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 January 14, 2015

A Debate At The Intersection Of Chicken Manure And The Chesapeake Bay

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  Cruising along Route 50 down the Eastern Shore, it’s easy to see rows of chicken houses that stretch back from road hundreds of feet. All together these farms raise six times more chickens than there are people in Maryland. It’s a big business, accounting for just under a billion dollars and 40 percent of Maryland’s total cash farm income.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed January 14, 2015

"The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress But Surrendered The White House"

UMBC Professor of Political Science Thomas Schaller
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  The Republican Party has lost five of the last six popular votes in Presidential elections. But Republicans have found much more success in Congress. Last week, they took control of the U.S. House and Senate and have been well-represented in Congress for the past two decades. Why the discrepancy? Thomas Schaller answers that question in his latest book, The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress But Surrendered The White House. Schaller is a professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

How Will Patients Get Medical Marijuana In Maryland?

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Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing medical marijuana programs. In Maryland, the General Assembly took a first, cautious stab at creating a medical marijuana program in 2013. Marijuana was to be made available through academic medical centers. But, after none of the centers in Maryland signed up to participate, last year legislators decided to allow certified doctors to write prescriptions for medical marijuana that can be bought from licensed growers and dispensaries. With Sheilah to talk about it is Dr. Dan Morhaim, a physician, Maryland state delegate, and co-sponsor of the bill.
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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Engaging Baltimore's Neighborhoods

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Baltimore comprises some 55 neighborhoods sprawled across 92 square miles. How do you inspire residents in those neighborhoods to engage with their communities in a way that will make where they live a better place? That’s s a question Mel Freeman has been trying to answer for the past five years in his work as Executive Director of the non-profit Citizens Planning and Housing Association. Freeman will leave that role at the end of this month. But, first, he joins us in the studio.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe On Congressional Inaction

Former Senator Olympia Snow delivering a Citi Foundation Lecture (9/19/13)
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After serving the voters of Maine for 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and 18 years years in the U.S. Senate, Republican Senator Olympia Snowe announced that she would not run again. She wrote, “I do not believe that, in the near term, the Senate can correct itself from within.” We talk with her about the Congressional stalemate.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Understanding Maryland's Unique Budget Process

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Maryland’s incoming governor, Republican Larry Hogan, will take office in less than two weeks. He’s named several cabinet secretaries, but not a budget secretary, and he’s due to present his budget plan to the General Assembly just two days after he’s sworn in as governor on January 21st. Hogan's campaign platform centered on cutting taxes, which he says are driving people and businesses out of the state. Hogan has indicated that state agencies and Baltimore city should brace for a change. At a press conference in mid-December, criticizing the budget performance of the O’Malley administration he said, "They drained our checking and savings and retirement accounts. They maxed out every credit card. They tapped into the Christmas fund, the college tuition funds; they even broke into every one of the kids' piggy banks. And we still don’t have enough to pay the bills." How will a Republican governor work with a Democratic legislature to balance the budget?

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

New Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh On Budgets And Gun Control

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh
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After nearly three decades working on environmental, consumer, and justice issues in the state legislature, Brian Frosh of Montgomery County was sworn in as Maryland’s attorney general yesterday. The attorney general gives legal advice to the governor and the legislature, and oversees more than 450 lawyers who advise every department, board and commission in state government. This morning, as he begins his first day on the job, Attorney General Frosh agreed to take a few minutes with talk to us about the issues he will face.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Sizing Up Youth Fashion Trends

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The early read on retail sales for holiday season is that they were up by more than 5 percent – perhaps the best season for retailers in three years. MasterCard reported that sales of women’s apparel and restaurant meals showed the most increase. Behind the numbers are some shifts in how young people are shopping. Zoey Washington, fashion editor and CEO of the company LITTLEbird, a fashion consulting service for teens and tweens, talks about youth fashion and whether major retailers are responding quickly enough to shifting fashion trends and global influences.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Nursing Ethics In The 21st Century

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Respect for human dignity, protecting patients’ health, advocating for patients' rights—these are just a few of the provisions in the nurse code of ethics. How does that code play out in the real world? What happens when a nurse’s ethics are challenged, and what structures are in place to help nurses care for patients in the ways they know they are supposed to?

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri January 2, 2015

University System Of Maryland's Outgoing Chancellor On His Accomplishments

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  One spot to watch for change in the new year is the University System of Maryland, the network of a dozen public universities.  It’s preparing to welcome back Robert Caret, former president of Towson University, to become chancellor, leader of the entire system. Since 2011 Caret has been president of the University of Massachusetts. Caret will replace William “Brit” Kirwan as chancellor. Like Caret, Kirwan proved himself as president of one of the system institutions – for Kirwan it was the University of Maryland-College Park – then went to another state – Ohio, in Kirwan’s case – before being invited back to Maryland as chancellor 12 years ago.  Kirwan announced his intention to retire last May, and is likely to stay in the job during most of the spring semester.

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