Stay tuned for the latest edition of our series Sound Bites! We begin with Nathanael Johnson, food writer for Grist, who recently wrote an article about a controversial proposed tax in Berkeley, California … on soda!
Then, we take a look at the debate in Maryland over the implementation of the Phosphorus Management Tool, a method of identifying fields that contain the most phosphorous and have the highest risk of phosphorus runoff. Phosphorus is one of the main three pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay. Our panel of guests includes: Tim Wheeler, reporter for B’More Green, the Baltimore Sun‘s environmental blog; and Kevin Anderson, President of the Maryland Grain Producers Association and Grain Farmer at Wimberly Farms in Princess Anne, Maryland.
We close out the show with a sneak peek at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, which is coming to Annapolis on Thursday, October 2! Our guests will include: Robin Broder, Board Member of Waterkeepers Chesapeake who is hosting the festival; and Assateague Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips.
In light of the controversial article by Allesandra Stanley in the September 18 issue of the New York Times, in which Stanley suggests that Shonda Rhimes – producer of TV shows Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away With Murder– and her characters are “angry black women,” we take a look at portrayals of black women in the media and on TV.
With: Dr. Lisa N. Williams, Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for Baltimore City Public Schools and member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a project of Fusion Partnerships; Dani McClain, contributor toTheNation.com and Fellow with the Nation Institute; and Dr. Kaye Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and winner of the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Award for her book, Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day of the Elaine Massacre in Phillips County, Arkansas during Red Summer, the first convention of the National Farm Workers Association, and the birthday of Ann Jarvis, American activist and co-founder of Mother’s Day.
We turn to the latest on Islamic State and US airstrikes on Syria and Iraq, with: Benjamin Friedman, Research Fellow in Defense and Homeland Security Studies for Cato Institute; Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, Senior Analyst forForeign Policy in Focus, and Author of Equal Worth – When Humanity Will Have Peace; and Dr. Thabit Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto.
We hear a current events roundtable discussion, and speak about: police brutality; our society’s perception of Black children; and the latest attacks from the right on President Obama. With: Marshall Bell, host of Midday Magazine with Marshall Bell on WOLB-AM, managing partner of The Bell Group, LLC, and author of Baltimore Blues: Harm City; Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; and Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Assistant Professor of American Studies at UMBC and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.
We look at the continuing violence in Baltimore, including the tragic death of 25-year old shock trauma worker and father Brandon Finney, who was used as a human shield in a gang shooting while he was waiting at a bus stop on Sunday. Our guests include: Michael Johnson, Creative Director of the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center; Imhotep Fatiu, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Urban Youth Initiative Project; and Bobby Marvin Holmes, local activist, filmmaker, and producer of the documentary Live Young Blood.
We turn to the news that Attorney General Eric Holder will step down from his post and will leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is named. Our guests are: Imara Jones, host of CaffeineTV and economic justice contributor for Colorlines.com; and Michael Higginbotham, Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law and author of Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism in ‘Post-Racial’ America.
In light of the People’s Climate March last Sunday and the United Nations Climate Summit this week, we examine key issues in the debate over climate change, with: Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Climate Justice Initiative; Brentin Mock, Justice Editor for Grist; and Mike Tidwell, founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and author of The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Race to Save America’s Coastal Cities.
Listen to my interview with Native American author, historian, feminist, and self-described revolutionary Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on her fascinating and informative book An Indigenous People’s History of the United States.
We give you a taste of what you’ll experience at the Transmodern Performance Festival, which is happening this week in Baltimore. You will hear from Hoesy Corona and Ada Pinkston, Curators of LabBodies and co-organizers of the Festival.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day Palestinian-American critic Edward Said died, the day the U.S. Congress ratified the Bill of Rights, and the day the Little Rock Nine began the integration of Central High School.
In light of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s criticism last week of the Baltimore Police Department’s handling of a police brutality investigation and subsequent call for a plan to address acts of brutality, we turn to the topics of police accountability, body cameras, and the Law Enforcement Bill of Rights. Our guests include: Delegate Jill P. Carter (District 41, Baltimore City); Bob Cherry,President of Baltimore’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3; Jason Rodriguez, one of the co-founders of the Baltimore chapter of Cop Watch; and Councilman Nick Mosby (District 7).
We turn to the situation in Syria, where the U.S. and several Arab states carried out airstrikes against Islamic State this morning. With: Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.
We celebrate a history-making event: the unveiling of the first portrait of an African American to be displayed in the Governor’s residence in Maryland! Last week Governor Martin O’Malley and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown unveiled a portrait of Frederick Douglass at the Government House in Annapolis. The painting is the result of a partnership between the State of Maryland and Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown. Eddie Brown is Chairman, CEO and founder of Brown Capital Management, LLC, the oldest African American investment firm in Maryland and the second oldest firm in the country. Eddie Brown joins us in-studio, along with the man who created the historic portrait, artist Simmie Knox.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day the US Congress passed the Judiciary Act, the birthday of abolitionist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and the day sociologist Edward Franklin Frazier was born in Baltimore.
We kick off our newest edition of Sound Bites with a discussion and debate on AgriTourism, in light of a controversial bill introduced last week by Baltimore County Third District Councilman Todd Huff. What does AgriTourism mean? How does it benefit farmers? Why is this such a hot-button issue across the country? Our guests will be: Teresa Moore, Executive Director at The Valleys Planning Council; and Wayne McGinnis, farmer and Baltimore County Planning Board member.
Then we turn to poultry giant Perdue Farms, whose Chairman Jim Perdue was quoted in the Baltimore Business Journal as saying that they have no seat at the table in Maryland. Peter Jensen, author and editorial writer for The Baltimore Sun, begged to differ in today’s editorial, and he joins us to discuss it.
We close out the show with a special basil cashew pesto recipe from the Hopkins’ Center for a Livable Future Aquaponics Project at the Cylburn Arboretum!
It’s Banned Books Week! From Harry Potter to Catcher in the Rye to Fifty Shades of Gray, we talk about our favorite banned books, with: Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom; and Dr. Carla Hayden, Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the births of John Coltrane and Ray Charles, the 1943 declaration of the Italian Socialist Republic, and the 1890 election of John Mercer Langston to the US Congress. He was the first black person elected to represent the state of Virginia in Congress and the only one for at least another 100 years.
Listen to a very special treat when I interview a true Baltimore icon, the legendary filmmaker and author John Waters! John joins me to talk about his fifty-year career and recent tribute and retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, “50 Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?”
We examine the Ebola epidemic, with: Kofi Woods, human rights lawyer from Liberia and part of the Citizens Alliance to Stop Ebola: CASE-LIBERIA; Dougbeh Nyan, Liberian Infectious Disease Specialist; Dr. Alan L Schmaljohn, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore; and Benjamin Hale, writer for Slate, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Vice President of the International Society of Environmental Ethics and co-Editor of the journal Ethics, Policy & Environment.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day the US Postmaster General was established, the day a preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation was released, and the day Congressman George Washington Murray was born enslaved.
We close out the show with another popular archive edition, my conversation with author Tom Reiss who won the Pulitzer Prize for his fascinating and enlightening bookThe Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. Reiss recounts in detail the life of General Alex Dumas, father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas whose work includes The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
We bring you a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, with Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, musician, writer, and conceptual artist, and Paul Rucker,visual artist, composer, and musician. We discuss art, music, politics, the war on drugs, and remix culture.
Listen to a sneak peek at the Charm City Health Fair, to be held at Lexington Market in Baltimore on Saturday, September 20. Our guests will be: Chuma Obineme, second-year medical student at the University of Maryland-Baltimore, who is helping to organize the Fair; Evan Lutz, 2014 graduate of the University of Maryland and CEO and Founder of Hungry Harvest, an innovative new Baltimore start-up that fights food waste and hunger; and Damye Hahn, daughter of Bill and Nancy Devine who own Faidley’s Seafood at Lexington Market.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day Booker T. Washington opened the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, the birthday of educator and philosopher Paulo Freire, and the day the Solidarity March took place protesting the Reagan Administration in 1981.
Listen to our monthly episode on health and fitness, with: fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead; Ernestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female bodybuilder; and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP) at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.
The September Community Walk will be held on Saturday, September 27 that 8AM. Please bring non-perishable food items for a food drive to benefit those in need of food this fall and winter. Meet at the Druid Hill Park tennis courts.
We check in on the latest developments around Islamic State, with: Jenna McLaughlin, an Editorial Fellow in Mother Jones‘ Washington Bureau; and Dr. Faheem Younus, National Secretary of Education for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland.
We look at the debate over whether Scotland should become independent. With: Leslie Loftis, Senior Contributor at The Federalist; Don Guttenplan, The Nation‘s London correspondent; and Liam Flynn, owner of Liam Flynn’s Ale House in Baltimore.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day Christopher Columbus arrived in Honduras, the day Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, and the day Booker T. Washington delivered the “Atlanta Compromise” at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta.
We examine the issue of homeless youth in Baltimore with: Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless;Bonnie Lane, formerly homeless activist, organizer of the Backpack Benefit Concert for Homeless Children, and 2016 Mayoral candidate; and Christian Wilson, Director of Homeless Children’s Weekend Backpack Program.
We learn about a wonderful program for youth, No Hooks Before Books, and their upcoming event: Boxing for Books. We speak with: Marvin McDowell, Founder, President and Executive Director of UMAR Boxing; and Zoria Curry, Donte Baytop, Ronnie Boo Doo, Jasmine Garland and NyJa Shepperson, participants in the UMAR Boxing program and boxing champions.
A group of bright young Baltimoreans answer the question: What Would You Do If You Were Mayor Of Baltimore? Our in-studio panel includes: Megan Sherman, Producer for The Real News Network; Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Zeke Berzoff-Cohen, Executive Director of The Intersection.
Listen to a brand new episode of Sound Bites! In the first segment, our guests reflect upon the recent announcement that poultry producer Perdue plans to stop the use of antibiotics in its hatcheries. Our guests include: Mitch Jones, Director of the Common Resources Program at Food and Water Watch; and Dr. Keeve Nachman, Director, Food Production and Public Health Program, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
To learn more about the issue of antibiotic resistance, plan to attend the movie Resistance, a showing sponsored by Food & Water Watch, this Thursday, September 18, at the Rotunda Theatre in Baltimore.
Next we take a field trip to the Cherry Hill Urban Garden in Baltimore. You will hear from Juanita Ewell, Founder and Manager of the garden, resident of Cherry Hill, and chairperson of the Cherry Hill Development Corporation’s Economic Development Committee. Then plan to attend the Cherry Hill Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 18!
We close out the show with Ava Chin, author of Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal, who tells us about the wild edibles you can find out in the world in the month of September!
In light of the recent news that Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson has been accused of child abuse for injuries he allegedly inflicted while disciplining his son, we take a look at the issue of child abuse, and when does “disciplining” go too far?
With: Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University; Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Kaye Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day the French abolished Slavery in all of their territories, the day more than 3000 African Americans died when Lake Okeechobee flooded Western Palm Beach County, Florida with a 10-15 foot tidal wave, and the day B.B. King was born in Itta Benna, Mississippi.
Marc speaks to Dr.Joe Brewster, creators of the acclaimed documentary American Promise and authors of the new book, Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and Life. Monday evening at 7:00, he will discuss their new book as part of Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s “Talking About Race” series at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch.
We hear from three new young candidates who won Maryland Democratic primaries and will run for Legislative seats in the November general elections: Brooke Lierman, Democratic candidate running in Baltimore’s 46th District; Antonio Hayes, Democratic candidate running in Baltimore’s 40th District; and Cory McCray, Democratic candidate running in Baltimore’s 45th District.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the murder of singer Victor Jara, the birth of poet Claude McKay, and Lehman Brothers filing for Chapter 11, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.
Listen to the broadcast of the funny and fascinating discussion from last week’s World of the Play, “Waiting in the Wings,” at Everyman Theatre. The conversation, inspired by Everyman’s current performance, The Understudy, explored the challenges and rewards of being an understudy.
Joining the conversation were: Rebecca LaChance, a current Broadway understudy for the role of Carole King in “Beautiful;” Kyle Prue, Everyman Theatre’s Director of Production & Casting; and Joe Smelser, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Resident Production Stage Manager.
We remember anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, who was murdered on September 12, 1977, while in the custody of the South African police. Biko was an anti-apartheid activist in the 1960s and 70s and founder of the Black Consciousness Movement. We reflect upon his life, his legacy, Black Consciousness, and South Africa today, with: Dr. Rozena Maart, Director of the Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal; and Dr. Xolela Mangcu, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Cape Town, Oppenheimer Fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, and author of Biko: A Life, the first full-length biography of Steve Biko; and Adrian Louw, Programme Integrator for Africa’s oldest community radio station project, Bush Radio 89.5FM, who served as the Media Liaison for the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa from 1999 to 2001.
We will also listen to the music of the Anti-Apartheid movement throughout the segment.
Lisa Crawley, Resource Center Manager for the Lewis Museum, joins us to talk about an event that took place this weekend in our local history: the death of noted African American principal Stephen Handy Long of Pocomoke City due to an altercation with a local white resident.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko died in police custody, the day Mary Jane Patterson, the first Black woman to graduate from an established college with a four year degree, was born, and the day Adolf Hitler joined the German Workers’ Party.
Did you listen to President Obama’s address tonight on Islamic State? Hear our discussion with a panel of guests to discuss the speech and Islamic State. With: Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies; Dr. Thabit Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto; and Dr. Steven David, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University.
On Tuesday night an important town hall meeting took place in Baltimore, addressing police brutality and the events in Ferguson, Missouri, following last month’s fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown by a police officer. We hear a reporting back from that meeting, with: Jason Rodriguez, Technical and Editing Manager for DMV Daily; the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist and pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church; Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West who died while in police custody in July 2013 in Baltimore; and Diana Butler, aunt of Tyrone West.
Learn about a little-known but significant piece of American history, which began on September 11, 1851: The Christiana Rebellion. The rebellion led to the first major conspiracy trial in U.S. history, where both black and white men were put on trial for defying the Fugitive Slave Act. We talk with Lisa Crawley, Resource Center Manager at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day 75,000 coal miners in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia brought a 10-week strike to a victorious end, the birthday of jazz musician Harry Connick Jr., and the day Peter Tosh was shot and killed.
We examine the issue of domestic violence, in the wake of the events surrounding the video released of Ravens player Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiance Janay Palmer and Rice’s subsequent indefinite suspension from the team. We will talk about the NFL response, Keith Olbermann’s call for Ravens leadership to resign, Janay Palmer Rice’s statement, and other pieces of this complex story.
Our panel of guests includes: Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside; Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University; Mothyna James-Brightful, Visionary Director for Heal A Woman To Heal A Nation; Joe Ehrmann, former defensive lineman for the Baltimore Colts and motivational speaker who runs Coach for America; and David Miller, Founder of the Dare To Be King Project LLC.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day Simon Bolivar was named President of Peru, the day Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, the first Black president of Howard University, died, and the day musician Roy James Brown was born.
It’s a special archive episode of Sound Bites! Listen in to the informative and lively town hall meeting that took place on May 15 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, featuring Marc‘s interview with Christopher Leonard about his latest book The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business. Leonard, an investigative reporter, went looking to do a profile on the Tysons – the premier family in the poultry business – and was surprised at what he learned in the process.The Meat Racket reveals the inner workings of the corporations that control the food business, and the power in Washington of the meat and poultry lobbies.
We take a look at cultural diversity in children’s literature. In March of this year the New York Times’ Sunday Review published an op-ed piece by the late children’s book author Walter Dean Myers: “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” To answer the question, we talk to: Dr. Charles Johnson, National Book Award-winning novelist and scholar, who co-authored (with his daughter Elisheba)Bending Time: The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder; Tonya Bolden, award-winning author of over twenty books for young readers and adults, including Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America; and Deborah Taylor, School and Student Services Coordinator for the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the births of Otis Redding, Sonia Sanchez, and Billy Preston, the deaths of Mao Zedong and Bill Monroe, and the launch of the four-day Attica Prison rebellion.
We close out the show with painter and muralist Stephen Towns, who discusses his exhibitco|patriotcurrently on display at Gallery CA in Baltimore. The exhibit features Towns’ new and previous work inspired by his readings of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave and Harriet Ann Jacob’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
We preview of an important documentary premiering on PBS Tuesday, September 9: Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story. Joining us to discuss this fascinating story of how a Sorbonne-educated woman became a spy in Nazi-occupied France will be: Rob Gardner, Producer/Director of Enemy; and Alex Kronemer, Executive Producer.
In light of recent news stories concerning NFL players, we turn to the topic of racial and gender issues in the NFL and sports generally. With: Dave Zirin, Sports Editor for The Nation magazine and author of a number of books including Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Struggle for Democracy.
Click here to read the full email sent by Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day Michelangelo’s ‘David’ was unveiled in Florence in 1504, the day abolitionist Sarah Mapps Douglass died, and the birthday of Ruby Nell Bridges Hall, the first African American child to attend an all white elementary school in the South.
We close out the show with a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, as a panel of political scientists and economists wrestle with the question: “Can 21st Century Capitalism And Marxist Theory Coexist?”
Our panel includes: Dr. Steven Isberg, Associate Professor of Finance in the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore; Dr. Samuel Chambers, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Linda Loubert, Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Morgan State University; andDr. Richard D. Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of a number of books including Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism.
Podcast will be available soon for this archive edition of the show.
We visit the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture to walk through the museum’s current exhibit, For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People. The exhibit examines how people have interpreted and interacted with the American flag throughout history. We also stop by the Flag House in Baltimore to see For Whom It Stands, TOO, the companion exhibit to the exhibition at the Lewis Museum.
I talk with nationally renowned poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller about Ceremonies of Dark Men, an exhibition of large-scale photographs by five male artists complemented by poetic excerpts and placed in key areas around Washington, DC. The works will, in part, address issues of black manhood in creative ways. The exhibition will be unveiled this weekend (September 5) and be on display until December 30, 2014. Click here for more information.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day ‘Our Nig, Or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black’ was published, the first novel published by an African American woman, the birthday of civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin, and the day the nation’s first Labor Day parade was held in New York City.
We talk to the talented vocalist, actress, and writer Rene Marie. After starting her vocal career at the age of 40, Marie experienced a whirlwind of success rarely seen in the jazz world: winning over critics, receiving awards like the Best International Jazz Vocal CD by France’s Academie Du Jazz, gracing the Billboard charts multiple times, and becoming a headliner at major international festivals.
We take a look at positive youth programming in Baltimore with representatives from three youth organizations: Nyasha Dixon, service coordinator at the YES (Youth Empowered Society) Drop-In Center in Baltimore; Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Sarah Tooley and Debra Evans, Director and Founder of 901 Arts.
Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle is looking for contributions for its Community Supporter Drive, which supports LBS programming like the Walter P. Carter Leadership Institute, the Eddie Conway Liberation Institute, and the newly created Morgan State University Debate Team.
Youth Empowered Society is having a benefits concert – “Folk & Funk, Bring Me Home” — this Saturday, September 6th at the Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center in Baltimore at 847 N. Howard Street, feauturing live music and dancing. Proceeds support the work of the Youth Empowered Society (YES) Drop-In Center – the first and only drop-in center for homeless youth in Baltimore.
And this evening from 5:30PM – 8:00PM, 901 Arts is hosting its 5th Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser at 901 Montpelier Street in the Waverly neighborhood in Baltimore. The event features food, a silent auction and raffle, a tour of 901 Arts and more!
We analyze the current situation in Ukraine with: Dr. John Quigley, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Ohio State University; Dr. Taras Kuzio, Research Associate at the Centre for Political and Regional Studies at the Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta; and Robert Parry, investigative journalist who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories during the 1980s for theAssociated Press and Newsweek and author of Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day Bowie State College was established in 1865, the day of the Clinton Massacre in Mississippi in 1875, and the day Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus called on the National Guard to prevent African American students from enrolling in Central High School.
We close out the show with our weekly feature, This Week In City Paper, with Senior Editor Baynard Woods. This week, the City Paper has a special feature on Camp 83, a homeless encampment in downtown Baltimore.
We continue our conversation about the Cambridge, Maryland middle school teacher, Patrick McLaw, who was suspended from his teaching duties supposedly for writing a scifi novel about a school shooting that takes place in the year 2902. Recent news updates, though, suggest that this is not the whole story. We talk about what this means for free speech of teachers and the critical potential of scifi with Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University and Ytasha Womack, filmmaker, dancer and author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy.
We return to our analysis of the Islamic State, which just released a video apparently depicting the beheading of another American journalist with: Dr. Steven David, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Vijay Prashad, George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College.
We hear about Center Stage’s upcoming season with Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, Artistic Director at Center Stage and award-winning British playwright, director, actor, and broadcaster. Their just-announced performance centers on the life and music of Bob Marley.
It’s a brand new episode of Sound Bites. We’ll talk about a recent article from The Nation that asks the question Can GMOs Feed a Hot and Hungry World? We’ll speak with the author of that article, Madeline Ostrander, who is a contributing editor to YES! Magazine and a freelance writer based in Seattle. We’ll also be joined by Dr. Eduardo Blumwald who studies genetic engineering at UC Davis; and Patty Lovera, Assistant Director of Food & Water Watch, where she coordinates the Food Team.
Then, we are joined by Alison Gillespie, author of Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World, for a fascinating conversation on urban beekeeping.
To close out this week’s Sound Bites, former Sound Bites intern Maggie Dier brings us a recipe for ground cherry salsa from Cheryl Carmona and Dana Rushovich of Boone Street Farm, an urban farm in East Baltimore.
We look at some of the latest cultural news, including the incarceration of a Dorchester County teacher for his science fiction publications, the leak of nude photos of celebrities, and the cutting of Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL. We’ll talk about the wider social implications of these stories with Edward Wyckoff Williams, contributing editor at The Root and Political Contributor and Special Correspondent with AlJazeera America; and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day the United States Department of the Treasury was founded, the day Joseph W. Hatchett was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court, making him the first African American Supreme Court Justice in the South, and the birthday of artist Romare Bearden.
We listen back to our Peabody Award winning series JustWords. The 2007 series focuses on people throughout Baltimore and Maryland, people who take care of our children and elders, stadium workers who clean the bathrooms and stands we sit in, people who work two, three, four jobs just to make ends meet, people experiencing homelessness, gang members and formerly incarcerated people trying to build new lives. To honor those working so hard on this Labor Day, we bring you JustWords in a two hour special.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day Ethel Waters passed away, the day the first Black person graduated from the Harvard Dental School, and the day a coup d’état in the Central African Republic overthrew President David Dacko.
We close out the show with a special Marc Steiner Show archive edition, as Dr. Jonathan Zimmerman joins us to discuss the boundaries of free speech for teachers, inside the classroom and out. Dr. Zimmerman is a professor of Education and History at New York University and is the author of Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory.
We get a sneak peek at the 2nd annual Black August Film Festival, with: Yaa Osunmukomi and Heru AKA Freedom of Precise Science, members of the Black August Film Festival Tubman City Committee. The festival will take place Saturday, August 30th, 11-9, at the Morgan State University (MSU) Murphy Fine ArtsBuilding, Turpin Lamb Theater. The festival is presented by The Institute of Urban Research, MSU. For more information call 443-721-2729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to a special treat as we take a fascinating tour through the AmericanVisionaryArtMuseum‘s (AVAM) current exhibition: “Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity,” with Rebecca Hoffberger, Founder and Director of AVAM.
This weekend is your last chance to see “Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity,” AVAM’s 19th original thematic exhibition. This important body of work looks at the serious impact of technology on our lives, as seen through the eyes of more than 40 visionaryartists, cutting edge futurists, and inventors. More information at www.AVAM.org.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day Ishi emerged from the wilderness of Northeastern California, the day the Mutual Black Network was purchased by the Sheridan Broadcasting Corp., and the birthday of jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker.
We take a look at Arts, Design and Social Change, with: Isabel Meirelles, author of Design for Information; Paul Rucker, Artist-in-Residence at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); Kalima Young, Director of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, a project of the Office of Community Engagement at MICA; and Stephen Towns, visual artist whose exhibit co|patriotis now on display at Gallery CA in Baltimore.
We look back 50 years and remember Fannie Lou Hamer’s heartrending and inspirational speech given at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. With: author and songwriter John Wesley, who was Fannie Lou Hamer’s godson; and Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of History at Tufts University and author of the award-winning Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama.
We discuss a teach-in and rally that will be held Thursday at Morgan State University. The event, which focuses on the disproportionate victimization of African Americans, will happen from 11:00am – 1:00pm in Jenkins 104 and the Outdoor Amphitheater. Our guests are: Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication, Co-Editor of Malcolm X: A Lie of Reinvention, and author of I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto (imixwhatilike.org); and Dr. Natasha Pratt-Harris,Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Morgan State University.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the Slavery Abolition Act, which banned slavery throughout the British Empire in 1833, the kidnapping of Emmett Till, and Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech.
We close out the show with our weekly feature, This Week In City Paper, with Senior Editor Baynard Woods. This week’s City Paper featured Orioles fans and the LBS-BUDL public debate and the role of non-profits.
We return to the topic of Ferguson, Missouri, as a lead up to a town hall webcast that will be streamed Wednesday evening, sponsored by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century. Our panel of guests includes: Don Rojas, Director of Communications and Board Member of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW); Ron Hampton, retired DC Metropolitan Police Department Community Relations Officer, DC Representative for Blacks in Law Enforcement of America, former Executive Director of the National Black Police Association, and member of the Board of IBW; and Nkechi Taifa, senior policy analyst for civil and criminal justice reform at the Open Society Foundations.
Last week the Baltimore Sun reported that Maryland has one of the highest incidences of Lyme Disease in the U.S. To discuss the disease and efforts to prevent and treat it, we talk with: Gregg Kirk, founder of the Ticked Off Music Fest, lead singer/songwriter for the band The Zen Engines and former publisher of the Philadelphia/Delaware-based publication Big Shout Magazine, and a sufferer of chronic Lyme Disease for almost a decade; and Dr. Katherine Feldman, Maryland state public health veterinarian and chief of the state’s Center for Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Disease.
We examine why Western Muslims are joining Islamic State, with: Dr. Thabit Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto; Joyce Davis, author of Martyred: Innocence, Vengeance and Despair in the Middle East and Between Jihad and Salaam: Profiles in Islam President of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg; and Dr. Syed Farid Alatas, Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore.
In light of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team from Chicago making it to the Little League World Series – the first all African American team to become U.S. champions in over thirty years – we take a look at African Americans in baseball. With: Milton Kent, freelance journalist and Lecturer in the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University; and Jerry Bembry, veteran sports journalist and co-host of WEAA’sBlack Top Exchange Sports Report.
Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day petroleum was discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania, the day W.E.B. Du Bois died, and the birthday of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
It’s a brand new episode of Sound Bites where the topic is Climate Change, and our discussion springs from an article by Charles Mann in this month’s Atlantic Monthly: “How to Talk about Climate Change so People Will Listen.” First we examine the historical context of the climate change debate. Our guests are: Dr. Paul Sabin, associate professor in the Department of History at Yale University, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Yale’s undergraduate Environmental Studies major, and author of The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth’s Future; and Dr. Dale Jamieson, professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, and Director of the Animal Studies Initiative at New York University, and author of Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed – and What It Means For Our Future.
We close out Sound Bites with a diverse panel of guests who consider the reality of climate change and how we can effectively talk about it. Our guests are: Dr. Patrick Allitt, Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University and author of A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism; Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program;Daphne Wysham, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) where she directs the Genuine Progress Project; and Maryam Adrangi, campaigner with the Council of Canadians and organizer with a member of Rising Tide: Vancouver Coast Salish Territories.
On Wednesday night National Geographic Channel will premiere a feature titled “Drugs, Inc.: The High Wire,” which names Baltimore as the “heroin capital of America.” We take a close look at heroin abuse in Baltimore, with: Bern McBride, President and CEO of Behavioral Health System Baltimore; Woody Curry, therapist in private practice; and Dr. Scott Nolan, Director of the Drug Addiction Treatment Program at the Open Society Institute-Baltimore.
Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including Liberia declaring independence, the start of the Second Chechen War, and the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution taking effect, which gave women the right to vote.
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