Ep. 047 - Heartly House's Inga James


News that a convicted sex offender in Michigan was granted joint legal custody of the child born to the woman he raped hits closer to home than local residents might realize.

Maryland is among the six states, including Michigan, where a rapist can be granted parental rights. Inga James, executive director of Heartly House, is among advocates who want to see that changed.

James sat down with Frederick Uncut host Colin McGuire and social services reporter Nancy Lavin to discuss the policies, people and services that shape her work with Frederick County's only comprehensive service hub for domestic assault, sexual assault and child abuse victims.

Ep. 046 - Frederick Mayoral Candidate Forum


Republican Mayor Randy McClement and his Democratic challenger, Alderman Michael O’Connor join host Colin McGuire and News-Post editor Chris Kinsler for this joint episode of Frederick Uncut, answering questions about downtown blight, the proposed downtown hotel and conference center, the new police headquarters, transportation priorities, and property tax rates.

They also explained how they align with their party platforms and summarized their three main goals if elected, or re-elected, to the city’s highest office in November.

Ep. 045 - Will Anderson


17-year-old Walkersville High School student Will Anderson, the student member of the Frederick County Board of Education joins host Colin McGuire and News-Post education reporter Allen Etzler to discuss his role as a non-voting representative of Frederick County public school students.


Ep. 044 - Brian Smith

As Frederick puts a cap on the fair for 2017, Brian Smith, stage manager for The Great Frederick Fair, joined The Uncut Podcast to talk about his 42-year career working at the fair and meeting Johnny Cash.

Smith has worked at the fair since his sophomore year of high school. Host Colin McGuire and News-Post reporter Samantha Hogan talk with Smith about his favorite fair foods, the craziest problems Mother Nature has thrown at the maintenance crew and what keeps him coming back.

Ep. 043 - Andrea Walker and Sarah Drennan


With opioid addiction at record levels in Maryland, Andrea Walker and Sarah Drennan are busy considering what can be done in Frederick County.

Walker, the director of Behavioral Health Services for the Frederick County Health Department, and Drennan, a clinical services manager for behavioral health, sat down with host Colin McGuire and News-Post health reporter Kate Masters to discuss the scope of the addiction problem and the newest treatments being considered in Frederick County. A syringe exchange program, for example, is being studied for feasibility. Another work group hopes to establish a 24-hour detox center by the end of 2019.

Ep. 041 - FPD Chief Ed Hargis

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When Chief Ed Hargis took the helm of the Frederick Police Department in July of 2015, he had three decades of policing experience to draw on. Now Hargis is steering the Frederick Police Department as it tries to grow and evolve alongside a booming city.

The department is incorporating new policing technology, engaging in expansive recruiting efforts and lobbying for a $17.2 million headquarters.  

Hargis sat down with host Colin McGuire and Frederick News-Post reporter Cameron Dodd for a special taping of Frederick Uncut. Hargis discussed his early career Camden, New Jersey, his goals for the Frederick Police Department and his Metallica fandom. 

Ep. 040 - Attorney General Brian Frosh

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Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has spent nearly three decades in public office, but his earliest inspiration came from a “quirky” place. During a conversation with Frederick Uncut guest host Allen Etzler and Frederick News-Post senior reporter Danielle E. Gaines, the attorney general talked about how politics and his worldview formed from a young age.

Frosh also detailed his office’s newly expanded powers, which include the ability to sue the federal government without first seeking approval from the governor or General Assembly.

The expanded powers — which more than 40 other state attorneys general already held — were included in a package of bills that Democratic lawmakers in Annapolis said would help counter action — or inaction — by President Donald Trump’s White House.

Ep. 039 - Shari Ostrow Scher


In 2005 Shari Ostrow Scher founded the Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership, a nonprofit organization which benefits children and families of people held in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. Ostrow Scher joins host Colin McGuire and News-Post courts reporter Kelsi Loos to discuss the work being done by the one-of-a-kind organization.

Ostro Scher says when a parent is incarcerated the family is almost always thrown into poverty. "That child needs to know that they're going to have their food and their clothing and their life and often that doesn't happen," she said in this latest episode of the Frederick Uncut podcast.

Ep. 038 - Hermine Bernstein

Hermine Bernstein, program coordinator for the Frederick chapter of Blessings in a Backpack, sat down with host Colin McGuire and News-Post reporter Nancy Lavin to talk about her expansion goals, program details and other need-to-knows such as her favorite pizza joint and the fifth-grade teacher who inspired her own teaching career.

Blessings in a Backpack is a national organization that provides meals to students in need on weekends and other times when they will not get food through school lunch programs.

Ep. 037 - Andrea Chapdelaine

Hood College president Andrea Chapdelaine sits down with host Colin McGuire and education reporter Allen Etzler to talk about ongoing higher education issues both locally at Hood College and nationwide.

Chapdelaine, who studied law and social justice in college, talked about free speech on college campuses, and discussed the school's reasoning not to punish the Hood College Republicans for displaying a board with several controversial statements that drew the ire of some students and faculty. 

Ep. 036 - Eric Rhodes

Eric Rhodes, race co-director of the National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race, sat down with host Colin McGuire and News-Post reporter Nancy Lavin to talk about the sixth annual event being held this year on Aug. 12. Rhodes also shares the story of his foray into high wheel cycling and how many high wheel bicycles he actually owns — it’s more than some people’s shoe collections — and how exactly he got the English high wheel bicycle back to Frederick.

Ep. 035 - Shelley Aloi

Host Colin McGuire, a News-Post columnist, and city reporter Mallory Panuska sit down with Aloi and to discuss her background, which includes one term as alderwoman beginning in 2009 and a previous run for mayor, as well as her current campaign and vision for the city.

Editor’s note: A phone number Shelley Aloi gave during the podcast for voters to contact her is no longer valid. She instead has a different number and encourages voters to call anytime with questions and comments. The new number is: 301-682-8889.


Ep. 034 - Chris Kinsler

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Producer's note: We're releasing this episode of Frederick Uncut outside of our normal schedule to coincide with a story that is appearing in the News-Post Friday. We will return to our normal schedule Tuesday.

Chris Kinsler, took over duties as editor of The Frederick News-Post this week, joining the organization from The Martinsburg Journal, where he was editor. In this episode host Colin McGuire and News-Post reporter Cameron Dodd get to know Kinsler and his thoughts on community journalism

Kinsler, 41, brings almost 20 years of experience as a career newspaper reporter and editor. He has worked in sports and news departments since graduating from college in 1998.

Ep. 034 - Mayor Randy McClement

Host Colin McGuire, a News-Post columnist, and city reporter Mallory Panuska sat down with Mayor Randy McClement to discussed how he went from selling printing equipment and running a downtown bagel shop to running the city nearly eight years ago. The mayor also discussed his reelection bid and some high-profile city issues such as downtown blight and also shared what he could regarding the latest developments at the Frederick Towne Mall site.

Ep. 033 - Col. Scott Halter

Col. Scott Halter has a love for Black Hawk helicopters. But they still haven't quite supplanted his first passion in life: American Quarter horses. 

The new commander of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Detrick sat down with host Colin McGuire and News-Post health reporter Kate Masters to discuss his unusual path to military service, which included years of raising and riding horses. The leadership skills he developed in the industry eventually led him to join the ROTC program at the University of Virginia, followed by flight school and an assignment with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division.

Halter also described the intricacies of life on base and shared details from his previous assignment in G8 Force Development at the Pentagon. Most importantly, he spilled details on his favorite junk foods and the best places to eat in Frederick.

EP. 032 - Kenny Poole

Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue services Battalion Chief Kenny Poole talks about the dangers of fireworks and his work as Frederick County Fire Marshal with host Colin McGuire and News-Post crime and public safety reporter Jeremy Arias.

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Ep. 031 - Elizabeth Lucas

Elizabeth Lucas, Producing Artistic Director at New Spire Arts', is working to create the cohesive tissue that connects Frederick's art community. Lucas spoke with host Colin McGuire and News-Post features reporter Imade Borha discuss the art organization's progress. Renovation plans are under way for New Spire Arts' two buildings, and there is a full schedule of youth and adult workshops this summer. 

Lucas also discussed her time living in New York, where her filming career began during the tumultuous time of 9/11.

Leaving New York meant a suburban life for Lucas' six-year-old twins, who already display artistic talent. As a mother of young, growing artists, Lucas shared how she hopes New Spire Arts trains the Frederick community in the art of storytelling. 

Ep. 030 - Liz Barrett

Recorded during a Facebook Live discussion, FCPS Board of Education Vice President Liz Barrett joins host Colin McGuire and News-Post education reporter Allen Etzler to talk about the board's recent decision to protect transgender students, as well as FCPS' redistricting ruling which will move more than 1,200 students to account for the opening of Butterfly Ridge Elementary School.

Ep. 029 - Lin Caywood

Pilot Lin Caywood will compete in the Air Race Classic in her Cessna 182 four-seater plane on June 20. The four-day, cross-country women-only competition has been in existence since 1929, when Amelia Earhart placed third. This year the race begins in Frederick, with 100 pilots taking of from Frederick Municipal Airport in 30-second intervals. Caywood joined host Colin McGuire and News-Post reporter Anna Muckerman to talk about the race.