Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

Every weekday morning, 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, and listen to our series.

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Maryland Morning
9:45 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Examining the Messages in Handel's Messiah

Musicologist Michael Marissen.
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Tom Hall speaks with Michael Marissen, author of "Tainted Glory in Handel’s Messiah: The Unsettling History of the World’s Most Beloved Choral Work."

Although many people associate the Hallelujah Chorus and Handel’s Messiah with the Christmas holiday season, in fact, Handel, who performed the work dozens of times, never once performed it in December.  All of his performances were during this time of year, Lent.  

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Mental Illness in Prisons and Jails

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Sheilah Kast speaks with Dr. Fuller Torrey, founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center and Dr. Brian Hepburn, Executive Director of the Maryland Hygiene Administration, which oversees the state’s mental health system.

It’s estimated that there are about 4,000 people in Maryland prisons with a diagnosable mental illness. A new, controversial report from the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sherriff’s Association has drawn attention to those inmates and how they get treatment.

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Programs
9:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research, Resources and Portrayals

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In our show on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sheilah Kast first talks with writer and parent Alisa Rock, whose son Conor has autism. She also talks about research and resources with Dr. Rebecca Landa and Dr. Li-Ching Lee. Then, Tom Hall talks with Anthony Baker, English professor at Tennessee Technological University, about portrayals of autism in the media.

1 in 68 U.S. children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In Maryland, 1 in 60 children are on the Spectrum.

These statistics were released last month in a report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  In the second part of this interview, we’ll hear from Dr. Li-Ching Lee, the School’s principal investigator for that report and Dr. Rebecca Landa, of Kennedy Krieger.  But first, we want to get a picture of what it’s like for one family who has a child with ASD, an Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

What Impact Has The Affordable Care Act Had On Maryland Health Care?

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Sheilah Kast talks with Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein, Evergreen Co-op CEO Peter Beilenson, and Johns Hopkins public health professor Colleen Barry.
Welcome back to The Checkup, our weekly series on how health care is changing in Maryland. This is our final segment in the series. For seven months, we’ve dug into the details of the Affordable Care Act. How have specific groups of people have been affected by it? Who has and has not been able to get access to insurance through it? How have different components of the health care system responded to the changes?Today, we’re going to take a step back and ask the question: How does the Affordable Care Act fit into the big picture of Maryland’s health care system? 
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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Tue April 15, 2014

The Role Of Religion In The Public Square

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Tom Hall talks with Heather Miller Rubens, Catholic Scholar at the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, and Mark Graber, a professor of law and government at the University of Maryland law school.
Tonight is the second night of Passover for Jews, and this is Holy Week for Christians.  This morning, a conversation about religion in the public square.  The founding fathers spent lots of time discussing the separation of church and state, and the argument about religion in general and prayer in particular in public settings continues to this day.  Here in Maryland, late last month, a federal court judge issued an injunction against the Carroll County Commission which prohibits “invoking the name of a specific deity associated with any one specific faith in prayers given at Board meetings.” 
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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Common Core Bills in the General Assembly

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Sheilah Kast talks about Common Core bills in the General Assembly with The Maryland Reporter's Glynis Kazanjian, John White with the Maryland State Department of Education, and we also hear from Sean Johnson with the Maryland State Education Association.

The General Assembly considered several bills to change implementation of the Common Core State Standards—or as Maryland refers to it—the ‘Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.’ Only three bills passed.

Gov. O’Malley is  expected to sign one of those bills this morning-HB 1164.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Safer Streets, Safer Spaces

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Sheilah Kast speaks with Shawna Potter, Executive Site Leader for Hollaback Baltimore, and Chris Belkas, a volunteer with Charm City Art Space.

Warm temperatures bring more people out on the street, making them more vulnerable to catcalling. Street harassment is sexual harassment or assault in public spaces. This form of harassment can happen in any public space.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon April 14, 2014

"The Memo" at Single Carrot Theatre

Paul Diem in a scene from "The Memo."
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J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "The Memo."

Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck has been to see "The Memo" at Single Carrot Theatre. It's up until April 27. 

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Maryland Morning
8:40 am
Mon April 14, 2014

The Evolution of Stokely Carmichael

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Sheilah Kast speaks with Peniel Joseph, Tufts professor and author of " Stokely: A Life."

Stokely Carmichael’s name comes down to us from the civil rights struggle, and even most of us who recognize his name attach it to just part of his thinking and legacy. We learn more about Carmichael from a new biography by Tufts professor Peniel Joseph.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

When Will You Be Able To Get Medical Marijuana In Maryland?

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Sheilah Kast talks about medical marijuana with Delegate Cheryl Glenn, Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission Chair Paul Davies, and pharmacology researcher Ryan Vandrey.
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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