Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Examining the Gender Pay Gap in Maryland

Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland speaking at a press conference for the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Sheilah Kast speaks with Deborah Eisenberg, Law Professor at the University of Maryland.

In April, President Obama signed two executive orders intended to help even out the gender pay gap.  One order required federal contractors to allow employees to share salary information with each other.  

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon September 1, 2014

The Dignity Of Work, The Photographs Of Bodine

"Concrete Pouring," 1968. Photograph by A. Aubrey Bodine, © Jennifer B. Bodine, courtesy of www.aaubreybodine.com.
Credit A. Aubrey Bodine

Sheilah talks with Jennifer Bodine, daughter of late Baltimore Sun photographer Aubrey Bodine.

Photographer A. Aubrey Bodine worked for the Baltimore Sunday Sun for almost half a century -- 1924 to 1970. During that career, he captured the way Marylanders lived and worked.  His daughter, Jennifer Bodine, put together a collection of his work that depicts a wide range of Maryland jobs.  Some occupations like umbrella menders and carriage makers are long gone.  Others like tomato pickers, firemen, and sailors are still around, though they may look different.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon September 1, 2014

'Senior Portraits': Juanita

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Juanita's 'Senior Portrait.'

We're continuing our series of conversations with seniors who live in assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Maryland. Today we hear from a woman who likes to keep her sketchpad close and her playing cards even closer.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Singer-Songwirter Caleb Stine's "Maybe God Is Lonely Too"

"Maybe God Is Lonely Too" album cover art
Credit Caleb Stine

Caleb Stine is a thoughtful, incisive singer-songwriter who’s had an undeniable impact on the Maryland music scene with his work with the Brakeman and a host of other regular collaborators.  He released his sixth solo album last spring, a collection of songs that are haunting, probing, and wholly gratifying. It’s called "Maybe God is Lonely Too."  Tom Hall spoke with him about it in April.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

How Labor Trafficking Looks in Maryland

Farmworkers are a population that's vulnerable to labor trafficking.
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Sheilah Kast talks with Sheena Wadhawan about labor trafficking in Maryland.

Labor trafficking is the use of intimidation, threats, and sometimes violence, to force people to work against their will. The national non-profit Polaris Project, and others working to prevent trafficking, say certain populations are especially vulnerable, such as immigrants; they may be working legally in the U.S., but their legal status is tied to a particular employer.  

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Frankenstein Is ALIVE and Online

The inside cover of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Courtesy of Neil Fraistat.

Sheilah talks with University of Maryland English professor Neil Fraistat, a collaborator on the Shelley-Godwin Digital Archive.
Tomorrow is the birthday of 19th century English writer Mary Shelley. She’s most famous for her creation of Victor Frankenstein, a character who has come to represent the prototypical mad scientist. As of last fall, Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, is alive and online in its original manuscript form. It’s part of the ‘Shelley-Godwin Digital Archive.’ Sheilah spoke last fall with one of the collaborators on the archive, University of Maryland English professor Neil Fraistat. 
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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri August 29, 2014

James McBride on Bringing "The Good Lord Bird" to Life

Author James McBride

Tom Hall speaks with author James McBride.

National Book Award winner James McBride's latest novel "The Good Lord Bird," depicts famous abolitionist John Brown.

The book takes place on the plains of Kansas, where Brown is waging war on slavery.  It concludes with Brown’s famous raid at Harper’s Ferry a few years later.  "I wanted to create a version of him that was accessible to people and that was funny," said McBride.  "Books about American history and particularly about slavery are very rarely funny." 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Brian Eno, Meet Jimmy McNulty: How to Turn a Police Scanner into Sweet, Sweet Music

Baltimore!
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Eric Eberhardt, creator of the website "You Are Listening To Baltimore", explains how it came to be.

Several years ago, Eric Eberhardt stumbled upon the idea of mixing the squawk of a police scanner with a soothing, ambient soundtrack. The result was the website, “You Are Listening To”

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed August 27, 2014

"12 Years A Slave": The Book That Inspired The Movie

Tom Hall talks with Dolen Perkins-Valdez about the book that inspired the film "12 Years A Slave".

The film "12 Years a Slave" is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and forced into slavery. He wrote a memoir about the experience in 1853. Tom Hall talks with Dolen Perkins-Valdez, who has written an introduction for a new edition of Solomon Northup’s book.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed August 27, 2014

"After Tiller" Documentary Follows Four Late-Term Abortion Doctors

Susan Robinson, one of the doctors featured in AFTER TILLER
Credit Still from the film AFTER TILLER

Sheilah talks with filmmaker Martha Shane about her documentary "After Tiller."

Baltimore County native Martha Shane's documentary film "After Tiller" follows the four doctors in the country who openly perform late term abortions.  We talked with her  in February before an audience at the Brown Center on the MICA campus as part of the Maryland Film Festival/WYPR Spotlight Series.  You can learn more about the Film Festival here.

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