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
Mon August 17, 2015

What Did Millions Of Investment Do For West Baltimore's Sandtown

Pennsylvania and North Ave
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Five decades ago, before the riots of 1968, Baltimore’s Sandtown neighborhood was a vibrant community of about 40,000 laborers, professionals and artists. These days less than half that many people live there, and the numbers paint a picture of a community in poor health, with high unemployment, deep poverty, and children not attending school regularly.

Yet, even with these struggles, the fabric of community relationships holds strong. The combination highlights the depth and stubbornness of the social problems in Sandtown.  The week after the riot and protests in April, we were asking the same questions as many residents and outsiders: what can bring stability to this part of West Baltimore? More jobs? Improved housing? Better coordinating leadership among these different groups ?

To talk about the investment in Sandtown, past and present, Elder Clyde Harris of Newborn Community Faith Church joined me in the studio.  He is a native of Sandtown, pastor, a community activist and an urban farmer.  With us on the line from the Washington Post  was  Michael Fletcher has lived in Baltimore for 30 years, and is national economics correspondent for the Post.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Baltimore City Public Schools Gear Up For The Fall

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As summer vacation draws to a close, schools are gearing up to reopen. In the closing months of the spring semester, the atmosphere in city schools was punctuated by the clash between students and Baltimore police at Mondawmin Mall the day of Freddie Gray’s funeral. The conversations that followed was about policing, crime, poverty and violence. That, along with reports of vacancies in top posts and teaching positions at public schools, have us thinking about what students will experience as they had back to class in the next few weeks. 

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Maryland Morning
9:41 am
Wed August 12, 2015

The Business of Medical Marijuana

Marylanders could apply for medical marijuana licenses in about a month.
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Cancer or glaucoma patients in Maryland who hope to use marijuana to ease their symptoms are probably a year away from being able to fill a physicians’ prescription for it under the medical-marijuana system set up by the state legislature.  But as early as next month the state’s “Medical Cannabis Commission” could start taking applications for one of the 15 licenses to grow medical marijuana.   Governing boards in several counties all over the state already have been asked to approve zoning for medical-marijuana factories.  A medical-marijuana industry is starting to take root in the Old Line State, and Michael Dresser, reporter for the Baltimore Sun, and Delegate Dan Morhaim join Sheilah to discuss. 

 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon August 10, 2015

Federal Crime Fighting Agencies Partner With Baltimore City Police

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We're starting the second week of a two-month partnership between Baltimore police and federal crime-fighting agencies.  Elected and law-enforcement officials announced with great fanfare last week that 10 federal agents would be embedded with Baltimore police homicide detectives in an effort to solve the scores of unsolved murder cases from recent months.

Agents from the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Secret Service will work with local police on cases where police have identified suspects but need more resources to file charges.  Joining Sheilah Kast to talk about the federal role in addressing the surge in violence in Baltimore is United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, the top federal prosecutor in Maryland.

 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon August 10, 2015

A Johns Hopkins Sophmore Killed And Older Driver Safety

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You may remember the headlines of four years ago:  the brilliant Johns Hopkins sophomore, a computer major who cared about health and sustainable agriculture, bicycling in a bike lane on West University Parkway when a car turned right in front him.  The bicyclist, Nathan Krasnopoler, was pinned under the car.  But the 83-year-old motorist, apparently disoriented, did not turn the car off, or call for help.  She sat on a nearby wall, until a passerby intervened.

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