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Maryland Extends Health Insurance Application Deadline

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Today is a key deadline for people across most of the country hoping to have insurance coverage starting January 1, except in Maryland.

Maryland has extended the deadline to purchase coverage to go into effect on New Year's Day. Consumers have until December 27 to enroll through the state-run exchange, and they have until January 15 to pay for that coverage.

The changes are part of a larger effort to boost insurance enrollment in Maryland after problems plagued the launch of the state exchange.

Governor Martin O'Malley's administration has also changed the leadership structure for the exchange. Isabel FitzGerald, the secretary of Maryland's Department of Information Technology, is taking over the IT side of the exchange. The administration has also brought in technology consultant to improve the overall performance of the site and is extending the hours of a call center to help consumers.

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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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Will Montgomery County Go "Bottoms Up" On Liquor Laws?

Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.

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Exelon's Chief Strategy Officer On Its Proposed Takeover Of Pepco

Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Another year is coming to a close and the Computer Guys And Gal are here to discuss this year's biggest technology news, including the growth of virtual reality and the "Internet of Things."

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