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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.

The U.S. Justice Department’s blistering critique of the Baltimore Police Department last August included complaints that police were often hostile to victims of sexual assault and dismissive of their allegations. The consent decree hammered out by the city and the Justice Department lays out steps to improve the handling sexual-assault claims. We get an assessment from Lisae Jordan of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Gail Reid of TurnAround, Baltimore’s rape crisis center, and Police Capt. Steve Hohman, who oversees the investigation of sex crimes.

Time now for another Stoop story. This week we hear from a mom with a lot on her plate. Mary Klopcic gives us a snapshot of life with her 13 children. You can listen to more stories, and learn about Stoop shows and The Stoop podcast, all at

Antigone in Ferguson Comes to Baltimore

Jan 20, 2017
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On Saturday, actors Paul Giamatti and Sonja Sohn are among those who will perform a free staged reading of Sophocles’ "Antigone" at Coppin State, linked to a community conversation about the tension between police and communities of color. Bryan Doerries​, artistic director of Outside the Wire, the social-impact theater company producing the show, says the classics still have something profound to say to us. "When audiences that have experienced trauma and loss and death see their own experiences reflected in an ancient story," he says, "even though those stories are called tragedies, they produce a sensation in the audience of relief." And Paul Giamatti tells us what he values about this kind of theater. 

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Small-muscle athletes. In the medical field, that’s the term for musicians. Musicians are prone to a range of injuries. It’s a pitfall of the profession. But unlike their large-muscle counterparts, musicians don’t get much pro-active attention when it comes to pain. As Dr. Raymond Wittstadt, attending hand surgeon at the Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital puts it, “I mean even at the high school level, most sports teams will have a trainer on the sidelines. There’s nobody in the wings of the BSO saying we practiced too long today, or we repeated that passage too many times.”

Wittstadt has held a monthly musicians’ clinic at the center for more than 15 years. He joins us along with Dr. Scott Brown, chief of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and LifeBridge Health. For the past decade he has taught a class at the Peabody Institute on injury prevention for musicians.

Following mass shootings in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Newtown, Connecticut, some have called for making it easier to force people into mental health treatment. But can involuntary treatment do more harm than good? Psychiatrists Dr. Dinah Miller and Dr. Annette Hanson have written "Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care". We discuss when committing someone makes sense and what alternatives should be explored.

John Cleese

Jan 17, 2017

The Minister of Silly Walks is coming to Baltimore. Well, he’s not actually the minister, he’s just an hilariously officious bureaucrat. John Cleese, of Monty Python, of "Fawlty Towers," of the movie “A Fish Called Wanda” and much, much more will be in Baltimore Tuesday for the Baltimore Speakers Series presented by Stevenson University. He joins us by phone. 

Courtesy of Rich Shapero

Intricately carved ostrich eggs. A life-size Gummy bear self-portrait. A giant mosaic made of toast. These are just a few examples of the artwork that makes up the current exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum. It’s titled “Yummm! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food,” and AVAM Director Rebecca Hoffberger is here to tell us about it.

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The Afro newspaper is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. We mark the milestone by sitting down with Afro publisher Jake Oliver, to discuss a series he edited drawing on the weekly’s coverage of presidential inaugurations from Teddy Roosevelt through Lyndon Johnson. How did the black community view these new presidents, and what role did blacks play as they took office? How did the tension between being invited and being included evolve?

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The city of Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice just signed a document that could drastically re-shape how the city’s police do their work. The long-awaited consent decree agreement grows out of a scathing review of police activities by the Justice Department. The Department’s 14-month investigation decried years of what it called discriminatory and unconstitutional policing that disproportionately affects African-Americans. 

A new program offers a twist on traditional teacher mentoring groups. The Teacher Exchange pairs new teachers with the ultimate critics - students. Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields is a recipient of a 2016 Open Society Institute Baltimore community fellowship. For the next year and a half he will be working on his project at Coppin Academy, a public charter high school in Baltimore.