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Elevated Voices, June 14, 2020

Elevated Voices, June 14, 2020
A curated list of Maryland’s best political coverage and commentaryIn this special edition of the show, Candace and Tom interview six student activists, including some of the organizers of the HoCo for Justice protest in Downtown Columbia. They share their view on current events, thoughts on what it means to act as an “ally”, and where they want to see change in Howard County schools and government. This will be the show everyone is talking about for months, if not years, to come. Read More

Episode 110: An Urgent Need for Action with Baltimore County Executive Johnny O

In 100+ shows, we’ve had plenty of elected officials make ambiguous promises about future action, but we were a little taken aback by the complete opposite here. Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. has promised urgent action in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and he means it. Read More

Elevated Voices, June 7, 2020

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

***SPECIAL EDITION OF ELEVATE MARYLAND WITH THE STUDENT ORGANIZERS OF HOCO4JUSTICE TODAY, SUNDAY, JUNE 7TH, @ 2 PM. CHECK FACEBOOK PAGE FOR LIVE RECORDING*** Read More

Episode 109: Elevate Maryland Presents: HoCo For Justice & Other Student Activists

In this special edition of the show, Candace and Tom interview six student activists, including some of the organizers of the HoCo for Justice protest in Downtown Columbia. They share their view on current events, thoughts on what it means to act as an “ally”, and where they want to see change in Howard County schools and government. This will be the show everyone is talking about for months, if not years, to come. Read More

Episode 108: “Trump’s Dangerous Ethics” with CREW’s Deputy Director Donald Sherman

Candace and Tom interview Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Deputy Director Donald Sherman about his organization’s work to ensure more transparent and ethical government.  In particular, Donald talks about their FOIA request to Attorney General Barr’s office regarding the disbersement of protesters in front of the White House and CREW’s recent victory in the 4th Circuit emoluments case. Read More

Episode 107: “Treat People’s Needs as Holy” with Leah Daughtry


In this interview with Rev. Leah Daughtry we discussed the tragic killings and harassment of people of color across this country as well as the opportunity to heal. In the course of that interview, Rev. Daughtry called on the white community to work harder to take on the difficult conversations related to race and racism.

Rev. Daughtry also may have signed on a new mentee! Read More

Elevated Voices, May 31, 2020

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

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We stand against racism and hate. And against the horrific killing of black men and women that continues to permeate our society & seems to be a part of the culture of our country. We must do better. Thank you to all who continue to speak up in solidarity. It’s time to act.

May 29th 2020

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Episode 106: Improving the Process with Montgomery Council-Member Andrew Friedson

Candace and Tom interview Montgomery County Council-member Andrew Friedson about his fiscal note legislation, equity in governance, and budget priorities. He also discusses the Council’s advocacy for the continued allowance of alcohol sales by delivery. Read More

Elevated Voices eNewsletter, May 24, 2020

*** ELEVATE ACTION ALERT***

Howard County Citizens – Please email your representative on the County Council ask ask them to “Fund the New Cultural Center”. This project in Downtown Columbia includes over 80 units of affordable housing and has already been awarded federal funding, which would be lost if the Council decided to cut funding out of the FY2021 Capital Budget.

You can learn more about the New Cultural Center hereRead More

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

Elevated Voices eNewsletter, May 17, 2020

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

A Perspective: Pregnant During a Pandemic

Candace and Tom interview Sam O’Neil- Senior Advisor in the Office of the County Executive for Baltimore County, Delora Sanchez Ifekauche, Principal at Cornerstone Government Affairs, and Mollie Byron, Director of Government Accountability for Prince George’s County about their experience being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Elevated Voices eNewsletter, May 10, 2020

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. You can listen here. 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

Elevated Voices eNewsletter: May 3, 2020

Elevated Voices: May 3, 2020

This week we celebrated our 100th recording by welcoming Howard County Executive Calvin Ball back to the show. We discussed the challenges facing Howard County in addressing and overcoming COVID-19, the FY2021 budget, and his reflections after a year in office. Listen here.

Next week’s shows:

Tuesday, May 5th, 6:30 PM – Randy Shaw, author of Generation Priced Out

Thursday, May 7th, 6:30 PM – Dan Porterfield, CEO of The Aspen Institute 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