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
8:55 am
Fri July 31, 2015

The Unique Legacy Of Baltimore's Bluegrass

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The roots of bluegrass can be traced to the Scottish and English settlers who brought it to Appalachia in the 18th century, but when Appalachian migrants fled the mountains for the cities following World War II, Baltimore became, for a time, the capital of Bluegrass, and some of its finest practitioners could be heard in bars and in home jam sessions all around town. One of the breakout groups of the 1950s was the Stoney Mountain Boys, a Baltimore group who became the first bluegrass band to appear in Carnegie Hall.

On Sunday night, Tim Newby, a Baltimore based author and historian, will host a launch party and concert for his new book which chronicles the history of Bluegrass in Baltimore. The book is called Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin’ Sound and Its Legacy. The launch party will take place at the Creative Alliance in East Baltimore at 7:00 p.m. with musicians Caleb Stine, Chris Jacobs, and many others.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Baltimore DJ Will Put You Under His Spell

For veteran DJ, Matt Davis, hypnosis is his true calling.
Credit Crystal Dunn

If you think of radio personalities as a voice without a face, that’s not Matt Davis. For this DJ at the Baltimore station 98 Rock, community engagement has been a huge part of his job for eleven years. Not only has he hosted the program Noise in the Basement, showcasing Maryland-based bands since 1996, but he’s also emceed the live performances generated by the  show. On Monday, Matt Davis will host the final ‘Noise in the Basement Live’ show – because he’s leaving 98 Rock. He joins Sheilah to reflect on what he’s done, and talk about what's next.  
Maryland Morning
9:56 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis On Community Policing and Violent Crime

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Two days before the end of July, Baltimore has recorded 39 homicides so far this month, almost as many as the 42 murders in May, which was the highest monthly count in 25 years. There have been a dozen killings in just the last week

Three weeks ago today Kevin Davis was promoted from deputy to interim commissioner, when Mayor Rawlings Blake fired Commissioner Anthony Batts. Interim Commissioner Davis has set up what he calls a “war room” to coordinate the fight against crime. He has asked rank and file to email him their ideas about how to reorganize the police department. And he’s said he’d like to see the “interim” erased from his title. Interim Commissioner Davis is with Sheilah to address such questions in a special extended segment. 

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Guns, Freedom, and the Second Ammendment

The Knotted Gun, a sculpture outside of the UN in New York City.
Credit Steven Ballegeer via Flickr Creative Commons

Maryland has some of the toughest gun restrictions in the country, but those who oppose tighter restrictions on registering and owning firearms point to the fact that tough gun laws have not decreased the tremendous spike in gun crimes that Baltimore has experienced in the last three months. The recent shootings in Lafayette, LA and Charlestown, SC, like the murders in Newtown, CT a few years ago, prompt a conversation about guns that eventually peters out, and leads to no substantive change in the status quo. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Black Churches In Baltimore and #blacklivesmatter

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Churches in the black community historically have been a vital institution -- a central force of social change. From Martin Luther King Jr. , to the Reverends Fred Shuttlesworth, Richard Boone and Pauli Murray – myriad church leaders helped birth the modern civil rights movements.

Fast forward to 2015 in Baltimore: On the day of Freddie Gray’s funeral and the night of the unrest, scores of black clergy walked down North Avenue to quell the unrest.  And it raises the question: as the Black Lives Matter movement has grown --a decentralized group of community leaders, activists, authors, journalists and students using digital tools like Twitter--how has the black faith community in Baltimore engaged with this growing group?

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