EPISODE 254: Smith explains power and purpose of local government to help citizens during pandemic

We still greatly miss all of our live visits and long-form chats with our Baltimore Positive guests at State Fare and Faidley’s from earlier in our Season One of intelligent conversations with community leaders but we’re forging ahead with some of the coolest conversations during a hot, pandemic summer here in the Charm City.

As Don Mohler always points out: it’s never a straight line with our guests or platform. Just two curious people seeking deeper knowledge and wisdom from wise people. We’re about to bring forward a wide variety of guests and topics as we navigate all of the aspects of life during a pandemic.

When you bring old friends and leaders together, great conversations happen. Jim Smith was the Baltimore County Executive who lured Don Mohler away from education into government two decades ago. Now, after Mohler served as C.E. for seven months in 2018 after the death of Kevin Kamenetz, the two gathered to chat publicly about the responsibility of leaders to assist citizens in times of crisis.

This was a wide-ranging chat but includes incredible details of how the Smith administration handled Hurricane Isabel in 2003. And we had a long chat about fairness in our courts and what it’s like to be a judge in our society.

Because we haven’t been able to sit down and eat a proper crab cake at Faidley’s at Lexington Market or have some chicken and waffles at State Fare in Catonsville with our guests, we have been doing one longish episode rather than our customary three shorter blocks of conversation.

Given the current state of America in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and protests on our streets and throughout the world, we will be focusing on race and the future moving forward in many of our upcoming August episodes.

Clearly, we voted last month. And we hope you voted, too, and are ready to vote again in November!

We are all in this together and this is a time to educate, unite and keep each other safe. But we also have some extra time to read and learn and educate ourselves in many ways.

We will continue to produce high-quality, intelligent conversations with thought leaders as our citizens try to readjust to this pandemic during the summer at Baltimore Positive.

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We’ll try to keep you cool.

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