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
10:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Multiracial Organizing, After Freddie Gray

A sign at Saturday's curfew protest in Hampden. Courtesy Casey McKeel.

Sheilah talks to Lawrence Brown, an assistant professor in community health and policy at Morgan State University, about the role of race in policing--and in protesting. 

 Dr. Brown was at Pennsylvania and North Avenues Saturday night when protesters not only broke the curfew, but turned the curfew to their advantage. As the world watched, protesters wanted to show that some parts of Baltimore are policed very differently than others. So several dozen mostly white protesters broke the curfew in the mostly white neighborhood of Hampden. Activist Deray McKesson posted a video of a police officer giving the Hampden protesters their last warning not long after the 10 p.m. curfew.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Tue May 5, 2015

West Baltimore And The Shadow Of The State

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Over the last two weeks, as protests of how police treated Freddie Gray spread from Baltimore to other cities and claimed national media attention, much of America that had known nothing about West Baltimore, began to learn about it. One observer in New Jersey didn’t need an introduction.

In the 1990s Sociologist Patricia Fernandez-Kelly was a research scientist at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies. Her research into how de-industrialization was affecting city residents took her into West Baltimore. She immersed herself in the lives of several families, working to understand their experience and in particular, the relation between them and government.

The result is the book Fernandez-Kelly published this spring: "The Hero’s Fight—African-Americans in West Baltimore and the Shadow of the State". Patricia Fernandez-Kelly joins us from Princeton University, where she’s now a senior lecturer in sociology.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Public Health In Baltimore After The Unrest

Workers clean-up in and around the burned-out CVS at the corner of Pennsylvania and North
Credit Matt Purdy

The looting and destruction of the CVS pharmacy at North and Pennsylvania avenues became one of the indelible images of the unrest last week. It will also have a lasting impact on the Penn-North neighborhood. Residents who need prescriptions filled have had to find somewhere else to go. Baltimore’s Health Department has been aiding residents in locating new pharmacies and overseeing public health efforts post-unrest. With Sheilah to talk about it is Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City’s Health Commissioner.

You can find out information about pharmacy closings, mental health services, and healthcare access at the Baltimore City Health Department website.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. May 4, 1-2 PM
11:44 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Park Heights and Penn-North

Last Tuesday, after the riots on Monday night, self-identified gang members stood with Baltimore City Council President, Jack Young, to call for calm. Their behavior sparked controversy, as some believe they need to part of the conversation about change in Baltimore, while others hold the responsible for problems in low-income neighborhoods.

In this second hour of Midday, James Timpson, director of Safe Street Park Heights, a gang violence intervention program, joins us. Plus, we hear from Steve Dixon and Blaize Connelly Duggen, directors of the Penn-North Recovery Center about how they've helped hundred of West Baltimoreans get a second chance.

And, WYPR's senior news analyst Fraser Smith gives us his view of the ascent of State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Mon. May 4, 2015 12-1PM
11:17 am
Mon May 4, 2015

State Senator Catherine Pugh On West Baltimore Neighborhoods

On Saturday, thousands gathered in front of City Hall to call for justice over the police custody death of Freddie Gray. Many showed their support for Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s decision to file criminal charges against the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest. In this hour  we’ll speak to Page Croyder, a former Deputy State's Attorney for the city, about Mosby’s actions.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Will Police Policies Change As A Result Of Charges Against Officers?

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Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby on Friday announced that her office would seek criminal charges against the six officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray. As the world now knows, Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spine injury while in police custody. We wanted to explore how the decision will shape police policies and culture. With me in the studio is Tyrone Powers, former FBI agent and Director of the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute at Anne Arundel Community College.

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Freddie Gray Case: Legal Questions For Officers and Those Detained

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  Even though there’s no break in the brilliant spring sunshine spilling over Baltimore and the rallies outside City Hall, in many ways the repercussions of Freddie Gray’s arrest and death have moved indoors.  To the courts. The most important next decisions--for the six police officers charged by the state’s attorney, as well as for hundreds arrested for looting and curfew violations--will be made by judges.  

So we’ve asked two lawyers to help us understand some of the legal questions raised in these cases.  David Rocah, senior staff attorney with the ACLU of Maryland, whose work has included litigation against the state police accused of spying on political activists, is with me in the studio. Joining us by phone is David Gray, professor of criminal law at the University of Maryland.  

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Programs
8:45 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Is This Moment A Youth Moment? We Talk With One Teen

Darius Craig with his family in the Broadway East neighborhood.
Credit Jonna McKone

Last Friday in her press conference on the officers' charges, Marilyn Mosby stated, "to the youth, I will seek justice on your behalf. This is a moment; this is your moment. Let's ensure that we have peaceful and constructive  rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come."

That was Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby last Friday, wrapping up her announcement of criminal charges against the police officers involved the arrest of Freddie Gray.

A few hours later, we talked with one of the young people Mosby was calling out to. Darius Craig is a senior at Digital Harbor High School, president of the student government there and the National Honor Society.  He organized a march last Tuesday

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Revitalizing West Baltimore, Post-Unrest

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How will the unrest of the last week affect attempts to redevelop West Baltimore? We ask James Hamlin, a small business owner blocks south from the burned out CVS on North Avenue. Hamlin has run his bakery on Pennsylvania Avenue for years in an effort to revitalize the neighborhood. We also talk with the city’s former development chief Jay Brodie what it takes to persuade businesses to invest in the inner city. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Can The Police's Relationship With Some Baltimore Communities Be Repaired?

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You’ve seen the pictures: an imposing row of police officers, shields out, riot helmets on, faces blank, their number stretching across a Baltimore neighborhood street. Across an invisible line, protesters stare back, their hands up. To most people, this is the image of police-community relations in parts of Baltimore City. Can this frayed relationship be repaired?

Chief Ganesha Martin is charged with the task of bringing police and the communities they serve together. She’s Chief of Community Relations for the Baltimore Police Department. She joins Sheilah in the studio.

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