fenway Park. Back in Baltimore, Wes talks with the Farm Alliance of Baltimore and The Baltimore Orchard Project. Wes addresses some of the dark sides of urban…
  16. 79 People Are Believed Dead In London's Grenfell Tower Apartment Fire

    06.19 / 13:40 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    "I'm afraid to say there are now 79 people that we believe are either dead" or presumed dead in London's Grenfell Tower fire, Metropolitan Police Cmdr. Stuart Cundy said Monday morning, in an update on the huge fire that overtook a 24-story building last week. "Sadly, for many families, they have lost more than one family member," Cundy said. "This is an incredibly distressing time for all of them." Only five victims have been formally identified, and Cundy said that because of the fire's…
  17. South Africa's District Six Cookbook Helps Preserve A Lost Community

    06.19 / 12:36 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    You can tell a lot about a culture by its food, particularly if food is all that remains. District Six was a mixed-race section of Cape Town, South Africa, that was home to Europeans, Asians, Africans, Christians, Muslims and Jews. A half-century ago, District Six , which was just outside of downtown, was declared a whites-only area . By the early 1980s, 60,000 people had been forcibly removed from their homes. To commemorate the anniversary of the order and as part of its ongoing work to…
  18. A School That Provides The One Constant In Homeless Children's Lives

    06.19 / 10:39 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Photographer and journalist Katie Hayes Luke reported throughout the year on an innovative school for homeless children in Oklahoma City, Okla. We're not using the first names of students and family members to protect their privacy. On the last day of school, the 5th grade students at Positive Tomorrows perform last-minute rehearsals for the inaugural "Classy Awards." Teachers, parents and mentors file into the classroom through a doorway pasted with dangling gold stars, along a red paper…
  19. Count shows hundreds homeless in Baltimore County

    06.19 / 10:39 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Baltimore County has counted heads and found more than 600 people homeless within its borders. But the actual number of people living in shelters and on the streets in the county is likely much higher. The county recently released the findings from a one-day homeless census it conducted on January 24 when it found 609 homeless people countywide. But county officials caution this is merely a snapshot on a given day that provides a rough estimate. And those who work with the homeless say it…
  20. President Donald Trump, Unreliable Narrator

    06.19 / 10:39 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    President Trump did it again on Twitter late last week. "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt," he tweeted Friday morning . Once again, a Trump tweet set off a media frenzy, this time making everyone wonder whether he was indeed confirming that he was under investigation for obstruction of justice. (The White House later said the tweet was not confirmation that Trump has been informed that he is under…