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Education Roundtable: Baltimore Overcounting Students Could Result In Loss Of Millions

February 9, 2016 – Segment 2

8197862632_ab2459b054_hToday we have our Education Roundtable, where our guests will discuss the idea that the Baltimore City School district might have inflated student enrollment numbers, a revelation that could result in the loss of millions of dollars. Joining us is Luke Broadwater, reporter at the Baltimore Sun, where he covers Baltimore’s City Hall and local politics; Frank Patinella, advocate with the Education Reform Project; Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University; and Delegate Kathy Szeliga, House Minority Whip who represents Maryland’s District 7 in Baltimore and Hartford Counties.


Adnan Syed Hearing Continues In Baltimore

Adnan SyedFebruary 8, 2016 – Segment 3

We cover the hearing in the case of Adnan Syed, which began last week in Baltimore. Syed is serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, and the purpose of the hearing is to determine whether Syed deserves a new trial. His case is the basis of the Serial podcast series. We talk with: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; and Steven Klepper, a lead attorney in Kramon & Graham’s appellate practice.


President Obama’s Visit To The Islamic Society Of Baltimore

Obama's visit to Islamic Society of Baltimore (Photo Credit: New York Times)February 8, 2016 – Segment 2

Last week President Barack Obama visited The Islamic Society of Baltimore, his first visit to an American mosque after 7 years in office. We talk with two people who were present during President Obama‘s visit: Zainab Chaudry, Maryland Outreach Manager, Council on American Islamic Relations; and Naeem Muhammad, Islamic Relief USA Community Outreach Manager.


Baltimore Mayoral Race: Councilman Carl Stokes

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We begin the show with an interview with Baltimore Democratic Mayoral candidate Councilman Carl Stokes. Stokes represents the 12th District on the Baltimore City Council, where he is Chair of the Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee.

Health & Fitness: Staying Active In The 21st Century

Fitness Health (Credit: The New York Times)February 5, 2016 – Segment 3

We host our monthly feature on health and fitness with: Fitness trainer and activist Chauncey WhiteheadErnestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female bodybuilder; and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center

David Pilgrim On Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia To Teach Tolerance

David Pilgrim (Credit: Salon)February 5, 2016 – Segment 2

We have a conversation with Dr. David Pilgrim. He is a professor, orator, and human rights activist best known as the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum — a ten-thousand-piece collection of racist artifacts located at Ferris State University, which uses objects of intolerance to teach about race, race relations, and racism.We speak to him about his book Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice.


Tengella’s Take: The Super Bowl & Why White People Are Scared Of Cam Newton

Photo Credit: Koli TengellaFebruary 5, 2016 – Segment 1

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


Sound Bites: “If There Are No New Farmers, Who Will Grow Our Food?”

Kim EckartFebruary 4, 2016 – Segment 2

Today on Sound Bites, we meet with Kim Eckarta Seattle-based writer and associate editor at Yes! magazine.  She wrote an article called, “If There Are No New Farmers, Who Will Grow Our Food?” for How to Create a Culture of Good Health, the Winter 2016 issue of YES! Magazine.

We are then joined by young farmers Walker Marsh, Founder & Owner of The Flower Factory; Isabel Antreasian, Project Manager for Whitelock Community Farm; Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for Park Heights Community Health Alliance and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; and Charlotte Keniston, current Open Society Institute fellow, working with Paul’s Place on community-led interventions to address food accessibility in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore.


Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide

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We speak with Joy-Ann Reid at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, about her book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide. Reid is a national correspondent for MSNBC.

City Paper This Week: Four Voices On Reparations & More

Photo Credit: J.M. Giordano

February 3, 2016 – Segment 4

We close the show with our regular feature City Paper This Week, with Anna Walsh, Managing Editor and Eats and Drinks Editor for City Paper.


Sports Roundtable: Super Bowl 50 & Reactions To Quarterback Cam Newton

Cam Newton February 3, 2016 – Segment 3

With Super Bowl 50 happening this Sunday, we convene a sports roundtable on the big game, Florida Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton, and more.

With: Dave Zirin, Host of The Edge of Sports Radio, sports editor for The Nation, and author of many books including Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup and the Fight for Democracy; and Andre Melton, co-Host of The Flex Zone and board operator at WEAA.


United Nations Urges U.S. Government To Address Legacy Of Slavery With Reparatory Justice

United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African DescentFebruary 3, 2016 – Segment 2

Last week, after visiting several U.S. cities including Baltimore, the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent released a preliminary report in which they urged the U.S. government to address the legacy of slavery, post-Reconstruction “Jim Crow” laws and racial subordination in the United States with reparatory justice.

Our panel of guests addresses this call for reparations: Stephanie Franklin, Founder, President & CEO of the Franklin Law Group, P.C.; Vernellia Randall, Professor Emeritus at University of Dayton; and Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer/President/Co-Founder of Equity Matters.


Baltimore Housing Roundtable: Community Land Trusts For Development Without Displacement

Baltimore Housing RoundtableFebruary 3, 2016 – Segment 1

Last week the Baltimore Housing Roundtable, a coalition of affordable housing advocates, announced its plan to press Baltimore leaders to use a combination of land trusts, bonds and local hiring initiatives to develop struggling neighborhoods in the city.

We look at this plan, in our continuing efforts to help find creative solutions for the troubles that challenge Baltimore. With: Peter Sabonis, Human Right to Work with Dignity Program and Co-Director for the National Economic & Social Rights Initiative; Danise Jones-Dorsey, a member of the Northeast Housing Initiative (NEHI) and Executive Director for My Brother’s Keeper, Irvington; Olivia LaVecchia, research associate with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative; and Ann Sackey of the Baltimore Housing Roundtable and the Charm City Land Trust.


Baltimore Mayoral Candidate: Councilman Nick Mosby

Councilman Nick Mosby (Credit: City Paper)February 2. 2016 – Segment 2

Joining us is Baltimore’s Democratic Mayoral candidate, Councilman Nick Mosby, who shares his vision for the city. Councilman Mosby currently represents Baltimore’s 7th District in West Baltimore.


Political Roundtable: Iowa Caucus Results

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We begin the show with a Political Roundtable on the results of the Iowa Caucus.  Sitting in is  Charles Ellison, political strategist and Host of The Ellison Report on WEAA and Lenny McAllister, Republican strategist, former congressional candidate and host of both Night Talk: Get To The Point on the Pittsburgh cable news channel and Get Right with Lenny McAllister on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA in Pittsburgh. We are also joined by 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.


From Flint to Baltimore: Clean Water, Environmental Racism & Infrastructure In Our Cities

FLINT, MI - JANUARY 24: Darius Simpson, an Eastern Michigan University student from Akron, Ohio, carries water he brought to donate for Flint residents during a rally on January 24, 2016 at Flint City Hall in Flint, Michigan. The event was organized by Genesee County Volunteer Militia to protest corruption they see in government related to the Flint water crisis that resulted in a federal state of emergency. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

February 1, 2016 – Segment 2

We discuss our cities from Flint to Baltimore, looking at clean water, environmental racism & infrastructureWith: Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Mijin Cha, consultant and fellow at Cornell University’s Worker Institute and adjunct professor at Fordham Law School; Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Buffalo and Director of the University of Buffalo Center for Urban Studies; and Jacqui Patterson, Director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program at the NAACP.

Media Roundtable: The 2016 Election & Beyond

Democratic Presidential debate, 2016February 1, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the week with a panel of journalists in our National News Roundup. Our panel of guests includes: Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor of Media Studies at Morgan State University and Host/Producer at The Real News Network @imixwhatilike; Karen Houppert, Editor-in-Chief of the Baltimore City Paper; Charles Robinson, political and business correspondent for Maryland Public Television; and ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University.


Just Words: Voices of the Working Poor

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 We hear a special archive edition of our Peabody Award-winning series Just Words, featuring the voices of the working poor.

Update on Armed Occupation in Oregon

photo by Arun GuptaJanuary 29, 2016 – Segment 4

We hear an update on the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Occupation in Oregon. With: Arun Gupta, contributor to The Washington Post, YES! Magazine, In These Times, The Progressive, Telesur, and The Nation, and author of the forthcoming Bacon as a Weapon of Mass Destruction: A Junk-Food Loving Chef’s Inquiry into Taste.


Baltimore Artists Roundtable: Music, Art, Race and Gender in a Segregated City

CEMJanuary 29, 2016 – Segment 3

Marc Steiner Show producer Mark Gunnery guest hosts a conversation with local musicians, writers and artists about arts and music scenes in Baltimore and creating spaces for Black, people of color, and women performers in a segregated city. With: Abdu Ali, musician and writer; Jenné Afiya, founder of Balti Gurls; Lawrence Burney, writer and editor of True Laurels; and Dylan Ubaldo, founder of the Llamadon Collective.

Sharon Cooper On Her Sister Sandra Bland

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We remember Sandra Bland, who died last July in the Waller County, TX, jail, after being arrested on a traffic stop. We talk with her sister Sharon Cooper, as well as: Cannon Lambert, attorney representing Sandra Bland’s family; Tawanda Jones, activist and sister of Tyrone West, who has been organizing WestWednesday protests over the past two years; and Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.

Be a voice, not an echo: A talk by Sharon Cooper will take place this Saturday, January 30, at 5pm at Red Emma’s. For more information click here.


Tengella’s Take: Flint Michigan Water Good Enough To Die 4!!!

Koli TengellaJanuary 29, 2016 – Segment 1

In our latest installment of Tengella’s Take, Koli Tengella takes on the Flint water crisis. 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: Community Impacts of Industrial Poultry Operations On The Eastern Shore

Photo Credit: Citizens for a Better Eastern ShoreJanuary 28, 2016 – Hour 2

On our newest edition of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we look at Community Impacts of Industrial Poultry Operations. Last week I took a trip to Exmore, Virginia, a small town south of Chincoteague on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, where I moderated a forum for the Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore, exploring community impacts of industrial poultry operations — including the construction of poultry houses and the spreading of poultry litter on fields — at the Broadwater Academy. Just as communities on Maryland’s Eastern Shore are beginning to organize against the mass expansion of industrial poultry farming, communities in Virginia are beginning to do the same.
The panelists included:
  • Mark Brush, Associate Professor of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science;
  • Jillian Fry of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health;
  • Carole Morrison, former Industrial Poultry grower, now small-scale farm grower;
  • Roger Everton and Neil Zahradka of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; and
  • Maria Payan, Consultant, Socially Responsible Agricultural Project.

This broadcast was edited for time. To hear the full, unedited audio from this town hall forum click here


Debating Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Bernie Sanders Critique On Reparations

Bernie Sanders and Ta-Nehisi CoatesJanuary 28, 2016 – Hour 1

We begin the show with an examination of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ recent critiques of Bernie Sanders’ stance on reparations.

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; 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 the forthcoming Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics; and Bill Fletcher, Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com, and co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 and Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized labor and a new path toward social justice.


City Paper This Week: On The Night Shift

City PaperJanuary 27, 2016 – Segment 3

We close the show with our regular feature City Paper This Week, with Anna Walsh, City Paper Managing Editor and Eats and Drinks Editor.


Brown & Healthy: From Motivational Hashtag To Global Wellness Initiative

Brown and HealthyJanuary 27, 2016 – Segment 2

We look at a global initiative that began in 2013 as a motivational hashtag: Brown and Healthy. With Michelle Antoinette Nelson, fitness professional and Founder of Brown and Healthy. Brown and Healthy promotes mental, physical, and spiritual growth and wellness, specifically among people of color.


Arts & Culture: The Oscars’ “Whitewash,” Nate Parker’s ‘Birth Of A Nation,’ & More

2016 Oscar NomineesJanuary 27, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a look at the controversy over what has been called the “whitewash” of the Oscars.  With: Washington Post Film Critic Ann Hornaday; Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor ofBlackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; and Kalima Young, Instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park.

Meshelle: Funny as a Mother . . .

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Comedienne, award winning playwright and author Meshelle the Indie Mom of Comedy joins us to talk about last week’s release of her live comedy album: Funny As A Mother….

Hiring Formerly Incarcerated People for Home Demolitions in Baltimore

Baltimore vacantsJanuary 26, 2016 – Segment 2

We have a conversation about a proposal to hire formerly incarcerated people for home demolition work in Baltimore. With: Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer/President/Co-Founder of Equity Matters; Dr. Marisela Gomez, physician, community activist and author of Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America; John Comer, Lead Organizer for Maryland Communities United; Charles Ellison, political strategist and Host of The Ellison Report on WEAA; Diamonte Brown, Director of Out For Justice; Eddie Conway, former Black Panther leader and former political prisoner; and Dominique StevensonProgram Director for the American Friends Service Committee. Conway and Stevenson are co-authors of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther.


National Roundtable: Democratic Town Hall and Reparations

CNN town hall / Getty ImagesJanuary 26, 2016 – Segment 1

We host a National News Roundtable, where we discuss the Democratic Town Hall and critiques raised by Ta-Nehisi Coates about Bernie Sanders’ refusal to endorse reparations. With: Charles Ellison, political strategist and Host of The Ellison Report on WEAA; Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer/President/Co-Founder of Equity Matters; and Dr. Marisela Gomez, physician, community activist and author of Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America.


From The Archives: Philosopher & Naturalist Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Diana Beresford-KroegerJanuary 25, 2016 – Hour 2

We rebroadcast of my interview with philosopher, naturalist, author and scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger, whose writings combine western scientific knowledge and the traditional concepts of the ancient world.

Her books include The Sweetness of a Simple Life, The Global Forest, Arboretum Borealis, Arboretum America, and A Garden for Life. Born in Ireland, Beresford-Kroeger was orphaned in her youth and educated by elders who instructed her in the Brehon (Ireland’s indigenous system of law from Celtic times) knowledge of plants and nature. She tells us about her life and about her Bioplan, which encourages ordinary people to develop a new relationship with nature, and to join together to replant the global forest.


From The Archives: I Mix What I Like — A Mixtape Manifesto

Dr. Jared BallJanuary 25, 2016 – Hour 1

We begin with a special 2011 archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, when I talked with Dr. Jared Ball about his book I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto. Ball is Associate Professor at the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University, co-Editor of Malcolm X: A Lie of Reinvention, and commentator on The Real News Network.


From The Archives: Fighting For LGBT Rights In Uganda

Rev. Mark KiyimbaJanuary 22, 2016 – Segment 4

We bring you another archive edition of the Steiner Show from 2012 featuring the Reverend Mark Kiyimba, Founder of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Uganda, who joined me in-studio to talk about his struggle for LGBT rights in his country. Rev. Kiyimba’s church runs an orphanage and a school for children infected with HIV/AIDS and children who have lost parents to the disease. He was joined by the Reverend David Carl Olsen, minister of the First Unitarian Church in Baltimore, who hosted Rev. Kiyimba.

From The Archives: Jeffrey Sachs On ‘The Price Of Civilization’

Jeffrey SachsJanuary 22, 2016 – Segment 3

In a special 2012 archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, Marc talks with economist Jeffrey Sachs about his book The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity. Sachs is well known for his controversial work advising the government of Bolivia during the hyperinflation crisis of the mid 80s and advising former members of the Soviet Union during their transition to capitalism.


Dispatches From Africa & The Diaspora: The Oromo Protest Movement

Oromo student protestsJanuary 22, 2016 – Segment 2

We turn to Dispatches from Africa and the Diaspora, a regular series that we have started here on The Marc Steiner Show. This morning, we highlight the Oromo protests taking place in Ethiopia, and discuss the politics of media coverage of Ethiopian affairs. With: Siyade Gemechisa, Media Justice activist living in Baltimore; and Henok Gabisa, visiting Academic Fellow at Washington and Lee School of Law in Lexington, Virginia.


Tengella’s Take: The 2016 Presidential Election

Koli TengellaJanuary 22, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with our regular feature Tengella’s Takewith 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: Maryland Legislators Debate Poultry Litter & Farmer’s Rights | What Are Food Policy Councils?

ChickenJanuary 21, 2016 – Segment 2

On Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, our first group of guests reflects upon two agricultural issues before the Maryland General Assembly: The Poultry Litter Management Act and the Farmer’s Rights Act. With:Betsy Nicholas, Co-chair of Maryland Clean Agriculture Coalition and Executive Director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake; Doug R. Myers, Maryland Senior Scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Mitch Jones, Senior Policy Advocate for Food and Water Watch; and Valerie Connelly, Executive Director for the Maryland Farm Bureau.
We close the show with a look at Food Policy Councils – what they are, and why they are important. With: Anne Palmer, Program Director at Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Charles Johnson & Ethelbert Miller: On Martin Luther King, Jr.

Charles JohnsonJanuary 21, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a conversation with two of our great writers and thinkers, Charles Johnson and E. Ethelbert Miller, about Johnson’s powerful and insightful book The Words and Wisdom of Charles Johnson. Novelist and scholar Charles Johnson is a National Book Award-winning author whose works include Middle Passage; and poet E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist and Board Chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies.


Neil Hertz: Pastoral in Palestine

Neil HertzJanuary 20, 2016 – Segment 5

In a special archive edition of the Steiner Show, we hear Neil Hertz discuss his book Pastoral in Palestine, which offers a personal view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 


City Paper This Week: Tribute To David Bowie

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Marc Steiner Show Producer Stefanie Mavronis guest hosts our regular series City Paper This Week with Brandon Soderberg, Deputy Editor and Arts Editor of City Paper. This week’s City Paper is a tribute to David Bowie.

The Importance Of Arts Education

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In lead up to the City Neighbors Foundation’s 6th Annual Progressive Education Summit, we host an Arts Education Roundtable. With: Dr. Adarsh Alphons, Founder of Project Art and keynote speaker at the Summit; Dr. Eric Booth, Founding Editor of the Teaching Artist Journal, author of a number of books including The Everyday Work of Art, and keynote speaker at the Summit; Dr. Shyla Rao, co-Director and instructor in the Masters of Arts in Teaching Program at Maryland Institute College of Art; Pat Cruz, Education Director of Young Audiences, former Baltimore teacher, and recipient of the 2012 Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS) Arts Advocate of the Year Award; and Bobbi MacDonald, Executive Director of The City Neighbors Foundation, which operates three charter schools in Baltimore City.
The City Neighbors Foundation presents the 6th Annual Progressive Education Summit this Saturday at City Neighbors, Hamilton Campus. Click here for more information.

Tavis Smiley: The Covenant with Black America 10 Years Later

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Marc sits down with talk show host and political commentator Tavis Smiley to discuss his book The Covenant with Black America 10 Years Later. Smiley is Host of The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS.


Police Accountability and Criminal Justice Issues in the Maryland General Assembly

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We take a look at issues of police accountability and criminal justice facing the 2016 Maryland General Assembly, with Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and co-author of The Black Book: Reflections from the Baltimore Grassroots.

The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome with Dr. Alondra Nelson

The Secret Life of DNA (Credit: Beacon)January 19, 2015 – Segment 2

We host a fascinating discussion with Dr. Alondra Nelson, Professor of Sociology and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she has served as Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Dr. Nelson talks about her new book The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome. She also authored Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination.


Baltimore Mayoral Candidate: Sheila Dixon

Sheila Dixon (Credit: Baltimore Sun)January 19, 2015 – Segment 1

Sheila Dixon, former Baltimore Mayor and current candidate for the Democratic nomination for Mayor of Baltimore, joins us for the second time this election cycle to share her vision for our city.


2-Hour Special: The Relevance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In Today’s World

MLK Jr. (Credit: Biography.com)January 18, 2015 – Two Hour Special

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we feature a special 2-hour conversation on the Rev. Dr. King’s relevancy to this moment: From the 2016 election to community organizing in Baltimore.
Our first panel of guests includes: Dedrick Muhammad, Director of the Racial Wealth Divide Initiative of CFED; Dorcas Gilmore, attorney and consultant focused on community economic development and race equity issues; and Charly Carter, Director of Maryland Working Families.
On our second panel of guests we feature: Makayla Gilliam-Price, Founder of City Bloc and Assata’s Syllabus; Betty Robinson, former member of SNCC and member of Baltimore Standing Up For Racial Justice; Molly Amster of Jews United for Justice; and John Comer, Lead Organizer for Maryland Communities United.

From The Archives: Symbols of the Confederacy

Confederacy Counter Protest (Credit: City Paper)January 15, 2015 – Segment 3

We rebroadcast this conversation in light of the Baltimore Special Commission that’s been reviewing the city’s Confederate monuments announcing their recommendation yesterday that the Roger Taney Monument on Mount Vernon Place and the Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell — 2 out of 4 Confederate monuments in Baltimore — be removed. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will have final say over that recommendation.
We are joined by Zoe Carpenter, The Nation‘s Assistant Washington Editor, who wrote a blog post “A History of Hate Rock From Johnny Rebel to Dylann Roof“; Yoni Appelbaum, a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics section and wrote article titled “Why Is The Flag Still There“; Chris Roberts, advocate and a doctoral student and instructor in the African American Studies Department at Temple University; Dr. Tara Bynum, post-doctoral fellow at Rutgers University; and Evan Serpick, former Editor of the City Paper, wrote the article “Stop Honoring White Supremacy” and started an online petition to change the name of Robert E. Lee Park.

Interview and Performance With Tuvan Throat Singers Alash

Tuvan Throat Singers (Credit: TEDxBaltimore Website)January, 15 2015 – Segment 2

We talk with Alash, a Tuvan throat singing group, while they are in town for a talk they gave at TEDxBaltimore. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. We are also joined by local beatboxer & vocal percussionist Shodekeh, who appears on Alash’s latest album “Achai,” Michael Faulkner, director of an upcoming documentary called SHU-DE!, which follows Shodekeh and he travels to Tuva to collaborate with Alash, and Sean Quirk, Alash’s interpreter and manager.


Tengella’s Take: What’s Up With Oregon?

Koli TengellaJanuary 15, 2015 – Segment 1

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


Sound Bites: How We Define Organic Food | When Cultural Food Becomes Trendy

Urban Farm (Credit: Grid Philly)January 14, 2015 – Segment 3

We play the latest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. First we look at the definitions of organic food with Steve Savage, blogger and Agricultural Technology consultant; and Jay Martin, farmer at Provident Organic Farm.

We then have an interview with Ruth Tam, Web Producer of The Kojo Nnamdi Show and contributor to She the People, about her article for the Washington Post: “How it feels when white people shame your culture’s food – then make it trendy.”


Struggles With Violence in Waverly, Baltimore & Other Communities

Baltimore Homicide Rate (Credit: Time)January 14, 2015 – Segment 2

We host a Local News Roundtable about violence in our communities, with: Natalya Brusilovsky, member of the board of Waverly Improvement Association, and co-director of Theatre Action Group; and independent filmmaker Taylor Evans.


Barack Obama: The State of the Union Address 2016

Obama 2016 State of the Union (Credit: The Telegraph)January 14, 2015 – Segment 1

We host a panel discussion on President Obama’s State of the Union Address. With: Catalina Byrd, media consultant and political strategist; Natalya Brusilovsky, member of the Board of Waverly Improvement Association, andd co-director of Theatre Action Group; and Lenny McAllister, 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


2016 Annapolis Summit: Senator Barbara Mikulski

Senator Barbara MikulskiJanuary 13, 2016 – Segment 3

We conclude the 13th Annual Annapolis Summit at the Governor Calvert House with an interview with U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski. 

The Annapolis Summit is sponsored by The Daily Record, The Maryland State Education Association, Stevenson University, Alexander and Cleaver, VPC, The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and WEAA.


2016 Annapolis Summit: Senate President Miller & House Speaker Busch

Maryland Senate President Miller and House Speaker BuschJanuary 13, 2016 – Segment 2

We continue the 13th Annual Annapolis Summit at the Governor Calvert House with an interview with Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, and House Speaker Michael Busch.

The Annapolis Summit is sponsored by The Daily Record, The Maryland State Education Association, Stevenson University, Alexander and Cleaver, VPC, The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and WEAA.


2016 Annapolis Summit: Governor Larry Hogan

Maryland Governor Larry HoganJanuary 13, 2016 – Segment 1

We kick off the 13th Annual Annapolis Summit at the Governor Calvert House with an interview with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. 

The Annapolis Summit is sponsored by The Daily Record, The Maryland State Education Association, Stevenson University, Alexander and Cleaver, VPC, The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and WEAA.


Raising Strong Leaders: A Community Discussion For Parents & Young Readers

casey's dayJanuary 12, 2016 – Segment 3

Today we preview an important community event happening this weekend in Baltimore, hosted by the Center for Urban Families: Raising Strong Readers, a community discussion for parents and young readers. Our guests include Bobby Marvin Holmes, Founder of Son of a Dream, LLC, a youth development consulting and multimedia firm committed to empowering youth and families, and author of Casey’s Day with Daddy and Ryan Turner, Founder and Executive Director of The AKOBEN FOUNDATION, a nonprofit organization that develops urban youth into leaders in order to preserve future outcomes of minority communities.


How Did The Democrats Do At The Iowa Brown And Black Forum?

Iowa Brown and Black CaucusJanuary 12, 2016 – Segment 2

Today our panel of guests reflect on the Iowa Brown and Black Forum, the nation’s oldest minority-focused Presidential forum. All three Democratic Presidential candidates will participate. Our panel of guests includes Charles Ellison, political strategist and Host of The Ellison Report on WEAA; Dani McClain, contributing writer for The Nation and Fellow at the Nation Institute where she focuses on race and reproductive justice; and ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University.


Reactions To Philadelphia Police Shooting In Name Of Islam

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January 12, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a look at the shooting last week of a Philadelphia police officer who alleges he performed the shooting in the name of Islam. We are joined by Charles Ellison, political strategist and Host of The Ellison Report on WEAA; Imam Derrick Amin, Muslim Chaplain at Morgan State University; Zainab Chaudry, Maryland Outreach Manager for the Council on American-Islamic Relations; and Tariq Touré, writer, poet and activist.


Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen

Dr. Leana-wen (Credit: Womens Health Magazine)January 11, 2016 – Segment 3

We check in with Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen about health issues in Baltimore including homelessness, heroin, and lead poisoning.

Housing Demolitions and “Urban Renewal” in Baltimore

Baltimore vacantsJanuary 11, 2016 – Segment 2

In light of the announcement last week by Governor Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that Baltimore City plans to demolish some 4000 vacant buildings over the next four years, we host a roundtable discussion on housing demolition and “urban blight.” Our panel of guests includes: Dr. Raymond Winbush, Research Professor and Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University and author of Belinda’s Petition: A Concise History of Reparations for the Transatlantic Slave Trade; Quincy Gamble of OneBaltimore;Dominque Stevenson, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author with Eddie Conway of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther; and Gerald Neily, writer at Baltimore InnerSpace and former transportation planner for the Baltimore City Department of Planning.

Trial of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr.

goodsonJanuary 11, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a discussion on the upcoming trial of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. in the death of Freddie Gray. With: A. Dwight Pettit, Baltimore defense attorney who has represented clients in police misconduct cases; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.


The Phillips’: Three Generations of Baltimore Photographers

Phillips Photographers
January 8, 2016 – Segment 4

We hear an archive edition of the Marc Steiner Show as we examine the Baltimore African American experience through the lens of three generations of the Phillips family. The Phillips are photographers who have captured Baltimore’s African American community and culture since 1946, when Irving Henry Phillips began working as a photographer for the Baltimore Afro-American. With: Webster Phillips III, grandson of photographer Irving Henry Phillips and a photographer himself; and Irving Phillips, Jr., son of photographer Irving Henry Phillips and former staff photographer for The Baltimore Sun.

 


Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen

capitolJanuary 8, 2016 – Segment 3

In a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, we talk with award-winning author Philip Dray about his book Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen. Dray’s works include novels such as Stealing God’s Thunder and At the Hands of Persons Unknown, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and the Southern Book Critics Circle Award.


Countdown to the Annapolis Summit: Transportation

annapolisJanuary 8, 2016 – Segment 2

In our last installment of our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit series, we cover Transportation issues that will be addressed in the 2016 Maryland General Assembly. With: Richard Hall, Executive Director of Citizens Planning and Housing Association; Senator Richard Madaleno who represents the 18th District, Montgomery County; and Senator George Edwards, who represents District 1, Allegany & Garrett Counties and parts of Washington County.


Tengella’s Take: Excuse Me, Didn’t I Just Speak 2 U?!

Koli TengellaJanuary 8, 2016 – Segment 1

In the latest installment of Tengella’s Take with Koli Tengella, Koli asks, “Excuse Me, Didn’t I Just Speak 2 U?!” 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: Environment & Upcoming Legislative Session | Remembering Life & Work of Cultural Anthropologist Sidney Mintz

5640847994_02bfcd008e_nJanuary 7, 2016 – Segment 2

Today during the newest edition of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we begin with a look at environmental legislation that will be addressed in the 2016 Maryland General Assembly, in our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit. Joining us will be  Dru Schmidt-Perkins, President of 1000 Friends of Maryland; and Mitch Jones, Senior Policy Advocate at Food and Water Watch.
We close out Sound Bites with a special tribute to the life and work of renowned cultural anthropologist Dr. Sidney Mintz, known as the Father of Food Anthropology. Mr. Mintz died on December 27, 2015 at the age of 93. Celebrating his life and work is Sarah Hill, Associate Professor of Environmental and Sustainability Studies at Western Michigan University and author of the Boston Review article “The Sweet Life of Sidney Mintz;” Kevin A. Yelvington, Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida; Richard Wilk, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University and Jane Guyer, George Armstrong Kelly Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University.

 


Exploring Another Year of Living and Breathing While Black in America

Photo by J.M. Giordano / Baltimore City PaperJanuary 7, 2016 – Segment 1

Dr. Kaye joins us as a guest host. She is Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and author of 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.
Dr. Kaye and her panel will discuss Exploring Another Year of Living and Breathing While Black in America. With: Dr. Bettina Love, Associate Professor at the University of Georgia and 2016 Harvard Fellow; Dr. Katrina McDonald, Associate Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and Board Member of the Center for Africana Studies; Dr. Treva B. Lindsey, Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University; and Lady Brion, spoken word artist and Baltimore’s Grand Slam Champion, Resident Poet for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and Program Manager for Dewmore Baltimore.

City Paper: This Week and Reading of the Names of 2015 Homicide Victims

city paper homicidesJanuary 6, 2016 – Segment 4

During our regular feature,  City Paper This Week, we check-in on this week’s issue with Karen Houppert, Editor-in-Chief of City Paper. We close the show with a reading of the names of Baltimore’s victims of homicide in 2015.


Baltimore City Circuit Court Candidate: Todd Oppenheim

ToddpicJanuary 6, 2016 – Segment 3

Today we talk with Todd Oppenheim, is a criminal defense attorney with the Office of Public Defender and  is assigned to the Baltimore City Felony Trial Unit. Mr. Oppenheim has had many articles published on policy reform within the Baltimore City judicial system; he is also a candidate for judge in the Baltimore City Circuit Court.


President Obama’s Executive Action On Guns

obama gun controlJanuary 6, 2016 – Segment 2

Today we talk about President Obama’s Executive Action today on gun control, with: Firmin DeBrabander, Professor of Philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art and author of Do Guns Make us Free: Democracy and the Armed Society.


Analyzing The Armed Occupation Of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

ranching-standoff-protest (1)January 6, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a look at the armed occupation of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Joining us will be  Margaret Corvid, writer and activist based in the United Kingdom, New Statesman blogger and a contributing editor of the new left-wing quarterly Salvage; Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, activist and author whose most recent book is “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States”; and Edward Wyckoff Williams, television producer, correspondent and writer living in New York City.


Baltimore Mayoral Candidate: David Warnock

David Warnock (Credit: Camden Partners)January 5, 2016 – Segment 2

Businessman and philanthropist David Warnock, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Mayor of Baltimore, joins us on the show and shares his vision for the future of our city.


The Fight For Ex-Offender Voting Rights in Maryland

Voting Booths (Credit: Afro)January 5, 2016 – Segment 1

We discuss one of the topics that will be covered in the Maryland General Assembly during the 2016 Legislative Session: Ex-Offender Voting Rights in Maryland. With: Bryan Sears, Business Writer for The Daily RecordDelegate Cory McCray, Democrat who represents District 45 in Baltimore City and who sponsored ex-offender voting rights legislation last session, which was vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan; Clayton Guyton, Executive Director of the Rose Street Community Center and former correctional officer; and a representative of Communities United.


Our 2015 Spiritual and Philosophical Year in Review

Black Lives Matter Baltimore Protest (Credit: The Baltimore Sun)January 4, 2016 – Hour 2

We host a Year in Review with a number of our community’s spiritual leaders: Abdul Latif Bennett, attorney and Outreach Secretary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community; the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School; the Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton, Senior Pastor at the Open Church of Maryland; and Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Susan D. Morgan Professor of Religion at Goucher College.


News Roundtable: Bill Cosby, Verdict in Tamir Rice Police Killing & Baltimore Murder Rates

Bill Cosby (Credit: The Huffington Post)January 4, 2016 – Hour 1

We host a News Roundtable where we will discuss topics such as the murder rates in Baltimore, the decision not to indict the officer involved in the killing of Tamir Rice, and the numerous allegations towards Bill Cosby of sexual assault and misconduct. With guests: 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 CommunitiesRetired Major Neill Franklin, former Baltimore and Maryland State Police officer and Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition); and Jackie Wellfonder, political consultant at Wellfonder Group.

 


Celebrating The Winter Solstice With Helicon, Featuring Charm City Junction

HeliconJanuary 2, 2016 – Segment 4

We host a musical treat with Helicon  joining us in studio for their annual visit before they play their 30th Annual Winter Solstice Concert! You will hear Ken Kolodner on hammered dulcimer and fiddle, Robin Bullock on guitar, cittern, piano and mandolin, and Chris Norman on wooden flutes, penny whistle, and bagpipes. The group was joined by members of Charm City Junction: Brad Kolodner, who plays banjo and fiddle; Alex Lacquement, who plays bass; Patrick Mcavinue, who plays fiddle; and Sean McComisky, who plays accordion.

Firebrand Records: A Radical Record Label

firebrandJanuary 1, 2016 – Segment 3

Independent producer Ira Gewanter brings us an interview with Ryan Harvey and Son of Nun of Firebrand Records, a record label formed by Harvey and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, with the aim of releasing social justice-oriented music. Ryan Harvey is a folk musician and Son of Nun is a rapper, and they join us to reflect on their music, politics, and Baltimore.


Countdown To The Annapolis Summit: Paid Sick Leave In Maryland

Paid sick leaveJanuary 1, 2016 – Segment 2

As we gear up to the start of the legislative session, we discuss the prospect of paid sick leave in Maryland, with: Mike O’Halloran, Maryland State Director for National Federation of Independent Business; and Melissa Broome, Deputy Director of the Job Opportunities Task Force.


Tengella’s Take: Kwanzaa?!! That’s Somethin’ Black, Right!?

Koli TengellaJanuary 1, 2016 – Segment 1

We host our weekly feature Tengella’s Take with Koli Tengella. This week’s episode addresses misconceptions about Kwanzaa. 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: Building a Model for Food and Jobs in Sandtown-Winchester

Sandtown-WinchesterDecember 31, 2015 – Segment 2

It’s another episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. This week we bring you the first part of our Good Food Gathering town hall meeting held June 16 in partnership with Hopkins’ Baltimore Food and Faith Project, titled Sandtown: Building a Model for Food and Jobs. The town hall took place at Jubilee Arts, located in the Sandtown Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore, which was at the center of the Baltimore Uprising and was the neighborhood where Freddie Gray lived and was arrested.

The panel was comprised of three members of the faith community who are working on food and employment issues in interesting and effective ways: Elder C.W. Harris of Strength to Love II Farm and Newborn Holistic Ministries; Antoine Bennet of New Song Community Church; and Melissa Kelly of the No Boundaries Coalition.

This segment originally aired in June 2015.


Best Music of 2015 (Clean Version)

2015December 31, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc Steiner Show producers Stefanie Mavronis and Mark Gunnery bring you their favorite music of 2015.

(Note: This podcast features songs with explicit language censored out. If you want to hear an uncensored version of this podcast, click here.)
Tate Kobang – “Bank Rolls”
Comrade – “Right Back”
Dr. Dre featuring Anderson .Paak – “Animals”
Anderson .Paak – “Season/Carry Me”
MIA – “Borders”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
bell’s roar – “Black Lives”
TT the Artist – “Thug it Out”
Dej Loaf – “Back Up Off Me”
Missy Elliot – “WTF”
D’Angelo – “Sugah Daddy”
The Internet – “Under Control”
Sevdaliza – “That Other Girl”
The Game featuring Kendrick Lamar – “On Me”
DRAM – “Cha Cha”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Erykah Badu – “Cel U Lar Device”
Abdu Ali – “Keep Movin (Negro Kai)”
Kamasi Washington – “Leroy and Lanisha”
Chance the Rapper – “Paradise”


Best Music of 2015 (Explicit Version)

2015December 31, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc Steiner Show producers Stefanie Mavronis and Mark Gunnery bring you their favorite music of 2015.

(Note: This podcast features explicit language. If you want to hear a censored version of this podcast, click here.)

 

Tate Kobang – “Bank Rolls”
Comrade – “Right Back”
Dr. Dre featuring Anderson .Paak – “Animals”
Anderson .Paak – “Season/Carry Me”
MIA – “Borders”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
bell’s roar – “Black Lives”
TT the Artist – “Thug it Out”
Dej Loaf – “Back Up Off Me”
Missy Elliot – “WTF”
D’Angelo – “Sugah Daddy”
The Internet – “Under Control”
Sevdaliza – “That Other Girl”
The Game featuring Kendrick Lamar – “On Me”
DRAM – “Cha Cha”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Erykah Badu – “Cel U Lar Device”
Abdu Ali – “Keep Movin (Negro Kai)”
Kamasi Washington – “Leroy and Lanisha”
Chance the Rapper – “Paradise”

The Wanted 18

wantedDecember 30, 2015 – Segment 4

We have a preview of the film The Wanted 18, a story of nonviolent resistance during the First Intifada in 1987. With: Julia Bacha, Peabody award-winning filmmaker, media strategist, and Creative Director at the non-profit Just Vision; and The Wanted 18 Director Amer Shomali, artist who uses fine art, digital media and technology as sociopolitical tools for change.


Monthly Look at Health and Fitness

chaunceyDecember 30, 2015 – Segment 3

It’s our monthly feature on health and fitness with fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead, Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center and Ernestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female competitive body builder. On Saturday, January 2, Chauncey and Ernestine will host their monthly community walk in Druid Hill Park.

Cultural Year in Review with Kalima Young

kalimayoungDecember 30, 2015 – Segment 2

We hear a Cultural Year in Review from Kalima Young, Instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park. She brings us her favorite books and television shows of the year.

Cultural Year in Review with Dr. Lester Spence

lesterDecember 30, 2015 – Segment 1

We hear a Cultural Year in Review from Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics, and Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-Hop and Black Politics. He joins us to talk about his favorite books of the year.


Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me

coatesDecember 29, 2015 – Segment 2

We hear a repeat broadcast of Marc’s conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates about his National Book Award-winning Between the World and Me.


Education Policy: Less Testing, More Learning In Maryland

Classrooms and educationDecember 29, 2015 – Segment 1

We hear the broadcast of “Less Testing, More Learning” panel discussions Marc moderated earlier this month for the Maryland State Education Association at their 2015 Education Policy Forum. We hear from Maryland students and other advocates working on the issue of testing at the state and national level. The students who comprise the first panel are all members of the Montgomery County Public Schools’ Minority Scholars program. With: Anders Alilio, Richard Montgomery High School; Nicolas Ballon, Walter Johnson High School; Melissa Escobar, Richard Montgomery High School; Aryana Jones, Clarksburg High School; and Angie Nseliema, Clarksburg High School.
Then, we hear from: Liz Barrett of the Frederick County Board of Education; Judith Browne Dianis of the Advancement Project; and Monty Neill of FairTest.

Seasonal Music with Navasha Daya and Fanon Hill

navasha and fanonDecember 28, 2015 – Segment 2

We have a special musical treat with Navasha Daya and Fanon Hill. 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.


Looking at Baltimore City with AmeriCorps VISTA members from Strong City Baltimore

americorpsDecember 28, 2015 – Segment 1

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the VISTA Volunteers program, we begin the week with a conversation with AmeriCorps VISTA members from Strong City Baltimore. With: Richard Brooks, member of VISTA Impact Taskforce, a new initiative formally launching next month to prevent youth violence and expand workforce opportunities for boys and men of color between the ages of 14 and 30; Noora Kanfash, daughter of Syrian immigrants, whose VISTA service is with the Baltimore City Health Department’s Baltimarket program; Tricia Rubacky, Development Director for OSI-Baltimore and former VISTA member; and Del. Brooke Lierman, Maryland state Delegate representing District 46 in Baltimore City and former VISTA member.


Christmas Music Special with Lea Gilmore

LeaGilmoreDecember 24, 2015 – Segment 2

Lea Gilmore plays her picks for the best holiday fare. Gilmore is a social justice advocate, world-renowned Gospel and Blues singer, and Center for Emerging Media Cultural Editor.


Christmas Music Special with Milton Dugger

miltonDecember 24, 2015 – Segment 1

Milton Dugger, founder of Gumption Records and co-host of  The Doc and The Dug Show on WEAA, joins us to share some of his favorite Christmas music


Leadership for Improving Transportation Forum for Baltimore City

CCCDecember 23, 2015 – Segment 2

We broadcast the second Leadership for Improving Transportation Forum for Baltimore City, featuring a panel of Baltimore City councilpersons and candidates. The forum was sponsored by Transit Choices, the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, and A Thousand Friends of Maryland. All of the candidates for city council were invited to participate and were given a questionnaire to complete with their views on Baltimore transportation. You can see their responses online atwww.transitchoices.org.
We’re joined by:  Zeke Cohen, candidate for the 1st District; Brian Hammock, candidate for the 4th District; John T. Bullock and Jamie Frierson, candidates for the 9th district; Amanda Maminski, candidate for the 10th District; Councilman Eric T. Costello, incumbent representing the 11th District; Curtis Johnson, Greg Sileo, and Dea Thomas, candidates for the 11th district; Christopher Ervin, candidate for the 5th District; George Johnson, candidate for the 13th District; and City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke who represents the 14th District.

Sherrilyn Ifill on a Federal Complaint Against the Hogan Administration on the Red Line

ifillDecember 23, 2015 – Segment 1

We have an update on a federal complaint filed against the administration of Governor Larry Hogan earlier this week, by a coalition of civil rights groups including the NAACP and the ACLU, claiming that the cancellation of Baltimore’s Red Line light rail project discriminates against African-Americans. With: Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.


Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Sen. Catherine Pugh

pughDecember 22, 2015 – Segment 3

We are joined by Baltimore Mayoral candidate Senator Catherine Pugh, who represents Maryland’s District 40 in Baltimore City. She shares her vision for Baltimore City.

 


Democratic Debate and DNC Debacle

democratDecember 22, 2015 – Segment 2

We turn to the recent Democratic debate in light of Bernie Sanders’ campaign filing a suit against the Democratic National Committee. Our guests are: George Zornick, Washington Editor for The Nation; and Charles Ellison, political strategist and Host of The Ellison Report on WEAA.


Countdown to the Annapolis Summit: Education

statehouseDecember 22, 2015 – Segment 1

We continue our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit series by focusing on education issues, from school construction to college affordability. Joining us to discuss the politics of education in Maryland and the issues are: Charles Robinson, political and business correspondent for Maryland Public Television; Delegate Adrienne Jones, Speaker Pro Tem of the Maryland House of Delegates, who represents District 10 in Baltimore County; Sean Johnson, Assistant Executive Director for Public Affairs for the Maryland State Education Association; Michael Sanderson, Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Counties; and Dr. Bernie Sadusky, Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges.


Commemorating Homeless Person’s Memorial Day & The 102 People Who Lost Their Lives This Year

Homeless Memorial Day (Credit: Facebook Page For Event)December 21, 2015 – Segment 2

We commemorate Homeless Person’s Memorial Day with Father Ty Hullinger, Pastor of St. Anthony’s and Most Precious Blood; Antonia Fasanelli, Executive Director of Homeless Persons Representation Project; Damien Haussling of the Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau; and Adam Schneider, Director of Community Relations at Health Care for the Homeless.

This evening, December 21 2015, at 5:00 at the St. Vincent de Paul Church, located at 120 N. Front St. in Baltimore, there will be a memorial service dedicated to those who have lost their lives as a result of homelessness.

Countdown To Annapolis Summit: Police Accountability & Drug Laws

Annapolis Summit (Credit: The Daily Record)December 21, 2015 – Segment 1

We continue our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit series by focusing on criminal justice issues, including police accountability measures, drug laws, and alternatives to incarceration.

Bryan Sears, Business Writer for The Daily Record, joins us to talk about his recent article on these issues and give an overview of the politics around them in Annapolis. Then, I’m joined by a panel of advocates who work on these issues: Rev. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church; Sara Love, Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Maryland; Michael Eugene Johnson, community leader and Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Institute for Social Change; and Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside, a project of Fusion Partnerships.


Celebrating The Winter Solstice With Helicon

Helicon (Credit: The Baltimore Sun)December 18, 2015 – In-Studio Special

We host a musical treat with Helicon  joining us in studio for their annual visit before they play their 30th Annual Winter Solstice Concert! You will hear Ken Kolodner on hammered dulcimer and fiddle, Robin Bullock on guitar, cittern, piano and mandolin, and Chris Norman on wooden flutes, penny whistle, and bagpipes.
On Saturday December 19, Helicon will perform two shows, at 3:30 and at 7:30 at Kraushaar Auditorium on the campus of Goucher College. Their performance brings to life seasonal Scottish, Irish, French Canadian, Appalachian and other world music. You can purchase tickets here.

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