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Direct Connection Guests

Monday, March 2, 2015

Heroin Overdose Prevention

The Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen, joins us Monday to highlight the heroin overdose prevention issues in Maryland in light of the Governor's announcement this week.

Dr. Leana Wen
Baltimore City Health Commissioner

Your Health - Advances in Stroke Treatment

Each year, approximately 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic strokes, which occur when a blood vessel to the brain becomes blocked. The standard treatment for an ischemic stroke is a clot-busting drug, but endovascular therapy – when a clot is removed or treated directly using a catheter guided to its exact location – is showing promise. Recent studies suggest that endovascular therapy is safe, effective and improves outcomes.

In this interview, University of Maryland interventional neuroradiologist Dr. Timothy Miller will discuss how he uses endovascular therapy to treat stroke patients.

Do you have a question about stroke treatments? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on March 2, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Timothy R. Miller, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Interventional Neuroradiologist
University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, February 23, 2015

Your Health - Insomnia and other sleep disorders

Do you have trouble sleeping? Is it difficult to fall asleep? Do you awaken during the night, or wake up feeling unrefreshed? You may have insomnia, sleep apnea or another sleep disorder that interferes with your quality of life. In this interview, University of Maryland behavioral sleep specialist Dr. Emerson Wickwire will discuss common sleep disorders and how they are diagnosed and treated.

Do you have a question about sleep disorders? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Feb. 23, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Emerson Wickwire, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine
Director, Insomnia Program, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Behavioral Sleep Specialist
University of Maryland Sleep Disorders Program, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Search For Life

Your questions about the possibility of life on other planets.

Matt Mountain
Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Flowers of Love

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, learn about the best bouquets and floral designs that will sweep a certain someone off their feet this February 14th.

Amy Epstein McManus
Owner, Crimson & Clover Floral Design

Monday, February 2, 2015

Super Bowl Ads

This year's Super Bowl ads are again costing brands a record amount of money (an estimated $4.5 million per 30-second spot, 12.5% more than last year), and audiences are already anticipating a year of great commercials.

David Warschawski
CEO, Warschawski

Your Health - Diabetes-related foot problems

More than 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them will develop foot problems, some of which can become serious if left untreated. These include ulcers, poor circulation, diabetic neuropathy and an inability to heal quickly. In this interview, podiatric surgeons Dr. Emily Durrance and Dr. Jacob Wynes of the University of Maryland Medical System will discuss the most common diabetes-related foot problems and how people with this disease can take care of their feet.

Do you have a question about diabetic foot problems? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Feb. 2, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Emily Durrance
Instructor of Orthopaedics, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Podiatric Surgeon, University of Maryland Medical System
(Sees patients at University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthpaedic Institute, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, Baltimore VA Medical Center and Columbia, Md. office)

Dr. Jacob Wynes
Instructor of Orthopaedics, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Podiatric Surgeon, University of Maryland Medical System
(Sees patients at University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, University of Maryland Medical Center University and Midtown Campuses and Timonium, Md. office)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Community Colleges Free Tuition Plan

A live discussion about President Obama's proposal to make community colleges free of tuition.

Dr. William LaCourse
Dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, UMBC

Dr. Sandra L. Kurtinitis
President, Community College of Baltimore County

Monday, January 19, 2015

Your Health - COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Lung Association. There are two main types, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, which cause blockage of the airflow in the lungs and breathing-related problems. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of this disease but 20 percent of cases occur in non-smokers. In this interview, University of Maryland pulmonologist Dr. Robert Reed will discuss how COPD is diagnosed and treated and ways to help slow down progression of the disease.

Do you have a question about COPD? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Jan. 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Robert Reed
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine &
Transplant Pulmonologist, University of Maryland Medical Center

Low Income Tax Preparation

Last minute tax tips for low-income individuals and families.

Rob Bader
Director of Tax Operations, Baltimore CASH Campaign

Monday, January 12, 2015

Baltimore Bike Safety

The death of the bicycle enthusiast Thomas Palermo prompted many in the local cycling community to ask for more safety measures. Greg Hinchliffe with Bikemore and Brian Kopp of Bike Maryland join us to talk about bike safety issues in Baltimore and beyond.

Greg Hinchliffe
Bikemore

Brian Kopp
Bike Maryland

Monday, January 5, 2015

Your Health - Healthy eating

Are you struggling to lose the extra pounds you packed on over the holidays? Have you vowed to start eating healthier in 2015? University of Maryland Dietitian Kathleen Parkman will help you keep your New Year's resolution by offering useful tips on how to cut back on sugar and carbohydrates, eat more protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and reduce portion sizes. She will also discuss the latest diet fads and why it's important to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.

Do you have a question about how to eat healthier? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Jan. 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Kathleen Parkman, RD, LDN, CNSC
Registered Dietitian, Center for Weight Management and Wellness
University of Maryland Medical Center

Chesapeake Collectibles Season 5 Preview

Taped last June at Howard County's Turf Valley, the 13 episodes of the 2014 season are hosted once again by Rhea Feikin.

Mark Grove
Accredited Senior Appraiser

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tax Tips

Last minute tax tips for consumers and what you need to do before the end of 2014.

Peter Franchot
Comptroller of Maryland

Your Health - Women and Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of women in the U.S., but symptoms in women may be different than in men and not as easy to recognize. For example, a woman having a heart attack may experience nausea, fatigue or back and neck pain – not the crushing chest pain commonly associated with heart attacks in men. Women are also four times more likely than men to have another condition called pulmonary hypertension, or high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs that affects the right side of the heart. In this interview, Dr. Myung Park, a University of Maryland cardiologist, will discuss what women should know about heart disease and what they can do to help reduce their risk of developing it.

Do you have a question about heart disease in women? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Myung Park
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine &
Director, Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program, Director, Cardiology Inpatient Service
University of Maryland Medical Center.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Eats

Feast on the latest food trends and technology this season.

Mary Beth Albright
Food Writer, Teacher, Consultant

Get Your Gadgets

Direct Connection goes digital with the latest tech toys for the holidays.

Jim Barry
Consumer Electronics Association

Monday, December 1, 2014

Get Your Motor Running

John Davis gives us tips on winterizing your vehicles and answers all your car questions.

John Davis
MotorWeek

Your Health

You might not know much about the pancreas, where it's located or what it does. But this long flat gland behind the stomach plays a critically important role in how we digest and metabolize food. It produces digestive enzymes and hormones such as insulin, which controls how the body uses and stores sugar. In this interview, University of Maryland gastroenterologist Dr. Eric Goldberg will describe what happens when the pancreas becomes inflamed – a condition called pancreatitis. He will discuss the difference between acute and chronic pancreatitis and how doctors diagnose and treat this often painful and debilitating disease.

Do you have a question about pancreatitis? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Eric Goldberg
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine &
Gastroenterologist and Director of Capsule Endoscopy, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, November 24, 2014

You Can Afford College

The nuts and bolts and nitty gritty of what you need to know about paying for college.

David Horne
Director of Financial Aid, Towson University

Making The Right Choice

Healthcare plans—where do you start, and what's best for you?

Christine Hall
Executive Director, Healthy Howard

Monday, November 17, 2014

Your Health

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, and more people die from it than breast, prostate and colorectal cancer combined. Although it is often viewed as a disease of smokers, lung cancer is more common in non-smokers than many people realize.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. In this interview, University of Maryland oncologist Dr. Martin Edelman will discuss types of lung cancer and why it is important for doctors to correctly assess and stage a patient's cancer before deciding on a treatment. New therapeutic approaches include targeting gene mutations and harnessing the body's immune system to fight the cancer.

Do you have a question about lung cancer? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Martin Edelman
Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine &
Director, Medical Thoracic Oncology, University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center

Monday, November 10, 2014

New Elects

Two new county executive elects join us to discuss their campaigns and their plans for office.

Steve Schuh (R)
Anne Arundel County Executive-Elect

Jan Gardner (D)
Frederick County Executive-Elect

Healthcare Mistakes

Healthcare enrollment and the mistakes people make.

Gene Ranson
MedChi

Dr. Peter Beilenson
Evergreen Health

Monday, November 3, 2014

Governor's Race

Republican candidate Larry Hogan joins us on Direct Connection.

Larry Hogan (R)
Candidate for Governor

Your Health

We're heard so much about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the last several months. What exactly is ALS?

Dr. Justin Kwan
Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine and
Medical Director, Maryland ALS Center, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cashing In At The Casino

The latest on Maryland's casinos and their revenue.

James Karmel, Ph.D.
Gaming Atlantic and Harford Community College

Money in Maryland

The state of Maryland's economy as we approach the election for Governor.

Daraius Irani, Ph.D.
Executive Director at Applied Research and Technical Services of DIAR Towson University

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ebola

A nurse with the Ebola virus is now being treated at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. What precautions should Marylanders take?

Dr. Alan Cross
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Your Health

When an elderly woman began developing perplexing symptoms late one night in a rural Maryland hospital, it was a physician many miles away in Baltimore who first noticed she was having a heart attack and assisted the hospital staff in offering effective treatment. With advances in technology, doctors can now monitor critically ill patients remotely in tele-ICUs, or evaluate them through tele-consultations without the patient ever coming to their office.

Dr. Marc Zubrow, vice president of telemedicine for the University of Maryland Medical System and medical director of the University of Maryland's eCare program, will talk about how telemedicine is changing the practice of medicine – and expanding opportunities for patients.

Do you have a question about telemedicine or tele-ICUs? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on October 20 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Marc T. Zubrow
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine &
Vice President of Telemedicine, University of Maryland Medical System, Medical Director, University of Maryland's eCare program

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ebola

The Ebola virus is garnering a lot of attention around the world. What should Marylanders know about it?

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein
Secretary, Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Monday, October 6, 2014

Your Health

Nearly 26 million people, including almost 7.1 million children, have asthma in the United States, according to government estimates. Asthma accounts for nearly 2 million emergency department visits each year. Yet health experts say this lung disease is underdiagnosed and undertreated. Dr. Kathryn Robinett, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a pulmonologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will discuss how doctors diagnose and treat asthma and ways to help prevent attacks.

Do you have a question about asthma? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on October 6 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Kathryn S. Robinett
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
And Pulmonologist, University of Maryland Medicine Center

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Search For Life

Your questions about the possibility of life on other planets.

Matt Mountain
Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute

Monday, September 22, 2014

Maryland Commute

Get up to speed on local transportation and traffic issues with Dr. Gridlock.

Robert Thomson
"Dr. Gridlock," The Washington Post

Your Health

Falls, especially among older adults, are a significant public health problem, with the Centers for Disease Control reporting that one in three adults 65 years old and older experiences a fall each year. These falls can result in moderate to severe injuries, including hip fractures and head trauma, and can increase the risk of early death. Greg Pirovolidis and Stefanie Ryan, physical therapists at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, will discuss how you can reduce your risk of falling.

Do you have a question about how to prevent falls? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on September 22 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Greg Pirovolidis
PT, OCS, Physical therapist, University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

Stefanie Ryan
PT, Physical therapist, University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

Monday, September 15, 2014

Building Up Baltimore

The architect behind the plan for the Amtrak line, the Inner Harbor 2.0 plan, and two new travel plazas.

Adam Gross
Ayers Saint Gross

Domestic Violence

In light of the publicized Ray Rice case, we address the signs of domestic violence and what to do if you or someone you know is in a dangerous situation.

Jennifer Pollitt Hill
MSW, Executive Director, HOPE WORKS

Mothyna James Brightful
Director, Community Education & Training, TurnAround, Inc.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Your Health

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, except for skin cancer, and often occurs in older men. However, it is a cancer that can often be treated successfully, especially if caught early. September is prostate cancer awareness month, and in this interview, University of Maryland urologist Dr. Mohummad Minhaj Siddiqui will talk about diagnosing and treating prostate cancer.

Do you have a question about prostate cancer? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on September 8 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Mohummad Minhaj Siddiqui
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Urologist, University of Maryland Medical Center

Baltimore's Role in American History

The history of Fort McHenry and its involvement in the Star Spangled Spectacular.

Vincent Vaise
Fort McHenry

Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 School Year

Maryland schools are open for the new school year. Hear about new programs and initiatives from the Superintendent.

Lillian Lowery, Ed.D.
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools

Monday, August 25, 2014

Your Health

Sports and recreation can be an important part of living a full life, but an injury or illness may leave some people thinking they will be stuck on the sidelines.

However, programs in "adapted sports" right here in Maryland offer opportunities for people to stay in the game whether through adapted golf and dance to wheelchair rugby and basketball. In this interview, Mike Henley and Pam Cauley of the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute will discuss the physical and emotional benefits of adapted sports.

Do you have a question about adapted sports? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on August 25 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Mike Henley
Therapeutic Recreational Specialist and Adapted Wheelchair Basketball Clinic Coordinator, University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

Pam Cauley
Sr. Therapeutic Recreational Specialist and Adapted Golf Program Coordinator, University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

Summer Scams

Get the most accurate information on the latest scams out there.

Angie Barnett
President/CEO Better Business Bureau Serving Greater Maryland

Monday, August 18, 2014

School Starts

Maryland schools are all set to open for the new school year. Hear about new programs and initiatives from the Superintendent.

Lillian Lowery, Ed.D.
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools

Monday, August 11, 2014

Forgotten Sundays

The Voice of the Ravens tackles his new book, football talk, and the O's.

Gerry Sandusky
Author and WBALTV Sports Anchor

Your Health

You may remember as a kid being checked for scoliosis, a curve in the spine that can lead to problems and pain. So how common is this problem today and when is surgery needed?

In this interview, University of Maryland spine surgeon Dr. Kelley Banagan will talk about diagnosing and treating scoliosis.

Do you have a question about scoliosis? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on August 11 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Kelley Banagan
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Spine Surgeon University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, August 4, 2014

PBS President

Paula Kerger talks to us about the state of public broadcasting and the upcoming season.

Paula Kerger
PBS President & CEO

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bug Bites

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has begun to track the West Nile Virus for the 2014 season and is urging Marylanders to be careful of mosquito bites.

Dr. Katherine Feldman
State Public Health Veterinarian, DHMH

Hepatitis C

The Centers for Disease Controls wants all baby boomers to be tested for Hepatitis C, a potentially serious condition that can lead to liver failure. So who needs to get tested and why is it so important to catch the disease early?

In this interview, University of Maryland liver specialists Dr. William Hutson and Dr. Darryn Potosky will talk about diagnosing and treating Hepatitis C, a condition affecting more than three million Americans, many of whom do not know they have it.

Do you have a question about Hepatitis C? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on July 28 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. William Hutson
Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine and Medical Director of Liver Transplantation University of Maryland Medical Center

Dr. Darryn Potosky
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Director of Hepatology, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cable Conundrums

Cable providers have been highlighted in the news lately. We learn how to shop for service in a competitive market, monitoring price, being prepared to switch carriers, and how to complain.

Rebecca Bowman
Administrator, Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs

Looking Out

Some of the important things consumers should consider when buying windows.

Tom Herron
LEED Green Associate and Senior Manager of Communications at National Fenestration Rating Council

Monday, July 14, 2014

Your Health

Are your hands aching from typing? Is your smartphone increasing your risk for carpal tunnel syndrome? Are summer sports like golf and tennis pushing you toward tendonitis?

In this interview, we'll talk about preventing and treating so-called "overuse" injuries with University of Maryland orthpaedic surgeon Dr. Ngozi Akabudike, who specializes in upper extremity injuries.

Do you have a question about overuse injuries? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on July 14 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Ngozi Akabudike
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and
Upper Extremity Surgeon, University of Maryland Medical System

Monday, June 30, 2014

Your Health

Is there such a thing as "normal aging?" Are there things you should be doing now to increase your chances of maintaining your health and independence as you age? Is it ever too late to start?

In this interview, Dr. Steve Gambert of the University of Maryland will discuss what you can do to age more successfully.

Do you have a question on this topic? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on June 30 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Steven Gambert
Professor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine And Director of Geriatric Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center

Going Green

Do you recycle? Could you be recycling more? Are you recycling the right things? Get all your questions answered on Direct Connection.

Clyde Trombetti
Public Information Specialist, Baltimore County Recycling

Monday, June 23, 2014

Your Health

With the warm summer weather comes concerns about sun exposure and skin cancer. In this interview, we'll talk about treating skin cancer with University of Maryland dermatologist Dr. Zaineb Makhzoumi, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and a specialist in Mohs surgery.

Do you have a question about skin cancer? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection on June 23 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Zaineb Makhzoumi
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Dermatologist University of Maryland Medical Center

Driving Citations

Officers are writing more and more tickets for distracted driving. Making cell phone use a primary offense could be one reason.

Jim DeWees
Special Operations Division, Maryland State Police

Monday, June 16, 2014

Osprey Cam

See the Osprey family live!

Joel Dunn
Chesapeake Conservancy

Star Spangled Spectacular

Learn about what's in store for the event.

Bill Pencek
Executive Director, Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission

Monday, May 19, 2014

Your Health

Glaucoma and cataracts are two conditions that can have big effects on your vision.

This week, University of Maryland ophthalmologist Dr. Osamah Saeedi will discuss diagnosing and treating these two eye conditions.

Do you have a question about glaucoma or cataracts? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then tune in on May 19 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Osamah Saeedi
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences University of Maryland School of Medicine And Ophthalmologist University of Maryland Medical Center

Educator Award

A Maryland teacher has won a national award. He teaches at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, and was inspired by his difficult childhood to become a teacher.

Sean McComb
National Teacher of the Year

Monday, May 12, 2014

Your Health

Our knees, shoulders, hips and other joints take a lot of pounding throughout our lives. So what can we do to maintain joint health as we age, and when do you know if you're really in need of joint replacement?

In this interview, we'll talk with orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Hal Crane from the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

Do you have a question about taking care of your aging joints? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then tune in on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Hal Crane
Orthopaedic Surgeon, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Housing Market

A real estate expert and a mortgage expert comment on the spring real estate outlook.

Mike Dunn
Prosperity Home Mortgage

Scott Lederer
Prudential Homesale Yerman Witman Gaines and Conklin Realty

Monday, May 5, 2014

Retirement

Find out how to maximize your social security benefits.

Jeffrey Miller
Partner, Social Security Choices

Monday, April 28, 2014

Your Health

Do you know what your cholesterol should be? What about your blood pressure? There are new guidelines about these early markers of heart disease that may change how you think about them.

In this interview, we'll talk about heart disease prevention with University of Maryland chief of cardiovascular medicine Dr. Sanjay Rajagopalan.

Do you have a question about preventing heart disease? Send us your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then tune in on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Sanjay Rajagopalan
Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center

College Sports

In light of Northwestern University football players voting on whether to be represented by a union, we discuss the possible impact here in Maryland.

Dionne Kohler
University of Baltimore School of Law

Monday, April 21, 2014

SAT Preps

In the near future, the SATs will be redesigned. Find out how to prepare your child.

Michael Pesi
Quest Advanced Learning

Lawn Care

In light of Bay Week, we discuss proper lawn fertilization.

Richard LaNore
Technical Director, MRW Lawns, Inc.

Bevin Buchheister
Chesapeake Bay Commission

Monday, April 14, 2014

Your Health

Nearly 26 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes, and many medical experts warn that diabetes could reach epidemic proportions in this country. So what's behind this growing problem and what's being done to stop it?

In this interview, the University of Maryland's Dr. Stephen Davis will discuss the public health concerns about diabetes as well as what individuals can do to prevent it.

Do you have a question about diabetes? Send us your question via Twitter with a tweet @mptnews #yourhealth. Then tune in on April 14 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show!

Dr. Stephen Davis
Professor and Chairman of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief University of Maryland Medical Center

Tax Deadline

Waited until the last minute? Tune into Direct Connection and find out what you need to do before the tax deadline./p>

Andrew Bareham
Principal, KatzAbosch

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ask The Governor

Governor Martin O'Malley joins us from Annapolis. Don't miss your chance to call in or tweet us questions for him.

Governor Martin O'Malley
(D) Maryland

Monday, March 31, 2014

Your Health

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, affects nearly 1.5 million people in the United States.

In this interview, two University of Maryland experts will talk about diagnosing and treating inflammatory bowel disease, commonly called IBD. Plus, we'll learn why Maryland researchers are testing smart phones as a potential way to help people with IBD.

Do you have a question about IBD? Send us your question via Twitter with a tweet @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then tune in on March 31 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Raymond Cross
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Co-director Digestive Health Center University of Maryland Medical Center

Dr. Seema Patil
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Gastroenterologist University of Maryland Medical Center

Play Ball!

It's Orioles Opening Day! Let's get a recap of the game and a preview of the upcoming season.

Peter Schmuck
The Baltimore Sun

Monday, March 24, 2014

Power Companies

The Maryland Office of People's Counsel represents residential utility customers. Paula Carmody talks about energy alternatives, and possible scams that go along with them.

Paula Carmody
People's Counsel for the State of Maryland

Monday, March 17, 2014

Your Health

The US House of Representatives subcommittee recently held hearings on improving sports safety, particularly when it comes to head injuries.

Joining us this week for our "Your Health" segment to talk about head injuries is Dr. Eugenio Rocksmith, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and attending physician in the Brain Injury Unit at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute. Also joining us is John Bielawski, director of outreach for University of Maryland Sports Medicine.

Dr. Eugenio Rocksmith
Attending Physician, University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, Assistant Professor University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Neurology

John Bielawski
Director of Outreach, University of Maryland Sports Medicine

Accident Reconstruction

Car crashes can be devastating, and so can the aftermath. How do you figure out what exactly happened and who is at fault? Our experts explain the process of collision reconstruction, analysis, and forensics.

Tracie Eckstein
Accredited Accident Reconstructionist, Crashteams MID ATLANTIC

Greg Sullenberger
Accredited Accident Reconstructionist, Crashteams MID ATLANTIC

Monday, March 10, 2014

Your Health

The recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has brought renewed attention to drug addiction, relapse and treatment.

In this interview, we'll talk about some of the challenges and possible new avenues for treating addiction. Our guest will be Professor Bankole Johnson, chairman of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Do you have a question about addictions? Send us your question via Twitter with a tweet @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then tune in on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Bankole Johnson
Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Identity Theft

Recently, more than 300,000 personal records at the University of Maryland were exposed in a computer security breach. Our guest will explain how this kind of attack could happen to you, and gives tips on how to prevent it.

Lila Boor
Investigator, Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs

Monday, February 24, 2014

State of the City

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake discusses what is going on in the city in terms of crime, employment, safety, and more.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
(D) Baltimore City

Monday, February 17, 2014

Your Health

Back pain is one of the most common health problems in the United States, with about eight out of 10 Americans experiencing back pain at some point in their lives.

In this interview with University of Maryland orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Steven Ludwig, we'll talk about new minimally invasive techniques speeding recovery for back surgery as well as the most common causes and treatments for back pain.

Do you have a question about back pain? Send us your question via Twitter with a tweet @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then tune in on February 17 at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Steven Ludwig
Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Orthopaedic Surgeon, University of Maryland Medical Center

Monday, February 10, 2014

Loving Your Love Life

Valentine's Day is coming up. Do you have questions about your love life? Now's your chance to ask!

Dave Elliott
Relationship Coach, A Legendary Love for Life

Chocolatey Goodness

In keeping with the Valentine's Day theme, we have a chocolatier coming to tell us about different types of chocolate, how to make it, and its history.

Larry McGlinchey
Cacao Lorenzo Chocolatier

Monday, February 3, 2014

Your Health

In this "Your Health" interview, internal medicine physician Dr. Genie Robertson of the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center will talk about diagnosing and treating fibromyalgia.

Do you have a question about fibromyalgia? Send a tweet @mptnews #yourhealth. Then watch Maryland Public Television on January 20 at 7:30 pm to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Genie Robertson
Internal Medicine Physician
University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Bear Hugs

We get a live look at the National Zoo's new baby panda!

Dennis Kelly
Director, Smithsonian's National Zoo

Monday, January 27, 2014

Getting Your Motor Running

We talk to the host of MPT's popular show, Motorweek about anything and everything cars, especially cold winter weather car care tips.

John Davis
Motorweek

Monday, January 20, 2014

Your Health

Lymphoma is a type of cancer that can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because initial symptoms, such as a swollen lymph node, can often be caused by more common illnesses.

In this interview, University of Maryland cancer specialist Dr. Amy Kimball will discuss diagnosing and treating lymphoma as well as how research is offering promising new treatments for this complex disease.

Do you have a question about lymphoma? Send a tweet @mptnews #yourhealth. Then watch Maryland Public Television on January 20 at 7:30 pm to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Amy Kimball
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine And Hematologist/ Oncologist University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center

Legalization of Marijuana

A bill is being discussed in the legislature to regulate and tax marijuana. Hear different opinions on the matter and ask questions on Direct Connection.

Mike Gimbel
Substance Abuse Consultant, Mike Gimbel Associates

Major Neill Franklin (Ret)
Executive Director , LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Monday, January 13, 2014

Health Care Website

An update on Maryland's health exchange. Is it fixed, or are there still glitches?

Peter Beilenson
Founder/President/CEO, Evergreen Health Co-op

Car Insurance

How to make your auto insurance more affordable.

Diane Bell McKoy
President and CEO, Associated Black Charities

Marceline White
Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition

Monday, January 6, 2014

Your Health

New research is revealing clues in our blood that could show earlier signs of potential heart problems.

In this interview, University of Maryland cardiologist Dr. Christopher deFilippi discusses this research as well as cardiovascular disease, ranging from heart attack to heart failure.

Do you have a question about heart disease or heart failure? Send a tweet @mptnews #yourhealth. Then watch Maryland Public Television on January 6 at 7:30 pm to see if we use your question on the show.

Dr. Christopher deFilippi
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine and Cardiologist University of Maryland Medical Center
http://umm.edu/

Light Bulb Wars

As of January 1st it's illegal to manufacture or import old fashioned incandescent light bulbs. The newer bulbs save lots of energy, but they can also be confusing to shop for.

John Doyle
Director of New Business Development with 1lightbulbs.com
https://www.1lightbulbs.com/