Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed July 30, 2014

More Than Trees

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Towson University Assistant Professor Angela Pelster's new book of essays, “Limber”, is a book about trees; from “The Tree That Owned Itself” in Georgia, to “The Loneliest Tree on Earth” which once stood in the middle of the Sahara. But, the trees are often just a starting point for essays that delve into topics ranging from faith to love to language itself. Angela Pelster joins Nathan Sterner in the studio to talk about the book.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Reducing Federal Drug Sentences

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Sheilah talks with James Wyda, Federal Public Defender in Maryland

About 100,000 people are incarcerated for federal drug crimes in the United States. The crimes could be “manufacturing, distributing, or possessing with intent to distribute” to “acting as a principal administrator, organizer or leader of a continuing criminal enterprise.” Those convicted of federal drug crimes can serve anywhere from a year to life in prison. A little over a week ago, when the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to reduce federal drug sentences, about half of those 100,000 offenders became eligible to have their sentences reviewed by a judge…which means that there is a possibility that their sentences could be reduced.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Sketches Of A Confederate P.O.W.

Sheilah talks with historian Ross Kimmel, co-author of the new book "'I Am Busy Drawing Pictures': The Civil War Art and Letters of Private John Jacob Omenhausser."
It’s the hot summer of 1864. You’re a private in the Confederate Army. You’ve been captured by the Union Army and you’re being held at Point Lookout, the North’s biggest and southern-most  prisoner-of-war-camp at the tip of southern Maryland. What do you do? 
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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Does "Legally Blonde, the Musical" Pass the Good Theater Bar?

Bridget Linsenmeyer as Elle with dog.
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Tom Hall and J. Wynn Rousuck discuss Cockpit in Court's production of " Legally Blonde, the Musical."

Two brunettes, Tom Hall and J. Wynn Rousuck, discuss Cockpit in Court's production of "Legally Blonde, The Musical" now at the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon July 28, 2014

"The White Rail" by Clarinda Harriss

Tom speaks with poet Clarinda Harriss.

Baltimore is a weird place. Whether its quirk is distinct from that of other cities is often a topic of debate, but The White Rail, Clarinda Harriss' new collection of short stories, provides some compelling anecdotal evidence. The poet and author has published six volumes of poetry, and more than 350 of her poems have appeared in journals and magazines.  She was a professor of English at Towson University for 40 years, and with this new collection, she ventures for the first time into the world of short stories.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Why Unaccompanied Children From Central America Are Crossing The U.S. Border

The U.S./Mexico border at Nogales, AZ.
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Sheilah talks with Molly McGrath-Tierney, former director of Baltimore City’s Department of Social Services, Bill McCarthy, director of Catholic Charities of the Baltimore Archdiocese, and Salvadoran reporter Hector Silva Avalos.
An estimated 57,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed the border into the United States since last fall. Maryland is more than 1,700 miles from the Mexican border, but the state has a strong connection with one of the Central American countries: more foreign-born Marylanders have come from El Salvador than any other country. Many of them are concentrated in Langley Park, at the northwest edge of Prince Georges County between College Park and Silver Spring.The "Unaccompanied Alien Children Program," part of the U.S. Department of Human Service, reports that during the first six months of this year, about 2,200 unaccompanied alien children came to Maryland.  Sponsors in the state took responsibility for them.
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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Writer Susan Sullam on Her Father's Secret Search for Nazi Plunder

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Sheilah talks with Susan Sullam, former press secretary for U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin.

  “Monuments Men,” the film, was based on a true story. As it became clear the allies would win World War II , President Franklin D. Roosevelt commissioned a platoon to rescue stolen art and other personal and cultural treasures plundered by the Nazis. In that platoon seven men, “Monuments Men” as they were known, embarked on what’s been called “the greatest treasure hunt in history.” 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Tracking Economic and Social Change in Two Eastern Shore Towns

Sheilah talks with Meredith Ramsay about her new book on Somerset County as well as Kirkland Hall and Craig Mathies about changes made in the county that were discussed in the book.

Somerset County, the southernmost county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, was founded in 1666.

It’s motto for centuries has been Semper Eadem, Latin for “Always the same.”

A lot has indeed stayed the same, but even at the bottom tip of Maryland, the normal processes of time and struggles to bring about change intentionally…have had effects also.  

 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed July 23, 2014

The History of Charles Street

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Tom talks with Baltimore historian and author John McGrain about the history of Charles Street.

This morning Tom Hall is paying a visit to the historian and author John McGrain at his home in Towson. Mr. McGrain is the former secretary of the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission, and from 1998 until he retired in 2007, he served as the official historian of Baltimore County. He’s written several books, the latest of which is a history of one of this area’s most familiar and widely traversed streets, Charles Street. From its start near the city’s Inner Harbor to its northern most tip in Lutherville, Charles Street has a rich architectural history and a long list of famous residents, which are chronicled in John McGrain’s book, Charles Street: Baltimore’s Artery of Elegance.

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Maryland Morning
9:40 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Baltimore Diversion Program Aims To Keep Prostitutes Off The Street

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Sheilah talks with the University of Maryland School of Social Work's Corey Shdaimah and social worker Sue Diehl.

In 2006, a group of residents in Baltimore’s Curtis Bay neighborhood had a problem: prostitutes stood on street corners waiting for Johns; they’d be picked up for prostitution by the police, only to return to the same streets. A task force was formed. What grew out of it was a program rooted in an approach called “problem-solving justice”. Instead of moving those facing prostitution charges through the criminal justice system, it gives  them access to services that might keep them out of it and off the streets. It's called the Specialized Pre-Trial Diversion program. It began in 2009, within the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, and can now serve about 80 people at any given time.

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