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Episode 124: “HoCo’s Progressive SMOB” Zach Koung

This week, Candace and Tom interview the Howard County Student Member of the Board of Education Zach Koung.  They discuss whether students support having police in schools, how students are receiving remote education, and mental health.  Read More

Episode 123: “Authentic Advocacy” with JOTF’s Caryn York

Our shows are always just a little better when we have our friends on. We think that shows through in this interview with JOTF’s Executive Director Caryn York. Of greatest interest is how she describes how important authenticity is to her work, both in the “board room” and in the community.

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Elevated Voices: A New Patriotism

I’ve been reading two books concurrently that have had an odd synthesis. The first is Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum and the other is One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger by this week’s guest Matthew Yglesias; both excellent books that I strongly recommend. Read More

Episode 121: “Optimism, Patriotism, and One Billion Americans” with Matthew Yglesias

What if the only way for the United States to maintain dominance as a world super-power in the 21st century would be to add 600 million people? That’s the premise of Matthew Yglesias’s new book One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger. In this episode, Candace and Tom discuss this idea, the patriotism implicit in the conversation, and why Matt still has hope that America’s best days may be in front of us. We also discuss more local issues such as why building more housing is both important and, often, politically impossible.

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Elevated Voices: ICE in Howard County

Howard County will be served up a contentious September with the filing of CB 51-2020, which has been characterized by some as “cancelling” Howard County’s contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). This is a continuation of an ongoing political controversy for one of Maryland’s more liberal jurisdictions, which houses one of three detention centers used by ICE for undocumented immigrants in Maryland. Read More

Episode 120: “Behind the English Ivy” with Baltimore City Council-Member Ryan Dorsey


In this episode, Candace and Tom interview Baltimore City Council-member Ryan Dorsey about his views on Baltimore police, Kimberly Klacik’s city-wide attack ad, and renaming Baltimore’s Columbus obelisk. Ryan also touched on the criticisms of “single party rule” and why he thinks the emergence of another political party in Baltimore may be good for the city. Read More

Episode 119: “ElectionPalooza” w/Baltimore Positive & A Miner Detail

This happened this week. Nestor J. Aparicio and I are very excited about joining the teams from Elevate Maryland and A Miner Detail to talk all things Election 2020. – Don Mohler Read More

Elevated Voices eNewsletter: Leave Them Empty Handed

Each of us has an invisible bucket. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel awful. Yet most children (and many adults) don’t realize the importance of having a full bucket throughout the day.

In How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids, Felix begins to see how every interaction in a day either fills or empties his bucket. Felix then realizes that everything he says or does to other people fills or empties their buckets as well.

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Elevated Voices eNewsletter: We’ve Got Monsters

This past week, Candace and I had the opportunity to interview Brandon Soderberg about the new book he coauthored with Baynard Woods – I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad, which is about Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force led by police sergeant Wayne Jenkins. I had the chance to read the book in advance of our interview and can’t recommend it highly enough. It is a tragic story in that it shows more than just an abuse of power, but the destruction of public trust. These police officers terrorized, robbed, and placed drugs on people they were supposed to protect and serve. They did this behind a badge and supported by the institutions of criminal justice. Read More

Episode 118: “Most Egregious Case of Police Corruption in US History” with Brandon Soderberg


Must listen for a must read. In this episode, Candace and Tom sit down with Brandon Soderberg, one of the co-authors of “I Got A Monster: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad”, which covers the rise and fall of the corrupt Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force led by police officer Wayne Jenkins. Soderberg discusses the manner in which the criminal justice system enables and protects corruption, including the complicity of city prosecutors.
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Elevated Voices eNewsletter: Gaslit in Queen Anne’s

I was struck this morning by an article out of Queen Anne’s County by Jonathan Pitts at The Baltimore Sun: On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a county school superintendent is under fire for supporting Black Lives Matter. The headline is a fairly good summary but for one item – the Queen Anne’s superintendent is black and those presenting the fire she is under are white. And, as with so many of these debates, those who believe Black Lives Matter is a politically charged issue that should be kept away from our education system are doing so via a Facebook group and under the mantle of patriotism – the “Kent Island Patriots”. But wait, there’s more: Read More

Elevated Voices – The Suburban Delusion, August 2, 2020

Honoring Black Philanthropy Month with the Women’s Giving Circle

August is Black Philanthropy Month. In this episode, Candace and Tom interview Malynda Madzel and Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz about the Women’s Giving Circle and the importance of philanthropic inclusion.

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Episode 117: Honoring Black Philanthropy Month with the Women’s Giving Circle

August is Black Philanthropy Month. In this episode, Candace and Tom interview Malynda Madzel and Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz about the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County and the importance of philanthropic inclusion. #BPM2020 #WGCBPM2020 #OurGivingOurStories Read More

Black Philanthropy Month – “Our Giving, Our Stories!”

By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Executive Director, Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County

August is Black Philanthropy Month – a global celebration and concerted campaign to elevate Black philanthropic leadership – and the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County is excited to be an early supporter. Read More

Elevated Voices, July 26, 2020

“Facts, Truths, and Realities” with Delegate Marc Korman

Candace and Tom return from hiatus for this wide-ranging interview with Delegate Marc Korman, who represents Montgomery County’s 16th District. They discuss the decision on whether to hold a Special Session, COVID-19 tests from South Korean, and Delegate Korman’s successful effort to have archived editions of the Maryland Manual posted online. He even brought back the long lost tradition of host gifts! Read More

Episode 116: “Housing 14,000 with Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership’s Adria Crutchfield”

In this episode, Candace and Tom interview Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership’s Executive Director Adria Crutchfield. The BHRP is dedicated to providing housing for lower income families in “safe, healthy, and economically vibrant communities.” Adria discusses many of the obstacles to obtaining such housing and the means by which the BHRP provides subsidies to live in such areas. Read More

Episode 115: “Facts, Truths, and Realities” with Delegate Marc Korman

Candace and Tom return from hiatus for this wide-ranging interview with Delegate Marc Korman, who represents Montgomery County’s 16th District. They discuss the decision on whether to hold a Special Session, COVID-19 tests from South Korean, and Delegate Korman’s successful effort to have archived editions of the Maryland Manual posted online. He even brought back the long lost tradition of host gifts! Read More

Elevated Voices, July 19, 2020

A curated list of Maryland’s best political coverage and commentary

We had to postpone last week’s show, which means we’ll have a twofer this week! Tune in on Monday for our interview with Delegate Marc Korman as we discuss the General Assembly’s work during the pandemic and Maryland’s missing COVID-19 tests. Then, on Wednesday, we’ll have our rescheduled interview with Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership Executive Director Adria Crutchfield! Read More

Elevated Voices, July 12, 2020

This was the first week in MONTHS that we haven’t had a show! We pick things back up again this Thursday, July 16th, with Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership Executive Director Adria Crutchfield! Things have been a little spicy in local politics, so this will probably be a “3 Things” you won’t want to miss! Read More

Episode 114: “Maryland NAACP Youth President Isaac Allen”


This week, Candace and Tom interview Maryland NAACP Youth President, and Reservoir High School student, Isaac Allen about how the youth are responding to and participating in the Black Lives Matter movement. He discusses what inspired him to become more involved and how we should talk about race. We were excited to have another inspiring young leader on the show and are sure you’ll enjoy this one! Read More