Matt Purdy

Producer, Maryland Morning

Matt joined Maryland Morning as a producer in September 2012.  Before that, he was a freelance reporter and producer in the WYPR newsroom.  He follows goings-on in City Hall and science and technology.  He also likes bikes.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Mental Illness in Prisons and Jails

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Sheilah Kast speaks with Dr. Fuller Torrey, founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center and Dr. Brian Hepburn, Executive Director of the Maryland Hygiene Administration, which oversees the state’s mental health system.

It’s estimated that there are about 4,000 people in Maryland prisons with a diagnosable mental illness. A new, controversial report from the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sherriff’s Association has drawn attention to those inmates and how they get treatment.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

What Impact Has The Affordable Care Act Had On Maryland Health Care?

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Sheilah Kast talks with Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein, Evergreen Co-op CEO Peter Beilenson, and Johns Hopkins public health professor Colleen Barry.
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?Today, 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? 
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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Tue April 15, 2014

The Role Of Religion In The Public Square

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Tom Hall talks with Heather Miller Rubens, Catholic Scholar at the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, and Mark Graber, a professor of law and government at the University of Maryland law school.
Tonight is the second night of Passover for Jews, and this is Holy Week for Christians.  This morning, a conversation about religion in the public square.  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.  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.” 
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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

When Will You Be Able To Get Medical Marijuana In Maryland?

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Sheilah Kast talks about medical marijuana with Delegate Cheryl Glenn, Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission Chair Paul Davies, and pharmacology researcher Ryan Vandrey.
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.
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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Singer-Songwriter Caleb Stine's "Maybe God Is Lonely Too"

"Maybe God Is Lonely Too" album cover art
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Tom Hall talks with singer-songwriter Caleb Stine about his new album.
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.  He’s about to release his sixth solo album, a collection of songs that are haunting, probing, and wholly gratifying.  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. " 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Tue April 8, 2014

How Will Connecticut's Health Exchange Adapt to Maryland?

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Sheilah Kast talks with Carolyn Quattrocki, Acting Director of Maryland's health exchange, and Kevin Counihan, CEO of Connecticut's exchange.

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.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Art of Argument

Left to Right: Ignacio Evans, debate coach; Ameena Ruffin, Korey Johnson (holding cup); Amber Kelsie, debate coach.
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Tom Hall talks with Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson, members of the Towson University Debate Team.

Last month, Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson, members of the Towson University Debate Team, won the Cross Examination Debate Association national championship.  They are the first African American women’s team to win a national title.  On the way to their victory, they bested teams from Harvard, Michigan, NYU and many other prestigious schools.  

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

The Affordable Care Act: Day After the Deadline

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A few people describe their health insurance experiences, and Sheilah Kast speaks with Hopkins health policy professor Brad Herring about remaining coverage options.

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, Sheilah Kast 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.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Turning Stone Into News

A piece of granite, similar to what is used for The Baltimore Tablet.
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Tom Hall profiles Baltimore's newest, hard-hitting media outlet, The Baltimore Tablet.

The print media industry is changing. It’s being upended by the World Wide Web, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last month.

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.  

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. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown On The Health Insurance Deadline

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Sheilah Kast talks with Lt. Governor Anthony about the deadline tonight to register on the Maryland health exchange.

Thousands have been signing up for health insurance in the last few days ahead of tomorrow's sign-up deadline. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who has been the O'Malley-Brown administration's point man on health-care reform, offered to speak with us about it. Sheilah Kast reached him on his cell phone this morning.

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