Roughly Speaking

Roughly Speaking Dan Rodricks: Commentary and conversation on life in Baltimore, Maryland and the USA
Podcast: Whither truth and knowledge in the Trump age?

A look at Trump and the press, and the state of truth and knowledge, with culture critic Sheri Parks and veteran journalist Arnold “Skip” Isaacs.

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Podcast: 'Far From The Tree' author blasts Trump's decision on transgender in military

Andrew Solomon, who wrote about families with children who discovered they are transgender in his 2012 best-seller, says President Trump’s announcement is "deeply horrifying."

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Podcast: Do guns make us safe? Not in Baltimore, and hardly anywhere.

In Baltimore, a debate about mandatory minimums for illegal gun possession; from Stanford University, a study that throws big doubts on a classic argument of the NRA.

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Rodricks: He delivers her purse; she saves his life

On the day he found the purse, Aeric "Bubby" McCoy believed he was close to dying. There had been too many disagreements with people who sold heroin on the street in Penn North, and with all the guns in West Baltimore, and all the fatal shootings, he sensed that the ultimate in bad was about to happen to him.

"I'd pushed too many buttons," he says. "I felt I was going to die out there.

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Rodricks: Trump's idea of making America great is not mine

The failure of Republicans to ruin Obamacare is a testament to American greatness: The Affordable Care Act was so well designed — in principle and, to a considerable extent, in practice — that it's pretty much impossible to kill.

Despite incessant rhetorical attacks and efforts at sabotage, Obamacare has taken hold in many states, including Maryland.

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Podcasts: Baltimore Politics

Presenting a four-part series on Baltimore's political history, from the development of Baltimore Town in colonial Maryland to its incorporation in 1796 to its time as an occupied city during the Civil War, through industrialization, segregation, and Baltimore's more recent history.

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