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It's easy to talk about what's wrong in Baltimore. The challenge is to talk about what's next. In each episode, Wes looks at innovative ideas that are working in other cities, places like Cincinnati, St Louis, and Detroit. And he asks the question: Can those ideas work for Baltimore? This program is made possible by Genine and Josh Fidler, and supported by the Baltimore Community Foundation, created by and for the people of Greater Baltimore, where many donors join together to make the region they love a better place, today and for future generations.

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It's easy to talk about what's wrong in Baltimore. The challenge is to talk about what's next. In each episode, Wes looks at innovative ideas that are working in other cities, places like Cincinnati, St Louis, and Detroit. And he asks the question: Can those ideas work for Baltimore? This program is made possible by Genine and Josh Fidler, and supported by the Baltimore Community Foundation, created by and for the people of Greater Baltimore, where many donors join together to make the region they love a better place, today and for future generations.

    The Future Of Philanthropy

    The Future Of Philanthropy

    On the latest episode of Future City we’re talking about the future of philanthropy. We'll hear about the state of philanthropy in Baltimore and the U.S., how people are responding to critiques of traditional philanthropy, and where land and economic reparations fit into the push for racial and economic justice.

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    • 48 min
    “Baltimore’s Different”: Gangs, Youth, And Stopping Violence

    “Baltimore’s Different”: Gangs, Youth, And Stopping Violence

    The annual number of homicides in Baltimore surpassed 300 for each year from 2015 to 2020. Young people have been at the forefront of the city’s violence. On this month’s episode of Future City, a rebroadcast from 2019, we discuss violence in Baltimore, how it affects young people in particular, and efforts to end cycles of retaliatory homicide through violence interruption. We also listen back to an interview with anti-violence activist Dante Barksdale, who was murdered earlier this year in Baltimore.

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    • 48 min
    "Enough Is Enough": Ending White Supremacist Violence Online And Off

    "Enough Is Enough": Ending White Supremacist Violence Online And Off

    Earlier this month a mostly white mob raided the Capitol, vandalizing the building, threatening to kill members of Congress and then-Vice President Mike Pence, and attacking police officers, killing one.

    The deadly attack was driven not just by Donald Trump’s lies about a stolen election but by years' worth of misinformation, conspiracy theories, and the increase of white supremacist organizing and radicalization online.

    Rick and Dawn Collins understand white supremacist violence all too well. Their son, Army 1st Lt. Richard Collins III, was a Black Bowie State University student murdered in a racist attack just three days short of graduation in 2017. 

    The Collinses join us to share their perspectives.

    Plus, we talk to Angelo Carusone, President of Media Matters, about the role that social media played in the Capitol attack and what social media companies are--or aren't--doing to push back against white supremacy and conspiracy theories online.

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    • 48 min
    Remembering Anti-Violence Activist Dante Barksdale

    Remembering Anti-Violence Activist Dante Barksdale

    Dante Barksdale, a leader of the violence-prevention program Safe Streets, was shot to death on Sunday in East Baltimore. Barksdale, who was also known as "Tater," dedicated the last decade of his life to mediating conflicts, doing critical neighborhood outreach, and reducing homicides in Baltimore.

    Here is Future City's 2019 conversation with Dante Barksdale.

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    • 14 min
    Closing The Digital Divide: The Future Of Technology

    Closing The Digital Divide: The Future Of Technology

    COVID-19 has changed the way we gather, moving much of our social, work, and communal lives online. People are using the internet for things like doctors’ appointments and religious services, and countless institutions have had to quickly adapt to deal with the new reality.

    But getting online isn’t always so easy, especially in a city like Baltimore, where many residents lack access to high-speed internet and the devices or digital literacy skills necessary to use it.

    On this month's episode of Future City, we discuss the digital divide, learn how people are pushing back against racial, economic, and geographic inequities in technology, and hear about creative ways seniors, teachers, students, and workers are adapting to digital life during a pandemic. 

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    • 48 min
    "Free To Vote": Lessons From Election 2020

    "Free To Vote": Lessons From Election 2020

    "Free To Vote": Lessons From Election 2020

    • 48 min

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