Dan Rodricks

Roughly Speaking podcast: Integrating the Orioles; MedStar hack; Z on TV; Joel Gamble, role model; Food news, Pee-wee and Burt (episode 74)

In this podcast:

  • 3:13: One of the top stories of the week: MedStar Hack and Internet Ransom: Hackers attacked the computer system at MedStar Health, forcing thousands of employees of 10 Medstar hospitals in our region to resort to paper medical records and transactions. MedStar is Maryland’s second-largest health care provider, with 30,000 employees and 6,000 affiliated physicians. The hackers are reportedly holding the MedStar system hostage, demanding ransom to unlock it. I turned to Sean Gallagher, Baltimore-based IT editor for Ars Technica.

  • 23:04: David Zurawik talks about a new HBO movie about the 1991 Senate battle over Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court nomination and Anita Hill’s claims of sexual harassment.

  • 31:18: Film critic Chris Reed attended the South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival and he reports today on some new films and his encounters with Burt Reynolds and Paul Reubens, the actor better known as Pee-wee Herman.

  • 47:15: Sarah Meehan reports for the Sun’s Baltimore Diner blog, and she drops by with some restaurant news. Suddenly, it seems there’s a lot of it again.

  • 57:18: The Orioles come back to Baltimore for Opening Day on Monday against the Minnesota Twins. We’re going to look back 50 years to Opening Day 1966, when Frank Robinson joined the team and led the Orioles to the world championship. Dan speaks with Maryland-based author Bob Luke about his just-published book, "Integrating the Orioles," on baseball and race in Baltimore and how the Orioles became a racially integrated — and winning — team. 

  • 1:15:03: Meet Joel Gamble, a role model for boys committed to his native Baltimore. Joel Gamble is a Baltimore native who tried mightily to become a professional football player; he eventually played briefly in a Cleveland Browns uniform. He came back to Baltimore, and he’s now trying to influence kids in a positive way, as a role model and leader of a youth football program. He’s an inspiring guy.

This sort of thing can be used as a weapon. It could very well be that these people are operating with the blessing of law enforcement in their own country.

—  Sean Gallagher of Ars Technica on hackers like those who attacked MedStar Health

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