Roughly Speaking

Roughly Speaking Dan Rodricks: Commentary and conversation on life in Baltimore, Maryland and the USA
Podcast: Likely Maryland's oldest citizen, one week from 111, Downing Kay is in good health and good humor

In today's episode, Dan makes a return trip to the home of Downing Kay, who was born Nov. 23, 1907. She is most likely Maryland's oldest citizen. She will turn 111 next week, one of only an estimated 50 Americans who are 110 or older.

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The Catholic bishops should have stood up to Rome on sex abuse

I try to write about things I care about, and apparently I still care about the Catholic Church. I can’t let it go. I was raised a Catholic. I have been a struggling Catholic, a fallen-off Catholic, a comeback Catholic, and several times an angry Catholic. I once thought myself a former Catholic, but there’s really no such thing.

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Podcast: A psychologist warns that Trump's 'malignant narcissism' could lead to fascism

Baltimore-based psychologist John Gartner is a leader of a group of mental health professionals called Duty To Warn. They seek to have Trump’s cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment, which lays out the procedure for removing a president who is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office" on mental health grounds.

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Podcast: Zurawik on Fox: Shilling without shame for Trump

The Sun's media critic David Zurawik talks about Sean Hannity's role as a shill for President Trump.

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Podcast: Inside an election night newsroom

As results start to come in from polling places across Maryland and across the country, Dan Rodricks spends a few minutes with Sun reporters and editors covering the 2018 midterm elections.

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Back at Chestnut Ridge, Jill Kamenetz votes for 'the smartest guy I ever knew'

She went out in the rain to her polling station in Baltimore County and voted for the smartest man she ever knew. On a day whose approach she had dreaded, Jill Kamenetz voted for her late husband for governor of Maryland. She skipped past Larry Hogan, the Republican incumbent, and Ben Jealous, his Democratic challenger, and wrote Kevin Kamenetz’s name on the ballot.

“You did that with love,” I said.

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