In our latest episode of Sound Bites we examine the power of large institutions in purchasing food. We hear part of a discussion Marc moderated a couple weeks ago at the Maryland, Delaware and DC Chapter of the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professional’s annual “Workshop by the Sea” in Ocean City, Maryland. We discussed both conventional and non-industrial agriculture in the context of institutional food buying. The panel participated in a wide-ranging discussion about the benefits, challenges and future of both models.
With: Cleo Braver,certified organic farmer at Cottingham Farm, lawyer, and Founder of the Eastern Shore Food Hub;Joe Forsthoffer, Corporate Communications Director of Perdue Farms; Karen Jenkins, Administrator at the Genesis Hammonds Lane Center in Baltimore; Louise Mitchell, PT, Sustainable Foods Program Manager at the Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment and Regional Organizer for Healthy Food in Health Care and Health Care Without Harm; and Charles Wright,conventional farmer and owner of Wright’s Market in Wicomico County.
We continue our conversation on Ebola, and talk about health and political issues surrounding Ebola, treatment, public health implications, and Ebola in the United States. We’re joined by Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Dr. Benjamin Hale, writer forSlate, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Vice President of the International Society of Environmental Ethics and co-Editor of the journal Ethics, Policy & Environment; and Emira Woods, Director of Social Impact at Thoughtworks, a software consulting firm dedicated to economic and social justice, and Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the death of Jack Kerouac, the birth of Ursula K. Le Guin, and when William Lloyd Garrison, publisher of the Liberator, an abolitionist newspaper, was drug through the streets of Boston, MA, by a pro-slavery mob in 1835.
We host a panel on the racial divides in the artistic world in Baltimore, inspired by articles in last week’s Baltimore City Paper‘s 2014 Fall Arts Guide. With: Kalima Young, Director of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, a project of the Office of Community Engagement at MICA; Baynard Woods, Senior Editor for the Baltimore City Paper; Deana Haggag, Director of The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore; and MiaLoving, community organizer, entrepreneur, mother and wife.
We get an update on events in Ferguson, Missouri, with a number of young journalists and activists who recently returned from that troubled city: freelance reporter Michelle Zei; Muna Mire, intern for The Nation; Ralikh Hayes, executive assistant for the Real News Network and and Board President of the Baltimore Algebra Project; and Megan Sherman, producer at the Real News Network.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the 1952 arrest of suspected leaders of the Mau Mau Uprising, including Jomo Kenyatta, the death of socialist leader Eugene V. Debs, and the birth of poet Arthur Rimbaud.
Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, talks about her book Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis, which recently received the Letitia Woods Brown Book Award for the Best Edited Book in African American History from the Association of Black Women Historians.
Listen to Marc’s interview with Native American author, historian, feminist, and self-described revolutionary Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on her fascinating and informative book An Indigenous People’s History of the United States.
Listen to a very special treat when I interview a true Baltimore icon, the legendary filmmaker and author John Waters! John joins me to talk about his fifty-year career, his recent book Carsick, and a recent tribute and retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, “50 Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?”
Marc and educator Koli Tengella talk to author, filmmaker and Coppin State University professor D. Watkins about his recent writings and Too Poor for Pop Culture zine launch, the Baltimore media landscape, different representations of Baltimore in writing and film, and the things that hold young people in Baltimore back from reaching their potential.
Listen in to our show commemorating Steve Biko, who was murdered in 1977 while in custody of the South African police. Biko was an anti-apartheid activist in the 1960s and 70s and founder of the Black Consciousness Movement. We reflect upon his life, his legacy, Black Consciousness, and South Africa today, with: Dr. Rozena Maart, Director of the Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal; and Dr. Xolela Mangcu, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Cape Town, Oppenheimer Fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, and author of Biko: A Life, the first full-length biography of Steve Biko; and Adrian Louw, Programme Integrator for Africa’s oldest community radio station project, Bush Radio 89.5FM, who served as the Media Liaison for the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa from 1999 to 2001.
Listen in to a special broadcast of some of the “Best of” our Sound Bites series, including my interview with Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food and Water Watch and author of Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America; our visit to the Cherry Hill Urban Garden in Baltimore; our roundtable with local farmers about why they farm; and my interview with Bryant Terry about his cookbook Afro Vegan.
The premium for the second hour will be a copy of Foodopoly. Everyone interested in food and our food system will want a copy! Also in studio will be Naijha Wright of the Land of Kush restaurant.
Included here is the podcast from our roundtable with small farmers, including: Denzel Mitchell, Founder and Farm Manager, Five Seeds Family Farm and Apiary; Cheryl Carmona, Co-founder of Boone Street Farm in East Baltimore; Ted Wycall third generation farmer at Greenbranch Farm in Salisbury, MD; and Carole Morrison of Bird’s Eye View Farm in Pocomoke City.
We have a conversation with former Black Panther Marshall “Eddie” Conway, who was released from prison earlier this year after being incarcerated for 44 years. We talk about his time in prison, his work with young men inside and outside prison, and Friend of a Friend, a mentoring project he started with American Friends Service Committee.
The premium for this hour is a copy of Eddie Conway’s autobiography, Marshall Law: The Life & Times of a Baltimore Black Panther. And also in-studio is Dr. Lester Spence!
It’s WEAA’s Fall Membership Drive! Call us this week during the show between 10:00 AM and noon eastern time at 410-319-8888 to make a pledge.
We listen back to a conversation on Arts, Design and Social Change, with: Isabel Meirelles, author of Design for Information; Paul Rucker, Artist-in-Residence at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); Kalima Young, Director of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, a project of the Office of Community Engagement at MICA; and Stephen Towns, visual artist.
It’s WEAA’s Fall Membership Drive! Call us this week during the show between 10:00 AM and noon eastern time at 410-319-8888 to make a pledge.
We listen back to some of our best arts programming from 2014. First, it’s our visit to the American Visionary Arts Museum’s last exhibit, “Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity,” with Rebecca Hoffberger, Founder and Director of AVAM.
We listen back to a conversation with Haneen Alshujairy, who fled her home in Iraq with her family in 2003, and Justin Sirois, a writer living in Baltimore. Alshujairy and Sirois are co-founders of the Understanding Campaign, which seeks to teach everyone in the world one word of Arabic: Fhm (fuh-hem’), which literally means “understanding.” Their hope is that by learning one simple word, people can begin to bridge the gulf between Arab and Western cultures.
We rebroadcast of our show on Afrofuturism, with world-renowned Gospel and Blues singer Lea Gilmore! Lea and Marc talk with: Baltimore-based producer, DJ, and singer Blaqstarr; poet, MC, singer and producer Camae Defstar, aka Moor Mother Goddess; and author, filmmaker, dancer, and futurist Ytasha L. Womack. Womack’s latest book, Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy explores black sci fi culture, black comix, and the legacy of Afrofuturism.
We listen to a segment of our Peabody Award-winning series Just Words. This episode focuses on Walker Gladden, a former prisoner who has devoted his life to saving young men and women in Baltimore. He talks about the divide that separates boys and girls in the ‘hood from the rest of the world.
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; 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.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the birth of pianist and composer Thelonius Monk, the premier of George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess, and the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew.
We close out the show with our monthly health and fitness segment with Chauncey Whitehead and Ernestine Shepherd! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP) at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, joins us as we focus on breast cancer awareness and fitness.
How ’bout dem O’s? The Orioles are in the American League playoffs! We talk about our home team with: Milton Kent, freelance journalist and Lecturer in the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University; and Jerry Bembry, veteran sports journalist and co-host of WEAA’s Black Top Exchange Sports Report.
We host a panel discussion about controversies regarding issues of accountability within the Baltimore Police Department, with: Mark Puente, investigative reporter for The Baltimore Sun; David Rocah, senior staff attorney for ACLU of Maryland; Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside;Neill Franklin, Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition); and Tessa Hill-Aston, President of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the death of Che Guevara, the 1970 proclamation of the Khmer Republic in Cambodia, the honoring of James Herbert “Eubie” Blake in 1981 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Ronald Reagan.
We host a roundtable discussion on local and state issues, including the upcoming elections and the Charm City Circulator. With: Laslo Boyd, higher education consultant and Center Maryland columnist; Melody Simmons, independent investigative journalist and reporter for the Baltimore Brew; and Charles Robinson, political and business correspondent for Maryland Public Television.
Listen to our discussion about the complexities, challenges, and joys of raising and educating boys. With: Jack Pannell, founder of Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys, a Baltimore City Public Charter School scheduled to open in 2015; 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 educator David Banks, President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation, founding principal of the Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx, and author ofSoar: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day Spanish-Mexican surrealist artist Remedios Varo died, the day the first women’s prison run by women opened at the Indiana Reformatory Institute, and the day Chuck Berry was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On our newest edition of Sound Bites, we take a trip to the Greener Garden Urban Farm in Baltimore, where we will hear from: Warren and LaVette Blue, farmers at Greener Garden Urban Farm; and Willie Flowers, Executive Director of the Park Heights Community Health Alliance.
We close out the show with a piece on harvesting honey In the city, with: Dane Nester, beekeeper at Oak Hill Honey in Baltimore. It was produced by former Sound Bites intern Maggie Dier.
Join us for a sneak peek of God’s Country, a performance by LOVE the Poet opening for a one week run by the Strand Theater Company. We’re joined by Michelle Antoinette aka LOVE the Poet, spoken word artist and musician.
Marc talks with Maryland State Senator and First Amendment scholar Jamie Raskin about his op-ed in the Washington Post last week, “A shareholder solution to ‘Citizens United.'” Also joining us for this conversation is John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for The Nation and co-author of Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the discover of Matthew Shepard’s body, a gay man who was beaten to death in Laramie, Wyoming, the birth of anarchist singer and activist Joe Hill, and Toni Morrison becoming the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
We listen back to an archive edition of the Marc Steiner Show from last year where we discussed the article, “Baltimore City, You’re Breaking My Heart” and the many responses to it. That article recently took the title for Baltimore City Paper’s “Best White Whine” of 2014. We hear from: Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Tim Barnett, founder of Baltimore Bike Party and author of a response to the aforementioned article, titled “Baltimore City: You’re Not Breaking My Heart. I’m not leaving”; Katie Long, Program Director and Hispanic Liaison of the Friends of Patterson Park; Hasdai Westbrook, Partner at ChangingMedia, a digital agency devoted to social change, and author of the blog post, “To #SaveBaltimore, Embrace the Wire”; Dr. Tara Bynum, assistant professor in the Department of English at Towson University; and Bobby Marvin Holmes, Youth Advocate for Baltimore Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (BYAP) and Producer of Live Young Blood, a documentary focused on the struggle to end youth violence.
Dr. LawrenceBrown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, sits in for Marc as host to round up all things newsworthy, including a discussion on the changing landscape of public education and analysis of emerging pandemics, with: A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and Greg Kline, attorney, co-founder and contributing editor for Red Maryland, who hosts the Conservative Refugee podcast and co-hosts Red Maryland Radio.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the births of Fannie Lou Hamer and Gerry Adams, the launch of the Yom Kippur War, and the 1976 massacre of students gathering at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand.
We meet Wendell Holmes of The Holmes Brothers, a blues and gospel trio that has performed together for five decades. They recently won the NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor the United States bestows upon traditional artists.
The Holmes Brothers are performing at the Creative Alliance this Friday at 8 pm with special guest Brooks Long.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the birthday of singer-songwriter Chubby Checker, the day singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie died, and the day the first Black radio station, WERD, began operating in Atlanta, GA.
Listen to my interview with Dr.Karl Alexander, Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood. Alexander and his team tracked 800 children in Baltimore from first grade until their late 20s to discover what factors determine success. The study found that a child’s fate is often determined by family strength and the parents’ financial status.
Listen in as I talk with Charles E. Cobb, Jr., about his book: This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible. Cobb is a Visiting Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University. From 1962-1967 he served as a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississippi.
This broadcast is an archive of the Marc Steiner Show.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day President George Washington put the Bill of Rights forward for a vote, the day Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo ordered the execution of Haitians living within the borderlands, and the birthday of Nat Turner.
We close out the show with our weekly segment, City Paper This Week. In addition to Senior Editor Baynard Woods, photographer J.M. Giordano joins us to offer a preview of his exhibition, Struggle: Portraits of Civil Rights and Black Power, which opens Wednesday evening at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
We examine the situation in Hong Kong, where tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors are demanding that China allow them to let Hong Kong residents elect their own leader in 2017, the scheduled date for the city’s first elections. With: Eli Friedman, Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Labor at Cornell University and the author of the recently published book Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China.
Marc speaks with New York Times op-ed columnist Charles Blow about his compelling new memoir about growing up in segregated Louisiana, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Blow will speak at the Central Branch of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library (EPFL) Wednesday evening, as part of Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Talking About Race series, co-sponsored by EPFL.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the 1964 launch of the Free Speech Movement on the campus of University of California, Berkeley, the 1975 “Thrilla in Manila,” when Muhammad Ali defeated Joe Frazier in a boxing match in Manila, Philippines, and the birth of John Brown Russwurm, abolitionist, Pan-Africanist and newspaper editor.
Stay tuned for the latest edition of our series Sound Bites! We begin with Nathanael Johnson, food writer for Grist, who recently wrote an article about a controversial proposed tax in Berkeley, California … on soda!
Then, we take a look at the debate in Maryland over the implementation of the Phosphorus Management Tool, a method of identifying fields that contain the most phosphorous and have the highest risk of phosphorus runoff. Phosphorus is one of the main three pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay. Our panel of guests includes: Tim Wheeler, reporter for B’More Green, the Baltimore Sun‘s environmental blog; and Kevin Anderson, President of the Maryland Grain Producers Association and Grain Farmer at Wimberly Farms in Princess Anne, Maryland.
We close out the show with a sneak peek at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, which is coming to Annapolis on Thursday, October 2! Our guests will include: Robin Broder, Board Member of Waterkeepers Chesapeake who is hosting the festival; and Assateague Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips.
In light of the controversial article by Allesandra Stanley in the September 18 issue of the New York Times, in which Stanley suggests that Shonda Rhimes — producer of TV shows Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away With Murder– and her characters are “angry black women,” we take a look at portrayals of black women in the media and on TV.
With: Dr. Lisa N. Williams, Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for Baltimore City Public Schools and member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a project of Fusion Partnerships; Dani McClain, contributor toTheNation.com and Fellow with the Nation Institute; and Dr. Kaye Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and winner of the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Award for her book, Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day of the Elaine Massacre in Phillips County, Arkansas during Red Summer, the first convention of the National Farm Workers Association, and the birthday of Ann Jarvis, American activist and co-founder of Mother’s Day.
We turn to the latest on Islamic State and US airstrikes on Syria and Iraq, with: Benjamin Friedman, Research Fellow in Defense and Homeland Security Studies for Cato Institute; Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, Senior Analyst forForeign Policy in Focus, and Author of Equal Worth – When Humanity Will Have Peace; and Dr. Thabit Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto.
We hear a current events roundtable discussion, and speak about: police brutality; our society’s perception of Black children; and the latest attacks from the right on President Obama. With: Marshall Bell, host of Midday Magazine with Marshall Bell on WOLB-AM, managing partner of The Bell Group, LLC, and author of Baltimore Blues: Harm City; Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; and Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Assistant Professor of American Studies at UMBC and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.
We look at the continuing violence in Baltimore, including the tragic death of 25-year old shock trauma worker and father Brandon Finney, who was used as a human shield in a gang shooting while he was waiting at a bus stop on Sunday. Our guests include: Michael Johnson, Creative Director of the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center; Imhotep Fatiu, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Urban Youth Initiative Project; and Bobby Marvin Holmes, local activist, filmmaker, and producer of the documentary Live Young Blood.
We turn to the news that Attorney General Eric Holder will step down from his post and will leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is named. Our guests are: Imara Jones, host of CaffeineTV and economic justice contributor for Colorlines.com; and Michael Higginbotham, Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law and author of Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism in ‘Post-Racial’ America.
In light of the People’s Climate March last Sunday and the United Nations Climate Summit this week, we examine key issues in the debate over climate change, with: Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Climate Justice Initiative; Brentin Mock, Justice Editor for Grist; and Mike Tidwell, founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and author of The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Race to Save America’s Coastal Cities.
Listen to my interview with Native American author, historian, feminist, and self-described revolutionary Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on her fascinating and informative book An Indigenous People’s History of the United States.
We give you a taste of what you’ll experience at the Transmodern Performance Festival, which is happening this week in Baltimore. You will hear from Hoesy Corona and Ada Pinkston, Curators of LabBodies and co-organizers of the Festival.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day Palestinian-American critic Edward Said died, the day the U.S. Congress ratified the Bill of Rights, and the day the Little Rock Nine began the integration of Central High School.
In light of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s criticism last week of the Baltimore Police Department’s handling of a police brutality investigation and subsequent call for a plan to address acts of brutality, we turn to the topics of police accountability, body cameras, and the Law Enforcement Bill of Rights. Our guests include: Delegate Jill P. Carter (District 41, Baltimore City); Bob Cherry,President of Baltimore’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3; Jason Rodriguez, one of the co-founders of the Baltimore chapter of Cop Watch; and Councilman Nick Mosby (District 7).
We turn to the situation in Syria, where the U.S. and several Arab states carried out airstrikes against Islamic State this morning. With: Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.
We celebrate a history-making event: the unveiling of the first portrait of an African American to be displayed in the Governor’s residence in Maryland! Last week Governor Martin O’Malley and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown unveiled a portrait of Frederick Douglass at the Government House in Annapolis. The painting is the result of a partnership between the State of Maryland and Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown. Eddie Brown is Chairman, CEO and founder of Brown Capital Management, LLC, the oldest African American investment firm in Maryland and the second oldest firm in the country. Eddie Brown joins us in-studio, along with the man who created the historic portrait, artist Simmie Knox.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day the US Congress passed the Judiciary Act, the birthday of abolitionist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and the day sociologist Edward Franklin Frazier was born in Baltimore.
We kick off our newest edition of Sound Bites with a discussion and debate on AgriTourism, in light of a controversial bill introduced last week by Baltimore County Third District Councilman Todd Huff. What does AgriTourism mean? How does it benefit farmers? Why is this such a hot-button issue across the country? Our guests will be: Teresa Moore, Executive Director at The Valleys Planning Council; and Wayne McGinnis, farmer and Baltimore County Planning Board member.
Then we turn to poultry giant Perdue Farms, whose Chairman Jim Perdue was quoted in the Baltimore Business Journal as saying that they have no seat at the table in Maryland. Peter Jensen, author and editorial writer for The Baltimore Sun, begged to differ in today’s editorial, and he joins us to discuss it.
We close out the show with a special basil cashew pesto recipe from the Hopkins’ Center for a Livable Future Aquaponics Project at the Cylburn Arboretum!
It’s Banned Books Week! From Harry Potter to Catcher in the Rye to Fifty Shades of Gray, we talk about our favorite banned books, with: Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom; and Dr. Carla Hayden, Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the births of John Coltrane and Ray Charles, the 1943 declaration of the Italian Socialist Republic, and the 1890 election of John Mercer Langston to the US Congress. He was the first black person elected to represent the state of Virginia in Congress and the only one for at least another 100 years.
Listen to a very special treat when I interview a true Baltimore icon, the legendary filmmaker and author John Waters! John joins me to talk about his fifty-year career and recent tribute and retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, “50 Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?”
We examine the Ebola epidemic, with: Kofi Woods, human rights lawyer from Liberia and part of the Citizens Alliance to Stop Ebola: CASE-LIBERIA; Dougbeh Nyan, Liberian Infectious Disease Specialist; Dr. Alan L Schmaljohn, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore; and Benjamin Hale, writer for Slate, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Vice President of the International Society of Environmental Ethics and co-Editor of the journal Ethics, Policy & Environment.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day the US Postmaster General was established, the day a preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation was released, and the day Congressman George Washington Murray was born enslaved.
We close out the show with another popular archive edition, my conversation with author Tom Reiss who won the Pulitzer Prize for his fascinating and enlightening bookThe Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. Reiss recounts in detail the life of General Alex Dumas, father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas whose work includes The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
We bring you a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, with Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, musician, writer, and conceptual artist, and Paul Rucker,visual artist, composer, and musician. We discuss art, music, politics, the war on drugs, and remix culture.
Listen to a sneak peek at the Charm City Health Fair, to be held at Lexington Market in Baltimore on Saturday, September 20. Our guests will be: Chuma Obineme, second-year medical student at the University of Maryland-Baltimore, who is helping to organize the Fair; Evan Lutz, 2014 graduate of the University of Maryland and CEO and Founder of Hungry Harvest, an innovative new Baltimore start-up that fights food waste and hunger; and Damye Hahn, daughter of Bill and Nancy Devine who own Faidley’s Seafood at Lexington Market.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day Booker T. Washington opened the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, the birthday of educator and philosopher Paulo Freire, and the day the Solidarity March took place protesting the Reagan Administration in 1981.
Listen to our monthly episode on health and fitness, with: fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead; Ernestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female bodybuilder; and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP) at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.
The September Community Walk will be held on Saturday, September 27 that 8AM. Please bring non-perishable food items for a food drive to benefit those in need of food this fall and winter. Meet at the Druid Hill Park tennis courts.
We check in on the latest developments around Islamic State, with: Jenna McLaughlin, an Editorial Fellow in Mother Jones‘ Washington Bureau; and Dr. Faheem Younus, National Secretary of Education for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland.
We look at the debate over whether Scotland should become independent. With: Leslie Loftis, Senior Contributor at The Federalist; Don Guttenplan, The Nation‘s London correspondent; and Liam Flynn, owner of Liam Flynn’s Ale House in Baltimore.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day Christopher Columbus arrived in Honduras, the day Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, and the day Booker T. Washington delivered the “Atlanta Compromise” at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta.
We examine the issue of homeless youth in Baltimore with: Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless;Bonnie Lane, formerly homeless activist, organizer of the Backpack Benefit Concert for Homeless Children, and 2016 Mayoral candidate; and Christian Wilson, Director of Homeless Children’s Weekend Backpack Program.
We learn about a wonderful program for youth, No Hooks Before Books, and their upcoming event: Boxing for Books. We speak with: Marvin McDowell, Founder, President and Executive Director of UMAR Boxing; and Zoria Curry, Donte Baytop, Ronnie Boo Doo, Jasmine Garland and NyJa Shepperson, participants in the UMAR Boxing program and boxing champions.
A group of bright young Baltimoreans answer the question: What Would You Do If You Were Mayor Of Baltimore? Our in-studio panel includes: Megan Sherman, Producer for The Real News Network; Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Zeke Berzoff-Cohen, Executive Director of The Intersection.
Listen to a brand new episode of Sound Bites! In the first segment, our guests reflect upon the recent announcement that poultry producer Perdue plans to stop the use of antibiotics in its hatcheries. Our guests include: Mitch Jones, Director of the Common Resources Program at Food and Water Watch; and Dr. Keeve Nachman, Director, Food Production and Public Health Program, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
To learn more about the issue of antibiotic resistance, plan to attend the movie Resistance, a showing sponsored by Food & Water Watch, this Thursday, September 18, at the Rotunda Theatre in Baltimore.
Next we take a field trip to the Cherry Hill Urban Garden in Baltimore. You will hear from Juanita Ewell, Founder and Manager of the garden, resident of Cherry Hill, and chairperson of the Cherry Hill Development Corporation’s Economic Development Committee. Then plan to attend the Cherry Hill Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 18!
We close out the show with Ava Chin, author of Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal, who tells us about the wild edibles you can find out in the world in the month of September!
In light of the recent news that Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson has been accused of child abuse for injuries he allegedly inflicted while disciplining his son, we take a look at the issue of child abuse, and when does “disciplining” go too far?
With: Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University; Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Kaye Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day the French abolished Slavery in all of their territories, the day more than 3000 African Americans died when Lake Okeechobee flooded Western Palm Beach County, Florida with a 10-15 foot tidal wave, and the day B.B. King was born in Itta Benna, Mississippi.
Marc speaks to Dr.Joe Brewster, creators of the acclaimed documentary American Promise and authors of the new book, Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and Life. Monday evening at 7:00, he will discuss their new book as part of Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s “Talking About Race” series at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch.
We hear from three new young candidates who won Maryland Democratic primaries and will run for Legislative seats in the November general elections: Brooke Lierman, Democratic candidate running in Baltimore’s 46th District; Antonio Hayes, Democratic candidate running in Baltimore’s 40th District; and Cory McCray, Democratic candidate running in Baltimore’s 45th District.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the murder of singer Victor Jara, the birth of poet Claude McKay, and Lehman Brothers filing for Chapter 11, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.
Listen to the broadcast of the funny and fascinating discussion from last week’s World of the Play, “Waiting in the Wings,” at Everyman Theatre. The conversation, inspired by Everyman’s current performance, The Understudy, explored the challenges and rewards of being an understudy.
Joining the conversation were: Rebecca LaChance, a current Broadway understudy for the role of Carole King in “Beautiful;” Kyle Prue, Everyman Theatre’s Director of Production & Casting; and Joe Smelser, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Resident Production Stage Manager.
We remember anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, who was murdered on September 12, 1977, while in the custody of the South African police. Biko was an anti-apartheid activist in the 1960s and 70s and founder of the Black Consciousness Movement. We reflect upon his life, his legacy, Black Consciousness, and South Africa today, with: Dr. Rozena Maart, Director of the Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal; and Dr. Xolela Mangcu, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Cape Town, Oppenheimer Fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, and author of Biko: A Life, the first full-length biography of Steve Biko; and Adrian Louw, Programme Integrator for Africa’s oldest community radio station project, Bush Radio 89.5FM, who served as the Media Liaison for the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa from 1999 to 2001.
We will also listen to the music of the Anti-Apartheid movement throughout the segment.
Lisa Crawley, Resource Center Manager for the Lewis Museum, joins us to talk about an event that took place this weekend in our local history: the death of noted African American principal Stephen Handy Long of Pocomoke City due to an altercation with a local white resident.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko died in police custody, the day Mary Jane Patterson, the first Black woman to graduate from an established college with a four year degree, was born, and the day Adolf Hitler joined the German Workers’ Party.
Did you listen to President Obama’s address tonight on Islamic State? Hear our discussion with a panel of guests to discuss the speech and Islamic State. With: Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies; Dr. Thabit Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto; and Dr. Steven David, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University.
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