Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m - 10 a.m.

We find the most intriguing voices to take you behind Maryland headlines. Find out more about us, check out shows that aired prior to February 2014, listen to our series, and listen to each day's show.

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Maryland Morning
9:45 am
Fri November 28, 2014

The History Behind The Deakins Line

The Fairfax Stone, which marks the headwaters of the Potomac.
Credit OZinOH / Flickr / Creative Commons

You’ve heard of the Mason-Dixon line, which separates Maryland and Pennsylvania. But what about the Deakins line, which runs roughly north-south between Maryland and West Virginia? It’s the center of a dispute between the two states that persisted for decades and was eventually argued in front of the Supreme Court –105 years ago this month. The source of the dispute grows out of a river and a stone. Sheilah spoke in August with Don Teter, a West Virginia land surveyor and historian.
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Maryland Morning
9:35 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Senior Portrait: "Julia"

What was Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood like 60 years ago? Before moving out to Hamilton with her family, Julia spent the first 16 years of her life in Remington. Of late, the neighborhood is seeing  a lot of re-development. But Julia says she remembers when she could peek out the window of her childhood home and see an open field instead of the buildings there now.
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Maryland Morning
9:20 am
Fri November 28, 2014

More Than Trees

Credit Sarabande Books website

Towson University Assistant Professor Angela Pelster's  collection 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 joined Nathan Sterner in the studio to talk about the book last July. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Shining A Light On Dark Energy

An image explaining the expansion of the universe.
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Earlier this month, Professor Adam Riess of Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, was awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. His award is shared with partners Saul Perlmutter of The University of California, Berkley and Brian P. Schmidt of Australian National University. The trio was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011 for providing evidence that the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate.

Sheilah spoke with Professor Adam Riess about the expanding universe in 2011.

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Maryland Morning
9:20 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Patients As Part of the Team

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A diagnosis of throat cancer or lung cancer, or other cancer of the chest, sends a patient and her family down a long, difficult and sometimes lonely and scary road.  Such cancers often grow unnoticed, so by the time they’re found, the prognosis is poor.  About two years ago Johns Hopkins Bayview reorganized how it approaches chest cancers. To confront the cancer with a wide view of how to treat it – and to include the patient as part of that team.

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Maryland Morning
9:05 am
Wed November 26, 2014

UMUC's Stiff Competiton

UMUC President, Javier Miyares
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"Distance learning" is arguably the wave of the future in higher education. More and more students are choosing courses, or entire degree programs, that don't require them to show up in class, to listen to lectures and take tests … but to learn course material and interact with their professors on line. 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Writer Azar Nafisi On The Importance Of Fiction

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Ten years ago, the Iranian–American author Azar Nafisi wrote a memoir called Reading Lolita in Tehran. That book sold more than a million copies, and it was hailed as a powerful testament to literature’s unique potential in a closed society.  In her latest book, Ms. Nafisi examines the role of novels in American culture, by looking at three important works of fiction, and discussing how and why the stories we encounter in literature are so important to our democracy.  The book is called The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books. She joins us from her home in Washington, DC.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

The Cost Of Graduate School

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If you’re a graduate student, chances are, you leave school with more than just a degree: you leave with debt; sometimes a lot of it. About a quarter of grad students borrow more than $100,000. The average? About $57,000 in loans for undergraduate and graduate school.
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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Living Questions: Religion In Politics

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We’re still reflecting on the election three weeks ago. As part of our series on religion, Living Questions, Tom Hall explores how religion influences politics.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon November 24, 2014

The Rousuck Review: "Little Dancer"

Left to right: Boyd Gaines and Tiler Peck
Credit Paul Kolnik

  J. Wynn Rousuck reviews Little Dancer, which continues at the Kennedy Center in Washington through November 30th.

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