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Julius White, New WEAA 88.9FM’s News Director

WEAA 88.9FMJune 28, 2016 – Segment 4

We close the show with WEAA 88.9FM’s new News Director Julius White!

Lea Gilmore On ‘Bluesivism’ & Social Justice

Lea GilmoreJune 28, 2016 – Segment 3

Center for Emerging Media Cultural Editor, activist, and world-renowned Blues and Gospel singer Lea Gilmore joins us to talk about her GoFundMe campaign to produce her next album, Bluesivism. The CD combines her love of Blues with her activism and deep sense of social justice, and a portion of the sales from the CD will go to organizations working against modern day slavery and sex trafficking.


Remembering Baltimore Rapper Lor Scoota

Lor ScootaJune 28, 2016 – Segment 2

Our guests reflect upon Saturday’s tragic killing of Baltimore Rapper and activist Lor Scoota. With: DevRock, Minister of Culture for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Mothyna James-Brightful, Director of Community Education and Training with Turn Around Inc., and Director of operations for Heal a Woman Heal a Nation; and D Watkins, columnist for Salon.com, professor of Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore, founder of the BMORE Writers Project, and author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir.


The Art of Storytelling: A Space To Share Personal Experiences With Baltimore Police

The Art of StorytellingJune 28, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a preview of an important event happening this Thursday at 6:00 pm at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center: “The Art of Storytelling” is a space to share personal experiences with Baltimore Police using any form of expression. With: Kisha Brown, Director of Baltimore City’s Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement.
The Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement’s Civilian Review Board Police Complaint Mediation Program presents “The Art of Storytelling” at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 N Howard St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, Thursday at 6 PM.  Come to a free and creative space and share experiences and interactions you’ve had with Baltimore City Police using any form of expression. With testimonials, songs, poems, photography, artwork, and more, the evening will provide a rare and much needed platform for healthy and artistic exchanges concerning civil liberties and social issues.

Baltimore Planning Commission Approves Port Covington Master Plan

Port CovingtonJune 27, 2016 – Segment 3

Our guests discuss last week’s approval of the Port Covington Master Plan by the Baltimore Planning Commission. 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; Natalie Sherman, who writes about real estate and economic development for the Baltimore Sun; Charly Carter, Executive Director of Maryland Working Families; and Melody Simmons, reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal.


Analyzing Brexit, Great Britain’s Vote Last Week To Leave The EU

epa05388301 Protestors gather outside N10 Downing Street on the day British Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation after losing the vote in the EU Referendum outside N10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 24 June 2016. Approximately 52 percent voted for Leave in the so-called Brexit referendum.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGAJune 27, 2016 – Segment 2

Our guests reflect upon and analyze Brexit, Great Britain’s vote last week to leave the European Union. With: Maria Margaronis, contributing editor to The Nation, based in the London bureau; Dr. Steve Isberg, Associate Professor of Finance Merrick School of Business University of Baltimore; and Neil Davidson, who teaches at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.


The Impact Of Recent Supreme Court Rulings

SCOTUSJune 27, 2016 – Segment 1

We take a look at recent and upcoming Supreme Court decisions. With: Native American writer, father, attorney, and artist Gyasi Ross, member of the Blackfeet Tribe and author of How To Say I Love You In Indian; and Elie Mystal, Legal Editor of More Perfect, Radiolab’s new spinoff podcast about the Supreme Court, and writer for the site “Above the Law,”

Ellen Siegel: Picture Kindness, On Behalf Of Refugees In Lebanon

Ellen SiegelJune 24, 2016 – Segment 4

We close the show with Ellen Siegel, who remembers the 1982 Sabra and Shatila Massacre. Siegel first visited Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon in 1972. Since that time she has been an active member and supporter of the Jewish and Israeli peace movements, and has supported the Palestinian solidarity cause. She volunteered her nursing services in 1982 during Israeli’s war on Lebanon. She worked in Gaza Hospital, Sabra refugee camp in Beirut and was present during the massacre. She testified before the Kahan Commission of Inquiry. She continues to work part-time as a nurse iand serves on the Medical Committee of the American Near East Refugee Aid.
Picture Kindness, an open house fundraising event on behalf of refugees in Lebanon, will take place on Saturday June 25th from 4 to 8pm at the XOL Gallery located at 830 Park Avenue in Baltimore. More information is available from Ronda Cooperstein at 410-486-6307. All funds will directly benefit refugees via the work of Ellen Siegel in coordination with socialcare.org.

Letter from Baltimore: The City That Bleeds: Freddie Gray and the Makings of an American Uprising

Letter from BaltimoreJune 24, 2016 – Segment 3

We talk with Baltimore native Lawrence Jackson, who is a contributor to Harper’s Magazine. In the July issue, Jackson’s “Letter from Baltimore: The City That Bleeds: Freddie Gray and the Makings of an American Uprising” weaves the story of his family’s migration to Baltimore with its brutal implementation of the broken-windows policing theory on its streets and in its schools. “Who doesn’t know,” Jackson asks, “that as American cities became blacker in the Fifties and Sixties, police departments felt fewer qualms about ‘cleaning them up’ with deadly force?”


Exploring The Legal & Social Consequences Of Officer Goodson Not Guilty Verdict In Death Of Freddie Gray

Officer Goodson trialJune 24, 2016 – Segment 2

We host a Legal Roundtable on today’s not guilty verdict for Officer Caesar Goodson in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Steven Levin, Partner at Levin & Curlett LLC and former federal prosecutor; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.
Then, we continue our discussion on the Officer Goodson verdict, with a community roundtable of panelists, including: Dominque Stevenson, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black PantherDr. Robert Birt, author of The Liberatory Thought of Martin Luther King Jr.: Critical Essays on the Philosopher King, and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bowie State University; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.

Tengella’s Take: A Message To Our Police

Koli TengellaJune 24, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with the newest edition of Tengella’s Take with Koli Tengella. Koli is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.


Officer Caesar Goodson Found Not Guilty In The Death Of Freddie Gray

Caesar GoodsonJune 23, 2016 – Segment 3

The verdict in the Officer Caesar Goodson trial, in the death of Freddie Gray, is scheduled for this morning. Our panel of guests will discuss and analyze the decision.

With: media consultant and political strategist Catalina ByrdDr. Natasha Pratt-Harris, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Morgan State University; Eugene Craig III, grassroots activist and 3rd Vice-Chair of the Maryland Republican State Party; Charles Robinson, Political and Business Correspondent For Maryland Public Television; and Tom Maronick, Baltimore attorney and Host of The Tom Moore Show on AM 680 WCBM; Doug Colbert, professor of law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; Ralikh Hayes, coordinator of Bmore Bloc; and Tariq Touré, Baltimore activist, essayist, and poet.

 


Congressman Sarbanes On Congressional Sit-In To Force Gun Control Vote

CongressJune 23, 2016 – Segment 2

We turn to yesterday’s sit-in by members of Congress, an action held in the attempt to force a vote on gun control measures. With Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes (D-3rd District).


Sankofa: From Baltimore to Cuba

From Baltimore To CubaJune 23, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a look at an event happening tonight that will help 14 students travel from Baltimore to Cuba. The Africa Diaspora Alliance and Muse 360 Arts are teaming together on Sankofa: From Baltimore to Cuba. We will talk with Sharayna A. Christmas, Executive Director of Muse 360 Arts, and Bashi Rose, Founder of D.R.A.M.A. (Direct Responses Alleviate Misdirected Aggression) and videographer/editor at The Real News Network.
Sankofa: From Baltimore to Cuba will take place tonight from 6-10pm at the Living Classrooms Douglass-Meyers Maritime Museum, 1417 Thames Street in Baltimore. For more information go to www.muse360.org.

City Paper This Week: The Music Issue

City Paper This WeekJune 22, 2016 – Segment 4

Listen to our regular feature City Paper This WeekMarc Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery interviews City Paper Deputy Editor and Arts Editor Brandon Soderberg about this week’s issue, the Music Issue.

Mychal Denzel Smith: Invisible Man, Got The Whole World Watching

Mychal Denzel SmithJune 22, 2016 – Segment 3

I interview Mychal Denzel Smith about his new book Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching. Smith is a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute and a contributing writer for The Nation magazine. He has also written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Salon, Feministing.com, The Guardian, The Root, theGriot, ThinkProgress, and The Huffington Post, and he has been a featured commentator on NPR, BBC radio, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, HuffPost Live, and a number of other radio and television programs.


What The Utah V. Strieff SCOTUS Decision Means For Illegal Police Stops

Justice SotomayorJune 22, 2016 – Segment 2

We turn to the U.S. Supreme Court, as we examine the decision that was handed down on Monday in Utah v. Strieff, in which SCOTUS ruled that evidence found by police officers after illegal stops may be used in court if the officers conducted their searches after learning that the defendants had outstanding arrest warrants. With: Adam Liptak, Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.


Baltimore’s Port Covington Master Plan Vote Expected Thursday

Port CovingtonJune 22, 2016 – Segment 1

We continue our discussion on the proposed Port Covington development. It is expected that the city’s Planning Commission will vote on the master plan for the development on Thursday. We talk with Melody Simmons, reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal who covers real estate and economic development.

Talking About Race: Confronting The New Islamophobia

Against the New IslamophobiaJune 21, 2016 – Segment 3

Our guest host is Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.

We preview an upcoming event hosted by Open Society Institute-Baltimore, “Talking About Race: Confronting the New Islamophobia.” With: Deepa Iyer, senior fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion and author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future; and Amardeep Singh, program officer in Open Society Foundation’s National Security and Human Rights Campaign.

Talking About Race: Confronting the New Islamophobia will take place Thursday, June 23, 7pm, at the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University.  Click here for more information. 


The Other Game Seven: The Story of Sports Owners & How They Reshape the Cities They Do Business In

The Other Game SevenJune 21, 2016 – Segment 2

Our guest host is Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.

We look at links between sports, development, and Port Covington, based on an article by Dr. Lester Spence in Jacobin magazine: The Other Game Seven: Beyond the drama on the basketball court is the story of sports owners and how they reshape the cities they do business in. With: David J. Leonard, professor at Washington State University and author of After Artest: The NBA and the Assault on Blackness and the forthcoming Playing While White: Privilege & Power on/off the Field; and journalist Rachel Cohen, who just published an article in Slate.com on the proposed Port Covington project.


National News Roundtable: Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager Fired, The Importance Of The Supreme Court, and The Future Of The Republican Party

Donald TrumpJune 21, 2016 – Segment 1

Our guest host is Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.
On our National News Roundtable, our panelists discuss topics including the firing of Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager, the importance of the Supreme Court, and the state of the Republican Party. With: Vincent Hutchings, Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research; and Sarah Van Gelder, co-founder and editor at large of YES! Magazine and YesMagazine.org.

Sports: NBA Finals & Remembering Len Bias

NBA FinalsJune 20, 2016 – Segment 3

Last night was game 7 of the NBA finals, and we check in with Alejandro “Ali” Danois for his input and analysis. Danois is the Editor-in-Chief of The Shadow League and a freelance sports and entertainment writer whose work has been published by the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, and Los Angeles Times, among many others. His first book, The Boys of Dunbar, A Story of Love, Hope and Basketball, will be published in September of 2016.

We are also joined by: writer, poet, and activist Tariq Touré and Andre Melton, co-Host of The Flex Zone and board operator at WEAA.


Tragedy in Orlando: Gun Violence, Masculinity & Safe Spaces

OrlandoJune 20, 2016 – Segment 2

We turn to the tragedy in Orlando, in light of the most recent happenings and information. With: Writer, poet, and activist Tariq Touré; Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park; Bryanna Jenkins, Executive Director of the Baltimore Trans Alliance; and Jetaime Celestine, radical educator and co-instructor for the Baltimore Free School’s Black Feminism and Intersectionality class.

 


Following the Trial of Officer Caesar Goodson in the Death of Freddie Gray

Officer Caesar GoodsonJune 20, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a look at the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Steven Levin, Partner at Levin & Curlett LLC and former federal prosecutor; writer, poet, and activist Tariq Touré; and Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park.


Green Party Candidate Roundtable: Dr. Jill Stein, Dr. Margaret Flowers, & Joshua Harris

Green Party Candidate 2016 (Source: Margaret Flowers FB)June 17, 2016 – Segment 2

We host an interview with three Green Party candidates: Dr Jill Stein, who is running for President; Dr. Margaret Flowers, who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Barbara Mikulski; and Joshua Harris, candidate for Mayor of Baltimore.


Tengella’s Take: Father’s Day

Koli Tengella (Credit: Examiner)June 17, 2016 – Segment 1

We host our regular weekly feature Tengella’s Take with Koli Tengella. Koli is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.


Health and Fitness with Chauncey and Rhonda

Ernestine Shepherd (Credit: Ego-Alterego)June 16, 2016 – Segment 2

It’s our monthly conversation on Health & Fitness with fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.
This Saturday marks the 3rd anniversary of the monthly community walks in Druid Hill Park hosted by Chauncey and Ernestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female bodybuilder. It’s a special occasion for another reason, too – we will be celebrating Miss Ernestine’s 80th Birthday!! The walk begins at 7:30am near the tennis courts at Druid Hill Park on Saturday, June 18. We hope to see you there!!

James Joyce, Bloomsday and Ulysses

joyceJune 16, 2016 – Segment 1

Today is Bloomsday, the annual celebration of the life and work of James Joyce and his masterpiece Ulysses. Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery brings us an interview with Zein El-Amine, activist and host of the radio show Shay Wa Nana on WPFW, which centers on politics and culture in the Middle East. He is also a lecturer at the University of Maryland and leads literary study abroad programs to Ireland and Morocco for UMD’s Jimenez Porter Writers’ House. We’re also joined by Charlie O’Melia and Jonathan Offenberg, two of Zein’s students.


City Paper This Week: The Walking Issue

citypaperJune 15, 2016 – Segment 4

Steiner Show Senior Producer Stefanie Mavronis interviews City Paper Editor-in-Chief Karen Houppert for a conversation about the latest issue of the City Paper, the Walking Issue.


Black Seeds: Poet Tariq Touré

Black Seeds Tariq Touré (Credit: Red Emmas Site)June 15, 2016 – Segment 3

We host writer, poet, and activist Tariq Touré, who joins us to discuss his new book is Black Seeds: The Poetry and Reflections of Tariq Touré.


No Boundaries Coalition: Over-Policed, Yet Under-served

westsideJune 15, 2016 – Segment 2

We look at a report released by No Boundaries Coalition, a Central West Baltimore community organization, on alleged police misconduct in West Baltimore. The report is titled “Over-Policed, Yet Under-served,” and details stories of police misconduct witnessed and experienced by West Baltimore residents. Our panel of guests includes: Talear Marrow, part of the No Boundaries Coalition and sister of Jeffrey Marrow who was killed in a police-involved shooting in 2006; Eze Jackson, organizer for the Campaign for Justice Safety and Jobs; and Rebecca Nagle, Director of the No Boundaries Coalition.

The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition

Manisha SinhaJune 15, 2016 – Segment 1

I interview Dr. Manisha SinhaProfessor and Graduate Program Director of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is author of the amazing new book The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition.


Unger Decision Recap

Unger DecisionJune 14, 2016 – Segment 2

We host a conversation about an important court decision in Maryland, Merle Unger v. State of Maryland (the Unger Decision), which led to the release of over 130 prisoners in Maryland, convicted prior to 1981, who were serving life prison terms. We examine how these former prisoners are faring since their release. With: Rebecca Bowman-Rivas, LCSW, Law & Social Work Service Program Manager for the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; Joanie Shreve, LCSW, Social Worker at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender;Stanley Mitchell, former prisoner who was released because of the Unger Decision; and Walter Lomax, Executive Director of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative.

Reflecting on the Pulse Mass Shooting in Orlando

Photo by J.M. Giordano/City Paper

Photo by J.M. Giordano/City Paper

June 14, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a reflection on the mass shooting at a Latin night at a gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, Florida. Our guest host for this hour is Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park. Our panel of guests includes: the Rev. Merrick Moise, ordained minister, writer, community activist, teacher, and one of the first African Americans ordained within the Old Catholic Movement in Baltimore; Laila El-Haddad, freelance journalist, author, blogger, media activist from Gaza City, and co-author of The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey; and Imara Jones, Host of CaffeineTV whose latest written work on Trump and racism was recently featured in The Nation.


Bill Ayers: Teaching With Conscience in an Imperfect World

Bill AyersJune 13, 2016 – Segment 2

I have a conversation with author, academic, and political activist Bill Ayers about his new book Teaching With Conscience in an Imperfect World. Ayers is Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (retired), member of the executive committee of the Faculty Senate and founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society. He has authored a number of books including Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident.


Farai Chideya: The Episodic Career

Farai-ChideyaJune 13, 2016 – Segment 1

Marc speaks with Farai Chideya, who discusses her new book The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption. Chideya is a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight and is Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU.


From The Archives: Ralph Nader On Getting Steamed To Overcome Capitalism

Getting Steamed To Overcome Corporatism (credit: Google.books)June 10, 2016 – Segment 4

We host a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show: my 2011 interview with Ralph Nader, who joined me to discuss his book Getting Steamed To Overcome Corporatism: Build it together to win, about our troubled political and economic system.


Reflecting On The Remake Of The Classic Miniseries Roots

Roots (credit: BaltimoreSun)June 10, 2016 – Segment 3

We host a panel of guests who reflect upon the remake of the classic miniseries Roots, now that the entire series has aired. With: 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 CommunitiesDr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics; and LaKeyma Pennyamon, senior at Morgan State University.


Trial of Officer Caesar Goodson: Updates & Commentary

Officer Caesar Goodson (Credit: WSJ)June 10, 2016 – Segment 2

We check in with the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson in the death of Freddie Gray. Goodson was the driver of the van in which Gray allegedly sustained his fatal injuries. With Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.


Tengella’s Take: Remembering Muhammad Ali

Koli TengellaJune 10, 2016 – Segment 1

We host the newest edition of  our weekly segment Tengella’s Take with Koli Tengella. Koli is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.


Sound Bites: Town Hall on Industrial Poultry Production on the Eastern Shore, Part 2/2

CAFOsJune 9, 2016 – Segment 3

On our newest episode about our food and our world, Sound Bites. You will hear the broadcast of Part 2 of a town hall I moderated a few weeks ago in Salisbury on the Eastern Shore. The impetus for the town hall was a proposed poultry operation in Wicomico Country that would include up to thirteen chicken houses, each holding 30,000 chickens. The broiler operation would sit on top of the paleochannel, which is the public drinking water source for Salisbury residents. When this was first proposed citizens were left out of the County Council discussions and many were concerned about the health risks posed by these operations. What happened next was unique in the history of the Eastern Shore, as Black, Latino and White communities came together to convene this town meeting to let their voices be heard and to build a political movement.
The panel theme of this panel was “Health” and we looked at the expansion of industrial scale poultry Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and discussed the impact on community health and safety that expansion is having or could have. We’re joined by public health experts who shared their perspectives on how zoning policy could be changed to protect public health and address community questions related to the density and intensity of industrial poultry CAFO expansion on the lower Eastern Shore. It was sponsored by The Concerned Citizens Against Industrial CAFOs (CCAIC), the Wicomico County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (WCNAACP), the Circle of Leaders (COL) and other concerned citizens of the lower Eastern Shore.
The panelists were:
  • Michelle Merkel, Co-Director, Food & Water Justice Food & Water Watch;
  • Frederick Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper and Farming Representative for the Patuxent River Commission;
  • Maria Payan, Consultant for Socially Responsible Agricultural Project;
  • Craig Watts, former contracted poultry grower; and
  • Dr. Jillian Fry, Director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future’s Public Health & Sustainable Aquaculture Project.

Tension City: Inside The Presidential Debates From Kennedy-Nixon To McCain-Obama

Jim LehrerJune 9, 2016 – Segment 2

We close the first hour with an archive edition of our show that is very relevant in light of today’s electoral climate: My 2012 interview with Jim Lehrer about his book Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates from Kennedy-Nixon to McCain-Obama.


Fight Or Flight: Anthony Harris Has Two Weeks To Turn Himself In Before Spending The Next 15 Years In Prison

City PaperJune 9, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with the cover story in this week’s Baltimore City Paper: Anthony Harris has two weeks to turn himself in before spending the next 15 years in prison. We talk with writer Kenneth Stone Breckenridge and City Paper Photo Editor J.M. Giordano about this intense and moving story of a loving father, who is also a convicted drug dealer, saying goodbye to his family.


City Paper This Week: Fight Or Flight

City PaperJune 8, 2016 – Segment 4

We close the show with our regular feature City Paper This Week with Editor-in-Chief Karen Houppert. This week’s feature story is “Fight or Flight: Anthony Harris has two weeks to turn himself in before spending the next 15 years in prison.”

Race, Class & Gender: Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards’ Lynching Sentence

Jasmine RichardsJune 8, 2016 – Segment 3

We look at two disturbing legal cases in sharp contrast, both out of California: The sentencing of Black Lives Matter activist Jasmine Richards to 90 days (18 served ) and 3 years probation for “felony lynching,” a technical term in California penal code that means “the taking by means of a riot of another person from the lawful custody of a peace officer;” and the sentencing of a Stanford University male athlete convicted on three felony accounts of raping an unconscious woman on Stanford’s campus – a case that included two eye-witness accounts – who must register as a sex offender but will only serve only six months in prison.

With: Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park; Dr. Desiree Melton, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Associate Director of the APA Site Visit Program in the School of Arts & Sciences at Notre Dame of Maryland University; and Brittany Oliver, women’s rights activist and co-director of Hollaback! Baltimore.


Mayor’s Budget In Baltimore & Youth Funding

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-BlakeJune 8, 2016 – Segment 2

We turn to a local focus and talk about funding for youth and the Mayor’s budget in Baltimore. With: Councilwoman Helen Holton (Baltimore District 8), Chair of the Budget Committee.


National Election Roundtable: California Primary Results & The Race To The White House

Hillary ClintonJune 8, 2016 – Segment 1

California held Republican and Democratic primaries, and we review and analyze those results and more on our National Election Roundtable. Our panelists are: Eugene Craig III, grassroots activist and 3rd Vice-Chair of the Maryland Republican State Party; Bhaskar Sunkara, Founding Editor of Jacobin and Senior Editor at In These Times; and Dr. Mileah Kromer, Director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center and Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Goucher College.


Baltimore Entrepreneur Chris Wilson On His Support For Bernie Sanders & More

Chris WilsonJune 7, 2016 – Segment 3

We close the show with an interview with Baltimore entrepreneur Chris Wilson, about his life and about a powerful online video in which he tells his story and expresses his support for Bernie Sanders. Wilson spent 16 years in prison and now is the owner and founder of Barclay Investment Corporation, a multi-service social enterprise, specializing in residential and commercial contracting work. He works closely with local workforce and social service providers to connect unemployed Baltimore City residents with clients who are in need of multiple services. He is also the owner of House of DaVinci (a high-end furniture restoration, repair, and upholstery company) and is a motivational speaker.


Rose Aguilar On The California Primaries

California PrimaryJune 7, 2016 – Segment 2

We get a commentary on Tuesday‘s California Primaries. With: Rose Aguilar, Host of Your Call on KALW in San Francisco.


Development In Baltimore: TIFs, Port Covington, Harbor Point & More

Harbor PointJune 7, 2016 – Segment 1

We continue our conversation about development and TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) in Baltimore. With: Councilman Carl Stokes, who represents the 12th District; the Rev. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church; and Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless.


National News Roundup: Violence & Disruption In The Presidential Campaign, Ryan’s Endorsement Of Trump & More

Donald TrumpJune 6, 2016 – Segment 2

On today’s national news roundtable, we discuss violence and disruption around the Presidential campaign; Hilary Clinton’s foreign policy speech; Paul Ryan’s endorsement of Donald Trump; and Prince’s autopsy results. Today’s co-host is 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.

Panelists include: Tony Campbell, Lecturer of Political Science at Towson University; Imara Jones, Host of CaffeineTV and Economic Justice contributor for Colorlines.com who formerly worked on international trade policy for the Clinton White House; and Sarah van Gelder, co-founder and editor at large of YES! Magazine and YesMagazine.org.


Remembering Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

Muhammad AliJune 6, 2016 – Segment 1

My co-host 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, and I begin the show with a tribute to and remembrance of the life of the great Muhammad Ali, who died this weekend at the age of 74. With: Imam Earl El-Amin, resident Imam of the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore; veteran journalist Sunni Khalid; and Robert Shahid, co-Host of the Baltimore Blend and longtime musician and drummer.


From The Archives: The Nazi Séance — The Strange Story of the Jewish Psychic in Hitler’s Circle

The Nazi Seance (Credit: Amazon)June 3, 2016 – Segment 4

We host a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, my interview with Baltimore author Arthur Magida about his book The Nazi Séance: The Strange Story of the Jewish Psychic in Hitler’s Circle. The book follows Erik Jan Hanussen, a famous Jewish mind reader who advised leading Nazi figures, and Hitler himself, in the lead-up to World War II.


It Takes a Hood: Discussion With Author Norwood Johnson

It Takes a Hood: Two Young African Americans Take Responsibility for Ending Baltimore Crime (Credit: Amazon)June 3, 2016 – Segment 3

We host an interview with Morgan State University alumnus Norwood Johnson about his book It Takes a Hood: Two Young African Americans Take Responsibility for Ending Baltimore Crime. Johnson is a retired technical writing expert analyst for the federal government.


Helping Children Succeed: Interview With Writer Paul Tough

Paul Tough Helping Children Succeed (Credit: Amazon)June 3, 2016 – Segment 2

We talk with author, speaker, and journalist Paul Tough about his new book Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. Tough is a contributing writer to the New York Times and his other books include How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character and Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America.


Tengella’s Take: The Power of Words

Koli TengellaJune 3, 2016 – Segment 1

We host our regular weekly feature Tengella’s Take with Koli Tengella. Koli is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.


Sound Bites: Town Hall on Industrial Poultry Production on the Eastern Shore, Part 1/2

chickenJune 2, 2016 – Segment 3

It’s our newest episode about our food and our world, Sound Bites. We hear a broadcast of a town hall Marc moderated a couple weeks ago in Salisbury on the Eastern Shore. The impetus for the town hall was a proposed poultry operation in Wicomico Country that would include up to thirteen chicken houses, each holding 30,000 chickens. The broiler operation would sit on top of the paleochannel, which is the public drinking water source for Salisbury residents. When this was first proposed citizens were left out of the County Council discussions and many were concerned about the health risks posed by these operations. What happened next was unique in the history of the Eastern Shore, as Black, Latino and White communities came together to convene this town meeting to let their voices be heard and to build a political movement.
The panel theme of this panel was “Health” and we looked at the expansion of industrial scale poultry Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and discussed the impact on community health and safety that expansion is having or could have. We’re joined by public health experts who shared their perspectives on how zoning policy could be changed to protect public health and address community questions related to the density and intensity of industrial poultry CAFO expansion on the lower Eastern Shore. It was sponsored by The Concerned Citizens Against Industrial CAFOs (CCAIC), the Wicomico County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (WCNAACP), the Circle of Leaders (COL) and other concerned citizens of the lower Eastern Shore.
The panelists are:
  • Michelle Merkel, Co-Director, Food & Water Justice, Food & Water Watch;
  • Frederick Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper and Farming Representative for the Patuxent River Commission;
  • Maria Payan, Consultant for Socially Responsible Agricultural Project;
  • Craig Watts, former contracted poultry grower; and
  • Dr. Jillian Fry, Director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future’s Public Health & Sustainable Aquaculture Project

Winfield Parker and the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival

winfieldmr.cleanJune 2, 2016 – Segment 2

We turn to the arts with a preview of one of the performances that will be happening at the 6th annual Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival at the Creative Alliance this Saturday, June 4, from noon – 8pm. We speak with: singer and saxophonist Winfield Parker; Michele Stefano, Co-Director of Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council and Visiting Assistant Professor in American Studies at UMBC; and Chad Buterbaugh, Co-Director, Maryland Traditions and the Program Director for Folk and Traditions Arts at the Maryland State Arts Council.

Mark Reutter on TIFs, Development, Port Covington and Harbor Point

reutterJune 2, 2016 – Segment 1

We interview Mark Reutter, Senior Editor and Reporter with the Baltimore Brew, about his ongoing investigation on TIFs, development in Baltimore and the state of Port Covington and Harbor Point.


City Paper This Week: Unbreakable

City PaperJune 1, 2016 – Segment 4

We close the show with our regular segment City Paper This Week. With JM Giordano, Photo Editor for City Paper.

Booth Stories with LOVE the Poet and Singer Christen B

Christen BJune 1, 2016 – Segment 3

Listen in to our newest episode of Booth Stories, a series on Arts and Culture where we talk to artists and musicians. With co-Host LOVE the Poet, indie spoken word artist and musician, and author of Black Marks on White Paper. Our guest will be Baltimore singer Christen B.

Liza Featherstone On Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump & The State Of American Electoral Politics

Liza FeatherstoneJune 1, 2016 – Segment 2

We hear a National Election Commentary from Liza Featherstone, contributing editor to The Nation where she writes the advice column “Asking for a Friend,” and editor of False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Clinton.

OSI Talking About Addiction: Youth, Addiction & Juvenile Justice

OSI Talking About AddictionJune 1, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a new series coming out of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, “Talking About Addiction.” The current discussion, which takes place tonight, is about Youth, Addiction, and Juvenile Justice. With: Evan Elkin, Executive Director of Reclaiming Futures; and Scott Nolen, the Director of OSI-Baltimore’s Drug Addiction Treatment Program.

On June 1 at 7pm at Red Emma’s, OSI-Baltimore will host the second event in its “Talking About Addiction” series, a discussion about adolescents and addiction with experts in the field, advocates, and families that have been affected by addiction problems. RSVP on Facebook

Roots: The Remake & The Impact Of The Original Series

RootsMay 31, 2016 – Segment 3

Did you watch the premiere of the new Roots series this week? We discuss the remake of the groundbreaking series with: Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics, and Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics; David Zurawik, Ph.D., Baltimore Sun media critic and Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication & Media Studies at Goucher College; and Carla Wills, Senior News Producer at Democracy Now!

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Wen On Sugar Sweetened Beverages, The Zika Virus & Violence

Dr. Leana WenMay 31, 2016 – Segment 2

Marc sits down with Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen to discuss sugar sweetened beverages and the health of young people, the Zika virus and its potential to come to Baltimore, violence in our community, and more.


New Lens Presents … Blackonomics: Housing

New Lens May 31, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a preview of an important event happening this Thursday, hosted by New Lens. Blackonomics: Housing is a video screening, panel discussion and poetry event that examines where we live and how it impacts the Black community.

With: Michael “Mike” Wills, Producer and Organizer with New Lens; Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer, President and Co-Founder of Equity Matters; and Changa Onyango, member of the intentional community building collective that is forming a micro land trust and Executive Director of Community Meditation.

Blackonomics: Housing will take place Thursday June 2nd from 6:30pm- 9pm at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N. Howard St. in Baltimore. New Lens is asking anyone who has a reflection, poem, art piece or song about housing to upload it to their Facebook event page. To RSVP or for more info, contactMichael@newlens.info

Encore Broadcast: D. Watkins On ‘The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir’

D WatkinsMay 30, 2016 – Segment 2

Listen to a rebroadcast of my interview with D Watkins about his new book The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir. Watkins is a columnist for Salon and his work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone and other publications. He is also a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project.

Kicking Off Summer With Stefanie & Mark’s Music Picks

Stefanie and Mark May 30, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a special treat, as Steiner Show Senior Producers Stefanie Mavronis and Mark Gunnery share some of their favorite music picks!

Playlist
1. A$AP Ferg – “New Level” feat. Future
2. Prince – “The Future”
3. Chance the Rapper – “No Problem” feat. 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne
4. Nina Simone – “Backlash Blues”
5. Kanye West – “No More Parties in LA” feat. Kendrick Lamar
6. New Bloods – “Secret Life”
7. I Love Makonnen – “Trust Me Danny”
8. Billie Holiday – “Miss Brown to You”
9. Alice Coltrane – “Something About John Coltrane”
10. El Guincho – “Comix” feat. Mala Rodriguez
11. Abe Ellestein’s Orchestra with Dave Tarras – “Chusen Kala Mazel Tov (Congratulations, Bride and Groom)”
12. Anderson .Paak – “Come Down”
13. Abner Jay – “The Reason Young People Use Drugs”
14. Domo Genesis – “Dapper” feat. Anderson .Paak
15. John Coltrane – “Like Sonny (aka Simple Like)”
16. Young Greatness – “Moolah”
17. Victoria Hazan “Ararim Seni Her Guni (“I Call Out for You Every Day)”
18. Bryson Tiller – “Sorry Not Sorry”

World Of The Play: The World Of Blanche Dubois

Streetcar Named DesireMay 27, 2016 – Segment 2

We broadcast of last Saturday’s World of the Play at Everyman Theatre. The discussion, called “The World of Blanche Dubois” was based on the themes of the current production, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Did Tennessee Williams craft a past that actually illuminates symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in his tragic heroine? Our panelists discuss that question and more.

With: Streetcar Director Derek Goldman, Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center and Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University, where he is Founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics; Thomas Keith, who has edited Tennessee Williams for New Directions Publishing since 2002, over sixteen titles including four volumes of previously unpublished or uncollected one-acts as well as Williams’ last full-length play, A House Not Meant to Stand, for which he wrote the introduction; and Dr. Donna Shannon, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Approved Supervisor for the State of Maryland who has provided mental health services to individuals and families in the greater Baltimore area for the past nine years.


Tengella’s Take: When Did Being Poor Become A Crime?

photo via Koli TengellaMay 27, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with our regular weekly feature Tengella’s Take with Koli Tengella. Koli is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.

Sound Bites: A Visit To Black Dirt Farm On The Eastern Shore| Carbon-Neutral Fertilizer | Recipe: Mussels With Colette’s Stefano Porcile

Black Dirt Farm in Preston, MDMay 26, 2016 – Segment 3

For the newest episode of Sound Bites, our series on food, agriculture, the environment, and our future. Steiner Show Senior Producers Stefanie Mavronis and Mark Gunnery visit Black Dirt Farm in Preston, Maryland, where they talk with co-owner and co-operator Blain Snipstal.

Then I talk with two scientists about an important scientific advancement that could pave the way for a potential breakthrough in farming: Carbon-neutral fertilizer production. With: Dr. Katherine A. Brown, Staff Scientist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Dr. Paul King, Staff Scientist and Manager of the Photobiology Group at National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

We close the show with a mouth-watering recipe for mussels from local chef Stefano Porcile, Executive Chef at Colette restaurant in Baltimore.


From The Archives: James McBride’s ‘Song Yet Sung’

James McBrideMay 26, 2016 – Segment 2

We close the first hour with a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, my interview with author James McBride about his book Song Yet Sung.

Remembering Activist Yuri Kochiyama

Yuri KochiyamaMay 26, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a remembrance of activist Yuri Kochiyama. Last week would have been her 95th birthday.

We’re joined by 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.


City Paper This Week: Seeking Refuge

City Paper This Week Refuge (Credit: City Paper)May 25, 2016 – Segment 4

We host our regular feature City Paper This Week. With Karen Houppert, Editor-in-Chief of City Paper.


Reflection & Discussion: Officer Edward Nero Verdict

Officer Edward Nero (Credit: CNN)May 25, 2016 – Segment 3

We continue our reflection and discussion on the Officer Edward Nero “not guilty” verdict in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Dominque Stevenson, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author with Eddie Conway of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black PantherMichaela Duchess Brown, head of communications for Bmore Bloc; and JC Faulk, organizational development consultant and activist.


Reels From the Attic: Preview With Joe Tropea

Reels From the Attic (Credit: Red Emma's)May 25, 2016 – Segment 2

We host an interview with Joe Tropea, Digital Projects Coordinator for the Maryland Historical Society, offers a preview of an event happening Wednesday  evening at Red Emma’s 2640 Space, Reels From the Attic: Bob and Teresa’s Documentary Picks and Not-Fiction OdditiesReels From the Attic is a selection of 16mm films & video curated by local film fiends Teresa & Bob.

Reels From the Attic: Bob and Teresa’s Documentary Picks and Not-Fiction Oddities with special guest Denny Lynch takes place Wednesday May 25 at 7pm at 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul Street in Baltimore. Enjoy two sets of vintage short films and videos about historic Baltimore and beyond, and then stick around to talk about them. Some local, some lovely, some fun or funny. All vintage in content and format, projected, for free.

Women’s Health: Birth Control & Menstruation

Birth Control (Credit: Waynewwomensclinic.com)May 25, 2016 – Segment 1

We host a discussion regarding Birth Control & Women’s Health. The newest birth control pills allow women to have no periods at all, which leads to the question: Is menstruation necessary? Our guests will address this and other issues of women’s health, with: Dr. Claudia Richardson, Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Maryland; and Dr. Jennifer D. Williams, Assistant Professor in the Department of English and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Morgan State University.


Middle East Roundtable: Egyptair, Defense Minister of Israel, & Offense Against ISIS

ISIS Protest (Credit: Crossmap)May 24, 2016 – Segment 3

We host a Middle East Roundtable. Topics will include:The new offensive against ISIS; the downing of an Egyptair plane; and the possibility of Avigdor Lieberman becoming Defense Minister of Israel. With: Jean Francois Seznec, Middle East Studies Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; and Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow for the Institute for Policy Studies, Senior Analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, and author of Equal Worth: When Humanity Will Have Peace.


Baltimore Development: TIFS & Port Covington

Port Covington (Credit: BaltimoreSun)May 24, 2016 – Segment 2

We hold a discussion regarding the topic of TIFs, Port Covington, and Development in Baltimore. Our guests will include: Kim Trueheart, community activist; City Councilman Carl Stokes; and Melody Simmons, reporter for Baltimore Business Journal.


The Death of Freddie Gray: Officer Nero Trial Verdict

Officer Nero (Credit: Fox5Sandiesgo)May 24, 2016 – Segment 1

We host a discussion on the verdict of “not guilty on all charges” that was handed down today for Officer Edward Nero in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; A. Dwight Pettit, Baltimore defense attorney who has represented clients in police misconduct cases; and Thomas Maronick, Baltimore attorney and Host of The Tom Moore Show on AM 680 WCBM.


Sports Roundtable: NBA Finals, The Preakness & More

Preakness 2016 (Credit: buschleaguesports.com)May 23, 2016 – Segment 4

We host a Sports Roundtable, checking in on the NBA Finals and the Preakness, with: Andre Melton, co-host of The Flex Zone and board operator at WEAA; and Demarus Dye, sports analyst on The Flex ZoneThe Flex Zone can be heard Wednesdays at 7:00pm on Fox Sports 1340-AM.


Breaking News: Officer Nero Found Not Guilty On All Counts

Officer NeroMay 23, 2016 – Segment 3

Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, joins us to share breaking news from the courtroom in the trial of Officer Nero, one of the six officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray.


Brazil In Conflict: Government Climate & Coup Politics

Brazil Political Protest (Credit: The Guardian)May 23, 2016 – Segment 2

We host a discussion and update on the political turmoil in Brazil. With: Maria Luisa Mendonça, Director of Brazil’s Network for Social Justice and Human Rights and professor in the International Relations Department at the University of Rio De Janeiro; and Alexander Main, Senior Associate for International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research.


National Election Roundtable: Clinton & Trump Politics, Bernie’s Fight To The Convention

Hillary Clinton (Credit: The Atlantic)May 23, 2016 – Segment 1

We host a National Election Roundtable. With: Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of Race Brave: New and Selected WorksNotes From a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis and My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America; political consultant Phil Tran; and the Rev. Merrick Moise, writer, community activist, teacher, and one of the first African Americans ordained within the Old Catholic Movement in Baltimore.


Tengella’s Take: Family By Name Is Family

Koli TengellaMay 20, 2016 – Segment 2

We host the newest segment of Tengella’s Take, our weekly commentary from Koli Tengella. Koli is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.


The Slave’s Cause: A History Of Abolition

Manisha SinhaMay 20, 2016 – Segment 1

I interview Dr. Manisha SinhaProfessor and Graduate Program Director of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is author of the amazing new book The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition.


Sound Bites: The Language Of Sperm Whales | A Visit To The Urban Garden At Douglass High School In Baltimore

Douglass High School in BaltimoreMay 19, 2016 – Segment 3

On the newest edition of Sound Bites – our series about our food, our environment, and our world – listen to a fascinating discussion on the language of Sperm Whales, as I talk with author and journalist James Nestor. His new book isDEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What The Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves, and was featured in the The New York Times and Annapurna Pictures virtual-reality film, “The Click Effect.”
We close out the show with a visit to the urban garden at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore. Two weeks ago we discussed US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s visit to Douglass to see their urban garden and discuss the role of urban agriculture in education. Last week, Steiner Show Senior Producer Stefanie Mavronis and I visited Douglass to talk to the two teachers who started the project — Amanda Briody and Chris Jennings – and hear from four of the Douglass Freshman students currently involved in the program: La’Asia Howard, Dominic Scruggs, Nykerra Williams, and Maleke Smalls.

From The Archives: The Role Of Black Nationalism In Today’s Political & Cultural Landscape

Malcolm XMay 19, 2016 – Segment 2

We turn to a conversation about Black nationalism and its role in the political and cultural landscape today. Our guests include: Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence and Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics; author and songwriter John Wesley; and Dr. Jeff Menzise, licensed school psychologist in Washington, DC, and author of Dumbin’ Down: Reflections on the Mis-Education of the Negro.


Downtown Voices: Episode 4 — The Uprising

Photo Credit: Stefanie MavronisMay 19, 2016 – Segment 1

Students involved in a recent project at UMBC have been collecting stories of Baltimore communities as they change and grow, meeting people where they are and listening to their stories. The project is called Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition and it’s made possible by a Hrabowski Innovation Fund grant. This semester’s radio series, Downtown Voices, features students talking to city dwellers about their thoughts on the past, present, and future of Baltimore.

Today you will hear “The Uprising,” a snapshot of the movement that developed in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death, and the effect it has had on our city. With Michael Stone of Baltimore Traces.


City Paper This Week: Sizzlin’ Summer Issue

City Paper Sizzlin SummerMay 18, 2016 – Segment 4

We close the show with our regular feature City Paper This Week, as Steiner Show Senior Producer Stefanie Mavronis interviews City Paper‘s Editor-in-Chief Karen Houppert about the Sizzlin’ Summer Issue!


Politics: Bernie Sanders, Race & Black Folks

Bernie SandersMay 18, 2016 – Segment 3

We turn to politics with a discussion on Bernie Sanders, Race and Black Folks. With: Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park; and Marshall “Eddie” Conway, Producer at the Real News Network‘s Baltimore Bureau, former Black Panther leader and political prisoner, and co-author of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther.

Eddie Conway will give us a preview of an event happening this Thursday, May 19, which is Malcolm X’s birthday: A free film screening of the Real Newsdocumentary X: The Final Years. For more information click here.

At the end of the segment, Marc receives a special birthday surprise from good friend and actor Bob Wisdom.


Highlighting City School Principals, Who Are The “Heart” Of Their Schools

Heart of the School AwardMay 18, 2016 – Segment 2

We honor some very special and important members of our community: School Principals. Our guests will talk about the Heart of the School Awards, when the Fund for Educational Excellence, City Schools and the civic, corporate and philanthropic communities join together to recognize and thank our City Schools’ Principals.

With: Roger Schulman, President and CEO of Fund for Educational Excellence; Rochelle Machado, who is in her third year as Principal at Arundel Elementary/Middle School in Cherry Hill; Benjamin Mosley, who is in his second year as Principal at Glenmount Elementary/Middle School in Hamilton; and Najib Jammal, who is in his sixth year as Principal at Lakeland Elementary/Middle School in Lakeland.

The Heart of the School Awards: A Night to Honor Baltimore City Public School Principals will take place on Monday May 23, 2016 at 6 pm at the Hippodrome Theatre. Indie Mom of Comedy Meshelle will lead a start-studded cast to recognize innovation, execution, and leadership with the inaugural Heart of the School Awards, followed by an after-party with the principals. Proceeds will launch The PrincipalSupport Fund, which will be available to City School Principals for professional development, school programs and other vital resources.


Downtown Voices: Episode 3 — Arts & Diversity

Baltimore City arts districtsMay 18, 2016 – Segment 1

A recent project at UMBC has been collecting stories of Baltimore communities as they change and grow. The idea is to meet people where they are and listen to their stories. It’s called Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition and it’s made possible by a Hrabowski Innovation Fund grant. This semester’s radio series is called DOWNTOWN VOICES. Students talk to city folks about their thought on the past, present, and future of Baltimore.

Today, “Arts & Diversity” — a look at one of the city’s “Arts Districts,” and the divisions in race and class among the Artists who work there. Narrated by Christina Kwagen and Ilesh Patel of UMBC’s Baltimore Traces.


A Visit From Kareem Samara, British Palestinian Musician

Kareem Samara and Ryan HarveyMay 17, 2016 – Segment 4

We turn to the Arts as we close the show with an interview with Kareem Samara. Samara is a British Palestinian musician and a founding member of Artists For Palestine UK and London Palestine Action. He currently collaborates with Baltimore’s Ryan Harvey, blending American and Arabic protest music, as well as working on his own loop-based exploration of Arabic music using Oud and Percussion.

Minister Carlos Muhammad: Community Policing In Baltimore & The Nation Of Islam

Photo Credit: Lisa MuhammadMay 17, 2016 – Segment 3

We talk with Minister Carlos Muhammad about Community Policing in Baltimore. Minister Carlos Muhammad is the Baltimore representative for Minister Louis Farrakhan and Student Minister for Muhammad Mosque Number 6 in Baltimore.


President Obama’s Foreign Policy Legacy As The Longest War-Time President In US History

President ObamaMay 17, 2016 – Segment 2

We discuss President Obama’s foreign policy legacy. This month he became the longest war-time President in U.S. history.

With: Dr. Thabit A.J. Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History at York University, Toronto; teacher, writer, activist Zein El-Amine, host of the radio show Shay Wa Nana on WPFW, which centers on politics and culture in the Middle East; and Doug Ollivant, Senior Fellow for New America’s Future of War initiative. He’s also a retired Army officer (Lieutenant Colonel), and his last assignment in government was as Director for Iraq at the National Security Council during both the Bush and Obama administrations.


Downtown Voices: Episode 2 — Word On The Street

Downtown WestsideMay 17, 2016 – Segment 1

A recent project at UMBC has been collecting stories of Baltimore communities as they change and grow. The idea is to meet people where they are and listen to their stories. It’s called Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition and it’s made possible by a  Hrabowski Innovation Fund grant. This semester’s radio series is called DOWNTOWN VOICES. Students talk to city folks about their thought on the past, present, and future of Baltimore.

Today, “Word on the Street” — a little sidewalk talk from the west side of Downtown, what people love about downtown and what needs to change for it to serve citizens better. Narrated by Shira Singlenberg of UMBC’s Baltimore Traces.


Donald Trump and the Rift in the Republican Party

Donald Trump (Credit: Business Insider)May 16, 2016 – Segment 4

We have a discussion on the rift in the Republican Party over Donald Trump. With: Eugene Craig III, grassroots activist and 3rd Vice-Chair of the Maryland Republican State Party; Dr. Anne McCarthy, Dean of the Business School at Hamline University in Minneapolis and former Republican candidate for Comptroller of Maryland; and Jordan A. Bloom, Opinion Editor at The Daily Caller and Editor at Front Porch Republic.

Local Roundtable: Elections, Education Cuts, and a New Schools CEO

North Avenue, Baltimore schoolsMay 16, 2016 – Segment 3

We have a local news roundtable on the Baltimore Elections, the controversy over Governor Hogan’s denial of funds around air conditioning in the Baltimore City and County Schools, and the process used to select the new CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools. With: Luke Broadwater, reporter at the Baltimore Sun; Catalina Byrd, media consultant and political strategist; and Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University.


Officer Edward Nero Trial Update

mitchell_courthouseMay 16, 2016 – Segment 2

We check in on the trial of Officer Edward Nero in the death of Freddie Gray, with: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.


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