Month: April 2020

Episode 99: “Look for the Helpers: Nonprofits and Citizens Respond to COVID-19”

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” – Mister Rogers

In this episode of Elevate Maryland, Candace and Tom sit down with the “helpers” to find out what they’re doing to address the socio-economic crisis that has accompanied and, in many cases, has been revealed by COVID-19: Read More

Episode 98: “Howard County Schools & Remote Learning With Dr. Michael Martirano”


In this episode, Candace and Tom interview Howard County School Superintendent Michael Martirano about the roll-out of Howard County’s remote learning program. He explained the timeline for getting things set up, the measures put in place to ensure consistency in learning, and how HCPSS is reaching its most vulnerable students. Dr. Martirano also addresses last fall’s redistricting process and how the school system is continuing to prepare for the reassignment of schools next year. Read More

Episode 97: “Health Disparities, Equity, and COVID-19” With Dr. Shawn Bediako


In this episode, Candace and Tom interview UMBC professor Dr. Shawn Bediako about health disparities made apparent by COVID-19 that are rooted in systemic racism. He also discusses concerns related to the stigma of those who have had the virus and recover. Read More

Episode 96: “College in the Age of COVID-19”


In this episode, Candace and Tom sit down with four college students to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their college experience, how they are coping with this disruption, and the advice they would give to students about to enter college in the Fall. This is a can’t miss show. Our future is bright. Read More

Episode 95: “Racial Dynamics of COVID-19” With Delegate Nick Mosby


In this episode, Candace and Tom interview Delegate Nick Mosby about his efforts to get data on the racial dynamics and geographic impacts of COVID-19. In particular, Delegate Mosby discusses how Baltimore has been uniquely impacted by this pandemic and policy prescriptions that should be implemented to respond to the needs of city residents. Read More

Episode 94: “Equity in Remote Education” With Dr. John B. King, Jr.

As school districts across the country implement remote learning practices, former Secretary of Education Dr. John B. King, Jr. has sounded the alarm on ensuring that the under-privileged and left behind are not excluded from the opportunities of public education. Read More