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
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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Maryland Morning
9:04 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Nationwide Protests Come To Baltimore

Protest in Baltimore last night at Penn Station
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Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, came to Baltimore last night. More than a hundred protesters moved along Baltimore streets last night, protesting grand jury decisions not to prosecute police officers involved in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Baltimore's Multi-Billion Dollar Future

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Baltimore is making some big changes- billions of dollars’ worth. The plans include rebuilding the sewer and water works, creating a new State Center, constructing the Light Rail’s Red Line, and either upgrading or completely rebuilding 23-28 Baltimore City Schools.These developments to the city’s infrastructure will take years to finish and create thousands of jobs, but many of Baltimore’s big plans are off to slow starts. Joining Sheilah to discuss Baltimore’s big infrastructural plans is City Paper reporter Edward Ericson, Jr. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Why Antibiotics Aren't Good For Your Gut

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Public health experts have been warning for years that we’re needlessly over-using antibiotics. A study from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March found that hospitals vary widely in the rates at which they prescribe antibiotics. Some hospitals prescribe three times as many antibiotics as other hospitals with similar patients. The upshot? We could create strains of bacteria that our current array of antibiotics can’t treat. Sheilah spoke about it with Dr. Sara Cosgrove in March. She’s an infectious-diseases physician and Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

You can find out more about the Obama administration's actions to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria here.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Poverty and Pop Culture

Dwight Watkins takes a selfie in the WYPR station in February.
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In February, Baltimore writer Dwight Watkins published a piece in the online magazine Salon about the isolating effects of poverty in the East Baltimore neighborhoods where he grew up. We revisit Sheilah's interview with him from earlier this year where they talk about how some in East Baltimore are "too poor for pop culture."

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Maryland Morning
10:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Shining A Light On Dark Energy

An image explaining the expansion of the universe.
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Earlier this month, Professor Adam Riess of Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, was awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. His award is shared with partners Saul Perlmutter of The University of California, Berkley and Brian P. Schmidt of Australian National University. The trio was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011 for providing evidence that the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate. Sheilah spoke with Professor Adam Riess about the expanding universe in 2011.

Maryland Morning
9:45 am
Fri November 28, 2014

The History Behind The Deakins Line

The Fairfax Stone, which marks the headwaters of the Potomac.
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You’ve heard of the Mason-Dixon line, which separates Maryland and Pennsylvania. But what about the Deakins line, which runs roughly north-south between Maryland and West Virginia? It’s the center of a dispute between the two states that persisted for decades and was eventually argued in front of the Supreme Court –105 years ago this month. The source of the dispute grows out of a river and a stone. Sheilah spoke in August with Don Teter, a West Virginia land surveyor and historian.
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Maryland Morning
9:20 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Patients As Part of the Team

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A diagnosis of throat cancer or lung cancer, or other cancer of the chest, sends a patient and her family down a long, difficult and sometimes lonely and scary road.  Such cancers often grow unnoticed, so by the time they’re found, the prognosis is poor.  About two years ago Johns Hopkins Bayview reorganized how it approaches chest cancers. To confront the cancer with a wide view of how to treat it – and to include the patient as part of that team.

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