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 June 25, 2014

One Step Closer to November: Results from Yesterday's Primary Election

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Sheilah Kast talks with WYPR reporter Chris Connelly and Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater.
About one-fifth of Maryland’s voters took part in the primary, setting up some clear choices for the general election in November. Sheilah Kast analyzes the results with WYPR’s statehouse reporter Chris Connelly and Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater.
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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Chronic Conditions and Our Health Care System

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Sheilah talks with Gerard Anderson, a professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Nearly two weeks ago, we spoke with Chet Burrell, CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Maryland’s largest health insurer. He told us that access to health insurance isn’t a quick fix for the chronic conditions that afflict many Marylanders: "Heart disease mixed with hypertension, mixed with diabetes, mixed with asthma, on multiple medications. Chronic disease endures.” We wanted to follow-up on that sobering thought. How do chronic conditions fit into the picture of our health care system?

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon June 23, 2014

The Story of Sally Ride

Sheilah talks with journalist and author Lynn Sherr.

It's been precisely 31 years since a shy young woman with a doctorate in astrophysics, a mean tennis serve and a mega-galactic smile took off in the Space Shuttle Challenger, orbited the earth for six days, and powered through a major glass ceiling by becoming the first American woman in space. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Expanding Mental Health Services in Howard County

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Sheilah talks with Donna Wells, the Executive Director of the Howard County Mental Health Authority.

It’s been six months since the shooting at the Mall in Columbia on January 25 that took the lives of two mall employees: 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson. The shooter, 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar, shot and killed himself.  

A couple months later, it was discovered that Aguilar had been searching online for mental health resources…at the same time he was acquiring a shotgun and ammunition. There are many county residents who don’t follow Aguilar’s path – but are in need of help with mental health issues.  

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Bringing Space to the Eastern Shore

November 2013 rocket launch from Wallops Flight Facility.
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Sheilah talks with Dr. Memo Diriker from Salisbury University, as well as Bruce Underwood, Deputy Director of Strategic Development at Wallops Flight Facility.

What can the aerospace industry do for the Eastern Shore economy? We talk with an economist at Salisbury University and a Deputy Director at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

The Race for Anne Arundel County Executive

State Delegate Steve Schuh (top) speaking to Severna Park resident Paul English as he campaigns for Anne Arundel County Executive. Schuh faces Laura Neuman in the Republican primary. Neuman was selected by the County Council over Schuh to finish the term of John Leopold, in the Republican Primary in February 2013.
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Sheilah speaks with WYPR's Kenneth Burns and Josh Kurtz of Center Mayland.

You could call it a rematch…even though the two Republicans running for the nomination for Anne Arundel County Executive haven’t faced each other in an election before. 

Last year they were both competing to be appointed county executive after John Leopold’s criminal misconduct conviction.   Incumbent County Executive Laura Neuman got the nod then from the county council.  Now, in next Tuesday’s primary election, she again faces two-term State Delegate Steve Schuh.  

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Maryland Morning
9:05 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Revisiting a Conversation with Ruby Dee

The late Ruby Dee.
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In this September 2006 interview, Sheilah Kast spoke with actress and activist Ruby Dee.

This segment originally aired on September 29, 2006.

Ruby Dee, legend of the screen and stage, died on Wednesday in her New York home. Her contributions to the entertainment world and to the civil rights movement are being fondly remembered. Dee was a guest on Maryland Morning in September 2006 as she was planning to participate in the Baltimore Book Festival.  In this interview with Sheilah Kast, that we would like to share again, Dee talked about her 56-year marriage with fellow actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Fatherhood and the Inner City

Sheilah Kast talks with Kathryn Edin and Timothy Nelson about their book "Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City".
About one-third of American kids are growing up in homes without fathers. That number is even higher for kids in poor families. Two scholars at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have spent years looking behind the numbers, talking to the people who live them. Kathryn Edin is a noted poverty researcher and professor, and Timothy Nelson, is a research associate.  They’re also married, and moved with their children to Camden, N.J. to observe how its inner-city families function. 
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Maryland Morning
9:46 am
Wed June 11, 2014

What Might You Pay For Health Insurance Next Year?

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Sheilah Kast talks with Chet Burrell, CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

The Affordable Care Act aims to expand access to health insurance. To do that, it also needs to keep down the cost of insurance premiums. So, how are things going? You can get a sense of it from the proposed rates from health insurers for individual health insurance next year. State regulators released them last week. With Sheilah Kast to talk about it is Chet Burrell, CEO of the state’s largest insurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon June 9, 2014

David Ignatius On His Latest Spy Thriller, "The Director"

David Ignatius
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Sheilah Kast speaks with author David Ignatius.

David Ignatius writes a column for the Washington Post about global politics, economics, diplomacy and international affairs.  He also writes spy thrillers, and has just published his ninth – “The Director.” Ignatius joins Sheilah Kast on the line from Washington.

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