Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed October 8, 2014

A Visit To The Great Kids Farm

Credit Friends of Great Kids Farm

Good food grown by great kids. Tom Hall visits Great Kids Farm on Route 40 in Catonsville.  The farm is part of the Baltimore City Schools.   When he visited the farm a couple of years ago, food from the farm was available in about 14 schools. This year, the salad bars of nearly 60 schools will feature produce grown at the farm by students, under the tutelage of a farm educator, a farm chef, and farm manager Greg Strella, who joins Tom at the farm. Tom also speaks with Chrissa Carlson, the executive director of the Friends of Great Kids Farm. DeAndre 'Dre' Lloyd is a senior at Edmondson-Westside High School and he tells us about his experience growing and learning about the produce.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Is The Red Line Project On Track?

A graphic showing the 2009 original alignment (green) and the 2012 current alignment (blue).
Credit Henry Kay, Maryland Transit Administration

The latest obstacle on the road to the $2.9 billion “Red Line” light rail project is a lawsuit filed by 25 plaintiffs who own 20 properties on North Freemont Avenue in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Poppleton.  Plans call for a tunnel under their houses.   

The 14 mile project will run from East Baltimore out to parts of Baltimore County. The plaintiffs filed suit in Baltimore City Circuit Court.  They contend the plans for a tunnel have made their properties  worthless. They’re asking for $22 million in damages and an injunction to stop the state from going forward with the project. 

Bryan P. Sears, The Daily Record’s business writer, covered the lawsuit last week.  He joins Sheilah in the studio.  

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Should We Cut The Length Of College?

The Johns Hopkins University campus.
Credit Let Ideas Compete / Flickr / Creative Commons

The average college graduate enters the working world with about $30,000 in student loans. There’s been a debate about how to lower that number for years now. One argument: shorten how long it takes to earn a degree.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Should You See "Vanishing Point" Before It's Gone?

Stillpointe Theatre Initiative’s production of “Vanishing Point” continues at Church and Company through October 19.
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 "Vanishing Point" is the latest production from the Stillpointe Theatre Initiative. Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews this new musical, which runs at Church & Company until Oct. 19.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon October 6, 2014

O's Magic

Camden Yards
Credit Matt Purdy

The Baltimore Orioles are headed to the American League Championship Series, which begins Friday at Camden Yards when the O's start a best of seven series with the Kansas City Royals. This morning, we take a look at what lies ahead for the Orioles, as well as a look back at the halcyon days when the O's were one of the most dominant teams in Major League Baseball.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

What Is Driving Maryland's Unemployment Rate Higher Than The National Average?

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More than 200,000 people in Maryland are unemployed, according to a preliminary estimate from the U.S. Department of Labor. Maryland’s unemployment rate, at an estimated 6.4 percent, is higher than the national average, and the highest it’s been since October of last year. Here to help us understand what to make of Maryland’s job numbers is Daraius Irani, Chief Economist at the Regional Economic Studies Institute at Towson University.

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri October 3, 2014

A Baltimore County Murder From Fifteen Years Ago, Revisited

Sarah Koenig, host of "Serial"
Credit Meredith Heuer

Baltimore County high school student Hae Min Lee disappeared one January afternoon in 1999. Her body was found less than a month later, buried in a shallow grave in Leakin Park. An ex-boyfriend, 17-year-old Adnan Syed, was arrested for her murder. He was convicted and is serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison in Western Maryland. But, he says he is innocent.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri October 3, 2014

The First Films of the Fall

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Sorry we don't have the audio for you today, due to technical difficulties we were not able to archive this segment. We'll be back on November 7 with more movies!

Ann Hornaday, movie critic for The Washington Post and Jed Dietz, director of the Maryland Film Festival, join Tom to tell us about the latest films to check out. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Maryland's New Marijuana Decriminalization Law

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Today, Maryland becomes the 18th state, plus the District of Columbia, to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Decriminalize, not legalize.  People found to be in possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less will get a citation and a civil fine instead of a criminal penalty.

On Tuesday, Sheilah spoke with Greg Shipley, director of communications for the Maryland State Police, to understand how this new law will change one police force. Then, we hear from Rachelle Yeung, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates for drug reform and tracks marijuana policies across the U.S.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed October 1, 2014

40 Years Of Helping Young People Get On The Right Track

Credit Chesapeake Center for Youth Development

Hundreds, if not thousands, of teenagers in the Baltimore region are essentially raising themselves, with parents too pre-occupied to provide the support they need, hit with pressure to get immersed in crime, or drugs or truancy. Dozens of human-services organizations are trying to help, but they face challenges, also – to find the revenue to support what they do, to coordinate with government agencies as policies and theories change.

So it makes sense to just stop for a few minutes and salute a non-profit that has been working with at-risk youth for forty years.  The Chesapeake Center for Youth Development was founded in 1974 – and for more than 30 years of those four decades, Ivan Leshinsky has been at its head. Leshinsky joins Sheilah in the studio.

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