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Sheilah Kast

Host, On The Record

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.  Originally, she hosted WYPR's  Dupont-Columbia University award-winning Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast from 2006 - October 2015.  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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The recent General Assembly session made significant changes in state law about sexual assault, and held back from some other changes. Lawmakers said the state no longer has to prove force in order to prosecute a rape charge; the legislature also gave survivors of child sex abuse more time to sue in court. They did not approve a measure that would have allowed courts, when a child is conceived through rape, to terminate the parental rights of rapists.

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The Baltimore Speakers Series presented by Stevenson University wraps up its current season with an evening that delves into where America stands today on issues of race and reconciliation. Speaker Michele Norris, former host of NPR's All Things Considered and founder of The Race Card Project, offers a preview of Tuesday's discussion that she'll have with fellow speakers Jason Riley, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and Morris Dees, founder the Southern Poverty Law Center. You learn more about Michele Norris’s Race Card Project here and find information about the last evening of the 2016-2017 Baltimore Speakers Series presented by Stevenson University here

How does the Baltimore Improv Group, starting with the barest suggestions from the audience about characters and emotions, create a full-length improvised play? Dave LaSalle, one of the directors, and Tim German, one of the improvisers, take us inside the theatrical magic that ends up as Unscripted. Lights! Action? Cue -- who??

Stories from the Stoop: Fabiola Ramirez

Apr 21, 2017

Time now for a Stoop story. This week we hear an immigrant family’s tale of courage, strength and perseverance. Here’s Fabiola Ramirez, sharing her family’s story of coming to the US and thriving against all odds.

Reporting Child Abuse

Apr 21, 2017
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When kids are the victims of child abuse, they often don’t realize it--they need adults to speak for them. We ask the head of the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Adam Rosenberg, about who has a responsibility to report child abuse, how to do it, and what resources are available for victims.

Science Not Silence

Apr 20, 2017
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Thousands of scientists and supporters of science are painting protest signs, filling their water bottles and laying out their walking shoes for the first-ever March for Science in Washington on April 22, 2017. Scores of events are planned in other cities too. Some scientists are boycotting, fearful the march will tarnish the credibility of science. But Marnie Halpern, on the faculty of the Carnegie Institution for Science, plans to take part with a busload of colleagues. She says it's less about protesting policies of the Trump administration than about normally reticent scientists shining a light on their research.

Get Out for Earth Day 2017

Apr 19, 2017
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Three days before Earth Day 2017 we look at several efforts to build momentum for a healthy environment. Up first, Carl Simon, interim director of the environmental watchdog group “Blue Water Baltimore,” tells us about a host of activities for Earth Day, from down-and-dirty trash removal to fledgling trees and flowers for planting. 

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Every day doctors write more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In some of those cases, addiction follows. As a result, deaths from prescription opioids have more than quadrupled since 1999. Travis Rieder is a bioethicist at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute for Bioethics, and he personally experienced a dependence on opioids. He wrote about it in the January issue of the journal “Health Affairs,” and a portion of that article was excerpted in the Washington Post. Original air date: January 24, 2017.

Imagine being a teenager faced with a devastating choice - either be drafted into the army of the country trying to gain control of your home or flee. For Dawit Gebremichael Habte, the only choice was to escape. Eventually, he resettled in the Maryland and focused his efforts on his education - attending Johns Hopkins University - with the goal of returning to help those he left behind. He shares his story in the new memoir, Gratitude in Low Voices.

Baltimore Heritage

Lions, demons, and devilish fiends--all can be spotted on Baltimore Heritage's gargoyle-themed walking tour of Downtown Baltimore. We hear from Executive Director Johns Hopkins about the nonprofit’s offerings, from tours of LGBT history sites in Mt. Vernon to a biking tour of delis and bakeries in East Baltimore--no spandex allowed! For more information about tours, click here. To suggest a tour, click here to contact Baltimore Heritage.

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