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National Roundtable: RNC Update and Donald Trump’s Speech

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We have a roundtable on the Republican National Convention. With: Charles Ellison, Host of The Ellison Report and National Correspondent for WEAA; Michael Eugene Johnson, community leader and Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Institute for Social Change and Catalina Byrd media consultant and political strategist.


Tengella’s Take: Freddie Gray Verdicts

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Koli Tengella takes a look at the Freddie Gray verdicts and reminds Baltimore about the preciousness of each human life.

Koli Tengella is a Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator 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: Controversy Over GMO Labeling | What A Fish Knows | Recipe: Seasonal Salad By Colette

What A Fish KnowsJuly 21, 2016 – Segment 3

On the newest episode of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world. We begin the hour with a look at the controversy over the GMO Labeling bill that passed through Congress and is awaiting signature by President Obama. With Patty Lovera, Assistant Director of Food & Water Watch, where she coordinates the food team.
Then, we look at what a fish knows – literally! – with Dr. Jonathan Balcombe, author of the new book What A Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins. Dr. Balcombe is Director of Animal Sentience with the U.S. Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy in Washington, DC.
We close the hour with a special recipe: A Seasonal Salad with Stefano Porcile, Executive Chef at Colette in Baltimore’s Station North.

Philosopher’s Roundtable: Policing & The Attack On #BlackLivesMatter

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It’s a Philosopher’s Roundtable on topics to include policing and the current attack on #BlackLivesMatter, with: Dr. 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; Navasha Daya, singer, songwriter, and co-Founder and Director of the healing and performing arts at the Youth Resiliency Institute; and Denzel Mitchell, Baltimore City resident, educator, farmer, and food justice advocate.


The RNC Through The Eyes Of City Paper Photo Editor J.M. Giordano

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We begin the show with an update on the Republican National Convention with J.M. Giordano, Photo Editor for the City Paper, who has been in Cleveland all week covering the convention.


City Paper This Week: The Queer Issue

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I talk with Dr. Kate Drabinski, Lecturer of Gender and Women’s Studies and Director of the Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), about City Paper‘s “Queer Issue.” Drabinski wrote a piece on “The history of Baltimore’s lesbian bar scene.”


Booth Stories with LOVE the Poet and Joi Carter

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On the newest episode of Booth Stories, we feature singer and web designer Joi Carter, co-hosted by indie spoken word artist and musician LOVE the PoetBooth Stories is a series on arts and culture. We talk about the importance of backup vocalists, the Baltimore arts scene and how Joi takes care of herself when performing.


International Roundtable: Attacks in Germany and France, Turkish Military Coup

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International News Roundtable speaking about the terrorist attacks in Europe and the Turkish military coup. With: Rania Khalek, Associate Editor at The Electronic Intifada and co-host of the Unauthorized Disclosure podcast; and Steven David, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and Loretta Napoleoni .


Dominique Stevenson from Friend of a Friend

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We speak to Dominque Stevenson on the American Friend Service Committee’s Friend of a Friend mentoring program.  One of the founding members of Friend of a Friend, James Hopkins aka Bear, died at the Jessup Constitutional Institution earlier this week. Stevenson is 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 Panther.

 


RNC Update: Carla Wills and Eugene Craig

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We have an update on the Republican National Convention. With: Carla Wills, Senior News Producer at Democracy Now!; and Eugene Craig III, grassroots activist and 3rd Vice-Chair of the Maryland Republican State Party.


Rape Culture: How We Define It

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We launch our new series on Rape Culture. We discuss the origin of the series, define rape culture, talk about the connections between masculinity and rape culture, and preview upcoming series topics. With: Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park; and 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.

 


Political Roundtable: Police Killings & The RNC

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Our guests discuss recent police killings and look at the Republican National Convention, which began last evening. With: The Rev. Kevin Slayton, Pastor of New Waverly United Methodist Church and President of the Inter-denominational Ministerial Alliance of Metropolitan Baltimore; and Zoë CarpenterThe Nation‘s Associate Washington Editor.


Lt. Brian Rice Acquitted On All Counts In Death Of Freddie Gray

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Our panel examines and reflects upon today’s acquittal of Lt. Brian Rice on all counts in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; and The Rev. Kevin Slayton, Pastor of New Waverly United Methodist Church and President of the Inter-denominational Ministerial Alliance of Metropolitan Baltimore.

BUILD (Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development) Weighs In On Port Covington Plan

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We continue our ongoing discussion about the proposed Port Covington development in Baltimore. We get a debriefing from leaders of BUILD (Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development) about the town hall meeting being held last night. With: The Rev Glenna Huber, Episcopal priest and BUILD Co-Chair; The Rev. Dr. Walter Parrish, BUILD leader and Pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Baltimore; and Libby Cohen of BUILD.


Republican National Convention

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We check-in on the 2016 Election and the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. With: Eugene Craig III, grassroots activist and 3rd Vice-Chair of the Maryland Republican State Party; and Charles Robinson, Political and Business Correspondent for Maryland Public Television.


Lt. Brian Rice Verdict & Port Covington Update

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We talk about the not guilty verdict in the case of Lt. Brian Rice in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Michael Middleton, one of the leaders of SB6, a coalition of communities surrounding Port Covington; the Rev. Dr. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church; and Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University.


The Fight for Fair Housing at Port Covington

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To continue our Port Covington coverage we speak to Mark Council, member of Housing Our Neighbors; Jeff Singer, member of Housing Our Neighbors and founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; and Councilman Carl Stokes (District 12-Baltimore) on the economic, racial and legislative impact of the development


From The Archives — Charles Johnson On The Anniversary Of ‘Middle Passage’

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Scholar and author Charles Johnson talks about the 25th anniversary of his National Book-award winning novel Middle Passage.


From The Archives — Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President, and the Rise of the Drone

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We listen in to a special archive edition of the Steiner Show, my discussion with Scott Shane about his book Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President, and the Rise of the Drone, about the killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki and President Obama’s use of drones. Shane is national security reporter for the New York Times.


White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

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I interview historian and author Dr. Nancy Isenberg on her new book White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America. Dr. Isenberg is the T. Harry Williams Professor of History at Louisiana State University.


Tengella’s Take: Police Training & Black-On-Black Crime

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We begin the show with our regular weekly feature Tengella’s Take with Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator Koli Tengella. Tengella 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: Reducing Runoff In Baltimore By December 2018 | The Waterwomen Of The Chesapeake Bay

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We have two segments on the December 2018 Federal government deadline for reducing runoff in the Chesapeake Bay, and steps that are being taken to meet it. We talk with: Scott Dance, who writes about the environment and the weather for The Baltimore Sun; and Carl Simon, Director of Programs at Blue Water Baltimore.
We close the show at 11:30 with a feature on Waterwomen of the Chesapeake Bay.With: Lydia Woolever, Associate Editor at Baltimore Magazine who wrote the July feature story “Waterwomen,” an in-depth look at a few fearless females who work the Chesapeake Bay themselves and, like their male counterparts, help keep the seafood industry alive; Jill Buck, waterwoman who has been on the water for six years after retiring from a career in childcare and who works as both a traditional waterwoman as well as a practicer of aquaculture; and Rachel Dean, a traditional waterwoman from Solomons Island and part-time high-school English teacher who is involved in waterman’s advocacy, two different fisheries commissions within the Maryland DNR, and Chesapeake Bay heritage tours.

How to Talk About #BlackLivesMatter with Kids

July 14, 2016 – Segment 1

On the show we have a guest host, Dr. Kaye Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of Race Brave: New and Selected Works, Notes From a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis and My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.

The guests discussed teaching about the Election and how to talk to young people About #BlackLivesMatter. With: Stephanie Troutman, Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Jocelyn Thomas, 11th grade U.S.History and Gender,
Race and Memoir teacher at YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, Texas; and Dr. Stephen A. Hall, a Program Coordinator of History at Alcorn State University.


City Paper This Week: Sondheim Finalists

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We have our regular feature City Paper This Week. Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery interviews City Paper Visual Arts Editor Rebekah Kirkman and City Paper Performing Arts Editor Maura Callahan about the 2016 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Winners, featured now at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Organizing at Perkins Homes

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We turn to a conversations about resident organizing at one of Baltimore’s housing projects, Perkins Homes, which is being sold to private developers. With: John Comer, Lead Organizer with Maryland Communities United; and Perkins Homes residents Maria Brown and Ann Spencer.


Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

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We begin the show with a preview of a special event coming next week to Red Emma’s, when Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will talk about her highly acclaimed book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation. Dr. Taylor is Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University.

Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will discuss From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation next Thursday, July 21, 7:30pm at Red Emma’s Bookstore Café, 30 W. North Avenue in Baltimore.


National Election Roundtable: Police-Involved Killings and the Political Landscape, Upcoming Conventions & Sanders’ Endorsement Of Clinton

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On our roundtable on the 2016 Presidential Election, we discuss how recent police-involved killings may have shifted the political landscape, what recent news says about Donald Trump’s leadership, the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions, and Bernie Sanders throwing his support behind Hillary Clinton.

Our guests include: Priscilla Alvarez, Assistant Editor at The Atlantic who has been writing about the 2016 Presidential election; 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; Dr. Kaye 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 Works, Notes From a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis and My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America; and Dr. Anne McCarthy, Dean of the Business School at Hamline University in Minneapolis and former Republican candidate for Comptroller of Maryland.


Police-Involved Killings & Police Reform

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We begin the show with a discussion on the most recent police-involved killings across the country, as well as considering the issue of police reform. With: Major Neill Franklin (Retired), Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition); the Rev. Kevin Slayton, Pastor of New Waverly United Methodist Church and President of the Inter-denominational Ministerial Alliance of Metropolitan Baltimore; and the Rev. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church.


Viewing Videos of Black Suffering: Collective & Individual Trauma

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We explore how the ever-present videos of Black people being killed affects our collective and individual psyches. With: Sheila Gaskins, performance artist, poet, stand up comic, and Director of Theater Action Group; and Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park.


National Roundtable: Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the shooting in Dallas

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We have a discussion on the tragedies last week — the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and the shooting in Dallas — and what they say about the state of our society. 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; Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park; and Dr. Charles Johnson, scholar and National Book Award-winning author whose works include Middle Passage.


James McBride: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul

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We host a repeat broadcast of my interview with award-winning author, composer and screenwriter James McBride about his book KILL ‘EM AND LEAVE: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul. McBride was the recipient of the 2013 National Book Award for fiction for his novel The Good Lord Bird.


Shane Bauer: Four Months as a Private Prison Guard

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We talk with Shane Bauer about his recent piece for Mother JonesMy four months as a private prison guard. Bauer is a senior reporter at Mother Jones and recipient of numerous awards, including the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, and co-author of A Sliver of Light, a memoir of his two years as a prisoner in Iran.


The Medical Marijuana Licensure Process In Maryland

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We check-in on Medical Marijuana Licensure in Maryland, with: attorney Jon Cardin, former Maryland State Delegate; and Demetrios Kafouros, CEO and Founder of GreenLabs Inc.


Update: Trial of Police Lieutenant Brian Rice In Death Of Freddie Gray

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We host an update on the trial of Police Lieutenant Brian Rice in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Baynard Woods, reporter with The Guardian and Editor at Large for City Paper; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.


Tengella’s Take: Out in Brown, Policing in America

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We host our regular weekly feature Tengella’s Take with Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator 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: Michael Pollen’s ‘In Defense Of Food’ & Student Access To Healthy Foods

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We host our newest episode of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world. This week features a panel discussion I moderated last week at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville. It was part of the Focus In! Film series, sponsored by Fair Farms and Crossroads Community Food Network. The evening began with a screening of the film “In Defense of Food,” featuring Michael Pollan, author of a number of books including The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire. The film centers around one of the most basic human questions “What should I eat?” According to Pollan, much of our food has been replaced by nutrients and food-like substances instead of real food.

The film was followed by a discussion on topics including the Prince George’s County Farm to School Program; school gardens; students learning about health, eating and food; healthy access to food in communities; food school system uses; and sourcing local food.

The panel included:

Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director of Fair Farms
Christie Balch, Executive Director of Crossroads Community Food Network
The Hon. Danielle Glaros, Prince George’s County Council
The Hon. Shani Warner, Hyattsville City Council
Ellarose Preston, Hyattsville Farm Market Manager, City of Hyattsville
Sara Booker, Maryland State Department of Education, Office of School Nutrition
Margaret Morgan Hubbard, Eco City Farms
Sydney Daigle, Prince George’s County Food Equity Council


Police Involved Killings, Infrastructure and Housing Policy in Baltimore, and BRACE

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We discuss the police involved killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Then we take a look at BRACE: Baltimore Redevelopment Action Coalition for Empowerment Facebook group. Our guests will talk about issues including infrastructure, transportation, housing policy and development in Baltimore. With: Jessica Lewis, Housing Organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance; Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; and Anthony Williams, member of Housing Our Neighbors.


City Paper This Week: King Me–The Life, Death, and Lionization of Lor Scoota

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We have our regular feature City Paper This Week. Steiner Show Senior Producer Stefanie Mavronis interviews Brandon Soderberg, City Paper’s Deputy Editor and Arts Editor, about the feature story: King Me: The life, death, and lionization of Lor Scoota.


Honoring Cameron Miles and Reflecting on Violence in Baltimore

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We have an acknowledgement of the 20 years of service that Cameron Miles has given to the Baltimore community. Miles is Director of Mentoring Teens in the Hood. The organization will hold a 20th Year Celebration on Saturday, July 9, 4-7pm, at the New Shiloh Family Life Center in Baltimore. With Dante Wilson, CEO & Founder, Reclaiming Our Children and Community Project, Inc. Then we turn to the topic of violence and our children in Baltimore. With:
Cameron Miles, Director of Mentoring Teens in the Hood; and Clayton Guyton, Executive Director of the Rose Street Community Center and former correctional officer.


International Roundtable: A Week of Attacks

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We have an International News Roundtable on the attacks over the past week in Iraq, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh. With: Dr. Max Hilaire, Chair of Political Science at Morgan State University; Kareem Samara, British Palestinian musician and a founding member of Artists For Palestine UK and London Palestine Action; Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies; and Rami G. Khouri, syndicated columnist, Senior Public Policy Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs–American University of Beirut, and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.


What The SCOTUS Ruling On Abortion Means

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We discuss what recent Supreme Court rulings mean for both those who support a woman’s right to choose and those who are anti-abortion. With Dani McClain, contributing writer for The Nation and Fellow at the Nation Institute where she focuses on race and reproductive justice.


Adnan Syed’s Vacated Conviction and the Power of Media

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We look at the news that Adnan Syed, the subject of Sarah Koenig’s podcast “Serial,” will be granted a new trial. Last week Baltimore City Circuit Judge Martin Welch vacated Syed’s conviction, saying in a memorandum that his attorney “fell below the standard of reasonable professional judgment” in handling his case. Syed was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Hae Minh Lee 17 years ago, a case that was largely forgotten until “Serial” brought it to the nation’s attention.

We talk with Baltimore Sun Media Critic David Zurawik, Ph.D., about how and why media can have such a powerful effect. Next we examine the legal implications of this case, with Steven Klepper, a lead attorney in Kramon & Graham’s appellate practice.


National & International News Rountable: Obama Presidency, Clinton Emails & More

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We begin the show with a National & International News Roundtable. Our topics include: racism and the Obama presidency; the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails; and the recent attacks by Al Qaeda and Isis on Baghdad, Dhaka and Istanbul. With: Carla Wills, Senior News Producer at Democracy Now!Dr. Kimberly Moffit, 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 Lenny McCallister, Republican strategist, former congressional candidate, and 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.

A Visit From Kareem Samara, British Palestinian Musician

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We interview Kareem Samara, 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.

Kareem Samara will be performing Tuesday night at the Crown at 1910 North Charles Street as part of the Firebrand Records showcase Bmore on Fire, featuring DevRock, Son of Nun, Ryan Harvey, and more.

Navasha Daya & Fanon Hill: Lom Nava Love

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For the second segment we have a rebroadcast of my interview with Navasha Daya and Fanon Hill about their album “Lom Nava Love (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” and about the documentary debuting this month. Daya is a singer and songwriter, and co-Founder and Director of the healing and performing arts at the Youth Resiliency Institute. Hill is a cultural organizer, co-Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Resiliency Institute, and trainer for the National Rites of Passage Institute.


Dr. Lester Spence’s ‘Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics’

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We begin the show with a rebroadcast of my interview With Dr. Lester Spence about his important book Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics. Spence is 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 as well as Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics.


IPS’s John Feffer On Brexit

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We turn to the international arena with a new commentary on Brexit. With: John Feffer, Director of Foreign Policy in Focus and Epicenter at the Institute for Policy Studies and Editor of LobeLog.


Alternatives To The Port Covington Master Plan

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We continue our look at the proposed Port Covington project in Baltimore. The ACLU of Maryland and the Public Justice Center have joined forces to submit comments and recommendations on the proposed Port Covington Master Plan to the Baltimore City Department of Planning.

We talk with Monisha Cherayil, lead attorney with the Public Justice Center’s Education Stability Project, and Barbara A. Samuels, Managing Attorney for ACLU of Maryland’s Fair Housing Project and lead counsel on the ACLU-MD’s class action lawsuit to provide African American public housing residents in Baltimore City a choice in their housing locations in communities of opportunity.


Tengella’s Take: Lor Scoota and the Need for Gun Control

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We begin the show with our regular weekly feature Tengella’s Take with Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator 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. His “take” this week is on Lor Scoota and the Need for Gun Control.


Sound Bites: Changes to Perdue’s Chicken Treatment Policies | Fracking & Radioactive Waste | Food Justice in Baltimore

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It’s our newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites! Today’s show includes a talk with Perdue Farms and others about Perdue’s announcement earlier this week that they are adapting new, more humane, practices regarding the treatment of their chickens. With: Julie DeYoung, spokesperson for Perdue Farms; Ian Kullgren, POLITICO Pro Agriculture reporter; and Scott Edwards, Co-Director of the Food & Water Justice program at Food & Water Watch.

Next we turn to an environmental issue: How fracking produces tons of radioactive waste. With Jie Jenny Zou, reporting fellow for The Center for Public Integrity’s environment and labor team.

We close Sound Bites with a special segment produced by Baltimore Sound Society, as Adam Droneburg and Calvin Perry visit a food justice event at Baltimore’s Lexington Market.


The Latest News From Space

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We have a conversation with Center for Emerging Media Astronomer-in-Residence Dr. Carol Christian and Tony Darnell of Deep Astronomy as they tell us about the latest news from humanity’s “eyes” in space. Tony and Carol co-host a weekly podcast called This Week in Space Telescopes.


Legendary Singer and Guitarist José Feliciano

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Marc speaks with the legendary singer and guitarist, Grammy Award-winner José Feliciano. He will be headlining the Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music & Arts Festival, Saturday, July 9 at 7pm! We’re also joined by Walt Michael, Founder & Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill and Artist in Residence at McDaniel College.


City Paper This Week: The Maps Issue

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We have our regular installment of City Paper This Week, with City Paper writer and reporter Ed Ericson, Jr.


Sexuality, Race, and the State of the LGBTQ Community

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We turn to issues of sexuality, race, and the state of the LGBTQ community. We speak with Charles Berea, Chief Curator & Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Reginald F Lewis Museum, about the new Question Bridge video installation. The project is intended to be a catalyst for dialogue to help deconstruct stereotypes about black male identity in our collective consciousness.

And then we continue the conversation with: Michelle Antoinette AKA LOVE the Poet, indie spoken word artist, musician, and author of Black Marks on White Paper; Carlton Smith, Executive Director & Founder of The Center for Black Equity-Baltimore and President and Founder of Baltimore Black Pride; and Bryanna Jenkins, Executive Director of The Baltimore Trans Alliance.


Legal Issues in the Trials of the Officers in the Death of Freddie Gray

Protestors stand outside of the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station during a march and vigil for Freddie Gray, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)June 29, 2016 – Segment 1

We take a look at how the prosecution and State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby have handled the cases of the officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray. Our examination includes: How the prosecution handled the investigation, should they pursue the remaining cases, why are some people calling for Mosby to resign, and what does this case say about how police are prosecuted in the future. 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.


Julius White, New WEAA 88.9FM’s News Director

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

Lea Gilmore On ‘Bluesivism’ & Social Justice

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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

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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.


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