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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

“Elevate Maryland Podcast Amplifies Underrepresented Voices”

After three years, the show continues to build community through engaging conversations.

Amanda Loudin | March 19, 2020, 11:16 am, Baltimore Magazine, The Chatter

Co-hosts Tom Coale and Candace Dodson-Reed with Maryland State Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary. -Elevate Maryland Podcast

Perhaps one of the most controversial figures in Maryland politics at the moment is former Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon. 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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Episode 84: “Campaigning Through Loss” With Maya Rockeymoore Cummings

This week, Candace and Tom sit down with Maya Rockeymoore-Cummings for Congress to discuss her campaign to replace her late husband, Congressman Elijah Cummings. She discusses her HOPE for Baltimore plan, the need for affordable prescription drugs, and addresses some of her more controversial moments as chair of the Maryland Democratic Party.

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Episode 83: “Putting a Doctor in the House” With Delegate Terri Hill

This week, Candace and Tom had the opportunity to welcome Terri Hill For Congress back to the show to discuss her campaign. This is a wide ranging interview covering everything from Title 1 drugs to Howard County redistricting. You won’t want to miss this! Read More

Episode 82: With HoCo Transportation Administrator Bruce Gartner


Transportation policy effects our daily life, yet rarely gets the attention it deserves.  In this episode, Candace and Tom sat down with Howard County Transportation Administrator Bruce Gartner to discuss the highways and byways of Howard County, a renewed emphasis on multimodal transportation, and how the local mass transit system is being made more approachable to attract new passengers. Read More

Episode 81: With Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Saafir Raab

This week, Candace and Tom interview Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and candidate for Congress Saafir Rabb.  AG Ellison was the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress.  He flew to Maryland to endorse Saafir Rabb in his bid for Congress.  Tune in to hear why and how this relates to the ongoing struggles of Baltimore and the Seventh District. Read More

Episode 80: With Maryland State Senator Jill P. Carter


This week, Candace and Tom sit down with State Senator Jill Carter to discuss her run for Congress to represent the 7th District.  We cover her family’s passion for civil rights, her work to help Baltimore, and why Senator Carter sees herself as the “only progressive candidate” in the race.  We also address criticisms Senator Carter has received regarding the vote for same-sex marriage in 2011. Read More