A one-time drug dealer turned youth advocate talks about the latest shootings of African-American men by police, plus The Sun's media critic previews Monday's presidential debate, a Frontline special, and the new season of "Drunk History."
A new book tells the story of the Dunbar High basketball team of 1981-82, which, with four future NBA players, was one of the greatest prep teams ever.
Sheri Parks talks about Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest and the evolving definition of patriotism among the millennial generation of Americans.
A talk about the presidential campaign with professors Kimberly Moffitt and Michael Reisch.
Sun education reporter Erica Green talks about Renaissance Academy, a high school for at-risk youth where a student was fatally stabbed last year.
Two Baltimore sommeliers talk about their profession, helping diners order wine in restaurants without feeling bad about it.
Impress your guests with tips from Brendan Dorr of B&O American Brasserie and John Shields of Gertrude's, plus an update on the Port Covington development and a review of the new film "Sully" starring Tom Hanks.
A landmark dissent could prompt an historic challenge to the death penalty.
We head back several decades to learn about a prolific artist named John Vassos, who designed some really cool radios and televisions, and a lot of other things.
Liz Bowie, The Sun’s senior education reporter, talks about reaction to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s order requiring schools to open after Labor Day and finish by June 15; plus, Baltimore County librarian Paula Gallagher reviews three books.
Jonathan Flombaum, an assistant professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins University, mixes philosophy with some neuroscience to answer some big questions about the brain.
Julie Lawson talks about Trash Free Maryland’s efforts, including a project to recover and track some of the merchandise lost by Main Street stores during the Ellicott City flood.
Catherine Pugh, the Democratic candidate for mayor of Baltimore in November’s election, says she’s been researching "best practices" for approaching some of the city’s chronic problems.
How the aerial surveillance system used over Baltimore works, plus, who hacked the hackers at the National Security Agency?
Former RNC chairman Michael Steele is "disappointed" in the direction of the GOP, but won't say whether he'll vote for its presidential nominee.
John Dickerson, host of “Face The Nation,” on the presidential campaign; commentator Sheri Parks on the Olympics, race and gender.
With a remake of “Ben-Hur” opening in theaters nationwide, film critics Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellyn Reed talk about the long, loud and lavish line of Hollywood epics that stand iconic in American cinematic history.
Author Elizabeth Letts shares two tales about saving great horses.
As the new school year begins, Jennifer Green, co-founder and CEO of Baltimore-based Urban Teachers, talks about her program’s success in preparing hundreds of college graduates for lasting careers in city schools.
The weekend show has a novel recommendation, analysis of the DNC email hack, a talk with a convicted fraudster helping other ex-offenders, and corn recipes and tips.
University of Baltimore criminologist Jeffrey Ian Ross talks about the scathing Department of Justice report on the Baltimore Police Department.
Dan talks about the Trump and Clinton campaigns with two professors and a Republican analyst who served as a speechwriter at last month's GOP convention.
Analysis of Kevin Plank's proposal for a new city within a city and of a historic milltown's prospects for rebuilding following a devastating flood.
Margaret "Meg" Guroff, an editor and writer in Washington, has authored a cultural history of the bicycle.
The stories of two naturalists — Nick Carter, who lives at the headwaters of the Eastern Shore's Choptank River; and Theodore Roosevelt.
Dan talks with colleagues about Democrats' historic night and the Orioles' pitching turnaround — a possible Roughly Speaking jinx notwithstanding.
On the weekend podcast, commentary on the Republican convention and Roger Ailes' resignation plus book and film recommendations.
Exploring a long-buried claim that American troops, many from Maryland, were betrayed during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I.
Dan interviews UMBC professor Kimberly Moffitt and David Miller, creator of "10 Rules For Survival When Stopped by the Police."
The Sun's John Fritze and the Goucher Poll's Mileah Kromer discuss this week's GOP gathering while a historian remembers the livelier conventions of yore.
A historian and author lend their perspectives on the presidential race, plus tips on making meatloaf and mixing summer cocktails.
"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," the classic cinematic drama about gold fever, grit and greed, gets a revival screening at Baltimore's Charles Theatre.
Six questions about the Hillary Clinton email scandal for Sean Gallagher, the Baltimore-based IT editor of Ars Technica.
After the Dallas shootings, Dan speaks with rapper VeganG about his experiences with police and his positive message about "living a virtuous life."
Two decades after a family tragedy shocked him into getting in shape, Rick Armiger is a bona fide Ironman, just completing his 25th long-distance triathlon.
In this Independence Day episode of Roughly Speaking, some fresh perspectives on Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, with two leading Jefferson scholars.
The Sun's media critic David Zurawik talks about a new Viceland series and fact-checks Donald Trump. Paula Gallagher offers summer reading picks.
In this podcast: A Johns Hopkins expert on the Affordable Care Act provides an objective assessment of the implementation of the health insurance law after the third year of enrollment.
In this podcast: A review of Emma Cline's debut novel, and analyzing LeBron James' hot hand.
Justin Fenton and Kevin Rector talk about the acquittal of Officer Caesar Goodson, who faced the most serious charges in Freddie Gray's arrest and death.
We hear from five principals who were recently honored for their outstanding work in the inaugural "Heart of the School" awards.
Reporters Justin Fenton and Kevin Rector recap the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson ahead of what would be the second verdict in the Freddie Gray cases.
"Little Willie" Adams and Philip Berrigan, who left their marks in different ways, are part of the history of Baltimore that you should know.
Two recent reports paint a troubling picture of the lack of infrastructure investment, which they say is taking money away from businesses and consumers.
Republican analyst Richard Cross and UMBC professor Kimberly Moffitt on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's declaration that he won't be voting for Donald Trump.
On sabbatical Mikita Brottman challenged inmates, some convicted murderers, and herself by teaching literature inside the Jessup Correctional Institution.
"Do Guns Make us Free?" author Firmin DeBrabander revisits his reporting and reflections after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Dan interviews Stefanie DeLuca, co-author of a 10-year study of 150 young adults who were born to parents who lived in Baltimore's public housing projects.
Up front, professor and author Carol Anderson says Donald Trump's ascendancy is all about white anger, then segments on media, books and food.
Baltimore-based psychiatrist Mark Komrad discusses a recent study on how the news media cover mental illness.
With the National Homebrewers Conference in town, Dan speaks with Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association.
We discuss a no-hands-on the-steering-wheel future with John Davis, host of MotorWeek, now in its 35th year on public television.
Tips from the Baltimore Bartenders' Guild president, plus the podcast's Friday critics, David Zurawik on media and Linda DeLibero and Christopher Reed on film.
The questions you always wanted to ask a doctor or scientist but never did are asked by area 5th graders and answered by Roughly Speaking's resident experts.
A new book by a former city police spokesman draws lessons from local and national public relations crises, including the Baltimore unrest of April 2015.
Trump's nomination casts him in the ultimate reality show, critic David Zurawik reviews a new "Roots," chef John Shields addresses a decline in home cooking.
Fresh from two drone conferences, the Baltimore-based IT editor of Ars Technica joins Dan to talk about drones in work, play and warfare.
Heather Harris of Stevenson University engages Dan on the range of issues raised by the police shooting of a young teen who had a BB gun resembling a real gun.
A UMBC professor fears the aggressive tone of Donald Trump's campaign and the zeal of his largely white supporters could unleash a racial backlash.
Political scientist and author Melissa Deckman on the role of "Mamma Grizzlies" and the Tea Party now that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee.
Dan ushers in Kentucky Derby weekend with a chat with an old horse racing friend and tips for home bartenders making Triple Crown-themed drinks.
A talk with a Hopkins-trained radiation biologist who found himself on the receiving end of lots of emails and phone calls after the Fukishima disaster of 2011.
On Mother's Day, baseball fans will again flock to 33rd Street, to celebrate the day 50 years ago when Frank Robinson hit a ball out of Memorial Stadium.
The big Friday podcast returns with segments on the Freddie Gray case, a Live Baltimore event, the Maryland Film Festival, horse racing's Triple Crown and more.
Early reaction and analysis of Tuesday's election results from Sun journalists, the director of the Goucher Poll, and a Republican analyst.
On the anniversary of the Baltimore unrest, we hear from a Reginald Lewis Museum curator on how "Year of the Black Man" exhibits relate to Freddie Gray's arrest and death. Also, Cokie Roberts of NPR and ABC News talks about her new book about the women of Washington.
Concluding more than two weeks of interviews with candidates for elected office, Dan Rodricks talks with a Republican U.S. Senate hopeful, Richard Douglas.
Interviews with candidates for Baltimore City Council in the 7th District.
Interviews with candidates for Baltimore City Council in the 5th and 12th districts.
Interviews with candidates for Baltimore City Council in the 4th district, in north-central Baltimore.
Interviews with candidates for Baltimore City Council in the 6th and 8th districts, both on the west side of town.
Interviews with candidates for Baltimore City Council in the 9th District, which includes Pigtown, Sowebo, Harlem Park, Rosemont and Franklintown Road.
We hear from candidates for Baltimore City Council in the 1st District, which includes Canton, Fells Point, Highlandtown and other southeastern neighborhoods.
Baltimore City Council candidates, running in the Democratic primary for districts 3 and 11, chat with Dan Rodricks about their backgrounds and platforms.
Dan Rodricks' series of interviews with Baltimore mayoral candidates continues with Democrat Patrick Gutierrez and Republican Alan Walden.
Interviews with incumbent 2nd District councilman Brandon Scott and one of his challengers in the April 26 Democratic primary, Tony Christian.
More conversations with candidates in the April 26 Maryland primary, featuring the incumbent of the Baltimore City Council's 14th District and her challenger.
An interview with U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Chris Van Hollen, plus media critic David Zurawik, book critic Paula Gallagher, and getting city kids to golf.
Dan Rodricks' conversations with candidates continue with city candidates Shannon Sneed, running for the 13th District council seat, and Mike King, running for comptroller.
Dan Rodricks' podcast interview with Edwards starts with some biography and moves into issues, including criticism leveled against her that her congressional office has not been responsive to constituents.
On the weekend edition of the podcast: The MedStar hack, films from HBO and SXSW, the Baltimore dining scene, "Integrating the Orioles," and a role model ex-football player.
A Baltimore Sun Lobby Concert, featuring Italian guitar virtuoso Flavio Sala.
Baltimore councilman Carl Stokes returns to the podcast as part of Dan's series of interviews with mayoral candidates, and, a year after Freddie Gray's death, the Baltimore County library's common reading program takes on race and the social conditions at the root of 2015's unrest.
A conversation about the former Baltimore mayor who wants to be mayor again, with Firmin DeBrabander, professor of philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Sheri Parks, associate dean in arts and humanities at the University of Maryland.
What motivates people to take on the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, stretching from Georgia to Maine?
Two chums, Larry Noto and Kevin Cowherd, join Dan today too talk about careers, comedy, old comics, new comics and spaghetti.
Dan Rodricks' series of interviews with Baltimore mayoral candidates continues with engineer Calvin Young, on the right in the photo above, with identical twin brother Caylin.
On the weekend edition of the podcast: More uncertainty for the future of Baltimore's horse-drawn produce carts, plus segments on Obama's Supreme Court nominee, the Flint water crisis, a film about Baltimore beer, a good book, and a great sandwich.
New Raven Benjamin Watson, author of "Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race. Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us," speaks about the need for face-to-face conversations about race. Plus, U.S. Rep. John Delaney challenges Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to say whether he support...
Meet the couple who conceived of the idea for the inaugural Light City Baltimore festival, which starts later this month. They say they wanted to "create something cool enough that would make us want to stay in Baltimore."
In a special episode, sample songs that provided "Soul Serenade" author Rashod Ollison with peace as he grew up poor, black and bullied in the Deep South.
Mayoral candidate Nick Mosby relates the story of his Reservoir Hill house to a couple of his proposals and intrepid Food Nerd Henry Hong tells how to get into raising backyard chickens.
Former Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon, who had to leave office after being convicted of embezzlement for using gift cards intended for needy children, talks with Dan Rodricks about why she thinks voters should give her another chance.
If you haven't decided who's right and who's wrong in the legal battle between Apple and the FBI over access to an iPhone used by one of the killers in the San Bernardino shooting, give this episode a listen.
Dan Rodricks' series of interviews with Baltimore mayoral candidates continues in episode 60 with a second visit from state Sen. Catherine Pugh.
Movie critics Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellyn Reed stayed up for all of the Oscars so you didn't have to. Plus, a conversation about turning books into movies.
Weekend edition guests are political scientists Herb Smith and Melissa Deckman, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, media critic David Zurawik, sports columnist Peter Schmuck, book critic Paula Gallagher, foodies Henry Hong and chef John Shields, and bartender Brendan Door.
In this Roughly Speaking Extra, Davis talks about changes he's made in the department since last year, the department's collaboration with researchers from Johns Hopkins University, and his efforts to toughen penalties for the possession of illegal guns.
What made DeRay Mckesson, an observer and challenger to authority in the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, decide to run for mayor of Baltimore?
Author Mei Fong describes how the grand social experiment in birth control has left the massive nation with a severe gender imbalance -- a population that has grown too old and too male -- and not enough workers to maintain growth and care for an aging population.
Mayoral candidate David Warnock explains how he hopes to create thousands of jobs. Also, segments on black power and dignity, a book for Wes Anderson fans, and David Zurawik on two new digital news and entertainment ventures.
Michael Greenberger, who's argued cases before the Supreme court, talks about the looming battle between the president and the Senate, and Michael Reisch, a leading expert on government social policy, gives his views of the presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders.
Mayoral candidate Elizabeth Embry returns to Dan Rodricks' podcast to discuss her anti-crime plan.
On the weekend edition of his podcast, Dan Rodricks talks with a professor who wrote a book about his decision to grow dreadlocks. Experts also weigh in on job-creation and Baltimore's mayor's race.
Sun reporter Justin Fenton describes Adnan Syed's grounds for a new trial and the atmosphere in the packed courtroom during a five-day hearing.
A talk about the U.S. economy and income inequality on episode 49 of Dan Rodricks' podcast.
Rona Kobell and Tim Wheeler of the Chesapeake Bay Journal talk about a Maryland water-pollution case with echoes of the crisis in Flint. Plus, Chesapeake oysters: Why the Hogan administration forfeited a $1 million in federal funds by stopping an oyster reef restoration project in a tributary of...
Steve Phillips, author of "Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority," talks about the country's progressive political shift, the candidacies of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, and what he calls the "tyranny of the white swing voter."
Episode 46 of Dan Rodricks' Baltimore Sun podcast includes a conversation with media critic David Zurawik about activist DeRay Mckesson's entry into the Baltimore mayor's race, and, with the release of "Hail, Caesar!," a clip tour of Coen Brothers films.
An investigative reporter, social scientist and economist confront intergenerational poverty in Baltimore and examine the role place plays in escaping the cycle.
With spring training just a couple weeks away, Dan Rodricks talks Orioles baseball with Eduardo "Eddie In The Yard" Encina.
Episode 43 of Dan Rodricks' podcast has segments on Donald Trump and Fox News, a "Peanuts" exhibit at local libraries plus an interview with mayoral candidate Nick Mosby and recommended reading.
Baltimore native Mike Rowe, in town to appear at a fundraiser for JumpStart, discusses the job training program, how he got his start in TV, and how Baltimore will never be accused of having "no soul."
Alec MacGillis of ProPublica on why poor people vote for Republicans in certain historically blue areas of the country.
Details of a new partnership to revitalize the part of West Baltimore. Plus, Joy-Ann Reid, national correspondent of MSNBC on Obama and the Clintons.
The week that was on the presidential campaign trail, plus winter comfort food recipes and a book about cheddar cheese.