March 30, 2015 – Segment 3
We close out the show at 11:45 with a celebration of the 150th anniversary of TheNation magazine, with D. D. Guttenplan, London Correspondent for The Nation and co-Editor of the magazine’s 150th Anniversary Special Issue.
We close out the show at 11:45 with a celebration of the 150th anniversary of TheNation magazine, with D. D. Guttenplan, London Correspondent for The Nation and co-Editor of the magazine’s 150th Anniversary Special Issue.
We look back at the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, and reflect upon that organization’s organizing model and how it translates to community organizing efforts today. With: Betty Robinson, former member of SNCC, co-Editor of Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts of Women in SNCC, 2003 Open Society Institute Community Fellow, and former lead organizer for the Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA); and Judy Richardson, former member of SNCC, filmmaker who worked on Eyes on the Prize, co-Editor of Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, and Board Member of the SNCC Legacy Committee.
Dr. Lawrence Brown sits in as guest host for Marc Steiner.
We revisit the topic of gentrification in Baltimore, springing from D. Watkins’ recent piece for salon.com: “Black history bulldozed for another Starbucks: Against the new Baltimore.” With: D. Watkins, author, filmmaker and professor at Coppin State University; Dr. Tonya Sanders, Assistant Professor, Graduate City and Regional Planning program, Graduate Department of Built Environment Studies, School of Architecture + Planning at Morgan State University; Dr. Marisela Gomez, physician, community activist and author of Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America; Donald Gresham, East Baltimore resident and founder of the Baltimore Redevelopment Action Coalition for Empowerment.
Lia Tarachansky, filmmaker and Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News joins us to talk about her documentary On the Side of the Road, which is showing in Baltimore on Wednesday, April 1, 6:00pm at The Real News Network, 231 Holliday Street.
Do poor teens in Baltimore face worse conditions than their counterparts in Nigeria, as a recent study suggests? We look at the study, published in December’s Journal of Adolescent Health, with: Dr. Kristin Mmari, Assistant Professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; and Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University.
Prepare to be inspired as Marc talks with National Book Award-winning novelist and scholar Dr. Charles Johnson about his newest book Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice.
We close out the show with a discussion of Black Women in Academia. Our guests are: Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill, Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park; Dr. Pamela Scott Johnson, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Morgan State University; and Dr. Tara Bynum, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Towson University.
Baltimore blues artist Quinton “Q” Randall joins us to talk about his music and life. He recently released his new album The Cleanse.
Dr. John Bullock sits in as guest host for Marc Steiner.
We check in with Baltimore City Paper Senior Editor Baynard Woods about what’s in this week’s issue of the City Paper.
Dr. John Bullock sits in as guest host for Marc Steiner.
We look at two current offerings at the Maryland Historical Society: the exhibit A Tale of Three Coffins: Living and Dying in 17th Century St. Mary’s County and an interactive production, Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe. With: Glenn Ricci, producer and Co-Director of Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe; Susan Stroupe, co-director of Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe, interdisciplinary theater artist based in Baltimore; and Burt Kummerow, President of the Maryland Historical Society.
Guest host Dr. John Bullock sits in for Marc Steiner.
We begin the day with a look at local politics: Does Baltimore really have a “do-nothing” city council? Our panel of guests reflects upon an article this week in the Baltimore Brew, “A Do-Nothing Council Decides to Do Nothing.” With: Roberto Alejandro, reporter for Baltimore’s Afro-American newspaper; and Stephen Janis, investigative journalist for the Real News Network.
We are joined by author, filmmaker and Coppin State University professor D. Watkins about his article in Salon: “My neighborhood revolution, one letter at a time.”
Marc speaks with Native American author, historian, feminist, and self-described revolutionary Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on her fascinating and informative book An Indigenous People’s History of the United States.
In our latest segment of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we begin with a look at a free 6-session Vegan Living Program that begins this weekend at Mt. Royal Elementary School in Baltimore. With: Brenda Sanders, Executive Director of Better Health Better Life; and Erin Marcus, co-organizer of the Vegan Living Program.
Next on Sound Bites we Hear the Maryland Crunch! March 25 is Maryland Day, and Maryland Hunger Solutions and thousands of other Marylanders are celebrating by crunching into a juicy apple! Hear the Maryland Crunch is a fun state-wide, synchronized apple crunch event that aims to reduce child hunger by increasing access to School Breakfast Programs. With Michael J. Wilson, Executive Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions.
Then we hear an interview with the new Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joseph Bartenfelder, who will talk about the Phosphorus Management Tool.
Our guests offer an update on the Maryland Legislative Session, specifically on AARP’s Work and Save Legislation. With: Tammy Bresnahan, Associate Director of Advocacy for AARP Maryland; and Clark Kendall, President and Founder of Kendall Capital and author of a recent opinion piece in The Daily Recordtitled “Freedom of choice for retirement.”
Republican strategist Lenny McAllister offers a commentary on yesterday’s announcement that Texas Senator Ted Cruz has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2016 Presidential elections. McAllister is host of NightTalk: Get To The Pointon the Pittsburgh cable news channel and Get Right with Lenny McAllister on NewsRadio1020 KDKA in Pittsburgh.
We close out the show with a sneak preview of the short film and documentary project Broken House, which explores house music, dance and culture in Baltimore. We talk with Khoran Lee, filmmaker and director of Broken House, veteran of the US Army and Morgan State alum; Danielle Evans, production assistant for Broken House, Baltimore City public school teacher and basketball coach and Morgan State alum; and Aaron Wiggins, cast member of Broken House and Morgan State alum. They are raising money for their film on Kickstarter.
We take a sneak preview of the documentary Gentrification (K)Not, with filmmaker and political activist Jude Lombardi. This documentary explores the meaning of the terms revitalization and gentrification and how they function as elements of a system that displaces people from their communities, focusing on the Station North neighborhood in Baltimore. There will be a screening of Gentrification (K)Not at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 25, at 2640 (2640 St. Paul Street in Baltimore).
We look at last week’s Israeli election results and their implications for U.S. politics, with: Bill Fletcher, Senior Scholar at Institute for Policy Studies.
Our panel of guests discusses ways to transform criminal justice policy in Baltimore and Maryland. With: the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist, pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School; David Rocah, Senior Staff Attorney for ACLU of Maryland; and Marc Schindler, Executive Director of the Justice Policy Institute.
We speak with Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the American Drug War, about the US’s war on drugs and the federal government’s fight against Bille Holiday.
We hear a special preview of the 10th anniversary of Money Power Day, happening Saturday March 21 from 9am to 3pm at Poly-Western High School, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane in Baltimore. Money Power Day is Baltimore’s free financial fitness day and families who attend will be equipped with the resources, tools, and support needed to change their financial futures. There are events for children, too! With: Courtney Bettle, Program Manager for Financial Security for the Baltimore CASH (Creating Assets, Savings & Hope) Campaign; and Dorothea Stierhoff, Sr. Public Relations Manager of MECU of Baltimore, Inc.
We focus the spotlight on Baltimore’s Redwood Grill, a hotspot in the ’90s and a fascinating piece of local history, with local businessman and raconteur A. Rod Womack, author of Redwood and former owner of the Redwood Grill.
We close out the show with our regular segment on Health & Fitness with Chauncey Whitehead, fitness trainer and activist.
We get a sneak preview of the new documentary Diagram for Delinquents with Director Robert Emmons, Jr., Documentary Filmmaker and Associate Director of the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers University-Camden. Diagram for Delinquents, which serves as both a history of comic books and a sharp critique of American censorship as it investigates the life of leading censorship proponent, the late Dr. Fredric Wertham.
With news that Benjamin Netanyahu will serve a fourth term as Prime Minister of Israel, we take a look at the Israeli elections and what they mean for Israelis and Palestinians. With: Lia Tarachansky, Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network.
We take a look at the state of progressive media. Our panel of guests will be: Sarah van Gelder, co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of YES! Magazine and YesMagazine.org; Bhaskar Sunkara, Founding Editor of Jacobin and a Senior Editor at In These Times; and Glen Ford, Executive Editor of The Black Agenda Report.
We close out the show with our regular feature, this week in the City Paper, with Eats & Drinks Editor Anna Walsh.
Baltimore-based hip hop artist Kane Mayfield joins us to talk about his new album “The Return of Rap.”
We continue our discussion on the topic of race and racism in Baltimore, focusing on practical solutions. Our panel of guests includes: Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University; Roberto Alejandro, reporter for Baltimore’s Afro-American newspaper; Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer/President/Co-Founder of Equity Matters; and Dr. Tara Bynum, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Towson University.
On our series about our food and our world –Sound Bites – we bring you a tape of a panel discussion from last month at Red Emma’s Bookstore and Café, which followed a screening of Food Chains, a documentary about the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to achieve fair treatment for farmworkers. The film reveals the human cost of our food supply system and the complicity of large buyers of produce in the exploitation of farmworkers. The event was co-sponsored by The Baltimore Food & Faith Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future. Our panelists were: poet, activist, minister, organizer and educator Ken Brown, also known as Analysis; food justice, healthcare and labor activist Sergio España; and Rachel Winograd, Food Justice Coordinator for CATA, the Farmworker Support Committee.
As part of the hour we also listen back to my interview from a few years ago with one of the founders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Lucas Benitez.
Do you think Baltimore has a race problem? An article in the Baltimore Sun this past weekend indicates that Baltimore leaders agree: City has a race problem. We discuss it with: Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; community activist Kim Trueheart; Michael Eugene Johnson, Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Institute for Social Change; and Roberto Alejandro, reporter for Baltimore’s Afro-American newspaper.
We host a national and international news roundtable, and discuss last week’s shooting in Ferguson, Iran, Hillary Clinton, and the nomination of Loretta Lynch for U.S. Attorney General. Our guests are: Dr. John Bullock, Professor of Political Science at Towson University; Greg Kline, attorney, co-Founder and Contributing Editor for Red Maryland, Host of the Conservative Refuge podcast and co-Host of Red Maryland Radio; and Dr. Max Hilaire, Chair of the Political Science Department at Morgan State University.
With less than a month left in the Maryland State Legislative Session and news of Senator Barbara Mikulksi’s retirement, we host a Maryland State Roundtable discussion, with: Jenna Johnson, Reporter for the Washington Post; Bryan Sears, Government Reporter forThe Daily Record; and Charles Robinson, Political and Business Correspondent for Maryland Public Television.
We close the show with a rebroadcast of a show about a compelling campaign taking place in the Park Heights neighborhood of our city: “Try Love.” With: Willie Flowers, Executive Director of the Park Heights Community Health Alliance, who initiated the “Try Love” campaign.
This segment was originally broadcast in February 2015.
We take a look at a film currently in production on one of our nation’s most original and important theological thinkers, Howard Thurman. I will talk with Arleigh Prelow, who is Producer-Director of “The Psalm of Howard Thurman,” about her film.
I talk with Dr. Tom Schaller, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and columnist for the Baltimore Sun. We will be talking about his new book, The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House.
We host a discussion and debate about race and class in the U.S. with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor in Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies; and A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships.
We take a look at the United States’ nuclear negotiations with Iran, with: James Phillips, Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, The Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation; and Ali Gharib, independent journalist and contributor to The Nation.
We reflect upon the 50th anniversary of the 1965 events in Selma with three panelists who were in Selma for the events of the past week: Dr. Tyson King-Meadows, Chair of the Africana Studies Department and Associate Professor of Political Science at UMBC; Ari Berman; contributing writer for The Nation magazine; and longtime community activist and mentor Ralph Moore.
We close out the show with our regular feature City Paper This Week, with Senior Editor Baynard Woods. This week’s feature looks at a public radio station trading underwriting for airtime.
Join in the discussion as we ask the question: If you were Mayor of Baltimore, what would you have said in the State of the City Address? With: Catalina Byrd, media consultant, political strategist, and co-host of No Hooks for the Hip-Hop Chronicles on WEAA; Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Jessica Lewis, housing organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance.
Listen to an Annapolis update on Maryland transportation policy: What’s next for the Red Line, the Purple Line and Maryland’s transit system, in light of our new Governor and the realities of the state budget.
Our panel of guests includes: Brian O’Malley, President & CEO of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance; Robbyn Lewis, international public health professional, grassroots transit advocate, and award-winning community leader; Ralph Bennett, President of Purple Line Now!, a 20-year old advocacy group; Zorayda Moreira Smith, Senior Manager of Community Development at CASA de Maryland; and Michael McMillan, member of the Local 1300 Amalgamated Transit Union Executive Board for Transportation.
In our latest installment of our series about our food and our world, Sound Bites, we begin the hour with a debate on fracking in Maryland, with: Drew Cobbs, Executive Director, Maryland Petroleum Council; and Mike Tidwell, Founder and Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and author of The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas and the Race to Save America’s Coastal Cities.
Then we hear an update on the Phosphorous Management Tool, in light of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s proposal to curb poultry manure runoff from Eastern Shore farms, with Maryland State Senator Paul Pinksy (Democrat-District 22), Vice Chair of the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee and sponsor of SB 0257, “Agriculture – Nutrient Management – Phosphorus Management Tool.”
We close out the show with a tasty treat, a recipe for African Fried Rice from Michael Twitty, Culinary Historian of African and African American Foodways and blogger at Afroculinaria.
We hear last Saturday’s World of the Play discussion at Everyman Theatre, based on themes arising from Everyman’s production of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined. The panelists talked about sex, violence, power, and oppression, abroad and in Baltimore. With: Jennifer Breads, Forensic Nurse Examiner at Mercy Medical Center and Clinical Instructor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Nursing; Raguel Broy, Program Manager for Health and Youth programs with the International Rescue Committee (IRC); and Jacqueline Robarge, Executive Director of Power Inside, a project of Fusion Partnerships.
Listen to an analysis of more General Assembly issues with our guests: Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Caryn Aslan, Policy Associate at the Job Opportunities Task Force.
We look at the issue of parole reform, in light of a proposed bill that would end the requirement that the governor (and not the parole board) make the final decision in cases involving persons serving life sentences. With: Delegate Jill Carter (Democrat-District 41); Delegate Kathy Szeliga (Republican-District 7); Walter Lomax, Project Director of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and Delegate John Cluster (Republican-District 8).
We focus on a number of issues currently facing the Maryland General Assembly. Our panelists debate whether voting rights for ex-felons should be restored. With: Delegate Cory McCray (Democrat-Baltimore City); and Senator Justin Ready (Republican-Carroll County).
We close out the show with a discussion of Black Women in Academia. Our guests will be: Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill, Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park; Dr. Pamela Scott Johnson, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Morgan State University; and Dr. Tara Bynum, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Towson University.
Our guests reflect upon the report issued this week by the U.S. Department of Justice on the Ferguson Police Department, with: Akiba Solomon, Colorlines Editorial Director; and Dr. Tara Bynum, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Towson University.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma march, and we take time to reflect upon the events of March 1965. Our first guest will be Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP.
Then at 10:20 we consider the history of the Selma march in relationship to the current state of voting rights. With: Andrew Aydin, Digital Director and Policy Advisor to Congressman John Lewis and co-author with Lewis of the New York Times best-selling graphic memoir trilogy, March (illustrated by Nate Powell); Dr. Barbara Harris Combs, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Southern Studies at University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture and author of From Selma to Montgomery: The Long March to Freedom; A.Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and journalist Brentin Mock, who writes regularly for Grist about environmental justice issues.
We hear a preview of the Women’s History Month Literary Festival, taking place this Saturday, March 7, at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.
Marc speaks with two of the three authors who will speak at the event on the topic of the intersection of place, time, and culture in literature and in the lives of women: Lalita Tademy, New York Times bestselling author whose newest novel, Citizens Creek, is set against the backdrop of Alabama in 1822 and follows the lives of a young slave boy who is sold to work on a plantation for a Creek Indian Chief and his beloved granddaughter; and LaShonda Katrice Barnett, author of a story collection and the debut novel Jam! on the Vine, which tells the story of Ivoe Williams, who founded the first female-run African American newspaper in Kansas City in the early 20th century.
We hear a special archive edition of the Steiner Show. On the second anniversary of the death of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, we consider this powerful and controversial figure’s life and legacy. With: George Ciccariello-Maher, author of the book We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Bolivarian Revolution; and Margarita Lopez Maya, Professor Titular at the Center for Development Studies (CENDES) at the Central University of Venezuela.
We take an audio tour of Rewind, a fascinating exhibit currently showing at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, featuring the work of artist, composer and musician Paul Rucker. Rucker is artist-in-residence at both the Creative Alliance and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Rewind is the largest collection of Rucker’s work to date, and visually embodies America’s uncomfortable history regarding issues of social justice through sculptural installations, text, quilts, and animations.
We look at this week’s issue of the City Paper with Senior Editor Baynard Woods. This week’s issue is the annual Eats issue, which focuses on food in Baltimore. It also has a feature on Qayum Karzai.
Do you want to be part of a Steiner Show book club? Blues and Gospel singer Lea Gilmore, Center for Emerging Media’s Culture Editor, joins us to introduce the Lea & Marc Book Club! We will feature a different book every month and discuss it on the air. The first title is Kindred by Octavia Butler, and we’ll be discussing the book on the air in early April. We want you to read the book along with us. Check steinershow.org in the coming week for more details.
We offer a preview of Morgan State University’s (MSU) academic symposium “Intersections: Sexuality, Gender, Race, and Ethnicity,” which is taking place from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, March 7th, in Morgan’s Student Center. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Masculinities.”
Joining us to discuss the event are: Kylar Broadus, Rockwood Leadership Fellow, Founder of Trans People of Color Coalition, Senior Public Policy Counsel and Leader of the Transgender Civil Rights Project At Task Force; Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University, host of Left of Black, and author of the book Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities; Bakari Jones, Founder and Executive Director of Bois of Baltimore; and Dr. Anika Simpson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at MSU.
We are joined by Charnell D. Cobb-El, Site Director of The Baltimore Algebra Project at Patterson High School and Executive Director and Founder of Convert Consulting, who tells us about an action on Thursday, March 5th on the wrongful arrests by Baltimore City Police against young people of color as well as the school funding crisis.
Our guests reflect upon Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech yesterday before Congress, as well as U.S. policy with Israel. With: Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, Senior Analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, and Author of Equal Worth – When Humanity Will Have Peace; and Dr. Robert O. Freedman, Visiting Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Baltimore Hebrew University.
On Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we begin the hour with a story from Yes! Magazine: Radical Farmers Use Fresh Food to Fight Racial Injustice and the New Jim Crow. With: Jalal Sabur, farmer and prison abolitionist, who helped to start the Freedom Food Alliance, a collective of farmers, political prisoners, and organizers in upstate New York committed to incorporating food justice to address racism in the criminal justice system; and Leah Penniman, farmer and educator based in the Albany, NY, area who wrote the article for YES!.
Then, our guests debate proposed legislation before the Maryland General Assembly, the Farmers’ Rights Act. With: Delegate Charles Otto (Republican, District 38A, Somerset & Worcester Counties), Deputy Minority Whip in the Maryland State House, and member of the House Environment and Transportation Committee and the House Natural Resources, Agriculture & Open Space Subcommittee; and Senator Richard Madaleno, Jr. (Democrat, District 18, Montgomery County), Vice-Chair of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Subcommittee, and primary sponsor of Senate Bill 0532, or the Farmers’ Rights Act.
We close out the show with a tribute to a local hero, Cherry Hill Urban Garden’s Juanita Ewell, who passed away on February 17th. From the Garden’s Facebook Page:
“Juanita started the garden in 2010 with the mission of saving the community. She worked tirelessly to spread her love of gardening and healthy eating, and her energy and passion touched the hearts of so many. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and the entire Cherry Hill community.”
We remember this amazing person, an agent for change in her community, by listening back to an excerpt from our interview with her from last summer.
We host a Maryland Roundtable as we ask the question: With Senator Barbara Mikulski retiring, what’s next for Maryland?
With: Anthony McCarthy, Host of the Anthony McCarthy Show on WEAA; Dr. Antonio Campbell, professor of Political Science at Towson University and former Chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee; Odette Ramos, member of the State Democratic Central Committee for the 43rd District and President and CEO of Strategic Management Consulting; and former Delegate Jolene Ivey who represented District 47 (Prince George’s County) and ran on the ticket in 2014 with Attorney General Doug Gansler as his Lieutenant Governor in the Maryland primaries.
We look at the inmate uprising that happened last week at Willacy County Correctional Center in Raymondville, Texas, known as “Ritmo,” over inadequate medical conditions at this overcrowded for-profit facility.
Our guests are: Bob Libal, Executive Director of Grassroots Leadership, an organization that fights to end for-profit incarceration; and Carl Takei, Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s National Prison Project and co-author of a report on Texas’s CAR (Criminal Alien Requirement) prisons, Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private Prison System.
We take a look at issues in the Maryland Legislature that would have impacts on women and on persons with different gender identities, with: Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside, a project of Fusion; Mothyna James-Brightful, Director of Community Education and Training with Turn Around Inc. and Visionary Director for Heal a Woman Heal a Nation; and Lisae C. Jordan, Esq., Executive Director and legislative counsel for the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
It’s our monthly conversation with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. We discuss decreases in Baltimore’s teen pregnancy rate, how Baltimore’s infrastructure is holding up after all of the snow, and issues around police brutality in our community.
We bring you a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, my conversation with Autonomous Marxists Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis, who stopped by the studio when then were in town last year. Federici’s latest book.Revolution at Point Zero, collects forty years of research and theorizing on the nature of housework, social reproduction, and women’s struggles, to reconstruct it in ways that provide an alternative to capitalist relations. Caffentzis’ newest work is In Letters of Blood and Fire: Work, Machines, and Value, a collection of essays that explores Marx’s relevancy in the 21st century.
This segment originally aired February 2014.
We get a sneak peek at the current production at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined by Lynn Nottage. We talk to the cast of this moving play, which portrays the plight of women in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. You will hear from cast members Dawn Ursula, Jade Wheeler, Monique Ingram and Manu Kumasi, as well as Nora Stillman-Burke, Education Director at Everyman Theatre.
We turn to the issue of pain management and discuss treatment options and barriers to treatment. With: Dr. Thelma B. Wright, M.D., Esq., Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Maryland School of Medicine and Fellowship Program Director, Pain Management Center, University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedics Institute; Nancie Fish, advocate for people who suffer chronic pain; and Jana M. Mossey, PhD, MPH, MSN, Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Drexel University.
Maryland legislators are considering a controversial bill that would lift restrictions on when police officers could carry their weapons, allowing them to carry them inside schools, an issue that was hotly debated in a Baltimore City School Board public hearing this week. Baltimore City is the only school system in the state that has its own designated police force. Joining us to discuss the issue are: Sgt. Clyde Boatwright, President of the Baltimore City School Police Union; Rais Akbar, Juvenile Justice Director at Advocates for Children and Youth; school resource officer Donovan Brooks; and Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.
We have an update on the Maryland General Assembly, which is currently in session, with: Bryan Sears, Government Reporter for The Daily Record; andCharles Robinson, Political and Business Correspondent For Maryland Public Television.
We close out the show with our regular feature City Paper This Week, withSenior Editor Baynard Woods. This week’s issue features a cover story on Dan Deacon.
We take a look at a number of opportunities to engage in civic involvement here in Maryland, with Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and Caryn Aslan, Policy Associate at the Job Opportunities Task Force. First we will hear about the opportunity to attend Annapolis hearings on reforming the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights,Thursday, February 26th at 1pm and Thursday, March 12th at 1pm.
Also on Thursday, February 26, beginning at 9:30am, you can attend Lobby Day in Annapolis: Housing & Jobs. This annual lobby day, which will include a rally, march and opportunities to meet with legislators, is organized by Jobs Opportunity Task Force (JOTF), Healthcare for the Homeless, and Out for Justice.
We talk about Neighborhood Revitalization and Gentrification in Baltimore, and how we can create the city we want.
With: Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; Ben Stone, Executive Director of Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc.; Lena Leone, President of the New Greenmount West Association; John Duda, worker owner at Red Emma’s, Communications Coordinator for the Democracy Collaborative and a founding board member of Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies; and Mia Loving, Curator and Founder of Invisible Majority, a creative community incubator.
We preview of the newest lecture in Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Talking About Race series, taking place Thursday night. I will talk with Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative, a law practice dedicated to defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people, about his new book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. The book details one of the first cases Stevenson took on, that of Walter McMillan, a Black man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.
In our latest edition of Sound Bites, we begin the show with a young farmers and food justice advocates roundtable. Our panel of guests includes: Walker Marsh, Founder & Owner, The Flower Factory; Isabel Antreasian, Project Manager for Whitelock Community Farm; Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for Park Heights Community Health Alliance and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; and Charlotte Keniston, current Open Society Institute fellow working in partnership with Paul’s Place on community-led interventions to address food accessibility in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore.
We close out with a segment based on an article from last week’s City Paper: The search for Baltimore’s best matzo ball soup begins and ends at home. With: Evan Serpick, Editor of the Baltimore City Paper; and Myra Serpick, retired social worker and mother of Evan Serpick, who alleges that she makes the best matzo ball soup in Baltimore.
To honor science fiction writer Octavia Butler, who died on February 24, 2006, we examine diversity in the realm of science fiction, with: Ytasha L. Womack, author, filmmaker, and dancer, whose latest book is Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy; adrienne maree brown, co-
We commemorate the life and legacy of Malcolm X, who was assassinated on February 21, 1965, with: Mychal Denzel Smith, contributing writer at The Nation, blogger at TheNation.com, Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, and freelance writer and commentator whose work has appeared in various publications, including The Guardian, Ebony, and Huffington Post; Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of History and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University and author of a number of books including the award-winning Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America; and Dr. Yohuru R. Williams, Professor of History at Fairfield University, author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven and editor of A Constant Struggle: African-American History from 1865 to the Present, Documents and Essays.
We take a look at standardized testing in schools with: Delegate Eric Ebersole (District 12, Baltimore and Howard Counties), member of the Education Subcommittee in the House Ways and Means Committee and sponsor of the Maryland Legislative House Bill that would create a Commission to Review Maryland’s Use of Assessments and Testing in Public Schools; Cheryl Bost,Vice President of the Maryland State Education Association; and Dr. Jack Smith, Chief Academic Officer at the Maryland State Department of Education.
We speak with Palestinian filmmaker Fida Qishta about her compelling new film Where Should the Birds Fly. It’s the story of two young women living through war and blockade in Gaza. You can visit Qishta’s website here. She is currently raising funds to attend film school. You can donate here.