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To Dream an Anarchist's Dream...

From: Mary Rose Madden
Length: 12:00

Anarchists in Baltimore try to open and run a totally free store

Dscn0731_small In this story, we hear the hopes and aspirations of one anarchist group...to open The Baltimore Freestore. The Baltimore Freestore is based on the radical idea that we can live in a free society, if we come together as one community. One major leader of the group is Matt Warfield. And we hear the ideological struggle he managed as the Freestore grew through its success. And we also hear what it takes to live out the Freestore's philosophy, though it may fail by anarchism's standards.

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In this story, we hear the hopes and aspirations of one anarchist group...to open The Baltimore Freestore. The Baltimore Freestore is based on the radical idea that we can live in a free society, if we come together as one community. One major leader of the group is Matt Warfield. And we hear the ideological struggle he managed as the Freestore grew through its success. And we also hear what it takes to live out the Freestore's philosophy, though it may fail by anarchism's standards.

Broadcast History

88.1 WYPR/ The Signal/ Original Airdate 7-13-07

Transcript

To Dream an Anarchist?s Dream

It?s an early afternoon on a humid, but breezy summer Saturday.
And there?s an outdoor festival getting setup around the playground in Edgecomb Circle ? a neighborhood set in Baltimore?s NorthWest.

A dj has begun to play music and a grill is starting to smolder and steam.
The block party is just getting set up.
And kids are riding their bikes from all directions.

Behind the dj?s setup today, The James D. Gross community center is hosting a young man?s ambitious dream.
An anarchist?s dream, actually, where everything is free.

Inside the community center, a young boy just found a recorder amidst boxes of toys, bookbags, and kids? clothes.
He picks up it up and asks if he can have it.
Happy with the response, he plays Mary Had a Little Lamb on his new, free, instrument.

THIS is Matt Warfield?s brainchild, The Baltim...
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Timing and Cues

suggested host intro:

Every year we read about a continuing trend of federal and state budget cuts. And like in many other metropolitan areas, Baltimore fights the ebbing economic tides with various social programs designed to help ease the blow to its most financially strapped communities.

In Baltimore, there's a grassroots group taking matters into their hands. A small, mobile, radical group is combating poverty with a pretty simple solution - a traveling mountain of free stuff. Mary Rose Madden has the story...

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