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The Black Panther: Academic and Visceral Readings

February 22, 2018 – The Black Panther

Today we begin a series of conversations on The Black Panther movie in all its beauty and complexity. We have gathered an amazing group of people to discuss the movie, all Wakandans at heart: Johns Hopkins History Professor Dr. Nathan Connolly; UMBC American Studies Professor Dr. Kimberly Moffitt ;and Kalima Young, Lecturer in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University. Enjoy our journey to Wakanda.

Celebrating the Life of Jimi Hendrix at the Baltimore Creative Alliance

December 13, 2017 – A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was a musical giant and genius who left this life much too early. He most often goes unrecognized for how he changed the nature of the musical forms of rock and blues. To celebrate the life and work of Jimi Hendrix, Baltimore’s own Navasha Daya, Fanon Hill, and Matt Chase produced a musical tribute to Hendrix for a performance at the Baltimore Creative Alliance. The event was  called “Navasha Daya Presents A Soulful Rock and Roll tribute to Jimi Hendrix,” and it features some of greatest musicians in town. We were joined in studio with Navasha, Fanon, Matt and jazz legend Lafayette Gilchrest. So sit back and enjoy the conversation and the music.


Learning From Lexington: A UMBC Social History Project and Event

December 6, 2017 – Learning From Lexington

Learning from Lexington is an American Studies course taught at UMBC’s new downtown classroom in the Lion Brothers buildings. This semester, students researched the history, cultures, and stories of the iconic Lexington Market, a public market located in the westside of downtown Baltimore. There is a proposed plan to build a new market building replacing the current one, built in 1952. Students explored what these changes may mean for the city and asked people what they thought about the Market and its future.

An open mic event is being held this Saturday at the Lexington Market, all are invited

Thanks to those who shared their thoughts and stories with us.

Learning from Lexington is a Baltimore Traces project funded by Hrabowski Innovation and BreakingGround grants from UMBC. For more see:

Students: Liz Cusick, Kaila Philo, Liz Ridinger, Miranda Supeno

Baltimore Traces Fellows: Adam Droneburg, Christina Kwegan, Calvin Perry

Designer: Markele Cullins

Professor: Nicole King

The Creative Alliance: Ru-Jac Records & The Legacy of Baltimore Soul

November 6, 2017 – The Legacy of Baltimore Soul

Baltimore boasts a rich musical history, from Billie Holliday to Tupac Shakur to today’s thriving music scene. Now, thanks to musician and producer Brooks Long, Charm City’s soul/R&B and hip hop generations are about to converge at the storied Arch Social Club on Pennsylvania Avenue, at a Creative Alliance event this Saturday, November 11, called “Ru-Jac Records & the Legacy of Baltimore Soul.”  Ru-Jac was the Doo-Wop, soul music and  R&B powerhouse located right here in Baltimore.

Long, who is the  Deutsch Fellow at the Creative Alliance, stopped by our studio along with  Kevin Coombe (, who wrote the liner notes for all the re-issued Ru-Jac recordings. It took this younger generation to bring back the wonder of Baltimore’s great musical legacy.


Forward Magazine: Jewish Identity In A Changing World

October 23, 2017 – Forward Magazine

The Forward started out 120 years ago as a Socialist daily paper written in Yiddish that appealed to the Jewish immigrant workers for decades. Now it has morphed into a monthly magazine and daily news site with a 21st century twist appealing to young and old, from all corners of the Jewish world. Its CEO and Publisher Rachel Fishman Feddersen stopped by our studios for a conversation last week when she was in town. You will enjoy this wide ranging lively conversation about changing media, the Jewish world past and present and what our future brings.

Native American Music Awards: Local Baltimore “JAR” Nomination

Jean Albert RenaudOctober 5, 2017 – Native American Music Awards: Baltimore Nomination

The 17th Annual Native American Music Awards — Nammy’s — are coming, and for the first time a Baltimore recording artist has been nominated.

Jean Albert Renaud, or “JAR” as he is now known, is nominated as Best New Artist of the Year and his song “I Ride Horses” is nominated as  Best Country Song of the year.  We sat down to talk with Renaud, who began his career as a Motown star in the 1960s and  now dedicates much of  his time to the plight of wild horses and to long distance riding.

After the Confederate Monuments Come Down

September 29, 2017 – After Confederate Monuments

The Confederate monuments in Baltimore are gone, so now what? We talk with a group of artists and activists exploring their ideas about what should replace them.

We are joined by art-apartheid founder Sheila Gaskins, artist Pablo Machioli who created the Tubman Black Madonna piece to replace Lee/Jackson, Owen Silverman Andrews, former City Councilman Carl Stokes, and Bilal Johnson-Bey founder of D3T Magazine.

Enjoy the conversation and let us know what you think on our Facebook pages, or send us an email to

World of the Play: The Yin and Yang of Culture and Gender

September 27, 2017 – World of the Play

We open our fourth season of World of the Play where we create discussions inspired the plays presented at Baltimore’s Everyman Theater. Today’s panel looks deeply into the questions of gender identification and race inspired by David Henry Wang’s brilliant play “M. Butterfly”

Welcome to opening night for Everyman Theater’s World of the Play in a discussion called “The Yin and Yang of Culture and Gender”.  Our Panelist are Gavin Hebert, Dr Desiree Rowe and Cori Dioquino–

Baltimore Creatives: A Family of Artists

Guy Curtis & Victoria KennedyAugust 29, 2017 – A Baltimore Artist Family

Our latest podcast features an amazing Baltimore family of artists, writers and musicians. Ironically, I knew them all individually but only learned recently that they are related to each other! Guy Curtis is a professional drummer who formerly played with George Clinton. Curtis’ daughter, Victoria Kennedy, is a Baltimore-based writer. Her son, Lawrence Burney, who has been a guest on my show before, writes for VICE and publishes his own Zine “True Laurels”.

When I learned that all this talent resided in one family, I knew it was time to bring that family to our podcast and share their story with you.



WEAA Farewell: 2 Hour Special

WEAA FarewellJuly 31, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a very special, unstructured, farewell show with open phones for listeners and many guests who came by to send us off.

I am going to miss our WEAA family and I’m going to miss interacting with all of you, our listeners and supporters and FRIENDS, on a daily basis. It’s been an honor to have this radio platform for the past 24-1/2 years. Thanks for tuning in and for supporting me and the Show, through thick and thin!
And please stay tuned for what’s next – we plan to do a weekly podcast that you can download from our website or on The Marc Steiner Show iTunes app. And we are developing a number of other projects, as well as working to transform the Center for Emerging Media into a community resource with international impact. We will continue to elevate new voices and bring you the stories and analysis that you won’t hear anywhere else.
If you want to contribute to the future of the Center for Emerging Media, please click here.


Children’s Books: Lack of Diversity and Representation

Heart of the School AwardJuly 27, 2017 – Segment 2

I was joined by co-host 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.

We took a look at the lack of diversity in children’s books. With: David Miller, creator of Dare to Be King, LLC and author of many books, including the children’s book The Greene Family Farm; and Mark Booker, Managing Partner of education that and co-author (with his daughters) of the book Why Our Teacher Wears Yellow.


Arts & Culture Roundtable: Cherry Chill Festival

Mural by Nether and Stefan Ways in BaltimoreJuly 26, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted an Arts & Culture Roundtable!

Our guests included: cultural organizer Fanon Hill, co-Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Resiliency Institute, trainer for the National Rites of Passage Institute, and writer and director of Lom Nava LoveNavasha Daya, co-Founder and Director of the healing and performing arts at the Youth Resiliency Institute, and singer-songwriter whose voice is featured on the soundtrack of Lom Nava Love; and Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park.

Information on the Cherry Hill Festival can be found here.



Akata: Unity is Key – Iyore Odighizuwa

Akata: Unity Is Key (Credit: Facebook Page)July 25, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation with First Edition Associate Producer Iyore Odighizuwa who is producing a participatory documentary entitled Akata: Bridging the Gap; Unity is Key.

Information on this project can be found at the documentary Facebook page here.


Studs Terkel Life & Legacy: A Special Premire

Studs Terkel (Credit InsideHook(July 21, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a very  a special collage of my interviews (over a 10-year period) with the great author, historian, actor, and broadcaster Studs Terkel. Studs was my radio hero. He wrote and created until he breathed his last breath in 2008 at the age of 96. On his radio show, which ran for 45 years in Chicago, he interviewed the greatest musicians, thinkers, and activists in the world. He’s also remembered for his oral histories of “common” Americans. He won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1985 for The Good War. I hope you enjoy this very special presentation.


Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah: The African Dispora & Work in Baltimore

Kwame Kwei-Armah (Credit: What Weekly)July 21, 2017 – Segment 1

I hosted a conversation with Center Stage Artistic Director and world-renowned playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah. We talked about his artistic work, the world of the African Diaspora, his six years at Center Stage, and his recent announcement that he will be leaving Center Stage after the upcoming season.


The End of City Paper?

City Paper (Credit: The Business Journal)July 19, 2017 – Segment 1

With the news last week that the Baltimore Sun Media Group plans to stop publishing the City Paper this year, we held a roundtable to talk about the legacy of the alt-weekly and the future of journalism in Baltimore.

With: Baynard Woods, Editor at Large for City Paper and author of the Democracy in Crises column in alt-weeklies across the country; Brandon SoderbergCity Paper Editor in Chief; and Lisa Snowden-McCray, writer and Associate Editor for City Paper.


Chimamanda Adiche

July 14, 2017 – Segment 2Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We hear a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show from 2009; an interview with Nigerian-born award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, about her collection of short stories titled That Thing Around Your Neck.  This collection of 12 stories focuses mainly on the experiences of Nigerian woman, many of whom have emigrated to the United States and are struggling with their identity as immigrants.

Victor Lavalle on His Novel, The Changeling

July 14, 2017 – Segment 1Victor LaValle (Credit: Whiting Foundation)

We bring you an interview with author Victor LaValle about his newest book The Changeling. Marc loved this book – and it gave him crazy dreams! If you are not familiar with LaValle’s work, read this review in the New York Times, then listen to this podcast!

Bell Hooks: Bone Black, Memories of Girlhood

Bell Hooks (Credit: Bell Hooks Institute)July 10, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a special 1997 archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, when I interviewed cultural critic, feminist theorist, activist, and author Bell Hooks on her memoir Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood. Hooks has published more than 30 books, held positions as Professor of African-American Studies and English at Yale University, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and American Literature at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and as Distinguished Lecturer of English Literature at the City College of New York, and is currently Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College in Kentucky.


Las Cafeteras: Chicano Identity and Music

Las CafeterasJuly 7, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted a musical treat, where we heard a 2015 archive edition of the show in which we talked with members of Las Cafeteras, who were in town at the Creative Alliance. The interview also featured a cameo from Dominic “Shodekeh” Talifero, groundbreaking beatboxer & vocal percussionist.

The members of Las Cafeteras are: Daniel French, Vocals, Jarana, MC; David Flores, Requinto; Denise Carlos, Vocals, Jarana, Zapateado, Glockenspiel; Hector Flores, Vocals, Jarana, Zapateado; Jose Cano, Cajon, Flute, Requinto, Harmonica; Jose Cruz, Bass; and Leah Rose Gallegos, Vocals, Quijada, Zapateado.


Lom Nava Love: Black Families in Inner-City Baltimore

July 7, 2017 – Segment 3

We listened in to a rebroadcast of a show from last year in which we previewed a powerful documentary, Lom Nava LoveLom Nava Love is the story of Black families in inner city Baltimore harnessing their strengths to challenge the systems and institutions that threaten to dictate their realities. With: Fanon Hill, cultural organizer, co-Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Resiliency Institute, trainer for the National Rites of Passage Institute, and writer and Director of Lom Nava LoveNavasha Daya, singer-songwriter whose voice is featured on the film’s soundtrack, and co-Founder and Director of the healing and performing arts at the Youth Resiliency Institute; Ms. Shirley Foulks, Baltimore Public Housing activist who is featured in the film; and Ms. Greta Carter-Willis, Baltimore mother who lost her son to police brutality many years ago and has been organizing with other mothers who have lost children to violence, and Founder of the Kevin L. Cooper Foundation.


New York Times Bestselling Author Terry McMillan: A Day Late and a Dollar Short

A day late and a dollar shortJuly 6, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a special archive edition of the Show, when New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan joined us in 2001 to talk about her book A Day Late and a Dollar Short. McMillan has authored a number of books, including Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Disappearing Acts.


Baltimore Rapper Son of Nun: It’s Like That

Sun of Nun (Credit: Facebook)Sun of Nun (Credit: Facebook)July 6, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a rebroadcast of a program from earlier this year, when Baltimore rapper Son of Nun joined us to talk about his video, “It’s Like That,” a mini-documentary featuring local Baltimore activists. Bashi Rose, who directed the video, was also in-studio. Rose is Founder of D.R.A.M.A. (Direct Responses Alleviate Misdirected Aggression), videographer/editor at The Real News Network, and was a 2012 OSI Community Fellow.


Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War

(Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War (Credit: Maryland Humanities Council)July 6, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a preview of what promised to be powerful performances taking place in locations across Maryland, part of the Maryland Humanities Council’s Chautauqua Living History Series, Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War. With: living history interpreter, storyteller, actor, and motivational speaker Bill Grimmette, who plays W.E.B. Du Bois; and Doug Mishler, independent scholar who has taught at the University of Nevada and Western Washington University, who plays General John Pershing.

Baltimore area performances of Voices from the Great War will take place July 7, 8, and 9 at the Centre for the Arts Theatre at The Community College of Baltimore County, 800 South Rolling Road in Catonsville. All performances will begin at 7:00 PM:
Friday, July 7 – General John Pershing
Saturday, July 8 – W.E.B. DuBois
Sunday, July 9 – President Woodrow Wilson


What to the Slave is the 4th of July?

Frederick Douglass (The Nation)July 4, 2017 – Segment 1

We commemorated the 4th of July with a discussion on what American Independence Day means to different people in this country. We heared a passage from Frederick Douglass’ July 5, 1852 speech, ” What to the Slave is the 4th of July” interpreted by actor, narrator, writer, and social commentator Keith Snipes, and then Keith joined a panel discussion with: Dr. Alan Gilbert, John Evans Professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and author of Black Patriots and Loyalists; and A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships.

Dr. Craig Steven Wilder: How Slavery Helped Build America’s Elite Colleges

Ebony & Ivory (Credit NY Times)July 3, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a rebroadcast of an interview I conducted in 2014. I talked with Dr. Craig Steven Wilder, Professor of History at MIT, about his eye-opening book Ebony & Ivy: The Secret History of How Slavery Helped Build America’s Elite Colleges.


The Black Count: Interview with writer Tom Reiss

The Black Count (Credit: PBody)July 3, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted an archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, in which writer of The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo Tom Reiss and I talked about General Alex Dumas, hero of the French Revolution who was born to a Black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti), and was father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas. The younger Dumas based his novel The Count of Monte Cristo on the life of his father.


Citizens Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814

flagJanuary 30, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a rebroadcast of a segment where we learned about a dramatization of an important part of Baltimore’s history. Citizens Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814, a collaborative effort between the Baltimore School for the Arts, Maryland Historical Society, and National Park Service, is a production of three short plays about the battle that led to the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. The plays are: “Woman of All Work” by Nora Worthington; “Loyalties Tested” by Natalie Pilcher; and “The Common Defense” by Paul Christensen. Our guests are: Nora Worthington, Instructor ofCostume Design at the Baltimore School for the Arts; and Kristin Schenning, Education Director of the Maryland Historical Society who has been involved in the project partnership for the past five years and also works at Fort McHenry.


Tengella’s Take: White Comedians

tengellaJanuary 30, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted the newest edition of our weekly segment, Tengella’s Take with Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator Koli Tengella. Tengella is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.


Gyasi Ross: Being Native American, Life and Politics of America and Racism

Gyasi Ross (Credit: 27, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a special archive edition of the show when I talked with Gyasi Ross, father, writer, artist, attorney, member of the Blackfeet Tribe, and author of How To Say I Love You In Indian. We talk about the life and politics of America and racism, from the perspective of a Native American artist and activist.


Janet Sarbanes: The Protester has Been Released

The Protestor Has Been Released (Credit: Author's Site)June 27, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a conversation with author Janet Sarbanes on her new book of short stories The Protester has Been Released. Populated by wise animals and hapless humans, The Protester Has Been Released evokes an end-of-the-world feeling that is equal parts dread and hilarity. Sarbanes is also the author of another collection of short stories, Army of One.

The Spiritual Side of the Simpsons

simpsonsJune 23, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted a special 2000 archive edition of our show, The Spiritual Side of the Simpsons! Our guests examine this popular cartoon from a “transcendent” view. With Mark I. Pinsky, author of The Gospel According to the SimpsonsRev. Corinne Baker from the Light Street Presbyterian Church; and Rev. Matthew Fuhrman from the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. I also interviewed starring voice actor on The Simpsons, Harry Shearer.



City Paper This Week: Big Music Issue

Big Music Issue (Credit: City Paper)June 21, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted our regular feature City Paper This WeekSteiner Show producer Imani Spence talks with City Paper Editor in Chief Brandon Soderberg about the Big Music issue and understanding how music can help us deal with Donald Trump.



City Council Roundtable: Improving Schools and Education in Baltimore

black-school-childrenJune 21, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a Baltimore City Teachers Roundtable. We will discuss whether teachers feel supported, what BCPSS is doing to improve the lives of students and teachers, and more. With: Samantha Scalise, teacher at Digital Harbor High; and Albert Phillips, teacher at Southwest Baltimore Charter School.




The Wire: Interview with Writer & Co-Producer Ed Burns

Ed burns (Credit: NY Times)June 20, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a special interview I conducted around the popular and powerful television series The Wire.We then listened to a conversation I had with Ed Burns, a writer and co-producer of The Wire.  Burns is a former Baltimore City Cop and Baltimore City public school teacher. Those experiences deeply informed the script of The Wire, as his real-life stories often found their way onto the screen.


The Wire: Interview with Detective Lester Freamon

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We hosted a special archive interview I conducted around the popular and powerful television series The Wire. We listened back to my interview with Clarke Peters, who played Detective Lester Freamon on the show. We stopped by his Charles Village row home to tape this interview, a laid back conversation around the dining room table that touched on all sorts of things, including: Baltimore, theater, race, politics, culture, Europe, America, and of course, The Wire and his iconic character.





The Creative Alliance: J Pope and the HearNow Record Release Party

Jpope and the HearNow (Credit: Creative Alliance)June 16, 2017 – Segment 4

Guest host Brooks Long, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Community Arts and Programming Fellow, hosted a conversation with J Pope and the HearNow about their Record Release Party, Friday night at Creative Alliance. J Pope and the HearNow is: Jasmine Pope (vocals), Jacob Kohlhas (guitar), Dan Samuels (drums), Andrew Freed (bass), Gabriel Pickus (percussion), Daniel Wallace (saxophone). For information and tickets click here.

Beyond Video Collective: Bringing the Video Rental Store Back To Baltimore

Beyond Video (Credit: City Paper)June 15, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a conversation on an important initiative happening in Baltimore, organized by the Beyond Video Collective, whose members include: filmmaker Joe TroppeaDave Barresi; and artist and educator Liz Donadio.

The Beyond Video Collective‘s goal is to build, and make available to the public, a world-class home-video collection of all eras, regions, and genres on VHS, DVD, and blu-ray formats. To support the Beyond Video: Return of the Video Rental Store in Baltimore Kickstarter campaign, click here.

City Paper This Week: The Queer Issue!

City Paper Queer Issue (credit: City Paper)June 14, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted the latest edition of our series City Paper This Week where we discussed The Queer Issue! Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence interviews City Paper Editor in Chief Brandon Soderberg.

Artists for Truth: Fake News and a Post-Truth Society

Artists For Truth (Credit: Facebook Event Page for Event)June 9, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted a conversation about the event Artists for Truth who will host two panel discussions on June 17: The Rise of Fake News and Ramifications of a “Post-Truth Society.”

I talked with: Rob Ferrell, staff videographer and photographer for the Office of Communications at Goucher College, organizer of the Towson Freedom School, and former member of the Baltimore Bloc collective; artist and educator Lillian Bayley Hoover, who teaches drawing and painting courses at MICA, University of Maryland, and Towson University; and mom, wife, and information professional Emily Soontornsaratool, who published Locus Art Magazine from 2006 to 2009.



Lost and Found Puppets: Beaver Dreams

Beaver Dreams (Credit; Creative Alliance Page)June 9, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a preview for a performance that took place at the Creative Alliance this past Sunday, June 11: Lost and Found Puppets Presents: Beaver Dreams. I talked with Maggie Winston, member of Lost & Found Puppet Company.


World of the Play: Noises Off

Noises Off (Credit: Everyman Theater)June 9, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted the latest segment from the Everyman Theatre’s series World of the Play. Last Saturday I moderated a very joyful and spirited conversation around the themes of the hilarious current production  Noises Off, in a discussion called Comedy as a Cure.

The panelists were: Nira Berry, Laughter Therapist and Founder of LaughingRx laughter wellness programs, known worldwide as the “Happiness Coach;” Koli Tengella, President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow; and theatre maker and educator Wyckham Avery, who has been creating visceral and kinesthetic experiences for all types of learners for over 20 years and was a founding member of the ensemble-based theatre company dog & pony dc.


Tengella’s Take

June 9, 2017 – Segment 1 photo via Koli Tengella

The newest edition of our weekly segment, Tengella’s Take with Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator Koli Tengella. Tengella is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.

Wild Mustangs in America: The End of Federal Protection

Wild Mustang (Credit: Koin 6)June 6, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation turns on the wild Mustang horse in the United States. In light of recent news that the Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 budget for the Bureau of Land Management includes lifting the ban on slaughtering America’s iconic wild horses and burros – which could result in the mass killing of tens of thousands of these federally-protected animals – we listened in to our 2011 interview with Jean Albert Renaud, who runs a program that brings together two of what he calls our endangered national treasures: Mustangs and at-risk youth.

Here’s a link to the article that Center for Emerging Media Executive Director Valerie Williams wrote about Renaud for Yes! Magazine.

Octavia Butler: Science Fiction Influence

Octavia ButlerJune 2, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show: my 2004 interview with the late science fiction writer Octavia Butler. Butler was a multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, and in 1995 she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship. She authored a number of books, the best known of which is Kindred.

Parenting Black Children

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We hosted a panel discussion on Parenting Black Children.

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; Dr. Lester Spence, Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics; and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.

City Paper This Week: Anniversary Issue

City Paper Anniversary (Credit: May 31, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted our regular feature City Paper This WeekSteiner Show Producer Imani Spence talked with City Paper Editor-in-Chief Brandon Soderberg about this week’s Anniversary issue.

Howard Zinn: The Outsider in American Politics

Howard Zinn (Credit: Jason Goroncy)May 31, 2017 – Segment 2

We reached back into our archives for a 2004 archive edition of the Steiner Show with another one of my personal heroes: historian, playwright, and activist Howard Zinn. We discussed The Outsider in American Politics as well as his inspiration behind his tremendously successful text A People’s History of the United States. 

Baltimore Public Education: Cuts to After-School Funding

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We hosted a discussion on public education and cuts to after-school funding.

With: Melissa Schoeber, public education activist and mother of a child who had a stroke during aftercare; Sharicca Boldon, Community School Coordinator for Strong City Baltimore; Kellie Brown, Community School Coordinator for Arundel Elementary/Middle School #164 and on staff with Elev8 Baltimore, a Division of Humanim, Inc.; and Tashawn Brown, 7th Grade Student from Arundel Elementary/Middle School.

Noises Off: Everyman Theater Company Member Conversation

Noises Off (Credit: Everyman Theater)May 26, 2017 – Segment 2

I recently went and to see Noises Off, the new play at Everyman Theatre, and it was hilarious!

We hosted a conversation between myself and Everyman resident company member Bruce Nelson, who plays Frederick Fellowes in the production, and Lewis Shaw, who is Everyman’s resident fight choreographer. Noises Off is written by Michael Frayn, directed by Vincent M. Lancisi, and runs through June 18. Click here for information and tickets.

Heart of the School Awards: Honoring of Recipients

May 24, 2017 – Segment 1

We honored some very special and important members of our community: School Principals. We talk with Baltimore City School Principals who won the Heart of the School Awards in a ceremony Monday evening. With: Roger Schulman, President of Fund for Educational Excellence, host of the Awards; and Tammatha Woodhouse, Principal of Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood.

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Malcolm XMay 23, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a very special Marc Steiner Show archive edition: A panel discussion we recorded at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in May 2011 about Manning Marable, the scholar who died just days before his groundbreaking – but controversial – biography,  Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, was published.

To examine Marable’s work and honor his life we put together a panel of leading thinkers with: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, contributing editor of The New Republic, and contributing editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated website; Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, where she is Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding Director of the Anna Julia Cooper CenterSherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; and Dr. Lester Spence, Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.
Manning Marable was a professor at Columbia University and the Director of its Center for Contemporary Black History.

Martin and Malcolm

May 19, 2017 – Segment 2 American civil rights leader Malcolm X (1925 - 1965) laughs as he relaxes on a couch in a wood-panelled room, March 1964. (Photo by Truman Moore/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

We bring you a special 2-hour archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show from 2007, Martin and Malcolm: One Vision – Two Voices. This event was produced in cooperation with the Maryland Humanities Council, and I moderated a discussion between the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., portrayed by actor Bill Grimmette, and Malcolm X, portrayed by actor Charles Everett Pace. The program was recorded before a live audience at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

City Paper this Week: Sizzling Summer Issue

May 17, 2017 – Segment 5

We wrap our show with our regular feature City Paper This Week. Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence talks with City Paper Editor in Chief Brandon Soderberg about the Sizzling Summer Issue!

The King of Howard Street

May 17, 2017 – Segment 3 homelessness

We bring you a preview of a special production that begins a 3-weekend run on Thursday, May 18, at the Annex Theatre: The King of Howard Street. The play tells the real-life story of Anthony Williams, an amazingly resilient and talented individual who lived in abandoned buildings up and down Howard Street for over 20 years. With: Roz Cauthe, who directed the play, and Anthony Williams.

Lawrence Burney on Young Moose

May 15, 2017 – Segment 3 

We finish the show with a conversation with True Laurels writer and editor Lawrence Burney about his article for Noisey, “How a Dirty Baltimore Cop’s Vendetta Derailed a Promising Rapper’s Career.”

Lea Gilmore: A Saturday Night Juke Joint

Lea Gilmore (Credit: Everyman Theater Event Page)May 15, 2017 – Segment 2

I checked in with human rights activist and world-renowned Blues and Gospel singer Lea Gilmore about her event at the Creative Alliance on Saturday, May 20: Lea Gilmore with the Juke Joint Allstars!!

The Legend John Coltrane: A Love Supreme

John Coletrain (Credit The Key XPN)May 12, 2017 – Segment 3

In light of the fact that a new documentary about the life of John Coltrane, Chasing Trane, opened in Baltimore, we listened back to the Steiner Show archives about the life and legacy of this jazz great.
We first examined John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. Coltrane recorded this classic album in 1964. We discussed the lasting impact of that album with: Robert Shahid, jazz drummer and co-host of The Baltimore Blend on WEAA; Doc Manning, host of In the Tradition on WEAA; Nasar Abadey, drummer, composer, and percussion instructor at the Peabody Institute; Lewis Porter, jazz pianist, composer, Professor of Music at Rutgers University, Founder and Director of the Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research, and author of John Coltrane: His Life and Music; and Marcellus “The Bassman” Shepard, host of In the Groove on WEAA and co-host of the nationally syndicated Cool Jazz Countdown.
Marc Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery also shared an appreciation and review of Coltrane’s Offering: Live at Temple University. The recording documents one of Coltrane’s final concerts on November 11, 1966, and offers a glimpse of where he was heading musically in the final months of his life.

John Waters: Directors Cut

John WatersMay 10, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show: My hilarious 1998 interview with the one and only John Waters! We talked about his book Director’s Cut.

Black Panther and The Crew #1

Black Panther Comic (Credit: Marvel Comics}May 8, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted my conversation with Denzel Mitchell and Kalima Young on Black people and Black superheroes in the Marvel Universe, in light of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new comic book release Black Panther and the Crew.

Denzel Mitchell is a farmer, educator, and food justice advocate. Kalima Young is a Lecturer in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University and PhD candidate in American Studies at University of Maryland.

The Ballad of Black Tom: Tribute and Criticism of H.P. Lovecraft

Victor LaValle (Credit: Whiting Foundation)May 8, 2017 – Segment 2

I had a wonderful interview with author Victor LaValle about his fascinating and powerful book The Ballad of Black Tom, which is both a tribute to and a criticism of the writing of science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft. The book tells the story of a young Black man from Harlem in 1924 and addresses racism, police brutality, and cosmic terror.

Black Panther and the Crew #1: Black Superheroes in Marvel

Black Panther Comic (Credit: Marvel Comics}May 3, 2017 – Segment 1

We had a conversation about the new comic book Black Panther and the Crew #1, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I talked with Denzel Mitchell and Kalima Young, who discussed Black people and Black superheroes in the Marvel Universe.

Denzel Mitchell is a farmer, educator, and food justice advocate. Kalima Young is a Lecturer in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University and PhD candidate in American Studies at University of Maryland.

3 Dot Zine and Kahlon: Abdu Ali and Devin N. Morris

Kahlon & 3Dot Zine: The Cut Up Series III, Brown Paper Zine Fair (Credit: Event Fb Page)April 28, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a preview of The Cut Up Series Part III, Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair taking place this weekend. With: artist Devin N. Morris who runs 3 Dot Zine; and music artist and curator Abdu Ali, founder of Kahlon, the Agency.

3 Dot Zine and Kahlon, The Agency present The Cut Up Series Part III, Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair, April 29 and 30 at the Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center. The Baltimore edition of the fair will provide a platform for Zine makers and artists of color in Baltimore to centralize their works in a welcoming environment alongside creators of color from around the country.
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The 19th Maryland Film Festival: Theater Tour with Founding Director

Maryland Film Festival (Credit: MFF Site)April 28, 2017 – Segment 2

We took an audio tour of the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre, home of the Maryland Film Festival, with the Festival’s Founding Director Jed Dietz.

The 19th Annual Maryland Film Festival will take place May 3rd-7th, 2017. Click here for more information and tickets.

MFA Screening: MICA Graduate Filmmakers

MICA Grad Show (Credit: MICA Site)April 26, 2017 – Segment 3

I talked with graduate filmmakers at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), about a preview of Filmmaking MFA Screenings, April 28-30, part of the MICA Grad Show 2017.

With: Phallon J. Beckham, 2017 MICA MFA Filmmaking candidate who will launch her podcast network this summer, ColorFilledVoices, providing millennials of color with a platform to discuss life from their perspectives; Michael D. Smigiel, Jr., MICA filmmaking graduate student and cameraman for WBAL TV; Will Bryson, director and producer who produced and directed the film Snack Time, which premiered at the Indie Memphis Film Festival and won the “Best Home-towner” award; and Kirsten D’Andrea Hollander, professor at MICA, where she teaches in Foundation and Film and Video with a focus on Community Engagement.

Youth Rise Workforce Summit: Community Responses

Youth Rise Summit (Credit: Youth Rise Summit)April 26, 2017 – Segment 2

We had a short conversation about an event happening this Thursday, the Youth Rise Workforce Summit, with Paulo Gregory Harris, Director of The Ingoma Foundation, a project of Fusion Partnerships, Inc., and the architect of the Youth Rise Summit.
The Youth Rise Workforce Summit offers a community response to the underlying cause of the Youth Uprising of 2015. Presented by the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development and the CONNECT on Thursday, April 27th, the second Anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising, and Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. For information click here

Equity In Art: The Impact of Race and Class

Equity In Arts (Credit: Linked Article)April 25, 2017 – Segment 2

Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence talked with Sheila Gaskins and Darryl Ratcliff about Toward Equity in the Arts, a conversation in conjunction with the Ted Low Lecture at the Walters Art Museum, held on April 13. Gaskins is a performance artist, playwright, artist, poet, Founder of Art-partheid, and Director of Theater Action Group. Ratcliff is a social practice artist based in Dallas, TX, who co-founded the Michelada Think Tank, a group of socially conscious artists, educators, and activists of color hosting conversations with other people of color and allies who are interested in creative ways of making change happen.

Local News Roundtable: Baltimore County Schooling and Dr. Dallas Dance

black-school-childrenApril 24, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a Local News Roundtable, with topics that include the resignation last week of Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance and much more.

With: Cheryl Bost, Vice President of Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) and former President of Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO); Luke Broadwater, reporter at the Baltimore Sun, where he covers Baltimore’s City Hall and Local Politics; and Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University.

Dr. Ira Berlin: Free At Last

Dr. Ira Berlin (Credit: US Slave blogger)April 21, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation I had with Dr. Ira Berlin, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Founder of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project.

Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War features the actual words of those who lived through America’s Civil War: White and Black, Union soldiers and officers, Confederate soldiers and officers, civilians and mothers. People searching for their families, telling why they hated slavery and others telling why they thought slavery was the right of Southerners to hold.

Free At Last: Slavery, Freedom, and America’s Civil War

Free At Last (Credit: Amazon)April 21, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a very special theatrical presentation. We reached back to 1995, when I produced a dramatic reading of Free At Last, the stories and thoughts of those who lived through and fought in America’s Civil War. The play’s script was drawn from a book by the same title, co-edited by historian Dr. Ira Berlin and  Barbara J. Fields. The play was directed by Donald Hicken, who was then the head of the Theatre Program at Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA). The play’s narrator was dancer, actor and educator Maria Broom, and the actors – all faculty members at BSA – were Denise DiggsBill Grimmette and Tony Tsendeas.

Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War features the actual words of those who lived through America’s Civil War: White and Black, Union soldiers and officers, Confederate soldiers and officers, civilians and mothers. People searching for their families, telling why they hated slavery and others telling why they thought slavery was the right of Southerners to hold.

Queen of Katwe: The People Behind The Story

Queen of Katwe (Credit: Wired)April 20, 2017 – Segment 1

I had a moving interview with two individuals who are the actual people behind the inspirational story depicted in the book and movie “Queen of Katwe.” I talked with Phiona Mutesi and Robert Katende, who inspired this story of a young chess prodigy from the slums of Uganda and her visionary coach. They will be joined by Jackie Copeland, Interim Director of Education at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore.

Phiona Mutesi and Robert Katende will be appearing for a book signing and discussion at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Friday, April 21 at 6:30pm. For tickets and more information click here.

James Forman Jr: Crime and Punishment in Black America

Locking Up Our Own (Credit: Amazon)April 17, 2017 – Segment 1

I hosted a discussion with James Forman, Jr., about this important new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Forman is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School, former clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and co-founder of the Maya Angelou Public Charter School.

James Forman, Jr. will be speaking at the University of Baltimore’s School of Law as part of OSI-Baltimore’s Talking About Race series Monday night at 7:00. For more information and tickets, click here

World Of The Play: Los Otros and Othering

Los Otros (Credit: Everyman Theater Page)April 14, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted the latest installment of World of the Play: Los Otros, a panel discussion that took place last Saturday at Everyman Theatre. Dr. Kimberly Moffitt hosted this fascinating discussion on the topic of “Othering and Belonging,” springing from the themes of the play Los Otros. Dr. Moffitt is 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.

The panelists for World of the Play were: Katie Miller, 2016 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow whose fellowship addresses issues of food access and food justice within the Latino community in collaboration with CASA, an immigrant advocacy organization; Edgar Reyes, multimedia artist based in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area whose work is a reflection of his personal experience as an undocumented youth in the United States; and Scott Patterson, pianist, composer, and co-founder and Artistic Director of Afro House, a music-driven performance art house based in Baltimore.

Richard Chamberlain: Iconic Star of Stage and Screen

Richard Chamberlain (Credit: IMDB)April 13, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show. If you’re of a certain age, you likely will remember Dr. Kildare in the 1960s. Or the miniseries Shogun (1980) and Thorn Birds (1983). And even if you’re too young to remember, you will enjoy my 2004 interview with the iconic star of stage and screen, Richard Chamberlain, who was in town playing the lead role in the Hippodrome’s production of Scrooge. Chamberlain also talked to us about his autobiography, Shattered Love, published in 2003, in which this actor who had played countless heartthrobs openly discussed for the first time his life as a gay man.

City Paper This Week: Taxes Issue

City Paper Tax Issue (Credit: City Paper)April 12, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted our weekly look at the City Paper. This week producer Imani Spence spoke with Baynard Woods about tax resistance and some interesting facts about the Hutzler building.

The Smothers Brothers: Comedy and Music In A Changing World

Smothers Brothers (Credit: NPR)April 12, 2017 – Segment 2

We brought  a conversation from our archives about the Smothers Brothers. Marc spoke with the Smothers Brothers in 2000 about working together, what comedy means to them and how to continue making music in a changing world.

Ethelbert Miller: Art As Resistance

Ethelbert Miller (Credit: His Website)April 10, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted an archive segment with my dear friend Ethelbert Miller. I spoke with Ethelbert after the election about art during the Trump administration. He talks about how art works in resistance and how his role as a writer is important during this next adminstration.

Bell Foundry: Voices From Residents

Bell Foundry (Credit: Baltimore Sun)April 11, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a segment from our archives. Recently it was announced that the Bell Foundry, an artist collective and office space, is up for sale after Baltimore City condemned the building in December. We aired our segment speaking to some of the former tenants about the importance of the space and what happens next.

With: Amy Reid, 1/3 of the GRL PWR collective, 1/2 of the band Chiffon, solo performer, DJ and producer from Baltimore; Person Abide, a collective member of the Bell Foundry who believes that Black women and children are the bottom line of the housing crisis in Baltimore; and Nihar Bhatt, a DJ with San Francisco’s Surface Tension collective.

Patti LaBelle: Singer, Author, and Actress

Patti LaBelle (Credit: American Program Bureau)April 7, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a very special Steiner Show archive: my 1996 interview with the legendary Patti LaBelle! LaBelle is an American singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur. She is best known for her array of hits that include “If Only You Knew,” “On My Own,” “New Attitude” and “Stir It Up.”

Robert Chew: Proposition Joe from The Wire

The Wire Proposition Joe (Credit: Wikipedia)April 6, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a rebroadcast of a special archive edition of the show where we remember the life of Robert Chew, the Baltimore native who portrayed the east Baltimore drug lord Proposition Joe on the hit HBO series The Wire and who died in 2013. Prop Joe, as he came to be known, was an iconic figure that represented a time in Baltimore when the drug trade was less violent and bloody, when word was bond, and “The Game” was something very different than what it is today.

The Underground Railroad: National Book Award-Winning Author Colson Whitehead

Underground Railroad (Credit: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)April 3, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a rebroadcast of a show from last September, my interview with author Colson Whitehead about his National Book Award-winning book The Underground Railroad.

Whitehead has written a number of novels and two books of non-fiction. In 2002, he received a MacArthur Fellowship. The Underground Railroad was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, and was also chosen by President Barack Obama as one of five books on his summer vacation reading list.

Interview With Joyce Scott: 2016 MacArthur Fellow

March 31, 2017  – Segment 4

We hosted a rebroadcast of a very special interview with one of Baltimore’s treasures, visual and performing artist and MacArthur Award-winner Joyce Scott.


Marc Steiner: Listening Back to 24 Years on the Air

marcsteinerMarch 31, 2017 – Segment 1

The Marc Steiner Show celebrates 24 years on the air this month, and we’re taking a very special listen back. Radio personality Aaron Henkin, host of Out of the Blocks on WYPR and former Steiner Show producer, sits in as host to interview Marc Steiner about his life and his time on the radio. We hear clips from some of the best shows of the past two and a half decades, including interviews with Eartha Kitt, Bill Moyers, Krista Tippett, Studs Terkel, John Waters, David Simon, and Ray Bradbury, as well as selections from our series Voices from the Holy Land and Shared Weight, featuring Tala Rahmeh and Wayne Karlin.

City Paper This Week: Self Care Issue

March 29, 2017 – Segment 3

We close the hour with our regular feature City Paper This Week. The paper this week focuses on self care, what it means for different people and their stories of choosing self care. With Lisa Snowden McCray, Associate Editor and writer for City Paper.

The Wiz at Morgan State

March 28, 2017 – Segment 3

A sneak preview of The Wiz, which premieresThursday at The Murphy Fine Arts Center’s Gilliam Auditorium at Morgan State University. With: Shirley Basfield Dunlap, Coordinator of Theatre Arts and Associate Professor of Fine and Performing Arts at Morgan State University, and Director of The Wiz. For more information and tickets about The Wiz, click here.

Finding our Ancestors’ Voices: A Slaves Narrative

Iyelli Icheli (Credit: Reginald F Lewis Museum Site)March 24, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a conversation on an upcoming lecture at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum entitled “Finding Our Ancestors Voices.” This annual spring lecture is co-sponsored with the Baltimore chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.

With: Dr. Iyelli Ichile, Post-doctoral Fellow in African American History at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum & the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The lecture is being held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Information and tickets are available here: Link


Los Otros: New Everyman Theatre Production

March 23, 2017 – Segment 1 

We begin our show with a conversation with the people who wrote the words and music for a musical called Los Otros, which is opening Friday at Everyman Theatre. We’re joined by Ellen Fitzhugh, who wrote the book and lyrics for Los Otros and Michael John LaChiusa, who wrote the music. Los Otros opens Friday night at Everyman Theatre and will play until April 23

The Late, Great Irish Poet: Seamus Heaney

Seamus_Heaney (Credit: Oxonian Review)March 22, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a very special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, my October 2002 interview with the late great Irish poet Seamus Heaney.


Get Out: Racism and Film

Get Out (Credit: Los Angeles Times)March 22, 2017 – Segment 2

Have you seen the movie Get Out yet? We hosted a  lively discussion on the movie and its implications.

With: Kalima Young, Lecturer in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University and PhD candidate in American Studies at University of Maryland, about Jordan Peele’s new thriller.

SoundBites: The Future of Environmental Activism, and the Chicken Box

Chicken Box (Credit: Baltimore Sun)March 16, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted our newest episode of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world. We examined what environmental protection and activism will look like under the Trump administration.

With: Tom Philpott, food and agriculture correspondent for Mother JonesJanet Redman, U.S. Policy Director at Oil Change International; and Basav Sen, Director of the Climate Policy Program for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.

We also took a special look at a Baltimore staple – the Chicken Box!
With: Brittany Britto, writer for the Baltimore Sun who wrote “Unpacking the chicken box: The story behind Baltimore’s carryout staple;” and Psyche Williams-Forson, Associate Professor and Chair of the American Studies Department of University of Maryland – College Park and author of Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power.

The Get Down: Guest Host Denzel Mitchell

The Get Down (Credit: Affinity Magazine)March 15, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted a rebroadcast of a fascinating show from last September, when our guest host Denzel Mitchell – farmer, educator, and food justice advocate – led a discussion of The Get Down, a Netflix original series set in the 1970s that focuses on hip hop in the Bronx.

With: D Watkins, columnist for, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore, Founder of the BMORE Writers Project, and author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir; and Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields, co-Founder and Senior Director of Education and Innovation for the Cambio Group.

The Crooked Branch: Discussion With Author Jeanine Cummins

The Crooked Branch (Credit: GoodReads)March 14, 2017 – Segment 3

In honor of the St. Patrick’s Day coming up on March 17, we hosted a 2013 archive, my conversation with Irish-American author Jeanine Cummins about her novel The Crooked Branch.

Cummins’ compelling narrative follows the lives of two mothers, one in modern-day New York and the other in Ireland during the Great Famine.

From The Archives: A Different World

A Different World (Credit: Wikipedia)March 14, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, our 2013 commemoration of the 20th anniversary of “A Different World,” a groundbreaking television show that challenged stereotypes about race.

With: Eric Deggans, author of Race Baitor: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a NationCarla Wills, Senior News Producer at Democracy Now!, and Bobby Marvin Holmes, Founder of Son of a Dream, LLC and co-Director of Live Young Blood, a documentary covering Baltimore’s struggle to reduce gun violence.

Buena Vista Social Club: Conversation With Eliades Ochoa

Eliades Ochoa (Credit: Youtube)March 3, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a special archive edition of the Marc Steiner Show, my 2000 interview with Cuban musician Eliades Ochoa, known for his work with the Buena Vista Social Club.

X: Or Betty Shabazz v The Nation

March 2, 2017 – Segment 2

For our second segment another exciting new artistic project, produced and performed by The Acting Company: X: Or Betty Shabazz v. The Nation and Julius Caesar. With: Marcus Gardley, playwright and author of X: Or Betty Shabazz v. The Nation; and Joshua David Robinson, actor appearing in the production.
The Acting Company presents William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Marcus Gardley’s new play X about the assassination of Malcolm X. There will be multiple performances of X: Or Betty Shabazz v. The Nation and Julius Caesar around the Baltimore area over the next couple of weeks. Click here for more information and tickets.

What’s Going On: Marvin Gaye Dance Ensemble

March 2, 2017 – Segment 1 

We begin the show with a preview of a fascinating production taking place at Baltimore’s Theatre Project this weekend. The What’s Going On project is a new full-length dance piece set to the groundbreaking music of Marvin Gaye, reflecting on life, love and social justice. With: Vincent E. Thomas, Artistic Director of What’s Going On; Stephanie Crockett, company member with What’s Going On; John Nethercut, Executive Director for the Public Justice Center; visual artist Joe Reinsel; and video designer and collaborator Sujan Shrestha.

The What’s Going On Project premieres this weekend at the Baltimore Theatre Project. Click here for more information and tickets. 

City Paper This Week: Eats Issue

City Paper Eats Issue (Credit: City Paper)March 1, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted our regular feature City Paper This Week.

Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence interviewed Baltimore City Paper Interim Editor in Chief Brandon Soderberg about this week’s Eats Issue!

Movie Awards: From the Golden Globes to the Oscars

Golden Globes (Cerdit: People)February 27, 2017 – Segment 2

We had a panel of guests discuss Movie Awards: From the Golden Globes to the Oscars.

With: Washington Post Film Critic Ann HornadayDr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and Co-Editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; and Brittany Parker, Adjunct Professor at Morgan State University in the Screen Writing and Animation (SWAN) Department.

Archive: Jose Feliciano

February 24, 2017 – Segment 3 jose

We speak with the legendary singer and guitarist, Grammy Award-winner José Feliciano. We’re also joined by Walt Michael, Founder & Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill and Artist in Residence at McDaniel College.

World of the Play: Great Expectations

February 24, 2017 – Segment 2 

Stay tuned for a compelling discussion on “Social Stigmas & Benefactors: The Power of Mentorship Today,” taped last Saturday at Everyman’s World of the Play. The panel of guests discussed themes generated from the current production of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” at Everyman. With: Nicole Hanson, Board President of Out for Justice and Re-Entry Program Coordinator for Strong City Baltimore; David C. Miller, Creator of Dare to Be King LLC and author of many books, including the children’s book The Greene Family Farm; and Gianna Rodriguez, Founder of Baltimore Youth Arts.