Roughly Speaking

Roughly Speaking Dan Rodricks: Commentary and conversation on life in Baltimore, Maryland and the USA
Podcast: I stream, you stream, we all stream: Our critics review Netflix and Amazon Prime

Film critics Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellyn Reed have been binge-watching original shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime, and today they talk about what they've seen and what they like.

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Podcast: U.S. takes up the rear on Syrian refugee crisis

On the show today, a look at the crisis with Alia Malek, Baltimore-based journalist and civil rights attorney who traveled with Syrian refugees and profiled some of them for Foreign Policy.

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Rodricks: Emboldened criminals, plenty of guns, unsophisticated motives

Two weeks ago, a tow-truck driver, apparently concerned about the city’s recently deployed speed cameras, asked if I knew of any along Northern Parkway. I said I did not. “All these homicides in Baltimore,” he groused, “and all they care about is money from speeding tickets.”

“Is that right?” I said. “That’s all we care about?”

“Seems that way.”

I recognized the guy’s voice. I’ve heard it before.

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Podcast: After Harvey and Irma, getting serious about climate change

Will the twin punches of Harvey and Irma persuade more Americans that climate change is real and causing extreme weather?

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Baltimore archbishop responds to Bannon's cynicism about Dreamers

Archbishop William E. Lori will celebrate a “Dreamers Mass” in Spanish Wednesday night in a grand, old Baltimore church in the heart of the city’s immigrant community -- an act of hierarchical resistance to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to rescind protections for immigrants brought into the country illegally as children.

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One way Maryland officials can help reduce Baltimore violence

During conversations over the summer about Baltimore’s depressing pace of shootings and homicides, and again yesterday in a community center on the east side, the issue of age came up — the age of victims, and the age at which intervention might have changed the course of their lives.

The age factor is notable because we tend to think of homicide victims as young — that is, between 18 and 25.

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