Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

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Lisa Vega at Clarion HMH Books & Sebastian Skrobol

Ronald Smith, who lives in Baltimore, had a career of a couple of decades writing ad copy. His book writing, his fiction, was off to the side until he found himself rediscovering books he’d loved as a child.

He’s just published his first book, called Hoodoo, and Ronald Smith is with Sheilah in the studio to talk about it. He’ll be speaking about it this weekend at the Baltimore Book Festival, Friday afternoon at 1:30, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage. Two weeks later, Friday Oct. 9, he’ll speak at KidLitCon on the “Middle Grade Horror” panel at the Hyatt Place in Baltimore.

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For the first five years he worked on the Howard County police force, Detective Josh Mouton said he wasn't looking for situations in which women had been forced into the sex trade against their will. But now Howard County Police have tougher state laws to work with, in particular,  a 2013 law that lets the state seize assets of someone convicted of trafficking.

Joining Sheilah to discuss Howard County's tough approach against human trafficking is County Executive Allan Kittleman, who finalized the order to create a fund to provide services to human trafficking victims, and Denene Yates, Executive Director of Safe House of Hope, a non-profit based in Howard County that provides education, training and support to victims of human trafficking.

Penguin Random House


Tom's guest this morning is Scott Shane, a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun who has covered national security for the New York Times since 2004. His latest book is about how a Muslim cleric named Anwar al-Awlaki, evolved from a moderate imam who denounced the 9/11 attacks, into one of the most celebrated and influential figures in the cause of violent jihad. In 2009, he helped plan an unsuccessful attack on a plane headed for Detroit. He was influential to the perpetrators of attacks at Ft. Hood in Texas, and at the Boston Marathon. By 2010, the US government considered only Osama bin Laden to be more powerful and influential than Awlaki as fomenter of violence against Americans. The effort to locate and kill him was dubbed, “Objective Troy.”

Scott Shane’s fascinating and assiduously reported book tells the story of that operation, and elucidates the complexities and geo-political ramifications of that mission to American foreign policy in the Middle East, and to the essential moral fundaments of our democracy. It’s a great read. It’s called Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone. Scott Shane will be speaking about the book tonight at the Enoch Pratt library at 6:30

Stan Barouh


Designer Timothy R. Mackabee’s set for “An Inspector Calls,” is so inviting, you’ll wish you were a guest in this elegant dining room.

But then you notice that some things about this dining room are a bit off. In Everyman Theatre’s smart, stylish production, the room sits on a platform, disconnected from its surroundings. And the fleur de lis designs on the wallpaper are oddly oversized and covered in thick Plexiglas.

The action, set in 1912, begins normally enough in this British play by J. B. Priestley. The Birlings, an upper middle class Yorkshire family, are celebrating daughter Sheila’s engagement to aristocratic Gerald Croft. They couldn’t be happier. Then the doorbell rings. 

Spotlighters Theatre

In the theater, some names are inextricably linked. Rogers and Hammerstein. Lerner and Lowe. Gilbert and Sullivan. Tom now looks to a show at the Spotlighters Theatre that gives us a glimpse of Gilbert, before Sullivan became his creative partner. The librettist W.S. Gilbert wrote "A Sensation Novel" nearly a year before he began penning his magnum opus of iconic musicals with Arthur Sullivan. As far as anyone can tell, it’s never been performed in the United States, until now.

The Audrey Herman Spotlighter’s Theatre is presenting "A Sensation Novel" in a new edition created by Tom's guest this morning, who has also directed this production. Michael Blum joins Tom today live in the studio.