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Direct Connection Guests

Monday, May 28, 2018

Improving Education in Maryland

A look at what schools can do better for our children.

Brit Kirwan
Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland (USM)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Orioles

A look at the Orioles difficult season.

Rich Dubroff
PressBoxOnline.com

Your Health - Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental illnesses in the United States. Each year, 40 million adults in America are affected by anxiety disorders and more than 16 million adults are affected by depression. Anxiety can interfere with daily activities by producing feelings of nervousness, panic, increased heart rate and fatigue. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest affecting one's mental and physical well-being. Symptoms may include overwhelming feelings of sadness and worthlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and headaches. Despite its treatability, millions of Americans with anxiety and depression go untreated each year.

Dr. Jill RachBeisel
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Trump Investigation

Answers to your questions about the Trump investigation.

Roger Hartley
Dean, College of Public Affairs, University of Baltimore

Adam Ruther
Criminal Defense Attorney, Rosenberg, Martin, Greenberg

Monday, April 30, 2018

Spring Real Estate Market

What do the new tax law and moving mortgage rates mean for the residential real estate market?

Creig Northrop
Northrop Realty, A Long & Foster Company

Bryan Lovern
Prosperity Home Mortgage

Monday, April 23, 2018

Lawn Care & Fertilizer's Impact On The Chesapeake Bay

Mark Carroll, Ph.D.
Director, Environmental Science and Policy, University of Maryland

Your Health - Advances in Childhood Cancers

In recent years, we’ve made important progress in the fight against childhood cancer, but more work still lies ahead. Dr. Teresa York, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a pediatric oncologist at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, will tell us about the latest advances in childhood cancer, and what new research and treatments are on the horizon.

Dr. Teresa York
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, April 16, 2018

Prime Time Living - Avoiding Fraud and Scams

A look at how vulnerable older adults in Maryland are targeted in scams and fraud and what can be done to prevent this.

Angie Barnett
Better Business Bureau Serving Greater MD

Your Heath - Advances in Treating Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer has been on the rise in the United States and other Western nations, in large part because of a dramatic increase in adenocarcinoma, which has been linked to obesity and heartburn. Experts predict more than 17,000 new diagnoses this year in the U.S. and nearly 16,000 deaths from this aggressive cancer, which affects more men than women.

April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, and Dr. Shamus Carr, a thoracic surgeon and Director of Robotic Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will discuss advances in how esophageal cancer is diagnosed and treated, including the use of freezing and heat technologies as well as minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgery.

Dr. Shamus Carr
Thoracic Surgeon, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, April 9, 2018

End of 2018 Legislative Session

Gov. Larry Hogan
(R) Maryland

Analyzing The 2018 Maryland Legislative Session

Allan Kittleman
Howard County Executive

Jan Gardner
Frederick County Executive

Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring Real Estate Market

What do the new tax law and moving mortgage rates mean for the residential real estate market?

Creig Northrop
Northrop Realty, A Long & Foster Company

Bryan Lovern
Prosperity Home Mortgage

Monday, March 26, 2018

Online Privacy Issues

What the latest Facebook privacy problem might mean for its users.

Firmin DeBrabander
Professor of Philosophy, Maryland Institute College of Art

Your Health - Stop The Bleed

A new program can help prevent deaths on our streets. Stop the Bleed (STB) is based on the same premise as CPR training - empowering anyone near an injured person to act as an immediate responder and save a life because they will know what to do.

Dr. Habeeba Park, MD
UM School of Medicine, Medical Lead, Stop the Bleed

Sharon Henry, MD
UM School of Medicine, Director, Wound Healing and Metabolism Service

Monday, March 19, 2018

Your Heath - Understanding Colon Cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control, of the cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. Dr. Cherif Boutros, Medical Director of the Tate Cancer Center and Chair of Surgical Oncology at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center and an associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, discusses the prevalence of colorectal cancer and why it is important to be screened for the disease.

Dr. Cherif Boutros
University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Historic UMBC NCAA Upset

Zac McCord
@zmccord23
UMBC Beat Writer, The Retriever

Monday, March 12, 2018

Prime Time Living - Emerging Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease

A look at what Alzheimer’s disease does to a person, how is it diagnosed and some of the new treatments on the horizon, including stem cell therapy.

Dr. Paul Fishman
Professor of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, March 5, 2018

A Look At Baltimore

Mayor Catherine Pugh stops by to talk about the latest involving the Baltimore crime rate, the police department and much more. Join us with your calls and tweets live on Direct Connection with Jeff Salkin.

Catherine Pugh
Mayor of Baltimore

Monday, February 26, 2018

Improving Education in Maryland

A look at what schools can do better for our children.

Brit Kirwan
Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland (USM)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Student Protests After Florida School Shooting

Will student protests affect the gun debate in America?

Rep. John Sarbanes
(D) Maryland

Your Health - The State of Women’s Heart Health in Maryland

Heart disease is the primary cause of death among Maryland women, and it may be higher depending on what county she lives in, her waistline measurement, whether her father had heart disease, and other factors.

Dr. Stacy Fisher, a cardiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, helps Maryland women understand their personal risk for heart disease. She talks with us about steps women can take to greatly reduce this risk.

Dr. Stacy Fisher
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, February 12, 2018

Space Travels

The spectacular launch of the world's biggest rocket. What does sending a car into orbit mean for the future of space exploration?

Mike Ryschkewitsch
Johns Hopkins Applies Physics Lab

Wall Street Worries

The fear that upended the stock market

Daraius Irani Ph.d
Regional Economic Studies Institute, Towson University

Monday, February 5, 2018

Super Bowl Commercials

David Warschawski
CEO, Warschawski Integrated Marketing Communications Agency

Your Health - Heart Month

Many of us assume that if we eat right, don’t smoke and exercise, our heart will provide us with a long and healthy life. Is this really true? Are some of us more prone than others to be at a higher risk for heart disease?

Dr. Jeremy Pollock
Cardiologist, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

Monday, January 29, 2018

New Smoke Detectors Law

Maryland residents are now required to replace traditional battery-operated smoke detectors with more effective ones.

Pete Piringer
Chief Spokesperson, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service

Your Health: Telemedicine & Rural Healthcare

Telemedicine is a form of telehealth that utilizes telecommunications and related technologies (including audio-video conferencing, remote image viewing and capturing and use of remote examination tools) to support health care services, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.

A significant advantage of telemedicine, especially in rural areas, is that it provides access to physicians and various medical specialists who can offer support to a patient who might otherwise have to be transferred to another hospital to receive the necessary care. UM Shore Regional Health has three hospitals on the eastern shore of Maryland, each of which is about 70 miles (and more than 90 minutes of travel, including a trip across the Bay Bridge) to the University of Maryland Medical Center or a tertiary level Children’s Hospital.

Ken Kozel
President & Chief Executive Officer, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health

Dr. William Huffner
Chief Medical Officer, UMSRH

Monday, January 22, 2018

Federal Government Shutdown

The implications of the federal government shutdown.

Dr. Mileah Kromer
Director, Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center, Goucher College

Your Health: GammaPod

A first-of- its-kind radiation therapy system called the GammaPod, recently cleared for use in patients by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration, is an exciting new development in the treatment of early stage breast cancer.

Invented by University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists, the new system may shorten the treatment time and possibly eliminate the need for surgery for some patients with early breast cancers. University of Maryland radiation oncologist Dr. Elizabeth M. Nichols will explain how the GammaPod works and how it is different than standard radiation therapy.

Elizabeth M. Nichols, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Clinical Director, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Radiation Oncologist, University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center

Monday, January 15, 2018

Bed Bugs Scare

Last week, Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin released its "Top 50 Bed Bugs Cities" report, and Baltimore came in as number 1 for the second year in a row.

Michael Raupp
Professor of Entomology, University of Maryland

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Del. Cheryl Glenn joins us with her remarks on this day as we remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Del. Cheryl Glenn
(D) Baltimore City

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Car Trends

New cars and trends for 2018 with MotorWeek's car czar, John Davis.

John Davis
MotorWeek

Monday, December 18, 2017

Holiday Shopping

Brick and Mortar vs online shopping.

Sylvia Long-Tolbert, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School

Your Health: How to Avoid a Food 'Hangover' During the Holidays

Holiday tables are loaded with traditional, family-favorite foods. Remarkably, it is the time of the year when the most calories are consumed!

Mary Beth Sodus, a registered dietitian and medical nutrition therapist at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, will discuss how to avoid some of these pitfalls and eat healthier this holiday season and in the New Year.

Mary Beth Sodus
Registered Dietitian and Medical Nutrition Therapist, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus

Monday, December 11, 2017

Proposed Tax Changes

A look at what the proposed tax law will mean for individuals and are there any last-minute tax moves people should consider making before the end of 2017?

JP Krahel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Accounting, Loyola University Sellinger School of Business

John Lyons
Partner, Gorfine, Schiller & Gardyn

Monday, December 4, 2017

Your Health: Blood Pressure

Do you know your blood pressure numbers? A new, comprehensive review of what constitutes high blood pressure changes the definition of hypertension, and could prompt major lifestyle changes for thousands of people who previously were told their blood pressure was normal.

Dr. Michael Miller, a preventive cardiologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center, explains why the guidelines were updated, underscores the importance of controlling blood pressure to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, and explores what treatment options are recommended to control blood pressure and why non-drug therapies top the list.

Dr. Michael Miller
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine &
Director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, November 27, 2017

Maryland's Medical Dispensaries Set To Open

Jeffrey Kahn
Takoma Wellness Center

James Kahn
Takoma Wellness Center

Choosing A Healthcare Plan During Open Enrollment

Michele Eberle
Maryland Health Benefit Exchange
Maryland Health Connection

Monday, November 20, 2017

Holiday Cooking

A live in-studio demonstration (yes, turkey included) of how to make this Thanksgiving and overall holidays meals more special.

Kevin Grenzig
Regional Executive Chef, Wegmans

Your Health: Influenza – What's New In 2017, And Vaccination Recommendations

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. In what is known as "herd immunity", the more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

Dr. Kathleen Neuzil
Director, Center for Vaccine Development, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, November 13, 2017

Duckpin Bowling

An old Baltimore tradition, that some say might have originated in this area, just got a revival in Parkville. We talk about the future of duckpin bowling with professional bowlers.

Chris Roth
Parkville Lanes

Monday, November 6, 2017

Dyslexia Awareness Program

Joyce Builfant stops by to talk about the Dyslexia Awareness program to benefit the International Dyslexia Foundation, headquartered in Baltimore, her recent memoir, My Four Hollywood Husbands, and her goal of bringing awareness to the impact of alcoholism on marriage and children.

Joyce Bulifant
Actress, author, and philanthropist

Your Health: Addiction and Substance Abuse

Addiction, substance abuse and drug overdoses are a growing epidemic across America, and Maryland is not immune to this serious public health challenge. In Maryland, the total number of overdose deaths has risen steadily since 2010, mainly due to the increase in heroin-related deaths. As it has become more difficult and expensive to obtain prescription opioids, people have switched to cheaper and more accessible heroin. Earlier this year, Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order declaring a State of Emergency in response to the crisis. And less than two weeks ago, President Trump declared a public health emergency over the opioid epidemic that is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year.

Dr. Christopher Welsh
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Donna Jacobs
University of Maryland Medical System

Monday, October 30, 2017

Your Health: Breast Cancer – Treating The Survivor As Well As The Cancer

Did you know that most breast cancers are not due to heredity and genetics? In fact, 85% of the 1 in 8 people who get breast cancer don't have a family history of the disease. With an almost 90% survival rate, a significant focus is being placed on the quality of life of the survivor during and post-treatment.

The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (UM SJMC) Cancer Institute is building a specialized program of complementary health therapies to coordinate with traditional treatment regimens. So where does breast cancer originate, and how might its origin affect recommended therapies? Do survival rates change with stage and type of breast cancer? If a patient does have a family history of breast cancer, is there a need to get genetic testing and be screened more frequently?

Dr. Rima Couzi
Medical Oncologist, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center Cancer Institute

Monday, October 23, 2017

Your Health: Falls - A leading cause of death and disability

Nationally, falls are a close second to motor vehicle crashes as the leading mechanism of injury for trauma. The CDC reports that falls represented 23% of unintentional injury deaths just behind vehicle traffic deaths at 26% (2013 data).

In the state of Maryland, falls accounted for 66% of hospitalizations and 76% of deaths in those age 65+. (Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2012)

Jay Menaker, MD
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, UMMC

Kelly Westlake, PhD, MSc, PT
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Health Insurance Changes

Jonathan Weiner
Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Monday, October 16, 2017

Maryland Casinos New Gaming

A look at the Maryland lottery and casino industry and how casinos might be introducing new forms of gaming to meet their customers trends and demands.

Gordon Medenica
Director, Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency

Monday, October 9, 2017

Puppy Stool Infections

The CDC reported last month that puppies might be transmitting a potentially deadly bacteria infection called Campylobacter to the humans who handle their stool. 55 people are now sick in 12 states, including Maryland.

Dr. Jonathan Kaufman
Eastern Animal Hospital

Monday, October 2, 2017

Aftermath Of The Worst Mass Shooting In U.S. History

Col. Cedric Leighton
U.S. Air Force (RET)

Col. Edward Jackson (RET)
Criminal Professor Baltimore City Community College

Heather Pfeifer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore

Monday, September 25, 2017

Plan To Widen Highways

A look at Gov. Hogan's proposed $9 billion plan to expand three major highways with toll lanes.

Robert Thomson
Traffic & Transit Columnist, Washington D.C.

Your Health: Harnessing the body's immune system to treat cancer

Immunotherapy is showing great promise in treating a number of cancers, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first gene-altering therapy to spur the patient's own immune cells to recognize and attack their cancer. Dr. Aaron Rapoport, a hematologist/oncologist who directs the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses the potential benefits as well as the possible side effects and what the FDA's action means for cancer patients.

Dr. Aaron Rapoport
The Gary Jobson Professor in Medical Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, September 18, 2017

Cassini - The Grand Finale

What did we learn from a 20-year long exploratory mission to Saturn?

Mike Flasar
Principal Investigator, CIRS instrument on Cassini, NASA/GSFC

Your Health: Traumatic Brain Injuries in Football Players

The link between football and traumatic brain injuries continues to strengthen. Dr. Eugenio Rocksmith, a neurologist at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute and an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will tell us what these new findings mean, what happens to your brain over time when it suffers repeated blows, and why some parents and young athletes may be re-thinking playing youth football.

​​Dr. Eugenio Rocksmith, MD
​Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Neurologist at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hurricane Preparedness

With hurricane Irma battering the Caribbean and most of Florida we talk how you and your loved ones can be best prepared for weather's worst case scenarios.

Russ Strickland
Executive Director of MEMA

Consumer Scams

Latest consumer scams that you should be on the lookout for.

Angie Barnett
Better Business Bureau Serving Greater MD

Monday, September 4, 2017

Planning Ahead

What you need to know about wills, living wills and estate planning.

David Pessin
Pessin Katz Law

Monday, August 28, 2017

YOUR HEALTH: STRESS & MENTAL HEALTH IN KIDS

Depression and suicidal thoughts are a serious medical problem among youth today. Every year the amount of "downtime" our children have is decreasing and the demands on them is rising. We expect children to go to school for 6-8 hours a day, study for 2-3 more, excel in sports, sometimes spending 10 hours or more a week with extracurricular activities, and then want them to be "happy go lucky." Children are continually plugged in with faces in their phones, and if they take a break, often feel like their world leaves them behind. Our children can often feel overwhelmed and helpless to do anything about it.

​​Dr. Kimberly Cass
​Chair of Pediatrics, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

Beating Addiction

How a 45 year winning battle with addiction was done.

Mike Gimbel
President, Mike Gimbel Associates

Monday, August 21, 2017

EmPOWER MARYLAND

A better way to manage and reduce energy consumption in our state.

​​Christopher Walls
​Manager of residential energy efficiency programs​, ​BGE​

ACCIDENTAL COURTESY

Renowned musician Daryl Davis stops by to talk about his unusual, controversial hobby: meeting and befriending members of KKK, many of whom have never met a black person. When some decide to leave the Klan, Daryl keeps their robes and hoods, a collection built piece by piece, story by story. Accidental Courtesy captures Daryl's search for answers to the question, "How can you hate me when you don't even know me?"

Daryl Davis
Musician & Actor

Monday, August 14, 2017

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

On August 21, 2017, for the first time in 38 years, there will be a total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States.

C. Alex Young, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Science & NASA Eclipse Lead, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

RACIAL CLASHES

Latest reaction to racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, amid changes coming to Confederate monuments in Maryland.

Brian Frosh
​Maryland Attorney General​

Monday, August 7, 2017

EYE SAFETY DURING THE SOLAR ECLIPSE

The solar eclipse on August 21 promises lots of excitement, but sun gazers could end up with eye damage if they don’t use proper protection. The eclipse will be visible throughout North America for the first time in almost a century. In some areas, the eclipse will be total, where the moon will completely cover the sun, while in most of the United States, including Maryland, a partial eclipse will be visible.

Dr. Lisa Schocket, an ophthalmologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will describe how staring at the sun’s bright light can damage the retina, the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, sometimes causing blindness. She’ll also show how to view the eclipse safely with special glasses (regular sunglasses are not safe) and explain what to look for when selecting solar glasses. Dr. Schocket also has some interesting insights on the use of cameras and cellphones to take photos of the eclipse.

Dr. Lisa Schocket
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, July 31, 2017

PLANNING AHEAD

What you need to know about wills, living wills and estate planning.

David Pessin
Pessin Katz Law

Monday, July 24, 2017

Changing Grocery Business

More competition for your grocery store.

Jeff Metzeger
Publisher, Food World & Food Trade News

Your Health - Teen Driving

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. What can parents do to help their teenage children safely gain experience behind the wheel? Dr. Richard Lichenstein, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a pediatrician at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital, shares his best tips with us.

Dr. Richard Lichenstein, MD
Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director of Pediatric Emergency Research at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital

Monday, July 17, 2017

Baltimore Crime

After a violent first half of 2017, Baltimore is considering a new local gun law.

Kevin Davis
Baltimore Police Commissioner

Monday, July 10, 2017

Lawn & Garden Care

How to protect your lawn and garden during the summer heat.

Carrie Engel
Valley View Farms

Your Health - Focused Ultrasound

MRI-guided focused ultrasound is an early-stage, non-invasive therapeutic technology that is transforming treatment for many medical disorders, including the neurological condition essential tremor. What is this new medical advancement, how does it work, and is it safe? Dr. Paul Fishman, a professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of neurology for the VA Maryland Health Care System, tells us about it.

Dr. Paul Fishman, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Neurologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, July 3, 2017

Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers restaurant chain making a comeback.

Jim Plamondon
Co-President of Roy Rogers® Restaurants

Your Health - Keeping Kids Safe This Summer

Keeping your kids safe during the summer.

Richard Lichenstein, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Research, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Pediatric Emergency Department Physician, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bike Safety

Another cyclist hit-and-run leaves many in the cycling community asking for answers.

Joshua Feldmark
Executive Director, BikeMaryland

Your Health - Cancer Survivorship

Recent statistics estimate that there are approximately 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. Overall, cancer death rates in the US have gone down significantly over the last two decades, more specifically, death rates decreased by 23% between 1989 and 2012. While these are great trends, the lifetime chances of developing any kind of cancer are still very high.

Dr. Rima Couzi, MD
Medical Oncologist- Area Specialty- Breast Cancer
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, Cancer Institute

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cable Service

Dealing with cable billing and service disputes can be tough, so how can you get the best out of your cable company?

Tonia Lee
Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Cable and Communications

Your Health - Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. But by getting screened beginning at age 50, this disease is highly preventable.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and Amin Khan, MD, a gastroenterologist at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, is with us tonight to discuss colorectal health.

Dr. Amin Khan
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

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