We close out the show with our weekly feature, This Week In City Paper, with Senior Editor Baynard Woods. This week’s City Paper featured Orioles fans and the LBS-BUDL public debate and the role of non-profits.
We return to the topic of Ferguson, Missouri, as a lead up to a town hall webcast that will be streamed Wednesday evening, sponsored by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century. Our panel of guests includes: Don Rojas, Director of Communications and Board Member of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW); Ron Hampton, retired DC Metropolitan Police Department Community Relations Officer, DC Representative for Blacks in Law Enforcement of America, former Executive Director of the National Black Police Association, and member of the Board of IBW; and Nkechi Taifa, senior policy analyst for civil and criminal justice reform at the Open Society Foundations.
Last week the Baltimore Sun reported that Maryland has one of the highest incidences of Lyme Disease in the U.S. To discuss the disease and efforts to prevent and treat it, we talk with: Gregg Kirk, founder of the Ticked Off Music Fest, lead singer/songwriter for the band The Zen Engines and former publisher of the Philadelphia/Delaware-based publication Big Shout Magazine, and a sufferer of chronic Lyme Disease for almost a decade; and Dr. Katherine Feldman, Maryland state public health veterinarian and chief of the state’s Center for Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Disease.
We examine why Western Muslims are joining Islamic State, with: Dr. Thabit Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto; Joyce Davis, author of Martyred: Innocence, Vengeance and Despair in the Middle East and Between Jihad and Salaam: Profiles in Islam President of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg; and Dr. Syed Farid Alatas, Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore.
In light of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team from Chicago making it to the Little League World Series – the first all African American team to become U.S. champions in over thirty years – we take a look at African Americans in baseball. With: Milton Kent, freelance journalist and Lecturer in the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University; and Jerry Bembry, veteran sports journalist and co-host of WEAA’sBlack Top Exchange Sports Report.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day petroleum was discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania, the day W.E.B. Du Bois died, and the birthday of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
It’s a brand new episode of Sound Bites where the topic is Climate Change, and our discussion springs from an article by Charles Mann in this month’s Atlantic Monthly: “How to Talk about Climate Change so People Will Listen.” First we examine the historical context of the climate change debate. Our guests are: Dr. Paul Sabin, associate professor in the Department of History at Yale University, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Yale’s undergraduate Environmental Studies major, and author of The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth’s Future; and Dr. Dale Jamieson, professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, and Director of the Animal Studies Initiative at New York University, and author of Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed – and What It Means For Our Future.
We close out Sound Bites with a diverse panel of guests who consider the reality of climate change and how we can effectively talk about it. Our guests are: Dr. Patrick Allitt, Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University and author of A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism; Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program;Daphne Wysham, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) where she directs the Genuine Progress Project; and Maryam Adrangi, campaigner with the Council of Canadians and organizer with a member of Rising Tide: Vancouver Coast Salish Territories.
On Wednesday night National Geographic Channel will premiere a feature titled “Drugs, Inc.: The High Wire,” which names Baltimore as the “heroin capital of America.” We take a close look at heroin abuse in Baltimore, with: Bern McBride, President and CEO of Behavioral Health System Baltimore; Woody Curry, therapist in private practice; and Dr. Scott Nolan, Director of the Drug Addiction Treatment Program at the Open Society Institute-Baltimore.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including Liberia declaring independence, the start of the Second Chechen War, and the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution taking effect, which gave women the right to vote.
We host a Local News Roundtable on such topics as: where funds from the new casino are going; community outrage over the killing of two more teenagers; and the role of the liquor board. With: Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University; Dr. Natasha Pratt-Harris, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Morgan State University; and Melody Simmons, independent investigative journalist and reporter for the Baltimore Brew.
Our panel of guests joins us for an International News Roundtable, where we discuss issues including the Ebola outbreak and the latest on Islamic State. With: Dr. Diane Griffin, Alfred and Jill Sommer Professor and Chair in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health;Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University; Zoe Carpenter, reporter at The Nation‘s Washington DC Bureau; and Dr. Richard Vatz,professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Towson University’s Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development.
We host a national and international news roundtable. We discuss recent news stories including the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State. Our guests are: Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; Jenna McLaughlin, Editorial Fellow in Mother Jones‘ Washington Bureau; Glen Ford, Executive Editor for The Black Agenda Report; and Lenny McAllister, Republican strategist and former congressional candidate, current host of “NightTalk: Get To The Point” on the Pittsburgh cable news channel and “Get Right with Lenny McAllister” on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA in Pittsburgh.
We reflect on the 25th Anniversary of Director Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. The movie will be shown this weekend at The Charles Theatre in Baltimore. We’re joined by author, filmmaker and Coppin State University professor D. Watkins; award-winning actor Roger Guenveur Smith, who played “Smiley” in Do the Right Thing; and WEAA’s own Carla Wills, Executive Producer of News and Public Affairs.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including a 1791 slave revolt in Saint-Domingue, which marked the beginning a 12 year revolution that led to the formation of Haiti, the killing of Irish activist and politician Michael Collins, and the murder of Huey P. Newton.
Yesterday, the family of Tyrone West held their weekly West Wednesday protest in front of City Hall. This week, people rallied in solidarity with Tyrone West, Michael Brown, Anthony Anderson, and other victims of police brutality. They marched through Downtown Baltimore and the Inner Harbor. Producer Mark Gunnery was there and shares some of the voices from the march and rally. Included are the voices of Michael Travis Wiggins-Bey, Tawanda Jones and Brendon Joyner.
We explore the history of Ferguson, Missouri, and hear from individuals who live there. My co-host is Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University.
Our guests are: Jeffrey Smith, Assistant Professor in the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at the New School, former Missouri state senator, and author of this article for the New Republic: “You Can’t Understand Ferguson Without First Understanding These Three Things: Reflections from a former state senator from St. Louis;” Dr. Clarence Lang, Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies and American Studies at the University of Kansas, Associate Editor of The Journal of African American History, author of Grassroots at the Gateway: Class Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, 1936-75, and co-editor with Robbie Lieberman of Anticommunism and the African American Freedom Movement: “Another Side of the Story;” andSenator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Missouri state Senator for St. Louis County-District 14, who has been at the protests since the beginning.
We consider Baltimore in the context of the events of Ferguson. With: Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West who died while in police custody in July 2013 in Baltimore; Diana Butler, Tyrone West’s aunt; 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; St. Louis recording artist Tef Poe; and the Rev.Kevin A. Slayton, Sr.
We return to the events in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death by police of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Our guests will include: Dr. Tara Bynum, Assistant Professor of English at Towson University; and the Rev.Kevin A. Slayton, Sr., pastor at New Waverly United Methodist Church.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, which crushed the Prague Spring, the births of Connie Chung and H.P. Lovecraft, and the end of the Iran-Iraq war.
On a live (call-in) episode of Sound Bites, we look at the state of small farmers today. As a follow-up to last week’s New York Times article “Don’t let your children grow up to be farmers,” the first question we ask is: Are small farmers able to survive and prosper off the land? With: Don Bustos of the Santa Cruz Farm in NM, an award-winning sustainable farmer who produces food on the same New Mexico land his ancestors have farmed for 300 years; Joel Salatin, who wrote a response to the Times article, is a full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and author of Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World; and Jenny Hopkinson, who covers Agriculture and Food Policy issues for Politico Pro.
Following that discussion, small farmers weigh in and talk about their own experiences: Denzel Mitchell, Founder and Farm Manager, Five Seeds Family Farm and Apiary; Cheryl Carmona, Co-founder of Boone Street Farm in East Baltimore; Ted Wycall third generation farmer at Greenbranch Farm in Salisbury, MD; and Carole Morrison of Bird’s Eye View Farm in Pocomoke City.
We take another look at Ferguson, Missouri, from a couple different perspectives. My co-host for this discussion is Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and we hear from our listeners.
We first reflect on the result of the most recent autopsy of Michael Brown and then will explore the gap between young and old activists and consider the question: Would anyone be paying attention without this type of protest?
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day news broke on the East Coast about the gold rush in California, the day Radio Caroline was raided, and the birthday of singer and harmonica player Lynwood Slim.
We examine solutions for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, considering whether a one- or two-state solution is more viable, with these experts: Alan Elsner, Vice President for Communications of J Street; and Zahi Khamis, a Palestinian educator and artist from Nazareth.
We take an in-depth look at the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by the police last week. The issue will be addressed from the perspectives of police/community relations, the culture of policing, and the militarization of police departments nationwide.
Our panel of guests for this discussion will include: the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist and pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church; Nadra Enzi,
community policing activist in New Orleans and member of the national advisory council of the black leadership network Project 21; 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; Doug Ward, Director of Johns Hopkins University’s Division of Public Safety Leadership; Jacqui Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside; and author Kristian Williams, whose books include Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern Democracy and Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America.
Marc discusses events from this day in history, including women’s suffrage passing in 1920, the Battle of Britain in 1940, and the first black person graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1963.
In another Arts-related archive edition, we talk about the world and work of Transgender Artists, with: Rahne Alexander, artist, lead singer for The Degenerettes, and Operations & Development Manager at the Maryland Film Festival; and Tona Brown, classically-trained violinist and vocalist, and leader of the Aida Strings Ensemble.
We bring you a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show: The Songs That Served as the Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement! As we play the songs, you hear from co-host Lea Gilmore, Senior Fellow for Social Justice at the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, award-winning musician and singer, and Center for Emerging Media Cultural Editor, as well as: Dr. Bernard Lafayette, a civil rights leader who worked with SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), and AFSC (American Friends Service Committee); and Gaye Adegbalola, Blues singer and activist.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day the Republic of the Congo gained its independence, the day the Panama Canal opened and the day Belgian painter René Magritte died.
We bring you a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show: Technology and the Brain. We explore how the technological devices that have become commonplace in our society have altered the way we think, with: Steven Yantis, Chairman of the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department of Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Sergey Golitsynskiy, Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Northern Iowa.
We speak with fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead and Ernestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female bodybuilder. They are joined by Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP) at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. Rhonda manages the program that provides free breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings for uninsured women and men from the ages of 40-64 living in Baltimore City.
Guest host Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University, sits in for Marc. We turn to the topic of Masculinity and Violence. Our guests are: Michael Eugene Johnson, Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Institute for Social Change, and Bobby Marvin Holmes, youth development professional, filmmaker and co-producer Of Live Young Blood, Producer of the Anthony Mccarthy Show on WEAA.
Marc shares some of the things that happened on this day in history, including the US invasion of Nicaragua in 1912, the birth of Molefi Kete Asante, Afrocentrist and Professor of African Studies at Temple University, and the death of William Randolph Hearst.
At 10:30, stay tuned to learn about the Positive Social Change Theater Program, with Koli Tengella, 2010 Open Society Institute Community Fellow and Executive Director of the Kulichagulia Project. Tengella teaches his program at the Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High.
You are invited to a performance of “Around Our Way,” with a cast of Baltimore City residents, parents and their children, about conflict resolution between neighbors to prevent the escalation of violence. The performance is open to the public and will be followed by a panel discussion, and will be held at 6:00 pm Wednesday night at the Cahill Recreation Center in Baltimore.
Now more than ever, mental health in the African-American community is a crucial issue. We discuss, with: Dr. Grady Dale, clinical psychologist and co-founder of the American Institute for Urban Psychological Services; and Mothyna James-Brightful, Visionary Director for Heal A Woman To Heal A Nation.
Marc discusses some events from this day in history, including the deaths of Florence Nightingale, HG Wells, and Julia Child, and the births of Annie Oakley, Alfred Hitchcock, and Fidel Castro. It is also the day the Central African Republic declared its independence.
In this week’s edition of Sound Bites, listen in to find out why U.S.apples have been banned in Europe, with: Tom Philpott, Mother Jones Food and Agriculture correspondent; Sonya Lunder, Senior Analyst with the Environmental Working Group; and Marilyn Dolan, Executive Director of the Alliance for Food and Farming.
Then we take a look at what’s in your chicken nuggets! Tom Philpott, Mother Jones Food and Agriculture correspondent, shares some unsettling facts about the ingredients in those finger-sized treats that have become a staple of fast food America.
We close out the show with Ava Chin, author of Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal, who tells us about the wild edibles you can find out in the world in the month of August.
Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University, sits in for Marc as guest host.
We focus on the killings of Michael Brown and Renisha McBride. Renisha McBride was the 19-year old Michigan woman who was fatally shot in the face last year by Theodore Wafer after her car broke down and she walked onto Wafer’s porch seeking help. Wafer was recently convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting. Michael Brown is the teenager who was fatally shot by police in a suburb of St. Louis last Saturday; all accounts state that the young man was holding his hands in the air while police shot him multiple times.
Our panel of guests includes: Carla Murphy, reporter and blogger for Colorlines.org; Dr. Margaret Flowers, organizer with PopularResistance.org and co-host of the Clearing the FOG Radio Program; and Edward Wyckoff Williams, contributing editor at The Root and Political Contributor and Special Correspondent with AlJazeera America.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day American painter and musician Jean-Michel Basquiat died, the day Isaac Singer was granted a patent for his sewing machine, and the day South Africa was banned from the Olympic Games due to the country’s racist policies.
We close the show with a discussion of current events in Iraq, with: Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar at American Enterprise Institute, former Pentagon official, and author of Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes; Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies; and Ross Caputi, Marine Corps veteran of the occupation of Iraq and member of the Board of Directors of Islah, an organization designed for individuals who feel that they were/are complicit in war, occupation, and displacement and who want to take responsibility for harm committed in their name.
We turn to the topic of the possibility of water privatization in Baltimore, with: Lauren DeRusha, National Campaign Organizer of Corporate Accountability International; and Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
We speak with Karl Alexander, Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood. We talk about a 30-year study in which Alexander and his team tracked 800 children in Baltimore from first grade until their late 20′s to discover what factors determine success. The study found that a child’s fate is often determined by family strength and the parents’ financial status.
We then discuss the findings with Bill Fletcher, Senior Scholar at Institute for Policy Studies; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; Jordan Bloom, Opinion Editor for the Daily Caller and board member of Alumni for Liberty, a project of the Students for Liberty; 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.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the start of the Watts Race Riots, the day civil rights attorney Oliver White Hill Sr. was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton, and the day the world’s first roller rink opened in Rhode Island.
We look at the life and legacy of Betty Friedan, with: Stephanie Coontz, whose book, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s, traces the impact of Friedan’s seminal 1963 work, The Feminine Mystique. Coontz is a Professor of History and Family Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and serves as Co-Chair and Director of Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families.
Listen to a Marc Steiner Show archive edition as Blues and Gospel singer and Center for Emerging Media Cultural Editor Lea Gilmore joins us for a segment on Arts and Culture. Lea and I talk with two Baltimore-based visual artists: Mark Cottman, owner of the Mark Cottman Gallery in Federal Hill; and Jeffrey Kent, visual artist.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day the African Baptist Church was organized in Boston, the day Janis Joplin bought a headstone for the grave of her greatest influence Bessie Smith, and the day Cesar Chavez was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.
Remember the scare over BPA in plastic water bottles? Have you ever wondered what other chemicals are in common products and how they effect us? Our guest today is McKay Jenkins, who set out to find out about the many (and often unregulated) chemicals we’re exposed to every day. He is the author of the book What’s Gotten Into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World.
Author Walter Mosley joins us to talk about his book “Twelve Steps Toward Political Revelation.” The book provides a 12-step program for kicking “Americanism”–an addictive and pernicious ideology that encourages “tolerance to lies, worldwide aggression . . . pain and lifelong unhappiness.” Mosley elaborates on what he sees wrong with society and how to cure these ills.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day President George Washington invoked the Militia Acts of 1792 to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania, the day in 1960 Black and white students staged kneel-in demonstrations in Atlanta churches, and the day Simón Bolívar triumphed over Spain in the Battle of Boyacá.
Dr. Charles Limb and Dr. Mariale Hardiman are pioneers in the field of neuro-education. In lay terms, that means applying what we know about the brain to help teachers be more effective. One important area of their research is arts integration – using the arts to teach traditional academic disciplines. So today we sat down with them to talk about whether putting more art in the classroom – whether it’s theater in history class, music in math, or poetry in chemistry – can help kids learn.
Dr. Charles Limb is Director of Research for the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Neuro Education Initiative, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and Faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Dr. Mariale Hardiman is Assistant Dean of Urban School Partnerships at the Johns Hopkins University, a former principal in the Baltimore City Public School System, and author of Connecting Brain Research with Effective Teaching: The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model
What does the sweet stuff you put in your coffee have to do with the French Revolution? Or the history of slavery in the Caribbean and United States? We find out in this conversation with Marc Aronsonand Marina Budhos, authors of Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science.
We begin our newest episode of Sound Bites with an update on the status of the proposed poultry manure-burning power plant on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Baltimore Sun reported last week that the state of the plant is now in limbo, with Maryland state officials considering whether to give Green Planet Power Solutions, the company chosen to build the 13.4-megawatt plant, a nearly $35 million subsidy. Our guests are: Patrick Thompson, President and CEO of EnergyWorks Group based in Annapolis, Maryland; Ann Swanson, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission; Tim Wheeler, reporter for The Baltimore Sun; and Michele Merkel, co-director of the Food and Water Justice Project at Food and Water Watch.
Last week the Nation magazine reported that nearly one in every three restaurant workers suffers from food insecurity. With us to discuss this statistic is Michelle Chen, writer for the Nation, contributing editor at In These Times, associate editor at CultureStrike, and co-producer of “Asia Pacific Forum” on Pacifica’s WBAI and Dissent Magazine’s “Belabored” podcast.
Listen in to our rebroadcast ofRememberingYuri Kochiyama, Japanese American human rights activist who died in June, with: Diane Fujino, Associate Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies and an affiliate faculty member of Black Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and author of Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama and Samurai Among Panthers: Richard Aoki On Race, Resistance, and a Paradoxical Life.
We have an International Roundtable on Gaza, Ukraine and President Obama’s Foreign Policy. With: Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication, co-Editor ofMalcolm X: A Lie of Reinvention and author of I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto, and he can be found online at imixwhatilike.org; 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. Steven Bucci, Director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy for the Heritage Foundation.
We have a special tribute to James Baldwin, who would have celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday, with: Kevin Brown, owner of Station North Arts Cafe and Founder and President of the James Baldwin Literary Society; and Reginald Harris, Poetry in the Branches Coordinator and IT Director for Poets House in New York City, and Recipient of the 2012 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for Autogeography.
We examine the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with: Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University; Dr. John Eldridge, Chief Scientific Officer of Profectus Biosciences; and Emira Woods, Director of Social Impact at ThoughtWorks, a software consulting firm dedicated to economic and social justice, and Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.
We host a local and national news roundtable. Our topics include: the Republican Party’s lawsuit against President Obama; Eric Garner’s death being ruled a homicide; immigration; the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) giving their “Thumbs Down” award to NPR; and the tragic death of a 3-year-old girl who killed by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting in the Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore this weekend. Our guests are: Dr. LesterSpence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University; ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University; Tyrone Keys, author, public affairs strategist and public relations expert; Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University; and Rob Drowos, Member of the 300 Man March Street Engagement Unit.
We learn about the struggle of African Americans to gain freedom during the Revolutionary War, with Alan Gilbert, John Evans Professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, who talks about his book Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1834, the day of the Warsaw Uprising during World War II, and the day Puerto Rican revolutionary Lolita Lebrón passed away.
We speak with members of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle about projects they are working on now. We are joined by Adam Jackson, CEO, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.
Author Robert McChesney joins us to talk about his latest book, Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy, about the relationship between economic power and the digital world.
We speak with members of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle about projects they are working on now. We are joined by Adam Jackson, CEO, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.
Hear a special archive edition of our show, featuring the inspirational life of Baltimore’s own Jean Albert Renaud, former Motown singer, horseman, wild Mustang rancher, and founder of Protect Yourself 1 and Project Arrowhead, two programs for at-risk youth. Click here to read our Yes! Magazine article on Renaud from 2011.
The Protect Yourself 1Annual Fundraising Event is this Saturday August 2, 2014, from noon to 7 PM. Spend a great day at Sunshine Acres at 29938 Kidds Schoolhouse Road in Parkton, MD. You can hear Renaud perform, watch a horse training demonstration, eat local organic food, learn about the mission of Protect Yourself 1, and enjoy walking the grounds of Sunshine Acres, which backs up to the Prettyboy Reservoir. Tickets are available here. For more information call 443.670.7467.
Listen to a debate on the situation in Gaza, with: Jay Bernstein, Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Baltimore Zionist District and Host of Shalom USA Radio; and 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.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day the city of Baltimore was founded, the day President Lincoln issued an “eye-for-eye” order to shoot a rebel prisoner for every black prisoner shot, and the day Charles Mingus recorded his solo Piano Album ‘Mingus Plays Piano’.
We start off this week’s episode of Sound Bites with a story about a local man who has eaten pizza every day for 25 years. We talk with Dan Janssen, whohas been eating almost nothing but pizza for 25 years and is the subject of a VICE “Munchies” documentary called Pizza King; and Justin Levy, producer of the documentary.
Then look at how the O’Malley administration is approaching phosphorus regulations for the Chesapeake Bay, with Tim Wheeler, reporter for B’More Green, the Baltimore Sun‘s environmental blog.
We close the show by listening in to the second installment of the broadcast of the last of our series of Good Food Gathering Town Hall Meetings: Acting Well. The meeting was held on July 9 at the Netivot Shalom Congregation in Pikesville. We explored how congregations and individuals can engage in projects – from communal gardens to policy work – that have the potential to effect systemic change on our food system. Joining us were: Dr. Surina Jordan, who conducts wellness classes at Huber Memorial Church, and is author of the book The Seven Disciplines of Wellness; Abbe Zuckerberg, who organized a faith garden and compost project at Netivot Shalom Congregation; Robi Rawl, who is the Executive Director of Sugar Free Kids, an organization that encourages congregations to engage in political actions that improve the health of children; and Michael J. Wilson, Executive Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions.
We host a local and state politics roundtable, where the topics of discussion include Governor Martin O’Malley’s run for the Presidency; the Baltimore State’s Attorney race; and what will the fall look like politically.
With: the Rev. Meredith Moise, writer, community activist and teacher, one of the first African-American people ordained within the Old Catholic Movement in Baltimore, and currently working at a nonprofit that organizes communities in Baltimore to purchase clean energy collectively; Tyrone Keys, author and public affairs strategist; and Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the 1968 Papal ban of the contraceptive pill, as well as all other artificial means of birth control, the birth of Kwame Toure’, formerly known as Stokley Carmichael, and the death of Cass Elliot.
We close out the show with a feature from YES! Magazine, on how the people of Appalachia are breaking the grip of the fossil fuel economy and creating an Appalachian post-coal economy, with: Elandria Williams, who works on the education team at the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee, where she coordinates youth and intergenerational organizing for the Seeds of Fire program and does much of the work around economics and alternative economies; and Laura Flanders, author and journalist who hosts the current events show GritTV, and whose most recent book is Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians.
As the situation in Israel/Palestine intensifies, it becomes more and more important to hear reports on the conflict. Joining us are Mohammed Sulaiman, Palestinian journalist from Gaza who works with the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights; Lia Tarachansky, Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network; and the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist and pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church.
We discuss the national news from this week with a panel of experts. Are incidents of police brutality like the Eric Garner killing isolated or evidence of institutionalized problems? Was the Ravens’ reaction to Ray Rice’s incident appropriate?
Our guests will be: Dr. Richard Vatz, Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Towson University’s Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; Dr. Anika Simpson, Professor in the Department of Philosopy and Religious Studies at Morgan State University; and longtime journalist and commentator Bob Somerby, Editor of The Daily Howler.
Today is the birthday of singer Ethel Waters, whose tough childhood didn’t keep her from success. Also today: Duel executions, as Thomas Cromwell was executed on a charge of treason, and Robespierre was executed by guillotine without a trial, years apart on the same day.
We listen to another episode of our documentary series about the Vietnam War, Shared Weight.Today it’sM*A*S*H 1969-Visions of War, Dreams of Peace.We hear the compelling stories of poet George Evans and the late author Linda Van Devanter. In a tale that could have come straight out of the movie and TV series M*A*S*H, Evans relays his experience as an Air Force medic who became the first soldier to defeat his court martial. And then we hear the powerful and heart-wrenching story of Van Devanter, who served as a surgical nurse in 1969 and 1970, and whose memoirHome Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam inspired the 1980′s hit TV series China Beach.
We listen to another episode of our documentary series about the Vietnam War, Shared Weight. We hear Artists Born of War, where artists and writers from all sides of the Vietnam War reveal how that conflict influenced – and maybe even birthed – their work. Featured authors include: Tim O’Brien (The Things They Carried); Bao Ninh (The Sorrow of War); and Wayne Karlin (Wandering Souls: Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Viet Nam).
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the abolition of slavery in Chile, Alabama dropping rape charges against the so-called “Scottsboro Boys,” and the birth of Barry Bonds.
We listen in to a special broadcast of another episode of our documentary about the Vietnam War, Shared Weight. In this episode, The Gilchrest Brothers, you will hear the heart-rendering story of the Gilchrest brothers: former Republican Congressman Wayne Gilchrest, his brothers Jeffrey and Alan who served with him in Vietnam, their brother Richard who served in the Navy, and Clifford, who remained home to teach. We join the brothers as they reflect on how their world views and personal lives were affected by that conflict.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the creation of the Province of Canada, the validation of African American citizenship through the 14th amendment, and the launch of anti-Chinese riots in San Francisco. It is also the day Amy Winehouse died in 2011.
This month, Marc moderated another Good Food Gathering Town Hall Meeting, this time at the Netivot Shalom Congregation in Pikesville. We discussed “Acting Well,” and explored how congregations and individuals can effect systemic change on our food system. Joining us were Dr. Surina Jordan, who conducts wellness classes at Huber Memorial Church, and author of the book The Seven Disciplines of Wellness;Abbe Zuckerberg, who organized a faith garden and compost project at Netivot Shalom Congregation; Robi Rawl, who is the Executive Director of Sugar Free Kids, an organization that encourages congregations to engage in political actions that improve the health of children; and Michael J. Wilson, Executive Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions.
This town hall meeting was sponsored by the Hopkins Baltimore Food & Faith Project, Interfaith Power & Light, and The Marc Steiner Show.
We turn to the topic of violence, its representation in the media and culture, masculinity’s role in violence, and violence’s effects on our youth. Our panel of guests includes: Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University; Meshelle, The Indie Mom Of Comedy, former OSI Baltimore Community Fellow and Founder of Goaldiggers, The Sankofa Project; and the Rev. Heber Brown, community activist and Pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the births of Emma Lazarus and George Clinton, the death of Errico Malatesta, and 1946 King David Hotel bombing, when a Zionist underground organization, the Irgun, bombs the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, site of the civil administration and military headquarters for Mandate Palestine, resulting in 91 deaths.
We continue listening back to our series on the Vietnam American War, Shared Weight. In this segment, we meet Woody Cuury, a veteran from the Baltimore ghetto, who talks about how he survived the despair of war and transformed himself.
We listen back to our series on the Vietnam American War, Shared Weight. Two young soldiers meet on a jungle trail, one lives, one dies. Their fates are connected for 40 years. This is the story of Homer Steedly, and the journal of the young soldier he killed.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the publication of the first daily Black newspaper, The New Orleans Tribune, in 1864, the births of Don Knotts, Ernest Hemingway, and Marshall McLuhan, and the death of Robert Burns.
We rebroadcast our special two-hour tribute to Nelson Mandela to honor his birthday. You will hear from a vast array of guests from around the globe – some of whom fought with Mandela in the struggle to end Apartheid – who will discuss the life and legacy of this legendary international leader and fighter for justice.
Our first guest is Brenda Leonard, Managing Director of Bush Radio in Cape Town, South Africa, who will talk about who Mandela was and how South Africa reacted to the news of his death. Leonard was an officer in the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC).
We then turn to the topic of the history of the struggle against Apartheid. Our guests are: Dr. Robert Edgar, Professor of African Studies at Howard University; and Danny Schechter, who created the South Africa Now series, made 6 documentaries with Nelson Mandela and just published Madiba A to Z: the Many Faces of Nelson Mandela in association with the Mandela Long Walk To Freedom Movie; and Brenda Leonard.
In the second hour, we examine Mandela’s legacy and the contemporary politics of South Africa. Joining us are: Dr. Patrick Bond, Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he has directed the Centre for Civil Society since 2004; Dr. Simon Stacey, Director of the Honors College at University of Maryland Baltimore County; Emira Woods, co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa; and Zane Ibrahim, joining us from the Netherlands, who grew up in the time of Mandela’s activities and was in exile at the time of the resistance.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including Detroit declaring bankruptcy in 2013, the births of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and M.I.A., and the deaths of Mimi Fariña and Jane Austen.
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