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Sheilah Kast

Host, On The Record

Sheilah Kast hosts On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am. She came to WYPR from NPR 2006. In 2014 she and her team at Maryland Morning won a prestigious Dupont-Columbia University award for a year-long probe of inequality in the Baltimore region called “The Lines Between Us.” Sheilah learned how to report the news at The Washington Star, and learned the craft of broadcasting at ABC News, where she covered the White House, Congress, and the 1991 Moscow coup that signaled the end of the Soviet empire. She has launched and hosted two weekly interview shows on public TV.

  • Only a small number of Marylanders who have received their first COVID-19 vaccine shot have skipped their second dose, less than 4 percent.But Dr. William Moss, who leads the International Vaccine Access Center at the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says it’s a risky move. He talks about the factors behind vaccine drop-off.Then, the math that signals the end of the pandemic. UMBC health economist Zoë McLaren gives us a lesson in exponential decay. Read her New York Times piece, "The Math That Explains the End of the Pandemic."
  • It’s been so long, you may not remember them. They’ve been living, silently and unseen, underground since 2004. Now they’re back! The Brood X Cicadas are expected in the millions this month -- We hear all about it from ‘the bug guy’ Mike Raupp, Professor Emeritus of Entomology and Extension Specialist at The University of Maryland. Plus Patsy Helmetag and Kita Helmetag Murdock, the authors of ‘Cecily Cicada’ talk about how the children’s book has helped alleviate fear of the phenomenon for kids and adults alike.
  • With more availability of COVID-19 vaccines, the end of the pandemic may be in sight. But millions of people who were infected continue to battle lasting complications.Hopkins epidemiologist Priya Duggal tells of a new survey collecting data about COVID symptoms and of genetic research into why some people are vulnerable to long COVID. Check out the Johns Hopkins Long COVID Study.And we hear from Chimére Smith, who has spent more than a year navigating the painful reality of long haul COVID.
  • Here is a Stoop Story from Sheri Booker about what not to do when your job is driving for a funeral home. Booker is the author of Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home.You can hear her story and others at Stoopstorytelling.com and on the Stoop podcast.
  • Platforms like Zoom and asynchronous learning provided a quick fix for students during the pandemic. Jessica Campanile wonders if classroom modifications will stay in place even after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. Because for people like her, a post-baccalaureate student with disabilities, those are accommodations she had sought for years.Plus, we talk with Leslie Margolis, Managing Attorney at Disability Rights Maryland. She describes the daunting task of recouping lost hours of special needs services during the pandemic, to help bring younger pupils up to speed.
  • The Daily Miracle: A Memoir of Newspapering. The beginning of the title of C. Fraser Smith’s last book may sound reverent--a miracle! Every day! But along with the tales of eccentric newsroom co-workers, the book offers a hint of sarcasm … plus anguish about the threats to newspapers. Smith died this week, but his warning stands; that when papers wither the community loses a valuable ally.
  • How Tutoring Could Remedy Pandemic Learning Loss
  • Stories From The Stoop: Duilia de Mello
  • Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman On Diversity In The Environmental Movement
  • Reaction To The Chauvin Guilty Verdict