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
8:55 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Finding Real Rosie the Riveters

A photo of Wilma Foster during her days at Fairchild Aircraft
Wilma Foster

Sheilah Kast speaks with Wilma Foster, a real 'Rosie the Riveter,' and her daughter Ann Marie Miller, a real 'rosebud.'

It's a famous image--the red polka-dot scarf, the blue work shirt, the determined face, and of course that curled bicep. It's Rosie the Riveter. Here face and "We Can Do It!" message was the star of World War II propaganda campaigns. Rosie was a composite character: millions of American women spent years working in factories and shipyards producing equipment to be used in the War. They could 'do it.' In this interview Sheilah Kast speaks with one of the real 'Rosies.' Wilma Foster lives in Laurel and worked as a riveter at Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown during the early 1940s. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Winter's Impact on Bugs and Blooms

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Sheilah Kast talks with University of Maryland entomologist Michael J. Raupp

This winter's freezing temperatures, snowfall and of course 'polar vortex' has made spring all the more desirable.

The first day of spring is just a few days away and many people are asking what effect the polar vortex has had and will have on spring's bugs and blooms.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The Village of Baltimore, Ireland

Baltimore, Ireland
Credit Olivier Bruchez

Sheilah Kast talks with Baltimore, Ireland, resident Kieran Cotter
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re looking for an Irish connection to Baltimore... you don’t have to look past its name. Nestled at the southwestern tip of County Cork, with a harbor in the North Atlantic, is the village of Baltimore, Ireland. We wondered on this St. Patrick’s Day, what’s life like in another Baltimore? 
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Maryland Morning
10:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Negotiating Reparations for American Holocaust Survivors

Stuart Eizenstat is leading negotiations with the French government over reparations for Holocaust survivors in the US.
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Sheilah Kast talks with Stuart Eizenstat, Special Advisor to the State Department on Holocaust Issues.

During World War II, France’s state-run railway transported thousands of Jews to Nazi prison camps. Today, the same railway—the Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, or SNCF, is the majority stockholder in a company that’s in the running to build the Purple Line light rail project in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.  Some Maryland lawmakers believe the railway should be required to pay reparations to survivors of the Holocaust before being allowed to bid on this contract.   

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Maryland Morning
10:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Why Antibiotics Aren't Good For Your Gut

The bacteria, Clostridium Difficile, up close and personal
Credit CDC/ Lois S. Wiggs (PHIL #6260), 2004.

Sheilah Kast talks with Dr. Sara Cosgrove
Public health experts have been warning for years that we’re needlessly over-using antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is stepping up the warnings last week. In a study released last week the CDC found that hospitals vary widely in the rates 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.  
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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

The Checkup: How the ACA is Changing Nursing

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Sheilah Kast speaks with Kathy Montgomery and Bonita Wells.

Under the Affordable Care Act, people are more likely to receive care in community health centers and at home than in hospitals, which means new responsibilities for nurses.  As the state does its full sprint to educate the uninsured, we wanted to focus on how some of the most crucial players are adapting: nurses. 

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Maryland Morning
10:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

How Will Budget Cuts In The Military Affect Maryland?

Navy planes flying above Pax River
Credit Liz Goettee, U.S. Navy

How Department of Defense cuts could affect military bases in Maryland.
 Last week, President Obama released his budget for fiscal year 2015. It includes substantial defense cuts--the Army would shrink to its smallest size since before World War II. The military accounts for almost $35 billion dollars of economic activity in Maryland, according to a 2008 state government report. So, how might Maryland be affected by these cuts? 
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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

A Wage with a Past

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Sheilah Kast talks about the minimum wage with WYPR statehouse reporter Chris Connelly and Johns Hopkins University professor Angus Burgin.
  In 1938, the federal government established a minimum wage for the first time. It was 25 cents an hour, or 4.15 in today’s dollars.  Now, both President Obama and Governor O’Malley have made raising the minimum wage a priority.  In Maryland, the minimum wage is currently the same as the federal rate, 7.25. The legislature is considering a proposal that would raise that to $10.10 by 2017.  
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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Dealing with Debt After a Foreclosure

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Sheilah Kast talks with Marceline White, Executive Director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, and Kathleen Murphy, President and CEO of the Maryland Bankers Association.
In Maryland, lenders have up to 12 years to take homeowners to court for any remaining debt they owe on a foreclosed home. It’s known as a “deficiency judgment.”  The General Assembly is considering two bills that could change deficiency judgments in Maryland.   We talk about both.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed March 5, 2014

The Scandalous Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Author Erika Robuck.
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Sheilah Kast talks with author Erika Robuck.

Erika Robuck, who lives in Annapolis, has made a specialty of weaving fictional plots around the real lives of literary giants of the early 20th century.  Her latest is a book called Fallen Beauty, a novel that traces the life of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, the third woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in poetry.

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