Sheilah Kast

Host, Maryland Morning

Sheilah Kast has hosted WYPR’s Maryland Morning since it started in 2006. She began her career at The Washington Star, where she covered the Maryland and Virginia legislatures, utilities, energy and taxes, as well as financial and banking regulation.  She learned the craft of broadcasting at ABC News; as a Washington correspondent for fifteen years, she covered the White House, Congress, and the 1991 Moscow coup that signaled the end of the Soviet empire.  Sheilah has been a substitute host on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Diane Rehm Show.  She has launched and hosted two weekly interview shows on public TV, one about business and one about challenges facing older people.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

What Can We Do to Reduce The Number Of Medical Drugs In Short Supply?

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Sheilah talks with Dr. Yoram Unguru about medical drug shortages.

Shortages of life-saving medicines and drugs are becoming increasingly common in the U.S.  Since 2007, the number of drugs considered in short supply has tripled according to a report released earlier this year from the federal government. Many of the drugs in shortage are generic sterile injectable drugs. Some are to control pain; others fight infections, treat heart problems, enable nutrition or battle cancer. So, what can we do to reduce the number drugs in short supply?

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Programs
8:55 am
Fri August 22, 2014

How Blogging Helps to Continue Bonds

Eleanor Haley and Litsa Williams with Tom Hall
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Tom Hall speaks with Eleanor Haley and Litsa Williams, creators of the blog 'What's Your Grief."

When dealing with the death of a loved one, daily rituals can maintain our bonds with our loss. Baltimore residents Eleanor Haley and Litsa Williams run a blog called What’s Your Grief that provides resources and support for people grieving the loss of a loved one. 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Finding Real Rosie the Riveters

A photo of Wilma Foster during her days at Fairchild Aircraft.
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Sheilah Kast speaks with Wilma Foster (a real 'Rosie the Riveter' from Laurel) and her daughter Ann Marie Miller (a rosebud.)

It's a famous image--the red polka-dot scarf, the blue work shirt, the determined face, and of course that curled bicep. It's Rosie the Riveter. Here face and "We Can Do It!" message was the star of World War II propaganda campaigns. Rosie was a composite character: millions of American women spent years working in factories and shipyards producing equipment to be used in the War. They could 'do it.' In this interview Sheilah Kast speaks with one of the real 'Rosies.' Wilma Foster lives in Laurel and worked as a riveter at Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown during the early 1940s. 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Author Mohsin Hamid on "How to Get Filfthy Rich in Rising Asia"

Mohsin Hamid.
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Tom Hall speaks with author Mohsin Hamid.

The Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid has written three acclaimed novels.  His latest book has just been released in paperback.  It’s called How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.  It’s a look at the life of a man who journeys from indigent child to wealthy industrialist.  And it’s written as if it were one of those self-help, get rich quick books that fill the shelves of bookstores around the world.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Medical Marijuana Revamped In Maryland

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We talk about the future of medical marijuana in Maryland.

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
9:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

How A Surge In 'Distance Learning' Is Forcing Maryland's Largest Online Public University To Adapt

Javier Miyares, President of UMUC.
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Sheilah talks with UMUC President Javier Miyares.

More than a third of all Maryland undergraduates are enrolled in at least one online course. As the market shakes out, some Maryland colleges new to offering online courses are learning how to do it.  And an institution which for decades dominated distance learning globally, University of Maryland University College, is scrambling to hold on to students who now have many other options for distance learning. 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri August 15, 2014

"Boom Towns: Restoring the Urban American Dream"

Baltimore, Md.
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Sheilah talks with Loyola Maryland economist Stephen Walters about his new book, "Boom Towns: Restoring the Urban American Dream."

Stephen Walters, an economist who’s made a name for himself advising major-league baseball clubs and advocating for property-tax revolts, truly loves cities.  He believes cities are concentrations of human, social and physical capital that can transform lives. He's distilled his ideas for reinvigorating American cities into his new book "Boom Towns: Restoring the Urban American Dream."

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

New Baltimore City Schools CEO Gregory Thornton

Baltimore City Schools C.E.O. Gregory Thornton
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Sheilah speaks with Gregory Thornton about the future of Baltimore City Schools.
We hope you’re enjoying your summer because it will soon be over. One unequivocal sign: schools start back soon. Baltimore city schools will welcome back its more than 80,000 students in less than two weeks, on August 25th. And, when they arrive, there will be a new leader at North Avenue to greet them. New Baltimore City Schools C.E.O. Gregory Thornton began work on July 1st. He joins Sheilah in the studio. 
Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Exploring Nursing Ethics

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Sheilah Kast is joined by Dr. Cynda Hylton Rushton, a professor of Clinical Ethics at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and Laurie Badzek, a nurse attorney and a professor of nursing at West Virginia University.

Respect for human dignity, protecting patients’ health, advocating for patients' rights—these are just a few of the provisions in the nurse Code of Ethics. How does that Code of Ethics play out in the real world? What happens when a nurse’s ethics are challenged, and what structures are in place to help nurses care for patients in the ways they know they are supposed to? 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Huge Urban Art Park Proposed Near MICA

Area where the proposed urban art park could be developed.
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Sheilah talks with Richard Best, head of the Section 1 Project.
If you’ve spent any time in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, you’ve probably peeked into Graffiti Alley. As its name implies, graffiti blankets every inch of a cramped little alley off of Howard Street near North Avenue. What if you gave all of that graffiti a little room to breathe? Say, 3.5 acres worth of room.
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