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
9:05 am
Wed November 26, 2014

UMUC's Stiff Competiton

UMUC President, Javier Miyares
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"Distance learning" is arguably the wave of the future in higher education. More and more students are choosing courses, or entire degree programs, that don't require them to show up in class, to listen to lectures and take tests … but to learn course material and interact with their professors on line. In Maryland, distance learning also has a venerable past.  For decades, University of Maryland University College dominated distance learning globally – offering classes at more than 100 U.S. military installations and in more than 20 countries around the world.  Now, UMUC is scrambling to hold on to students who have many other options for distance learning. We talk about it with Javier Mivares, UMUC's President.

Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

The Cost Of Graduate School

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If you’re a graduate student, chances are, you leave school with more than just a degree: you leave with debt; sometimes a lot of it. About a quarter of grad students borrow more than $100,000. The average? About $57,000 in loans for undergraduate and graduate school.
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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Holiday Fashion With Zoey Washington

Zoey Washington's friendship band
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  If you weren’t already thinking of the holidays, maybe that blast of frigid air last week focused your thoughts:  it’s time to start thinking about party clothes—and better yet, how to do it on a budget. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

What President Obama's Executive Action Means For Immigrants In Maryland

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President Barack Obama issued an executive order last night promising that, at least for now, about five million people who entered the country illegally will not face deportation.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Maryland's Gun Laws

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Maryland has a reputation for being tough when it comes to gun control. As of last year, Maryland outlaws 45 kinds of assault rifles, and requires strict background checks for citizens who are eligible to purchase guns. But, Daniel Webster, Director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins University, says Maryland isn’t as strict as you might think. He’s convening a series of seminars on gun control over the next couple of months. He joins Sheilah on the phone.

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Maryland Morning
8:51 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Senior Portraits: Deb

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We’re continuing our series of conversations with seniors who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Maryland. At this time when people are getting their families together for holiday dinners and parties, we hear from a senior who grew up in a house that was quite full on Thanksgiving…and on any day, really.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed November 19, 2014

A Slow Climb For Maryland Wages

Governor O'Malley testifying before the House Economic Matters Committee to raise Maryland's minimum wage.
Credit Christopher Connelly

Even as the economy digs its way out of the Great Recession, there’s one measure that hasn’t improved much in Maryland of late: wage growth. With us to talk about it is Daraius Irani, Chief Economist at the Regional Economic Studies Institute of Towson University.

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Maryland Morning
9:15 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Baltimore City Council To Vote On Whether To Ban Plastic Bags

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Take a drive around Baltimore and you’ll see them: blowing along sidewalks, tangled in trees, scattered in alleyways. Plastic bags are a significant source of litter in the city. They also wind up waterways and hurt wildlife. So, what to do about it? Well, the City Council is considering banning them.  Lead sponsor of the bill, Councilman Jim Kraft, joins us. 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Preserving Baltimore's Architecture

Baltimore City Hall
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Baltimore is an old city. It’s got arguably the oldest continually operating markets in the country, neighborhoods which were already neighborhoods when there were still pirates, and a tower where gunshot was made by dropping molten lead into water. These places are still here because we’ve worked to preserve them. For the last fifty years, Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, or CHAP, has been part of that work. With Sheilah to talk about it is Eric Holcomb, who took over as CHAP's executive director in September.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Return Of The Oyster

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The Chesapeake Bay is the largest oyster-producing body of water in the United States. And, oyster farming, or aquaculture, has become a fast-growing businesses in Maryland. However, some watermen feel the ends don’t justify the means.

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