Hi and welcome to one and all! We are about to venture out on an exciting mission – a political podcast series. Here’s a little bit about us:
Deepan: I am a clinical psychologist by trade who is interested in all things politics and political. I have written for several media outlets, including Huffington Post, Baltimore Sun, India Abroad, Psych Central, etc. and am now venturing into the world of podcasts. I have a M.S. and Ph. D in Clinical Psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC, and a B.S. in Psychology and Mathematics from Bethany College in West Virginia. I also have a professional license as a Psychologist in Maryland. I am originally from Calcutta, India and have lived in the United States for the last 22 years and counting.
Shreyasi: I am a policy wonk by trade who is also interested in all things political. I currently work for a large medical specialty society in Washington, DC, where I lead the health policy team. I have a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC) in Catonsville, Maryland, an MBA from the International Management Institute in New Delhi, India, and a B.Sc. in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, which is part of the University of Calcutta in India. I am also originally from Calcutta, India and have lived in the United states for the last 10 years and counting. I used to be a blogger writing about lifestyle and talent management in India.
Theme and format: This podcast will run for about half an hour or so. In this podcast, we will discuss central Maryland politics especially from the districts of Montgomery, Howard, Baltimore and Prince George’s counties. We will touch on Maryland state policies and politics and sometimes get into the Beltway. We will host a guest for each episode, someone who is either running for public office themselves, is a keen observer of the local political scene or is an academician with expertise in politics and public policy.
Our first guest: Our guest for the inaugural episode, which airs of February 15th, is Dr. Calvin Ball. Dr. Ball has been an active Democrat all his life and is currently the Vice-Chair of the County Council of Howard County since 2016. He serves as the District 2 Howard County Councilmember, which includes the Villages of Long Reach and Oakland Mills in Columbia and portions of Elkridge, Ellicott City and Jessup. In 2006, he made Howard County history when elected youngest Chairperson and is now serving his fourth term leading the County Council. Dr. Ball is a native of Baltimore area, born in Catonsville; he received his BA from Towson University, his Masters from University of Baltimore and Ed.D from Morgan State University. In addition to serving on the County Council, Calvin is the Director of Complete College Baltimore, an innovative program on student completion at Baltimore City Community College. His service has been recognized through numerous prizes and awards including the Richard C. McCauley Transformative Leader Award, Horizon Foundation, 2016, Marilyn J. Praisner Public Service Award, Maryland Association of Counties, 2015 and Jenkins Odoms, Jr. Freedom Fighter Award, Howard County, Maryland Branch NAACP, 2015 to name just a few. He is running to be the County Executive of Howard County.