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 December 17, 2014

Outgoing Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein On His Time In Office

Gregg Bernstein
Credit State of Maryland

In two weeks, Gregg Bernstein will leave his post as Baltimore City State’s Attorney. During his nearly four year tenure, he’s reorganized prosecutors into geographic units and targeted violent criminals. But, perhaps his most high-profile decisions in office were around things he decided not to do: charge police officers in the deaths of Tyrone West and Anthony Anderson, both unarmed black men who died in police custody.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Why A Black Man Reaches Out To The Klan

Credit Daryl Davis

You might be surprised to hear that a man from Maryland with a collection of Ku Klux Klan memorabilia - medallions, t-shirts, robes, hoods - is black. His name is Daryl Davis. For decades, he has arranged to meet face-to-face with Klan members and to attend Klan rallies across the country. His quest, he says, is to get them to answer one question: “How can you hate me if you don’t even know me?”  

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Maryland Pre-K Expansion Recieves $15 Million Grant

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Maryland is getting $15 million  from the federal government to expand access to its Pre-Kindergarten programs. Half of the 36 states that competed for the “Pre School Development Grants” got them, a total of $226 million nationwide focused on making pre-K available to more four-year-olds. 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon December 15, 2014

The Lost Art Of Making A Basket

Kathi Beauchesne in the studio with Sheilah.
Credit Elizabeth Sherwood

Let us consider the homely basket. Time was, hand-made baskets were commonplace – so common and utilitarian that they weren’t really seen as cultural artifacts. They were just what you used to hold oysters, or berries, or vegetables. But that has changed. Now, Maryland is home to the Center for Research in Basketry, which aims to keep the art of basketry alive in the Mid-Atlantic.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein On His Tenure As Health Secretary

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At the end of this month, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland’s Health Secretary, will leave his post to become Associate Dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As he departs, we wanted to know: what has been accomplished during his tenure? And, what public health challenges will be left for his successor to tackle?

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Escaping The Holocaust

Kastner's train arriving in Switzerland.
Credit Memorial Museum of Hungarian Speaking Jewry

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Kastner train in Switzerland. During the Holocaust, Rudolph Kastner, a Jewish-Hungarian journalist negotiated a deal with Nazi SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann. Kastner arranged for a train to rescue nearly 1,700 Jews from Nazi persecution. In exchange, Eichmann demanded Kastner supply about $1,000 per passenger. The journey, which included a five-month stop at the infamous Bergen-Bensen concentration camp in Germany, was finally completed in December of 1944. Rabbi Dov Zvi Slanger, founder of the Bais HaMedrash and Mesivta of Baltimore, a Jewish high school, was one of the passengers on that train. He was just 10 years old. He joins Sheilah to talk about his journey from Budapest to Baltimore. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

A Tax Credit You Shouldn't Miss

Credit Mike Chaput / Flickr / Creative Commons

We’re just weeks away from 2015 and that can mean only one thing: soon it’ll be tax season. Most people loathe tax time, but for some, it can be a boon: some low-income families are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit – which can mean an infusion of welcome income, up to nearly $6,000.  
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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed December 10, 2014

A Marylander's Uplifting Memoir

The cover of Leroy Hoffberger's memoir.

At 89, LeRoy Hoffberger can look back on a full life brokering investments and business deals, fostering Jewish education, supporting health research, collecting art.  When he was still a boy his father and uncles were involved in myriad businesses - from Pompeian Olive Oil to the Baltimore Orioles to ice, coal, fuel oil and beer. Roy Hoffberger expanded the family’s reach to other enterprises including real estate, especially the development of Germantown. 

Yet, Hoffberger says he started writing his memoirs six years ago as a test – just to test if his long-term memory could still pull up the people, events and decisions that shaped his life.   The book he produced is titled, Measure of a Life: Memoirs, Insights and Philosophies of LeRoy E. Hoffberger.  He’ll be speaking about it Sunday at the Jewish Book Festival at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

The Future of Fracking In Western Maryland

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A state commission on fracking has concluded that drilling for natural gas in western Maryland can be done without endangering communities or the environment. It has released recommendations for how drilling should be regulated. They’re now open for comment. Joining Sheilah in the studio to talk about fracking in Maryland is David Vanko. He’s Chairman of that state commission known as the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission. He’s also Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Towson University.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Coping With Grief And The Mourning Process

It’s a truism that the holidays can be hard for people who have recently lost a loved one. Knowing that doesn’t tell us how to help, whether we ourselves are grieving, or someone we care about.  The title of one of the books by bereavement counselor Beth Hewett is titled, More Good Words: Practical Activities for Mourning. The first word, "more", makes sense because Hewett titled an earlier book, Good Words: Memorializing Through a Eulogy. But it’s the second part of the title that grabbed our attention: “Practical Activities for Mourning.”

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