Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Sailors remember Pearl Harbor
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Now, we remember a day that will forever live in infamy in the United States: December 7th, 1941. On that day, Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, the American naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii. The United States declared war on Japan the next day, catapulting the country into World War II. This summer, as part of an oral history project, students at Washington College in Chestertown spoke with those who experienced World War II first-hand. One of them was, Tom Noble, who lived in Hawaii where his dad was stationed in 1941. 

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Maryland Morning
8:40 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Take A Trip To Pluto

New Horizons spacecraft
Credit NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/FLickr/Creative Commons

When NASA’s “New Horizons” spacecraft launched in January 2006, its mission was to explore the planet Pluto. But Pluto is more than 3 billion miles from Earth and while the spacecraft was making the trip, the International Astronomical Union stripped the celestial body of its status. So when “New Horizons” makes it there, it’ll actually be exploring the Dwarf Planet Pluto. The spacecraft has spent much of the journey in sleep mode and on Saturday, NASA is set to wake it up. Hal Weaver is a project scientist on the mission, which is run from The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel. He joins Nathan to talk about the mission.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Baltimore's Multi-Billion Dollar Future

Credit Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun

Baltimore is making some big changes- billions of dollars’ worth. The plans include rebuilding the sewer and water works, creating a new State Center, constructing the Light Rail’s Red Line, and either upgrading or completely rebuilding 23-28 Baltimore City Schools.These developments to the city’s infrastructure will take years to finish and create thousands of jobs, but many of Baltimore’s big plans are off to slow starts. Joining Sheilah to discuss Baltimore’s big infrastructural plans is City Paper reporter Edward Ericson, Jr. 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Poetry That Explores Racial Lines

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Assistant Professor of Peace Studies at Goucher University in Towson, Ailish Hopper, joins Tom to discuss her collection of poetry called "Dark-Sky Society." Her poems are largely about race and the uncomfortable color lines between whites and blacks.  She writes in verse that one critic describes as "coiled and sprung," and deals with the legacies and complexities of the racial divide in America. 

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Opera Singer Jessye Norman's New Memoir Details Her Extraordinary Life

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Jessye Norman is that rare opera singer who has achieved a level of celebrity usually only enjoyed by actors and rock stars.  But to call Jessye Norman only an opera singer is to ignore the wide-ranging repertoire she has performed and recorded, as well as her other artistic endeavors, which, for example, include curating a ground-breaking festival at Carnegie Hall.  She has also been an outspoken advocate for civil rights and a long standing ambassador for arts education.  She joins Tom Hall to talk about her new memoir, Stand Up Straight and Sing!

Norman will also join Tom Hall at the Walters Art Museum on Friday night at 7:00 as part of the Enoch Pratt Library’s Writers LIVE Series.  More details here.

Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Why Antibiotics Aren't Good For Your Gut

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Public health experts have been warning for years that we’re needlessly over-using antibiotics. A study from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March found that hospitals vary widely in the rates at which they prescribe antibiotics. Some hospitals prescribe three times as many antibiotics as other hospitals with similar patients. The upshot? We could create strains of bacteria that our current array of antibiotics can’t treat. Sheilah spoke about it with Dr. Sara Cosgrove in March. She’s an infectious-diseases physician and Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

You can find out more about the Obama administration's actions to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria here.

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Short Stories About Long Journeys

The cover of Jen Michalski's short story collection, From Here.
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In September, Baltimore author Jen Michalski  published a new collection of short stories.  Her first collection, Close Encounters, was published in 2007.  Last year, she released a collection of novellas called Could You Be With Her Now?,  as well as her first novel, The Tide King, which won a Big Moose Prize.  Her new book includes the stories of young people trying to find their way in the world, neighbors, families, old boyfriends, and even a pregnant man.  It’s called From Here. She talks about it with Tom Hall.

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Under The Sea, On The Stage

Ariel being coaxed by Ursula.
Credit Stan Barouh

"The Little Mermaid," a musical based on the 1989 Disney movie,  is making its area professional premiere at Olney Theatre Center. The musical runs through Jan. 10. Maryland Morning's theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom to discuss the differences between the play and the movie, and how the production tackles the underwater setting on stage. 

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Poverty and Pop Culture

Dwight Watkins takes a selfie in the WYPR station in February.
Credit Dwight Watkins

 

In February, Baltimore writer Dwight Watkins published a piece in the online magazine Salon about the isolating effects of poverty in the East Baltimore neighborhoods where he grew up. We revisit Sheilah's interview with him from earlier this year where they talk about how some in East Baltimore are "too poor for pop culture."

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Maryland Morning
10:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Shining A Light On Dark Energy

An image explaining the expansion of the universe.
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Earlier this month, Professor Adam Riess of Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, was awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. His award is shared with partners Saul Perlmutter of The University of California, Berkley and Brian P. Schmidt of Australian National University. The trio was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011 for providing evidence that the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate. Sheilah spoke with Professor Adam Riess about the expanding universe in 2011.

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