Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

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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
8:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

The "Baltimore Plot" To Assassinate President-Elect Abraham Lincoln

It’s Baltimore, 1861. Picture the city, gripped by recession, many of its citizens out of work. The president-elect, Abraham Lincoln, is on his way to Washington to be inaugurated, intends to have his train stop in the Monumental City on February 23rd. But, the election of an anti-slavery president, far from triggering a bipartisan wave of hope, has sparked the secession of seven Southern States. Baltimore, south of the Mason-Dixon line, is a hotbed of Confederate sympathizers. What happens next is laid out in detail by author Michael Kline in his book "The Baltimore Plot: the First Conspiracy to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln". He joined us on the phone in 2009 to talk about it.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Maryland Casino Revenue Not As Lucky As Estimated

Credit Dennis Yang / Flickr / Creative Commons

  Five years ago, if you lived in Maryland and wanted to gamble at a casino, you had to leave the Free State to do so. Now, Maryland has five casinos where you can try your luck. However, revenue from the casinos in Maryland hasn't matched estimates on what the state expected for the past four years. We talk about why with gaming industry analyst Alan Woinksi and The Baltimore Brew's Mark Reutter.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri February 20, 2015

"Letters To My Black Sons: Raising Boys In A Post-Racial America"

  In her new book, Loyola University Maryland assistant professor Kaye Wise Whitehead has collected letters and poems she has written to her two sons, Kofi and Amir.  In the wake of the shootings of African American men and boys in Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island and elsewhere, the book couldn’t be more timely, or more poignant.  It’s called "Letters to My Black Sons:  Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America." Tom Hall talks with Dr. Whitehead about the book.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Exploring The Roots of Soul Food

Credit Cover image from Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson's Book, Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs

American soul food finds its roots in slavery and the food culture that early African and Caribbean people brought to the U.S.  The Accokeek Foundation, a non-profit educational farm in Prince Georges County, will host a panel discussion called, Soul Food Justice this Saturday to explore how the history of soul food connects with its future. Today, we’re unpacking this history and how soul food connects to efforts to improve health, sustainability and fresh food access in African American communities. Joining Sheilah Kast is Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland.  She will be one of the panelists tomorrow. 

Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Coping With The Bitter Cold

A tour group at Park Avenue and Fayette Street, West Side Walking Tour.
Credit Baltimore Heritage

You don’t need us to tell you that it’s extraordinarily cold in Maryland. It’s in the mid-teens now, and will probably get into the high 20s this afternoon – and then more snow, wind, bitter cold temperatures into the weekend.

It’s causing all kinds of problems for people who have homes, and those who don’t. We want to share some ideas about how to cope.  We’ll speak with Ruth Ann Norton CEO of Green and Healthy Homes Initiative.  First, to speak about services for city’s homeless population, we’re joined by Achike Oranye.  He’s  Manager of Homeless and Mental Health Outreach Services for the non-profit People Encouraging People, Inc. 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Recasting Genesis From the Perspective Of The Story's Minor Characters

Credit Barry Louis Polisar/Roni Lynn Polisar

  

If you’ve been a kid or raised a kid in, oh, the last four decades, you’ve no doubt heard Barry Louis Polisar. He’s been writing and performing children’s songs, like “Don’t Stick Your Finger in Your Nose” for generations of youngsters. 

In 2007, thirty years after he wrote it, his song, “All I Want Is You,” was featured in the opening credits of the film “Juno," which raised Polisar’s profile. Polisar has also written dozens  of children’s books.

And now he’s written a book for adults, a thoughtful reflection on the first book of the Bible, Genesis. Barry Louis Polisar joins Sheilah to talk about it.

Maryland Morning Podcast
8:45 am
Wed February 18, 2015

The Best Children's Books Of The Year

The Oscars are on Sunday night, but if you’re a young reader, the Academy Awards of children’s literature was held earlier this month at the mid-winter meeting of the American Library Association in Chicago. Paula Willey is our resident expert on great books for kids, and she joins me this morning to talk about some of the books that won some of the big awards this year. Paula is a librarian at the Parkville-Carney branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. She’s also a library consultant, and she writes about books at her blog, "Unadulterated".

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Maryland Joins Group Of States Teaming Up To Fight Flow Of Heroin

Heroin-Related Deaths Occurring in Maryland, 2007-2014 (through October)
Credit Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Heroin overdoses have taken the lives of more and more Marylanders each year for four years - now more than one a day. Last October, Attorneys General in New York and Pennsylvania announced they were creating a multi-state task force to break up heroin distribution networks that stretch along the East Coast. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said:

“It will expand our exchange of information by creating a regular, routine, and on-going dialogue including the ability to pass names and aliases of specific suspects… phone numbers, addresses, access to informants, distribution routes and location of stash houses.”

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced last week that Maryland would join the task force. He joins Sheilah now by phone to talk about it.

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Lynn Nottage On Her Play, "Ruined"

Lynn Nottage
Credit David Shankbone / Flickr / Creative Commons

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Ruined" is now up at Everyman Theatre. It tells the story of a remarkable group of women in a bar and brothel in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and how they cope with unthinkable sexual abuse and torture from both sides of warring factions in that troubled country. Nottage talks with Tom Hall about the play.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon February 16, 2015

The Rousuck Review: "Ruined" At Everyman Theatre

Dawn Ursula as Mama Nadi
Credit Stan Barouh

Theatre critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "Ruined", now up at Everyman Theatre through March 8th.

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