Episodes
Published 11/15/22
Art education is important in any community because of the many ways in which art can tell stories, inspire and empower better than most other mediums. Alison Harbaugh and Darin Gilliam are the founders of ArtFarm, a space that inspires others to create, encourage artistic innovation and bring together the community in Annapolis. Alison and Darin join us to discuss how art education can benefit kids and adults alike, as well as some of their recent and upcoming community projects,  including...
Published 11/15/22
Poverty Amidst Plenty, is the seventh Needs Assessment undertaken by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) in partnership with Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families. Pamela Brown, Ph.D., currently the Executive Director of the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, is the author of the study. We spoke with Mary Spencer, President and CEO of CFAAC about the results of the 2022 Needs Assessment. The report examines the gap...
Published 11/15/22
Persistence paid off for high school student Reed Spaulding as he planned the Tributary Festival to raise money for the Chesapeake Bay. After a two year COVID delay Reed held the first Tributary Festival in 2021, followed a year later with the second concert raising over $20,000 to protect the Chesapeake Bay. Reed grew up kayaking and digging for oysters on the Chesapeake Bay and as he entered high school, felt compelled to protect the Bay. He decided to pair his passions for the Bay and...
Published 10/07/22
Dr. David Baron joins us to discuss the importance of stress management for female athletes and what can be done to slow down the rate of tragedies. 2022 has been an unthinkably sad year for NCAA athletes. Lauren Bernett, a 20-year-old softball star from James Madison University, killed herself a few weeks ago. Her suicide follows Sarah Shulze, a cross-country athlete at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and 22-year-old Stanford soccer captain Katie Meyer who took her own life in early...
Published 10/07/22
Gaining self-confidence is only one of the benefits of arts education. Coordination, verbal skills and learning a good work ethic are only a few reasons to introduce children to the arts. According to a report released by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2019, the sector accounts for 919.7 billion, nearly one trillion, to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Our discussion panel dives into the positive impacts that art education has on school children. The panel includes from the...
Published 09/23/22
Keeping kids safe online is now a concern for nearly all parents. Derek Fisher, the author of a book series, Alicia Connected aimed at making complex security topics simple and easy to consume, joins us to talk about online safety. Using his understanding of the security field, Derek provides his insight for parents and answers the following questions. Tips For Keeping Kids Safe Online What are the biggest concerns with online safety and kids?As kids grow and mature and gain independence how...
Published 09/23/22
Drake Brown is already making waves competing in the Junior Olympics. Drake is a student at St. Anne’s School of Annapolis going into the 6th grade. He just returned home after competing in the 2022 AAU Junior Olympics at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro.  Drake runs for the Union Track Club and this was his 3rd appearance at the Junior Olympics. This year Drake had a Personal Record in the long jump, leaping a whopping 14 feet, 6 inches. Drake and his mom joined us to talk...
Published 08/12/22
At the start of its 35th season, the Hole in the Wall Camp announced that they are coming to Maryland. The Aspen Institute has donated their Wye River Conference Center, which will be renovated to provide free year-round camp programming for children with serious illnesses and their families in the Mid-Atlantic. The historic property, boasts a scenic waterfront, tree-lined pathways and majestic meadows. Several residential buildings and other conference facilities will be renovated to provide...
Published 08/08/22
Dealing with bullies is unfortunately, a challenge that many parents and students deal with.  The negative impacts of bullying can impact the academic progress of students along with mental health. Counselor Samantha Straub, MS, LCPC provides tips and strategies for dealing with bullies. Straub says that bullying happens when there is a power imbalance between kids. Adolescents especially, are in a development phase when they do more comparisons between their peers but are unable to...
Published 08/08/22
How can parents help kids catch up in school? There's no doubt that academic achievement has taken a hit over the last couple of years. Study after study show that parents are worried about their children's educational delays due to the pandemic. We talked to Tiffanie Catron, Educator and owner of Priority Academic Tutoring to discuss. Tiffanie first recommends that parents not blame themselves. Shifts in education due to the pandemic have pushed parents to be more involved and kids less...
Published 07/27/22
What are the best Maryland hikes for Families? Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker and mom, Janet Jefferson discusses hikes suitable for everyone in the family. A variety of trails for all abilities have been chosen, some leading to magnificent views, others to waterfalls, and some that are fun for rock hopping. Trails have been evaluated for length and difficulty as well as any amenities. Plus some tips on where to look for as you hike, since many trails reveal hidden surprises if you know where...
Published 07/16/22
Pearl Purpose was created as a safe space for queer and questioning youth by Leandra Nichola. It started organically with kids meeting in the Main Street Pearl micro-cafe. Kids came for drinks and vegan food in an environmentally friendly restaurant. They stayed to play games, talk and be together with like-minded friends. Thus, Pearl Purpose was born. The space allows for self-expression and exploration, and offer programs that promote identity affirmation and inspire unconditional...
Published 07/05/22
Birds of Maryland author and birding expert Marc Parnell discusses how to get into birding and how to set up your backyard for optimal birdwatching. Parnell’s book details the 140 species of bird that are common to Maryland. He follows a day in the life of each bird and also a monthly bird forecast, which birds can be seen in which months. Sponsored by Annapolis Pediatrics.  What to bring 8X binocularsSunscreenA water bottleWear long pantsWhere to go Sandy Point State ParkSusquehanna State...
Published 06/21/22
This expert panel discusses tips to help manage anxiety in children. Despite recent school shootings that can be very scary for kids and adults alike, we are still sending our kids to school. Some kids may want to stay home and they feel safest in their rooms. Panelists Dr. Shandonna Harris, a therapist specializing in client-centered therapy and Michelle Schall, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP) reveal strategies for easing anxiety in kids.
Published 06/11/22
Author and illustrator, Carlyn Beccia takes a look at the childhoods of ten famous people in her book, 10 at 10: The Surprising Childhoods of Ten Remarkable People. Turns out famous people have pretty typical childhoods and at ten, none of the people profiled in the book had any idea that they would become famous later in their lives. Learn about research and process behind the book, and the one theme that seems to run throughout the childhoods of the accomplished people described, including...
Published 06/03/22
Motherhood can be an isolating experience, but Mom Milestones will make new parents feel seen, encouraged, charmed, and loved. From the horrors of toddler meltdowns to the sweetness of bedtime kisses. From crying in the bathroom to reclaiming your identity, every new mom will find something to relate to, and something to laugh at, in this heartfelt, funny book that covers first becoming a mom through starting elementary school. Author Grace Farris, a doctor, mother of two sons, and...
Published 06/03/22
Planting a Pollinator Garden introduces children to the their place in the environment. By using native plants in a garden kids learn how their efforts help the birds and bugs that depend on plants for their survival. Pollinators, the critters who travel from plant to plant with pollen on their bellies, are responsible for assisting over 80% of the world’s flowering plants to reproduce. Without them, humans and wildlife wouldn’t have much to eat. Joining us for the interview are co-author of...
Published 05/05/22
Citizen science volunteers are often essential participants in monitoring and collecting data. They are also observers for many of the different habitats and species that scientists are studying. Participation in scientific studies allows volunteers to become involved in the data collecting process. Plus volunteers have the opportunity to learn more about ongoing scientific studies and the long term impacts revealed in the studies being done. Would you like to participate? Liana Vitali, is...
Published 05/05/22
Kate Fritz, the CEO of Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, discusses Project Clean Stream a program initiated by the Alliance. Over the last 20 years thousands of volunteers have partnered with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to clean up miles of shoreline. Project Clean Stream offers hands-on opportunities for residents, local businesses, environmental organizations, local governments, community groups, houses of worship, schools and universities, to come together to take action to restore...
Published 04/21/22
What does Green Building mean? What impact does green building have on your home? Dr. Polly Bart of Greenbuilders discusses what it means to build green. Making green changes in your home, whether it’s a new kitchen or bath, a porch, or an addition, has many benefit and can pay off if you want to sell. Surprisingly, green building or remodeling doesn’t cost any more than traditional building. Green construction is beautiful and usually of very high quality. When a green home remodel includes...
Published 04/17/22
What is Zero Waste Living? Rini Saha started a project in 2019 to help the Takoma Park/Silver Spring/DC community approach zero waste. Her business is now a storefront called FullFillery. They sell cleaning products in bulk or without packaging, with minimal fossil fuel use. Local vendors are used so that they come into the store to drop off their products, instead of shipping them. Zero Waste and Circular Design Zero waste means that there isn’t even anything to recycle in the product that...
Published 04/17/22
Even as a young boy, Carter Weinstein had to learn how to overcome his student anxiety. Leaving his home and parents, Carter would be anxious. Summer camp was fear inducing. Carter feels that there is a disconnect between the professionals who are writing the books about managing anxiety and the teenagers who need the information and help. So as a teenager he put pen to paper and wrote his own book, "Conquering Fear" that talks directly to students and provides tips for managing anxiety.
Published 04/06/22
Get expert advice on how to pay for college from Certified Financial Planner Ann C. Alsina, CFP®, CPWA® of Covington Alsina, and Lee Norwood from Annapolis College Consulting. With tuition for an instate school at $25,000 per year, $40,000 if the student is from out of state, parents need a plan for paying for college. Get answers to the following questions about paying for college: What does it financially take to go to college these days (what is the price range of schools) and is that...
Published 03/18/22
Building a community of mom friends is essential to overcoming a sense of isolation as well as the negative impact of technology, over-efficient living, and the choices that can root us in chronic loneliness. Social media is no substitute for face-to-face conversations. Mothers are used to giving to their kids, their spouses and their community but they are not getting their own needs met or recognized, and they need a release valve. That's where friendships come in. COVID has maxed out...
Published 03/09/22