Jamyla Kay

Producer, WYPR Programming

Jamyla came to us from Delmarva Public Radio, where she was a reporter and local host for All Things Considered.  Thanks to funding from local foundations and members of the WYPR Board of Directors, she's helping us produce "The Lines Between Us." At Delmarva Public Radio, Jamyla was awarded "2011 Best News Series" by the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association for her look at racial inequality in Somerset County’s government, and she's covered redistricting, same-sex marriage, and the depictions of minorities on television.  She also led an NPR-guided revamp of the Delmarva Public Radio website.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

The Race for Anne Arundel County Executive

State Delegate Steve Schuh (top) speaking to Severna Park resident Paul English as he campaigns for Anne Arundel County Executive. Schuh faces Laura Neuman in the Republican primary. Neuman was selected by the County Council over Schuh to finish the term of John Leopold, in the Republican Primary in February 2013.
Credit P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Sheilah speaks with WYPR's Kenneth Burns and Josh Kurtz of Center Mayland.

You could call it a rematch…even though the two Republicans running for the nomination for Anne Arundel County Executive haven’t faced each other in an election before. 

Last year they were both competing to be appointed county executive after John Leopold’s criminal misconduct conviction.   Incumbent County Executive Laura Neuman got the nod then from the county council.  Now, in next Tuesday’s primary election, she again faces two-term State Delegate Steve Schuh.  

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon June 16, 2014

"Tribes" at Everyman Theatre

Megan Anderson as Sylvia and John McGinty as Billy.
Credit Stan Barouh.

Tom talks with Theatre Critic J. Wynn Rousuck.

The struggle to be understood through sign, and through sound. Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck has been to see "Tribes" at Everyman Theatre

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Maryland Morning
9:05 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Revisiting a Conversation with Ruby Dee

The late Ruby Dee.
Credit Biography.com

In this September 2006 interview, Sheilah Kast spoke with actress and activist Ruby Dee.

This segment originally aired on September 29, 2006.

Ruby Dee, legend of the screen and stage, died on Wednesday in her New York home. Her contributions to the entertainment world and to the civil rights movement are being fondly remembered. Dee was a guest on Maryland Morning in September 2006 as she was planning to participate in the Baltimore Book Festival.  In this interview with Sheilah Kast, that we would like to share again, Dee talked about her 56-year marriage with fellow actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Reflections on Coming Out in Baltimore

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The interviews heard in this segment originally aired on October 11, 2013. 

Tom Hall speaks with members of Baltimore's LGBTQ community.
This weekend, members of the LGBTQ community and their allies will gather for Baltimore Pride 2014.  The Pride Festival has grown exponentially in recent years.  The growth of Pride is a testament to how many people have come out, as society has moved toward equal treatment for gays, lesbians and transgendered people.   But in the early years of the gay rights movement, many people experienced great difficulty in coming out.   Last year, in honor of National Coming Out Day, we heard from Marylanders as they reflected on their experiences when they came out to their family and friends. Today, we revisit that conversation. 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Liz Lerman on "Healing Wars"

Tamara Hurwitz Pullman and Bill Pullman (foreground) with George Hirsch and Keith A. Thompson (background) in "Healing Wars."
Credit Teresa Wood

Tom Hall talks with choreographer Liz Lerman.

  The choreographer, writer and teacher Liz Lerman is Tom Hall's guest this morning.

Last week, she premiered her latest theatrical dance piece, "Healing Wars," which is an examination of how healers deal with the wounds of battle. 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Priorities of the NAACP Maryland State Conference

Tom Hall speaks with Gerald Stansbury, President of the NAACP Maryland State Conference.

Next month, Cornell Brooks, an activist, lawyer and ordained minister, will be introduced to the membership of the NAACP at their annual convention in Las Vegas.  Following that, he’ll move into the organization’s national office in Northwest Baltimore, as its 18th president. To find out what the implications of his appointment might mean to Marylanders, Tom Hall's guest this morning is Gerald Stansbury.  He’s the president of the NAACP Maryland State Conference, which includes 24 different local branches from around the state.

Maryland Morning
8:54 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Two MD Athletes Head to the Special Olympics USA Games

Soccer player Tammy Holibaugh, Cyclist Adam Hayes and Special Olympics VP of Communications Jason Schriml.
Credit Jason Schriml

Tom Hall speaks with Adam Hayes and Tammy Holibaugh, who are competing in the USA Games.

This weekend, nearly 3,500 athletes from across the US will travel to Princeton, New Jersey to participate in the week-long Special Olympics USA Games. They’ll compete in more than 14 Olympic style sports.  Team Maryland will be sending a delegation of 160 athletes and their families, along with 40 coaches to the Games. 

Tom Hall talks with two Maryland athletes: Adam Hayes, a Frederick cyclist and Tammy Holibaugh, a Taneytown soccer player.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon June 9, 2014

"Sister Act" Takes the Stage at the Hippodrome

Cast of "Sister Act."
Credit Joan Marcus.

Tom Hall and J. Wynn Rousuck talk "Sister Act" at the Hippodrome.

The nuns in "Sister Act" are singing and dancing across the Hippodrome's stage. Will it make you a believer? Tom Hall asks Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck.

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri June 6, 2014

"Summer is Looking Good for Movies"

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Tom Hall talks with Washington Post Film Critic Ann Hornaday and Maryland Film Festival Director Jed Dietz.

Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post and Jed Dietz, director of the Maryland Film Festival stop by to share their rundown of must-see movies this summer.

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Maryland Morning
9:22 am
Wed June 4, 2014

How to Reduce Youth Violence

From left: Kayanna Johnson, Sheilah Kast, DeShawn Batson and Kelsey Johnson.
Credit Jamyla Kay

Sheilah Kast talks with members of Baltimore City's Youth Commission about violence against city teens.

At least ten Baltimore teenagers have been murdered this year.  The trauma for their families ripples through their communities, and the city worries about what the summer will bring.  Last week 16-year-old Oscar Torres was fatally shot sitting in a Ford Fusion that was carjacked; police say the same car killed 12-year-old Shanizya Taft the next day in East Baltimore.

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