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A biweekly podcast with Maryland focus and Howard County roots, exploring the policies, people, and stories that affect the state of Maryland. Each episode we’ll talk to newsmakers and everyday people in order to elevate the conversation and find out what matters most.
 
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A podcast on Maryland policy and politics. Stay in the know about how the General Assembly, Governor, state agencies, and county leaders affect the essential services that Marylanders depend on each and every day. Tune in for deep dives into state and county issues, special guests from around the state, and our world-famous dad jokes. We’ve got you covered on the Maryland Association of Counties’ Conduit Street Podcast.
 
Struggling to find peace in the madness of life? This is the podcast for you. Welcome to the Your Day Brighter® Podcast. Each week, host Tracey Tiernan shares real stories from real people who are making a real positive impact in their communities, giving us real hope in this world. You will walk away not only feeling encouraged but with practical ways to live a positive, hopeful, joy-filled life. Tracey Tiernan is a veteran morning radio personality at 95.1 SHINE-FM in Baltimore, Maryland. ...
 
ORIGINS: A Speaker Series aims to elevate the conversation about food, its origins and what we are doing with food and food systems on this planet. The focus for this series is the food of the mid-Atlantic region, centered around Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The series is held within the intimate confines of Artifact Coffee, one of the restaurants owned by Spike and Amy Gjerde and their partner, Corey Polyoka. Spike Gjerde recently received the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award ...
 
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Takirra Winfield Dixon - Founder, Unapologetic Communications Gabrielle Wyatt - Founder, The Highland Project Erica Green - Reporter, The New York Times Coming off of Erica Green's powerful profile of former Queen Anne's County Superintendent Dr. Andrea Kane, our guests discuss their work, their challenges, and what they want you to know about thei…
 
There was a time years ago when I wanted to engage with my neighbors, but I was simply too exhausted by my multiple jobs and a busy schedule. I started feeling isolated, and I noticed I was losing my confidence in connecting with people outside my regular circle. One day, new neighbors arrived, started loving on me, and pulled me back into connecti…
 
On this fourth edition of PreserveCast Conversations: The Professor and the Practitioner, a new monthly feature of PreserveCast, co-hosts Nicholas Redding and Dr. Whitney Martinko explore the trends, topics and issues that are making headlines in the world of preservation this month. They’re covering a lot of ground in today’s conversation on prese…
 
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Dr. Debby Thomas joins the podcast to discuss her role at the Professional Development Academy, with an emphasis on the Academy's partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to equip frontline county government professionals with practical leadership skills to deliver results for…
 
Saving places requires a variety of tools and skillsets – including an understanding of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. It sounds dull – but it’s a tool everyone who cares about historic places should know about and get involved in – because it can save places and use the loss of historic resources to fuel preservation elsewh…
 
Mandisa is as genuine as it gets. She last appeared on Season 1 Episode 8 – Mrs. Almighty – and we’re now catching up. The pandemic had just begun when last talked, so we chat about life since the pandemic changed the world and how she’s dealt with this hard season. We also talk about singleness and trusting God with the deepest desires of your hea…
 
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Maryland Department of Emergency Management Acting Secretary Russell Strickland joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss the shifting landscape of emergency management. From new and evolving threats to harnessing new tech to build resilience and redundancy, learn why elevating emerge…
 
Richard Rothstein is the author of the New York Times Bestseller The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. In this interview, Mr. Rothstein describes how our communities continue to be segregated by law due to laws and policies adopted in the early 20th century. He also recommends action at the local level to r…
 
She is the most unlikely face of addiction. A church girl, a beautiful family, and a love for Jesus, but Lisa Yerby Bryson’s life was interrupted by a trauma that sent her spiraling. She tells me her incredible story of her journey into addiction and back to the arms of Jesus. It’s a hard story to hear, but you’ll know something of what real love l…
 
Connecting people to places is the work of preservationists everywhere – and on this week’s episode we’re talking with the creative minds behind Maryland Road Trips, a new site dedicated to encouraging place-based tourism. It’s a story rooted in Maryland, but one with lessons for preservationists and historians across the globe. PreserveCast is a n…
 
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, three+one® Senior Vice President Garrett Macdonald joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss a data-driven approach to help counties maximize the value of every single dollar through the power of liquidity analysis. cashvest by three+one® uses proprietary algorithms to produce data-dr…
 
Racism has divided our country and our world for generations. My heart has been broken over it. Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself, or you’ve ached as you saw the divide get bigger. Is “Gracism” the answer to racism? My pastor and friend, Dr. David Anderson, planted Bridgeway Community Church 30 years ago, a multi-cultural church, where people of…
 
Preservation without funding is just good intentions. That’s why people like Merrill Hoopengardner and her team at the National Trust Community Investment Corporation are so integral to the future of this work. Right now, they’re working on big changes to federal funding for preservation – a timely and critical issue we knew had to be on PreserveCa…
 
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Calvert County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Daniel Curry joins Kevin Kinnally and Brianna January to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting our local school systems and their return to in-person instruction. Maryland's public school systems are balancing public health concerns about the surging d…
 
Have you experienced the loss of a friend that rocked you to your core? My dear friend Kevin Thornton suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. He was like a father to me, and as I have been grieving this great loss, God has been so near, teaching me lessons about life I will never forget. Knowing Kevin has made me want to live better, and I want to s…
 
On this week's episode of PreserveCast, we are excited to be talking with Kara Harris, a blogger, historian and Maryland food lover. Kara Harris is the blogger and historian behind "Old Line Plate," a fantastic Maryland based food history website that I personally love, and something that I knew we had to bring to this week's episode of PreserveCas…
 
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, award-winning journalist Bryan Sears joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss Maryland policy and politics, the role of new technology and social media on news and journalism, new and evolving media business models, and a preview of what's in store for the 2022 legislative session. B…
 
When your plans blow up and your dreams are disintegrating, how do you embrace a new normal and live an abundant life? Artist and writer Laura Story shares her story of her not-so-normal life and how God has shown her His plans are always good. If you've been fighting disappointment because your plans aren't working out, get ready for some real hop…
 
Yep, you guessed it, I connected with Christina on Twitter – where she learned about a historic rehabilitation project Preservation Maryland was undertaking. Since then, I’ve become a huge fan of her work and the way in which she expertly weaves history and food together – two of my biggest passions. For anyone with an appetite, this is the intervi…
 
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson preview next week's Board of Public Works meeting – including the history and substance of a proposal to oblige county funds for state-mandated electronic pollbooks, explain why legislative-executive checks and balances are behind the delay in implementing the…
 
Foxfire is the bioluminescence created by some species of fungi present in decaying wood. It is a wonderfully evocative word selected by a teacher and student over 50 years ago to be the title for their new project to document life in the southern Appalachians. What started initially as a student project has live on for decades and is today an open…
 
On November 5, 2019, Jordan Taylor was killed in a horrific act of gun violence in Baltimore. My friend Julie Taylor shares her story of the unimaginable loss of her son and the piece she couldn't let go of- did Jordan know the difference his life made in this world? As she searched for ways to keep his memory alive, Jordan's legacy as a change-mak…
 
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss the latest on the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) -- including Maryland's role in new US Department of the Treasury guidelines to expedite rental assistance, a major milestone for reporting and compliance, and lingering questions -- a recap of the 2021…
 
Chris Brown is just 39 years old but has written some of the richest worship songs that are being sung all over the world. He's got a huge platform. How does he keep his head on straight and make it about God? I can't wait to share this conversation with this humble man who drops some wisdom that has stayed with me. He's the real deal. 2:45- Chris’…
 
In this show, Candace and Tom interview retiring Howard Community College President Dr. Kate Hetherington. She discussed how following a set procedure and path set HCC up to be one of the few community colleges recognized with the distinguished Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. Dr. Hetherington also describes how the school charted a path t…
 
On this week’s re-release of PreserveCast, we’re heading back to the brackish marshes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore to talk Tubman, slavery, and freedom. Few names have become as synonymous with grit, determination, and liberty as Harriet Tubman. A Moses for her people, Tubman has become an almost mythical character who represents the best of the Ame…
 
Ever wonder what an artist’s creative process is like? I am thrilled to introduce you to my friend, Sandi Wilson, who shares how her faith in the Lord has guided her artwork and how she’s used it to minister to others. Sandi for the past few years has been extensively working in Encaustic medium (beeswax, resin, and melted pigments) which creates l…
 
Sara Bronin has spent her career exploring, researching, and publishing on the intersection of law, policy, and preservation. Today, as the preservation community grapples with the challenges of equity, climate and inclusionary zoning – Sara’s research and expertise is filling an important role. Bronin was recently nominated by the Biden administra…
 
Tanium — the endpoint management and security provider built for the world’s most demanding IT environments — talks cybersecurity during a live recording of the Conduit Street Podcast at MACo's Summer Conference. The rapid shift to telework and growing reliance on digital platforms present new challenges for government IT systems. Cybercriminals ar…
 
If you’re longing for more beautiful things in the world of entertainment to share with your kids, you don’t want to miss this meaningful conversation with a man who’s committed to doing just that. J. Chris Wall, a film producer and long-time content creator of VeggieTales, talks with me about his passion for creating faith-infused content and how …
 
A two-time Pulitzer Prize winning artist, Bill Mauldin’s cartoons embodied the spirit of the infantryman during World War II before turning his critical pen to those in the political sphere. On this week’s PreserveCast, we’re talking with James Brundage, the curator of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library to explore the preservation of this uniqu…
 
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson explain the significance of new 2020 Census data for state and local redistricting, break down the nuts and bolts of Maryland's redistricting process, and detail key timelines in the scramble to draw new boundaries in time for next year's midterm elections. Th…
 
I am so thrilled to share this conversation with one of my favorite writers, Andrew Peterson. Andrew is a musician, songwriter (including “Is He Worthy?” covered by Chris Tomlin), founder of The Rabbit Room (a non-profit supporting creators), an award-winning author, and so, so much more. In our conversation, you’ll hear how music, art, and the mys…
 
We all need role models – and we need to see ourselves represented – whether in film, print . . . or in Mattel’s iconic Barbie. Today’s guest, Despina Stratigakos, Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence at the University at Buffalo, is a writer, historian, and professor. She is the author of three books that explore the intersections of power and ar…
 
Ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut spiritually, emotionally, physically? This is where I found myself 10 years ago, wrestling with this fear deep inside: the best was behind me. There was nothing new to give, nothing new to tap into. I’d hit a wall at the age of 47. Are you there now? I want to help you get back your sense of newness, and share w…
 
How do serve your mission, your visitors and keep the lights on? That’s a question that nonprofit leaders in the cultural and museum fields ask themselves every day and is all in a day’s work for Colleen Dilenschneider, today’s guest on PreserveCast. Colleen provides data and analysis to inform the evolution of visitor-serving organizations so that…
 
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including a flurry of efforts to bolster cybersecurity for state and local governments, a renewed debate over what counts as infrastructure, and a look at what the US Senate's bipartisan agreement to invest app…
 
On this third edition of PreserveCast Conversations: The Professor and the Practitioner, a new monthly feature of PreserveCast, co-hosts Nicholas Redding and Dr. Whitney Martinko explore the trends, topics and issues that are making headlines in the world of preservation this month. They’re covering a lot of ground in today’s conversation on preser…
 
Preservation requires a solid and significant understanding of our past – and on this week’s PreserveCast we’re talking with Jason Church, a National Park Service preservationist who is leading an effort to expertly document the powerfully important physical vestiges of slavery and tenant farming. As these humble and simple structures fade away, wo…
 
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson join county leaders for a panel discussion at the 2021 Maryland Land Preservation Conference at Ripken Stadium in Harford County. Forever Maryland, Inc., a new statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of Maryland’s land, water, wildlife, …
 
This week’s guest is unique; we’re bringing back Bonnie McDonald to talk about the work of her organization, Landmarks Illinois, as they celebrate their 50th anniversary and look forward to the next 50 years of saving places and making preservation relevant in a rapidly changing world.By Preservation Maryland
 
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including getting back into the swing of things with interim workgroups, meetings, and policy discussions; a recap of the Maryland Municipal League's Summer Conference; and a look ahead to the MACo Summer Confe…
 
In this episode, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., discusses his decision not to run for Governor and instead seek reelection. We also hit on the topics of housing, education, equity, and his prolonged stint as a prominent local DJ! You won't want to miss his unpopular benign opinion, even though it technically has to do with food.…
 
On this second edition of PreserveCast Conversations: The Professor and the Practitioner, a new monthly feature of PreserveCast, co-hosts Nicholas Redding and Dr. Whitney Martinko explore the trends, topics and issues that are making headlines in the world of preservation this month. From philanthropy to Mohawk ironworkers, they're covering a lot o…
 
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) President Cheryl Bost and MSEA Executive Director Sean Johnson join Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss the pandemic's impact on education -- including shifts in learning modalities, a surge in mental and social health issues, challenges wit…
 
UpSurge was founded to make Baltimore the first "Equitech" city in the world. This effort is premised on the idea that Maryland's tech ecosystem is primed for exponential growth with the incorporation of Baltimore's diverse workforce. In this episode, Jamie describes UpSurge's methodology of bringing people into the tech sector who have been boxed …
 
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