Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Night at the Morgan State Opera

When many people think of Morgan State University, they think of the famed Morgan Choir.  Under the direction of the late Dr. Nathan Carter, the choir toured the world, and established itself as one of the great musical ambassadors for Morgan and for the state of Maryland.  Its current director, Dr. Eric Conway, has continued the revered tradition of the Morgan Choir, and over the last few seasons, a newer tradition of grand opera performance has also taken hold at Morgan.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Lowering Health Care Spending, One Patient at a Time

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The Affordable Care Act’s main goal is to insure the uninsured. But, one other goal: lower the cost of health care. Advances in data collection are giving us a clearer picture of who’s costing hospitals the most and why. Some say this creates new opportunities for savings. Reporter Lawrence Lanahan went to Columbia, Maryland, to see how this is playing out in our backyard.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Finding Real Rosie the Riveters

A photo of Wilma Foster during her days at Fairchild Aircraft
Wilma Foster

Sheilah Kast speaks with Wilma Foster, a real 'Rosie the Riveter,' and her daughter Ann Marie Miller, a real 'rosebud.'

It's a famous image--the red polka-dot scarf, the blue work shirt, the determined face, and of course that curled bicep. It's Rosie the Riveter. Here face and "We Can Do It!" message was the star of World War II propaganda campaigns. Rosie was a composite character: millions of American women spent years working in factories and shipyards producing equipment to be used in the War. They could 'do it.' In this interview Sheilah Kast speaks with one of the real 'Rosies.' Wilma Foster lives in Laurel and worked as a riveter at Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown during the early 1940s. 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Patty Dann on Writing "Starfish"

Author Patty Dann
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Tom Hall speaks with author Patty Dann.

The author Patty Dann divides her time between New York and Baltimore. Her 1986 novel, "Mermaids" introduced us to the Flax family.

The novel was developed into a hit movie starring Cher as Mrs. Flax and Winona Ryder as Charlotte. And now, Patty Dann has given us a Flax family update.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Winter's Impact on Bugs and Blooms

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Sheilah Kast talks with University of Maryland entomologist Michael J. Raupp

This winter's freezing temperatures, snowfall and of course 'polar vortex' has made spring all the more desirable.

The first day of spring is just a few days away and many people are asking what effect the polar vortex has had and will have on spring's bugs and blooms.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The Village of Baltimore, Ireland

Baltimore, Ireland
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Sheilah Kast talks with Baltimore, Ireland, resident Kieran Cotter
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re looking for an Irish connection to Baltimore... you don’t have to look past its name. Nestled at the southwestern tip of County Cork, with a harbor in the North Atlantic, is the village of Baltimore, Ireland. We wondered on this St. Patrick’s Day, what’s life like in another Baltimore? 
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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon March 17, 2014

"I and You" at Olney Theatre Center

Rachael Tice and Thaddeus Fitzpatrick as Caroline and Anthony.
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Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "You and I" at Olney Theatre Center

Two teenagers navigate love, youth and illness. Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "I and You" at Olney Theatre Center.

"I and You" continues until March 30.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Center Stage's Twist on "Twelfth Night"

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Tom Hall talks with theater director Gavin Witt about "Twelfth Night" at Center Stage

Mistaken identity, cross-dressing, love at first sight...it's got to be Shakespeare's classic "Twelfth Night." Center Stage's new production of "Twelfth Night" incorporates some film noir and classic Hollywood comedic elements into the play.

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Maryland Morning
10:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Negotiating Reparations for American Holocaust Survivors

Stuart Eizenstat is leading negotiations with the French government over reparations for Holocaust survivors in the US.
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Sheilah Kast talks with Stuart Eizenstat, Special Advisor to the State Department on Holocaust Issues.

During World War II, France’s state-run railway transported thousands of Jews to Nazi prison camps. Today, the same railway—the Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, or SNCF, is the majority stockholder in a company that’s in the running to build the Purple Line light rail project in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.  Some Maryland lawmakers believe the railway should be required to pay reparations to survivors of the Holocaust before being allowed to bid on this contract.   

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Author Mohsin Hamid on "How to Get Filfthy Rich in Rising Asia"

Mohsin Hamid
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Mohsin Hamid discusses his new novel "How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia."

The Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid has written three acclaimed novels.  His latest book has just been released in paperback.  It’s called How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.  It’s a look at the life of a man who journeys from indigent child to wealthy industrialist.  And it’s written as if it were one of those self-help, get rich quick books that fill the shelves of bookstores around the world.

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