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
Wed July 23, 2014

Tracking Economic and Social Change in Two Eastern Shore Towns

Sheilah talks with Meredith Ramsay about her new book on Somerset County as well as Kirkland Hall and Craig Mathies about changes made in the county that were discussed in the book.

Somerset County, the southernmost county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, was founded in 1666.

It’s motto for centuries has been Semper Eadem, Latin for “Always the same.”

A lot has indeed stayed the same, but even at the bottom tip of Maryland, the normal processes of time and struggles to bring about change intentionally…have had effects also.  

 

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Maryland Morning
9:40 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Baltimore Diversion Program Aims To Keep Prostitutes Off The Street

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Sheilah talks with the University of Maryland School of Social Work's Corey Shdaimah and social worker Sue Diehl.

In 2006, a group of residents in Baltimore’s Curtis Bay neighborhood had a problem: prostitutes stood on street corners waiting for Johns; they’d be picked up for prostitution by the police, only to return to the same streets. A task force was formed. What grew out of it was a program rooted in an approach called “problem-solving justice”. Instead of moving those facing prostitution charges through the criminal justice system, it gives  them access to services that might keep them out of it and off the streets. It's called the Specialized Pre-Trial Diversion program. It began in 2009, within the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, and can now serve about 80 people at any given time.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

A Year In The Life Of Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera

Gov. Martin O'Malley swearing in Mary Ellen Barbera as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals in July 2013.
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Sheilah talks with Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera about her first year in that role.

Mary Ellen Barbera was a public school teacher in Baltimore when she began taking night law school classes at the University of Maryland. About 30 years ago, she graduated from law school, passed the Maryland bar, and began down a path that would lead her to Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. A year ago this month, she became that court’s first female Chief Judge. She joins Sheilah to talk about her first year in that role.

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Maryland Morning
8:52 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Measuring Floods in Annapolis

Annapolis
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To discuss coastal flooding in Annapolis, Sheilah speaks with Dave Mandell, Public Information Officer for the City of Annapolis Office of Emergency Management.

Reuters news agency published its analysis last week of coastal flooding along the Eastern Seaboard.   They tracked the average number of days several East Coast cities were above flood thresholds. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

How Healthy Is Baltimore's Metro Housing Market?

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Sheilah speaks with Andrew Strauch about the current housing market in Maryland.

Around the state, “For Sale” banners are going up, signs are being staked into front yards and open houses are taking place every weekend.  All that’s typical for this time of year, but what’s the current situation for buyers and sellers?

To catch us up on how the greater Baltimore housing market is doing is Andrew Strauch, Vice President of the Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which compiles data on residential real estate. Sheilah talks with him about it.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed July 16, 2014

The Nation's First National Labor Strike Has Roots In Baltimore

"Sixth Regiment Fighting its way through Baltimore", an engraving done for "Harper's Weekly, Journal of Civilization", August 1877
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Bill Barry joins Sheilah in the studio to discuss the first national labor strike in 1877.

It was just about this time on this date in 1877 that the first national strike started, and it started in Baltimore. Two dozen locomotive firemen employed by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, refused to man the trains at Camden Yard, Mount Clare and Riverside Stations. Within hours the work stoppage had spread to Martinsburg, West Virginia, then to other states. Within a week, almost half the U.S. Army was deployed against more than 100,000 strikers. Before the strike collapsed two weeks later, ten citizens had been killed in Baltimore alone.

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Maryland Morning
9:01 am
Mon July 14, 2014

What's Next For Sparrows Point?

Sparrows Point
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Sheilah talks with journalist Mark Reutter, reporter for the Baltimore Brew and author of a book on Sparrows Point.
A little less than two years ago, Sparrows Point was bought by liquidator Hilco Global. The site, once home to one of the largest steel mills in the world, could change hands soon once again. What challenges would the new owners face? And, how might Sparrows Point find life once again?
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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

What Five 18th Century Frenchmen Can Tell Us About America

Sheilah talks with Francois Furstenberg, an author and history professor at Johns Hopkins.
It’s Bastille Day, the 225th anniversary of the Parisian mob taking over the fortress-prison that stood for royal absolutism. What better day to hear about how five émigrés from that revolution went on to have a big impact on the United States of America?
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Maryland Morning
9:49 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Children Facing Hunger In The Summer

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Sheilah talks to Jonathon Rondeau, C.E.O. of the Family League of Baltimore, and Dr. Robert Lawrence of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

While many kids fill their summer days running, playing and swimming, there are thousands of kids in Maryland who find themselves distracted by their hunger.  For the most part, the kids who are hungry in the summer are the ones who received free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year.

While in school some kids can get three meals a day, but this summer, for the first time, only two meals a day. What are the barriers to feeding these children and how does summer nutrition loss affect a student’s achievement when school starts?

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Maryland Morning
9:22 am
Fri July 11, 2014

"Baltimore's Deaf Heritage"

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Sheilah talks with Kathleen Brockway, author of the new book "Baltimore's Deaf Heritage."

  Kathleen Brockway’s new book has a grand title, Baltimore’s Deaf Heritage, but it feels like family album. Brockway has done both: given us an overview of a deaf community organizing and fighting for new rights as well as an intimate profile of families who led that community.

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