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
8:45 am
Mon December 22, 2014

What Sri Lanka Can Teach You About Parenthood

Credit Rutgers University Press

If you give a toddler everything she wants, she’ll develop a bad case of the Terrible Two’s, into the Terrible Three’s and Four’s. She’ll become a spoiled brat, and she’ll probably spend her whole life demanding her own way. Everybody knows that, right? University of Maryland, Baltimore County associate professor Bambi Chapin’s anthropological research in Southeast Asia shows it isn't necessarily true.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Sen. Barbara Mikulski On What The 2015 Federal Spending Bill Means For Maryland

U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski

President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill this week that will fund the government through fiscal year 2015, averting a government shutdown. The chief architect of the spending plan is Maryland’s senior Senator Barbara Mikulski, who chairs  the Senate Appropriations Committee, the first woman to hold that chair. She joins Sheilah now on the line from her Senate office in Washington to talk about it.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Celtic Music For Holiday Cheer

A hammered dulcimer
Credit Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton / Flickr / Creative Commons

A beloved holiday tradition here in Baltimore has also become a beloved holiday tradition here on Maryland Morning. Helicon joins Tom Hall in the studio once again to share a little holiday music. For the 29th year in a row, they will be presenting their annual Winter Solstice concert tomorrow afternoon and evening at Goucher College. They are here this morning to give us a little preview.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri December 19, 2014

How Important Is Having A Bank Account To Financial Stability?

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At a conference earlier this month in Baltimore promoting “Economic Inclusion,” several economists from the FDIC, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, presented new data that showed that one out of every 13 U.S. households is “unbanked” – that is, they don’t have a checking or savings account with a traditional bank. And, 1 in 5 U.S. households is “under-banked”. After that conference, Sheilah spoke by phone about the economic significance of using a bank with Susan Burhouse, Senior Financial Economist with the FDIC.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Outgoing Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein On His Time In Office

Gregg Bernstein
Credit State of Maryland

In two weeks, Gregg Bernstein will leave his post as Baltimore City State’s Attorney. During his nearly four year tenure, he’s reorganized prosecutors into geographic units and targeted violent criminals. But, perhaps his most high-profile decisions in office were around things he decided not to do: charge police officers in the deaths of Tyrone West and Anthony Anderson, both unarmed black men who died in police custody.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Why A Black Man Reaches Out To The Klan

Credit Daryl Davis

You might be surprised to hear that a man from Maryland with a collection of Ku Klux Klan memorabilia - medallions, t-shirts, robes, hoods - is black. His name is Daryl Davis. For decades, he has arranged to meet face-to-face with Klan members and to attend Klan rallies across the country. His quest, he says, is to get them to answer one question: “How can you hate me if you don’t even know me?”  

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Maryland Pre-K Expansion Recieves $15 Million Grant

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Maryland is getting $15 million  from the federal government to expand access to its Pre-Kindergarten programs. Half of the 36 states that competed for the “Pre School Development Grants” got them, a total of $226 million nationwide focused on making pre-K available to more four-year-olds. 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon December 15, 2014

The Lost Art Of Making A Basket

Kathi Beauchesne in the studio with Sheilah.
Credit Elizabeth Sherwood

Let us consider the homely basket. Time was, hand-made baskets were commonplace – so common and utilitarian that they weren’t really seen as cultural artifacts. They were just what you used to hold oysters, or berries, or vegetables. But that has changed. Now, Maryland is home to the Center for Research in Basketry, which aims to keep the art of basketry alive in the Mid-Atlantic.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein On His Tenure As Health Secretary

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At the end of this month, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland’s Health Secretary, will leave his post to become Associate Dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As he departs, we wanted to know: what has been accomplished during his tenure? And, what public health challenges will be left for his successor to tackle?

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Escaping The Holocaust

Kastner's train arriving in Switzerland.
Credit Memorial Museum of Hungarian Speaking Jewry

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Kastner train in Switzerland. During the Holocaust, Rudolph Kastner, a Jewish-Hungarian journalist negotiated a deal with Nazi SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann. Kastner arranged for a train to rescue nearly 1,700 Jews from Nazi persecution. In exchange, Eichmann demanded Kastner supply about $1,000 per passenger. The journey, which included a five-month stop at the infamous Bergen-Bensen concentration camp in Germany, was finally completed in December of 1944. Rabbi Dov Zvi Slanger, founder of the Bais HaMedrash and Mesivta of Baltimore, a Jewish high school, was one of the passengers on that train. He was just 10 years old. He joins Sheilah to talk about his journey from Budapest to Baltimore. 

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