July 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.
We hosted a very special, unstructured, farewell show with open phones for listeners and many guests who came by to send us off.
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.
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 Love; Navasha 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Soderberg, City Paper Editor in Chief; and Lisa Snowden-McCray, writer and Associate Editor for City Paper.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We listened in to a rebroadcast of a show from last year in which we previewed a powerful documentary, Lom Nava Love. Lom 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 Love; Navasha 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Simpsons; Rev. 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.
We hosted our regular feature City Paper This Week. Steiner 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We hosted a conversation on an important initiative happening in Baltimore, organized by the Beyond Video Collective, whose members include: filmmaker Joe Troppea; Dave Barresi; and artist and educator Liz Donadio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Diggs, Bill Grimmette and Tony Tsendeas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We hosted a very special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, my October 2002 interview with the late great Irish poet Seamus Heaney.
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.
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 Jones; Janet 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 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 Salon.com, 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.
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.
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 Nation; Carla 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.
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.
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!
We had a panel of guests discuss Movie Awards: From the Golden Globes to the Oscars.
With: Washington Post Film Critic Ann Hornaday; Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and Co-Editor 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.
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.
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.
We hosted a special rebroadcast of my October 2016 interview with author Walter Mosley about his book Folding the Red Into the Black: Developing a Viable UNtopia for Human Survival in the 21st Century. Mosley is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
I talked with Dale Beran, Professor in the SWAN (Screen Writing and Animation) Department at Morgan State University, about the imageboard website 4chan, based on his recent article, “4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump.”
A special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, my 2000 interview with the late great Eartha Kitt.
A Grammy Roundtable, reflects on the winners, losers, and drama at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. With: Marc Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence and Marc Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery.
Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence takes us on a walkthrough of Shannon (SHAN) Wallace’s photographic exhibit at the Platform Gallery, “Ain’t I a Woman.” Wallace was City Paper’s 2016 Photographer of the Year, and creator of the “What It Means to be Black” zine, which is available at Red Emma’s.
We hosted our regular feature City Paper This Week! Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery talks with City Paper‘s Interim Editor in Chief Brandon Soderberg about City Paper‘s Sex Issue!
Bob Marley would have turned 72 on February 6, so in remembrance we hosted a celebration of his life and legacy. Our guests included: 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 Love; and Navasha Daya, singer-songwriter whose voice is featured on Lom Nava Love‘s soundtrack, and co-Founder and Director of the Healing and Performing Arts at the Youth Resiliency Institute.
We hosted a interview Marc moderated with Yes! Magazine co-Founder and Editor at Large Sarah van Gelder, conducted this week at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington. We discussed her important new book The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America.
We hosted a conversation Marc had last week at the Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore with author and journalist John B. Judis. We discussed the ramifications of the 2016 election, exploring the ascendance of Donald Trump in relation to Judis’ recent work The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics.
Judis is an editor-at-large at Talking Points Memo, a former senior writer at The National Journal and a former senior editor at The New Republic.