Why vaccinations are still a public health priority

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An outbreak of measles in Clark County, Washington, has provided more fuel to an ongoing national debate about the role of vaccinations and the freedoms from immunization requirements.

More than 40 cases have been confirmed in Washington, and the state's governor, Jay Inslee, has declared a state of emergency. So far this year, measles cases have been confirmed in 10 states across the country.

This week, Frederick Uncut producer Wyatt Massey spoke with Kurt Seetoo of the Maryland Department of Health Center for Immunization to learn more about the importance of vaccines. The center oversees various immunization and vaccination programs in the state, such as the Vaccines for Children Program.

Plus, producer Graham Cullen takes a field trip with a recorder in hand to gather audio of a vaccine being administered- to himself.

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How to pick out the perfect Valentine's Day chocolate

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With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, some couples will be scrambling to find the perfect gift. Randy Olmstead, chef and owner of Perfect Truffle in Frederick, has a business designed not just to fill the need for last-minute gift but fulfill the dreams of local candy lovers.

The chef said couples should think about what flavors the other person likes instead of simply buying any box of chocolate. Instead, the holiday can be made special by what is bought, he said.

“I’m going on 32 years of marriage, and I’ve learned that just you don’t just buy something. There has to be reason behind it,” Olmstead said.

This week, Frederick Uncut producer Emma Kerr visited Perfect Truffle to learn about how the chocolates are made. Olmstead detailed how he picks the perfect combination, such as his white ginger pear tea. The chef said not all candy is made equal.

Listen to this week’s episode to learn how Olmstead uses 17 different chocolates in his blends, along with the process of melting chocolate to put it back in the perfect solid form.

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Redistricting the Urbana, Linganore and Oakdale feeder schools

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More than 300 parents and community members attended the first informational session about the upcoming school redistricting, which primarily touches the Urbana, Linganore and Oakdale communities.

This week, we hear from those parents and community members who worry a redistricting could mean significant changes for students and their families. Hosts Emma Kerr and Wyatt Massey talk about what the redistricting — affecting nearly half of all Frederick County Public Schools — will mean for those families and what to expect in the coming months.

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Counting Frederick's homeless and discussing the temporary deal to open the federal government

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Workers counted over 300 people who are experiencing homelessness in Frederick County last year, an increase of 70 people over the previous four years.

News-Post reporter Wyatt Massey accompanied Frederick Community Action Agency employees as they conducted the annual 2019 count, and he joins Frederick Uncut to describe the people, tents and belongings he came across along the way.

Host Emma Kerr also talks about the government shutdown as a temporary deal leaves federal workers — like Matthew Perry, who joins the podcast as well — feeling uncertain.

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The federal shutdown's economic impact on Maryland

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“[The federal government] sneezes and Maryland catches a cold.” That’s how Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot describes how intertwined the state is with the federal government.

Franchot calls in to discuss with cohosts Colin McGuire and Emma Kerr the ongoing government shutdown - now the longest in history - and what it means for not just the thousands of federal workers who live in Maryland, but also contractors and tertiary effects.

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Lessons from 2016 and 2018 elections with an eye on 2020

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced the formation of an exploratory committee on Dec. 31. Speculation of a presidential run continues to buzz around former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) told Stephen Colbert she “might” run.

In this episode, elections expert and former Maryland Secretary of State John Willis breaks down lessons learned from 2016, voter turnout in 2018 and his take on who’s got a chance.

Don't forget to Ask Us Anything. Email ekerr@newspost.com or send us a direct message on Twitter.

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Previewing the 2019 General Assembly in Annapolis with Del. Carol Krimm

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Del. Carol Krimm, who was chosen to be the Frederick County delegation chairperson this session, sits down with hosts Colin McGuire and Emma Kerr to discuss expectations for this year’s General Assembly and what bills she will be pushing for.

Stick around at the end for a new segment, Ask Us Anything, where we solicit questions from listeners and answer them on the podcast. Email you questions to Emma at Ekerr@newspost.com.

And be sure to subscribe to the FNP Politics podcast feed to catch episodes of In Session where our Annapolis reporter will report on all the goings on during this session. You can find it on Apple Podcasts and Google Play

The Super Bowl of Sermons

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As America becomes a more secular nation, Christmas and Easter are increasingly becoming the only opportunities faith leaders have to reach an extended audience at church.

Wyatt Massey, religion reporter at the Frederick News-Post, sat down with Frederick Uncut hosts Colin McGuire and Emma Kerr to take listeners inside churches and behind the pulpit on Christmas — the Super bowl of sermons. While some faith leaders choose to keep things hopeful and merry, others push for messages about today’s social issues like immigration. While they all say they are seeking authenticity, just how should a faith leader preach to this sudden influx of less loyal followers?

Plus, on this holiday issue, hear a little bit about the hosts’ favorite Christmas memories and what this year of podcasts has meant to us.

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Modern Dating- Part 2 (the women)

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In part two of our two-part series on modern dating, two young Frederick-area women sit down with host Emma Kerr to get candid about the dating landscape today.

Bleak and exciting all at once, this week’s guests give listeners insight into the other side of the coin. Dates are easier to come by, but challenges like keeping safe and decoding the ghosting-like behavior of their male counterparts make for an episode that is just as depressing as it is hilarious. They say despite all of the ups and downs, they still believe some day they’re going to find the one — he’s just a swipe away.

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Modern Dating- Part 1 (the men)

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This week, technology has changed every aspect of our lives- including how we find love. In the first of a two part series, we hear from two young men on their search for a partner in 2018 - using the machine gun right strategy on tinder and looking for a confident woman in the world of digital convenience. Next week, we’ll get the perspectives of two young women.

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Fighting the winter blues

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As the days get shorter and temperatures continue to drop, many of us begin to experience the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder — also known as the winter blues. 

It's a fairly common disorder that can have wide-ranging impacts on our lives. Psychologist Kelly Donahue, of Everyday Therapist in Frederick, describes symptoms to look out for such as over- or under-sleeping and weight gain in the winter months during this episode of Frederick Uncut, and what you can do to create positive thoughts and mindsets even on the most gloomy winter days.

This week, Donahue talks hosts Emma Kerr and Colin McGuire through the changes going on in our brains and explains why these symptoms pop up in the first place.

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Gerrymandering in Maryland, with Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute Center for Constitutional Studies

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A panel of federal judges declared the congressional map in Maryland unconstitutional — with issues particularly touching the 6th District. The upcoming redrawing after the 2020 census and a possible Supreme Court decision could have meaningful impacts on Frederick County.

Walter Olson, a registered Republican and senior fellow at the CATO Institute Center for Constitutional Studies, who will serve as a co-chair of the commission, sat down with hosts Emma Kerr and Colin McGuire to discuss recent developments in Maryland, give his opinion on the politicians at play and predict map changes on the horizon.

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Thanksgiving recommendations from a master chef

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The turkey doesn’t matter.

At least, according to Christine Van Bloem, culinary master and chef at the Kitchen Studio Cooking School.

It’s all about the sides: noodles, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and rolls. Colin McGuire and Emma Kerr sat down with Van Bloem to chat about homemade vs. store-bought, what to bring to Thanksgiving to impress, and what to do with all of those leftovers.

And of course, don’t forget the dessert — and the controversial pumpkin pie.

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Cyber security and digital privacy

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Our banks have data on us dating back decades, websites are tracking our every move and just how do those apps use their microphone permissions?

On this week's episode of Frederick Uncut, costs Emma Kerr and Colin McGuire sit down with MAZARS Director of Cyber Security Philip Jones and Mount St. Mary’s University Professor Mary Catherine Kennedy to break down the complexities of digital privacy. We learn how to protect yourself, more about the increasingly-common internet shaming trend, and privacy laws everyone should keep in mind.

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Reactions to Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

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The Jewish community in Frederick and beyond is still reeling from an October 27th shooting in which eleven congregants were gunned down in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

The shooter, who has been charged with a hate crime among other charges, shouted “All Jews Must Die” as he fired an AR-15 and three Glock .357 handguns at random. Incidents of anti-semitism are on the rise in the United States — in 2017, reported incidents of anti-semantiitism rose by 57 percent according to the Anti-Defamation League’s latest report.

Rabbi Jordan Hersh joins Emma Kerr and Colin McGuire from the Beth Sholom Congregation in Frederick to describe the moments and days since the shooting, and his hope that hate can be overcome.

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News-Post reporters discuss their four-part series on domestic violence

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With one in four women and one in seven men having experienced domestic violence in the United States, News-Post reporters Heather Mongilio and Wyatt Massey reported on different aspects of domestic violence in Frederick County.

Co-hosts Colin McGuire and Emma Kerr are joined by Mongilio and Massey as they discuss their reporting, which included firsthand accounts of several survivors of domestic abuse.

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Under criticism, FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster is the subject of a News-Post investigation

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In a special edition of Frederick Uncut, we delve deeper into an investigation published by The Frederick News-Post last week. The investigation found that Frederick Community College President Elizabeth Burmaster has been accused of bullying and abusive behavior for decades in her prior roles as an educational leader. These complaints are nearly identical to current complaints being lodged by FCC faculty.

We’ll hear more details not included in the investigation from the faculty who came to The News-Post anonymously in the form of emails and phone calls.

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Frederick County executive candidates debate

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All three candidates running for county executive agree that the opioid crisis and a productive County Council are important issues in Frederick County, while pointing out different ways to solve them.

Incumbent Jan Gardner (D), state Delegate Kathy Afzali (R) and longtime business and nonprofit leader Earl Robbins (unaffiliated) are on the ballot for that position on Nov. 6. They came in this week for a special debate episode of the Frederick Uncut podcast.

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Women in the workplace- Amanda Leatherman and Karen Crum Nicklas

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Over the past few weeks, the nation has turned its attention back to Anita Hill, revisiting her 1991 testimony in which Hill said she was sexually harassed by her then-supervisor and current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, both at work and outside the office.

Young women have unique experiences in the early stages of their careers, with some experiencing sex discrimination and others finding mentors and support through other women and colleagues.

Today, two prominent, young Frederick women — Frederick County Assistant State's Attorney Amanda Leatherman and Karen Crum Nicklas, executive assistant at The Great Frederick Fair — give their advice for women everywhere who want to push past barriers and claim space for themselves in their fields.

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