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 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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Programs
9:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research, Resources and Portrayals

Conor Wade and Alisa Rock.
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In our show on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sheilah Kast first talks with writer and parent Alisa Rock, whose son Conor has autism. She also talks about research and resources with Dr. Rebecca Landa and Dr. Li-Ching Lee. Then, Tom Hall talks with Anthony Baker, English professor at Tennessee Technological University, about portrayals of autism in the media.

1 in 68 U.S. children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In Maryland, 1 in 60 children are on the Spectrum.

These statistics were released last month in a report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  In the second part of this interview, we’ll hear from Dr. Li-Ching Lee, the School’s principal investigator for that report and Dr. Rebecca Landa, of Kennedy Krieger.  But first, we want to get a picture of what it’s like for one family who has a child with ASD, an Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

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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
9:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Common Core Bills in the General Assembly

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Sheilah Kast talks about Common Core bills in the General Assembly with The Maryland Reporter's Glynis Kazanjian, John White with the Maryland State Department of Education, and we also hear from Sean Johnson with the Maryland State Education Association.

The General Assembly considered several bills to change implementation of the Common Core State Standards—or as Maryland refers to it—the ‘Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.’ Only three bills passed.

Gov. O’Malley is  expected to sign one of those bills this morning-HB 1164.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Safer Streets, Safer Spaces

Businesses displaying this poster are participating in the Safer Spaces campaign
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Sheilah Kast speaks with Shawna Potter, Executive Site Leader for Hollaback Baltimore, and Chris Belkas, a volunteer with Charm City Art Space.

Warm temperatures bring more people out on the street, making them more vulnerable to catcalling. Street harassment is sexual harassment or assault in public spaces. This form of harassment can happen in any public space.

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Maryland Morning
8:40 am
Mon April 14, 2014

The Evolution of Stokely Carmichael

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Sheilah Kast speaks with Peniel Joseph, Tufts professor and author of " Stokely: A Life."

Stokely Carmichael’s name comes down to us from the civil rights struggle, and even most of us who recognize his name attach it to just part of his thinking and legacy. We learn more about Carmichael from a new biography by Tufts professor Peniel Joseph.

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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
12:36 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

How to Bridge the Gender Pay Gap

Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland speaking at a press conference for the Paycheck Fairness Act.

 

Sheilah Kast talks with law professor Deborah Eisenberg about the gender pay gap.

President Obama signed an executive order yesterday that is intended to help even out the gender pay gap.   It would require federal contractors to allow employees to share salary information with each other.  

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Maryland Morning
9:45 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Taking Time to Just Be

Loyola psychologist Robert Wicks.

Sheilah Kast talks with psychologist Robert Wicks.

Dr. Robert Wicks is a clinical psychologist on the faculty of Loyola University Maryland. In his latest book, "Perspective: The Calm Within the Storm," he writes about ways to approach thinking, meditation, and the narratives we tell ourselves about our lives.

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Maryland Morning
10:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

As Session Ends, Lawmakers Increase Minimum Wage, Create New System for Medical Marijuana

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Sheilah Kast recaps the final days of the General Assembly with WYPR Statehouse reporter Chris Connelly and The Washington Post's Jenna Johnson.
The population of Annapolis has gone down this morning.  Maryland state senators and delegates are home, or heading home.  In the legislative session that ended at midnight, they raised the minimum wage to $10.10/hour by 2018 and expanded the school day for some pre-schoolers.  
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