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Shared Weight: Unpredictable Journey

sharedweightMay 25, 2015 – Segment 2

Take a journey through Vietnam with a group of eight people who went there to produce the radio documentary series Shared Weight. We find the unpredictable, the complexity of the Vietnamese world. We delve into the world of Buddhism we find is the underpinning of the society, and we find a land caught between the hopes of its past and the dreams of its future. We meet the poets, the writers, and the artists who fought during the war with the Americans, and we meet the young people who have come after them with their hopes and dreams for the future.

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Shared Weight: Artists Born of War

vietnam-kids-300x242May 25, 2015 – Segment 1

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).


UMBC Students Present Baltimore Traces: Station North in Transition

Baltimore Station NorthMay 22, 2015 – Segment 5

You hear from some of Baltimore’s talented new young journalistic voices. This spring I have had the honor to work with students at UMBC, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, on a project called Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition, an interdisciplinary project that brought students into Baltimore City to study neighborhoods, where they conducted interviews with local residents and workers.

We’re excited to bring you the UMBC student-produced radio stories that came out of these courses. We hear about Station North, a neighborhood that has been undergoing a great deal of transition,


UMBC Students Present Baltimore Traces: Greektown in Transition

Baltimore GreektownMay 22, 2015 – Segment 4

You hear from some of Baltimore’s talented new young journalistic voices. This spring I have had the honor to work with students at UMBC, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, on a project called Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition, an interdisciplinary project that brought students into Baltimore City to study neighborhoods, where they conducted interviews with local residents and workers.

We’re excited to bring you the UMBC student-produced radio stories that came out of these courses. We take an audio trip through the East Baltimore neighborhood of Greektown and explore its history, identity and complexity.


Theatre Baltimore: Center Stage’s Brilliant Production, ‘Marley: The Life & Music Of Bob Marley’

Center Stage, MarleyMay 22, 2015 – Segment 3

We present a special treat, a preview of Center Stage’s brilliant production Marley! You hear from: Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah who wrote this musical based on the life and music of Bob Marley; Mitchell Brunings who plays Bob Marley; Saycon Sengbloh who plays Rita Marley; and Crystal Joy who plays Judy. You will also hear some of the music from the play as performed by the cast at Pennsylvania and North Avenues during the Baltimore Uprising.


Tengella’s Take: I’m African Y’all & That’s A Fact Y’all

Koli TengellaMay 22, 2015 – Segment 2

We begin the show with our weekly feature, Tengella’s Take, when actor, educator, and activist Koli Tengella offers his thoughts on our world today.

Koli is President of Tengella Edutainment, where he uses theater, Film & New Media for Positive Social Change. He is an instructor & creator of the positive social change theater/performing arts program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of visual arts high school, and was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.

 


May 22: This Day In History

Katherine Mary DunhamMay 22, 2015 – Segment 1

Today in history, Langston Hughes passed away, the Caribbean island of Martinique abolished slavery, and Katherine Mary Dunham, the “Queen Mother of Black Dance,” passed away.

Partial Transcript of This Day In History coming soon.

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Sound Bites: Baltimore Uprising and Food Sovereignty

 afyaMay 21, 2015 – Segment 4

In the latest installment of our series about our food and our world, Sound Bites, we look at the connection between food insecurity in Baltimore and what has come to be known as the Baltimore Uprising, the demonstrations and violence that occurred after the death of Freddie Gray.

We begin the discussion with Michael Twitty, Culinary Historian of African and African American Foodways and blogger at Afroculinaria.

And then we continue this topic with a number of young farmers who  joined us for a roundtable discussion: Walker Marsh, Founder and owner of the Flower Factory; Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for the Park Heights Community Health Alliance and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; and Blain Snipstal, returning generation farmer on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at Black Dirt Farm.

 


From the Archives: Looking Back at the Youth Jail Debate

youthjail1May 21, 2015 – Segment 3

In light of the fact that last week Maryland state officials approved $30 million for a new youth jail facility, we examine the history of the debate over a youth jail in Baltimore. We dug into our archives from November 2012 so that we could play you an excerpt of our coverage from the last time this motion was on the table, addressing the alternatives that exist and the complexities around the Department of Justice mandate. In 2012 what was being considered was a brand new, massive $70 million youth detention facility.

You will hear from: the Rev. Heber Brown,community activist, pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orisha’s Cross Freedom School; Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Nicole Cheatham and Shaquille Carbon, student leaders at Baltimore Algebra Project; and former Maryland stateDelegates Aisha Braveboy and Heather Mizeur. To listen to the full segment, click here.


Remembering Claude McKay

claudeMay 21, 2015 – Segment 2

D Watkins joins us to talk about Claude McKay, Harlem Renaissance poet and writer who died on May 22, 1938. Award-winning author, educator and speaker D. Watkins is a columnist for Salon and a Professor at Coppin State University. His debut memoir, Cook Up will be published by Grand Central Publishing in 2016.


May 21: This Day in History

biggieMay 21, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the birth of the Notorious B.I.G and the abolition of slavery in Martinique.

Transcript of This Day In History included below.

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This Week in the City Paper

citypaperMay 20, 2015 – Segment 4

Baynard Woods, Editor at Large for the City Paper, joins us to discuss this week’s issue of the City Paper.


Community Responses to Violence in Baltimore

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We talk with community activists about their response to the recent upsurge of violence and murders in Baltimore. With: Lauren Abramson, Founding Director of the Community Conferencing Center; Melissa Moore, Founder and Program Facilitator of YLLEAD and Holistic Design Village; Bobby Marvin Holmes, Founder of Son of a Dream, filmmaker, and member of the 300 Men March Street Engagement Unit; James “JT” Timpson, Site Director of Park Heights Safe Streets; and Shawnta Privette, mother of a young man who went through a community conferencing process.


Community Conferencing and Restorative Justice

training-circleMay 20, 2015 – Segment 2

We check in with the important work of the Community Conferencing Center, one of the longest-standing restorative justice programs in the country, internationally recognized for its work of providing meaningful alternatives to arrest and incarceration for youth of color. With: Lauren Abramson, Founding Director of the Community Conferencing Center; and Shawnta Privette, mother of a young man who went through a community conferencing process.


May 20: This Day in History

bakerMay 20, 2015 – Segment 1

On this day in history, we remember the signing of the Homestead Act and the announcement of “Josephine Baker Day” by the NAACP.

 

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Breaking It Down: What Is The Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Trans Pacific PartnershipMay 19, 2015 – Segment 4

We host an important discussion about an international agreement currently being hotly debated between Congress and the President – one that will affect all of us, but about which most of us know very little – the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership).

Joining us to explain the TPP and what it would mean for our lives and our world are: Kevin Zeese, Co-Director at ItsOurEconomy.US and co-host ofClearing The Fog radio show; and Imara Jones, Host of CaffeineTV, an online daily news brief, and Economic Justice contributor for Colorlines.com. Jones served in the Clinton White House, where he worked on international trade policy and was an executive at Viacom.


Activists & Baltimore City Public Works Talk Water Shutoffs To Baltimore Residents

Water shutoffsMay 19, 2015 – Segment 3

We examine the issue of water shutoffs here in Baltimore, with: Jeff Raymond, Chief, Communications and Community Affairs for the Baltimore Department of Public Works; Tony Simmons, Lead Organizer with the Right to Housing Alliance; and DeMeeko Williams, Chief Director of the Detroit Water Brigade.


International News Roundup: How Yemen, ISIS & Arctic Drilling All Relate

YemenMay 19, 2015 – Segment 2

Our panel of guests joins in an International News Roundtable, as we discuss the situation in Yemen, ISIS, Arctic drilling, and more.

With: James Phillips, Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, The Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation; Dr. Faheem Younus, Senior Fellow at the Hoffberger Center for Ethics at the University of Baltimore and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland; and Stephen Miles, Advocacy Director for Win Without War.


May 19: This Day In History

Malcolm X & Ho Chi Minh celebrate birthdays todayMay 19, 2015 – Segment 1

Today in history, Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh celebrate birthdays, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail was published, and thinker, philosopher and activist C.L.R. James passed away.

Transcript of this day in history included below.

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Special Tribute To The King Of Blues, B.B. King

BB KingMay 18, 2015 – Segment 4

We close out our show with a very special tribute to King of the Blues B.B. King, who passed away on Thursday. With James “Big Jim” Staton, Host of Turning Back The Hands Of Time and Blues In The Night on WEAA-FM.

 


National News Roundup: Race For The Presidency & The Battle Over The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Hillary ClintonMay 18, 2015 – Segment 3

Our panel turns to national headlines as we look at the race for the Presidency, the battle over TPP in Congress and other topics, with: Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of AmericanStudies at UMBC and co-Editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; Catalina Byrd, media consultant, political strategist, and co-host of No Hooks for the Hip Hop Chronicles on WEAA; and Edward Wyckoff Williams, Contributing Editor at The Root and Political Contributor and Special Correspondent with Al Jazeera America.


Local News Roundup: Public Safety, Policing In Baltimore & Funding Approved For New Youth Jail

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 25:  Police in riot gear charge as they try to push protesters away during a march in honor of Freddie Gray on April 25, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife outside the Gilmor Homes housing project on Baltimore's west side on April 12. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)May 18, 2015 – Segment 2

We host a Local News Roundtable. Discussion topics will include public safety, policing in Baltimore, and state funding approved for the new youth jail.

With:Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-Editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; Doug Ward, Director of Johns Hopkins University’s Division of Public Safety Leadership; and Baltimore City Councilperson Brandon Scott.


May 18: This Day In History

Mary McLeod BethuneMay 18, 2015 – Segment 1

Today in history, “The First Lady of the Struggle” Mary McLeod Bethune passed away, the infamous Plessy v. Ferguson decisions were handed down by the Supreme Court, and the Bath School Massacre took place in Michigan.

Transcript of This Day In History below.

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Encore Presentation: Reflections on the Youth Curfew

youthcurfewMay 15, 2015 – Segment 5

We close out the show with a special Marc Steiner Show archive edition from earlier this year; an investigative report by Morgan State University (MSU) students on curfew law that went into effect in Baltimore last August. The students’ work was featured in the Baltimore City Paper. With: Karen Houppert, lecturer in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University and author of Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice; Asha Glover, Editor-in-Chief of the Morgan State University Spokesman; and Taesha Poteat and Amira Hairston, MSU students and contributors to the City Paper cover story.


Lois Markle: 4000 Miles and After the Revolution

csMay 15, 2015 – Segment 4

We turn to the local theatre scene for Marc’s interview with actress Lois Markle, who is currently in Center Stage‘s productions of Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles and After the Revolution. After the Revolution closes May 17 and 4000 Miles runs through May 24.


Elizabeth Alexander: The Light of the World

alexanderMay 15, 2015 – Segment 3

We are joined by poet and playwright Elizabeth Alexander about her exquisitely written and deeply moving memoir The Light of the WorldAlexander is the Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University. The Light of the World is about the death of her beloved husband.


Tengella’s Take: Fear of a Pinstripe Suit

koliMay 15, 2015 – Segment 2

We introduce a new segment, Tengella’s Take, featuring commentary from Koli Tengella, President of Tengella Edutainment, 2010 Open Society Institute Community Fellow, and Executive Director of the Kujichaglia Project . Tengella teaches his program at the Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High where he uses theater, film and new media for positive social change.


May 15: This Day in History

peoplesparkMay 15, 2015 – Segment 1

On this day in history, a protest against the closing of People’s Park in Berkeley, California turned violent when police fired buckshot and demonstrators. One man, James Rector, was killed, and least 128 Berkeley residents were admitted to local hospitals for head trauma, shotgun wounds, and other serious injuries inflicted by police.

 


Sound Bites: Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joseph Bartenfelder

May 14, 2015 – Segment 4

On today’s episode of Sound Bites, we’re joined by Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joseph Bartenfelder, who speaks about his recent blog post and tenure to date.

Then we hear a response from two Maryland environmentalists: Robert Gallagher, retired Riverkeeper for the West and Rhode Rivers, board member of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, and co-Chair of the Maryland Clean Agriculture Coalition; and Mitch Jones, Director of the Common Resources Program at Food and Water Watch.


Greater Baltimore Urban League

bmoreMay 14, 2015 – Segment 3

We look at the role of the Greater Baltimore Urban League (GBUL) in the wake of the events of the past few weeks. GBUL staff members Charles Jackson, Stephanie Maddin, and Eric White join the discussion. Dr. Lawrence Brown sits in as guest host for Marc.

 


Public Infrastructure and the Amtrak Derailment

derailmentMay 14, 2015 – Segment 2

Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, guest hosts for Marc. Our panel reflects on public infrastructure and politics in light of last night’s Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia. With: Dr. Celeste Chavis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies at Morgan State University; and John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation and co-author of Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. 


May 14: This Day in History

jacksonMay 14, 2015 – Segment 1

Today in history, the British colony of Jamestown was established, Israel was declared an independent state, and and the Jackson State University massacre, when two African American students, Philip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, were gunned down by Mississippi State Police during an anti-war protest.

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City Paper This Week: From Trenchtown To Sandtown

City PaperMay 13, 2015 – Segment 6

We close out the show with our regular feature, City Paper This Week, with Managing Editor Baynard Woods. This week’s cover story focuses on Marley, a musical currently at Center Stage.


Preview: ‘Out In The Night’ Screening At The Charm City LGBTQA Film Festival

Out-in-the-NightMay 13, 2015 – Segment 5

We offer a sneak preview of Saturday night’s special screening of Out in the Night at the Baltimore Creative Alliance, part of the 4th Annual Charm City LGBTQA Film Festival. I talk with the film’s Director, blair dorosh-walther.


Visit From The Monks Of The Drepung Gomang Monastery

Tibetan Monks in BaltimoreMay 13, 2015 – Segment 4

Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India have been in Baltimore for the past week, leading discussions and meditations and creating a sand mandala at the Baltimore Yoga Village in Mount Washington. Wednesday evening at 6:30 the Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony will take place. On our show to talk about the weeklong experience will be Anjali Sunita of Baltimore Yoga Village and Monks from the Drupung Gomang Monastery.


Maryland Politics Roundup: Governor Hogan’s Response To Baltimore, Legislation Signed & Ex-Felon Voting Rights

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 28:  Maryland Governor Larry Hogan speaks at a press conference after riots broke out yesterday after the funeral of Freddie Gray, on April 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)May 13, 2015 – Segment 3

We move closer to home with a Maryland state politics discussion and debate, with: Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University; and Jackie Wellfonder, conservative activist and blogger at jackiewellfonder.com.


Yemen: Breaking Down The Complexities

YemenMay 13, 2015 – Segment 2

We look at the hidden story and complexities around the current situation in Yemen, where a Saudi-led bombing campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels began in March and was scheduled to cease today. With: Dr. Charles Schmitz, Professor of Geography at Towson University; and Dr. Sheila Carapico, Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Richmond.


May 13: This Day In History

MOVE bombingMay 13, 2015 – Segment 1

Today in history, Britain’s King Victoria issued a “Proclamation of Neutrality” on the Confederacy, enslaved African American Robert Smalls fought against the Confederacy in Charleston, and the Philadelphia police bombed the headquarters of radical Black nationalist movement MOVE.

Transcript of this day in history included below.

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Congresswoman Donna Edwards On Senate Run & Baltimore

Donna EdwardsMay 12, 2015 – Segment 5

We close out the show with Congresswoman Donna Edwards about her run for the U.S. Senate and her thoughts on Baltimore.

 


CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced To Three And A Half Years

Jeffrey SterlingMay 12, 2015 – Segment 4

We discuss the sentencing of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling with: J. Kirk Wiebe, retired from the National Security Agency after 32 years, recipient of the NSA’s second highest award: the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Director of CIA’s Meritorious Unit Award; and Norman Solomon, Executive Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and Coordinator of Exposefacts.org.


Baltimore Orioles Fans Mock Black Lives Matter Movement

Our Birds MatterMay 12, 2015 – Segment 3

We discuss the Orioles and some of the signs held by the team’s fans that mocked the Black Lives Matter movement and protests for justice for Freddie Gray with Milton Kent, Host of Sports At Large with Milton Kent on WYPR and Lecturer in the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University.


Responding To The Controversy Around Marilyn Mosby & Conflicts Of Interest

States Attorney Marilyn MosbyMay 12, 2015 – Segment 2

We look at the motion filed last week by the attorneys representing the six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, demanding Baltimore State’s Attorney Maryland Mosby recuse herself because of alleged conflicts of interest. Our panel of guests includes: Thomas Maronick, Baltimore attorney and Host of The Tom Moore Show on AM 680 WCBM; J. Wyndal Gordon, criminal defense attorney; andTara Conley, Social Media Manager for Race Forward.

 


May 12: This Day In History

Toothpick SamMay 12, 2015 – Segment 1

Today in history, Samuel “Toothpick Sam” became the first African American to pitch a no-hitter, the birthday of boxer William “Gorilla” Jones, and the day the British took control of Charleston, South Carolina during the Revolutionary War.

Transcript of this day in history included below.

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Continuing the Momentum of the Baltimore Uprising

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May 11, 2015 – Segment 3

We continue our discussion on the Baltimore Uprising, and ask how the momentum and unity of the past few weeks can be continued. We’ll ask how local activists can use resources, attention and energy that are pouring into the city right now? Do we need to be wary of the attention we’re getting? Are there lessons to be learned from Ferguson?

Our panel of guests includes: Marshall “Eddie” Conway, former Black Panther who was released from prison in 2014 after being incarcerated for 44 years, co-author ofMarshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther, and staff member ofThe Real News Network‘s Baltimore Bureau; Jessica Lewis, housing organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance (RTHA); Gary Stroud, resident of Bernard E. Mason and member of the RTHA leadership council; Elder CW Harris, Pastor at Newborn Community of Faith and Founder of Newborn Ministries Inc., which created Martha’s Place, Jubilee Arts, Strength to Love II, and Strength to Love Farm in Sandtown-Winchester; and Farajii Muhammad, host of Listen Up! on WEAA and Youth Empowerment Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee in Baltimore.

 


Bias in Baltimore Bail Hearings?

baltimorecityMay 11, 2015 – Segment 2

We talk with Todd H. Oppenheim, felony trial attorney in the Office of the Public Defender, about his recent op-ed for the Baltimore Brew titled, “The bias in Baltimore bail hearings: a presumption of guilt.”


May 11: This Day in History

marleyMay 11, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the death of Bob Marley, the launch of the Poor People’s Campaign, and the foundation of Ghana, the first postcolonial independent nation on the continent of Africa.

Transcript of this day in history included below.

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Tom Hayden: Listen Yankee! Why Cuba Matters

Tom HaydenMay 8, 2015 – Segment 3

Listen to my conversation from last Sunday with long-time activist, former politician, and author Tom Hayden, about his new book Listen Yankee! Why Cuba Matters. The discussion took place at the Enoch Pratt Free Library before a live audience.


Community Walk To Benefit Destroyed Southern Baptist Church Senior Citizen Center

Southern Baptist Church senior citizen centerMay 8, 2015 – Segment 2

Listen to our monthly Health & Wellness segment with fitness activist and trainer Chauncey Whitehead, owner of CDW Health and Wellness Lifestyles. Chauncey is joined by Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP) at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, and the Rev. Dr. Donté Hickman, Sr., Pastor at Southern Baptist Church in East Baltimore.

Listeners are invited to join in the monthly community walk in Druid Hill Park (beginning near the tennis courts at7:30am), which will take place this Saturday, May 9. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Southern Baptist Church senior citizen center that was burned down last week.


Protests Against Police Brutality in Tel Aviv

ethiopiansMay 8, 2015 – Segment 1

We take a look at Israel, where thousands of people took to the streets of Tel Aviv on May 3 to protest police harassment of and brutality targeting Israelis of Ethiopian descent. The protests were sparked by a video showing two police officers pummeling an Ethiopian-born soldier, Damas Pakada, who alleged he was the target of a racist attack.

We speak with Ajamu Baraka, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report; and Oren Ziv, photographer with the Activestills collective, who has worked in news and documentary photography for the last 10 years.


Sound Bites: Good Food Gathering — Keeping The Tradition Of African American Farming Alive

African American farmersMay 7, 2015 – Segment 3

On a new episode of Sound Bites, we broadcast of a very lively town hall meeting held on March 23 – one of our “Good Food Gatherings” in partnership with Baltimore Food & Faith Project – in which our panel of guests and the audience engaged in a discussion following a screening of the movie Homecoming, about the history of Black farmers in the U.S. Our panel of guests includes: Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School; Aleya Fraser, educator and co-manager of an Eastern Shore Farm; Dwayne Cousar, founder of Brooklyn Greenhouse Community; and Lavette Blue, co-founder/manager of The Greener Garden.


How Baltimore Public Defenders Are Responding In The Aftermath Of The Baltimore Uprising

Baltimore protestsMay 7, 2015 – Segment 2

Our guest host is Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland.

Then, the discussion turns to legal issues surrounding the arrests in Baltimore during the protests around the death of Freddie Gray. With: David Walsh-Little, Chief Attorney for the Felony Trial Division of the Public Defender‘s Office in Baltimore; and Natalie Finegar, Deputy District Public Defender for Baltimore City.

 


In Baltimore and Across the Country, Black Faces In High Places Haven’t Helped Average Black People

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 01: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore speaks at a press conference after it was announced that charges will be filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray died in police custody after being arrested on April 12, 2015. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)May 7, 2015 – Segment 1

Our guest host is Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland.

We begin the hour with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor in Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies, who talks about her article last week in In These Times: “In Baltimore and Across the Country, Black Faces in High Places Haven’t Helped Average Black People: Electing African-American political leaders has done little to alleviate the suffering of Black America.”


This Week in the City Paper

cpMay 6, 2015 – Segment 5

We take a look at what’s in this week’s City Paper with City Paper Managing Editor Baynard Woods. This week, we focus on the City Paper’s coverage of the Baltimore protests.


The Role of Baltimore’s Youth in Organizing

thugsMay 6, 2015 – Segment 4

We take a look at the critical role of Baltimore’s youth in organizing over the past weeks and the movement toward change. With: Melissa Moore, Founder and program facilitator of YLLEAD and holistic design village, a youth-led design, cooperative economics, and community activation program; Aaron Anderson, YLLEAD artisan/ activator and an award-winning boxer; and Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University.


Baltimore Protests and Police Brutality in Historical Context

baltimore2May 6, 2015 – Segment 3

We take a look at Baltimore’s history and put the events of the past several weeks into that context. With: Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; and Antero Pietila, author of Not in my Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City.

 


Congressman Elijah Cummings on Protests and More

elijah cummingsMay 6, 2015 – Segment 2

Congressman Elijah Cummings joins us to talk about the events following the death of Freddie Gray and steps to move Baltimore forward. He and Senator Elizabeth Warren will hold a “Middle Class Prosperity Project” Forum in Baltimore on Predatory Financial Practices and Economic Injustice on Monday, May 11, 2015 1 pm — 2:30 pm at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law Ceremonial Courtroom, 500 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.


May 6: This Day in History

martinMay 6, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the birth of Martin Delaney, the death of Otis Blackwell, and the suspension of two DJs at a Colorado radio station for playing songs by the Dixie Chicks a few days after they criticized President George W. Bush.

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Maryland Film Festival

mffMay 5, 2015 – Segment 3

We close out the show with a look at what will be featured at the  Maryland Film Festival, which runs May 6 through May 10. With Jed Dietz, Director of the Maryland Film Festival.

 


Where Does Baltimore Go From Here?

protest baltimoreMay 5, 2015 – Segment 2

We continue our discussion of “Where does Baltimore go from here?” as the city begins to heal and move forward, with a focus on issues of poverty and upward mobility. We also ask if “Black culture” is a problem.

With: the Rev. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church; Jessica Lewis, housing organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance; Dr. N.D.B. Connolly, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University and author of A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South; and Diane Bell McKoy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Black Charities.


May 5: This Day in History

blind-willie-mctell1May 5, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including Gwendolyn Brooks winning the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950, the death of Elsie Bernice Washington, the “mother of the African American romance novel,” in 2009, and the birth of Blind Willie McTell.

 

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Where Do We Go From Here?: Healing & Moving Baltimore Forward

Freddie Gray Protest in BaltimoreMay 4, 2015 – Segment 3

We continue our discussion of the events surrounding the killing of Freddie Gray, as we talk to community leaders about what is next in the process of healing and moving forward in our city.

Our panel of guests will include: the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School; and Dawnya Johnson, senior at Seton Keough High School and a student leader with The Intersection.  

 


Breaking Down The Legal Issues: State’s Attorney Mosby Charges 6 Officers In Freddie Gray Death

State's Attorney Marilyn MosbyMay 4, 2015 – Segment 2

On Friday, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged six Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray. In our first hour we examine the legal issues and implications surrounding this decision to prosecute.

With: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; attorney A. Dwight Pettit, who has worked on police misconduct cases and is the lawyer for the family of Tyrone West, a Baltimore man who died while under police custody in 2013; and Deborah Jeon, Legal Director for the ACLU of Maryland.

 


May 4: This Day In History

Provident HospitalMay 4, 2015 – Segment 1

Today in history, an event in Chicago spurred International Workers Day, the first Black-owned and -operated hospital in the United States opened, and the Freedom Riders left Washington DC for New Orleans to challenge segregation on interstate busses and bus terminals.

Transcript of this day in history included below.

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Dawn Douglas Presents ‘Yin Yang,’ A Film About A Relationship Of Duality

Dawn DouglasMay 1, 2015 – Segment 3

We talk with filmmaker and actress Dawn Douglas about Yin Yang, her short film about a relationship modeled after the ethos of Yin and Yang. The film explores the duality of Yin and Yang as they relate to each other, using the construction and deconstruction of a sand mandala as it represents life and death.

 


The Hip-Hop Chronicles: On #FreddieGray & Baltimore’s Curfew

Baltimore curfewMay 1, 2015 – Segment 2

We broadcast an exceptional audio experience produced by Mike “Nyce” Middleton, one of our creative and talented colleagues at WEAA 88.9-FM: a special edition of The Hip-Hop Chronicles. The show combines current and classic socially conscious music and conversation to address the political and social issues affecting the Hip-Hop generation, featuring in-depth conversations with political analysts, social activists, and community leaders.

We especially wanted to showcase this episode of the Hip-Hop Chronicles because it addresses what’s happening in Baltimore in this moment. I also had the pleasure of being interviewed in one of the segments. The show airs Monday through Fridayfrom midnight to 2:00am.


Special Presentation: Voices From The Freddie Gray Protests

Voices of the Freddie Gray protestMay 1, 2015 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a special production, Voices from the Freddie Gray Protests, from our Marc Steiner Show producers Mark Gunnery and Stefanie Mavronis who have been out with the protesters throughout the week.

You will hear from: Nyasha Dixon, Ralikh Hayes, Paul Rucker, Willa Bickham, Brendan Walsh, Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, Molly Amster, Minister Carlos Muhammad, Dayvon Love, Touré, Dr. Lawrence Brown, Cordy Shaw, Person Ablach, students from Goucher, Councilpersons Carl Stokes, Nick Mosby, Brandon M. Scott and more.


Baltimore Uprising: Black Lives Matter Conference | Student Protests Take Over Baltimore | The Unprecedented Empty-Stadium Orioles Game

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29:  Students from Baltimore colleges and high schools march in protest chanting "Justice for Freddie Gray" on their way to City Hall April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore remains on edge in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, though the city has been largely peaceful following a day of rioting this past Monday. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)April 30, 2015 – Segment 2

We check in with spokespersons from the Ujima People’s Progress Party, Maryland’s first Black worker-led electoral party, who have been part of the protests and will be holding a Black Lives Matter State Conference in collaboration with Coppin State University’s Urban Studies Program this Saturday (May 2) from 8:30-5:00. With: Nnamdi Lumumba, State Chairperson at Ujima People’s Progress Party; and Dr. Kenneth O. Morgan, Assistant Professor/Coordinator of the Urban Studies Program in the Department of Criminal Justice and Applied Social and Political Sciences at Coppin State University.

The Black Lives Matter State Conference will be held Saturday May 2, at the Coppin State University Health and Human Services Building, Room 103, from 8:30am – 5:00pm.

Then, we continue our conversations and analysis of the ongoing protests in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray. You will hear from: Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes; and journalist Shawn Carrie, who was arrested during Monday’s protests and released from jail last night.

We close out the show with a special report from The Nation magazine’s Sports Editor Dave Zirin, who joins us to talk about the protests and the strange Orioles game last night: the first Major League Baseball game in history to be closed to the public and played in an empty stadium.


April 30: This Day In History

Bessie ColemanApril 30, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day Bessie Coleman died, the day Christopher Columbus was given the money to set sail into the Western Hemisphere, and the day Hawaii became a territory of the United States.

Transcript of this day in history included below.

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Sir Gilbert Levine: A Celebration Of Peace Through Music

Sir-Gilbert-LevineApril 29, 2015 – Segment 3

We close out the show with Sir Gilbert Levineconductor and creator of A Celebration of Peace Through Music, a two-hour show that is currently being broadcast on public media stations nationwide. A Celebration of Peace Through Music is a concert featuring the Kraków Philharmonic Choir, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Washington Choral Arts Society. It is a tribute to Pope John XXIII, Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis – three spiritual leaders recognized for their devotion to promoting understanding and peace around the world.


Baltimore Uprising: Analyzing The Demonstrations, Protests & Violence Following The Death Of Freddie Gray

Baltimore UprisingApril 29, 2015 – Segment 2

Listen to our continuing discussion and analysis of the demonstrations, protests, and violence following of the death of Freddie Gray, with: Hip-Hop artist Kane Mayfield; Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at University of Maryland Carey School of Law; Faraji Muhammad, Host of Listen Up!on WEAA and Youth Empowerment Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee in Baltimore; Christa Daring, publicist at AK Press and collective member at Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse; Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer, President and Co-Founder of Equity Matters; singer songwriter Navasha Daya, co-Founder / Director of the Healing & Performing Arts at the Youth Resiliency Institute, and Founder of the Daya World, LLC.; Fanon Hill,Executive Director & co-Founder of The Youth Resiliency Institute; and City Paper Managing Editor Baynard Woods.


April 29: This Day In History

April 29, 2015 – Segment 1Parren Mitchell

Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the birthday of Duke Ellington, the day Maryland voted not to secede from the Union, and the birthday of Maryland’s of Baltimore first Black congressmen Parren Mitchell.

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From Protest To Policy: Analyzing The Baltimore Uprising & Protests For Justice For Freddie Gray

Mondawmin MallApril 28, 2015 – Segment 2

We begin the show with an important event in our community, seeking positive shifts in policy in light of the anger and protest. A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities (ABC) and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships, joins us in-studio to talk about From Protest toPolicy, an event sponsored by ABC, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and Baltimore Racial Justice Alliance.

We continue discussions and analysis with community leaders around yesterday’s events and looking ahead to where we go from here with a roster of guests, including: Taylor Evans, independent filmmaker and Morgan State University student; Tim Wilson, co-director of On Our Shoulders; Rev. Kevin Slayton, Pastor of New Waverly United Methodist Church and former civil rights lobbyist; David Miller, Chief Visionary Officer of the Urban Leadership Institute and creator of Dare To Be King, LLC; Clayton Guyton, Executive Director of the Rose Street Community Center and former correctional officer; and Dante Wilson, CEO and founder of Reclaiming Our Children and Community Project, Inc.; Catalina Byrd, media consultant, political strategist and co-host of “No Hooks” for the Hip-Hop Chronicles on WEAA; and Baynard Woods, Managing Editor of the Baltimore City Paper.


April 28: This Day In History

Ann PetryApril 28, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day the famed Mutiny on the Bounty took place, the day over 30 dynamite bombs were to be sent to people on an “anarchists” enemies list, and the day Anne Petry, the first African American woman writer to have a book sell more than a million copies, died.

Partial transcript of this day in history included below.

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Special Coverage of Freddie Gray’s Funeral

funeralApril 27, 2015 – Segment 2

Marc serves as anchor for the WEAA team as we go live with special coverage of the funeral of Freddie Gray. With on-site reporting from: Sean Yoes, Host of First Edition on WEAA; Beverly Burke, WEAA’s Morning News Anchor and Host of Morgan State University: A World of Education News; and Farajii Muhammad, Host of Listen Up! on WEAA and Youth Empowerment Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee in Baltimore. Joining us in studio are Makayla Gilliam-Price, student from Baltimore City College High School and Founder of City Bloc; D Watkins, author, filmmaker, and Professor at Coppin State University; Dominique 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 Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.

 


Freddie Gray Protests in Baltimore

bmoreprotestsApril 27, 2015 – Segment 1

We look at the protests over the weekend to demand justice for Freddie Gray, with Makayla Gilliam-Price, student from Baltimore City College High School and Founder of City Bloc; D Watkins, author, filmmaker, and Professor at Coppin State University; Ralikh Hayes, member of Baltimore Bloc; Dominique 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 Dayvon LoveDirector of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.

 


Everyman Theatre’s World Of The Play: The Cost Of Keeping A Secret

Everyman Theatre's GhostsApril 24, 2015 – Segment 3

Does your family have secrets? Listen in to a riveting discussion held two weeks ago at Everyman Theatre as part of their World of the Play series: The Cost of Keeping a Secret. The discussion is based on the themes rising from the current production of Ibsen’s Ghosts at Everyman.

With: Dr. Jean Fernandez, Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland Baltimore County;Donald Hicken, Director of Ghosts and Theatre Department Head at Baltimore School for the Arts; and Samara Stone, social worker and Founder of The Stone Foundation.

 


Breaking The Silence: A National Town Hall On Women & Girls Of Color

National Conference on Women and Girls of ColorApril 24, 2015 – Segment 2

Listen as we look at an important event coming up this weekend at Morgan State University (MSU): a National Town Hall on Women and Girls of Color. With Dr. Anika Simpson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at MSU; Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor at the School of Global Journalism and Communication at MSU, co-Editor of Malcolm X: A Lie of Reinvention, and author of I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto; and Rachel Gilmer, Associate Director for the African American Policy Forum.

Morgan State University and the African American Policy Forum present the National Town Hall on Women and Girls of Color: Saturday, April 25, noon-4pm, Morgan State University Student Theatre, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane in Baltimore.  Click here to register. 


April 24: This Day In History

President Nixon presenting Duke Ellington with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. April 29, 1969.April 24, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc talks about what happened today in history, including the day Duke Ellington received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, and the day Augustine John Tolton became ordained as a priest after being born enslaved.

Transcript of This Day In History below.

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Greater Homewood Community Corporation Moving Focus Towards A Strong Baltimore

homewoodApril 23, 2015 – Segment 4

We look at the work of Baltimore’s Greater Homewood Community Corporation (GHCC). With Karen Stokes, Executive Director of GHCC and Hannah Gardi, Director of the 29th St. Community Center.

 

 


Sounds of the Aeolian: Classical Organ & Black Classical Music

organApril 23, 2015 – Segment 3

We talk about the upcoming Sounds of the Aeolian, a classical organ concert featuring the very rare Aeolian-Skinner organ. With: Dr. Samuel Springer, organist, Lecturer-Piano, Opera Workshop Fine Arts Music; and Bryan Alston, organist and Choir Director at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.  The concert will take place Sunday, April 26, at 4:00 pm, at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Baltimore.  

 


#FreddieGray: Community Activists On Protests In Baltimore

freddieApril 23, 2015 – Segment 2

We take a look at the Baltimore story that is reverberating across the nation: What happened to Freddie Gray, the 25-year old man who died of a spinal injury on Sunday, a week after being chased and tackled by police officers in Baltimore.

Our panel of guests includes: 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; the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School; Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West, a man who died while in police custody in July 2013 in Baltimore; Megan Sherman, Producer at The Real News Network; Tim Wilson, co-Director of On Our Shoulders; A. F.  James MacArthur, blogger for the Baltimore Spectator, who spent several months in jail in 2013, following a standoff with the police; and Ray Cook.


April 23: This Day in History

cesar_chavezApril 23, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including Hank Aaron hitting the first of his 755-major league home runs on this day in 1954  in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals and the death of Cesar Chavez.

Transcript of this day in history included below.

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This Week In City Paper: Lexington Market Present & Future

This Week In City PaperApril 22, 2015 – Segment 4

We close out the show with our regular feature City Paper This Week, with Senior Editor Baynard Woods. This week, we focus on the cover story about Lexington Market and its future, and we are joined by Ted Spitzer, President of Market Ventures, Inc., which is the group consulting with Baltimore City on the Lexington Market redevelopment project.

 


Michael Eric Dyson On Why He Wrote “The Ghost Of Cornel West”

The Ghost of Cornel WestApril 22, 2015 – Segment 3

We talk with best-selling author Michael Eric Dyson, University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, about his recent article for the New Republic, “The Ghost of Cornel West.”


Report Back From The International Black Reparations Summit

Reparations SummitApril 22, 2015 – Segment 2

Our guests report back on an important event that took place in New York, April 9-12: Institute of the Black World 21st Century International Black Reparations Summit. The three-day meeting honored pioneers in the fight for reparations for Black Americans.

With: Yvette Modestin, Founder and Director of Encuentro Diaspora Afro in Boston, and Afro Panamanian activist, poet, and writer on issues of the African Diaspora; Dr. Raymond Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; and Don Rojas, Director of Communications for the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) and member of the Board of the Institute of the Black World.

 


April 22: This Day In History

San Miguel de Guadalupe RebellionApril 22, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc talks about what happened today in history, including the first slave revolt in continental North America, the day Howard University students sat in at Thompson’s Restaurant, and the birthday of jazz great Charles Mingus.

Transcript of This Day In History below.

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Sound Bites: 45th Earth Day – How Far The Environmental Movement Has To Go | Environmental Policy in Maryland

gardeningApril 21, 2015 – Segment 3

Wednesday is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and on Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, our panel reflects upon how far we have come and how far we need to go. With: Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for Park Heights Community Health Alliance and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; Gerald Winegrad, attorney and Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy where he has taught a graduate course on Chesapeake Bay Restoration since 1988; the Rev. Merrick Moise, ordained minister, writer, community activist and teacher, and one of the first African Americans ordained within the Old Catholic Movement in Baltimore; and Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman.

We close out the hour with a look back at the food, farm and environmental issues covered in the 2015 Maryland State Legislative Session, which came to a close last week. With Bryan Sears, Government Reporter for The Daily Record.  


Local Roundtable: Freddie Gray, Police Violence, and 300 Man March

baltimore-freddie-grayApril 21, 2015 – Segment 2

We host a local news roundtable, where we discuss police violence, this past weekend’s 300 Man March, and Freddie Gray, who died last week while in police custody in Baltimore. With: Bobby Marvin Holmes, Founder of Son of a Dream, a multimedia social development firm committed to empowering youth and families, and co-director and producer of Live Young Blood; John P. Comer, Lead Organizer of Communities United; Tyrone Powers, Professor in the Criminal Justice department at Anne Arundel Community College and former FBI agent; and Sonia Kumar, Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Maryland.


April 21: This Day in History

tiananmen_squareApril 21, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstration in Beijing, the death of Haitian dictator François “Papa Doc” Duvalier, and the birth of singer Clara Ward.

Transcript of this day in history included below.

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See Meshelle In Funny, Fierce, Fabulous: The Cabaret

Meshelle, The Indie Mom of ComedyApril 20, 2015 – Segment 4

We close out the show with a special sneak preview of Funny, Fierce, Fabulous: The Cabaret as Meshelle the Indie Mom of Comedy joins us to discuss her upcoming performance Saturday, April 25, at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance.

 


Debating Marijuana Law Reform: Looking Through Lens Of Race, Our Prison Population & Our Communities

Debating legalizationApril 20, 2015 – Segment 3

Listen to a debate and discussion around marijuana law reform, with: Retired Major Neill Franklin, former Baltimore and Maryland State Police officer and Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition); Lawrence Grandpre, Assistant Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Will Jones III, chairperson of TIE DC (Two is Enough DC), an organization opposed to legalization.


Marijuana Policy: Where It Stands In Maryland & Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28:  A clipboard with information on a seed exchange event is passed around during a ComfyTree Cannabis Academy conference February 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. Attendees participated in the conference to gain knowledge on how to legally enter and operate in the cannabis industry.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)April 20, 2015 – Segment 2

We turn to discussions around laws and policies pertaining to the use of marijuana. We begin with a look at Maryland, which decriminalized marijuana use in the 2014 Legislative Session, and at Washington, DC, where marijuana use became legal this year, though it is currently outlawed in public places. With: Robert Capecchi, Deputy Director of State Policies Marijuana Policy Project; and Jenna Johnson, reporter for the Washington Post.


April 20: This Day In History

Lionel HamptonApril 20, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the birthday of Lionel Hampton, the day the Civil Rights Act of 1871 was passed; and the day Billie Holiday recorded “Strange Fruit”.

Transcript of this day in history included below.

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From The Archives: Ta-Nehisi & Paul Coates On ‘The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood’

The Coates'April 17, 2015 – Segment 2

We bring you two hours of the Coates family – Ta-Nehisi and Paul Coates, that is. The premium for these two hours when you donate at the $100 level is a copy of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to ManhoodPlease call in to 410-319-8888 and help us achieve our goal, or click here to donate online, and please designate The Marc Steiner Show in the drop down menu.

Hear from two generations of Coates as we replay my interview with Ta-Nehisi and his father Paul Coates, former Black Panther and founder of Black Classic Press, from April 2014. Focusing on topics rising from Ta-Nehisi’s book The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, this father and son discuss their own experiences with the journey to becoming an adult.


Encore Presentation: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ & The Case For Reparations

Case for ReparationsApril 17, 2015 – Segment 1

We bring you two hours of the Coates family – Ta-Nehisi and Paul Coates, that is. The premium for these two hours when you donate at the $100 level is a copy of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to ManhoodPlease call in to 410-319-8888 and help us achieve our goal, or click here to donate online, and please designate The Marc Steiner Show in the drop down menu.

As you know, Ta-Nehisi Coates stepped into the international spotlight last year when his article “The Case for Reparations,” was featured as the cover story for the June 2014 issue of The Atlantic. In the article he puts forth the argument that Black Americans as a group – because of slavery, segregation, and Federal housing policy – have been prevented from building inter-generational wealth.  In the first hour you will hear my interview with him from last June.

 


News Roundup: Police-Involved Killings, Maryland Political Landscape & More

Congressman Elijah CummingsApril 16, 2015 – Segment 2

It’s Thursday morning, and one of my very best friends and colleagues (he even officiated at Valerie and my wedding!) Anthony McCarthy, Host of the Anthony McCarthy Show on WEAA, will be joining me in-house! Once again we have great shows and great premiums when you donate to the WEAA Spring Membership Campaign. In fact, if you are able to donate at the $250 level, you will be invited to a dinner with Anthony and me!

It’s a live news roundtable with Anthony and Catalina Byrd, co-host of No Hooks for the Hip-Hop Chronicles on WEAA, with topics to include the police-involved killings across the U.S.

 


From The Archives: Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad

Betty DeRamusApril 16, 2015 – Segment 1

It’s Thursday morning, and one of my very best friends and colleagues (he even officiated at Valerie and my wedding!) Anthony McCarthy, Host of the Anthony McCarthy Show on WEAA, will be joining me in-house! Once again we have great shows and great premiums when you donate to the WEAA Spring Membership Campaign. In fact, if you are able to donate at the $250 level, you will be invited to a dinner with Anthony and me!

Listen in to my conversation with author Betty DeRamus about her fascinating book Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground RailroadFor $100 donation you will want to have this book in your library – I couldn’t put it down!


Encore Presentation: Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the American Drug War

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the American Drug WarApril 15, 2015 – Segment 2

Listen in to my interview with Johann Hari, author of the fascinating and revealing book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the American Drug War, which tells the tale of Harry Anslinger, the first head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and his personal war to destroy Billie Holliday. Holliday struggled with heroin addiction but was also emblematic of the fearlessness of standing up against racism. Anslinger was a racist and he hated jazz, so Billie Holliday embodied all that he loathed.

Chasing the Scream is the premium for the second hour when you donate at the $100 level. 


Encore Presentation: Lawrence Hill’s ‘The Book Of Negroes’

The Book of NegroesApril 15, 2015 – Segment 1

We begin the show with my interview with Lawrence Hill, author of nine books including The Book of Negroes, which has been made into a television miniseries on BET. The Book of Negroes is our premium for this hour when you donate at the $100 level to WEAA 88.9FM at 410-319-8888.


Encore Presentation: Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Activists

Octavia's BroodApril 14, 2015 – Segment 3

Do you like Social Justice, Science Fiction and Octavia Butler? Then you will love the discussions this morning, when we will be offering as premiums both Octavia Butler’s classic Kindred and Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Activists edited by adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha as the WEAA Spring Membership Campaign continues! Please call in and help us meet our goal: 410-319-8888. Or donate online (and please designate The Marc Steiner Show in the dropdown menu).

Our panel discusses Science Fiction and Social Justice. With: adrienne maree brown, Kresge Literary Arts Fellow, blogger at The Luscious Satyagraha, and co-Editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Activists; and Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence and Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

 


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