Nathan Sterner

Local Host, Morning Edition Director/Co-Host, Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

You can hear Nathan from 5:18am to 3pm on weekdays, giving you news headlines, weather, and interviews during Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast.  Nathan also co-hosts WYPR's Friday morning Spotlight on Station North.Before coming to WYPR in September of 2005, Nathan spent 8 years at WAMU in Washington -- working every job from part-time receptionist to on-air host, gaining experience in promotions, fundraising, audience analysis, and program production.  Nathan has also served as a fundraising consultant, and helped dozens of public radio stations nationwide with their on-air fundraisers.Nathan originally hails from rural Pennsylvania, but has lived in Baltimore since 2005.

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Headlines
9:13 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Cameras On Cops, Baltimore Hiring Practices, Bay Algae Blooms, & Stopping For School Buses

Credit Algae Bloom in the Chesapeake Bay taken by painaporo via flickr

Baltimore is considering requiring cameras to be strapped to its police officers. The city has reached a settlement with the US Justice Department over its hiring practices. Last week’s rains are leading to major algae blooms in the Chesapeake Bay. A study shows that more drivers are failing to stop for school buses in Maryland. And more.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

How Coffee Can Improve Your Memory

Credit marfis75

 

You knew caffeine made you more alert. But now scientists are saying it may actually improve your memory. Neurobiologist Michael Yassa, while working as an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins, found that caffeine has a positive effect on long-term memory in humans.  Their research, published by the journal Nature Neuroscience, shows that caffeine enhances memories up to 24 hours after it is consumed.

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Headlines
8:25 am
Wed August 20, 2014

MD’s Health Insurance Exchange, Exelon’s Push To Expand Its Holdings, & Offshore Wind Leases

Governor Martin O'Malley.
Credit Christopher Connelly / WYPR

While state officials say Maryland’s new health insurance exchange website will be ready to go by the next open enrollment period in November… they also say that the nearly 79-thousand Marylanders who bought private coverage through the old system will have to sign up for insurance again. Exelon files an application with Maryland’s Public Service Commission in its push to acquire more regional utilities, including Delmarva Power and Pepco. Another step was taken yesterday to bring an offshore wind industry to our state; the federal government awarded leases for 80-thousand acres of land off the coast of Ocean City to a subsidiary of an Italian renewable energy company. And more…

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Headlines
8:45 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Offshore Wind, Fracking, Syria’s Chemical Weapons, & Maryland’s Unemployment Rate

Thanet wind farm off the coast of England.
Credit Taken in 2010 by Nuon via flickr

We report on the push to develop an offshore wind industry in Maryland. We examine a new study on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing (aka “fracking”) in Western MD. Plus: a team from Aberdeen Proving Ground has completed the destruction of Syria’s most dangerous chemical weapons. MD’s unemployment rate rose to 6.1% in July. And more.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Solar Probe Plus: Here Comes The Sun

A rendering of Solar Probe Plus
Credit NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Life on Earth depends on the Sun, that giant furnace nearly 93 million miles away that anchors our planet's orbit. Its light makes it possible for plants to grow, and for animals to eat them. But, for playing such an outsized role in our lives, there’re still quite a few things we don’t know about the sun.

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Headlines
8:37 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Baltimoreans Protest Ferguson Shooting, Calls For A Later First Day Of School, & Tax-Free Week Ends

Demonstrators took to the streets in Baltimore last night to protest the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. State Comptroller Peter Franchot took his call for a later start to the school year to Ocean City yesterday. You’ve got two more days to get in on Maryland’s annual sales-tax-free shopping period. Today and tomorrow, you can buy many articles of clothing - including shoes - valued up to $100 without paying the state's six-percent sales tax. Plus: a new president for BCCC, why a fee-reduction bill drew Rawlings-Blake's first veto, spice-seller McCormick is recalling nearly 75-thousand bottles of ground oregano, and more.

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Headlines
8:08 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Changes To State Employee Health Plans, FoP Endorses Brown, Common Core, & Vaccination Requirements

Teachers Lisa Yim of Montgomery County (left) and Sarah Clark of Baltimore County.
Credit Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

State employees will soon see changes in their health plans, including rewards for workers who take steps to stay healthy, and penalties for those who don’t follow medical advice. The Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown’s gubernatorial campaign. The latest on the implementation of the Common Core education standards. New vaccination requirements for MD students. A new commander for Baltimore’s homicide unit. And more.

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Headlines
8:12 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Record-Setting Rain, MD Gun Law Ruled Constitutional, Cove Point, & Rawlings-Blake’s First Veto

Dominion's liquefied natural gas terminal at Cove Point.
Credit Joel McCord / WYPR

6.3-inches of rain were recorded at BWI yesterday, the most rain ever recorded on an August 12th. A federal judge says the strict gun law that Maryland’s General Assembly passed last year is constitutional. A Circuit Court judge’s decision to strike down an ordinance exempting plans for a LNG export terminal at Cove Point from zoning regulations may or may not affect that project’s construction. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has issued her first veto. And more…

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Headlines
9:07 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Paying For E 26th St Repairs, Calls For Rail Improvements, and Special Immigrant Status

Taken soon after the April street collapse, when vehicles and portions of road fell into a CSX rail line that runs along 26th Street in Baltimore.
Credit P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

An agreement has been reached on how to pay to fix the retaining wall that collapsed along Baltimore’s East 26th Street amid heavy rains in April. The push for railroad improvements in Baltimore and the Northeast Corridor is continuing. The story of one of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who’ve come to the US from Central America. And more.

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Headlines
9:22 am
Mon August 11, 2014

MD Lawmakers On Iraq, Election Reform, Common Core, & Calls For A Later First Day Of School

Lisa Yim, a Montgomery County teacher (left) and Baltimore County teacher Sarah Clark (right) discuss ways to implement a Common Core reading concept during a training session at the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville.
Credit Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

Maryland lawmakers react to the situation in Iraq. MD Comptroller Peter Franchot renews calls to delay the first day of school until after Labor Day. A report on the implementation of Common Core standards in MD classrooms. A look at Congressman John Delaney’s push for election reform. And much more.

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