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The Most Important Person in Maryland Politics – Rushern Baker

On June 10, 2022, Rushern Baker suspended his campaign for Governor. Ten days later, he's on our show to tell you what he thinks about the 2022 Primary, why public financing needs some tweaks, and how Maryland's next Governor should declare a state of emergency for Baltimore City.

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The Most Important Person in Maryland Politics - Rushern Baker
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Believin’ in Evelyn w/ Janssen Evelyn

Candace and Tom celebrate FIVE YEARS of podcasting by hosting a live interview with Howard County Council District 4 candidate Janssen Evelyn. He addressed why housing is one of his top priorities and the way in which art infuses itself into his life. Janssen also recounts some stories from the field as he works to become the first person of color to represent Downtown Columbia on the County Council.

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Believin' in Evelyn w/ Janssen Evelyn
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An Even Better Baltimore County with County Executive Johnny Olszewski

In this episode, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., discusses his decision not to run for Governor and instead seek reelection. We also hit on the topics of housing, education, equity, and his prolonged stint as a prominent local DJ! You won't want to miss his unpopular benign opinion, even though it technically has to do with food.

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An Even Better Baltimore County with County Executive Johnny Olszewski
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The Need for An “Economic Fair Housing Act” with Richard Kahlenberg

The Fair Housing Act passed in 1968, which prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, religion, national origin, and, since 1974, sex. Our guest this week believes we need another amendment that will prohibit discrimination in housing based on economic status. Although racism and sexism are seen as overtly bad, Richard Kahlenberg notes that Americans are much more ambivalent, or even supportive, of discrimination based on class. The result is that our communities are segregated based on income, resulting in bad outcomes not only for those less off, but also the wealthy families that support these divisions.

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The Need for An "Economic Fair Housing Act" with Richard Kahlenberg
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Brave Voices Brave Choices with Howard County Library CEO Tonya Aikens

Candace returns for this interview with Howard County Library President and CEO Tonya Aikens to discuss the new "Brave Voices Brave Choices" campaign.  This new initiative will replace the iconic "Choose Civility" campaign, which has adorned resident bumpers for over a decade.  Tonya explains why it was necessary to move past the "Choose Civility" frame and tells listeners what they can expect in the months and years ahead from Brave Voices Brave Choices.

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Brave Voices Brave Choices with Howard County Library CEO Tonya Aikens
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Why Single Family Detached Zoning Hurts Everyone w/ Vox’s Jerusalem Demsas

Vox's Jerusalem Demsas has burst onto the scene as a thought-leader on housing policy across the country. We were fortunate enough to book her for an interview to discuss the disjointed politics of land use policy, the economic impacts of SFD zoning, and how President Biden's new infrastructure plan may change all that.

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Why Single Family Detached Zoning Hurts Everyone w/ Vox's Jerusalem Demsas
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ADUs in Annapolis with Alderman Brooks Schandelmeier and Kol Peterson

Accessory Dwelling Units, or "ADUs", are a hot topic in housing policy and provide the opportunity for lower cost housing options in areas with high housing prices. Annapolis Alderman Brooks Schandelmeier has cosponsored legislation with Alderman DaJuan Gay to legalize and regulate ADU's in Maryland's state capitol. Kol Peterson is an ADU expert and has published the book "Backdoor Revolution-The Definitive Guide to ADU Development". In this discussion, we review the benefits and objections related to ADU's, their frequency of use in practice, and the questionable origin of single-family detached zoning that stands in the way of such units.

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ADUs in Annapolis with Alderman Brooks Schandelmeier and Kol Peterson
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Get Excited for Brood X with Dr. Mike Raupp

This week, Ainy and Tom interview UMD Entomologist and nationally recognized cicada expert Dr. Mike Raupp. We discuss everything from the precautions you can take to protect new landscaping to the manner cicadas may be prepared (or plucked) for human consumption. This podcast is for all of those who don't know want to make of the forthcoming cicada arrival. Dr. Raupp's suggestion? Get excited. This week’s featured business from The 3rd is Stephanie Brown Coaching LLC, run by Dr. Stephanie Brown. This business is all about showing professional women what it means to shift their energy into powering their dreams. You can find Stephanie Brown Coaching on facebook, instagram, and twitter @stephbrownmd or visit stephaniebrowncoaching.com for more information

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Get Excited for Brood X with Dr. Mike Raupp
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“Housing is Infrastructure” with Casey Anderson

This week, Tom and Ainy interview Montgomery County Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson to discuss Thrive Montgomery 2050, urbanism, and affordable housing. This week’s featured business from The 3rd is “Simply Kashonna” founded by Kashonna Holland. “Simply Kashonna is building leaders through both a lifestyle, and corporate brand, focusing on motivational speaking, life coaching, and training.

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"Housing is Infrastructure" with Casey Anderson
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Leadership in Service with Erika Strauss Chavarria

Erika Strauss Chavarria is the founder of Columbia Community Care, a start up food and supply bank for those in need in Howard County. In twelve months, this organization has transformed from a start-up collecting in a parking lot to a service many residents rely on for their everyday needs.  In this interview, we discuss the unserved needs of one of the richest counties in American. We also discuss Erika's motivations to serve and the need for additional community support. This week’s featured business from The 3rd is a black owned carry out and delivery food business. Based out of Laurel, Food Under the Influence is open until 2am. You can find their menu on instagram and facebook @food_undertheinfluence and they are on Twitter @food_influence1. Be sure to support and get some delicious food from Food Under the Influence.

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Leadership in Service with Erika Strauss Chavarria
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