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.
The Need for An "Economic Fair Housing Act" with Richard Kahlenberg
The Fair Housing Act passed in 1968, which prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, religion, national origin, and, since 1974, sex. Our guest this week believes we need another amendment that will prohibit discrimination in housing based on economic status. Although racism and sexism are seen as overtly bad, Richard Kahlenberg notes that Americans are much more ambivalent, or even supportive, of discrimination based on class. The result is that our communities are segregated based on income.
"Belonging Before Belief" - Prisms of the People with Hahrie Han
We live in a great time of cynicism and apathy as it relates to politics and political power. In this episode, Candace and Tom interview coauthor Hahrie Han about her new book Prisms of the People: Power and Organizing in Twenty-First-Century America. She describes how people mistake attention for power and how the key to effectuating political change is creating a sense of belonging amongst fellow activists.
Police Reform, Housing Justice, & the General Assembly with Del. Luke Clippinger & Del Vanessa Atterbeary
The 2021 General Assembly Session will be remembered for many things, but top among them is Maryland's historic legislation on police reform. In this episode, Candace and Tom interview the co-chairs of the Maryland House Judiciary Committee, Luke Clippinger and Vanessa Atterbeary. They review the ups and downs of a unique COVID-impacted session and close, as always, with books, restaurants, and unpopular benign opinions.
Brave Voices Brave Choices with Howard County Library CEO Tonya Aikens
Candace returns for this interview with Howard County Library President and CEO Tonya Aikens to discuss the new "Brave Voices Brave Choices" campaign. This new initiative will replace the iconic "Choose Civility" campaign, which has adorned resident bumpers for over a decade. Tonya explains why it was necessary to move past the "Choose Civility" frame and tells listeners what they can expect in the months and years ahead from Brave Voices Brave Choices.
Why Single Family Detached Zoning Hurts Everyone w/ Vox's Jerusalem Demsas
Vox's Jerusalem Demsas has burst onto the scene as a thought-leader on housing policy across the country. We were fortunate enough to book her for an interview to discuss the disjointed politics of land use policy, the economic impacts of SFD zoning, and how President Biden's new infrastructure plan may change all that.
ADU's in Annapolis with Alderman Brooks Schandelmeier and Kol Peterson
Annapolis Alderman Brooks Schandelmeier has cosponsored legislation with Alderman DaJuan Gay to legalize and regulate Accessory Dwelling Units in Maryland's state capitol. Kol Peterson is an ADU expert and author of the book "Backdoor Revolution-The Definitive Guide to ADU Development".
In this discussion, we review the benefits and objections related to ADU's, their frequency of use in practice, and the questionable origin of single-family detached zoning that stands in the way of such units.
Interviews with 7th district candidates
Thank you for such insightful and informative interviews with the candidates running for the 7th congressional district. You provided a comprehensive forum for the candidates to express themselves and provide information on their platforms. The election is here and you provide another format to research candidates opinions and topics.
Growing an informed community
“Maryland focus with Howard County roots” is the perfect tagline for Elevate MD, feature engaging discussions with leaders, authors and artists about issues of importance to our county and state.
Gravitate to Elevate
If you love Maryland and especially central Maryland then you will love this podcast. Both hosts are brilliant and they always cover relevant matters like education, civil rights, budgetary concerns, civic engagement, and leadership. Keep up the great work!