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Sheilah Kast

Host, On The Record

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.  Originally, she hosted WYPR's  Dupont-Columbia University award-winning Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast from 2006 - October 2015.  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 has too many deer. They cause tens of thousands of car accidents every year and over-browsing by hungry deer damages native ecosystems. The state typically tries to keep the population down through hunting. But some animal-rights advocates believe wildlife managers should explore other methods. We hear from Brian Eyler, Deer Project Leader at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Enid Feinberg, president of the Baltimore County nonprofit Wildlife Rescue, Inc. She spearheaded a deer sterilization projects in the county.

Library of Congress

By the time Maryland got around to ending slavery, 152 years ago next week, the Confederacy was within months of collapsing, black people in the District of Columbia had been free more than two years  and President Lincoln had declared emancipation in the South more than a year and a half earlier. What took Maryland so long? Historian C.R. Gibbs explains how Maryland’s elites split over what course to follow, how heroic fighting by black soldiers in the Union army affected public opinion, and, once a new state constitution to abolish slavery was put to referendum, how close the vote was.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

What does it mean to “eat the rainbow”? Why do nutritionists crusade for eating more fiber? We speak to Lynda McIntyre, a clinical dietitian specialist with Johns Hopkins Medicine and a nutrition cancer specialist at Sibley Hospital in Washington, about the power of diet in achieving good health. She’ll be discussing "Power Foods" and "Meatless Mondays" at the Johns Hopkins' annual Woman’s Journey conference next week.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

If you think inflammation is generally a scratchy spot that’s not very significant, you should know researchers are working to understand the connection between inflammation and chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. We’ll learn about inflammation and how to reduce it. Our guest is Dr. Lisa Christopher-Stine, associate professor of medicine & neurology and director of the John Hopkins Myositis Center. She will be presenting at John Hopkins Medicine's annual Woman’s Journey seminar next week. 

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Fall is here and the school year is well under way. But some parents don’t have to worry about packing a lunch or getting their kids to the bus stop on time. They are homeschoolers, and nationwide, they’re a growing demographic. In Maryland, there are about 27,000 homeschooled kids. What motivates parents to homeschool? Is homeschooling possible in households with working parents? What are the benefits, and the challenges? 

Baltimore Speakers Series

Ehud Barak is one of those statesmen whose Wikipedia entry stretches for pages. He was Israel’s tenth Prime Minister, from 1999 to 2001. That was after he had been Foreign Minister, and before several years at Defense Minister. Ehud Barak is coming to Baltimore tomorrow for the Baltimore Speaker Series.

"The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America" / Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law

Half of American adults may not know it, but their photos are in face-recognition databases used law enforcement, according to an investigation by a think tank at Georgetown Law. Police can compare millions of mug shots, driver’s license, and ID photos against images of unknown suspects. This technology is less accurate in identifying African American, younger, and female faces. And because African-Americas are more likely to be arrested, they are overrepresented in the databases. We talk to David Gray, law professor at the University of Maryland, who says this face-recognition technology raises questions about our right to privacy.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Artist Joyce Scott, of Baltimore’s Sandtown neighborhood, crafts jewelry and sculptures that explore issues like racism, sexism, and war. Last month she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, also known as a genius grant. We hear her thoughts on politics as performance art and on what this award means to her. “The idea that I could be that girl from two blocks from where Freddie Gray started the end of his life, that I could receive and make art," she says, "That is a giant thing that I must be responsible for.” 

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We explore an unorthodox approach to preventing violence in the community. We’ll talk to Maryland shock-trauma surgeon Dr. Carnell Cooper, who for two decades has been intervening in the emergency room, as victims of violence recover, to help them change the patterns that led to that violence.  "We have an opportunity to save their lives," he says. "In fact we have maybe even a little bit of an obligation to try and do something beyond just patching them up.” Then, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen fills us in on plans to expand the city’s Safe Streets outreach program into numerous city hospitals, beginning with Johns Hopkins Hospital.

H&S Bakery

John Paterakis Sr., the Baltimore-born baker, businessman, developer, political donor and philanthropist, died on Sunday, aged 87. We reflect on John Paterakis’s impact on Baltimore with WYPR’s senior news analyst Fraser Smith, who profiled Paterakis for the Baltimore Sun, and M. Jay Brodie, who headed the Baltimore Development Corporation for many years.