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Jamyla Krempel

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Jamyla came to us from Delmarva Public Radio, where she was a reporter and local host for All Things Considered.  Thanks to funding from local foundations and members of the WYPR Board of Directors, she's helping us produce "The Lines Between Us." At Delmarva Public Radio, Jamyla was awarded "2011 Best News Series" by the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association for her look at racial inequality in Somerset County’s government, and she's covered redistricting, same-sex marriage, and the depictions of minorities on television.  She also led an NPR-guided revamp of the Delmarva Public Radio website.

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Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in Baltimore. The production runs through Oct. 12.

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Every year, the Maryland Humanities Council chooses a book which we are all encouraged to read, and to discuss at events that the Council organizes around the state.  It’s kind of like a state-wide book club.  This year, they’ve chosen a memoir by Reyna Grande. She joins Tom in the studio. 

The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University has a new dean. Fred Bronstein began his tenure as the Peabody’s head honcho in June.  He comes to the revered music school from the world of professional orchestras.  He was the President and CEO of the St. Louis Symphony for six years, having held similar posts with orchestras in Omaha and Dallas.  He takes the helm of the country’s oldest music conservatory at a crucial time for American orchestras and the schools that train their players.

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We’re going to the dogs! Ahead of their appearance this weekend at the Baltimore Book Festival, author Michael Muller tells us how his bond with Mirabelle the Boston Terrier inspired a children’s book series. The 19th annual Baltimore Book Festival starts at noon today. It will be the largest one yet with hundreds of events, panels and authors at sites throughout the Inner Harbor.

It’s been 6 months since the World Health Organization learned of an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the West African country of Guinea.  Officially, at least 5,800 cases of Ebola have been reported to the WHO; about half --2,800 people -- have died.

This week, the WHO said that unless better controls are put into place, as many as 21,000 people could be infected by early November.  One of the control measures that people are undoubtedly looking to for hope is a vaccine. Sheilah talks with the director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Vaccine Development, Dr. Myron Levine, Professor of Medicine. Dr. Levine and his colleagues are working on getting an Ebola vaccine field-tested.

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It doesn’t happen very often that a Baltimore City Council member vacates their seat. It did happen last month, when 11th District Councilman William Cole was appointed President and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation.

Cole was a member of the Baltimore City Council for 7 years, and now 15 applicants are vying for his seat, which represents more than a dozen neighborhoods. The City’s Charter has a process for filling the seat and Sheilah talks about the process with WYPR reporter Kenneth Burns. We also hear from Cole on what it's like to represent the 11th District, and we learn about major issues in the 11th District from Janet Allen, President of the Heritage Crossing Resident Association.   

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Music, madness, Mozart! Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews "Amadeus" at Center Stage in Baltimore. The production runs from September 13 to October 12. 

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It's something we encounter each and every day, but perhaps pay attention to only subconsciously: typography. When you compose a document on your computer, how much time do you spend deciding what typeface to use? Do you use different styles for different kinds of documents? To help us understand why some typefaces work well and others do not, Tom talks with MICA's Ellen Lupton and typographer Tal Leming.

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The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has a new home. It’s a beautiful theater that has been designed to replicate, to some extent, the Globe Theater, where the Bard himself held forth in Elizabethan England.

Tonight, the company gives its first performance in this new home on Calvert Street, in what used to be the Mercantile Trust and Deposit Company building, at the corner of Calvert and Redwood in downtown Baltimore.  Tonight’s audience will comprise company members and local theater professionals.

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Most colleges and Universities in Maryland are at least 3 weeks into their fall semester. And if we go on research, many college freshman are at least 3 weeks into their peak drinking season. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, college freshman are most vulnerable to heavy drinking during the first six weeks of school.

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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will kick off its new season on Saturday night with a performance and gala party at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.  They’ve already had a busy week.  Last Saturday, they performed for a national television audience at Pier Six as part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the Star Spangled Banner. This weekend, the Symphony will again keep the national anthem front and center. They’ll perform a piece that hasn’t seen the light of day for 80 years: an "Ode to the Star Spangled Banner" by Ferde Grofé, a classical composer and jazz arranger who is well known in classical circles for the piece "The Grand Canyon Suite."

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Just in time for football season, the Olney Theatre Center is presenting a play called "Colossal" about a college football player whose career was sidelined. Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck was in the stands this week, and brings us this review.

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It’s been just over a month since the new youth curfew took  effect in Baltimore City. In the 30 days starting August 8, 120 minors have been picked up for curfew violations.

The data on these curfew violations were released yesterday and joining Sheilah in the studio is Angela Johnese, director of the Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice. We also hear from Sonia Kumar, staff attorney for the ACLU of Maryland, which has concerns about the implementation of the curfew law. 

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From world premiere musicals to a brand-new building for Shakespeare’s plays, Tom Hall and J. Wynn Rousuck discuss what you can expect from the upcoming theater season.

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The world has been watching as the Ebola virus has swept West Africa, claiming the lives of more than 1,800 people, and infecting at least 2,000 more.  The World Health Organization has predicted that as many as 20,000 people could be infected with Ebola by the end of the year.

It’s the worst outbreak of the virus ever, and doctors, scientists, non-profits and governments are trying to figure out how to control it.   Underneath these questions of containment and treatment are some ethical questions that many say are an important piece of the picture.  

We start our regular fashion segment by remembering the late Joan Rivers, who died last week at the age of 81. 

Joining Sheilah Kast is Zoey Washington, fashion editor and CEO of the company LITTLEbird, a fashion consulting company for young style mavens.

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A review of a play about a play. J. Wynn Rousuck on the backstage comedy, "The Understudy" now at Everyman Theatre until September 28.

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Jed Dietz, director of the Maryland Film Festival, joins Tom Hall to highlight which summer films we should revisit.

Ann Hornaday, movie critic for the Washington Post, is traveling and wasn’t able to join us today. She will be back for our October 3 show.

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Marquette University Anthropology Professor Sameena Mulla spent four years researching sexual assault forensic examinations in a Baltimore emergency room.  She found that some hospital and state standards could get in the way of the prosecution of the crime. She joins Sheilah Kast by phone to discuss her research and her new book, "The Violence of Care."

In April, President Obama signed two executive orders intended to help even out the gender pay gap.  One order required federal contractors to allow employees to share salary information with each other.  


We're continuing our series of conversations with seniors who live in assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Maryland. Today we hear from a woman who likes to keep her sketchpad close and her playing cards even closer.


Labor trafficking is the use of intimidation, threats, and sometimes violence, to force people to work against their will. The national non-profit Polaris Project, and others working to prevent trafficking, say certain populations are especially vulnerable, such as immigrants; they may be working legally in the U.S., but their legal status is tied to a particular employer.  

National Book Award winner James McBride's latest novel "The Good Lord Bird," depicts famous abolitionist John Brown.

The book takes place on the plains of Kansas, where Brown is waging war on slavery.  It concludes with Brown’s famous raid at Harper’s Ferry a few years later.  "I wanted to create a version of him that was accessible to people and that was funny," said McBride.  "Books about American history and particularly about slavery are very rarely funny." 

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1 in 68 U.S. children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In Maryland, 1 in 60 children are on the Spectrum.

These statistics were released this spring in a report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  In the second part of this interview, we’ll hear from Dr. Li-Ching Lee, the School’s principal investigator for that report and Dr. Rebecca Landa, of Kennedy Krieger.  But first, we want to get a picture of what it’s like for one family who has a child with ASD, an Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

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In our first ‘Senior Portraits’ last spring, we heard from assisted-living and nursing-home residents who spend their time following restaurant newsstaying up on motorcycle trends and reminiscing. 

Today we hear from Margaret, a Baltimore County resident. She worked as a surgical technician for more than 40 years, and now Margaret is enjoying the freedom that comes with retirement. Margaret says her weekly schedule includes line dancing, weight lifting and doing "whatever pleases me."  



Last month, long time NPR correspondent Margot Adler died of cancer at her home in New York.  She was 68. A fixture at NPR since 1979, she reported for All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition, and she hosted NPR’s Justice Talking for 9 years. She was a civil rights worker in the 1960s, and, she wrote what many consider to be the definitive compendium of Pagan practice in the United States.  She understood that topic in part because she was a practitioner.  She was a Wiccan Priestess.  In March of 2012, Tom Hall spoke to Adler about politics, paganism and vampire literature. 

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When dealing with the death of a loved one, daily rituals can maintain our bonds with our loss. Baltimore residents Eleanor Haley and Litsa Williams run a blog called What’s Your Grief that provides resources and support for people grieving the loss of a loved one. 



You knew caffeine made you more alert. But now scientists are saying it may actually improve your memory. Neurobiologist Michael Yassa, while working as an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins, found that caffeine has a positive effect on long-term memory in humans.  Their research, published by the journal Nature Neuroscience, shows that caffeine enhances memories up to 24 hours after it is consumed.

Wilma Foster

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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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.