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Learning From Lexington: A UMBC Social History Project and Event

December 6, 2017 – Learning From Lexington

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

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

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


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

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

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

Designer: Markele Cullins

Professor: Nicole King


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

November 6, 2017 – The Legacy of Baltimore Soul

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

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

Enjoy.

American Capitalism, Black Banking, and Political Power

October 6, 2017 – Black Banking in the United States

Listen in to this engaging and illuminating conversation on Black banks and the nature of wealth and political power, inspired by a year-long seminar on American Capitalism currently taking place at Johns Hopkins University.

You will hear from: Dr. Nathan Connolly, Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins and one of the conveners of the seminar; Dr. Jared Ball, Professor of Communication Studies at Morgan State University and the first guest in the seminar series; and Mehrsa Baradaran, Law Professor specializing in Banking Law at the University of Georgia Law School and author of the book The Color of Money, Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap.


Native American Music Awards: Local Baltimore “JAR” Nomination

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

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

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


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

September 27, 2017 – World of the Play

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

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


Tent City & Baltimore’s Renewed Civil Rights Campaign

Tent City PhotoSeptember 6, 2017 – Tent City

For our latest podcast we interviewed some of the organizers and participants from the Tent City who camped out in front of Baltimore’s City Hall.  Many were homeless, some were housing insecure and some were supporters demanding housing for the homeless. They closed the encampment after certain promises were made by the Mayor.  So we pick up the conversation exploring why they camped out and what they think the future of their movement will bring.

Enjoy the podcast.


Baltimore Ceasefire: What Success Means & Where We Go From Here

August 10, 2017 – Baltimore Ceasefire

Today we launch our first podcast since our daily show closed. At the very least we will be bringing you a new podcast every week.

Baltimore Ceasefire captured the hearts and minds of our community when it launched the campaign for a weekend without killings in our neighborhoods. Last weekend was that weekend when I was unfortunately away in Memphis.  As we all know Baltimore Ceasefire went viral over the last month and no less so last weekend when dozens and dozens of groups of people craeted Ceasefire events around this City. Yes, two were murdered in a 72 hour period but a movement, a consciousness, a spirit has been born. This first podcast reflects that spirit as we talk with Erricka Bridgeford who inspired and created Baltimore Ceasefire and community theater activist and Steiner Show commentator Koli Tengella who was not part of the planning but was one of thousands to spontaneously and creatively participate respond to the call of  Baltimore Ceasefire.

WEAA Farewell: 2 Hour Special

WEAA FarewellJuly 31, 2017 – Segment 1

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

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

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Mandatory Minimum Roundup: Councilman John Bullock

Baltimore City Council HearingJuly 26, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted an update on proposed “mandatory minimum” legislation for gun possession in Baltimore, following last night’s contentious six and a half hour city council hearing on the topic. With 9th District City Councilman John Bullock.


Arts & Culture Roundtable: Cherry Chill Festival

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

We hosted an Arts & Culture Roundtable!

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

Information on the Cherry Hill Festival can be found here.

 

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Health & Wellness: The Druid Hill Community Walk

chaunceyJuly 25, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted our monthly Health & Wellness segment! We’re joined in-studio by fitness activist and trainer Chauncey Whitehead, President of CDW Health and Wellness; and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.
The 49th monthly community walk at Druid Hill Park will take place Saturday, August 5. Everyone is welcome! The walk begins at 7:30am near the tennis courts. 

Baltimore CeaseFire: Vision For The Future

Baltimore CeaseFire (Credit: Facebook Page)July 25, 2017 – Segment 1

We took a look at Baltimore Ceasefire, a local group of Baltimore community members who are calling for a murder-free weekend in Baltimore, Friday August 4th through Sunday August 6th. The group is also asking Baltimore residents to celebrate life during the ceasefire with activities such as  cookouts, neighborhood clean-ups, block parties, and organized games.

With: Erricka Bridgeford, Director of Training for Community Mediation Maryland; and activist PFK Boom.

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Baltimore Faith Based Development Certificate Program

Faith-Based Development Certificate Program Participants (Credit: Enterprise Community)July 17, 2017 – Segment 2

A couple weeks ago I was honored to emcee the graduation for the Baltimore Faith Based Development Certificate Program, which provides training and technical assistance to houses of worship in Baltimore that are seeking to develop affordable housing and community facilities in the city.

I talked on the show with three individuals involved in this important and innovative program: Rev. David B. Franklin, Pastor of Miracle City Church; Ann Cotton, Director of the Schaefer Center for Public Policy; and Lisa R. Hodges, Esq., Program Instructor & Principal at Hodges Development, LLC, who was named Director of the School-Centered Neighborhood Investment Initiative. The Baltimore Faith Based Development Certificate Program is a partnership between Enterprise Community Partners and the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore.

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Chimamanda Adiche

July 14, 2017 – Segment 2Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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


Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War

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

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

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

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Community Walk: Health and Fitness with Chauncey Whitehead

Chauncey Whitehead and Rhonda Silva (Credit: Steinershow)January 30, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted our monthly segment on Health and Fitness, with: Fitness activist and trainer Chauncey Whitehead, President of CDW Health and Wellness; and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.

The monthly community walk in Druid Hill Park in Baltimore will take place this Saturday, July 1, 2017, starting at 7:30am near the tennis courts. All are welcome to attend!

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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.

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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.

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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.
For general inquiries or questions contact info4kahlon@gmail.com or 3dotzine@gmail.com

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

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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

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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

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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

OSI Logo (Credit: OSI Event Page)December 9, 2016 – Segment 2

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. 

Justice4Garvey

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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

World of The Play (Credit: EveryMan Theater Site)November 18, 2016 – Segment 2

 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

November 10, 2016 – Segment 2

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

October 4, 2016 – Segment 2undocumented

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

October 3, 2016 – Segment 2 intersectionality

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

September 30, 2016 – Segment 5malcolm-peacock

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

September 30, 2016 – Segment 4billy_225

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

September 30, 2016 – Segment 3hertiage-fellow-2016-mike-vlahovich

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

September 28, 2016 – Segment 1Reynolds & Keily

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

meandpopsSeptember 23, 2016 – Segment 4

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

black-wall-street-morgan-state-officialSeptember 23, 2016 – Segment 3

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

motherslamentSeptember 15, 2016 – Segment 1

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.