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
10:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Head Of Baltimore City Public Schools On The Budget Deficit

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  Baltimore City Public Schools are facing a serious deficit: more than $70 million – and, that doesn’t take into account a budget cut proposed by Gov. Hogan which would put the deficit at more than $100 million. Gregory Thornton, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools has outlined how he plans to close that budget gap – by cutting surplus employees and trimming administrative staff. He joins Sheilah in the studio to talk about it.

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Maryland Morning
9:30 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Fox Drum Bebop: Gene Oishi's Novel About Legacy of Japanese Internment

Cover of Gene Oishi's new novel.

  Coming up, a conversation with a local author who has written a new novel about the legacy of Japanese interned in camps during World War Two.  But first, we pause to send a shout out to Kevin Kallagher, known to most folks as Kal, the political cartoonist for The Baltimore Sun and The Economist magazine.   Last week, it was announced that Kal has been awarded the 2015 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning, named in honor of the legendary cartoonist, Herb Block.  Kal has been on quite a roll recently when it comes to prizes:  last month, he captured Europe’s Grand Prix Award for press “cartoon of the year.”   We send our congratulations to Kal on this latest accolade. 

And now, we welcome Gene Oishi to the studio.  He’s a former Washington and foreign correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, and the author of a 1988 memoir called In Search of HiroshiHiroshi is also the protagonist’s name in Gene Oishi’s new novel, which deals with the complexities of what it means to be both Japanese and American before, during, and after the Second World War.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Spring Forward With Fashion Advice From Zoey Washington

Zoey Washington wearing a diamond cuff earing.

  The winter has finally begun to thaw in Baltimore, and it's time to see what everyone's been wearing under their big coats! Regular Maryland Morning guest and fashion editor and consultant, Zoey Washington, is with us in the studio.  She has a few predictions to share with Sheilah Kast on the trends from fashion week you can expect to start seeing in stores. 

Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Exploring New Ways To Fight HIV, Ebola

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We normally protect against viruses with a vaccine. You probably know how they work: a weakened or dead version of a harmful virus is injected into your body. Your body responds by producing antibodies to destroy the weakened virus. You’re then armed with the antibodies necessary to take on a healthier version of the virus. But, what about viruses like HIV? We don’t normally produce the right antibodies to fight it.

But scientists around the country are developing a new way of making sure the body produces the right antibodies. It could be used to treat HIV, Ebola, or malaria. Some of that work is being done here in Baltimore by Gary Ketner, professor and microbiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed March 11, 2015

"Beautiful Users: Designing For People"

The cover of Ellen Lupton's newest book, Beautiful Users
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When Ellen Lupton became a gold medalist recipient from AIGA, the professional association for design, in 2007 they summarized her as someone who makes graphic design smarter, “If graphic design has a sense of its own history, an understanding of the theory that drives it and a voice for its continuing discourse, it's largely because Lupton wrote it, thought it or spoke it.” That remains true as she has just published her newest book, Beautiful Users: Designing for People. Locally, she works as the director of the Graphic Design Masers of Fine Arts degree program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) and in New York works as senior curator of contemporary design at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. This new book serves as the catalog for their latest show by the same name. Host Tom Hall sits down with Ellen to discuss what designing for people entails.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Rosie The Riveters Still Going Strong

World War II ended almost 70 years ago, in the spring and summer of 1945. When it started, even before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, defense factories in Baltimore were gearing up.  Fifty-four thousand workers labored at the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Company in Middle River during the war – and 30 percent of them were women, including Rosie the Riveters who became a symbol of women’s contributions to the war effort.  We speak with Debi Wynn, coordinator of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association, and Grace Henninger, who went to work as a riveter at the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Company in Middle River in October 1944.

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Maryland Morning
10:00 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Remembering Those Sent To Crownsville Hospital

The William L. Marbury Building at Crownsville Hospital Center
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What became Crownsville Hospital Center started as farmland in Anne Arundel County and then, after the state bought the land in 1910, was known as the "Hospital for the Negro Insane of Maryland." Its patients or inmates included not only the mentally ill, but also blacks with mental disabilities, epilepsy or syphilis. Historians have chronicled grim conditions during Crownsville’s first five decades. Janice Hayes-Williams, a local historian who has looked carefully at death records from Crownsville, described the state hospital on WYPR’s The Signal in 2012: “This was the place you did not want to go, this was the place you were sent when no one else wanted you, this was the place you went when there was no other place to go.”

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon March 9, 2015

"These Days: A Tale Of Nostalgia On A Burlesque Strip"

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Writer Margo Christie's debut novel, These Days: A Tale of Nostalgia on a Burlesque Strip is set in Baltimore in the 1970s. It tells the story of a starry-eyed teenager, Becky Shelling, who dreams of being a movie star, and loves the music and films of her parent’s generation. A relationship with a smooth-talking older man leads to her working as a stripper on “The Block,” the strand of East Baltimore Street in Downtown Baltimore lined with strip clubs. This is a milieu that Margo Christie knows well. She herself worked on the block for several years, and her fictional account closely parallels her own life story. She talks about the book with Tom Hall.

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon March 9, 2015

The Rousuck Review: "Kid Victory" At Signature Theatre

Jake Winn (Luke) and Jeffry Denman (Michael) in Kid Victory at Signature Theatre
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Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck sits down with host Sheilah Kast to talk about "Kid Victory", a new musical playing at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. The show will be run through March 22nd. 

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon March 9, 2015

'Machiavelli: A Portrait' By Christopher Celenza

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It's been five hundred years since Machiavelli's masterpiece The Prince went to print, and his name is generally synonymous with cunning, expediency and bad faith. Christopher Celenza, Chairman of the Classics Department at Johns Hopkins University, recently authored a new book, Machiavelli: A Portrait. He will be speaking at the Ivy Bookshop Thursday evening at 7pm. We speak with Celenza about his argument that there’s more to the Renaissance diplomat and writer than the “unscrupulous” label we’ve fixed on him.   

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