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
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
Credit Margot Schulman

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

Credit Harvard University Press

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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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri March 6, 2015

What Can A Liberal Arts Education Do For Maryland Prisoners?

Political science class at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women

  This morning we’re revisiting a story we first aired last October. In the spring of 2014, Tom Hall sat in on a couple of unusual college classrooms. In a spacious library, a political science class discusses why some political movements succeed, while others don’t. In another classroom, the subject is Latin American History. The professors are from Goucher College, but the classes aren’t held on Goucher’s bucolic Towson campus. They’re being conducted in prisons at Jessup.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Roundup Of Recent Oscar Wins

Still image from the film, Leviathan.

  Maryland Morning  movie mavens, Jed Dietz director of the Maryland Film Festival and Ann Hornaday, film critic for the Washington Post, talk with host Sheilah Kast about some of their Oscar favorites and what movies you should check out this weekend.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri March 6, 2015

A Black Market Fish Poaching Scheme Gone Bad

Captain Billy Lednum stands on his boat, the Kristin Marie, on his last day of rockfishing this season. He is now serving a one year sentence for poaching.
Credit Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun

 The watermen of Tilghman Island – population 854 – had been harvesting perch, shad, oysters, herring and rockfish for centuries when scientific fisheries management became a widely used tool for regulating fish harvest in the United States.  The idea is to manage annual harvests so aquatic species can be harvested in perpetuity.  In the late 1970s, the rockfish population was in crisis and Congress passed an law that imposed a moratorium on striped bass or rockfish.

These days the fish are at more sustainable levels and rockfish are again being fished – under rules that regulate the kinds of nets that can be used, the size of the fish, total weight of each haul, and the times of year they can be fished. 

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Maryland Morning
9:48 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Separate and Unequal: Efforts to Achieve Parity In Mental Health Care

Mental health rally in Philadelphia
Credit Liz Spikol

One out of five adults in the U.S. lives with mental illness and research shows that 40 to 50 percent of people with severe disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are not receiving any treatment.  On average, people with serious mental illness die younger than others; some research points to two decades of lost life span.

A few weeks ago on this show we looked at the potential impact of cuts in the O’Malley and Hogan budgets that would affect reimbursements and salaries of behavioral health providers in Maryland. Today we’re digging into what access to mental health treatment looks like for consumers with insurance and at some of the concerns of providers themselves. 

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed March 4, 2015

How Curating Took Over The Art World

And now, a conversation about the phenomenon known as “curationism.”   As you might have observed, curating isn’t just for art experts in museums anymore.  The word “curator” can speak to the DJ in the club who creates a particular ambiance in a room, the Instagram poster who curates his or her kitchen table for the perfect photograph, or the festival director who chooses a weekend’s worth of films. We all live in a world of infinite choices, from what music to put on our phone, to what details to reveal about ourselves on a dating app, and so, in the common parlance, we are all curators of lives.  David Balzer is a Canadian author who has studied the history of curating in the art world and how the notion of curating has leaked into business and our culture at large.  He’s written a book that he’ll be talking about Sunday night at Red Emma’s Bookstore & Café in Baltimore.  It’s called Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else.   He joins us on the line from Toronto.  With me in the studio is Marcus Civin.   He’s an interdisciplinary artist, writer and curator, and the Acting Director of Curatorial Practice at MICA, that’s the graduate program in curating at the MD Institute College of Art.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Remembering Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

Abraham Lincoln delivers his Second Inaugural address.
Credit Alexander Gardner / Public Domain

One hundred fifty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln stood on the East steps of the U.S. Capitol and delivered one of the greatest speeches in American history: his second inaugural address. Many of us know the last part of it that begins: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in." That message of mercy is only part of what Lincoln packed into his brief 703 words. We've asked Richard Striner, professor of history at Washington College in Chestertown and author of several books about Lincoln, to discuss Lincoln’s second inaugural.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon March 2, 2015

The Cost Of Crime And Incarceration In One Baltimore Neighborhood

Sandtown
Credit Matt Purdy

A new report from the Justice Policy Institute and Prison Policy Initiative says that, as of 2010, 458 people from Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood or neighboring Harlem Park were in a Maryland prison. It's the largest number of any census tract in the state. We talk about it with Marc Schindler, Executive Director of the Justice Policy Institute. And, we visit two men in Sandtown who have been to prison and back. Antoine Bennett is the director of Men of Valuable Action, or MOVA. Anthony Warren is MOVA’s Community Service Project Coordinator.

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