Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Parsing The Effect of Impending Budget Cuts on Mental Health Services

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If you follow the news in Maryland, you’ve been hearing about budget cuts – not just since last week, when Gov. Hogan presented his budget the day after he was inaugurated, but three weeks ago, when outgoing Democratic Gov. O’Malley shepherded a set of budget cuts through the Board of Public Works, to take effect immediately.

This morning we 're looking in-depth at one particular area --mental health.  About 160,000 adults and children in Maryland use public mental-health services, a number that’s increased by more than half in the last decade, especially with the advent of Obamacare, which requires most health insurance plans to cover mental health and substance use disorder services.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed January 28, 2015

An Adaptation Of A Parody Of A Soap Opera At Baltimore's Annex Theater

"Mary Hartman" played by Carly J. Bales
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Folks of a certain age will remember the iconic cult TV show, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman", from the 1970s, which poked fun at soap operas. Baltimore theatre artist Maggie Villegas has adapted the TV show for the Annex Theater stage. It stars Carly J. Bales as Mary Hartman. Tom Hall talks with them both.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed January 28, 2015

The Swan at Loch Raven

Credit David Simpson

We stroll along the banks of Loch Raven reservoir – one of the three primary sources of drinking water to Baltimore City and Baltimore County, listening to wildlife and author and photographer David Simpson's story of creating a children's book inspired by this place. His book, called The Swan at Loch Raven, is designed for beginning readers.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

New Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen On Her Public Health Priorities

Dr. Wen speaking at a TEDx talk at the University of Nevada
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Dr. Leana Wen is so new as Baltimore’s health commissioner that she hasn’t yet been confirmed by the City Council – that’s expected to take place this afternoon. She brings an impressive resume the public-health job: she started college at age 13, 5 years after she immigrated with her parents from Shanghai, China; she was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, has written a book, and taught and practice emergency-room medicine at George Washington University – all by age 31. We wanted to learn how she’ll bring that intimidating background to bear on improving Baltimore’s public health. She joins Sheilah in the studio.

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Baltimore Author Wes Moore On Finding Meaning In What You Do

In 2010, Wes Moore published a best-selling book, "The Other Wes Moore", which told the story of his childhood and early adulthood, as well as that of another young man, who grew up in Baltimore, in the same neighborhood and, coincidentally, with the same name. Their outcomes, however, couldn’t be more different. One Wes Moore was convicted of murder, and imprisoned for life, while Wes Moore the author graduated from Johns Hopkins University, went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, became a decorated war veteran, an investment banker, a White House Fellow, an entrepreneur, and television host. His new book picks up his story where "The Other Wes Moore" left off. It’s called "The Work: My Search for a Life that Matters". He joins host Tom Hall on the line today from station KUOW in Seattle.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon January 26, 2015

The Rousuck Review: "The Whale"

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Theatre critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "The Whale" playing at Rep Stage in Columbia through February 1st. 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon January 26, 2015

What The Homeless Count Tells Us About The Most Vulnerable

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Every year cities and counties around the country have annual homeless counts to assess needs, trends and changes in homelessness. It’s also a federal requirement that local governments conduct a count at least every other year. Over the course of several days, thousands of volunteers, service providers and government officials collect information on the need.  The homeless count, called Point In Time, is not only a snapshot of the situation – it’s an effort to engage people where they are on the streets and in shelters.  Thousands of people are homeless in Baltimore City, most between age 40 and 60.  This year the count will focus on several difficult to reach populations. Adrienne Breidenstine, Executive Director of The Journey Home, part of the Mayor’s office of Human Services joins Sheilah Kast to discuss the count and the plan to end the city's homeless problem. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Police Discipline On The General Assembly Agenda

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  The General Assembly is likely to debate how police officers are disciplined – a debate that may echo parts of the national conversation that triggered by protests in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, New York of police officers allegedly using excessive force against suspects.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake and several delegates representing the city are calling for changes in the 40-year-old state law known as the ‘Police Officers Bill of Rights,’ which sets out the disciplinary procedures of police departments in Maryland.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri January 23, 2015

A 'Crankie' Duo Comes to The Creative Alliance

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Despite being in their mid twenties, artist and musicians Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle have pursued more traditional avenues of folk singing. The duo will be performing ballads and old time tunes at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore's Highland Town neighborhood on Saturday evening. They also make crankies, a scrolling panorama popularized in the mid 1800s. Their crankies along with panoramas made by other Baltimore artists will accompany their musical performance at Creative Alliance.  Roberts-Gevalt and LaPrelle join Tom Hall in studio. 

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Baltimore Poet Puts Out "Mixed Signals"

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  The Baltimore novelist and poet Charles Rammelkamp has published a new chapbook of poems called "Mixed Signals" published by Finishing Line Press. He’s a former adjunct member of the English faculty at Essex Community College and the author of short story collections, essays, poems, and a novel called The Secretkeepers. Charles Rammelkamp joins Tom Hall in the studio.

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