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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:

In an interview with The Sun, [Gordana Schifanelli] said Kane’s comments were inappropriate because Queen Anne’s County — a mostly rural place of nearly 50,000 people, about 85% of them white — “has no significant problem with racial hatred.”

And thus the point of this analysis. Our discussions on race, desegregation, and privilege have a seemingly universal stumbling block when it comes to white people deciding whether something is racist. Even putative allies will often say “that behavior bothered me, but I think we need to be careful about calling it ‘racist’”. Why? Why is it better to call something dumb, rude, ignorant, or thoughtless when the thought missing may have to do with race. Maybe racism is actually much more excusable if it can be engaged and discussed. As many of our mommas have said “you can’t fix stupid”, but you can address racism.

This year alone, Maryland has seen redistricting battles pivot on the terms “forced busing” and “neighborhood schools” without the necessary reckoning on these fundamentally racist terms. These constructs of protest have direct lineage to desegregation fights from the 1960’s. And the fact that there may have been people of color participating in such messaging does not absolve the words of their meaning.

When it comes to self-analysis, we cannot allow the reference point to be our definition of ourselves. “I have decided not to be a racist, therefore I cannot be called a racist.” Queen Anne’s County deserved the clause Jonathan Pitts put in there – “a mostly rural place…about 85% of them white” – before allowing Ms. Schifanelli to declare that they have “no significant problems with racial hatred.” Attacking a school superintendent for saying Black Lives Matter is a significant problem with racial hatred. And Ms. Schifanelli is missing out on an important conversation.

– TC

LINKS

Housing is a Human Right (HoCo Progress Report)

Parents disappointed by closure of Howard Community College’s Children’s Learning Center (Jacques Kelly – The Baltimore Sun)

Lost Summer: How Schools Missed a Chance to Fix Remote Learning (Dana Goldstein – NYTimes)

Maryland adds 775 coronavirus cases Saturday, as positivity rate climbs above 4% again (Jessica Anderson and Nathan Ruiz – The Baltimore Sun)

This Week’s Birthdays:

  • August 10th – Sue O’Connor, PJ McDermott
  • August 11th – Nick Stewart
  • August 12th – Dave Werkmeister
  • August 13th – Alicia McLeod, Kevin Doyle, DeWitt Bauer
  • August 14th – Alice Giles, Glenn Schneider
  • August 15th – Kelly Healey
  • August 16th – Marcia White, John Handley, Scott Goldberg

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

Elevated Voices, July 5, 2020

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!

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Episode 113: “Exploring the Edu-Tech Divide with Gigi Sohn”

Gigi Sohn is a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and a Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and on the Advisory Board of the Open Markets Institute. Gigi is one of the nation’s leading public advocates for open, affordable and democratic communications networks. For thirty years, Gigi has worked across the country to defend and preserve the fundamental competition and innovation policies that have made broadband Internet access more ubiquitous, competitive, affordable, open and protective of user privacy. Read More

Elevated Voices, June 28, 2020

Cartoonists Are Sheepdogs” with Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher

Join Candace and Tom for this fun, engaging, and illuminating conversation with award-winning cartoonist and political satirist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher.  Kal’s cartoons have been featured in over 100 publications, but has been a prominent fixture in The Economist and The Baltimore Sun for years. He discusses “the line” that cartoonists walk, and sometimes cross, when engaging their audience via the medium of political cartoons. Kal also addresses the means by which political satire can bring us together in an age of political division. Read More

Episode 112: “Cartoonists Are Sheepdogs” with Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher

Join Candace and Tom for this fun, engaging, and illuminating conversation with award-winning cartoonist and political satirist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher. Kal’s cartoons have been featured in over 100 publications, but has been a prominent fixture in The Economist and The Baltimore Sun for years. He discusses “the line” that cartoonists walk, and sometimes cross, when engaging their audience via the medium of political cartoons. Kal also addresses the means by which political satire can bring us together in an age of political division. Read More

Elevated Voices, June 21, 2020

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

#ShareTheMic with Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary and Delegate Stephanie Smith

We turned our platform over to two powerful leaders in Annapolis – Delegates Vanessa Atterbeary & Stephanie Smith – who share their experiences being women leaders of color. This is part of the #ShareTheMic initiative that is focused on empowering the voices of black women.  Read More

Episode 111: #SharingTheMic With Delegates Vanessa Atterbeary and Stephanie Smith

Share the🎙!

While our show features a powerful woman of color on a regular basis, we wanted to take the opportunity of celebrating Juneteenth to elevate the voices of two other extraordinary women – Delegates Vanessa Atterbeary and Stephanie Smith.

The chemistry on this show would have you believe they’ve been hosting a podcast for years. Definitely check in for this candid discussion of the biggest challenges facing Maryland and our country! Read More