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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.

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.


Talking About Race: Harm Reduction In Communities of Color

Needle Exchange (credit: ETV News)June 7, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a preview of an important community event taking place this Thursday evening at 6:30 at University of Baltimore Law School’s Moot Court Room, part of Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Talking About Race Series: Harm Reduction and Communities of Color.

I spoke with: Kassandra Frederique, New York State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and co-author of Blueprint for a Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug PolicySamuel Roberts, Associate Professor of History at Columbia University and Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health; and Scott Nolen, Director of the Drug Addiction Treatment Program at OSI-Baltimore.

Registration and more information on this free event can be by clicking here.

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.

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.

Turning Protest to Policy

May 18, 2017 – Segment 1 

A. Adar Ayira joins us to let us know about an important event happening tomorrow evening, Moving from Protests to Policy: Making Advocacy Count: 2017 Legislative Wrap-Up. Ayira is Director of Programs for the More in the Middle Initiative at Associated Black Charities and Facilitator and Analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a Program of Fusion Partnerships.
Moving from Protests to Policy: Making Advocacy Count: 2017 Legislative Wrap-Up will take place Thursday May 18 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business, 11 W. Mount Royal Ave. Baltimore MD 21201.

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.

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!!

I Am The Change: Youth Empowerment

I am the change (Credit: Eventsbrite Site)April 28, 2017 – Segment 5

We hosted a preview event happening this weekend: I am the Change, Youth Empowerment Conference.  With: Knicole Taylor, Executive Director of Empowering Minds of Maryland Youth; and Derek Chase, Founder of Stand Up Baltimore.
The Youth Empowerment Conference takes place Saturday, April 29, at Poly-Western High School, from 10am to 3pm. The Conference is organized by Stand Up Baltimore and Empowering the Minds of Maryland’s Youth. For more information click here.

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.
Click here for more information.
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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

Temperature Rising: Climate March Awareness

New Economy Week People's Climate AgendaApril 25, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a preview of a special event taking place Wednesday night at the Motor House: Temperature Rising, a Climate March Awareness Showcase! We heard from artists commissioned by MICA to produce works that would engage participation in the upcoming People’s Climate March, with support from the Town Creek Foundation.

With: Meagan Buster aka Ducky Dynamotouring DJ, curator and creative consultant, former Maryland Team Leader and Forecaster for Foot’s Forecast, and “Social media meteorologist;” teacher, artist, and cultural organizer Valeska Populoh, who has been collaborating with several other artists to support a series of art builds at Black Cherry Puppet Theater in the weeks leading up to the march; Akea Brown; and Torianne Montes- Schiff.

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.

Soundbites: The People’s Climate March

Climate March (Credit: 350 Brooklyn)April 20, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted the newest episode of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world. We listened in to a panel that took place Wednesday, April 19, at 2640 Space in Baltimore, “Fired Up & Ready To Go,” leading up to the People’s Climate March on April 29th in Washington, D.C. I talked with a panel of environmental activists including:
  • Maryland Delegate Robbyn Lewis (46th District), a public health professional, sustainability advocate and community leader
  • Tom Horton, filmmaker, environmental journalist, and admiral of the Chesapeake
  • Destiny Watford, recipient of the Goldman Prize which is one of the most prestigious awards for environmental justice, who also works with Free Your Voice and United Workers
  • Eric Schaeffer, Executive Director for the Environmental Integrity Project
  • Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, Executive Director of the Maryland Environmental Health Network

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.

The Tubman House: Commemorating the Uprising

Tubman House (Credit: Baltimore Sun)April 18, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation on the Tubman House in West Baltimore. With: Dominique Stevenson, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther; and Ausar-Mesh Amen, Farm Manager at the Tubman House Farm.

There will be an event on Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 4pm at the Tubman House, 1618 Presbury Street in Baltimore: Spirit of Rebellion, commemorating and memorializing Freddie Gray and all victims of police violence, celebrating the community, and commemorating the uprising. 

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.

Soundbites: The Peoples Climate March & Renewable Energy In Maryland

climateApril 13, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted the newest edition of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We continued our countdown to the Peoples Climate March, taking place in DC on April 29. We talked about what renewable energy means for the country under Trump as well as for Maryland, specifically. Can Maryland become a hub for renewable energy and can the nation continue to progress towards renewable energy under Donald Trump?

We talked with: Daphne Wysham, Director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Center for Sustainable Economy; and Janet Redman, US Policy Director with Oil Change International and Associate Fellow with the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.
We also talked with Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. Most recently, Dr, Makhijani wrote Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy, the first analysis of a transition to a U.S. economy based completely on renewable energy without any use of fossil fuels or nuclear power.

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.

Money Power Day: Financial Fitness for Baltimore Families

Money Power Day (Credit: Campaign's Website)March 24, 2017 – Segment 6

We hosted a conversation on the annual Money Power Day, happening Saturday April 1 from 9am to 3pm at Poly-Western High School, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane in Baltimore. Money Power Day is Baltimore’s free financial fitness day and families who attend will be equipped with the resources, tools, and support needed to change their financial futures. There are events for children, too! With: Sara Johnson, Director of the Baltimore CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign; and Dorothea Stierhoff, Senior Public Relations Manager at MECU.

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


Baltimore’s Polytechnic Institutes Boys Basketball Team: Victory

Baltimore Basketball (Credit: Baltimore Sun)March 15, 2017 – Segment 1

Baltimore’s own Polytechnic Institute’s boys basketball team won the Class 3A state championship on Saturday March 11, an honor that was a first for the school.

We hosted a special feature on the victorious Poly team, in conjunction with the Baltimore City Paper.

With: Sam Brand, Head Coach of the Poly boys basketball team; and Anthony Fitzgerald, Associate Head Coach of the team.

Chris Crass: Collective Liberation in the Era of Trump

Chris Crass (Credit: Facebook Event Page)March 8, 2017 – Segment 1

I sat down for an  interview with Chris Crass, who will speak at an event Friday night, March 1o, sponsored by SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Baltimore and BRJA (Baltimore Racial Justice Action), “Chris Crass: Collective Liberation in the Era of Trump.” Crass is a longtime organizer, educator, and writer working to build working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation.

Chris Crass will speak Friday, March 10, at 6:30pm at Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles Street in Baltimore. The event is sponsored by  SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Baltimore. For more information click here.

Politics and Prose: The Revolution Where You Live

The Revolution Where You Live (Credit: Yes Magazine)February 3, 2017 – Segment 3

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.

Booth Stories: Scotty P & Jah Works

Scotty P (Credit: Ticketfly)January 25, 2017 – Segment 3

We host our regular feature Booth Stories, co-hosted by indie spoken word artist and musician Michelle Antoinette AKA LOVE the Poet, author of Black Marks on White Paper. This month we are joined by Scotty P, founding member and original front man of Jah Works.

Scotty P will be hosting a “Happy Birthday to Bob Marley” Concert at Gypsy Sally’s in DC on Friday February 3. Also featured in the concert will be Nappy Riddem and Mateo Monk Music.

National News Roundtable: Moving Forward

Presidents (Credit: The New York Times)January 18, 2017 – Segment 1

We host a National News Roundtable, focusing on the state of our nation and moving forward. With: Arun Gupta, writer and contributor to The Washington Post, YES! Magazine, In These Times, The Progressive, Telesur, and The Nation, graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York, and author of Bacon as a Weapon of Mass Destruction: A Junk-Food Loving Chef’s Inquiry into Taste; and Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.
Arun Gupta will give a talk on ” Trumplandia: What Does It Mean and How to Respond?” on Wednesday January 18, 7:30pm, at Oak Hill Center for Education and Culture, 2239 Kirk Ave in Baltimore. 

Alash Singers and Shodekeh

January 12, 2017 – Segment 2 

We have a special musical treat, as Tuvan throat singers Alash join us in-studio along with Baltimore beat-box artist Shodekeh.
Thursday, January 12, Alash and Shodekeh will perform with Raw Silk & Joyce J. Scott at 7:30 at the Creative Alliance. Click here for more information.

Sound Bites: Future Harvest Conference / Governor Hogan Environmental Plan

January 5, 2017 – Segment 2 

Our newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We begin with a preview of a very important upcoming event: Future Harvest CASA’s 18th Annual Conference, Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed. With: Dena Liebman, Executive Director of Future Harvest CASA; Chris Blanchard, host and producer of the Farmer to Farmer Podcast, a long-form interview show with organic and local market farmers, former owner of Rock Spring Farm in Decorah, Iowa, and former co-Director of the largest organic farming conference in the world, the MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin; and Dr. Kris Nichols, Chief Scientist at Rodale Institute, who worked for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service for over 14 years.
If you are interested in food and agriculture, you won’t want to miss Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed, Future Harvest CASA’s 18th annual conference! The conference takes place January 12-14 at the College Park Marriott in College Park, Maryland. I’ll be there moderating a panel of farm policy experts from all over the lower mid-Atlantic, including Delaware’s Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee. 
The Future Harvest conference is the largest sustainable farming and food conference in the lower Mid-Atlantic. Farmers, healthy food advocates, and food businesses from all over Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and DC come to this conference to learn about everything from building soil health, to how to start a craft alcohol business, to ways to stop food waste.
There are 48 sessions to choose from, and four keynotes, local food fair, networking sessions, and a local food dinner and lunch. On January 12, there are 10 pre-conference skill-building workshops. Click here for more information and to register. I hope to see you there!!
We close Sound Bites with a look at Governor Larry Hogan’s 2017 Environmental Legislative Agenda, as the Maryland General Assembly opens next Wednesday. With: Maryland State Senator Paul G. Pinsky (D-District 22, Prince George’s County), Vice-Chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee; and State Senator Stephen Waugh (R-District 29, Calvert & St. Mary’s Counties), member of the Education, Health and Environment Committee and Chair of the Republican Senatorial Committee.

World Of The Play: Themes & Exploration of Dot

Dot Everyman Theater (Credit: Everyman Theater Page)December 23, 2016 – Segment 3

We play a fascinating panel discussion held last Saturday evening, December 17, at Everyman’s World of the Play. The discussion was based on the themes of the current production, Dot, and was titled Mining the Magic of MemoryDot is a touching look at an African American family from West Philadelphia. They are gathered for the holidays, arguing, laughing, and struggling with the matriarch’s Alzheimer’s disease. In our conversation we examine the power of memory and the importance of documenting fleeting moments.
The panelists were: Temple Crocker, performer, singer, part-time professor at UMBC, founding member of Strangefruit theatre ensemble in San Francisco and Woof Nova theatre ensemble in New York, and certified facilitator of TimeSlips, a storytelling method developed specifically for people living with dementia related memory loss; the Reverend Barry Kennard Hargrove, Pastor of the The Prince of Peace Baptist Church of Baltimore, where he has developed ministries to address the spiritual, emotional, educational and health needs of the congregation and the surrounding community; and Ursula Populoh, an artist who is often inspired by the techniques and imagery found in Folk traditions of many countries, most notably of Germany and her home state of Bavaria.

Tengella’s Take: The Holiday Season

tengellaDecember 23, 2016 – Segment 1

We have our 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.

Booth Stories: Performance & Interview With Reina Williams

Reina Williams (Credit: Artist's Facebook page)December 22, 2016 – Segment 2

We host our regular feature Booth Stories, co-hosted by Michelle Antoinette AKA LOVE the Poet, indie spoken word artist and musician, and author of Black Marks on White Paper. We will talk with singer/songwriter Reina Williams, who was originally from Baltimore.
Reina Williams will perform on Friday December 30, 7 to 10pm, at BE FREE Friday at Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard Street in Baltimore.

Locations, Dislocations, & Relocations: Interview With Maria-Theresa Fernandes

Locations, Discolations, Relocations (Credit: Indiegogo)December 22, 2016 – Segment 1

I go to conduct an interview with fiber artist Maria-Theresa Fernandes about her exhibit that was recently on display at the Morgan State University’s James E. Lewis Museum of Art. The exhibit was called Locations, Dislocations, Relocations: Embroidering Art, Poetry and History. Fernandes, who was born in Kenya and studied in England, has participated in over 25 solo exhibitions and several international exhibitions. She is the recipient of prestigious international grants and awards such as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, the Ruth Cheven Foundation award, and the UNESCO Arts International award.
History and poetry are brilliantly woven into the fabric of Fernandes’s works, which translate her physical and emotional attachment to the lands she visited.

Homeless Remembrance Day

December 21, 2016 – Segment 4 

Every year on the Winter Solstice – which this year is Wednesday December 21 – we honor those who died while homeless in our city as part of Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. During the first part of the hour our guests will be: Antonia Fasanelli, Executive Director at Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.; and Kevin Lindamood, President & CEO of Healthcare for the Homeless. We will close out the show as we do every year, with my reading the names of every person who died while homeless in 2016 in Baltimore.
The 2016 Baltimore Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day ceremony will take place Wednesday, December 21, at War Memorial Plaza in front of City Hall in downtown Baltimore. Musical prelude begins at 4:30pm, and the program begins at 5:00pm.

City Paper This Week

December 21, 2016 – Segment 3 

We close the first hour with our weekly feature City Paper This Week. With: J.M. Giordano, Photo Editor for City Paper.
City Paper’s Year in Photos Opening Reception will take place on Wednesday, December 21, from 6-9pm at Area 405, 405 E. Oliver St. in Baltimore.

Chauncey Whitehead

December 21, 2016 – Segment 2 chauncey

Stay tuned for our monthly segment on Health and Fitness with fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead, President of CDW Health and Wellness. Joining Chauncey will be Shawn Reid of Men of a Certain Age and Janice Shepherd of the community walk of Atlanta Georgia.

The monthly Baltimore Community Walk hosted by Chauncey Whitehead and Ernestine Shepherd will take place this Saturday, December 24, beginning at 7:30am near the tennis courts at Druid Hill Park. They are asking for donations of new socks, scarves, hats, and gloves to be donated to those less fortunate. If you don’t want to walk but have a donation, stop by and receive FREE hugs for the holidays!

Countdown To The Annapolis Summit: Transportation Policy

MTA Bus (Credit: The Business Journals)December 16, 2016 – Segment 2

We host the newest segment of our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit. Our topic is Maryland Transportation Policy. You will hear from: Bryan Sears, Government Reporter for The Daily Record.
The 14th annual Annapolis Summit will take place on Wednesday, January 11, 7:30-10am, at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. I will interview Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, and Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch. The Annapolis Summit is in partnership with The Daily Record. For more information and tickets, click here.

Annual Musical Show: Helicon Performance

Helicon Album (Credit: All Music)December 15, 2016 – Segment 1

We host our annual musical show with the magical tones of Helicon! You will hear Ken Kolodner on hammered dulcimer and fiddle, Robin Bullock on guitar, cittern, piano and mandolin, and Chris Norman on wooden flutes, penny whistle, and bagpipes. They will be joined by members of Charm City Junction: Brad Kolodner on banjo, fiddle, and vocals; Patrick McAvinue on fiddle and mandolin; and Alex Lacquement on bass.

Helicon’s 31st Annual Winter Solstice Concert will take place at the Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College in Towson, this Saturday, December 17. Tickets are available here for the 7:30pm show.

Countdown to the Annapolis Summit: Bail Reform with Doug Colbert & Mark Adams

Annapolis Summit (Credit: Maryland Daily Record)December 9, 2016  – Segment 5

It’s time to start our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit. In this segment we will be focusing on Bail Reform which will be a major issue in the 2017 Maryland General Assembly.

 I talk with Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and bail bondsman Mark Adams, head of the Maryland Bail Agents Association, who did a recent study on failure-to-appear rates.
The 14th annual Annapolis Summit will take place on Wednesday, January 11, 7:30-10am, at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. I will interview Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, and Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch. The Annapolis Summit is in partnership with The Daily Record. For more information and tickets, click here.

Countdown to the Annapolis Summit: Issues of Bail Reform

Annapolis Summit (Credit: Maryland Daily Record)December 9th, 2016 – Segment 4

It’s time to start our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit. In this segment we will be focusing on Bail Reform which will be a major issue in the 2017 Maryland General Assembly.

We begin the discussion with my interview with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.

OSI-Baltimore: Bringing Elected Officials and Residents Together

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We have a preview for you of an important event happening this Saturday, December 10th, the OSI (Open Society Institute-Baltimore) Solutions Summit. With: Tara Huffman, Director of OSI’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program; and Diana Morris, Director of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore and Open Places Initiative.
The OSI Solutions Summit is a free (registration required), full-day event, open to the community, which will bring together community leaders, elected officials, issue-area experts, on-the-ground activists, and concerned residents in order to come up with practical solutions to some of Baltimore’s most intractable issues. Click here for more information and to register. 


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A special event Friday night in Washington, DC, Justice4Garvey, which gathers participants to write letters asking President Obama to posthumously pardon Marcus Garvey. We talk with Ayize Sabater, community organizer and student at the Morgan State University Graduate School of Education.
The Justice4Garvey event takes place Friday, December 2, 6-8pm, at the People’s Congregational Church, 4704 13th Street, NW, in Washington. 

City Paper This Week

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We bring you our regular feature City Paper This Week. We talk with Brandon Soderberg, Deputy Editor and Arts Editor for City Paper, hosted by Mark Gunnery, Steiner Show Senior Producer. This week there is a special holiday event guide focusing on fun things to do around the city this holiday season.

Baltimore American Indian Center: “Kill The Indian, Save the Man” Exhibit

Kill The Indian Save The Man (Credit: Event page from BAIC)November 21, 2016 – Segment 1

We play a segment from my visit to the Baltimore American Indian Center to see their exhibit “Kill the Indian, Save the Man: The Indian Industrial School Movement,” which is on display until next year.  I walked through the exhibit with Dr. Dennis Seymour, Eastern Band Cherokee and Board Chair of the Baltimore American Indian Center and Ashley Minner, a community based visual artist who is a member of the Lumbee native community, from Baltimore, and is an Adjunct Faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Everyman Theater Panel: The Roommate & Journeys of Transformation

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 We play a segment from a panel discussion I moderated for Everyman’s World of the Play series. We discuss themes that are in the play The Roommate. We speak with: Johanna Gruenhut, Director of The Roommate and Artistic Associate at Everyman, Caprece Jackson-Garrett, owner of Bonneau Caprece LLC, a public relations, strategic marketing and event production firm and The Rev. Merrick Moses, ordained Old Catholic Priest, writer, community activist and teacher living in Baltimore, Maryland.

 This play analyzes what happens when two women’s worlds collide. Everyman Theatre brought together a panel of dynamic people across generations who reflect and share personal journeys of transformation.

The Roommate is currently being staged at Everyman Theater until November 27th.

Trans Day of Remembrance

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This Sunday, November 20, is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Our guests will talk about this day, which memorializes transgender persons who have been murdered and brings attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. With: Monica Stevens, community activist from Sistas of the T and member of Baltimore Trans Alliance; Ava Pipitone, Executive Director of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance and worker-owner at Red Emma’s Bookstore Café.

Baltimore’s Transgender March of Resilience will begin at 4pm this Sunday November 20, at the Ynot Lot at 4 North Avenue. The march will be followed by a community dinner with musical performances at 2640 Space.

Baltimore Rising: Art in Revolution

November 15, 2016 – Segment 2 Baltimore Uprising

Our guests talk about Baltimore Rising, an exciting new exhibition that brings together a broad survey of works by 15 artists with significant ties to Baltimore, who address the social, economic, political and racial issues that propelled the city to the national spotlight in 2015. With: photographer J.M. Giordano, Photo Editor for the Baltimore City Paper; visual artist and musician Paul Rucker; and Tony Shore, Chairperson of the Painting Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
Baltimore Rising is on exhibit at MICA’s Fred Lazarus IV Center for Graduate Studies, through November 23. On Wednesday, November 16, from 7 – 9 p.m.there will be a panel discussion on the exhibit at the Lazarus Center Auditorium, considering the question, What is the role of the arts in revolution? Featuring: photographer J.M. Giordano; visual artist and musician Paul Rucker; multi-disciplinary artist and educator Joyce J. Scott; and MICA painting chairperson Tony Shore. Moderated by University of Maryland professor Sheri Parks. The panel will reflect upon how the arts can serve as a tool to examine society and to amplify the voices that most need to be heard.

Last House Standing

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A sneak preview of another compelling local production, Last House Standing. With: Sheila Gaskins, playwright of Last House Standing, arts advocate, and Founder of Art-partheid; Sheronda Fisher, educator and actor who plays Shirley in Last House Standing; and Noah Stone, cantor and violinist.

Sound Bites: YUMM! at the AVAM / Carbon Neutral Fertilizer

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We havescreen-shot-2016-11-11-at-10-55-16-am the newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We begin the hour with a visit to the American Visionary Arts Museum’s exhibit, YUMMM! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food with Rebecca Hoffberger, the Founder and Director of the American Visionary Art Museum.
Then I talk with two scientists about an important scientific advancement that could pave the way for a potential breakthrough in farming: Carbon-neutral fertilizer production. With: Dr. Katherine A. Brown, Staff Scientist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Dr. Paul King, Staff Scientist and Manager of the Photobiology Group at National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Milton Dugger

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We check in with Baltimore music legend Milton Dugger, the Baron of Soul, who will tell us about an upcoming musical event on November 26 at St. Mary’s Church Hall on York Road in Baltimore.

Chauncey Whitehead and Miss Ernestine Shephard

November 8, 2016 – Segment 1Chauncey Whitehead and Ms Ernestine

Our monthly conversation on Health & Fitness! With Ernestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female competitive bodybuilder; Chauncey Whitehead, fitness activist, trainer, and President of CDW Health and Wellness; and Dr. Shana Ntiri, Medical Director of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.

Kahlon: The Cut Up Series

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It’s a preview of a musical event happening this Saturday night at the Crown, 1910 N. Charles Street in Baltimore. Kahlon: The Cut Up Series is a mini music and arts festival happening in three installments throughout the year. With: Abdu Ali, musician and writer and Creative Director of Kahlon; NeroScream!, local performing artist; and Logicoma, DJ performing at Kahlon.

Rise Up Singing

November 2, 2016 – Segment 4


The preview of a special musical event, Rise Up Singing. With: Lea Gilmore, Center for Emerging Media Cultural Editor, activist, and world renowned Blues and Gospel singer; and Annie Patterson and Peter Blood, Co-creators of Rise Again, the Rise Up Singing songbook.
Rise up Singing is a sing-along concert using the songbook Rise Again. It takes place November 6 at 7pm at the 2640 Space. For more information click here.

Progressive Education Summit

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A preview of an important upcoming event, the 6th Annual Progressive Education Summit. With: Dr. Susan Engel, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Founding Director of the Program in Teaching at Williams College, and author of seven books; and Bobbi Macdonald, Executive Director of The City Neighbors Foundation, which operates 3 charter schools in Baltimore City.
The 6th Annual Progressive Education Summit takes place on November 12, 2016 from 8:30 to 4:30.  

Continuing the Tradition of Black Message Music

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We have a preview of a musical event to be held this Thursday, November 3 at the University of Baltimore (UB) – “Continuing the Tradition of Black Message Music” – and the tie in to a compelling course being taught at UB, The Language of Protest. With: Khalil Ismail, a lyricist and vocalist from Baltimore; and Arthur J. Magida, writer-in-residence at the University of Baltimore and author of several books, including The Nazi Séance, The Rabbi and the Hit Man, and Prophet of Rage, the only biography of Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Dia De Los Muertes

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We turn to a preview of the Creative Alliance Baltimore’s 17th Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival in the tradition of Dia de los Muertos!With: Alexandra Gonazalez, lead artist for community altars that are now on display at the Creative Alliance; Alejandra Martinez, lead artist for design and concept of Catrin & Catrina puppets; Yesenia Mejia, lead artist on lantern workshops; and Maria Gabriela Aldana, Education Director at the Creative Alliance.

Sound Bites: Diversifying the Basket / Maple Syrup / Sour Beef

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In the latest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We begin the segment with an important study released last week by Fair Farms Maryland, “Diversifying the Agricultural Basket, Risks in Conventional Poultry Growing on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Opportunities from Diversified Local Agriculture.” With: Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake; Aiden Irish, agricultural and local food systems policy analyst and Ph.D. student in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University; and Carole Morrison, transitional farmer who went from producing industrial contract chickens to pasture-raised eggs, at Bird’s Eye View Farm in Pokomoke City.
At 11:30 we bring you two special stories from Maryland Traditions, the Folk Life Program of the Maryland State Arts Council. We begin with a story on Maple Syrup, with Leo Shinholt, Maryland’s Largest Maple Sugar maker and recipient of a Maryland State Heritage Award; and Chad Buterbaugh, co-Director of Maryland Traditions.
We close the show at 11:45 with our second story from Maryland Traditions, about Sour Beef and Dumplings. For this segment our guest host is Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery. We talk with: Freddy Hebert, Vice President of the Church Council at the Zion Lutheran Church of the City of Baltimore; and Chad Buterbaugh, co-Director of Maryland Traditions.

OSI Baltimore Solutions Summit: Jobs Forum

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In this part of the show we have a preview of Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Solutions Summit: Jobs Forum. Our guests will discuss how people and institutions in Baltimore can address unemployment through exploring issues such as: adult education, minimum wage, economic development, wealth building, transitional jobs, and worker protections. With: Elisabeth Sachs, Executive Director of Job Opportunities Task Force; and Elizabeth Alex, Regional Director of CASA Maryland.

OSI-Baltimore’s Solutions Summit: Jobs Forum will take place on Saturday October 29 from 9am – 12:30pm at the Baltimore War Memorial.

TRNN Town Hall: What Does Real Police Reform Look Like?

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As part of our continuing conversation on police reform, we ask the question, What does Real Police Reform Look Like? With: Marshall “Eddie” Conway, Producer at the Real News Network’s Baltimore Bureau, former Black Panther leader and political prisoner, and co-author of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther; and Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside, a project of Fusion Partnerships.

The Obama Effect

October 25, 2016 – Segment 2Obama's visit to Islamic Society of Baltimore (Photo Credit: New York Times)

Our panel of guests discusses The Obama Effect 2.0, a conference taking place October 27-29 at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Commons. My co-Host for the hour is Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, who also curated The Obama Effect 2.0 conference with support from the American Studies Department at UMBC. 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.
Our panel of guests includes: Sherella Cupid, student in the Language Literacy and Culture program who is presenting on Michelle Obama’s legacy in the Obama White House, and who co-wrote “Black Girls Defining the Magic of FLOTUS: Analyzing the Michelle Obama Effect for and with our Black Daughters;” Sheila Starkey Hahn, Immigration Lawyer out of Memphis, TN, who works to help Central American Women and Children; and Dr. Camika Royal, Assistant Professor of Urban Education and Co-Director of the Center for Innovation in Urban Education at Loyola University Maryland, who studies the intersection of race and urban school reform.

Changa Onyango

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We bring you a preview of a special event, when Changa Onyango, community activist and Executive Director of Community Meditation in Baltimore, joins us. On Friday October 21 from 6-9pm at Goucher College, there will be a sneak peek of a new documentary on Hip Hop and organizing, plus performances,  #Freedomcodes with Eze Jackson of Bmore Than Dance and Native American emcee and activist Stuart James from South Dakota.

Town Hall Panel: Racial Justice in Urban Education

Urban Education (Credit: Loyal University Page)October 12, 2016 – Segment 4

 Listen in to an important and compelling panel discussion I moderated last week called “Racial Justice in Urban Education: Celebrating 5 Years of Transformational Practice in Urban Schools.” The event, a town hall meeting, was organized by the Alliance for Community Teachers and Schools (ACTS), a group of activists who believe that urban children deserve nurturing school communities where they can develop strong, capable, culturally-grounded identities. The panel featured: Karen Webber, Director of OSI-Baltimore’s Education and Youth Development program; Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Taylor Branch; and Dr. Edward Fergus, Associate Professor at the NYU School of Education.

USS Zumwalt

October 12, 2016 – Segment 2

151207-N-ZZ999-435 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 7, 2015) The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is underway for the first time conducting at-sea tests and trials in the Atlantic Ocean Dec. 7, 2015. The multimission ship will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works/Released)

We bring you a preview of a Baltimore Fleet Week event: the commissioning of the Guided Missile Destroyer DDG 1000, on Saturday, October 15. The DDG 1000 will be named in honor of Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr. USN (1920-2000). When Bud Zumwalt assumed office as Chief of Naval Operations in 1971, there were no African-American or woman flag officers in the U.S. Navy, and he completely changed this racist and sexist culture. With: The Honorable Carlos C. Campbell, former Naval aviator and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Lom Nava Love: Documentary

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We have a preview of a powerful documentary that will have its premiere this weekend, 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.
Lom Nava Love will premiere Saturday, October 15th at 1pm at the Cherry Hill Homes Recreation Center. 

Walter Mosley: Folding the Red Into Black

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I talk with the one and only Walter Mosley about his newly published 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.

Walter will be at Red Emma’s on Sunday October 9 at 7:30PM talking about his political ideals about the world we live in. Red Emma’s is located at 30 W. North Avenue

Pharaoh: A One Woman Play

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We have a preview of a special production taking place this Friday, October 7: Pharaoh, a one-woman play by Tim Hogan. We talk with playwright Tim Hogan and the play’s star and director Michal Roxi Johnson.

Pharaoh will take place Friday, October 7, 8pm, Motor House, 120 W. North Avenue in Baltimore. For more information click here.

Chauncey Whitehead and Ernestine Shepherd

October 7, 2016 – Segment 2 Chauncey Whitehead and Ms. Ernestine Shephard

We check in with fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whiteheadand Ernestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest competitive female bodybuilder, for our monthly Health & Fitness segment. Chauncey is President of CDW Health and Wellness.
The next community fitness walk will place this Saturday, October 8, at7:30am, beginning near the tennis courts in Druid Hill Park. The walk is free and open to all!

Sound Bites: MD Solar Congress / End-Dependence Day

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Our newest episode of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world. We begin the hour with a preview of the first Maryland Solar Congress, which takes place Saturday, October 15. With: Corey Ramsden, Program Director for Maryland Solar United Neighborhoods; and Tim Judson from NIRS who will be presenting at the Solar Congress for the “Grid of the Future” workshop.
The Maryland Solar Congress will take place Saturday, October 15, 10am to 2pm, at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Road, Annapolis, MD. Click here for more information.
For our second Sound Bites segment we have preview of another important event taking place next weekend in celebration of World Food Day, which is Sunday, October 16. End-Dependence Day at #WorldFoodDay2016 is hosted by the Black Yield Institute and the Black Church Food Security Network. With: Eric Jackson, Servant-Director of the Black Yield Institute; and the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, Founding Director of the Black Church Food Security Network and Orita’s Cross Freedom School, and Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church.
End-Dependence Day at #WorldFoodDay2016 will take place on Sunday, October 16, 4-7pm, at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore. For more information click here.

City Paper This Week: The Beer Issue

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We have our weekly segment with City Paper talking about their weekly issue with: Baynard Woods writer for The Guardian and Editor-At-Large at City Paper. This week the issue is focused on beer, because Baltimore Beer Week starts Friday.

Author Talk: Aviva Chomsky

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I talk with author and activist Dr. Aviva Chomsky, professor of History and the Coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at the Salem State University in Massachusetts. Dr. Chomsky is author of the book UNDOCUMENTED: How Immigration Became Illegal.

Dr. Aviva Chomsky will be talking about her book “UNDOCUMENTED: How Immigration Became Illegal” on Saturday, October 8, 7pm, at the Roger Carter Community Center in Ellicott City. The event is hosted by Howard County Friends of Latin America.

Intersectionality in America

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We have a discussion on Intersectionality – discrimination experienced by people belonging to more than one minority group – jumping off from today’s Baltimore Sun article featuring Dr. Kaye, “Intersectionality concerns transcend straight, white feminism.” With: 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; Jennifer Eden, Peer Navigator and Communications Specialist who is also featured in the Baltimore Sun article and Jennifer Williams, assistant professor of English at Morgan State University.

Malcolm Peacock: Let the Sun Set On You

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We close the show with a conversation with show producer Imani Spence and local Baltimore artist Malcolm Peacock, who will be forming his solo commission piece Rose Arcade: Let the Sun Set On You on Monday (October 3) at Druid Hill Park. For more information click here.

NEA Fellowship Winner: Bill McComiskey

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I talk with NEA National Heritage Fellowship winner Billy McComiskey, a composer of Irish music who was born in Brookyln, NY, but has lived in Baltimore since 1980. He is an accomplished accordion and box player and was the 2011 recipient of The Irish Echo’s Traditional Artist of the Year Award.

NEA Fellowship Winner: Michael Vlahovich

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I talk with Michael “Mike” Vlahovich, founder of Coastal Heritage Alliance, an organization that safeguards and promotes maritime cultural heritage in Maryland and Washington State. The interview includes two of Mike’s cohorts: Dick Woodward, who is a veteran boat carpenter and Mike’s collaborator; and Mark Wiest, who was Mike’s mentee in the Maryland Traditions’ apprenticeship program.

Sound Bites: Changes to Perdue’s Chicken Treatment Policies | Fracking & Radioactive Waste | Food Justice in Baltimore

Free-range chickens stand in a pen at an organic-accredited poultry farm in Germany.

September 29, 2016 – Segment 2

We bring a special selection from our Sound Bites archives today.

The show includes a talk with Perdue Farms and others about Perdue’s announcement earlier this week that they are adapting new, more humane, practices regarding the treatment of their chickens. With: Julie DeYoung, spokesperson for Perdue Farms; Ian Kullgren, POLITICO Pro Agriculture reporter; and Scott Edwards, Co-Director of the Food & Water Justice program at Food & Water Watch.

Next we turn to an environmental issue: How fracking produces tons of radioactive waste. With Jie Jenny Zou, reporting fellow for The Center for Public Integrity’s environment and labor team.

We close Sound Bites with a special segment produced by Baltimore Sound Society, asAdam Droneburg and Calvin Perry visit a food justice event at Baltimore’s Lexington Market.

One Maryland One Book: All American Boys

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We begin the show with this year’s One Maryland One Book: All American Boys. We speak with the book’s authors, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.
Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely will be talking about All American Boys on Wednesday night 7:00pm at the Oxon Hill Branch Library in Prince George’s County. For more information, click here.  

Me and Pops

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We hear a preview of an important event happening this weekend in Baltimore: Me and Pops, a Community Engagement Event Hosted by the PATIENTS Program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. With: Chauncey Whitehead, fitness trainer and activist and President of C-D-W Health and Wellness; and Rodney Elliott, Sr., former university of Maryland basketball player who played in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments and was named the Maryland men’s basketball Player-of-the-Year in 1998.
Me and Pops will take place this Saturday at University of Maryland, Baltimore U-Rec-Fit Center, 621 West Lombard Street 4th floor, from 8 am to 3:30 pm

Black Wall Street Event

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We check in with Doni Glover of Bmore News on this Saturday’s Black Wall Street Event at Morgan State University.

Mother’s Lament: A Multimedia Concert Tribute to Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones to Violence

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We have a special preview of a performance that premieres this Saturday night at Morgan State University, called Mother’s Lament.  Mother’s Lament is a multimedia performance honoring the lives of people who have been killed by gun violence. We talk with: Vincent Stringer, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Morgan State University and  Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Artistic Director of Opera at Morgan State University and Baltimore Summer Opera Workshop, and Librettist for Mother’s Lament; Dr. James Lee III, Associate Professor of Theory at Morgan State University and Composer forMother’s Lament; and Kathryn Cooper-Nicholas, Founder and Executive Director of Sisters Saving the City, whose son Andre Nicholas was killed in 2014.
The Freedom, Love and Light Project will present the premieres of “Songs of Love and Loss” and “Mother’s Lament” this Saturday at 8:00 PM at the Murphy Fine Art’s Center.

City Paper This Week: Best of Baltimore

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We have our regular feature City Paper This Week. This week’s issue is the Best of Baltimore issue. With: Lisa Snowden-McCray, Writer and Associate Editor.

Thank you to all of our listeners who voted for Marc Steiner as “Best Radio Personality” in the readers poll!

Uprising in the City: Made in America

September 13, 2016 – Segment 4 uprising-in-the-city

Author Kevin Shird joins us to talk about his new book Uprising in the City: Made in America 

BRIDGE Protest

September 8, 2016 – Segment 2 Voices of the Freddie Gray protest

We discuss the Port Covington hearings, in light of an upcoming protest scheduled for Thursday (September 8) at 4:00 PM. The protest will take place at the Baltimore War Memorial Building and is organized by BuildUp Baltimore, a coalition of activists, neighborhood leaders, religious leaders, parents, teachers, working families, and union members that all have a common vision of the city of Baltimore that leaves no one out and lifts up all communities through good jobs, good education, and affordable housing. With the Reverend Brian Murray, BRIDGE Maryland Co-Chair and Pastor at New Covenant Community United Church of Christ and Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer, President, & Co-Founder of Equity Matters.

Associated Black Charities Event

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We discuss an important upcoming event: Associated Black Charities’Women on the Move 2016, which is this Thursday at the Horseshoe Casino at 6:00 PM. With: 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.

Mindfulness and Criminal Justice

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We have a fascinating discussion on Mindfulness and Criminal Justice. With: Dr. Marisela Gomez, physician, community activist and author of Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America; and Chris Wilson, motivational speaker, former prisoner, owner and founder of the Barclay Investment Corporation, and owner of House of DaVinci (a high-end furniture restoration, repair, and upholstery company).

Chris Wilson will be speaking on a panel at Restoring Peace and Safety: Paths to Community Justice, on Wednesday, August 24, 6:30pm, at St. Wenceslaus Hall, 2100 E. Madison Street in Baltimore.
This public event will bring Cheri Maples of the Center for Mindfulness and Justice and DC Superior Court Judge Gretchen Rohr to Baltimore to discuss mindfulness and its potential impact on transforming the criminal justice system. Baltimore resident Chris Wilson will also be a panelist.  Representatives of the Holistic Life Foundation will lead the group in a breathing exercise at the beginning and/or midpoint of the discussion.  Two local groups, Out4Justice and Black Womyn Rising are co-sponsors and will offer comments and perspectives from the audience.  Street parking is available and there is a parking lot behind the building open as well.

Sound Bites: Vegan SoulFest / Clean Energy Jobs Act

August 11, 2016 – Segment 2 Vegan Soulfest

We have the latest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We begin the hour with a preview of the third annual Vegan Soul Fest! With: Brenda Sanders, Co-organizer of the Vegan Soul Fest, Executive Director of the Better Health Better Life organization, and one of the Directors of Open the Cages Alliance; Naijha Wright, Co-organizer of the Vegan Soul Fest, Co-owner of Land of Kush restaurant, and Executive Director of the Black Vegetarian Society of Maryland.
The third annual Vegan Soul Fest is happening Saturday, Aug. 20 from noon to 7 p.m. on the BCCC Liberty campus, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. in Baltimore. For more information about the festival,
Then we close the show at 11:40 with a segment on Air Quality Issues, Code Orange Days, and Governor Hogan’s veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. With: Tiffany Hartung, Manager of the Maryland Climate Coalition; and Maryland pediatrician Dr. Maria Brown.

Interview with Marc Lamont Hill

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We talk with author Marc Lamont Hill about his new bookNobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond.

Mahogany Books and Union Baptist Church are hosting Marc Lamont Hill August 4 at 6:30 PM. That’s at 1219 Druid Hill Avenue and for more information, email customer service at mahogany books dot com.

Baltimore Ethical Society: Building Our City’s Future

July 29, 2016 – Segment 4Marc Steiner

We broadcast a talk Marc hosted at the Baltimore Ethical Society around the topic of Building Our City’s Future. He speaks about the Baltimore Uprising in a historical context, police brutality and what comes next for Baltimore. This talk took place April 3 at the Baltimore Ethical Society.

Power Where It Belongs: The Children & Youth Reinvestment Act

The IntersectionJuly 25, 2016 – Segment 4

We close the show with a preview of an important event happening Monday night: “Power Where It Belongs,” an event to create awareness and support for the Children and Youth Investment Act. We will talk with student leaders from The Intersection, a nonprofit that engages youth in civic projects: Akiel Owens, Ifetayo Kitwala and Tyrone Holmes. We will also be joined by Zeke Cohen, Executive Director of The Intersection.
Student leaders from The Intersection and and Waverly Carter, Director of youth programs for Banner Neighborhoods, will speak at “Power Where It Belongs” on Monday July 25, 5-6:30pm, at The Intersection, 2900 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore.

Event Preview: Fades and Fellowship

July 22, 2016 – Segment 316.07.23 Cuts And Conversation

On the show we preview an upcoming event at Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis Museum: Fades and Fellowship, a theatrical commentary that uses a barbershop as a backdrop and blends storytelling, music, and real life conversations with reflective stories about some of the most pressing issues affecting not only the communities in which Black barbershops reside, but also those of our larger collective consciousness of America. I’ll be talking with: Nelson Malden, who was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s barber; Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields, co-Founder and Senior Director of Education and Innovation for the Cambio Group and Darius Wilmore Creative Director for Taharka Brothers .


Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

keeangaJuly 13, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a preview of a special event coming next week to Red Emma’s, when Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will talk about her highly acclaimed book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation. Dr. Taylor is Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University.

Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will discuss From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation next Thursday, July 21, 7:30pm at Red Emma’s Bookstore Café, 30 W. North Avenue in Baltimore.

The Art of Storytelling: A Space To Share Personal Experiences With Baltimore Police

The Art of StorytellingJune 28, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a preview of an important event happening this Thursday at 6:00 pm at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center: “The Art of Storytelling” is a space to share personal experiences with Baltimore Police using any form of expression. With: Kisha Brown, Director of Baltimore City’s Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement.
The Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement’s Civilian Review Board Police Complaint Mediation Program presents “The Art of Storytelling” at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 N Howard St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, Thursday at 6 PM.  Come to a free and creative space and share experiences and interactions you’ve had with Baltimore City Police using any form of expression. With testimonials, songs, poems, photography, artwork, and more, the evening will provide a rare and much needed platform for healthy and artistic exchanges concerning civil liberties and social issues.

Sankofa: From Baltimore to Cuba

From Baltimore To CubaJune 23, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a look at an event happening tonight that will help 14 students travel from Baltimore to Cuba. The Africa Diaspora Alliance and Muse 360 Arts are teaming together on Sankofa: From Baltimore to Cuba. We will talk with Sharayna A. Christmas, Executive Director of Muse 360 Arts, and Bashi Rose, Founder of D.R.A.M.A. (Direct Responses Alleviate Misdirected Aggression) and videographer/editor at The Real News Network.
Sankofa: From Baltimore to Cuba will take place tonight from 6-10pm at the Living Classrooms Douglass-Meyers Maritime Museum, 1417 Thames Street in Baltimore. For more information go to

Talking About Race: Confronting The New Islamophobia

Against the New IslamophobiaJune 21, 2016 – Segment 3

Our guest host is Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.

We preview an upcoming event hosted by Open Society Institute-Baltimore, “Talking About Race: Confronting the New Islamophobia.” With: Deepa Iyer, senior fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion and author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future; and Amardeep Singh, program officer in Open Society Foundation’s National Security and Human Rights Campaign.

Talking About Race: Confronting the New Islamophobia will take place Thursday, June 23, 7pm, at the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University.  Click here for more information. 

Health and Fitness with Chauncey and Rhonda

Ernestine Shepherd (Credit: Ego-Alterego)June 16, 2016 – Segment 2

It’s our monthly conversation on Health & Fitness with fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.
This Saturday marks the 3rd anniversary of the monthly community walks in Druid Hill Park hosted by Chauncey and Ernestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female bodybuilder. It’s a special occasion for another reason, too – we will be celebrating Miss Ernestine’s 80th Birthday!! The walk begins at 7:30am near the tennis courts at Druid Hill Park on Saturday, June 18. We hope to see you there!!

OSI Talking About Addiction: Youth, Addiction & Juvenile Justice

OSI Talking About AddictionJune 1, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a new series coming out of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, “Talking About Addiction.” The current discussion, which takes place tonight, is about Youth, Addiction, and Juvenile Justice. With: Evan Elkin, Executive Director of Reclaiming Futures; and Scott Nolen, the Director of OSI-Baltimore’s Drug Addiction Treatment Program.

On June 1 at 7pm at Red Emma’s, OSI-Baltimore will host the second event in its “Talking About Addiction” series, a discussion about adolescents and addiction with experts in the field, advocates, and families that have been affected by addiction problems. RSVP on Facebook


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