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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.

One of the ways many fathers connect with their children is through sports. Looking ahead to Father’s Day, we speak to former Baltimore Colt defensive lineman Joe Ehrmann about what it means to be a dad and about combating society’s harmful messages about masculinity.

A storytelling event in Baltimore encourages participants to share old diary entries, letters, and poems. One of the event’s producers, Alex Hewett, tells us how Mortified gives people the opportunity to reclaim embarrassing moments, laugh at themselves, and be vulnerable.

From forgetting someone’s name to getting caught with spinach in your teeth-- we all experience cringe worthy interactions. Psychologist Ty Tashiro tells us why these moments happen and why some people are more awkward than others. His new book is Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome.

Courtesy CHANA website

There are more senior citizens every year, and more are victims of elder abuse -- last year 6, 300 cases were investigated in Maryland. The abuse can be financial, physical, sexual, emotional--or just neglect. We talk to Valarie Colmore, of Adult Protective Services are the Maryland Department of Human Resources and Nancy Aiken, executive director of the domestic-violence resource CHANA about who commits elder abuse, who should report it and how and what might prevent it. CHANA is sponsoring a program, on Tuesday June 13 at 8:15 a.m., featuring keynote speaker Dr. Leana Wen. Find out more here. You may register (free) for the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day conference here. The toll-free state hotline to report elder abuse is 1-800-917-7323 and CHANA’s number is 410-234-0030.

DeRay Mckesson shares a Stoop Story about the transformative power of teaching and how his work as an activist is rooted in that experience. You can find his story and others at stoopstorytelling.com.

After four decades at the helm of the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development, Ivan Leshinsky is retiring. He tells us about the at-risk students CCYD serves in South Baltimore and Anne Arundel County. And former student, Aaron Beale, tells us how CCYD gave him skills and confidence.

Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs

The folk arts weave a culture together, but can get lost in a fast moving digital world. The Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Award helps preserve them. Ahead of Saturday’s Folklife Festival, we speak with two Apprenticeship Award winners: Jazz bass clarinetist Todd Marcus and waterman Captain Ted Daniels. We also talk to the director of Folk and Traditional Arts at the Maryland State Arts Council, Chad Buterbaugh, about why it’s important to conserve a craft.

Courtesy University of Maryland Medical Center website

Most teen car crashes occur because of driver inexperience. Research shows that clocking hours behind the wheel, with an experienced driver present, increases a teenager’s confidence and capability to react in an emergency. We speak with two advocates for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital “Practice Driving with Your Teen” sticker campaign: emergency pediatric-medicine resident Dr. Lahila-Carina Ojeda, and Cliff Tompkins, whose 7-year-old son died in a crash involving a teenager’s inexperience. Learn more about the campaign here and connect to an emergency driving course here.

As the Supreme Court approaches the end of its annual term, we catch up with University of Baltimore law professor Michael Meyerson about Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s travel ban, and the Court’s rulings on racial gerrymandering.

Comedian Chris Gethard is known for tackling tough subjects - like anxiety and depression - with vulnerability and candor. He joins us to talk about his podcast, "Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People," and why his talk show shuns traditional style for a more absurdist approach. Gethard will be performing at The Ottobar on Sunday, June 11th, the early show is a taping of his podcast.

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