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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.

Latest Episodes

"We're Now Knowingly Letting People Die": Responding To The COVID-19 Crisis

EThis month on Future City we discuss COVID-19. As states like Maryland begin to loosen restrictions and re-open businesses, we check in with public health officials about the implications of that, plus how they rate the responses from Baltimore, Maryland, and the U.S. so far. Plus we hear how other jurisdictions across the globe are reacting to coronavirus, and learn about how volunteers, activists, and the government in the Indian state of Kerala worked together to fight the pandemic.

48 MINMAY 21
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"We're Now Knowingly Letting People Die": Responding To The COVID-19 Crisis

Sweet Potatoes And Power: Food Security In Baltimore

EFood insecurity is rampant in Baltimore, with nearly a quarter of the city's residents struggling to acquire healthy, affordable food. On this month's episode of Future City, we discuss why food insecurity persists in one of the wealthiest states in the country, and how local urban farmers, religious leaders, and advocates are fighting for food justice in the city.

48 MINMAR 18
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Sweet Potatoes And Power: Food Security In Baltimore

Collective Healing: Trauma In Baltimore And Beyond

EWe discuss how trauma and PTSD shape people’s lives in Baltimore and beyond, and how activists, service providers, educators, and government agencies are using knowledge of trauma to change the city. We learn about legislation mandating that city agencies use trauma-informed practices when delivering services, find out where trauma fits into peace and reconciliation on an international scale in places like South Africa and Northern Ireland, and hear about how harm reduction activists incorporate trauma into the work they do supporting sex workers and people who use drugs in Baltimore.

48 MINFEB 19
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Collective Healing: Trauma In Baltimore And Beyond

The Future Of Education In Baltimore

ESchools in Baltimore City have struggled over the years, and face a potential sixty million dollar budget shortfall in 2021. Meanwhile lawmakers are debating whether or not to fully fund the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission. On this episode of Future City we ask what it’s going to take to make Baltimore City schools the best that they can be and how to pay for changes to Maryland's education system.

48 MINJAN 16
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The Future Of Education In Baltimore

From Lost Trust To Accountability: The Future Of Governance

EIn a year when a mayor resigned over an ethics scandal, many in Baltimore are asking if the time is right for institutional changes to how the city government is run. On this episode of Future City, we’re looking at the history of the Baltimore city government and why it looks the way it does today. We explore how governments in other cities are set up differently, talk about the pros and cons of city administrator and strong mayor systems, and discuss how city governments are using data to drive policy and service delivery.

48 MIN2019 DEC 23
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From Lost Trust To Accountability: The Future Of Governance

“Our Hearts Exploding All Over The City”: Erricka Bridgeford On Ending Violence

EErricka Bridgeford is a co-creator of Baltimore Ceasefire 365, an organization that seeks to end homicides in the city. The group organizes quarterly ceasefire weekends, asking Baltimoreans to handle conflict nonviolently while celebrating life and sharing resources. They also practice healing rituals at the sites of homicides and offer support to the surviving friends and families of homicide victims. Bridgeford spoke to Future City producer Mark Gunnery for a special podcast extra to accompany this month’s episode "Baltimore’s Different”: Gangs, Youth, And Violence Interruption.

21 MIN2019 NOV 27
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“Our Hearts Exploding All Over The City”: Erricka Bridgeford On Ending Violence

“Baltimore’s Different”: Gangs, Youth, And Stopping Violence

EFor the fifth year in a row, the annual number of homicides in Baltimore has surpassed 300. Young people have been at the forefront of the city’s violence. On this month’s episode of Future City, we discuss violence in Baltimore, how it affects young people in particular, gangs in the city and efforts to end cycles of retaliatory violence.

48 MIN2019 NOV 27
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“Baltimore’s Different”: Gangs, Youth, And Stopping Violence

A Toxic Legacy: Confronting Lead Poisoning In Baltimore

Baltimore is at the center of the lead crisis in the U.S., and generations of Baltimoreans have been poisoned by the heavy metal. How did lead exposure become such a drastic problem here in Baltimore? And how can the city deal with lead poisoning in a lasting and comprehensive way?

49 MIN2019 OCT 17
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A Toxic Legacy: Confronting Lead Poisoning In Baltimore

The Future of the Internet and Social Media

Over 3.4 billion people use social media, but with privacy concerns and accusations of false information – what’s the future of internet use? New social media sites are emerging pitching authenticity and transparency, but are consumers willing to make the switch to new platforms? Wes discusses media, marketing strategies, and the future of the internet on this episode.

49 MIN2019 JUL 17
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The Future of the Internet and Social Media

The Future of Foster Care

Here in Maryland, there are nearly 4,000 children in foster care. With so many children in need, how do we ensure a future where children, parents, and foster parents are all provided with the best possible care? Wes discusses interracial adoption, foster parents, biological parents, and the emotional realities of this complex system.

49 MIN2019 JUN 19
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The Future of Foster Care

Latest Episodes

"We're Now Knowingly Letting People Die": Responding To The COVID-19 Crisis

EThis month on Future City we discuss COVID-19. As states like Maryland begin to loosen restrictions and re-open businesses, we check in with public health officials about the implications of that, plus how they rate the responses from Baltimore, Maryland, and the U.S. so far. Plus we hear how other jurisdictions across the globe are reacting to coronavirus, and learn about how volunteers, activists, and the government in the Indian state of Kerala worked together to fight the pandemic.

48 MINMAY 21
Comments
"We're Now Knowingly Letting People Die": Responding To The COVID-19 Crisis

Sweet Potatoes And Power: Food Security In Baltimore

EFood insecurity is rampant in Baltimore, with nearly a quarter of the city's residents struggling to acquire healthy, affordable food. On this month's episode of Future City, we discuss why food insecurity persists in one of the wealthiest states in the country, and how local urban farmers, religious leaders, and advocates are fighting for food justice in the city.

48 MINMAR 18
Comments
Sweet Potatoes And Power: Food Security In Baltimore

Collective Healing: Trauma In Baltimore And Beyond

EWe discuss how trauma and PTSD shape people’s lives in Baltimore and beyond, and how activists, service providers, educators, and government agencies are using knowledge of trauma to change the city. We learn about legislation mandating that city agencies use trauma-informed practices when delivering services, find out where trauma fits into peace and reconciliation on an international scale in places like South Africa and Northern Ireland, and hear about how harm reduction activists incorporate trauma into the work they do supporting sex workers and people who use drugs in Baltimore.

48 MINFEB 19
Comments
Collective Healing: Trauma In Baltimore And Beyond

The Future Of Education In Baltimore

ESchools in Baltimore City have struggled over the years, and face a potential sixty million dollar budget shortfall in 2021. Meanwhile lawmakers are debating whether or not to fully fund the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission. On this episode of Future City we ask what it’s going to take to make Baltimore City schools the best that they can be and how to pay for changes to Maryland's education system.

48 MINJAN 16
Comments
The Future Of Education In Baltimore

From Lost Trust To Accountability: The Future Of Governance

EIn a year when a mayor resigned over an ethics scandal, many in Baltimore are asking if the time is right for institutional changes to how the city government is run. On this episode of Future City, we’re looking at the history of the Baltimore city government and why it looks the way it does today. We explore how governments in other cities are set up differently, talk about the pros and cons of city administrator and strong mayor systems, and discuss how city governments are using data to drive policy and service delivery.

48 MIN2019 DEC 23
Comments
From Lost Trust To Accountability: The Future Of Governance

“Our Hearts Exploding All Over The City”: Erricka Bridgeford On Ending Violence

EErricka Bridgeford is a co-creator of Baltimore Ceasefire 365, an organization that seeks to end homicides in the city. The group organizes quarterly ceasefire weekends, asking Baltimoreans to handle conflict nonviolently while celebrating life and sharing resources. They also practice healing rituals at the sites of homicides and offer support to the surviving friends and families of homicide victims. Bridgeford spoke to Future City producer Mark Gunnery for a special podcast extra to accompany this month’s episode "Baltimore’s Different”: Gangs, Youth, And Violence Interruption.

21 MIN2019 NOV 27
Comments
“Our Hearts Exploding All Over The City”: Erricka Bridgeford On Ending Violence

“Baltimore’s Different”: Gangs, Youth, And Stopping Violence

EFor the fifth year in a row, the annual number of homicides in Baltimore has surpassed 300. Young people have been at the forefront of the city’s violence. On this month’s episode of Future City, we discuss violence in Baltimore, how it affects young people in particular, gangs in the city and efforts to end cycles of retaliatory violence.

48 MIN2019 NOV 27
Comments
“Baltimore’s Different”: Gangs, Youth, And Stopping Violence

A Toxic Legacy: Confronting Lead Poisoning In Baltimore

Baltimore is at the center of the lead crisis in the U.S., and generations of Baltimoreans have been poisoned by the heavy metal. How did lead exposure become such a drastic problem here in Baltimore? And how can the city deal with lead poisoning in a lasting and comprehensive way?

49 MIN2019 OCT 17
Comments
A Toxic Legacy: Confronting Lead Poisoning In Baltimore

The Future of the Internet and Social Media

Over 3.4 billion people use social media, but with privacy concerns and accusations of false information – what’s the future of internet use? New social media sites are emerging pitching authenticity and transparency, but are consumers willing to make the switch to new platforms? Wes discusses media, marketing strategies, and the future of the internet on this episode.

49 MIN2019 JUL 17
Comments
The Future of the Internet and Social Media

The Future of Foster Care

Here in Maryland, there are nearly 4,000 children in foster care. With so many children in need, how do we ensure a future where children, parents, and foster parents are all provided with the best possible care? Wes discusses interracial adoption, foster parents, biological parents, and the emotional realities of this complex system.

49 MIN2019 JUN 19
Comments
The Future of Foster Care
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