Roughly Speaking

Roughly Speaking Dan Rodricks: Commentary and conversation on life in Baltimore, Maryland and the USA
Podcast: On the death of Detective Suiter and the future of Baltimore

There are many angels across this city, and we have to gather them and build a force for good. It can be done. It has to be done. I don’t think we have any other choice.

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Podcast: Mayor Pugh on crime; a challenge to Andy Harris; a good book

Mayor Catherine Pugh, who last week declared crime out of control in Baltimore, talks about the need for more police on the street and what her administration is doing about that.

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Rodricks: Baltimore forever, a tale of two cities

It is the best of cities, it is the worst of cities. It is a city of daring, a city of despair, a city of dreams, a city of drugs, a city of quirks, a city of guns, a city unbound, a city aground. It is wholly charming and totally frustrating, full of renewal and blighted with loss.

Apologies to Dickens, but I must ask: What city is this? Which Baltimore?

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Podcast: Chickens, deregulation and the high cost of cheap food

With the White House vowing to roll back government regulation of all sorts of industries, we take a look at how things can go terribly wrong when deregulation trumps worker and food safety.

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Rodricks: Helping the children of the opioid epidemic

The little boy had run out of food, and he was hungry, so he started knocking on doors. That’s when the neighbors realized something was terribly wrong.

The boy was 5 years old, a kindergartner and the son of a man who now lay dead from an overdose of fentanyl in his girlfriend’s house in Allegany County. The girlfriend was dead, too, also from an overdose.

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Podcast: Will climate change bring the biggest refugee crisis in history?

Dan speaks with the co-authors of “Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century.”

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