September 20, 2016 Show: Mike Rowe on Jobs, Education and Entrepreneurship


Native Baltimorean Mike Rowe, host of Discovery’s “Dirty Jobs” and CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”, shares his thoughts on our education system and the job market. Or as Mike puts it: “We are lending money we don’t have, to kids who can’t pay it back, to train them for jobs that no longer exist.” Alex asks Mike about his podcast series, “The Way I Heard It”, about American risk-takers, entrepreneurs, and inventors of years past, and asks if this still possible in today’s regulatory structure. Listen to hear Mike’s surprising take.

Catch Mike in person at the The Lyric in Baltimore on September 24, 2016.

September 13, 2016 Show: Replacing Hillary, Crazy Floridians, and a Cop Fired for Not Shooting Someone

Just what would happen if Hillary Clinton dropped out of the presidential race? The Barristers take the legal and political implications through step by step. Next, the Barristers discuss the sad story of a W.Va. cop who was found for attempting to talk down an armed, suicidal suspect rather than killing him. Finally, a story out of Florida of three attorneys disbarred for setting up an opposing counsel for a DUI offense.

September 6th, 2016 Show: Fighting Patent Trolls with Daniel Nizer of the EFF

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Daniel Nazer, Electronic Frontier Foundation Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents

The Mark Cuban Chair for the Elimination of Stupid Patents, Daniel Nizer of EFF, joins the Barristers to discuss patent trolls and some of their absurd lawsuit threats: demanding $1,000 per employee from every company that uses scanners, claiming the rights to FanDuel and Draft Kings, and more. Later, the Barristers discuss whether the EEOC will find that the Gadsden Flag (“Don’t Tread on Me”) creates a hostile work environment, and analyze the many legal issues in Bill Cosby’s ongoing criminal case.

August 30, 2016 Show: Comptroller Peter Franchot on A/C in Schools and Fantasy Sports


Never one to mince words, Comptroller Peter Franchot joins the Baltimore Barristers to discuss the ongoing controversy in Baltimore County and City over the lack of air conditioning and his new proposed regulations of fantasy sports. The Barristers also discuss the privately-funded aerial surveillance of Baltimore City.

August 23rd, 2016 Show: Trespassing for Pokémon, Sex Crimes, and Uber Private Investigators

Can a homeowner sue over PokémonGo over repeated trespassers trying to get to a “Pokéstop” in his backyard? Can a father get child custody away from an Ex who marries a convicted sex offender? Can an elementary school teacher be prosecuted for having a relationship with an adult high school student? Legal analysis on these bizarre stories and more on tonight’s episode.

August 16, 2016 Show: Campus Censorship with Ari Cohn of FIRE

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With hypersensitivity and censorship running wild on college campuses, The Barristers invited attorney Ari Cohn from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education to share some war stories from the front lines. How can public university in a free and open society ban “inconsiderate jokes”, “inappropriately directed laughter”, or any “discussions about sexual activity”? The simple answer: it is unconstitutional, but most universities get away with it.

Next, the Barristers discuss the recent Department of Justice Report on alleged unconstitutional practices of the Baltimore City Police Department.

August 9, 2016 Show: Fixing the VA, with Dr. Mark Plaster

Two-year wait times, secret lists, and bonuses for the bad guys. Everyone has heard what’s wrong with the Veteran’s Health Administration, but fixing it is the real question. Tonight, the Barristers meet with Doctor Mark Plaster, a Navy veteran, surgeon, and attorney, to discuss solutions. Should it be easier for corrupt or incompetent officials to be fired, and can long wait times be avoided with affordable alternatives to VA care? Next, the Barristers discuss Dr. Plaster’s candidacy for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District, the most gerrymandered in the nation.

August 2, 2016 Show: Section 8 Housing, with Guest Del. Robin Grammer

Yesterday, the Baltimore County Council voted 6-1 against a bill requiring all landlords in the county to accept Section 8 vouchers. Delegate Robin Grammer explained to Alex why he worked to keep the bill from passing and how government housing vouchers have hurt Baltimore in the long run.

July 26, 2016 Show: Bar Girls, Website Trespass and Other Crimes

Is is a crime to go on a website after the owner told you not to? In California it might be. Is it a crime to say “hi” to a stranger of the opposite sex? In England it might be. Is it a crime to trick a man into thinking you’re a tourist so he’ll buy you expensive drinks at the club where you work? In Florida it might not be.

July 19, 2016 Show: Jack Hunter, Editor of Rare Politics, Talks Convention Politics and Culture

What does the future hold for the Republican Party? Alex sits down with Jack Hunter, Editor of Rare Politics and former New Media Director for Sen. Rand Paul, to discuss the party convention in Cleveland, the state of Republican minority outreach, and criminal justice issues like the death of Freddie Gray. Next, the Barristers discuss 1st Amendment issues related to online threats in the aftermath of numerous shooting deaths in the past few weeks. And to end the night, some practical advice about dashcams and for Pokémon Go players.