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English, Social, 1 season, 76 episodes, 2 days, 14 hours, 13 minutes
It's easy to talk about what's wrong in Baltimore. The challenge is to talk about what's next. In each episode, Wes looks at innovative ideas that are working in other cities, places like Cincinnati, St Louis, and Detroit. And he asks the question: Can those ideas work for Baltimore? This program is made possible by Genine and Josh Fidler, and supported by the Baltimore Community Foundation, created by and for the people of Greater Baltimore, where many donors join together to make the region they love a better place, today and for future generations.
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BEYA STEM Conference 2024

Welcome to Future City on 88.1! In this month's electrifying episode for black history month! We're delving into the heart of innovation at the 38th annual Black Engineer of the Year STEM Conference (BEYA) in vibrant Baltimore, MD. Join us as we uncover the latest breakthroughs and insights from leading engineers, tech experts, and visionaries shaping the future. This episode features exclusive interviews with special guest Dr. Tyrone Trayborn and talented students and future STEM members from the esteemed HBCU, Morgan State University. Get ready for a captivating journey through the dynamic world of STEM, exploring groundbreaking discoveries, inspiring stories, and the incredible strides made at BEYA.See for privacy information.
2/14/202425 minutes, 1 second
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Unearthed Roots: Delving Into Your Ancestral History

Unlock the secrets of your family's past in this month's episode of "Future City" on 88.1 WYPR. Join us as we embark on a captivating journey through the annals of time, exploring genealogy and the intricate tapestry of our ancestors' lives. Our distinguished guests for this episode include Ari Wilkins, a renowned genealogist and lecturer, who shares invaluable insights into the fascinating world of tracing your family tree. Discover the tools, techniques, and resources that can help you uncover hidden stories and connections from generations past. We're also joined by Tom McCarriar, a prominent figure from the Maryland Genealogical Society, who sheds light on the local resources available for those eager to delve into their Maryland roots. Learn how to navigate historical archives and repositories, making the quest for your ancestry an enriching experience. To add a literary flair to the conversation, we have Rodney Brooks, a veteran journalist, writer, and author, who brings a unique perspective on the importance of storytelling within genealogy. Explore the power of narrative in preserving family histories and creating lasting legacies. Tune in to "Future City" and uncover the remarkable stories hidden within your family's history. Whether you're a seasoned genealogy enthusiast or just beginning your ancestral journey, this episode offers a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with your roots and embark on a voyage through time. Links to visit: See for privacy information.
12/4/202345 minutes, 10 seconds
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Untold Baltimore: Unearthing the City's Secrets on Future City

Prepare to be captivated as Future City 88.1 WYPR embarks on a journey to reveal Baltimore's hidden narratives. In this extraordinary episode, our distinguished guests, including the insightful Kate Drabinski from Baltimore Heritage, the thought-provoking author and Maryland Institute of Art professor Mikita Brottman, and the acclaimed sports journalist and author William Rhoden, come together to shine a spotlight on the untold stories that have shaped Baltimore's unique identity. Explore the city's rich history, culture, and untapped treasures in this compelling radio show/podcast. Links to visit: for privacy information.
11/11/202349 minutes, 7 seconds
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Racing Towards Greatness: Inside the Maryland Cycling Classic

Discover the thrilling world of professional cycling on the latest episode of 'Future City' on 88.1 WYPR. Join us as we delve into the captivating journey of the Maryland Cycling Classic in Baltimore, MD, the sole pro cycling event in the US. In this engaging episode, we have exclusive insights from pro riders Scott McGill and Sean Flournoy, who unveil the challenges and triumphs of their cycling careers, sharing training methods, nutrition strategies, and personal experiences as elite cyclists. Tune in to hear Terry Hasseltine, President of the Sport & Entertainment Corporation of Maryland, unravel the meticulous planning that goes into creating this exceptional event. Steve Brunner, Founder & President of Kom Sports, a key sponsor of the event, offers a behind-the-scenes look into the event's sponsorship landscape. Join us as we pedal through the dynamic world of pro cycling, exploring the Maryland Cycling Classic from various angles, only on 'Future City'. Links to visit: Web: Social for privacy information.
8/30/202347 minutes, 19 seconds
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A Shot in the Dark: Examining Gun Laws & Public Opinion

Join us on this month's episode of Future City on 88.1 WYPR as we engage in a thought-provoking conversation about gun control, aiming to build a safer and more secure Baltimore. Our esteemed guests include Darnyle Wharton, co-organizer of the Baltimore Peace Movement, who brings insights into community-driven initiatives; Antonio Johnson, a licensed firearms instructor and founder of D.R.A.W Defense, offering valuable perspectives on gun safety and responsible ownership in Maryland; and Firmin Debrabander, an acclaimed professor and author of "Do Guns Make Us Free?", who explores the intersections of politics and the Second Amendment. In this enlightening episode, we delve deep into the multifaceted aspects of gun control, discussing pragmatic solutions to end gun violence and fostering a culture of safety. Together, we seek to understand the impact of guns on our communities and explore potential pathways to a more harmonious future. Tune in to Future City, your podcast destination for constructive discussions on shaping a better tomorrow for Baltimore and beyond. Links to visit: for privacy information.
7/26/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 42 seconds
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Unleashing the Potential: Exploring AI with Industry Experts and Journalists

Join us on this exciting episode of Future City on 88.1 WYPR as we delve into the captivating world of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Our host, Charles Robinson, leads an insightful conversation with two esteemed guests: Dr. Richard Forno, Assistant Director of UMBC Center for Cybersecurity and Director of the Cybersecurity Graduate Program, and Dr. Tyrone Taborne, CEO of Career Communications Group. Together, they provide unique perspectives and expertise on the implications, challenges, and opportunities that AI brings to our society.  In addition, we feature a thought-provoking segment from the Council on Foreign Relations, where renowned journalists share their opinions and insights on the evolving landscape of AI. Discover the diverse perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of how AI is shaping our world.  Throughout the episode, we explore the latest advancements in AI technology, its impact on various industries, and the ethical considerations that come with its rapid growth. From cybersecurity to workforce development, our guests shed light on the complex issues surrounding AI and offer thought-provoking solutions for a better future.  Join us this month to stay informed and inspired by this engaging discussion on AI. Don't miss out on the opportunity to hear from leading experts and journalists as they navigate the ever-evolving world of Artificial Intelligence. Links to visit: for privacy information.
6/29/202355 minutes, 39 seconds
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Unveiling Baltimore's Green Oasis: Future City Explores Gardening and Farming

Welcome to a captivating episode of Future City, where we embark on a journey through Baltimore's lush green oasis and uncover the transformative power of gardening and farming. Join our esteemed guests, Denzel Mitchell from the Farm Alliance of Baltimore, Julia Craddock from the Rawlings Conservatory, Willie Flowers and Jonathan McKinney from Freetown Farm in Columbia, MD, and WYPR member AnnMarie Champ, as they share their profound insights into the world of urban agriculture. Discover the hidden gems of Baltimore's gardening and farming scene as we explore community gardens, sustainable practices, and the boundless creativity that propels this movement forward. Learn from Denzel Mitchell, a visionary leader at the Farm Alliance of Baltimore, about their mission to cultivate thriving urban farms, foster food justice, and empower local farmers. Gain valuable knowledge from Julia Craddock, an expert from the Rawlings Conservatory, as she unravels the beauty and intricacies of botanical gardens, showcasing the diverse plant life that flourishes in Baltimore. We also dive into the inspiring journey of Willie Flowers and Jonathan McKinney, of Freetown Farm in Columbia, MD. Hear firsthand about their commitment to regenerative agriculture, community engagement, and sustainable farming practices that nourish both the land and the people. And don't miss the valuable insights shared by AnnMarie Champ, an esteemed WYPR member, who will shed light on the importance of gardening for therapeutic purposes. Join us on this insightful episode of Future City, where we celebrate the vibrant gardening and farming initiatives transforming Baltimore into a sustainable urban landscape. Gain inspiration, explore innovative techniques, and discover the immense impact of this thriving movement. Get ready to be captivated by the stories, expertise, and shared passion of our incredible guests as we unlock the secrets of Baltimore's green oasis. Links to visit: for privacy information.
6/2/202346 minutes, 44 seconds
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Green Energy

Join us on this episode of Future City as we explore the world of green energy in Maryland. Our expert guests include the Director for the Maryland Energy Administration Paul Pinsky, who will share insights on the state's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote clean energy solutions. We'll also have Bay Journal Reporter Tim Wheeler, who will discuss his in-depth reporting on the impact of carbon footprints and electric vehicles making a change for cleaner energy. Finally, we'll hear from the Director for the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute, Dr. Eric Wachsman who will share their vision for advancing energy research and technology in the state. Tune in to learn about the latest innovations and policies driving Maryland's clean energy future.See for privacy information.
3/31/202347 minutes, 9 seconds
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What is art?

On this special episode of Future City, for black history month, black art is explored. We ask guests what does art mean to them, we also ask about their styles of art, and their inspirations for starting their careers in art. Guests include: Clement Bryant To view more of Mr. Bryants work, please visit the link below Jenenne Whitfield - Director of The American Visionary Art Museum Larry Poncho Brown To view more of Mr. Poncho's work, please visit the links below: Joyce Scott To view more of Ms. Joyce's work please visit the links below: Song Credit: "This little light of mine (feat. The Steeles)" Artist: Pmac The world we living in source:  See for privacy information.
2/1/202350 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Return of Governor Elect Wes Moore

Maryland’s next Governor and Future City's original host, Wes Moore is this month's guest on Future City. He shares his vision for the region, and for perspectives on his opportunity for service from a range of Maryland political leaders.See for privacy information.
12/1/202249 minutes, 10 seconds
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Druid Hill Park & The Maryland Zoo

On this month's episode of Future City, Druid Hill Park & The Maryland Zoo are discussed Guests for this month's episode include: Larissa Torres, PLA, ASLA - Landscape Architect - Design Planner II David Bramble - Co-founder of MCB Real Estate Kirby Fowler - President & CEO of The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore Links for The Maryland Zoo:  See for privacy information.
10/28/202247 minutes, 43 seconds
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Mental health

On this month's episode of Future City, the mental health crisis is discussed. Guests include: Richard Rowe - Mental Health expert & advocate Morgan Reid - Health & Wellness Coach, yoga instructor  Her Instagram accounts:  @morganshelaine @mindfullybalancedandwholeness Jacqueline Ellis, B.S.,M.Ed.,CCHW - Program Manager, Here2Help Hotline  www.healthcareaccessmaryland.orgSee for privacy information.
10/7/202249 minutes, 39 seconds
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James Webb Space Telescope

On this month's episode of Future City, The James Webb Space Telescope is discussed, Guests include: Terri Randall - Producer of PBS NOVA documentary "ULTIMATE SPACE TELESCOPE" NOVA on YouTube Dr. Marshall Shepard - Professor University of Georgia Dr. Nancy Levenson - Interim Director, Space Telescope Science Institute    See for privacy information.
9/8/202247 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Robert's Supreme Court

On this month's episode of Future City, The Robert's Supreme Court is discussed along with the contraversial cases regarding SCOTUS. Guests include: Jesse Holland - Author/professor George Washington University Mark Graber - Law professor UMB Robyn Scates - Professor UMD/Morgan State UniversitySee for privacy information.
7/30/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 43 seconds
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Summer reading

On this episode of Future City, we discuss great reads for the summer! Future City welcomed several guests this month to discuss their favorite reads. Guests include: Samantha Zline, Branch Manager, Severna Park Library - Anne Arundel County Public Library website - - Book Recommendations Page (includes staff picks and our monthly newsletters) -The American Library Association Banned and Challenged Books: Heidi Daniel, President & CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library Morgan Reid, Health & Wellness Coach Her instagram: @morganshelaine Tom Hall, host of Midday on 88.1 WYPR Lisa Morgan, host of The Weekly Reader on 88.1 WYPR Carol Booker, author of Cove Point on the Chesapeake: The Beacon, The Bay, and the Dream  See for privacy information.
7/2/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 38 seconds
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From West Baltimore to UMB CURE scholars

On this episode of Future City, the UMB CURE program is discussed.See for privacy information.
5/25/202250 minutes, 28 seconds
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The future of Mondawmin mall

On this month's episode of Future City, the future of Mondawmin mall is discussed. Guests include: Rev. Franklin Lance Mondawmin Coordinating Council, Zulema Sockwell-Moore The William S. Baer School Antonio Hayes(D) Baltimore City 40th District for privacy information.
5/4/202248 minutes, 30 seconds
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Re-drawing Maryland's maps

On this episode, the re-drawing of voting maps is discussed. See for privacy information.
4/1/202249 minutes, 57 seconds
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So you think you're funny?

On this month's episode of Future City, we dive in to the state of comedy. We ask the experts what is funny? How does your comedy work? How do you deal with hecklers? Interviews include guests such as: Wajahat Ali Michele Wojciechowski Fred Watkins Ricky Shackleford Tom PapaSee for privacy information.
2/24/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 45 seconds
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The LGBTQ Community

This month on Future City, we take the opportunity to become more familiar with the LGBTQ community, its culture and its history.On this month's episode we will discuss the LGBTQ community with - Heather Mizeur - Candidate for Congress in Maryland & former MD State legislator. -Kevin Brown - Director of station north arts district -Rahne Alexander - Multimedia artist, producer, musician and performer. IG/TW: @rahnealexander FB:rahne.alexander.artist Great orgs you can donate to, to support the transgender community in & around Baltimore Trans Maryland: Baltimore Safe Haven: FreeState Justice: -Jabari Lyles - President & Principal ConsultantLinks where you can learn more about Jabari and his workHis website -Cleo Manago - Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Pride Center of MD - Amber Barnett - Racial Equity Strategist & Practitioner.  See for privacy information.
1/26/202254 minutes, 17 seconds
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Tech Industry

You’ve heard the saying…”there’s an app for that.” We look at tech you may want, are trying to get, and when you can expect it. Can our thirst for the newest and latest gadget be quenched?See for privacy information.
12/29/202147 minutes, 30 seconds