Matt Purdy http://wypr.org en Mental Illness in Prisons and Jails http://wypr.org/post/mental-illness-prisons-and-jails <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s estimated that there are about 4,000 people in Maryland prisons with a diagnosable mental illness. A <a href="http://tacreports.org/treatment-behind-bars/executive-summary">new, controversial report</a> from the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sherriff’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Association has drawn attention to those inmates and how they get treatment.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:00:06 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 11777 at http://wypr.org Mental Illness in Prisons and Jails What Impact Has The Affordable Care Act Had On Maryland Health Care? http://wypr.org/post/what-impact-has-affordable-care-act-had-maryland-health-care <div>Welcome back to The Checkup, our weekly series on how health care is changing in Maryland. This is our final segment in the series. For seven months, we’ve dug into the details of the Affordable Care Act. How have specific groups of people have been affected by it? Who has and has not been able to get access to insurance through it? How have different components of the health care system responded to the changes?<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we’re going to take a step back and ask the question: How does the Affordable Care Act fit into the big picture of Maryland’s health care system?</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:00:06 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 11609 at http://wypr.org What Impact Has The Affordable Care Act Had On Maryland Health Care? The Role Of Religion In The Public Square http://wypr.org/post/role-religion-public-square <div>Tonight is the second night of Passover for Jews, and this is Holy Week for Christians. &nbsp;This morning, a conversation about religion in the public square. &nbsp;The founding fathers spent lots of time discussing the separation of church and state, and the argument about religion in general and prayer in particular in public settings continues to this day. &nbsp;Here in Maryland, late last month, a federal court judge issued an injunction against the Carroll County Commission which prohibits “invoking the name of a specific deity associated with any one specific faith in prayers given at Board meetings.”</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:45:06 +0000 Tom Hall & Matt Purdy 11613 at http://wypr.org The Role Of Religion In The Public Square When Will You Be Able To Get Medical Marijuana In Maryland? http://wypr.org/post/when-will-you-be-able-get-medical-marijuana-maryland <div>Twenty states and the District of Columbia, have medical marijuana programs. Patients can either buy or grow marijuana for things like pain relief. The General Assembly took a first, cautious stab at creating a medical marijuana program last year. Marijuana was to be made available through academic medical centers. But, none of the centers in Maryland signed up to participate. Legislators decided this past session to allow certified doctors to write prescriptions for medical marijuana that can be bought from licensed growers and dispensaries.</div><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:00:06 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 11438 at http://wypr.org When Will You Be Able To Get Medical Marijuana In Maryland? Singer-Songwriter Caleb Stine's "Maybe God Is Lonely Too" http://wypr.org/post/singer-songwriter-caleb-stines-maybe-god-lonely-too <div>Caleb Stine is a thoughtful, incisive singer-songwriter who’s had an undeniable impact on the Maryland music scene with his work with the Brakeman and a host of other regular collaborators. &nbsp;He’s about to release his sixth solo album, a collection of songs that are haunting, probing, and wholly gratifying. &nbsp;The last couple of times Caleb has appeared on the show, we’ve played the music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger together. This morning, it’ll be all Caleb, as Tom Hall talks to him about the new CD, called "Maybe God is Lonely Too. "</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:45:00 +0000 Tom Hall & Matt Purdy 11280 at http://wypr.org Singer-Songwriter Caleb Stine's "Maybe God Is Lonely Too" How Will Connecticut's Health Exchange Adapt to Maryland? http://wypr.org/post/how-will-connecticuts-health-exchange-adapt-maryland <p>Maryland's online insurance marketplace, the health exchange is being scrapped in favor of a system created in Connecticut. So, how will Maryland make sure that this around, things are done right? And will it be ready in time for the next open-enrollment period, which starts in November? With Sheilah Kast to answer those questions is Carolyn Quattrocki. She’s Acting Director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. And, with us by phone from Connecticut is Kevin Counihan, CEO of that state’s exchange, Access Health CT.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:55:06 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 11242 at http://wypr.org How Will Connecticut's Health Exchange Adapt to Maryland? The Art of Argument http://wypr.org/post/art-argument <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month, </span>Ameena<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Ruffin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>Korey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Johnson, members of the Towson University Debate Team, won the Cross Examination Debate Association national championship. &nbsp;They are the first African American women’s team to win a national title. &nbsp;On the way to their victory, they bested teams from Harvard, Michigan, NYU and many other prestigious schools. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Tom Hall & Matt Purdy 11041 at http://wypr.org The Art of Argument The Affordable Care Act: Day After the Deadline http://wypr.org/post/affordable-care-act-day-after-deadline <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The deadline to sign up for health insurance this year ended last night at midnight. First, we hear from a few people who were considering buying insurance. Then,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sheilah</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kast</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;talks with Brad Herring, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, about what keeps people from buying health insurance and about what insurance options are available, or not available, for people who didn’t sign up.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:00:56 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 10919 at http://wypr.org The Affordable Care Act: Day After the Deadline Turning Stone Into News http://wypr.org/post/turning-stone-news <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The print media industry is changing. It’s being upended by the World Wide Web, which celebrated its </span>25th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary last month.</span></p><p>Newspapers and magazines across the country have closed up shop or been consolidated into larger media groups, as more people get their news on their laptops, phones, and tablets. &nbsp;</p><p>But, with all the attention being directed to the new technology that has transformed the media landscape, there’s an upstart news outlet in town that is betting on a technology that’s older than the Bible.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Tom Hall & Matt Purdy 10914 at http://wypr.org Turning Stone Into News Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown On The Health Insurance Deadline http://wypr.org/post/lt-gov-anthony-brown-health-insurance-deadline <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands have been signing up for health insurance in the last few days ahead of tomorrow's sign-up deadline.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lt. </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Anthony Brown, who has been the O'Malley-Brown administration's point man on health-care reform, offered to speak with us about it. </span>Sheilah<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Kast<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reached him on his cell phone this morning.</span></p></div><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:00:06 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 10858 at http://wypr.org Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown On The Health Insurance Deadline