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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Reels From the Attic: Preview With Joe Tropea

Reels From the Attic (Credit: Red Emma's)May 25, 2016 – Segment 2

We host an interview with Joe Tropea, Digital Projects Coordinator for the Maryland Historical Society, offers a preview of an event happening Wednesday  evening at Red Emma’s 2640 Space, Reels From the Attic: Bob and Teresa’s Documentary Picks and Not-Fiction OdditiesReels From the Attic is a selection of 16mm films & video curated by local film fiends Teresa & Bob.

Reels From the Attic: Bob and Teresa’s Documentary Picks and Not-Fiction Oddities with special guest Denny Lynch takes place Wednesday May 25 at 7pm at 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul Street in Baltimore. Enjoy two sets of vintage short films and videos about historic Baltimore and beyond, and then stick around to talk about them. Some local, some lovely, some fun or funny. All vintage in content and format, projected, for free.

Baltimore Musician and Writer Abdu Ali

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We speak with writer and musician Abdu Ali about his latest mixtape MONGO.
Abdu Ali will perform this Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 9:00pm at the Crown, 1910 N. Charles Street, in his second Baltimore solo show, The Ointment, a multi-sensory event curated by Ali and featuring artists of varying media.

Center Stage: Dramaturgy & New Things Coming

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I host an interview with Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, Artistic Director at Center Stage and award-winning British playwright, director, actor and broadcaster, and Gavit Witt, Associate Artistic Director and Director of Dramaturgy at Center Stage, who will discuss Center Stage’s leadership in the world of dramaturgy as well as some exciting news.

Chauncey Whitehead & Rhonda Silva: Health & Wellness

Chauncey Whitehead and Rhonda Silva (Credit: Steinershow)May 6, 2016 – Segment 2

We have 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.

The monthly community walk at Druid Hill Park will be held this Saturday, May 7, beginning at 7:30am near the tennis courts.

Special Preview: Maryland Film Festival

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We host a preview of what’s in store at the Maryland Film Festival, which begins May 4, 2016. With Jed Dietz, Director of the Festival, and Michael Faulkner, Director of the film Shu-de!, which follows Baltimore beat-box artist Shodekeh as he travels to Tuva to collaborate with the throat singing group Alash.

A Dream Preferred Panel Discussion

The World of the play (Credit: Everyman Theater)April 29, 2016 – Segment 4

We host a fascinating cross-cultural and cross-generational discussion that took place at last Saturday’s World of the Play at Everyman Theatre. Our panel’s topic is A Dream Preferred, based on the themes of Death of a Salesman, and our guests talk about what the “American Dream” means in today’s world. With: Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin, artist based in Baltimore, Maryland; Ako “Brother Changa” Onyango, Baltimore born musician, carpenter and father of six who serves as the Executive Director of Community Mediation and as Founding Director of Our Boys institute; Jeff Singer, community organizer, clinical social worker, public policy advocate, and founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; and Jadzia Floyd, 19-year old Baltimore native, and a co-founder and graduate of Baltimore Youth Initiative (BYI) High School.

Baltimore Mayoral Candidates Forum For Ex-Offenders, Part 1

Baltimore Ex-Offenders (Credit: City Paper)April 22, 2016 – Segment 3

We host the first part of a broadcast of the Baltimore Mayoral Forum for Ex-Offenders, which took place Wednesday, April 14, at Douglas Memorial Community Church. Candidates who participated included: Sheila Dixon, Elizabeth Embry, Joshua Harris, DeRay McKesson, State Senator Catherine Pugh, Councilman Carl Stokes, and David Warnock.

Luminous Intervention At The Tubman House In Baltimore

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We are joined by Talib Saber, Program Associate for the Friend of a Friend program, talking about the Tubman House. We discuss the Luminous Intervention Project with him and its involvement with the Tubman House.

Update: The Tubman House Project With Dominque Stevenson

Tubman House (Credit: Baltimore Sun)April 13, 2016 – Segment 1

We host an update on the construction of the Tubman House in Sandtown with Dominique Stevenson. Dominique is a Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther.

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture

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We discuss sexual assault and domestic violence in Baltimore and beyond. With: Kiara James, on the leadership team for FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and the Monument Square, and student at Morgan State University; and Rebecca Nagle, co-founder of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture.

Examining Light City Baltimore, The First Large-Scale International Light Festival

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We check in with an exciting and important event occurring right now in Baltimore, Light City Baltimore. In 1816, Baltimore was the first American city to illuminate its streets with gas lanterns, revolutionizing the urban landscape forever by transforming the city with light. Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States.

We talk with three artists featured in the festival: Mina Cheon, new media artist, writer, and full time Professor at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); Gabriel Kroiz, Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Design at the Morgan State University School of Architecture and Planning; and Paul Rucker, Baker Award-winning visual artist, composer, and musician, artist-in-residence at the Creative Alliance, and former visiting artist at MICA.

Monthly Segment on Health and Wellness: Men’s Health

Chauncey Whitehead and Rhonda Silva (Credit: Steinershow)March 30, 2016 – Segment 2

We host our monthly segment on Health & Wellness 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. The topic this month will be African American Men’s Health.

The monthly community walk at Druid Hill Park will take place this Saturday, April 2, at 7:30 am, starting near the tennis courts.

Black Comic Book Mini-Fest, Celebrating Sci-Fi & Black Superheroes

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We take a look at the Black Comic Book Mini-Fest, happening this Saturday, March 26th from 11a.m. – 5p.m., at Towson University. With: Yumy Odom, Founder and President of East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, Inc.
The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention will celebrate literacy and creativity at Towson University with a focus on sci-fi, Black superheroes and super-powered characters. The Black Comic Book Mini-Fest takes place Saturday, March 26, 11am-5pm, at the Towson University Liberal Arts Bldg., 251 University Ave., with a spectacular day of networking, panel discussions, film screenings, a comic book marketplace and youth / adult workshops.

Farai Chideya: The Episodic Career

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Marc speaks with Farai Chideya, who discusses her new book The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption. Chideya is a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight and is Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU. She will be speaking tonight at 6:30 at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 415 Park Avenue in Baltimore, sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Sound Bites: Sandtown–Building a Model for Food and Jobs

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In a special archive edition of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we hear a rebroadcast of a Good Food Gathering town hall meeting held last summer in partnership with Hopkins’ Baltimore Food and Faith Project, titled Sandtown: Building a Model for Food and Jobs. The town hall took place at Jubilee Arts, located in the Sandtown Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore, which was at the center of the Baltimore Uprising and was the neighborhood where Freddie Gray lived and was arrested.
The panel was comprised of three members of the faith community who are working on food and employment issues in interesting and effective ways: Elder C.W. Harrisof Strength to Love II Farm and Newborn Holistic Ministries; Antoine Bennet of New Song Community Church; and Melissa Kelly of the No Boundaries Coalition.

The Sankofa Entrepreneurs Project: Making a Great Living While Impacting Greatly

Meshelle, The Indie Mom of ComedyMarch 16, 2016 – Segment 2

We are joined by guest host is Charles Ellison, political strategist and Host of The Ellison Report on WEAA for a conversation with Meshelle the Indie Mom of Comedy, stand up comedian, former OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow and founder of Goaldiggers, the Sankofa Project. Meshelle will tell us about The Sankofa Entrepreneurs Project: Making a Great Living While Impacting Greatly, a project to build on and extend efforts to offer underserved young women a program to cultivate the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Citizen Artist Baltimore Mayoral Forum on Arts & Culture

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We talk about an important local event that’s coming up: The Citizen Artist Baltimore Mayoral Forum on Arts & Culture. With: CJ Phillips, Artistic Director at Dance and Bmore; and Jeannie Howe, Executive Director of Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

The Citizen Artist Baltimore Mayoral Forum on Arts and Culture will take place on Monday, March 7th 2016 at 6 pm at Falvey Hall in the Brown Center at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). For more information, visit

Health & Wellness with Chauncey Whitehead

Ernestine Shepherd (Credit: Ego-Alterego)March 4, 2016 – Segment 3

We host our monthly segment on Health & Wellness 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.

The monthly community walk with Chauncey and Ernestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female bodybuilder, will be held this Saturday, March 5 at 7:30am, beginning next to the tennis courts at Druid Hill Park.

Encore Presentation: Joy-Ann Reid On ‘Fracture: Barack Obama, The Clintons, & The Racial Divide’

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We begin the show with an encore presentation of the conversation I had with Joy-Ann Reid a few weeks ago at the Enoch Pratt Free Library about her book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide. Reid is a national correspondent for MSNBC.

Baltimore Theater Project – HICK: A Love Story

HICK (Credit: Baltimore Theater Project Site) February 24, 2016 – Segment 4

We host a show about the local cultural event: HICK: A Love Story, the current production at the Baltimore Theatre Project. HICK is the story of the romance between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, the most famous woman journalist of her day, as discovered in 1978 when a researcher opened 18 boxes of letters between the two women that documented their relationship. HICK comes to Baltimore from the Lilith Theatre of San Francisco.

With: Chris Pfingsten, Producing Director of Theatre Project; and Terry Baum, playwright, solo performer, and founder of Lilith, the Women’s Theater Collective in San Francisco. HICK: A Love Story was nominated for the prestigious Theatre Bay Area Award in San Francisco.

Click here for information and tickets

Poet & Activist Tariq Touré: Black Seeds

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We host writer, poet, and activist Tariq Touré, who joins us to discuss his new book is Black Seeds: The Poetry and Reflections of Tariq Touré.
The book release party for Black Seeds: The Poetry and Reflections of Tariq Touré will happen Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 7:30 at Red Emma’s.

Everyman Theatre’s World Of The Play: Under The Skin

Under The Skin (Credit: Everyman Theater Webpage)February 12, 2016 – Segment 2

We play a fascinating panel discussion hosted by Marc that took place last Saturday (February 6, 2015) at Everyman Theatre’s World of the PlayBoundaries of the Body, Limits of Love. The discussion was based on the themes of Everyman’s current production, Under The Skin, which explores the complex family issues that arise when one member needs a new kidney to survive. Our conversation covered the facts, misconceptions, cultural dynamic and psychology of giving away a piece of yourself.

With: Dr. Rolf Barth, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Director of Liver Transplantation at UM Medical Center; Jay A. Herzog, Everyman Theatre’s Resident Lighting Designer and a living liver recipient celebrating his one-year anniversary of the transplant during the run of this production; Litsa Williams MA, LGSW, Director of Community Services for the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, the non-profit organization that facilitates organ and tissue donation for most of Maryland, where she oversees the family services department; and Jo Funk, MSW, LCSW-C, University of Maryland Medical Center Social Worker and Independent Living Donor Advocate.

Under the Skin will be playing at the Everyman Theater until February 21, 2016. Tickets and more information available on their webpage located here.

Sound Bites: Community Impacts of Industrial Poultry Operations On The Eastern Shore

Photo Credit: Citizens for a Better Eastern ShoreJanuary 28, 2016 – Hour 2

On our newest edition of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we look at Community Impacts of Industrial Poultry Operations. Last week I took a trip to Exmore, Virginia, a small town south of Chincoteague on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, where I moderated a forum for the Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore, exploring community impacts of industrial poultry operations — including the construction of poultry houses and the spreading of poultry litter on fields — at the Broadwater Academy. Just as communities on Maryland’s Eastern Shore are beginning to organize against the mass expansion of industrial poultry farming, communities in Virginia are beginning to do the same.
The panelists included:
  • Mark Brush, Associate Professor of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science;
  • Jillian Fry of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health;
  • Carole Morrison, former Industrial Poultry grower, now small-scale farm grower;
  • Roger Everton and Neil Zahradka of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; and
  • Maria Payan, Consultant, Socially Responsible Agricultural Project.

This broadcast was edited for time. To hear the full, unedited audio from this town hall forum click here

From The Archives: Symbols of the Confederacy

Confederacy Counter Protest (Credit: City Paper)January 15, 2015 – Segment 3

We rebroadcast this conversation in light of the Baltimore Special Commission that’s been reviewing the city’s Confederate monuments announcing their recommendation yesterday that the Roger Taney Monument on Mount Vernon Place and the Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell — 2 out of 4 Confederate monuments in Baltimore — be removed. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will have final say over that recommendation.
We are joined by Zoe Carpenter, The Nation‘s Assistant Washington Editor, who wrote a blog post “A History of Hate Rock From Johnny Rebel to Dylann Roof“; Yoni Appelbaum, a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics section and wrote article titled “Why Is The Flag Still There“; Chris Roberts, advocate and a doctoral student and instructor in the African American Studies Department at Temple University; Dr. Tara Bynum, post-doctoral fellow at Rutgers University; and Evan Serpick, former Editor of the City Paper, wrote the article “Stop Honoring White Supremacy” and started an online petition to change the name of Robert E. Lee Park.

Raising Strong Leaders: A Community Discussion For Parents & Young Readers

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Today we preview an important community event happening this weekend in Baltimore, hosted by the Center for Urban Families: Raising Strong Readers, a community discussion for parents and young readers. Our guests include Bobby Marvin Holmes, Founder of Son of a Dream, LLC, a youth development consulting and multimedia firm committed to empowering youth and families, and author of Casey’s Day with Daddy and Ryan Turner, Founder and Executive Director of The AKOBEN FOUNDATION, a nonprofit organization that develops urban youth into leaders in order to preserve future outcomes of minority communities.

Celebrating The Winter Solstice With Helicon

Helicon (Credit: The Baltimore Sun)December 18, 2015 – In-Studio Special

We host a musical treat with Helicon  joining us in studio for their annual visit before they play their 30th Annual Winter Solstice Concert! 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.
On Saturday December 19, Helicon will perform two shows, at 3:30 and at 7:30 at Kraushaar Auditorium on the campus of Goucher College. Their performance brings to life seasonal Scottish, Irish, French Canadian, Appalachian and other world music. You can purchase tickets here.

Jazz Legend Stanley Cowell Back In Baltimore For CD Release

StanleyCowellDecember 16, 2015 – Segment 3

We have a special musical treat with jazz legend Stanley Cowell joins us to talk about his concert and CD release party on December 19 at An Die Musik.

He’s joined by WEAA’s own Robert Shahid, co-Host of the Baltimore Blend and longtime musician and drummer. Cowell is Professor Emeritus of Jazz Piano at Rutgers-Mason Gross School of the Arts and a Steinway Artist.

Countdown To The Annapolis Summit 2016: Budget, Taxes & Surplus

Annapolis Summit (Credit: The Daily Record)December 11, 2015 – Segment 4

We continue our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit. This week our panel reflects upon the state’s budget, taxes, and surplus. Our guests are: State Senator Roger Manno, Democrat representing the 19th District (Montgomery County) in the Maryland State Senate and member of the Budget and Taxation Committee; and State Senator Andrew Serafini, Republican representing the Second District (Washington County) in the Maryland State Senate and member of the Budget and Taxation Committee.

Join The Marc Steiner Show and The Daily Record on January 13, 2016, for the 13th Annual Annapolis Summit! I will talk with Governor Larry Hogan, Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch about the issues facing the 2016 Maryland State Legislature. Click here to purchase your tickets!

Bernie Sanders Coming to Baltimore

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Today we talk with former Ohio State Senator, Nina Turner, who withdrew her support of Hillary Clinton last month to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders.  The Democratic Presidential candidate is visiting the communities of Baltimore city today.

Theatre Baltimore: Center Stage Presents ‘Doing Time In Education, The Baltimore Chapter’

Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education The California Chapter (Credit: Berkley Rep)December 2, 2015 – Segment 3

We host a preview of a special series of events to occur this weekend at Baltimore’s Centre Stage Theatre: Anna Deavere Smith presents Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The Baltimore ChapterThis new production is comprised of material collected through Smith’s interviews with more than 100 individuals in Baltimore who are affected by what has been commonly named the “school-to-prison pipeline.” Smith will present a reading of her work, followed by facilitated small-group discussions of how to be part of the effort to affect change. A Baltimore native known for her television and movie roles in The West Wing, Nurse Jackie, The American President, and Blackish, Smith will join me to talk about her life, Baltimore, and this new production.

Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The Baltimore Chapter will take place at Center Stage Saturday December 5, 2015 and Sunday December 6, 2015.

The Big Hope Show at The American Visionary Art Museum

November 20, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc joins American Visionary Art Museum founder and director Rebecca Hoffberger for a tour of the inspirational exhibition, The Big Hope Show. The opening of the exhibition coordinates with the AVAM’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations.

Not About A Riot: Stories of Hope, Resilience, and Community

Not About a Riot (Credit: EMP Collective)November 18, 2015 – Segment 3

We take a look at an exciting new film premiering this Sunday, November 22, at 7:00pm at the EMP CollectiveNot About a Riot tells the stories of the Baltimore Uprising that media didn’t cover – stories of hope, resilience, and community.

With: Malaika Aminata Clements, Morgan State University Print Journalism graduate and Director of Not About a Riot; and Nia Hampton, writer and filmmaker.

Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

November 13, 2015 – Segment 2

Marc travels to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture for a preview of their fascinating exhibit  Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American  Life in Maryland and the World.  Over the  course of this audio tour we will hear from: Jeffrey Moaney, family descendant of some of the people Ruth Starr Rose illustrated; Dr. Barbara Paca, art historian and the guest exhibition curator of this exhibit; Ted Mack, Reginald F Lewis Museum Board Member; and Skip Sanders, Executive Director of the Lewis Museum. 

Sound Bites: Future of Food in Baltimore, Part 2 | Fast Food Chains Move To Antibiotic-Free Meat

(Photo Credit: Mike Mozart on Flickr) November 12, 2015 – Segment 3

We begin this week’s edition of Sound Bites with the second part of the panel Marc moderated last week on the Future of Food in Baltimore, reflecting upon the significant community work happening in this city to rebuild the region’s food system. The conversation took place at the the Second Annual Town Creek Foundation Stakeholder Meeting. The Town Creek Foundation is one of the funders of The Marc Steiner Show and Sound Bites. The guests were: the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School; Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for the Park Heights Community Health Alliance and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; and Kurt Sommer, Director of the Baltimore Integration Partnership for the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers.

Our show ends with a conversation on the recent announcements by fast food chains Subway and McDonald’s that they are beginning to fade out the use of meats from animals raised with antibiotics. With: Evi Lowman, Campaign Organizer for Maryland PIRG (Public Interest Research Group); and Mae Wu, attorney for the National Resources Defense Counsel’s health program.

Pianist Scott Patterson’s ‘Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe’

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We host Baltimore-based pianist and composer Scott Patterson joins us to offer a preview of his one-man show Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe, which will premiere at the Charm City Fringe Festival, November 12-15. The Last Tribe utilizes piano, sound design and projection to tell a new and exciting sci-fi story in poem form.

Ellis Marsalis, Jr. Performing at Reginald F. Lewis 10th Anniversary Gala

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November 10, 2015 – Segment 4

Today we have a special musical treat, as jazz legend Ellis Marsalis, Jr. joins us to talk about his upcoming performance at the Reginald S. Lewis Museum for their 10th Anniversary Gala. Ellis Marsalis, Jr. is an accomplished, original jazz pianist and a jazz instructor who has helped shape some of the genre’s most important new musicians. A figurehead of the jazz music revival in New Orleans in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, Marsalis has enjoyed a career spanning almost four decades.

Profiled: Women’s Voices in Racial Profiling and Police Brutality

Kathleen Forster's 'Profiled' (Photo Credit: Kathleen Forster, Indiegogo)November 10, 2015 – Segment 3

We preview the new movie Profiled, which highlights women’s voices and concerns as part of the national dialogue on racial profiling and police brutality, and tells their powerful stories that bear witness to the institutional racism that drives such violence.

We speak with Kathleen Foster, director of Profiled, and producer of  independent documentaries that combine elements of individual stories, current events and history with a focus on grassroots struggles for change.

Town Hall Meeting: Less Testing, More Learning

Less Testing More LearningNovember 6, 2015 – Segment 2

For today’s show we listen to a  panel that Marc moderated on Wednesday November 4th at the Montgomery County Education Association called Less Testing, More Learning.  The town hall focused on how testing has affected schools and presents open dialogue about how parents, educators and students can advocate for a reduction in standardized testing.  This is a continuation of our work with the MSEA in creating a series of town hall meetings around the state on testing.

Our panel includes: Catherine Burton, a first grade teacher at Weller Reed Elementary School in Silver Spring, and before that was a kindergarten teacher. Angela Wang, a Social Studies teacher at Clarksburg High School. Sheba Evans, mother of two Montgomery County children in Silver Spring. Nicholas Ballon, a student at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. Melissa Escobar, student at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Aryana Jones, student at Clarksburg High School, and Angie Nseliema, who also attends Clarksburgh High School as a student.

Green Party & The 2016 Mayoral and City Council Elections

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Today we talk with the Green Party about the 2016 Baltimore Mayoral and City Council Elections with Bonnie Lane, advocate for the homeless and current chairperson of the Baltimore Green Party, and Apostle Richard White Jr., Baltimore Green Party candidate for 6th District City Council.

Theatre Baltimore: There Was A Boy At The Murphy Fine Arts Center

There Was A Boy (Credit: Morgan State University)November 4, 2015 – Segment 3

We look to theatre in this segment with a preview of an upcoming production at the Murphy Fine Arts Center on the campus of Morgan State University.  There Was A Boy is a staged reading of a Broadway-style Jazz Operetta, about events in the life of iconic musician and singer Nat King Cole. With: James Rich, the playwright and lead performer; and Vincent Dion Stringer, who is producing the piece and providing art direction.

The performance will take place November 19-21 at the Murphy Fine Arts Center on the campus of Morgan State University.

A Conversation With Artist Dr. Lilian Nabulime, Sculptor & HIV/AIDS Educator

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We end our show today by with a look at art and activism.  Marc Speaks with Dr. Lilian Nabulime, Ugandan sculptor-in-residence at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Dr. Nabulime’s sculptural woodcarving wrestles with the reality of HIV/AIDS. In addition to teaching a course at MICA called “Woodcarving as a Social Practice,” she is working with carpentry students at Living Classrooms and will soon begin working with students at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts in Harlem Park. Also joining us in-studio is Nicole Fall, Executive Director of Mind-Art-Power Projects, the organization that brought Dr. Nabulime to Baltimore for her artist residency at MICA.

Gracie Xavier On Her New Exhibit, “Cutz: Black Men in Focus”

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Marc speaks with Gracie Xavier, photographer and MICA Community Art Graduate, as they take a tour of the  Detroit native’s photography and Videography exhibit  “Cutz: Black Men in Focus”  currently showing at the Gallery CA, Station North. This compelling exhibit investigates current events, social myths and personal perceptions surrounding the Black male identity through the backdrop of the African American barber shop.


Talking About Race: Rights for Domestic Workers creativecommons copyright: David BaconOctober 14, 2015 – Segment 3

We turn to the plight of domestic workers with Open Society Institute-Baltimore as part of their Talking About Race series: Rights for Domestic Workers.  Joining us for this discussion is Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Rachel Micah-Jones, Founder and Executive Director of CDM: Centro de los Derechos del Migrante; and Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA. 


Sound Bites: A Game of Chicken? (Part 3) | Centro Ashé Herbs & Education

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Today we’re at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to discuss poultry industry expansion, community health and local control, and hear how concerned citizens in the Delmarva region are beginning to organize to keep their rural communities and local waterways healthy. Our panelists include: Dr. Jillian Fry from the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future; Dr. Kirkland Hall, a long-time member of Somerset County’s NAACP branch and the UMES chapter adviser; Maria Payan, consultant with Socially Responsible Agriculture Project and with the Assateague Coastal Trust; and Backbone Corridor Neighbors Association spokesperson, Lisa Inzerillo.

We close out with Centro Ashe, a community rooted herbal education program. Centro Ashé Farm is a medicinal plant sanctuary, homestead, and education center with locations in Southern Maryland and Costa Rica, and is home to hundreds of species of medicinal and native plants, open pasture and forest, fruit trees and more. Our guests will be: Molly Meehan, community herbalist, organizer, and Director of Centro Ashé Herbs & Education; and Ayo Ngozi, Clinical herbalist involved with Centro Ashé.

Health and Wellness: Breast Cancer Month

flickr/ creative commonsOctober 8, 2015 – Segment 2

It’s our monthly feature on health and fitness with fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead, Ernestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female competitive body builder, and Kimberly Whitfield of Kimberly Inspiring Beauty and Strength. In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, joins us as we focus on breast cancer awareness and fitness.

Baltimore International Black Film Festival: Preview & Discussion

Baltimore International Black Film Festival. (Credit: BIFF Website)October 7, 2015 – Segment 4

We take a sneak preview of the Baltimore International Black Film Festival. With: Kenneth Moore, Founder and Director of the Baltimore International Black Film Festival; and Mikal Odom, Director of LUV Don’t Live Here Anymore, one of the films that will be screened in the festival.

Justice or Else: The 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March

Million Man March 1995 (Credit: Wikimedia - Yoke Mc / Joacim Osterstam)October, 7 2015 – Segment 2

We look at an upcoming event, Justice or Else: The 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, which will take place in Washington, DC, on October 10. With: Farajii Muhammad, Host of Listen Up! on WEAA 88.9FM, co-director of the Justice of Else Baltimore Local Organizing Committee and member of the Nation of Islam.

Special West Wednesday Rally Outside Of Baltimore Central Booking & Intake Center

Tawanda Jones (Photo Credit: Megan Kenney on Twitter)October 6, 2015 – Segment 3

We check in on a special West Wednesday rally this Wednesday October 7th, 6:30pm, taking place outside of the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center at 300 E. Madison Street. The focus of the rally will be he death of Darrell Murray in prison and the police shooting of Keith Davis Jr.

With: Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Tawanda Jones, activist and sister of Tyrone West, who was killed by Baltimore police in July 2013. Jones has organized West Wednesday protests every week for the past 2 years.

The First Maryland Expungement/Shielding Clinic

Baltimore Detention Center (Credit: Wikimedia Commons: groupuscule)September 30, 2015 – Segment 1

We hold a discussion on expungement of criminal records, as a new law goes into effect on October 1 that allows for expungement and/or shielding in certain cases. The first Maryland Expungement/Shielding Clinic, open to the public, will take place on October 1.
With: Caryn Aslan, Senior Policy Advocate for the Job Opportunities Task Force; Maryland State Delegate Curt Anderson, Chairman of the Baltimore delegation; and Michael Pinard, Co-Director of the Clinical Law Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the UMD School of Law Reentry Clinic.
On October 1 2015, 8am-4pm (first session 8am-12noon, second session 1pm-4pm) at the New Psalmist Baptish Church, statewide partners to include the Job Opportunities Task Force and the MD School of Law Reentry Clinic will assist Marylanders adversely affected by a criminal record to determine which charges are eligible for expungement and/or shielding and assist with completing court forms.  Marylanders with criminal records (both convictions & non-convictions) seeking to have dated records “expunged” and/or shielded are encouraged to attendClick here for more information.

Talking About Race: Media Bias and Black Communities

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We host a discussion on media bias and Black communities, with: Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization; and Stacey Patton, reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

You can see Robinson and Patton tonight at the Enoch Pratt Free Library as part of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore series “Talking About Race.” For more information, click here.

Sound Bites: A Game Of Chicken – Poultry Industry Expansion, Community Health & Local Control In Delmarva (Part 1)

(Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture on Flickr)September 24, 2015 – Segment 3

It’s a brand new episode of Sound Bites, where we’ll listen to the first part of a town hall meeting I moderated last week in Princess Anne, Maryland called “A Game of Chicken?” We met at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to discuss poultry industry expansion, community health and local control, and hear how concerned residents in the Delmarva region are organizing to keep their rural communities and local waterways healthy.

Our panelists included: Dr. Jillian Fry from the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future; Dr. Kirkland Hall, a long-time member of Somerset County’s NAACP branch and the UMES chapter adviser; Maria Payan, consultant with Socially Responsible Agriculture Project and with the Assateague Coastal Trust; and Backbone Corridor Neighbors Association spokesperson Lisa Inzerillo. This conversation was presented by the Assateague Coastal Trust and the Assateague Coastkeeper.

City Paper This Week: 2015 Big Books Books Issue

City Paper CoverSeptember 23, 2015 – Segment 4

We close our show today with our regular segment City Paper This Week with City Paper Managing Editor and Eats and Drinks Editor Anna Walsh tells us about the 2015 Big Books Issue, which previews the Baltimore Book Festival coming up this weekend and more.

ReligionMaker Reverend Frances Murphy Draper On The HistoryMakers Project

Reverend Frances DraperSeptember 23, 2015 – Segment 3

In todays show  Dr. John Bullock sits in as host of the Marc Steiner Show. He is Professor of Political Science at Towson University.

We are joined by Reverend Frances Murphy Draper, the great-granddaughter of the founder of the Afro-American and lifelong citizen of Baltimore. She is a Morgan State University alum and is pastor of John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church in Baltimore. She speaks about her role as a ReligionMaker with the HistoryMakers project and her involvement with the Annual Back To School With The HistoryMakers Program coming up this Friday.

Baltimore-based African American HistoryMakers and hundreds of HistoryMakers nationwide will give their testimony of pursuing an education, overcoming challenges on their path to success, and making a difference in their communities during the 6th Annual Back to School With The HistoryMakers program on Friday, September 25th. The theme of the day is “COMMIT.” More information about HistoryMakers at

Theatre Morgan Presents ‘Save Our Streets: A Spoken Art Slam’

SOS (Credit: DNA Info)September 23, 2015 – Segment 2

In our show today Dr. John Bullock sits in as host of the Marc Steiner Show. He is Professor of Political Science at Towson University.

We preview “Save Our Streets: A Spoken Art Slam” with Director Phillip Royston Burgess, who is a Lecturer in the Theatre Program at Morgan State University; and Domonique Butler, one of the primary student performers in Save Our Streets.

Theatre Morgan  presents “Saving Our Streets: A Spoken Art Slam,” a collaboration of spoken word artists, drummers, dancers and visual artists from the Morgan State University and Baltimore communities. The spoken art street slam was developed over a 24 hour period and inspired by the words of Baltimoreans from all walks of life. The piece was created as a means to tell the stories of Black Baltimore, where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re headed. Performances: Saturday, September 26th at 7:00pm the YNot Lot at North Avenue and Charles Street; Friday, October 2nd at 8:00pm at the Murphy Fine Arts Center’s Amphitheater; Saturday, October 10th at 5:00pm at Walbrook Junction; and Friday, October 16th at 5:00pm at Pennsylvania and North Avenues. Performances are open to the public. More information at 443-885-3625 or at


People and Planet First: A Multigenerational Dialogue On Maryland’s Future

Photo Credit: Institute for Policy StudiesSeptember 18, 2015 – Segment 4

Our panel of guests engages in a discussion about an important conference taking place Friday in Baltimore: People and Planet First: A Multigenerational Dialogue On Maryland’s Future. With: Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA and creator of the video The Story of StuffLarry Stafford, New Economy Maryland Fellow and Executive Director of Progressive Maryland; and Larissa Johnson, New Economy Maryland Fellow and climate movement activist.
Join the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) on Friday September 18 for People and Planet First: A Multigenerational Dialogue, a day of celebration and exploration of the new economy that will feature workshops that explore elements of the new economy movement. At University of Baltimore from 1:30 to 9:00. Click here for more information.  

Kane Mayfield: On Baltimore and His New Music

Kane MayfieldSeptember 2, 2015 – Segment 3

We talk with rapper Kane Mayfield, who will be performing Friday September 4th, at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore.

NPR’s Anya Kamenetz on Education and Testing

Anya KamenetzSeptember 2, 2015 – Segment 2

We discuss Education and Testing, with NPR’s lead education blogger Anya Kamenetz.

On Wednesday, September 2, I will be moderating a panel hosted by the Maryland State Education Association, “Less Testing, More Learning,” at the Roland Park Elementary/Middle School. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to register. 

D Watkins: The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America

D WatkinsSeptember 1, 2015 – Segment 4

We speak with author and filmmaker D Watkins about his new book The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America. D Watkins’ book release event will be at the Union Baptist Church of Baltimore (1219 Druid Hill Ave) Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00 PM.

Sankofa African Bazaar Essay Contest

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We have an update on a Charles Village institution, Sankofa African Bazaar. In an interesting twist, Sankofa owner KiKi Armstrong is preparing to retire and is seeking a future owner with the skills, knowledge, and passion to keep the content and destination experience of this exclusive shop intact. To ensure that this objective is met, she is holding a contest. Candidates are encouraged to enter Sanfoka’s contest by completing a simple questionnaire located on their website at We’re joined by: Esther “KiKi” Armstrong, owner of Sankofa.

Comedian Hari Kondabolu On Waiting For 2042, Coming To Baltimore

Hari KondaboluAugust 21, 2015 – Segment 2

We are joined by stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu, whose debut album is called Waiting for 2042. Kondabolu will perform at the Creative Alliance on Sunday. The Creative Alliance website describes him as “A fearless political comedian, [who] tackles social issues in the confrontational spirit of Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor, with a voice all his own.”

Sound Bites: Natasha Bowens’ ‘The Color of the Food’ | Race And Agriculture

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In our latest episode of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world, we are joined by Natasha Bowens. Bowens is a beginning farmer and community grower in Western Maryland, who wrote the book The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming. She will present her book Thursday night, August 20th at 7:30pm at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, and this September at the Baltimore Book Festival.

Later, Natasha Bowens is joined by local farmer Denzel Mitchell of Five Seeds Farm and Apiary in Baltimore to talk about the ways that race intersects with agriculture and the food movement.

An Die Musik Presents: Sunny Cowell & Stanley Cowell

Sunny CowellAugust 18, 2015 – Segment 3

We close out the show with a preview of a special musical event, happening August 29: An Die Musik Presents Sunny Cowell CD Release Concert & Party.

With: Sunny Cowell on voice & guitar; and Stanley Cowell, who will play piano at the concert.

Can Communication Bring Police & Community Together In Baltimore?

Jean LloydJuly 15, 2015 – Segment 5

We check-in on a Town Hall on Police-Community Relations taking place next week at the Real News Network Studios in Baltimore.

With: Karim Ali, Executive Producer of Vision View Media Group and co-Founder of Creating A Profound Sense of Community [CAPSOC]; Omar Henderson, Executive Producer of Vision View Media Group; and Jean Lloyd, President of Jean Lloyd and Associates.

Coming Up This Weekend: The African Griot Book Fair For Our Children

African Griot Book Fair BaltimoreJuly 10, 2015 – Segment 4

We check in with the African Griot Book Fair for our Children,  happening this Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 PM at Druid Hill Park Near Columbus Pavilion in Baltimore. With: Gillette Dickens, trusted servant of the African Griot Book Fair for our Children; Duane G.Shorty” Davis, partner and ally of the African Griot Book Fair for our Children; and Deletta Gilispie, singer, songwriter and teacher.

Multi-City Meeting For Families Victimized By Police Violence

Tawanda JonesJuly 8, 2015 – Segment 3

We talk to activist Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West — who was killed by Baltimore Police while in police custody — about a multi-city meeting taking place that includes families who have experienced police violence. Tawanda Jones has been organizing West Wednesday protests every week for the past two years since her brother was killed.



Lea Gilmore’s Big Fat Blues Cabaret At The Creative Alliance

LeaGilmoreJune 22, 2015 – Segment 4

We have a preview of a special event happening at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance on Friday, June 26: Lea Gilmore’s Big Fat Blues Cabaret. We will be joined in-studio by the fabulous Lea Gilmore, activist, world-renowned Gospel and Blues singer, and Center for Emerging Media Cultural Editor.



In Baltimore, Black Women And Girls’ Lives Matter

Black Women and Girls Lives MatterJune 15, 2015 – Segment 3

We look at #BlackWomenandGirlsLivesMatter, with: Kalima Young, Director of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, a project of the Office of Community Engagement at the Maryland Institute College of Art; 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; Lenora Knowles, Amorous Ebony, and Emelda De Coteau, and organizers of the #BlackWomenandGirlsLiveMatter Rekia’s Rally March / Protest that is happening this Saturday and Sunday, June 20 & 21.

Sound Bites: Update On 21-Mile Gas Pipeline | Complex Plight Of Chicken Growers Organizing To Change The System | Recipe: Vegan, Gluten-Free Alfredo

Mike WeaverJune 11, 2015 – Segment 3

On our newest edition of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we take a trip to Washington, DC, for a conversation on a number of issues around the poultry industry, focusing on the complex plight of contract chicken growers. We examine how the vertically integrated nature of the poultry industry often leaves chicken growers feeling powerless in the face of the large companies to whom they are contractually bound. We also highlight ways that poultry farmers are organizing to change that system, and how their allies in Washington are working to address the problems on a legislative level. Our guests are: Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who represents the 9th Congressional District of Ohio in the US House of Representatives; West Virginia poultry grower Mike Weaver, who is President and Co-founder of the Contract Poultry Growers Association of the Virginias; and Christopher Leonard, investigative reporter and author of The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business.

We close out Sound Bites with a recipe for vegan gluten-free alfredo from Naijha Wright, Co-Owner of Land of Kush Restaurant and Co-organizer of the Vegan Soul Fest.

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Intimacy Idiot: A Conversation With Author, Actor & Playwright Isaac Oliver

Isaac OliverJune 10, 2015 – Segment 4

We offer a sneak preview of an event to be held Wednesday evening at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, An Evening with Isaac Oliver. Oliver is author of the book Intimacy Idiot.

Rev. Jamal Bryant on the Protest Against the Youth Jail

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Rev. Jamal Bryant, Senior Pastor of Empowerment Temple AME, joins us to talk about the protest he organized against the construction of the new youth jail in Baltimore.

Preview: ‘Out In The Night’ Screening At The Charm City LGBTQA Film Festival

Out-in-the-NightMay 13, 2015 – Segment 5

We offer a sneak preview of Saturday night’s special screening of Out in the Night at the Baltimore Creative Alliance, part of the 4th Annual Charm City LGBTQA Film Festival. I talk with the film’s Director, blair dorosh-walther.

Visit From The Monks Of The Drepung Gomang Monastery

Tibetan Monks in BaltimoreMay 13, 2015 – Segment 4

Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India have been in Baltimore for the past week, leading discussions and meditations and creating a sand mandala at the Baltimore Yoga Village in Mount Washington. Wednesday evening at 6:30 the Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony will take place. On our show to talk about the weeklong experience will be Anjali Sunita of Baltimore Yoga Village and Monks from the Drupung Gomang Monastery.

Tom Hayden: Listen Yankee! Why Cuba Matters

Tom HaydenMay 8, 2015 – Segment 3

Listen to my conversation from last Sunday with long-time activist, former politician, and author Tom Hayden, about his new book Listen Yankee! Why Cuba Matters. The discussion took place at the Enoch Pratt Free Library before a live audience.

Special Presentation: Voices From The Freddie Gray Protests

Voices of the Freddie Gray protestMay 1, 2015 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a special production, Voices from the Freddie Gray Protests, from our Marc Steiner Show producers Mark Gunnery and Stefanie Mavronis who have been out with the protesters throughout the week.

You will hear from: Nyasha Dixon, Ralikh Hayes, Paul Rucker, Willa Bickham, Brendan Walsh, Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, Molly Amster, Minister Carlos Muhammad, Dayvon Love, Touré, Dr. Lawrence Brown, Cordy Shaw, Person Ablach, students from Goucher, Councilpersons Carl Stokes, Nick Mosby, Brandon M. Scott and more.

Sir Gilbert Levine: A Celebration Of Peace Through Music

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We close out the show with Sir Gilbert Levineconductor and creator of A Celebration of Peace Through Music, a two-hour show that is currently being broadcast on public media stations nationwide. A Celebration of Peace Through Music is a concert featuring the Kraków Philharmonic Choir, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Washington Choral Arts Society. It is a tribute to Pope John XXIII, Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis – three spiritual leaders recognized for their devotion to promoting understanding and peace around the world.

Everyman Theatre’s World Of The Play: The Cost Of Keeping A Secret

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Does your family have secrets? Listen in to a riveting discussion held two weeks ago at Everyman Theatre as part of their World of the Play series: The Cost of Keeping a Secret. The discussion is based on the themes rising from the current production of Ibsen’s Ghosts at Everyman.

With: Dr. Jean Fernandez, Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland Baltimore County;Donald Hicken, Director of Ghosts and Theatre Department Head at Baltimore School for the Arts; and Samara Stone, social worker and Founder of The Stone Foundation.


Breaking The Silence: A National Town Hall On Women & Girls Of Color

National Conference on Women and Girls of ColorApril 24, 2015 – Segment 2

Listen as we look at an important event coming up this weekend at Morgan State University (MSU): a National Town Hall on Women and Girls of Color. With Dr. Anika Simpson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at MSU; Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor at the School of Global Journalism and Communication at MSU, co-Editor of Malcolm X: A Lie of Reinvention, and author of I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto; and Rachel Gilmer, Associate Director for the African American Policy Forum.

Morgan State University and the African American Policy Forum present the National Town Hall on Women and Girls of Color: Saturday, April 25, noon-4pm, Morgan State University Student Theatre, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane in Baltimore.  Click here to register. 

Sounds of the Aeolian: Classical Organ & Black Classical Music

organApril 23, 2015 – Segment 3

We talk about the upcoming Sounds of the Aeolian, a classical organ concert featuring the very rare Aeolian-Skinner organ. With: Dr. Samuel Springer, organist, Lecturer-Piano, Opera Workshop Fine Arts Music; and Bryan Alston, organist and Choir Director at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.  The concert will take place Sunday, April 26, at 4:00 pm, at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Baltimore.  


See Meshelle In Funny, Fierce, Fabulous: The Cabaret

Meshelle, The Indie Mom of ComedyApril 20, 2015 – Segment 4

We close out the show with a special sneak preview of Funny, Fierce, Fabulous: The Cabaret as Meshelle the Indie Mom of Comedy joins us to discuss her upcoming performance Saturday, April 25, at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance.


Gentrification (K)Not

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We take a sneak preview of the documentary Gentrification (K)Not, with filmmaker and political activist Jude Lombardi. This documentary explores the meaning of the terms revitalization and gentrification and how they function as elements of a system that displaces people from their communities, focusing on the Station North neighborhood in Baltimore. There will be a screening of Gentrification (K)Not at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 25, at 2640 (2640 St. Paul Street in Baltimore).

Women’s History Month Literary Festival At Enoch Pratt

enochMarch 5, 2015 – Segment 4

We hear a preview of the Women’s History Month Literary Festival, taking place this Saturday, March 7, at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.

Marc speaks with two of the three authors who will speak at the event on the topic of the intersection of place, time, and culture in literature and in the lives of women: Lalita Tademy, New York Times bestselling author whose newest novel, Citizens Creek, is set against the backdrop of Alabama in 1822 and follows the lives of a young slave boy who is sold to work on a plantation for a Creek Indian Chief and his beloved granddaughter; and LaShonda Katrice Barnett, author of a story collection and the debut novel Jam! on the Vine, which tells the story of Ivoe Williams, who founded the first female-run African American newspaper in Kansas City in the early 20th century.