Elevate Podcast

Episode 105: “Satire in the Age of Trump” with The Daily Show’s Zhubin Parang

In this episode, Candace and Tom sit down with Zhubin Parang, producer and writer for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He discusses the process of deciding what to cover and whether they consider themselves an appropriate source of “news”. Zhubin also discussed his path from a big law firm to one of the most important comedy shows of our generation. Read More

Episode 104: “Prepared Fierce” with Cecilia Munoz


In this interview, Candace and Tom sit down with President Obama’s Domestic Policy Advisor and author Cecilia Munoz to discuss her new book “More Than Ready”. In this discussion, we hit on the importance of elevating the voices of women and people of color. We also hit on the idea that the progressive movement sometimes masks important discussions about real inclusion and empowerment.  Cecilia also has advice for how to moderate among competing egos and personalities.  This is not an interview you’ll want to miss. Read More

Episode 103: “Love Will Save the Day” with Wes Moore

Candace and Tom interview author, philanthropist, and community activist Wes Moore about his new book “Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City”, which was co-authored with Erica L. Green. In this discussion, Wes describes the many manifestations of poverty and inequity, including the uprising of 2015. He talks about how his experience has guided his work and the importance of “proximity” when trying to do the work of social justice. Read More

Episode 102: The “Essential Moral Gesture” with Dan Porterfield, President & CEO of The Aspen Institute


In this episode, Candace and Tom interview Dan Porterfield, the President & CEO of The Aspen Institute about his career in higher education, his Baltimore roots, and where he believes we should be investing during this time of crisis. He also explains why he sees education as the “essential moral gesture” our society offers to its members and must be protected in times of limited resources. Read More

Episode 101: “What’s Dividing the Progressive Movement? Housing – An Interview with Randy Shaw”

In this interview, Candace and Tom talk with housing activist and author Randy Shaw about how progressive jurisdictions across the country are divided over the subject of housing. They discuss his new book, Generation Priced Out, and the generational divide that is exacerbating the high cost of housing. Mr. Shaw also touches on some of the opportunities provided by the COVID-19 crisis to help restaurants thrive and provide more people-centric cities. Read More

Episode 100: Elevate Maryland’s 100th Show with County Executive Calvin Ball

A party in podcast form! Candace and Tom celebrate their 100th show by welcoming County Executive Calvin Ball back for his fourth appearance. They discuss Howard County’s response to COVID-19, the FY2021 Budget, Howard County’s new online dashboard, and the importance of every citizen completing the 2020 Census! The County Executive had a surprise up his sleeve for the end, which you won’t want to miss!

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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

Episode 93: “New Connections With the Same People” – Oakland Mills Online


Join Candace and Tom as they sit down with the creators of Oakland Mills OnlineAmy Brooks and Jessica Mahajan. They discuss their motivation for creating an online learning platform, how it has helped build a community, and why this is important during the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll also learn more about how to participate, what you may learn, and even how you can sign up to teach a class!
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Episode 92: “Cannabis Health” With Gina Dubbe & Dr. Leslie Apgar

In this episode, Tom and Candace interview the owners of Greenhouse Wellness, Gina Dubbe & Dr. Leslie Apgar. They discuss the medical cannabis industry, challenges presented by federal law, and how Marylanders become registered with the Medical Cannabis Commission. Read More

Episode 91: “Hope is Not Cancelled” With Dr. Kathleen Tracy, Epidemiologist and Public Health official with UMD Medical Center

Tom and Candace sit down with University of Maryland Medical Center epidemiologist and public health professional Kathleen Tracy, PhD to discuss COVID-19, what to expect in the months ahead, and the other public health issues this crisis has exposed. Dr. Tracy makes some recommendations on self-care and empathy that you won’t want to miss.  Read More

Episode 90: With Howard County Chief Innovation Officer Angela Cabellon

In November of 2018, County Executive Calvin Ball appointed Howard County’s first Chief Innovation Officer – Angela Cabellon. In this episode, Candace and Tom had the opportunity to sit down with Ms. Cabellon to discuss her new role, innovation grants, and the policy pillars that guide Howard County decision-making. Read More

Episode 89: “Baltimore Bold with City Council-Member Brandon Scott”

Baltimore City Council-member Brandon Scott was born and raised in Baltimore City.  He’s now running for Mayor to “break the status quo” and implement a new vision on crime, education, and support services.  Among the ideas Scott is considering is a Universal Basic Income for Baltimore City residents, which received great prominence during the Presidential Democratic Primary.  Read More

Episode 88: “Baltimore Anew with TJ Smith”

In this interview, Candace and Tom had a chance to hear TJ Smith Baltimore’s plan for addressing crime in Baltimore, healing community trauma, and repair Baltimore’s image nationwide. Recent polling shows this race in a statistical tie with less than two month to go. Read More

Episode 87: “A Night in Annapolis with Del. Vaughn Stewart & Del. Maggie McIntosh”

Housing is the humanitarian issue of our time. Delegate Vaughn Stewart has made national news with his “Homes for All” package, which offers a three-pronged approach to the housing crisis: zoning, public housing, and tenant’s rights. During this interview, he explains why the state needs to step in over local rule, how zoning perpetuates segregation, and why he sees a pressing need to act now. Read More

Episode 86: “From Professor to Politician with F. Michael Higginbotham”

On the eve of the Special Election Primary, Candace and Tom sit down with law professor F. Michael Higginbotham to hear his case for serving in the U.S. Congress. They discuss his policy prescriptions for Baltimore and racial justice as well as the fundamental question of whether elected official is accessible to all who want to run. Read More

Episode 85: “From Afghanistan to Annapolis with State Senator Will Smith”


Listening to Senator William C. Smith, Jr., you get the feeling that he’ll be playing a large role in Maryland’s political future for years to come. In this interview, Candace and Tom discuss the effort to make Maryland more progressive on matters of criminal justice, background checks for the purchase of firearms, and Senator Smith’s views on the Afghanistan Papers released by the Washington Post.
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