Does Tracking = Inequality?

Parents in our region had some strong reactions to our discussion last week about academic tracking.

Another Vote for Neighborhood Schools

This listener wants Baltimore to know about his positive experience with Hamilton Elementary/Middle School.

You Can. Should You?

Should you send your children to private school just because you can? This listener from North Baltimore was able to choose between a free education for his children at the Howard County private school where he teaches and Roland Park Elementary/Middle, the city school his family is zoned for.

Brown Comes Down: Echoes of Intolerance

Dr. Keiffer Mitchell, Sr., tells of violence in 1954 when he integrated Gwynns Falls Park Junior High School, and of what he says is intolerance by his neighbors in the Guilford 2013.

Brown Comes Down: "Without Incident"

Brint Cooper, a white man, tells the story of "real Poly boys" fending off the efforts of a "rabblerouser" who wanted white students to go on strike after the 1954 Brown v. Board Supreme Court ruling.

Brown Comes Down: Not Seeing Color

A woman who integrated Arlington Elementary in 1954 tells how that experience shaped her work as a Baltimore City public school teacher and principal decades later.

Brown Comes Down: To Be a "Poly Boy"

An African-American man who integrated Baltimore Polytechnic Institute two years before Brown v. Board tells Tom Hall what it was like to become a "Poly Boy."

Gun Violence Stories: A Year With Zero Murders

Argenae Howell, a student leader for youth advocacy group "The Intersection," talks to Reginald F. Lewis High School teacher Chantiel Awkard about what it would take to make Baltimore's annual homicide number zero.

Gun Violence Stories: Eric Burrell

Eric Burrell, a student leader for youth advocacy group "The Intersection," on how gun violence has touched his life.

The Lines Between Our Youth

Dawnya Johnson is a 16-year-old student in Baltimore's Waverly neighborhood. In this interview, she talks about how most of her friends have been caught up in the juvenile justice system...except for one friend, who's been "untouched by all the bad things."

Baltimore Youth on Gun Violence

On Tuesday, June 25, an advocacy organization called "The Intersection" launched a "Gun Violence Listening Campaign." Young people told stories of how gun violence has touched their lives. Here are a few.

Portraits of Reentry: Keith Evans

One of a series of portraits of Baltimoreans who have reentered the community after a prison sentence.

Portraits of Reentry: Scott Myers

One of a series of portraits of Baltimoreans who have reentered the community after a prison sentence.

Portraits of Reentry: Andrea Harrison

One of a series of portraits of Baltimoreans who have reentered the community after a prison sentence.

Portraits of Reentry: Avery Miles

One of a series of portraits of Baltimoreans who have reentered the community after a prison sentence.

Transit Inequity

Baltimore City resident Barbara C. recently sent us this story related to what she sees as “transit inequity in the MTA Local Bus System."


Listeners respond to Episode #26: Blue Light Special.

Crossing Paths

A listener suggested LINES should zero in on a section of Northwest Baltimore where Orthodox Jews and African-Americans live, work and sometimes interact.


We've gotten some response on the past few episodes of Lines and we'd like to share what listeners have been saying.

Ginny's Story

We remember Virginia "Ginny" Dobry, a fixture in the Patterson Park neighborhood.

A Little Bit in Touch Here

In this “Your Story,” Upper Fells Point resident Flip Sasser describes what he loves about his neighborhood and tells us what some “fancier” neighborhoods might be lacking.


Listener Tim E. contacted us after the Feb. 8 "Linguistic Lines" episode. He took issue with the way "vernacular" was defined, and said that he often feels like he cannot "understand what black Baltimoreans are saying."

Leo's Story

Leo, 46 years old, emigrated from Mexico in 1988, spending 11 years in California before settling in Baltimore. When she arrived in Baltimore with her brother, she was not sure she wanted to call Charm City her home.

"A Carefully Crafted Public Policy”

Listener Cindy Walsh says the number of unemployed minorities is a deliberate result of public policy.

"Meetings on the Street"

Listener Terry Carlton called in to share his thoughts about who should be included in public discussions. Carlton was also concerned about opportunities for Baltimore City's youth.

VIDEO: The Lights Never Came On Again

Many long-time residents of West Baltimore remember when the Edmondson Village Shopping Center was illuminated with "tiny white lights" throughout the Christmas season...until the tradition ended.

"I'm Good With Building"

Losing a job is a difficult to begin with, but for employees trained in a specific vocation, not being able to find work in their field can be especially trying. In this "Your Story" Gerard Spady talks about his attempts to find a bricklaying job.

Advancing the Conversation

At the Baltimore Post-Examiner, a compelling reflection from someone who attended our December 4 documentary screening and panel discussion of "Race: The Power of An Illusion." See what writer Nancy Murray has to say about the role inequality plays in her life as a white woman.

"Build Out From the Neighborhoods That Are Strong"

One audience member at the Dec. 4 film screening of "Race: The Power of an Illusion" shared this story about her neighborhood.

"A Vicious Cycle of Limited Wealth"

Listener Dan Pontious who lives in the North Baltimore neighborhood of Radnor-Winston responds to the question of the week “What do you think accounts for the large wealth gap between whites and minorities?”

"Let Our Voice Be Heard"

One voter describes why he makes a point to cast his ballot every election year.


Your favorite places in the Baltimore region where people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, and income levels gather.

"Helping Me to Build Myself Up"

Nicole, a 31-year-old Baltimore Housing Mobility Program participant describes why she chose to leave Baltimore City in an attempt to find a safer neighborhood and better school for her son.

"We Used to Rent this House"

Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc. executive director Johnette Richardson tells about a former renter breaking into tears visiting an open house for a house that had been renovated and put on the market through the stimulus-funded Healthy Neighborhoods program.

"Here, We are Only One"

Jermin Laviera talks about the shared culture created by Baltimore's diverse Hispanic population.

"The Beginning of Hope"

We asked, "Would you purchase a vacant house?" Listener Lottie Sneed of Northeast Baltimore told us this story.

"Mom, where are the black kids?"

Patricia Palmer on moving to Rodgers Forge.

Grace Willis on Living in Barclay

Grace Willis lives on East 22nd Street in the Barclay neighborhood. She tells us why she's staying put, despite some of the problems that exist in the neighborhood.

John Wesby on Patterson Park

Patterson Park resident John Wesby on the transition of his neighborhood over the last five years.