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
Fri August 15, 2014

How A Surge In 'Distance Learning' Is Forcing Maryland's Largest Online Public University To Adapt

Javier Miyares, President of UMUC.
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More than a third of all Maryland undergraduates are enrolled in at least one online course. As the market shakes out, some Maryland colleges new to offering online courses are learning how to do it.  And an institution which for decades dominated distance learning globally, University of Maryland University College, is scrambling to hold on to students who now have many other options for distance learning. 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri August 15, 2014

"Boom Towns: Restoring the Urban American Dream"

Baltimore, Md.
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Stephen Walters, an economist who’s made a name for himself advising major-league baseball clubs and advocating for property-tax revolts, truly loves cities.  He believes cities are concentrations of human, social and physical capital that can transform lives. He's distilled his ideas for reinvigorating American cities into his new book "Boom Towns: Restoring the Urban American Dream."

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

New Baltimore City Schools CEO Gregory Thornton

Baltimore City Schools C.E.O. Gregory Thornton
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We hope you’re enjoying your summer because it will soon be over. One unequivocal sign: schools start back soon. Baltimore city schools will welcome back its more than 80,000 students in less than two weeks, on August 25th. And, when they arrive, there will be a new leader at North Avenue to greet them. New Baltimore City Schools C.E.O. Gregory Thornton began work on July 1st. He joins Sheilah in the studio. 
Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Exploring Nursing Ethics

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Respect for human dignity, protecting patients’ health, advocating for patients' rights—these are just a few of the provisions in the nurse Code of Ethics. How does that Code of Ethics play out in the real world? What happens when a nurse’s ethics are challenged, and what structures are in place to help nurses care for patients in the ways they know they are supposed to? 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Huge Urban Art Park Proposed Near MICA

Area where the proposed urban art park could be developed.
Credit via the Section 1 Project website

If you’ve spent any time in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, you’ve probably peeked into Graffiti Alley. As its name implies, graffiti blankets every inch of a cramped little alley off of Howard Street near North Avenue. What if you gave all of that graffiti a little room to breathe? Say, 3.5 acres worth of room.
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Maryland Morning
9:20 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Following The Gambling Money

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People who play the Maryland lottery or games of chance at Maryland casinos are paying a growing share of the state’s budget.  Not as much as the sales tax or income taxes, but enough that a team of student journalists at the University of Maryland, College Park spent most of the spring pursuing a basic tenet of journalism:  follow the money.  From whose pockets is gambling money coming? What is the state doing with its share? And how is it changing?

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Maryland Morning
9:03 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Could A Blood Test Determine Suicide Risk?

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Our country loses tens of thousands of people to suicide every year. Some of them no doubt showed suicidal signs, others less so. What if there was a simple blood test that could predict who is at a higher risk of suicide? Scientists at Johns Hopkins are looking at how to do just that.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Remembering Journalist George Collins

George Collins (l.) and Charles Robinson (r.)
Credit Charles Robinson

Over the course of his more than 50 years in journalism, George Collins held nearly every position in every type of media outlet. He started his career as a reporter for the Afro American in 1950. When he left in 1968, he was editor-in-chief. That same year, he joined WMAR TV as an anchor. In 1986 he started a public affairs show on WEAA, the NPR member station on the campus of Morgan State University.

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Maryland Morning
8:53 am
Wed August 6, 2014

A Mailbag on Criminal Law and Children Crossing the Border

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A follow-up now on our conversation with the Baltimore Sun’s arbiter of language and writer of the blog “You Don’t Say.”  When John visited July 30 we discussed whether it’s more accurate to call the young people crossing the southern U.S. border “immigrants” or “refugees,” and then he told me about why one of his blogposts on the topic was headlined, “It turns out that I was wrong”:

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

What Are The Plans For Baltimore's Recs and Parks?

Ernest Burkeen Jr.
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It’s summer time. Baltimore’s pools are seeing record numbers of pool users and rec centers are bustling. It got us thinking about the future of those pools and rec centers. The city approved a plan to consolidate rec centers several years ago and a plan for the pools has been developed as well. With us to talk about the direction of our city’s pools and recs is the Director of Baltimore City’s Department of Recreation and Parks, Ernest Burkeen.

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