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Monday, August 10, 2020

Reopening Schools Plans

Plans and recommendations for starting the new school semester without further disruptions.

Peter Baily
Executive Director, The Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools

Returning to the Pediatrician's Office

This is usually the time of year when children get their annual physical at the pediatrician’s office – and this year should not be any different. As children develop, it is very important to keep regular well-child visits with their pediatrician to keep up with medical issues, monitor development, and stay up to date with vaccines. But how do you do this during a pandemic?

Rebecca Carter, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, August 3, 2020

Ocean City During the Pandemic

How the coastal resort town is faring this summer, plus some of the new measures meant to keep tourists and locals safe.

Rick Meehan
Ocean City Mayor

Back To College

How area colleges are planning the fall semester during the pandemic.

Kent Devereaux
President, Goucher College
https://www.goucher.edu/

Monday, July 27, 2020

Pregnancy and COVID

What expectant mothers and their families need to know.

Dr. Sarah Crimmins
University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center

Latest in COVID-19 Trends

A look at the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and new restrictions.

Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman
Anne Arundel County Health Officer

A Conversation: Race and Policing - Monday, July 20, 2020 at 7pm (Repeat 7/23 at 11pm)

In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests nationwide and in our area, this informative and provocative dialogue pulls the curtain back on the issue of racism and its impact on policing.

MPT moderators Jeff Salkin and Charles Robinson discuss with their guests the latest events and trends surrounding these important issues.

DeRay Mckesson
American Civil Rights Activist, Black Lives Matter Movement

Johnetta Elzie
American Civil Rights Activist

Raymond A. Winbush, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Director, Institute for Urban Research, Morgan State University

H. Lovell Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of sociology, Loyola University Maryland

Michael Harrison
Baltimore City Police Commissioner

Melissa Hyatt
Baltimore County Police Chief

WATCH LIVE STREAM

Monday, July 13, 2020

COVID-19 Latest

Peter Olivieri, MD
Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Steve Nicewarner
UMMS' 1000th COVID-Positive Patient (now discharged)

Johnna Nicewarner
Emergency Department Nurse, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Monday, June 29, 2020

Contact Tracing

Victoria K. Fretwell
Special Assistant & Senior Advisor, Office of the Secretary Maryland Department of Health

Racial Disparities

Sherita Hill Golden, M.D., M.H.S.
Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Monday, June 22, 2020

Nursing Homes During Covid-19

A look at how theMaryland Baptist Aged Home, the oldest African-American owned and operated nursing home in the state, reported no deaths from Covid-19 and not a single case of the virus among its residents and staff.

Rev. Derrick DeWitt Sr.
Director and CFO, Maryland Baptist Aged Home

Economic Impact Payments

Susan Francis
Executive Director, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS)

Monday, June 15, 2020

Mental Health During Crisis

Donna Jacobs
Senior Vice President, UMMS

Dr. Dana Cunningham
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, June 8, 2020

Push For Police Accountability Reforms

Sen. Will Smith
(D) Montgomery County

Your Health - Safe Summer Activities

How to safely enjoy beaches and other public outdoor spaces this summer.

Dr. Wilbur Chen
Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, June 1, 2020

A Country Swept By Protests

As the entire nation is grappling with protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd, Maryland lawmakers form a police accountability workgroup.

Del. Vanessa Atterbeary
(D) Howard County

The Need For Political Action

A. Dwight Pettit
Civil Rights Attorney

The George Floyd & Freddie Gray Killings

D. Watkins
Editor At LArge, Salon & Author, The Beast Side

Monday, May 18, 2020

Front Line Healthcare Heroes

A look at what is it like to be at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.

Amit Chandra, MD
Chief of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center - Midtown Campus

Heather Brock, RN
Emergency Department Nurse, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Help For Those Who Lost Their Jobs

Tiffany Robinson
Maryland Labor Secretary
https://www.dllr.state.md.us/

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

FACEBOOK LIVE Direct Connection: Wednesday, May 13 at 11am on MPT News Facebook Page

Jeff Salkin talks with economist Anirban Basu, and Mary Ann Scully, CEO of Howard Bank about how the economy can rebound from the coronavirus shutdown. Plus a look at the struggling job sector.

Anirban Basu
Sage Policy Group

Mary Ann Scully
CEO, Howard Bank

Monday, May 11, 2020

Coronavirus Latest In Our State

Dr. Clifford Mitchell
Director of Environmental Medicine, Maryland Department of Health

The Outbreak On The Lower Eastern Shore

Dr. Chris Snyder
Chief Quality Officer, Peninsula Regional Medical Center

Monday, May 4, 2020

Your Health: COVID-19 & Cardiovascular Disease

Heart specialists throughout the United States say there’s evidence that fear of catching COVID-19 is prompting some patients with chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack to delay going to a hospital emergency room for treatment. Those delays may result in sicker patients and potentially bigger, fatal heart attacks than would be the case had they been treated early.

On Monday, May 4, University of Maryland cardiologists Drs. Mark Vesely and Jeremy Pollock discuss symptoms of heart attack & stroke, treatment options and COVID-19 safeguards in the hospital.

Mark Vesely, MD
Cardiologist, University of Maryland Medical Center

Jeremy Pollock, MD
Cardiologist, UM St. Joseph Medical Center

National Guard Nursing Homes 'Strike Teams'

Col. (Dr.) Eric Allely
Maryland National Guard State Surgeon

Monday, April 27, 2020

Immunity & COVID-19

Johns Hopkins immunologist, Andrew Pekosz, discusses immunity and COVID-19, and what we've learned so far about the virus.

Andrew Pekosz, Ph.D.
Microbiology & Immunology, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health

Monday, April 20, 2020

Drive-Through Covid19 Testing At Timonium Fairgrounds

Gregory Branch, MD
Director, Health and Human Services, Baltimore County
https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/

Monday, April 13, 2020

Coronavirus Latest

We'll look at research, timing of potential vaccines and clinical trials, and the latest from the frontline lab.

Matthew Frieman, Ph.D.
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Racial Disparities In Coronavirus Cases

Farin Kamangar, MD, PhD
Associate Dean & Epidemiologist, Morgan State University

Monday, April 6, 2020

Tools To Help With Anxiety

Lisa Hughes
Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical

Protecting Yourself From The Coronavirus

Rajan Patel, MD
Holy Cross Hospital
https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/

Monday, March 30, 2020

Coronavirus Response

A look at how hospitals are responding to the Coronavirus crisis, plus new monetary efforts to help with COVID-19 research.

Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/

Monday, March 23

Maryland's Response To Coronavirus

Larry Hogan
(R) Governor of Maryland

Coronavirus In Maryland

We continue our coverage of the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic with perspective from Dr. Faheem Younus about the need for people to live in a place of preparedness.

Faheem Younus, MD
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

Monday, March 16, 2020

Life During The Coronavirus Pandemic

The quick evolution of COVID-19 is changing our daily lives rapidly. We discuss what you need to know and do to stay safe and healthy in the midst of this global outbreak.

Gregory Schrank, MD, MPH
UMMC COVID-19 Response Co-Incident Commander

Monday, March 9, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak

David Marcozzi, M.D.
Chair, University of Maryland Medical System’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Committee

Matthew Frieman, Ph.D.
Virologist & Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the UM School of Medicine

https://www.umms.org/coronavirus

Monday, March 2, 2020

COVID-19 Outbreak Latest

A look at the risk assessment and illness severity in the U.S., and how to plan for this rapidly evolving disease.

Andrew Pekosz, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Monday, February 24, 2020

Coronavirus Impact On Wall Street

Daraius Irani
VP, Strategic Partnerships & Applied Research, Towson University
https://www.towson.edu/

Your Health: Heart Health

A look at minimally invasive surgery and the latest advances in heart health.

Dr. Rawn Selenger
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Cardiac Surgeon, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

Monday, February 17, 2020

Your Health: Organ Transplant

An organ transplant holds the promise of a life saved, health restored, and a future to live. An 11-year-old girl’s own kidney transplant did all that and inspired her to become a kidney transplant surgeon. The transplant worked well for 30 years, long enough for her to realize her dream as a surgeon to help hundreds of patients who also needed an organ transplant, all while sharing her unique insights as a kidney transplant patient and transplant specialist. Then things changed. On Monday, January 20, University of Maryland Medical Center transplant surgeon Silke Niederhaus, MD, discusses her experience and what she learned after that transplanted kidney began to fail, and she, like her patients, had to somehow find a donated kidney to stay alive.

Do you have a general question about transplants? During the show, call 1-800-926-0629 or e-mail your question to livequestions@mpt.org.

Silke V. Niederhaus, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Hacking Your Security Cameras

How to stop thieves from hacking into your home security system.

Rick Forno, Ph.D

Assistant Director, UMBC Center for Cybersecurity, Director, Cybersecurity Graduate Program

https://cybersecurity.umbc.edu/

https://cybersecurity.umbc.edu/richard-forno/

Monday, February 10, 2020

New Hampshire Democratic Primary

What to watch in the New Hampshire Democratic primary.

John Dedie
Political Science, CCBC

Sarah Oliver
Professor, Political Science, Towson
https://www.towson.edu/

Monday, February 3, 2020

Best & Worst Super Bowl Commercials

David Warschawski
CEO, Warschawski Integrated Marketing Communications Agency
https://www.warschawski.com/

Vision For The Medical System

Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA, a physician leader with deep roots across the University of Maryland Medical System including providing exceptional care for cancer patients and leading two of the system’s hospitals, was named President and Chief Executive Officer of UMMS late in 2019. As a physician CEO, Dr. Suntha brings a unique and valuable clinical lens and a focus on ensuring the delivery of compassionate, high-quality patient and family-centered care.

On Monday, February 3, Dr. Suntha will discuss his vision for UMMS, including how the system will transform the way we deliver health care to bring more value to our patients and their communities as well as building upon its tradition of excellence in patient care and innovation.

Dr. Mohan Suntha
President & CEO, University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS)

Monday, January 27, 2020

Harborplace Struggling

Why the centerpiece of Downtown Baltimore, Harborplace, is struggling to survive.

Melody Simmons
Baltimore Business Journal
https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/

Your Health: HIV and AIDS in our community

Many people remember the early days of HIV when young people were getting sick and dying, and there was no treatment available. The HIV epidemic has changed considerably since then and today HIV is a chronic, but treatable illness, and it can be controlled very well with daily medication.

However, HIV remains more common in Maryland and in Baltimore City than in most areas of the country.

Sarah Schmalzle, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Institute of Human Virology , University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, January 20, 2020

The McLaughlin Group

A look at current issues with host Tom Rogan, who continues in the footsteps of John McLaughlin, bringing you the latest in politics, policies and personalities.

Tom Rogan
Host, The McLaughlin Group

Your Health: Organ Transplant

An organ transplant holds the promise of a life saved, health restored, and a future to live. An 11-year-old girl’s own kidney transplant did all that and inspired her to become a kidney transplant surgeon. The transplant worked well for 30 years, long enough for her to realize her dream as a surgeon to help hundreds of patients who also needed an organ transplant, all while sharing her unique insights as a kidney transplant patient and transplant specialist. Then things changed. On Monday, January 20, University of Maryland Medical Center transplant surgeon Silke Niederhaus, MD, discusses her experience and what she learned after that transplanted kidney began to fail, and she, like her patients, had to somehow find a donated kidney to stay alive.

Do you have a general question about transplants? During the show, call 1-800-926-0629 or e-mail your question to livequestions@mpt.org.

Silke V. Niederhaus, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, January 13, 2020

Hacking Your Security Cameras

How to stop thieves from hacking into your home security system.

Rick Forno, Ph.D

Assistant Director, UMBC Center for Cybersecurity, Director, Cybersecurity Graduate Program

https://cybersecurity.umbc.edu/

https://cybersecurity.umbc.edu/richard-forno/

Stunning End To Ravens Season

John Eisenberg

BaltimoreRavens.com

Author, The League

https://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/john-eisenberg

Monday, January 6, 2020

Strategies For Stopping Baltimore Crime

Brandon Scott
Baltimore City Council President
http://www.baltimorecitycouncil.com/

Your Health: Mindful Health, with Dr. Mark Saba

It’s a New Year…the time when we resolve to be our best selves. For most of us, that includes being more proactive about our health—eating right, losing weight, staying active and maintaining a healthy mindset that can help you best manage—or avoid—chronic illnesses like diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and more.

Dr. Mark Saba internal medicine physician at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center will discuss the best ways to live a healthier life in 2020, providing tips and advice for living a healthier life in the New Year. He’ll introduce us to the concept of “mindful health”—and how being more conscious of your lifestyle choices can affect your overall well-being.

However, HIV remains more common in Maryland and in Baltimore City than in most areas of the country.

Mark Saba, MD
UM St. Joseph Medical Center

Monday, December 30, 2019

The End Of An Era

Rhea Feikin brings down the curtain on her broadcasting career. Call us with your questions and comments for the first lady of MPT.

Rhea Feikin
First Lady of Maryland Public Television

Monday, December 23, 2019

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment starts October 15 and runs through December 7. A look at everything you need to know about changing or keeping your coverage.

Sherry Kolbe
Baltimore County SHIP

Monday, December 16, 2019

Harborplace Struggling

Why the centerpiece of Downtown Baltimore, Harborplace, is struggling to survive.

Melody Simmons
Baltimore Business Journal
https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/

Your Health: HIV and AIDS in our community

Many people remember the early days of HIV when young people were getting sick and dying, and there was no treatment available. The HIV epidemic has changed considerably since then and today HIV is a chronic, but treatable illness, and it can be controlled very well with daily medication.

However, HIV remains more common in Maryland and in Baltimore City than in most areas of the country.

Sarah Schmalzle, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Institute of Human Virology , University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, December 9, 2019

Holidays Wish List

We're joining Santa Claus and a bunch of other folks at The Shops at Kenilworth to complete our holiday shopping list. Join us LIVE on Monday!

https://www.theshopsatkenilworth.com/

Jane O'Donoghue
Urban Threads

Lindsey Jacobs
Radcliffe Jewelers

Brittany Parry
Match Made Stores

Tony Zingarelli
The Train Group

Monday, December 2, 2019

President Trump Impeachment Inquiry

A talk with Congressman Ruppersberger about the latest impeachment inquiry developments into President Donald Trump.

Rep. Dutch C.A. Ruppersberger
(D) Maryland

Your Health: Vaping

The Centers for Disease Control is reporting nearly 2,200 cases of lung injury related to e-cigarettes and vaping nationwide, and at least 42 deaths. In simple terms, vaping is the inhaling of a vapor created by an e-cigarette or other vaping device. These battery-powered smoking devices have cartridges filled with a liquid usually containing nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals and metals, but not tobacco. While there is tentative evidence that e-cigarettes may help people quit smoking, they have not been proven more effective than smoking cessation medicine. Since their entrance to the market over 15 years ago, e-cigarette use has risen around the globe with nearly 13% of American high school students using them recreationally at least once in the previous month.

On Monday, December 2nd , University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health hospitalist physicians Dr. Zarana Patel and Dr. Vinisha Amin will discuss the issue of vaping and lung disease on Maryland Public Television’s Direct Connection "Your Health" program on Monday, December 2, at 7 pm

Do you have a general question about vaping? During the show, call 1-800-926-0629 or e-mail your question to livequestions@mpt.org.

Zarana Patel, MD and Vinisha Amin, MD
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

Monday, November 25, 2019

Best Deals On Holiday Travel

Tips on when to book the best deals for your holiday travel.

Natalea Scott
Retail Associate, AAA Mid-Atlantic

Your Health: Pancreatic Cancer

November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, more than 56,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer—that’s more than 155 people per day. As we have seen with the diagnosis of Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek, and, even more recently, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali—and the likes of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and actor Patrick Swayze, among others—pancreatic cancer does not discriminate, affecting men and women everywhere virtually equally. According to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, pancreatic cancer—now the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths—is expected to become the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. around the (fast-approaching) year of 2020.

Mark Fraiman, MD
Medical Director, Liver and Pancreas Center, UM St. Joseph Medical Center

Monday, November 18, 2019

Healthcare Enrollment

Michele Eberle
Executive Director, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange
https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/GetConnected/

Monday, November 11, 2019

It's Harvest Season!

Join us as we visit a local winery to learn about the wine making process and the journey of the grape from vine to ... can.

Drew Baker
Old Westminster Winery

Al Spoler
Host, WYPR's Cellar Notes & Radio Kitchen

Monday, November 4, 2019

The End Of An Era

Rhea Feikin brings down the curtain on her broadcasting career. Call us with your questions and comments for the first lady of MPT.

Rhea Feikin
First Lady of Maryland Public Television