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Shared Weight: M*A*S*H 1969 – Visions of War, Dreams of Peace

mashJuly 24, 2014 – Segment 3

We listen to another episode of our documentary series about the Vietnam War, Shared Weight. Today it’s M*A*S*H 1969-Visions of War, Dreams of Peace. We hear the compelling stories of poet George Evans and the late author Linda Van Devanter. In a tale that could have come straight out of the movie and TV series M*A*S*H, Evans relays his experience as an Air Force medic who became the first soldier to defeat his court martial. And then we hear the powerful and heart-wrenching story of Van Devanter, who served as a surgical nurse in 1969 and 1970, and whose memoirHome Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam inspired the 1980′s hit TV series China Beach.


Shared Weight: Artists Born of War

vietnam kidsJuly 24, 2014 – Segment 2

We listen to another episode of our documentary series about the Vietnam War, Shared Weight. We hear Artists Born of War, where artists and writers from all sides of the Vietnam War reveal how that conflict influenced – and maybe even birthed – their work. Featured authors include: Tim O’Brien (The Things They Carried); Bao Ninh (The Sorrow of War); and Wayne Karlin (Wandering Souls: Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Viet Nam).


July 24: This Day in History

bondsJuly 24, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the abolition of slavery in Chile, Alabama dropping rape charges against the so-called “Scottsboro Boys,” and the birth of Barry Bonds.


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Shared Weight: The Gilchrest Brothers

vietnamJuly 23, 2014 – Segment 3

We listen in to a special broadcast of another episode of our documentary about the Vietnam WarShared Weight. In this episode, The Gilchrest Brothers, you will hear the heart-rendering story of the Gilchrest brothers: former Republican Congressman Wayne Gilchrest, his brothers Jeffrey and Alan who served with him in Vietnam, their brother Richard who served in the Navy, and Clifford, who remained home to teach. We join the brothers as they reflect on how their world views and personal lives were affected by that conflict.

Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture

Arab-RapJuly 23, 2014 -Segment 2

We speak with Dr. Hisham D. Aidi about his new highly-acclaimed book Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture.

July 23: This Day in History

AmyWinehouseJuly 23, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the creation of the Province of Canada, the validation of African American citizenship through the 14th amendment, and the launch of anti-Chinese riots in San Francisco. It is also the day Amy Winehouse died in 2011.

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Sound Bites: Good Food Gathering — Acting Well

gardenJuly 22, 2014 -Segment 3

This month, Marc moderated another Good Food Gathering Town Hall Meeting, this time at the Netivot Shalom Congregation in Pikesville. We discussed “Acting Well,” and explored how congregations and individuals can effect systemic change on our food system. Joining us were Dr. Surina Jordan, who conducts wellness classes at Huber Memorial Church, and author of the book The Seven Disciplines of Wellness;Abbe Zuckerberg, who organized a faith garden and compost project at Netivot Shalom Congregation; Robi Rawl, who is the Executive Director of Sugar Free Kids, an organization that encourages congregations to engage in political actions that improve the health of children; and Michael J. Wilson, Executive Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions.
This town hall meeting was sponsored by the Hopkins Baltimore Food & Faith Project, Interfaith Power & Light, and The Marc Steiner Show.

Role of Masculinity, Media & Culture in Youth Violence

violenceJuly 22, 2014 – Segment 2

We turn to the topic of violence, its representation in the media and culture, masculinity’s role in violence, and violence’s effects on our youth. Our panel of guests includes: Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University; Meshelle, The Indie Mom Of Comedy, former OSI Baltimore Community Fellow and Founder of Goaldiggers, The Sankofa Project; and the Rev. Heber Brown, community activist and Pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church.


July 22: This Day in History

kingdavidJuly 22, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the births of Emma Lazarus and George Clinton, the death of Errico Malatesta, and 1946 King David Hotel bombing, when a Zionist underground organization, the Irgun, bombs the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, site of the civil administration and military headquarters for Mandate Palestine, resulting in 91 deaths.


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Shared Weight: Woody Curry’s Journal

woody curryJuly 21, 2014 – Segment 3

We continue listening back to our series on the Vietnam American War, Shared Weight. In this segment, we meet Woody Cuury, a veteran from the Baltimore ghetto, who talks about how he survived the despair of war and transformed himself.

Shared Weight: Wandering Souls Part One

warJuly 21, 2014 – Segment 2

We listen back to our series on the Vietnam American War, Shared Weight. Two young soldiers meet on a jungle trail, one lives, one dies. Their fates are connected for 40 years. This is the story of Homer Steedly, and the journal of the young soldier he killed.


July 21: This Day in History

don_knottsJuly 21, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the publication of the first daily Black newspaper, The New Orleans Tribune, in 1864, the births of Don Knotts, Ernest Hemingway, and Marshall McLuhan, and the death of Robert Burns.




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Remembering Nelson Mandela

mandelaJuly 18, 2014 – Segment 2

We rebroadcast our special two-hour tribute to Nelson Mandela to honor his birthday. You will hear from a vast array of guests from around the globe – some of whom fought with Mandela in the struggle to end Apartheid – who will discuss the life and legacy of this legendary international leader and fighter for justice.

Our first guest is Brenda Leonard, Managing Director of Bush Radio in Cape Town, South Africa, who will talk about who Mandela was and how South Africa reacted to the news of his death. Leonard was an officer in the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC).

We then turn to the topic of the history of the struggle against Apartheid. Our guests are: Dr. Robert Edgar, Professor of African Studies at Howard University; and Danny Schechter, who created the South Africa Now series, made 6 documentaries with Nelson Mandela and just published Madiba A to Z: the Many Faces of Nelson Mandela in association with the Mandela Long Walk To Freedom Movie; and Brenda Leonard.

In the second hour, we examine Mandela’s legacy and the contemporary politics of South Africa. Joining us are: Dr. Patrick Bond, Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he has directed the Centre for Civil Society since 2004; Dr. Simon Stacey, Director of the Honors College at University of Maryland Baltimore CountyEmira Woods, co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa; and Zane Ibrahim, joining us from the Netherlands, who grew up in the time of Mandela’s activities and was in exile at the time of the resistance.



July 18: This Day in History

MIAJuly 18, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including Detroit declaring bankruptcy in 2013, the births of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and M.I.A., and the deaths of Mimi Fariña and Jane Austen.


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Upcoming Baltimore Road Race In Park Heights

Park Heights Road RaceJuly 17, 2014 – Segment 4

Put on your running shoes, as we close out the show with a preview of the Aetna/Maryland Physicians Care Baltimore Road Race In Park Heights, to be held on Saturday, July 26th and presented by the Park Heights Community Health Alliance. Our guests are:

  • Carlton L. Ingram, Account Manager representing Aetna;
  • Delegate Shawn Z. Tarrant, Director of Community Relations for Maryland Physicians Care;
  • Chauncey Whitehead, fitness trainer, activist, and owner of CDW Health and Wellness Lifestyles;
  • Willie Flowers, Executive Director of the Park Heights Community Health Alliance;
  • and Jade Holmes, Chairperson of the Baltimore Washington African American Employee Research Group.


Bill Barry: The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore

1877 Railroad Strike BaltimoreJuly 17, 2013 – Segment 3

We look at the first national strike in the U.S., which took place right here in Baltimore, with Bill Barry, retired Director of Labor Studies at the Community College of Baltimore County, who joins me to talk about his new book The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore. Barry will continue the discussion Thursday night at Red Emma‘s.


The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want

Sound and NoiseJuly 17, 2013 – Segment 2

Do you ever feel as though you are on a noise overload? Listen in on our discussion with author Garret Keizer about his book The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise. We talk about the point at which sound becomes noise, as well as the politics of what we hear.


July 17: This Day In History

Race Riot in Cairo, IllinoisJuly 17, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day of the 1771 Bloody Falls Massacre, the birthday of Frank Snowden, foremost scholar on blacks in ancient history, and 1967 race riot in Cairo, Illinois.


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City Paper This Week: Artscape, Ratscape, Baltimore Festivals & More

City Paper This WeekJuly 16, 2014 –  Segment 5

We close out the show with our weekly feature City Paper This Week, with Senior Editor Baynard Woods. This week’s issue focuses on Baltimore’s many upcoming festivals, among other topics.


Youth Empowered Society: Addressing Youth Homelessness In Baltimore

Youth Empowered SocietyJuly 16, 2014 – Segment 4

We take a look at homelessness among our youth, with: Lara Law, Director, Youth Empowered Society (YES); Nyasha Dixon, Service Coordinator at the YES Drop-In Center in Baltimore, and Ebony Jenkins, program intern.


Rodney King: A One-Man Show By Roger Guenveur Smith

Roger Guenveur Smith July 16, 2014 – Segment 3

Marc has a special interview with award-winning actor Roger Guenveur Smith about his new one-man show, Rodney Kingwhich is playing at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington through July 20. Roger Guenveur Smith has created some of the most provocative solo works of the past two decades, including the landmark A Huey P. Newton Story.

Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University, joins Marc as a co-host.


Honduras, The Immigration Crisis At The Border & Black/Latino Relations

Honduras and the Immigration CrisisJuly 16, 2014 – Segment 2

We turn to the topic of Honduras and the border crisis, with co-host Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University.

Our guest is the Rev. Dr. Raymond Terry, who has led health experiential trips for students around the world and is with the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University.


July 16: This Day In History

Ida B. Wells-BarnettJuly 16, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including kissing was banned in England as an attempt to stop the spread of disease; La Paz, Bolivia declared its independence from the Spanish Crown; and journalist and civil rights activist Ida Bell Wells-Barnett was born.


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Sound Bites: Dangers of Methane | “Bee-Friendly” Plants Actually Harmful To Bees | Baltimore’s Park Heights Farmers Market

"Bee Friendly" plants harmful to beesJuly 15, 2014 – Segment 4

In the newest edition of Sound Bites, we hear a commentary from Jamie Henn, co-founder and Strategy and Communications Director, about the dangers of methane being released from the earth as a result of the melting of Arctic ice and frozen Siberian tundra.

Next we talk with Meme Thomas, Director of Baltimore Honey and maker of B’more Hon E brand raw micro local honey, about a recent report on how supposedly “bee-friendly” plants, purchased from some of the big box stores, actually contain neonicotinoid pesticides, which are thought to be responsible in part for the declining bee population.

We close out the show with a look at Baltimore’s Park Heights Farmers Market, which is open every Wednesday at the corner of Belvedere and Park Heights Avenues from 9:00am to 2:00pm. We will hear from: Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for Park Heights Community Health Alliance and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; Mia Loving, community organizer, entrepreneur, mother and wife; and Willie Flowers, Executive Direct of Park Heights Community Health Alliance.


Where Is America One Year After George Zimmerman’s Acquittal?

Family of Trayvon MartinJuly 15, 2014 – Segment 3

We reflect upon the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, a verdict which was handed down a year ago this week. With: Edward Wyckoff Williams, Contributing Editor at The Root and Political Contributor and Special Correspondent with AlJazeera America; and Dr. Raymond Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.


Descamps v. United States: SCOTUS Decision Opens Way For Reduced Sentences For Violent Offenders

Career criminals and reduced sentencesJuly 15, 2014 – Segment 2

We examine the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court decision, Descamps v. United States, which has opened the way for dozens of federal inmates from Maryland who are currently serving long-term sentences to seek reduced sentences. Our panel of guests includes: Judge Andre Davis, Senior Judge in the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitSujit Raman, Appellate Chief for the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office; and Mary Price, General Counsel of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) and Director of the FAMM Litigation Project.


July 15: This Day in History

All Negro ComicsJuly 15, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the day All-Negro Comics, the first known comic magazine written and drawn by African American writers and artists, was copyrighted; the day the steel strike of 1959 began; and the birthday of jazz pianist Philly Joe Jones.

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Tyrone West’s Murder: One Year Later

Family of Tyrone WestJuly 14, 2014 – Segment 3

We look at the upcoming anniversary on July 18 of a tragic event in Baltimore: the death of Tyrone West while in the custody of the Baltimore police.Where have we come since then? Where do we still need to go? With: Stephen Janis,  award-winning investigative reporter for WBFF-TV and co-author of You Can’t Stop Murder: Truths About Policing in Baltimore and Beyond; the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and community leader; and family members of Tyrone West, who will discuss their continued search for justice.

On July 18 the Family of Tyrone West is asking people to join them at 6:00pm at the location of his death, the corner of Kitmore & Kelway Streets in Baltimore. On July 19 at 2:30pm Red Emma’s will host a special sneak preview screening of a documentary titled “Year in the Transmigration of Tyrone West.”


Charles Cobb: This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed

Guns in the civil rights movementJuly 14, 2014 – Segment 2

Today, we talk with Charles E. Cobb Jr. about his new 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 and Senior Writer and Diplomatic Correspondent for From 1962-1967 he served as a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississippi.


July 14: This Day in History

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Marc shares some events from this day in history: The beginning of the French Revolution, the birth of guitarist Lady Bo, the arrival of Marcus Garvey in Jamaica, and the day Alabama and Mississippi Democrats walked out of the DNC.


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Walter Mosley: Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore

Walter MosleyJuly 10, 2014 – Segment 4

We listen to an interview with author Walter Mosley, who joined us to talk about his latest book: Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore! Mosley, who has been a guest on The Marc Steiner Show many times, is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


Sen. Jamie Raskin on McCutcheon

raskinJuly 10, 2014 – Segment 3

We have an important update on what have come to be known as the Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, with Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin(D-District 20, Montgomery County), professor of Law and Director of the Law and Government Program at the Washington College of Law at American University. McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission lifts the limits on amounts that individuals can give in aggregate to political campaigns, and in Citizens United the high court granted personhood to corporations. Senator Raskin testified in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about the need for a 28th Constitutional Amendment to address what the Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings did to undermine our democracy.


Katrina Vanden Heuvel on National and International Politics

katrina-vanden-huevel-katrinanationJuly 10, 2014 – Segment 2

Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher of The Nation, offers her political analysis on current national and international news events.


July 10: This Day in History

yeltsinJuly 10, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the charging of John T. Scopes, with teaching evolution, a 1966 rally at Soldier Field in Chicago in which Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to a crowd of 60,000 people, and Boris Yeltsin taking office as the first elected president of the Russian republic.




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This Week In City Paper

CITY PAPERJuly 9, 2014 – Segment 6

We close out the show with our weekly segment “City Paper This Week,” with Senior Editor Baynard Woods. This week, City Paper looks at this year’s Sondheim Award winners and more.

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Latest Revelations About NSA’s Data Collection


July 9, 2014 – Segment 5

We look at the NSA’s collecting of information, with: Sue Udry, Executive Director of Defending Dissent Foundation; Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee; and Norman Solomon, Executive Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and Coordinator of




Celebrating Poet June Jordan’s Birthday

junejordanJuly 9, 2014 – Segment 4

We celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Caribbean-American poet and activist June Jordan (1936-2002), with: poet and retired librarian Pamela Johnson; and Michelle Antoinette aka LOVE the Poet, spoken word artist and musician.


Update: Johns Hopkins Hospital Labor Dispute

johns-hopkins-hospitalJuly 9, 2014 – Segment 3

The resolution of the labor dispute at Johns Hopkins Hospital has left unanswered questions. We examine these with: Bill Barry, retired Director of Labor Studies at the Community College of Baltimore County and author of Union Strategies for Hard Times and From First Contact to First Contract: A Union Organizer’s Handbook; and Carietta Hiers, Longtime SEIU 1199 Organizer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was present at the contract talks between the workers and the hospital.


Israel/Palestine Roundtable: Abu Khdeir Family

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Today we have a special interview with members of the Abu Khdeir family. Mohammed Abu Khdeir was the Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped and murdered in a revenge killing in Jerusalem, and Tariq Abu Khdeir, a teenager who was born in Baltimore and was vacationing in East Jerusalem, was beaten by the Israeli police last week. Our guests include: Maria Baroody, whose husband, who is currently in Shu’fat, is a cousin of both the Abu Khdeir teenagers; Hakeim Abu Khdeir, who is a cousin to Tariq Abu Khdeir; and Lia Tarachansky, Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network.


July 9: This Day In History

baskett_jamesJuly 9, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc discusses events from this day in history, including an important moment in the Boxer Rebellion, the founding of the Wimbleton tourney, and the death of actor James Baskett, the first African American to win an honorary Oscar.


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Sound Bites: Park Heights Farmers Market | Urban Foraging | Undercover Ag Drones | Special Recipe

parkheightsJuly 8, 2014 – Segment 3

First, we turn our attention to Baltimore’s Park Heights Farmers Market, in the newest edition of Sound Bites! The market is open every Wednesday at the corner of Belvedere and Park Heights Avenues, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. We will hear from: Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for Park Heights Community Health Alliance (PHCHA) and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; Willie Flowers, Executive Direct of PHCHA; and Mia Loving, community organizer, entrepreneur, mother and wife.

Next we talk with author and urban forager Ava Chin, who will tell us how to Eat Wildly in the Month of July! Chin is former “Urban Forager” columnist for the New York Times’ City Room and author of Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal.

Then we look at a new possible use of drones – undercover investigations by animal rights groups on industrial farms. We will talk with Will Potter, a journalist who focuses on animal rights, environmental movements, and civil liberties and is author of Green Is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege.

We close out the show with a special Seasonal Recipe from one of our favorite farmers- Denzel Mitchell, Founder and Farm Manager of Five Seeds Family Farm and Apiary!


Immigration Roundtable: Border-Crossing Conditions

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July 8, 2014 – Segment 2

On today’s roundtable, we debate immigration policy, in light of protests against immigrants in California, and check in more specifically with the conditions of the children crossing the border. With: Steven Hsieh, a news blogger at; Maegan “La Mamita Mala” Ortiz, freelance journalist based in Los Angeles who has been writing about immigration for 10 years; Genevieve Wood, Senior Contributor to The Daily Signal and to the Heritage Foundation’s The Foundry; and Luis Larin, United Workers Leadership Organizer.


July 8: This Day In History

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July 8, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc discusses events from this day in history, including the US congress allowing the registration of trademarks in 1870, and the start of the Wall Street Journal in 1889.


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The Intersection On Their Move To Highlandtown and Books & BBQ

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July 7, 2014 – Segment 3

Teens from The Intersection speak of canvassing for their initiative and an upcoming “Books And BBQ” event, in which their students will read to children from the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. The event begins at 6:45, at 518 South Conkling St.



National News Roundtable: Fear Of A Black Planet?

fear of black planetJuly 7, 2014 – Segment 2

Marc discusses attempts to impeach Barack Obama, the duel-faced bumper-sticker nature of the rhetoric against Obama, and the institutionalized and embedded racism in our culture, with a panel of experts:  Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University; E.R. Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University; and Jackie Wellfonder, conservative activist and blogger.



July 7: This Day In History


July 7, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc discusses events from today in history, including the birthday of Charles Albert Tindley, the gospel music composer of “I Shall Overcome Someday” with a fascinating personal history, and duel holidays Saba Saba Day in Tanzania and Tanabata Day in Japan. It is the anniversary of the Jewish Nationalization Act in Great Britain, and of the first US military draft.


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July 4: This Day in History

Katherine_Lee_BatesJuly 4, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress, the abolition of slavery in New York, and the publication of “America the Beautiful” by Katherine Lee Bates.


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The Meaning of July Fourth

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We commemorate the upcoming 4th of July weekend with a discussion on what American Independence Day means to different people in this country. You will hear a passage from Frederick Douglass’ “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” interpreted by actor, narrator, writer, and social commentator Keith Snipes, and then Keith is joined on the panel by: Dr. Alan Gilbert, John Evans Professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and author of Black Patriots and Loyalists; and A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships.


Burn Off The Barbecue Walk

Chauncey Whitehead and Ms. Ernestine ShephardJuly 3, 2014 – Segment 3

It’s our monthly segment on fitness and wellness, with fitness trainer and community activist Chauncey Whitehead and Rhonda SilvaDivision Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program(BCCP) at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. Join Chauncey and Ernestine Shepherd on Saturday morning at 7:30 at Druid Hill Park for their post-July 4th “Burn Off the Barbecue” Walk.

Gay and Muslim in America

qmuslimJuly 3, 2014 – Segment 2

This week marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, celebrated by Muslims worldwide, and the end of “Pride” celebrations by the LGBT community across the country. Edward Wyckoff Williams joins us to talk about his recent report for Al Jazeera America on “Gay and Muslim in America.”

July 3: This Day in History

mississippi-john-hurtJuly 3, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the 1835 strike of children in Paterson, NJ, the legalization of same-sex marriage in Spain, and the births of Mississippi John Hurt and Franz Kafka.


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This Week in City Paper: Roller Skating, Mizeur, and more!

mizeurJuly 2, 2014 – Segment 4

Marc speaks with Baynard Woods, editor of the City Paper, on this week’s issue. Articles on roller skating, Heather Mizeur, and more.

Israel/Palestine Roundtable


July 2, 2014 – Segment 3

The shocking killings of children, violent neo-fascist protests, and other news from Israel/Palestine have caused unrest for many, both on a political and personal level. We discuss these events withEman Mohammed, freelance photojournalist and TED fellow for 2014; Lia Tarachansky, Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network; and Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief of the Baltimore Jewish Times.

50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

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July 2 – Segment 2

The Civil Rights Act is one of the most influential acts ever passed by the US government. We discuss its wide-ranging impacts and the history of its passage on its fiftieth anniversary, including the surprising amount of Republican support, with: Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for The Nation and co-author of Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America, and Joe R. Hicks, a member of the Project 21 black leadership network, Vice President of Community Advocates, Inc., a privately-funded Los Angeles-based political think-tank, and analyst for, where he hosts “The Hicks File” and “The Minority Report.”


July 2: This Day In History

Thurgood-marshallJuly 2, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc talks about what happened today in history, including the birth dates of Baltimore-born Thurgood Marshall, and the first prime minister of the Congo Patrice Lumumba. It is also the anniversary of the execution of Denmark Vesey, the planner of a major slave rebellion. It is the day Hitler ordered the invasion of England and the day Andrew Garfield was executed.


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Sound Bites: Chesapeake Bay | Climate Justice | Gather Baltimore

stop-the-incineratorJuly 1, 2014 – Segment 4

We begin our weekly hour of Sound Bites by checking in with Tim Wheeler, reporter for The Baltimore Sun‘s environmental blog B’More Green, on the Chesapeake Bay. Next we talk about climate change across the U.S. with Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Climate Justice Initiative; and Brentin Mock, a journalist who writes about environmental issues for Grist. We close out the show with a visit from Arthur Morgan, founder of Gather Baltimore. Gather Baltimore will be hosting a fundraiser spaghetti dinner next week.


SCOTUS Update: Harris v. Quinn Decision

scotusJuly 1, 2014 – Segment 3

We turn to another Supreme Court decision handed down yesterday, in the case of Harris v. Quinn. The Court’s ruling states that state governments cannot force-unionize participants in state entitlement programs or force them to pay union dues as a condition of receiving help from the state. With: Trevor Burrus, research fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies and Editor of A Conspiracy Against Obamacare; and Patrick Moran, President of AFSCME Maryland Council 3.


SCOTUS Update: Hobby Lobby Decision

grossJuly 1, 2014 – Segment 2

We turn to a debate over today’s U.S. Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” decision, which ruled that some companies with religious objections may avoid the contraceptives requirement in the Affordable Care Act. This decision marks the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law. Our panel of guests includes: Roger Pilon, B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies and Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies for the Cato Institute; and Michelle Goldberg, senior contributing writer at The Nation and author of The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World, andKingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism.


July 1: This Day in History

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Marc talks about what happened this day in history including, the 1929 streetcar workers strike in New Orleans, Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court in 1991 and the birthday of civil rights activist and NAACP leader Walter White.





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Israel/Palestine Update

Porat_Yosef_attackJune 30, 2014 – Segment 4

As the Israel/Palestine conflict grows more complicated, we discuss its many sides and viewpoints with Real News Network reporter Lia Tarachansky, who will give us a live update from the area.


LGBTQ Politics After Stonewall

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June 30, 2014 – Segment 3

On June 28, 1969, New York City police conducted a raid against the gay and lesbian community at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, sparking the Stonewall riots. The riots are considered by many to be the start of the LGBTQ* political movement. Now, we look at LGBTQ* politics 45 years after Stonewall, with: DrKate Drabinski, Lecturer of Gender and Women’s Studies and Director of the Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program at UMBC; Vann Michael, Black Transmen Inc. Maryland/DC Chapter representative and author of the Real TransTalk column forBaltimore Outloud; and Imara Jones, Economic Justice contributor for; and Sharon Brackett, Board Chair of Gender Rights Maryland.


National News Roundtable: Boehner, Obama & Mississippi Voters

Mississippi VotersJune 30, 2014 – Segment 2

Let’s face the nation with a National News Roundtable, as Marc Steiner speaks to a distinguished panel of guests: Lenny McAllister, author, conservative media personality and public speaker: Zoe Carpenter, reporter at The Nation‘s Washington DC Bureau; and Glen Ford, Executive Editor for The Black Agenda Report; and Dr. Christiana Leahy, Professor of Comparative Politics and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at McDaniel College.


June 30: This Day In History

Lena HorneJune 30, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including Independence Day in Korea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi, the day Congress created present day Oklahoma, and the birthday of Lena Horne.



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Charles Marsh’s ‘Strange Glory: A Life Of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’

Dietrich BonhoefferJune 27, 2014 – Segment 3

We speak with Charles Marsh, professor of Reigious Studies at University of Virginia, on his new book Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian, and anti-Hitler conspirator. He cut a fascinating profile, and is now one of the most widely-read Christian figures.


Kine AW And Her Stunning Artworks

Kiné_aw_11June 27, 2014 – Segment 2

Her art springs from the canvas, using layers of diverse materials, including tar, resin, and her own breath, to create stunning Modernist artworks depicting the people and objects of Africa. Now, Fatou Marie Francoise AW (aka Kine AW) will be exhibiting her works at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art. We are also joined by that museum’s curator, Dr. Diala Toure, an expert in the arts of Africa.


June 27: This Day In History

Emma GoldmanJune 27, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc talks about what happened in this day in history, including the day the Liberty bell came home to Philadelphia after the British departure, the day Prudence Crandall, a white woman, was arrested for conducting an academy for black girls in Canterbury, CT, and the birthday of anarchist Emma Goldman.


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YouthWorks and Youth Policy In Baltimore

youthJune 26, 2014 – Segment 4 

Youth programs like YouthWorks are helping Baltimore’s kids and teens achieve more. We speak with Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee and Chair of the Hire One Youth Leadership Team; Ernest Dorsey, (IN STUDIO) Assistant Director for Youth Services at the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development; and Karen Sitnick, (PHONE) Director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development.Later, we take a further look at the many sides of this subject with Sonja Merchant-JonesChair of The Better Waverly Community Organization; Maia Merchant,  High school student going into Dunbar Junior High who applied for a summer job through Baltimore YouthWorks; and Ralph Moore, Jr.  coordinator for a mentoring program for ex-offenders. 


A Chat With Marilyn Mosby

BS md-marilyn-mosby-p5-haddockJune 26, 2014 – Segment 2

Marilyn Mosby shocked many when she won the Baltimore State’s Attorney race over Gregg Bernstein. She’s in studio to talk with us about the close race, and issues she will face as State’s Attorney.


Middle East Roundtable: ISIS, Iraq, and Syria

isisJune 26, 2014 – Segment 3

As tensions in the Middle East grow, understanding the complexities of the issue grows more and more important. We discuss the ongoing conflicts with a panel of experts. Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and Senior Analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus; Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies; Dr. Thabit A.J. Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto; and Jay Bernstein, Chair of Advocacy Committee of Baltimore Zionist District, and host of Shalom USA Radio


June 26: This Day In History

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Marc chats about various events from this day in history, including a few landmark governmental passings: Christmas being declared a federal holiday in 1870, fifty countries signing the United Nations Charter in 1945, the National Interstate Highways act being passed in 1956, and the Supreme Court ruling that the Virgina Military Institute must admit women in 1996. The frequency of law passage on this date might be explained by the upcoming federal 4th of July break – or perhaps just by the hot weather.


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A Chat With Radical Iceland Mayor/Comedian Jon Gnarr

jon-gnarr-with-a-puppyJune 25, 2014 – Segment 5

We close out the show with a very special interview with former Mayor of Reykjavík, Iceland, Jón Gnarr. Actor, comedian, and anarchist Gnarr became the Mayor of Iceland’s capital city in June 2010 on a radical and tongue-in-cheek platform, including a proclamation that he would not enter a coalition government with anyone that had not watched The Wire. He stepped down on the 16th of this month. Wednesday night at Red Emma’s he will present Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World.


This Week in City Paper

cpaperJune 25, 2014 – Segment 4

Our weekly feature, City Paper This Week, with Senior Editor Baynard Woods, discusses an ongoing legal battle over curbside solicitation.


Presbyterians Divest From Israel Occupation Profiters

PRESBYTERIANSISRAEJune 25, 2014 – Segment 3

We examine the recent announcement from the Presbyterian Church that they are divesting from some companies profiting from Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, with the Rev. Jeffrey DeYoe, Advocacy Chair of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Sr. Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ft. Myers, Florida.


Analyzing Maryland Primary Election Results

stickersJune 25, 2014 – Segment 2

Mosby shocks Bernstein, Frosh shocks Cardin, Hough shocks Brinkley, and more: We talk about today’s primary elections results with our roundtable of guests: Melody Simmons, independent journalist and reporter for the Baltimore Brew with over 35 years of journalism experience; Bryan Sears, Government Reporter for The Daily Record; and Charles Robinson, political and business correspondent for Maryland Public Television.

We also speak with Larry Hogan, Senator Brian Frosh, and guests on the phone.


June 25: This Day In History

mister-zip-codeJune 25, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc talks about the events of this day in history, including Virginia becoming the tenth state to ratify the US Constitution, and, four score years later, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina being readmitted to the Union. It is also the day the Zip code was introduced to the United States fifty-one years ago, and the day the Supreme Court upheld the male-only draft as constitutional thirty-three years ago.


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Sound Bites: School Lunch & The Hunger Gap | MD Enviro & Ag Legislative Priorities | Update: Cove Point LNG

School LunchesJune 24, 2014 – Segment 4

On the latest edition of Sound Bites, we kick off the hour with a debriefing by Michael J. Wilson, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, on current government policy and food for kids.

Then, our roundtable of panelists joins me to talk about issues concerning food, agriculture and the environment, which are in play on this primary election day. With: Joanna Diamond, Director of Environment Maryland; Mitch Jones, Director of the Common Resources Program at Food and Water Watch; and Jeremy Cox, reporter at The Daily Times of Salisbury.

We close out the show with an update on the liquid natural gas export facility at Cove Point, with Mike Tidwell, Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.


On Election Day: State of Voting Rights with NAACP President Lorraine Miller

Shelby County v. HolderJune 24, 2014 – Segment 3

On the day of the Maryland primary election, we are joined by Lorraine Miller, Interim President and CEO of the NAACP, to discuss the state of voting rights, one year after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Shelby County v. Holder.



National News Roundtable: Central Park Five Settlement, Foreign Policy and More

Central Park FiveJune 24, 2014 – Segment 2

We discuss the national news with: Jordan Bloom, Opinion Editor for the Daily Caller and board member of Alumni for Liberty, a project of the Students for Liberty; and Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University.


June 24: This Day In History

Agnes NestorJune 24, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day the Supreme Court ruled the state of George was unfairly exercising control over the Cherokees after the arrest of Reverend Samuel Worcester, the day the Supreme Court ruled that obscenity was not protected under free speech, and birthday of Agnes Nestor, president of the International Glove Workers Union and longtime leader of the Chicago Women’s Trade Union League.


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Remembering Octavia Butler

octavia-butlerJune 23, 2014 – Segment 4

We reflect on on the life, work, and legacy of author Octavia Butler, who died in 2006 but would have turned 67 yesterday. With: adrienne maree brown, co-editor of the upcoming anthology Octavia’s Brood, sci-fi writer, and Emergent Strategy facilitator; and Dr. DaMaris B. Hill, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky.


The Washington NFL Team Loses Its Trademark

redskinsJune 23, 2014 – Segment 3

We turn to the ongoing controversy over the name of the Washington NFL team, in light of last week’s cancellation of the team’s trademark registration by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In a 99-page decision, the Board said the team’s name and logo are disparaging to Native Americans. Joining us are: Mark Trahant, an independent print and media journalist; Suzan Shown Harjo, (Cheyenne and Hodulgee) President of The Morning Star Institute, a national Native rights organization, columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network, and past Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians; and Julie A. Hopkins, partner at Tydings and Rosenberg LLP where she practices Intellectual Property and Technology Law.


Maryland Primary Pre-Election Roundtable

electionJune 23, 2014 – Segment 2

We have a Maryland Primary Pre-Election Roundtable! Our panel discusses key local and state candidates and elections. We are joined by: Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University; Jackie Wellfonder, conservative activist and blogger at; and Jenna Johnson, Maryland politics reporter at the Washington Post.


June 23: This Day in History

Betty-ShabazzJune 23, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the election Gamal Abdel Nasser as president of Egypt after he led a coup against King Farouk, the births of June Carter Cash and Clarence Thomas, and the death of Betty Shabazz.


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Maryland 43rd District Senate Race: Councilman Bill Henry

bill-henryJune 20, 2014 – Segment 5

This segment originally aired on June 19, but because of technical problems it did not broadcast, so we are replaying it today.

Baltimore City Council member Bill Henry, who is a running as a candidate in the 43rd Legislative District senate race in the June 24th primary elections, joins us to talk about his run for office. 


Remembering Ruby Dee

rubydeeJune 20, 2014 – Segment 4

We host a tribute to actress and human rights activist Ruby Dee, who passed away last week, with: Michael Eugene Johnson, community leader and Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Institute for Social Change; and Shirley Basfield Dunlap, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Theatre Arts at Morgan State University.



Paul Jay on the Real News Network’s Grand Opening

Paul_JayJune 20, 2014 – Segment 3

We talk with Paul JayCEO and Senior Editor of The Real News Network, about the Grand Opening of The Real News Media Center in Baltimore this weekend.




Baltimore City Sheriff’s Race

sheriffJune 20, 2014 – Segment 2

We look at the Baltimore City Sheriff’s race, with challengers: Donoven Brooks, Baltimore City Schools Police Patrol supervisor; and Richard Parker, businessman, community leader, and former U.S. Army Legal Specialist. Baltimore City’s current sheriff, Sheriff John W. Anderson, was also invited to join the discussion.


June 20: This Day in History

parsonsJune 20, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the births of Albert Parsons and Eric Dolphy, race riots in Detroit, and the acquittal of Lizzie Borden for the murders of her father and stepmother.


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Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate: Larry Hogan and Boyd Rutherford

hogan-rutherford-files-ticketJune 19, 2014 – Segment 4

We speak with Republican Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan and Boyd Rutherford. Hogan is a businessman and was Appointments Secretary for Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., and Rutherford was a former Ehrlich administration Cabinet Secretary.


Getting There: Biking In Baltimore

BaltimoreBoompyJune 19, 2014 – Segment 3

As part of Getting There, our series on transportation in Baltimore, we look at cycling in the city. Our guests are: 

  • Chris Merriam, Executive Director of Bikemore, and 2012 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow; 
  • Greg Cantori, President & CEO of Maryland Nonprofits and past president of One Less Car/Bike Maryland
  • Dr. Kate Drabinski, Lecturer of Gender and Women’s Studies and Director of the Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program at UMBC, and blogger at What I Saw Riding My Bike Around Today;
  • and Myloh Jackson, co-Founder of Bearings Bike Project and co-organizer of Baltimore’s inaugural Red Bike and Green ride on Thursday.


Maryland 43rd District Senate Race: Councilman Bill Henry

bill-henryJune 19, 2014 – Segment 2

Baltimore City Council member Bill Henry, who is a running as a candidate in the 43rd Legislative District senate race in the June 24th primary elections, joins us to talk about his run for office. 



June 19: This Day in History

juneteenthJune 19, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the 1964 passage of the Civil Rights Act, the birth of Lou Gehrig, and the announcement in Galveston, Texas that slavery was over, commemorated as Juneteenth.


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This Week in City Paper with Baynard Woods

City PaperJune 18, 2014 – Segment 4

We close out the show with our weekly feature This Week in City Paper with Senior Editor Baynard Woods. This week’s issue breaks down the Democratic primary races in every district and more.



The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography

Cesar ChavezJune 18, 2014 – Segment 3

Pulitzer-prize winning editor, reporter, and author Miriam Pawel tells us about her latest book The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography. Pawel spent 25 years at Newsday and the Los Angeles Times.


The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s

The Other BlacklistJune 18, 2014 – Segment 2

Dr. Mary Helen Washington joins us to talk about her book The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s. Dr. Washington is a professor in the English Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, was formerly a Bunting Fellow at Harvard University, and has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.



June 18: This Day In History

Isabella RosseliniJune 18, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day the U.S. Congress declared war on Great Britain, Canada and Ireland starting the War of 1812, the day the Supreme Court banned racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing, and the birthday of Italian actress Isabella Rossellini.


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Sound Bites: Good Food Gathering Town Hall Meeting: Donating Well

foodbankJune 17, 2014 – Segment 4

On a brand new episode of Sound Bites, we hear the Good Food Gathering Town Hall Meeting held last Thursday night at the Franciscan Center of Baltimore, in our latest episode of Sound Bites. Our inspirational panel talks about what it means to “Donate Well” and shares creative ideas and programs for providing healthy food to Baltimoreans in need. The speakers were: Willie Flowers, Executive Director of Park Heights Community Health AllianceDanise Jones-Dorsey, Executive Director of My Brother’s KeeperChristian Metzger, Executive Director of The Franciscan Center of Baltimore; and Arthur Morgan, Founder of Gather Baltimore. The event was sponsored by: Baltimore Food & Faith ProjectInterfaith Power & Light, and The Marc Steiner Show.



Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Delegate Heather Mizeur

mizeurJune 17, 2014 – Segment 3

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Delegate Heather Mizeur joins us to share her vision for Maryland. The gubernatorial primaries are June 24.



Update On Iraq

ISISJune 17, 2014 – Segment 2

Dr. Thabit A.J. Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto, offers his insightful analysis of the current situation in Iraq.


June 17: This Day In History

kendrickJune 17, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc takes a look on what happened on this day in history, including when, in 1876, 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse beat back General George Crook’s forces at Rosebud Creek in Montana Territory, the 1862 Congressional authorization of the  acceptance of African Americans into the Union Army, the birth of Kendrick Lamar, and the death of Rodney King.



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