Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

What Can We Do to Reduce The Number Of Medical Drugs In Short Supply?

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Sheilah talks with Dr. Yoram Unguru about medical drug shortages.

Shortages of life-saving medicines and drugs are becoming increasingly common in the U.S.  Since 2007, the number of drugs considered in short supply has tripled according to a report released earlier this year from the federal government. Many of the drugs in shortage are generic sterile injectable drugs. Some are to control pain; others fight infections, treat heart problems, enable nutrition or battle cancer. So, what can we do to reduce the number drugs in short supply?

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Programs
8:55 am
Fri August 22, 2014

How Blogging Helps to Continue Bonds

Eleanor Haley and Litsa Williams with Tom Hall
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Tom Hall speaks with Eleanor Haley and Litsa Williams, creators of the blog 'What's Your Grief."

When dealing with the death of a loved one, daily rituals can maintain our bonds with our loss. Baltimore residents Eleanor Haley and Litsa Williams run a blog called What’s Your Grief that provides resources and support for people grieving the loss of a loved one. 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri August 22, 2014

"Particle Fever"

Large Hadron Collider/ATLAS at CERN
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Tom talks with David Kaplan, a particle physicist and producer of the film, "Particle Fever."

What happens when 10,000 scientists work to slam together particles moving near the speed of light? Tom Hall asks David Kaplan, Johns Hopkins physics professor and producer of the new documentary, "Particle Fever." The documentary chronicles the development of the Large Hadron Collider.  You can stream it on Netflix.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

How Coffee Can Improve Your Memory

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You knew caffeine made you more alert. But now scientists are saying it may actually improve your memory. Neurobiologist Michael Yassa, while working as an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins, found that caffeine has a positive effect on long-term memory in humans.  Their research, published by the journal Nature Neuroscience, shows that caffeine enhances memories up to 24 hours after it is consumed.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Finding Real Rosie the Riveters

A photo of Wilma Foster during her days at Fairchild Aircraft.
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Sheilah Kast speaks with Wilma Foster (a real 'Rosie the Riveter' from Laurel) and her daughter Ann Marie Miller (a rosebud.)

It's a famous image--the red polka-dot scarf, the blue work shirt, the determined face, and of course that curled bicep. It's Rosie the Riveter. Here face and "We Can Do It!" message was the star of World War II propaganda campaigns. Rosie was a composite character: millions of American women spent years working in factories and shipyards producing equipment to be used in the War. They could 'do it.' In this interview Sheilah Kast speaks with one of the real 'Rosies.' Wilma Foster lives in Laurel and worked as a riveter at Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown during the early 1940s. 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Author Mohsin Hamid on "How to Get Filfthy Rich in Rising Asia"

Mohsin Hamid.
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Tom Hall speaks with author Mohsin Hamid.

The Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid has written three acclaimed novels.  His latest book has just been released in paperback.  It’s called How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.  It’s a look at the life of a man who journeys from indigent child to wealthy industrialist.  And it’s written as if it were one of those self-help, get rich quick books that fill the shelves of bookstores around the world.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Medical Marijuana Revamped In Maryland

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We talk about the future of medical marijuana in Maryland.

Twenty states and the District of Columbia, have medical marijuana programs. Patients can either buy or grow marijuana for things like pain relief. The General Assembly took a first, cautious stab at creating a medical marijuana program last year. Marijuana was to be made available through academic medical centers. But, none of the centers in Maryland signed up to participate. Legislators decided this past session to allow certified doctors to write prescriptions for medical marijuana that can be bought from licensed growers and dispensaries.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Solar Probe Plus: Here Comes The Sun

A rendering of Solar Probe Plus
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Nathan Sterner talks about a space mission to the Sun with project scientist Nicky Fox.

Life on Earth depends on the Sun, that giant furnace nearly 93 million miles away that anchors our planet's orbit. Its light makes it possible for plants to grow, and for animals to eat them. But, for playing such an outsized role in our lives, there’re still quite a few things we don’t know about the sun.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon August 18, 2014

“Fourteen Days in July”

Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak (l) and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (r) shake hands at the White House in Washington. Arafat, Barak and President Bill Clinton (center) participated in the July 2000 Middle East summit.
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J. Wynn Rousuck reviews the Theatrical Mining Company's production of "Fourteen Days in July."

The Rousuck Review: Theatrical Mining Company’s production of “Fourteen Days in July” at the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. 

 Although “Fourteen Days in July” focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian summit at Camp David in July 2000, one of the play’s most moving scenes takes place at Gettysburg.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Sojourne

Trina Coleman

Tom talks with members of the Baltimore band Sojourne.

Sojourne is a Baltimore based band whose style is informed by the classical training of the woman who fronts it, Trina Coleman. Trina and her husband Zachary teamed-up with drummer Steve McGrath and bassist Tim Long to form Sojourne in 2013. They join Tom Hall in-studio to play a few songs.

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