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
8:55 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Maryland's Gun Laws

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Maryland has a reputation for being tough when it comes to gun control. As of last year, Maryland outlaws 45 kinds of assault rifles, and requires strict background checks for citizens who are eligible to purchase guns. But, Daniel Webster, Director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins University, says Maryland isn’t as strict as you might think. He’s convening a series of seminars on gun control over the next couple of months. He joins Sheilah on the phone.

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Maryland Morning
8:51 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Senior Portraits: Deb

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We’re continuing our series of conversations with seniors who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Maryland. At this time when people are getting their families together for holiday dinners and parties, we hear from a senior who grew up in a house that was quite full on Thanksgiving…and on any day, really.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed November 19, 2014

A Slow Climb For Maryland Wages

Governor O'Malley testifying before the House Economic Matters Committee to raise Maryland's minimum wage.
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Even as the economy digs its way out of the Great Recession, there’s one measure that hasn’t improved much in Maryland of late: wage growth. With us to talk about it is Daraius Irani, Chief Economist at the Regional Economic Studies Institute of Towson University.

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Maryland Morning
9:15 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Baltimore City Council To Vote On Whether To Ban Plastic Bags

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Take a drive around Baltimore and you’ll see them: blowing along sidewalks, tangled in trees, scattered in alleyways. Plastic bags are a significant source of litter in the city. They also wind up waterways and hurt wildlife. So, what to do about it? Well, the City Council is considering banning them.  Lead sponsor of the bill, Councilman Jim Kraft, joins us. 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Preserving Baltimore's Architecture

Baltimore City Hall
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Baltimore is an old city. It’s got arguably the oldest continually operating markets in the country, neighborhoods which were already neighborhoods when there were still pirates, and a tower where gunshot was made by dropping molten lead into water. These places are still here because we’ve worked to preserve them. For the last fifty years, Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, or CHAP, has been part of that work. With Sheilah to talk about it is Eric Holcomb, who took over as CHAP's executive director in September.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Return Of The Oyster

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The Chesapeake Bay is the largest oyster-producing body of water in the United States. And, oyster farming, or aquaculture, has become a fast-growing businesses in Maryland. However, some watermen feel the ends don’t justify the means.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Natalie Wexler's "The Observer"

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Novelist Natalie Wexler grew up in Baltimore, but she hadn’t heard about Betsy Bonaparte – Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, daughter of one of the wealthiest families of Baltimore in the early 19th century.  Betsy married Napoleon Bonaparte’s younger brother, and then got into a power struggle with the emperor who wanted the marriage annulled.  Eventually, she lost.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Supreme Court Will Hear Maryland State Income Tax Case Today

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Nobody likes to pay taxes. If they have to pay taxes on their income, they only want to pay once. Brian and Karen Wynne, who used to live in Howard County, took that argument up a notch. They contend that if their income is taxed more than once -- say, in Maryland and Howard County, and in other states where some of that income was earned -- Maryland is bound by the U.S. Constitution to refund all but one set of taxes. Maryland's highest court agreed with them in 2012, and now the oral arguments for the case are set to begin today in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

How Long Are Maryland Veterans Waiting For Health Care?

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In honor of Veterans Day tomorrow, we’re devoting most of our show to the impacts of wars on the people who fight them. We begin with one of the most visible impacts: a veteran’s health. More than 55,000 veterans in Maryland are served by the VA system. With Sheilah now to talk about veterans’ health care in our state is Dr. Sandra Marshall the deputy chief of staff at the VA Maryland Health Care System.

 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon November 10, 2014

"Living Hell: The Dark Side Of The Civil War"

Ahead of Veterans’ Day tomorrow, we’re reflecting on the experience of soldiers. A century and a half after the Civil War, our attempts to understand it may lead us to visit a preserved battlefield, which is now a park.  Or we may engage in a re-enactment, and get the feel of a rough wool uniform on a hot summer. Historian Michael Adams argues nothing we can experience today takes us anywhere close to the horror of the Civil War.

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