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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

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.

Sound Bites: Climate Change and The Future

climate changeApril 6, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted the latest edition of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world. We examined the historical context of the climate change debate. The discussion springs from a 2014 article by Charles Mann in the Atlantic Monthly: “How to Talk about Climate Change so People Will Listen.”

Our guests are: Dr. Paul Sabin, associate professor in the Department of History at Yale University, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Yale’s undergraduate Environmental Studies major, and author of The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth’s Future; and Dr. Dale Jamieson, professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, and Director of the Animal Studies Initiative at New York University, and author of Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed – and What It Means For Our Future.

We then hosted a diverse panel of guests who considered the reality of climate change and how we can effectively talk about it.
Our guests for the panel are: Dr. Patrick Allitt, Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University and author of A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of EnvironmentalismJacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program; Daphne Wysham, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) where she directs the Genuine Progress Project; and Maryam Adrangi, campaigner with the Council of Canadians and organizer of Rising Tide: Vancouver Coast Salish Territories.

City Council Roundtable: $15 An Hour & The Baltimore Consent Decree

Baltimore City Council (Credit: JHU)April 5, 2017 – Segment 1

Our guest host is Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America. 
We hosted a Baltimore City Council Roundtable where issues such as the $15 hour Minimum Wage bill and the BPD Consent Decree were discussed. With: Shannon Sneed (District 13); Robert Stokes (District 12); and Mary Pat Clarke (District 14).

#BlackWomenAtWork

April 4, 2017 – Segment 1 

Our guest host is Kalima Young, Lecturer in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University and doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland. The topic will be #BlackWomenAtWork. With: human resources manager and consultant Francine Howell; and Brittany Oliver, writer, photojournalist and non-profit leader whose public interest work takes place at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland, where she organizes on a variety of civil rights issues and assists with all aspects of advocacy and communications.

Bail Reform: The Fight In The Maryland Legislature

Bail Bond (Credit: Public Broadcasting)April 3, 2017 – Segment 2

Our guest host is Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.

We had an update on the status of bail reform before the Maryland Legislature, with Caryn York, Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships for the Job Opportunities Task Force.


National News Roundtable: Planned Parenthood & Mike Flynn

Planned Parenthood (Credit: EndTimeHeadlines)April 3, 2017 – Segment 1

Our guest host is Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.
 
Dr. Moffitt hosted a National News Roundtable, including topics such as the defunding Planned Parenthood and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s offer to testify before Congress in exchange for immunity.
With: Bill Fletcher Jr., Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com, co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 and author of They’re Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about UnionsCharles Ellison, national correspondent and Host of The Ellison Report for WEAA; and Dana Peterson Moore, community activist, member of the Baltimore City Liquor Board, former Chair of the City Ethics Board, and past-President of the Charles Village Civic Association.

Local News Roundtable: $15 Minimum Wage

Mayor Pugh (Credit: Baltimore City Gov)March 27, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted a Local News Roundtable, discussing topics including Mayor Catherine Pugh’s veto of the $15/hour minimum wage bill.

With: Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial AmericaLuke Broadwater, reporter at the Baltimore Sun, where he covers Baltimore’s City Hall and Local Politics; and Jessica Lewis, organizer with Power Inside.


Bail Reform In Maryland

bailMarch 27, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted an update on one of the most contentious issues in the Maryland Legislature, bail reform.

With: Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Caryn York, Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships for the Job Opportunities Task Force.

 


Maryland General Assembly: Payday Lenders

Payday Lender (Credit: Richmond BizJournal)March 27, 2017 – Segment 2

We took a look at legislation before the Maryland General Assembly to curtail payday lenders.

With: Marceline White, Executive Director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition; and Robin McKinney, Director of the Maryland CASH (Creating Assets, Savings & Hope) Campaign.

Whether you want to start a small business, manage your health care costs, rock your credit score, or learn about anything else having to do with your personal financial life, Money Power Day is for you! And it’s free and open to the public! Money Power Day will take place on Saturday April 1, 2017, 9am-3pm, at Poly-Western High School, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane. Money Power Day is presented by the Baltimore CASH (Creating Assets, Savings & Hope) Campaign. Click here for the schedule.

National News Roundtable: Trump-Care & Internet Privacy

Phone (Credit: The Hill)March 27, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National News roundtable, discussing topics such as the defeat of the Republican healthcare plan to the Senate vote that slipped “under the radar” last week beginning the process to dismantle internet privacy protections for consumers.

With: Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America; and Carla Wills, Senior News Producer at Democracy Now!


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.


Just Words: Child Care Unionization

March 24, 2017 – Segment 5

In one of our Peabody Award-winning Just Words segments, we meet Gloria Knight, a state-contracted daycare provider who is unable to afford health insurance. A bicycle accident left her with a $50,000 hospital bill. Gloria discusses the benefits she thinks would stem from unionizing child care providers in Maryland.

 


Sherrilyn Ifill: American Politics and The LDF

Sherrilyn Ifill (Credit: Speakerpedia)March 24, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation with Sherrilyn Ifill, the seventh President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, regarding the hearings of the Neil Gorsuch nomination the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

 

 


Bail Reform In Maryland

Bail Bond (Credit: Public Broadcasting)March 22, 2017 – Segment 1

Our panel of guests took a look at Bail Reform, in light of legislation currently before the Maryland General Assembly.

With: Caryn York, Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships for the Job Opportunities Task Force; Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law


Local News Roundtable: State Of The City

Pugh State of the City (Credit: Baltimore Brew - Photographer Fern Shen)March 20, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a Local News Roundtable, where our panel of guests reflected upon the “State of the City” address that Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh delivered last Thursday, March 16.

With: farmer, educator, and food justice advocate Denzel MitchellMelody Simmons, reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal who covers real estate and economic development; Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer, President, & Co-Founder of Equity Matters; and 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.


Democracy in Crisis: Steve Bannon and The “Deconstruction of The Administrative State”

democracyincrisislogoMarch 17, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted the newest episode of Democracy in Crisis, a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and yours truly and produced by Mark Gunnery for The Center for Emerging Media. Baynard and I discussed what Steve Bannon means by the “deconstruction of the administrative state.”


Calvin Baker: Black Like Who?

Barack Obama (Credit: Calvin Baker's Article)March 17, 2017 – Segment 2

I had a conversation with Calvin Baker about his article in the March 2017 issue of Harper’s Magazine, “Black Like Who? How Obama negotiated America’s racial tightrope.”

Baker teaches in the English Department at Yale University and the Graduate School of the Arts at Columbia University. He is the author of four novels, most recently Grace.


City Council Roundtable: State of the City

Baltimore City Council (Credit: Baltimore City Council Page)March 16, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a City Council Roundtable, discussing Mayor Pugh’s State of the City address, the Baltimore Police Department budget, and more.

With: Councilman Ryan Dorsey (District 3); Councilman Zeke Cohen (District 1); and Councilman Bill Henry (District 4).


Health Care In Maryland: The ACA

Maryland General hospital (Credit: BizJournal)March 15, 2017 – Segment 3

We had a conversation about heath care in Maryland, reflecting on how the Affordable Care Act might affect the state, as well as a series of bills before the state legislature that would allow Attorney General Brian Frosh to sue pharmaceutical companies if they overcharge.

With: President of Health Care for All Vincent DeMarco.


The Crooked Branch: Discussion With Author Jeanine Cummins

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

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

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


Bail Reform: The Future of Cash Bail

Black Caucus (Credit: Patch)March 13, 2017 – Segment 3

We had a conversation on Bail Reform.

With: Caryn York, Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships for the Job Opportunities Task Force; and Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.


Affordable Care Act: Implementation & Repeal

GOP Health Care (Credit: Washington Free Beacon)March 13, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a debate on the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, the Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace it, and the possibility of a single payer plan.

With: Rachel Bovard, Director of Policy Services at the Heritage Foundation; Dr. Jonathan Weiner, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Dr. James Burdick, Professor of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and author of Talking About Single Payer: Health Care Equality for America.


Oak Park Regional Housing Center

March 9, 2017 – Segment 2 

Stay tuned for a special archive edition of the Marc Steiner Show.  We take a look at the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, an organization in Oak Park, Illinois, that was created to help develop an economically- and racially-integrated community during the 1960s — a community that still remains vital and thriving to this day. We talk with Rob Breymaier, Executive Director of The Oak Park Regional Housing Center.

Education Roundtable: Baltimore School Budget Deficit

School Stories: The Human Face of PolicyMarch 8, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted an Education Roundtable on the crisis in Baltimore City Public Schools funding and how to address it.

With: Sharicca Boldon, Community School Coordinator for Strong City Baltimore; Frank Patinella, Senior Advocate with the ACLU’s Education Reform Project; and Cheryl Bost, Vice President of Maryland State Education Association (MSEA).


Roundtable Conversation: Trump’s Speech Before Congress

Trump State of Union (Credit: Chicago Tribune)March 1, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a panel discussion on Donald Trump’s speech before the joint session of Congress, that took place on February 28, 2017.

With: Dr. Desiree Melton, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame University of Maryland; and Bill Fletcher, Jr., Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com, co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 and author of They’re Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions.


Maryland General Assembly: Delegate Roundtable

General Assembly (credit: Politicalmaryland)February 27, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a conversation with several of our Maryland State Delegates, who talked about legislation they have introduced before the Maryland General Assembly.

With: Del. Cory V. McCray (D-District 45, Baltimore City); Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-District 18, Montgomery County); Del. Cheryl D. Glenn (D-District 45, Baltimore City); and Del. Antonio L. Hayes (D-District 40, Baltimore City).


Never Caught: Conversation With Author Dr. Erica Dunbar

Never Caught (Credit: Amazon)February 20, 2017 – Segment 3

I talked with author Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar about her new book Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge. Dr. Armstrong Dunbar is the Blue and Gold Professor of Black Studies and History at the University of Delaware. She has been the recipient of Ford, Mellon, and SSRC fellowships and is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer.

Local Roundtable: ICE Raids and Education

Immigration Raids (Credit: WLFL)February 20, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a Local News Roundtable discussing topics such as local ICE Raids and Education in Baltimore. With: attorney and community activist Dana Moore, member of the Baltimore City Liquor Board, former chair of the City Ethics Board, and past-President of the Charles Village Civic Association; Full-time Teacher, Artists, and Activist Edgar Reyes; and Luis Larin, leadership organizer with United Workers.


Soundbites: Environmental Bills, Fermentation, & Immigration

Immigration Food Prep (Credit: New York Times)February 16, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted our newest episode of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world, we began the segment with a couple environmental bills currently before the Maryland Legislature, the Clean Water Commerce Act and the Polystyrene Phase Out. With: Betsy Nicholas, Co-chair of Maryland Clean Agriculture Coalition and Executive Director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake.
We then took a brief foray into the world of fermentation as Marc talked with Sandor Ellix Katz, a fermentation revivalist and author of Wild Fermentation, The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved and The Art of Fermentation.
Finally, Marc then took a look at Immigration and the Food Industry. With: Tim Carman, food writer and critic for the Washington Post; and Maura Judkis, reporter for the Washington Post. The discussion springs from their recent article for the Washington Post, “Restaurants depend on immigrants. Trump’s orders could hit them particularly hard.”

Baltimore Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program: Implementation and Benefits

LEAD Conference (Credit: Afro-American)February 15, 2017 – Segment 2

With our panel of guests we  discussesed Baltimore’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, created to divert low-level drug offenders away from arrest, to treatment and other support services.

With: Crista Taylor, Vice President for Programs of the Behavioral Health System of Baltimore; Captain James Rhoden, Baltimore City Police Department; and Scott Nolan, Director of the Drug Addiction Treatment Program for Open Society Institute-Baltimore.


The Maryland General Assembly: Issues of Bail Reform

Bail Bond (Credit: Public Broadcasting)February 8, 2017 – Segment 3

We took a look at issues of bail reform facing the Maryland General Assembly. With: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; and Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.


SoundBites: The Common Market & Black Farmers

Black Farmers (Credit: The Common Market)February 2, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted our newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We began with a recent report from The Common Market, on Needs Assessment of Black Farmers on the Delmarva Peninsula. With Hannah Jo King, Development Fellow at The Common Market and lead author on the report.

We then hosted a Black Farmers Roundtable. With: Lavette Blue, who co-owns and runs The Greener Gardens Farm in Baltimore; Denzel Mitchell, educator, food justice advocate, and political commentator; and Aleya Fraser, farmer at Black Dirt Farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

College Access and Affordability

Baltimore College (Credit: College Town Network)February 2, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a discussion on College Access and Affordability. With: Caryn York, Director of Policy & Strategic Partnerships, Job Opportunity Task Force; and Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University, Founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, and author of Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream.


Racial Wealth Divide in Baltimore

CFED Report (Credit: CFED Report)February 1 – Segment 2

Marc hosted a conversation with Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Director of the Racial Wealth Divide Initiative of CFED. They discussed the report the Corporation for Enterprise Development, CFED, released yesterday that reveals a significant gap in wealth between whites and other races in Baltimore.

They are joined by  Talib Horne, Executive Director of Bon Secours Community Works, halfway through their conversation.


Transportation Roundtable: BaltimoreLink

Baltimore CityLink Bus (Credit: Community Architect Daily)February 1, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a Transportation Roundtable, discussing topics such as Governor Hogan’s BaltimoreLink bus plan.

With: Jimmy Rouse, President of the Baltimore Transit Campaign and a founding member of Transit Choices; Samuel Jordan, President of the  Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition; and Denise Griffin Johnson, member of the Baltimore Transportation Equity Coalition.


Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz: Vision for the Country

Kamenetz (Credit: Baltimore County MD Site)January 30, 2017 – Segment 2

Marc hosted a  conversation with Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in-studio about what his vision for the County is.


SoundBites: Future Harvest & Trump’s EPA

January 26, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted our newest episode of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world. We begin the episode with Part 2 of a panel Marc moderated two weeks ago at Future Harvest Casa’s 18th Annual Conference, “Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed.” The panel was called “Policy Scoper: What’s happening in your state capital?” We discussed what food and agriculture policies are most important to the states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia, and also discussed what food and agriculture policy could look like nationally with the incoming Trump administration. We heard Part 1 of this panel discussion last week. 
The panelists were: Ed Kee, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture; Spencer Moss, Executive Director of West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition; Eric Bendfeldt, Area and Extension Specialist of Community Viability at Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University; Laine Cidlowski, Food Policy Director for the District of Columbia Office of Planning and the District of Columbia Food Policy Council, and Ferd Hoefner, Senior Strategic Advisor for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.
In the second half of SoundBites we had a conversation about Trump’s pick to run the EPA, Scott Pruit, his connection to the Chesapeake Bay, and legislation before the 2017 Maryland General Assembly that could affect water in Maryland. With: Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director of Chesapeake Waterkeepers; and Dean Naujok, Potomac Riverkeeper.

National News Roundtable: Donald Trump’s Executive Orders

Donald Trump Executive Order (Credit: Chicago TRibune)January 25, 2017 – Segment 1

We host a National News Roundtable, topics to include Donald Trump’s Executive Orders and why Democrats are so readily approving his cabinet nominees. With: Bhaskar Sunkara, Founding Editor of Jacobin and Senior Editor at In These TimesRose Aguilar, Host of Your Call Radio on KALW in San Francisco; and Charles Ellison, national correspondent and Host of The Ellison Report for WEAA.


Local News Roundtable: Hogan’s Budget Cuts

Hogan (Credit: Baltimore Sun)January 23, 2017 – Segment 2

We host a Local News Roundtable on Governor Hogan’s numerous budget cuts that will affect Baltimore and the region. With: the Rev. Kevin A. Slayton, Sr., Pastor of New Waverly United Methodist Church and President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Metropolitan Baltimore; Maryland State Delegate Nick Mosby (Democrat, 40th District, Baltimore City); State Senator Richard S. Madaleno, Jr. (Democrat, 18th District, Montgomery County); and Jamal Jones, Executive Director of the Algebra Project.


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. 

Radio Play: Pray for the Dead

January 13, 2017 – Segment 3

We broadcast Gene Bruskin’s radio play about workers and unions called Pray for the Dead – A Musical Tale of Morgues, Moguls and Mutiny. Described as “Sweeney Todd meets Norma Rae meets Bertolt Brecht,” the story focuses on a group of morgue workers in an unknown country facing calamity in their fight for a new contract, and unexpectedly leading an uprising against government and corporate corruption


Talk with Gene Bruskin: Pray for the Dead Playwright

January 13, 2017 – Segment 2 

I talk with playwright and labor activist Gene Bruskin, and then we broadcast his radio play about workers and unions called Pray for the Dead – A Musical Tale of Morgues, Moguls and Mutiny.


Annapolis Summit: House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.

January 11, 2017 – Segment 2 Annapolis Summit (Credit: WEAA)

Today is the opening day of the 2017 Maryland General Assembly, and our 14th annual Annapolis Summit.

Marc speaks with House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. We also hear questions from the audience.

Our partner for the Annapolis Summit is The Daily Record! And the Annapolis Summit is sponsored by Stevenson University, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Maryland State Education Association, Alexander & Cleaver, and VPC Inc. Our broadcast media partner is WEAA.

Here are the links to videos of two very important conversations from the summit, Bipartisanship and the environment .


Annapolis Summit: Governor Larry Hogan

January 11, 2017 – Segment 1

 

Today is the opening day of the 2017 Maryland General Assembly, and our 14th annual Annapolis Summit.

Marc speaks with Governor Larry Hogan. We also hear questions from the audience.

Our partner for the Annapolis Summit is The Daily Record! And the Annapolis Summit is sponsored by Stevenson University, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Maryland State Education Association, Alexander & Cleaver, and VPC Inc. Our broadcast media partner is WEAA.

Here are the links to videos of two very important conversations from the summit, Bipartisanship and the environment .


Countdown To The Annapolis Summit: Maryland Budget & Mandated Spending

Annapolis Summit (Credit: WEAA)January 6, 2017 – Segment 4

We host our newest segment of our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit. This week’s topic focuses on the budget that will be before the Maryland General Assembly, specifically addressing mandated spending. You will hear from: Bryan Sears, Government Reporter for the Daily Record; Maryland State Senator Stephen Waugh (R-District 29, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties); and Delegate Samuel (Sandy) Rosenberg (D-District 41, Baltimore City).
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.

Tengella’s Take: Get On The Bus 4 What’s Just

Koli Tengella (Credit: Examiner)January 6, 2017 – Segment 1

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


International News Roundtable: Russia, Iasrael, & NATO

Israel UN (Credit: FrontPagMag)January 4, 2017 – Segment 1

We host an International News Roundtable, discussing topics such as the new UN Israel Policy, Russia, and NATO.

With: Rania Khalek, Associate Editor at The Electric Intifida, co-host of the Unauthorized Disclosure podcast, and journalist whose work has appeared in publications including The Intercept and The NationJohn Feffer, Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies and author of Splinterlands; and Charles “Sam” Faddis, retired CIA Operations Officer and author of many books, including the novel Kaffa.


Countdown to the Annapolis Summit: Donald Fry & Business In Maryland

Don Fry (Credit: GBC Site)December 27, 2016 – Segment 2

We host our newest edition of our Countdown to the Annapolis SummitWe have Donald Fry, the president and CEO of Greater Baltimore Committee, on with us to discuss some of the business issues coming up in the next session of the Maryland General Assembly.

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: Transportation Policy

MTA Bus (Credit: Baltimore Sun)December 16, 2016 – Segment 3

We continue our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit segment. The topic is Maryland Transportation Policy. You will hear from: Delegate Robert Flanagan (MD-District 9B), former Maryland Secretary of Transportation; and Mel Freeman, former Executive Director of Citizens Planning and Housing Association.

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: Bail Reform with Doug Colbert & Mark Adams

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

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

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

Tengella’s Take: Class Division in the Black Community

Koli TengellaDecember 9, 2016 – Segment 1

We host our regular weekly feature 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.


Standing Rock: Divestment

November 30, 2016 – Segment 2 Dakota Access Pipeline (Credit: EcoWatch)

We continue our coverage of the Standing Rock protests, focusing on the protests against banks, including Citigroup and Wells Fargo, who bankroll the Dakota Access Pipeline. With: Georgia McCandlish, an organizer of the Black Friday Solidarity Action in Baltimore last weekend; and Cedar Wilkie Gillette, third-year law student at Vermont Law School studying environmental and human rights law, tribal member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, and lineal descendant of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, who wrote “I couldn’t go to Standing Rock, so I closed my accounts instead,” for Yes! Magazine and “Pipeline Expansion Means Increased Violence Against Tribal Women,” for the Huffington Post.


Neoliberalism and Capitalism in the Election

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We begin the show with a panel discussion on the Election, during which our panel of guests will examine and analyze the results within the framework of of Capitalism and Neoliberalism. With: Sabeel Rahman, Fellow at New America and Roosevelt Institute; Dr. Bruce E. Parry, retired professor, researcher in Political Economy, and a member of the Chicago Political Economy Group (CPEG); and Bill Fletcher, Jr., Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com, and co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 and Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized labor and a new path toward social justice.


Local Roundtable

November 14, 2016 – Segment 2 Baltimore City

We bring it closer to home with a Local Roundtable talking about the new elected officials around the city. With: Kim Trueheart, Community Activist, David Troy, Co-founder of 410 Labs and Co-founder Of The Baltimore Election 2016 Facebook Group; Odette Ramos, Executive Director with the Community Development Network of Maryland.


Election Analysis

November 9, 2016 – Segment 1 trump

We dedicate the show to the results of the Presidential Election. With: Carrie Levine, reporter at the Center for Public Integrity; Liz Copeland, President of the Urban Conservative Project; Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor of Media Studies at Morgan State University and Host/Producer at The Real News Network and @imixwhatilike; and Charles Ellison, national correspondent and Host of The Ellison Report for WEAA Lisa Snowden-McCray, writer and Associate Editor for City Paper; .

Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Joshua Harris

November 4, 2016 – Segment 4 Joshua Harris (Credit: Joshua Harris' Twitter)

With the Baltimore City mayoral election just days away, we sit down and talk to Green Party candidate Joshua Harris. We talk to him about his plans for the city and how he wants to help make Baltimore better for its residents.


Working Class White People and the Election

November 2, 2016 – Segment 1 poor-white-army

We begin the show with a look at the National Election from the perspective of poor and working class white people. With: Zoë Williams, organizer with SURJ Action (Showing Up for Racial Justice); Sabrina Shrader, candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates; Bob Zellnerformer SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and organizer who works for North Carolina’s Forward Together Moral Movement; and West Virginia environmental activist Maria Gunnoe, 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner and 2012 Raoul Wallenberg Medalist for Human Rights.


Question J: What Does it Mean for You?

November 1, 2016 – Segment 2 voting

We turn to an important issue, “Question J,” which will be on the Ballot in Baltimore City. Question J is a proposal to amend the Baltimore City charter to set up a trust fund for low and extremely low-income households. With Odette Ramos, Executive Director with the Community Development Network of Maryland.


OSI Baltimore Solutions Summit: Jobs Forum

October 26, 2016 – Segment 3 solution-summit-1500x500

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.


Green Party Discussion

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We love to bring interesting conversations to the show so we have a Green Party Candidate Roundtable. With: Dr. Margaret Flowers, Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate In Maryland, organizer with Popular Resistance, co-Director of Itsoureconomy.us and co-Host of Clearing the Fog radio; and Myles Hoenig, Green Party Candidate for Congress in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, high school teacher, lifelong advocate for social justice, and Board Member of Maryland TESOL.


Haiti in the Wake of Hurricane Matthew

October 11, 2016 – Segment 3 flag_of_haiti-svg

We close the show with an update on the situation in Haiti. With: Nicole Phillips, Esq., staff attorney with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti; Ezili Danto, President of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network in New York; andWadner Pierre, Founder of Wadner’s Photo & Communications & UnlessWecare.


Walter Mosley: Folding the Red Into Black

October 7, 2016 – Segment 4folding-red-into-black

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


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.

National News Roundtable: Trump, Taxes and the Election

October 3, 2016 – Segment 1 Donald Trump (Credit: Business Insider)

Dr. Kaye will moderate a National News Roundtable on topics to include the new information that the New York Times released over the weekend about Donald Trump’s tax returns, as well as continuing violence across the country. With: Charles Robinson, Political and Business Correspondent for Maryland Public Television; and Dr. Denise McLane-Davison, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Morgan State University and National Relations Chairperson for the National Association of Black Social Workers.
Our Guest Host will be Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead. “Dr. Kaye” is Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of Race Brave: New and Selected Works, Notes From a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis and My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.

Shannon Murray: Folk Singer

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We talk with Shannon Murray, a folk/punk musician and storyteller from Bemidji, Minnesota, who was in town last week. Murray has undertaken a fascinating project that focuses on the music of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), also known as “Wobblies,” an international labor union founded in Chicago in 1905.


City Paper This Week: Sinkholes

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We close the show with our regular feature City Paper This Week. We will be talking with Baynard Woods, reporter for The Guardian and Editor at Large for City Paper, about his article on infrastructure in Baltimore, which focuses on sinkholes.


Port Covington Vote

September 13, 2016 – Segment 2 Port Covington (Credit: Bizjournal)

Our guests analyze, comment, and reflect upon tonight’s City Council vote on whether to approve the TIF for the proposed Port Covington development. With: Councilman Carl Stokes (District 12-Baltimore); Councilman Eric T. Costello (District 11-Baltimore); Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Barbara A. Samuels, Managing Attorney for ACLU of Maryland’s Fair Housing Project and lead counsel on the ACLU-MD’s class action lawsuit to provide African American public housing residents in Baltimore City a choice in their housing locations in communities of opportunity; and Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.


Dr. Nancy Isenberg: White Trash & Class In America

White Trash, 500 Years of Class in AmericaSeptember 2, 2016 – Segment 2

I host an interview with historian and author Dr. Nancy Isenberg about her new book White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America. Dr. Isenberg is the T. Harry Williams Professor of History at Louisiana State University.


Arun Gupta: Prisons and Debt

August 9, 2016 – Segment 3Spike of deaths inside prisons in Baltimore

A conversation with writer Arun Gupta about an article he wrote for The Nation: “The Financial Firm That Cornered the Market on Jails.” Gupta is a contributor to The Washington Post, YES! Magazine, In These Times, The Progressive, Telesur, and The Nation, and author of the soon-to-be published book Bacon as a Weapon of Mass Destruction: A Junk-Food Loving Chef’s Inquiry into Taste.


Dispatches from Africa and the Diaspora: #BlackLivesMatter Everywhere

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We talk with Dr. Kehinde Andrews, Chair of the Organization of Black Unity and Co-chair of the Black Studies Association and author of the book ‘Blackness in Britain’ and the forthcoming ‘The Politics of Black Radicalism’, Esther Stanford-Xosei Lawyer, jurisconsult, and community advocate Co-vice Chair of the Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe (PARCOE), and Azeezat Johnson PhD student at the University of Sheffield in the UK; her research includes work with Black Muslim women in Britain, with key interests Black feminism, the language of race in different contexts and decolonizing knowledge production within academic spaces. We discuss the future of the UK post-Brexit, and what Black Lives Matter has meant in the European context.


Addressing Housing Inequality In Baltimore: Port Covington & Beyond

Port CovingtonJuly 25, 2016 – Segment 2

Our guests react to our segment on the Oak Park Regional Housing Center and connect that model back to the struggle for fair housing in Baltimore. With: Patrick Maier, Executive Director of the Innovative Housing Institute; and Dr. Marisela Gomez, physician, community activist, and author of Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America.

 

 


Oak Park Regional Housing Center: Developing An Economically & Racially Integrated Community

Oak Park Regional Housing CenterJuly 25, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a look at the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, an organization in Oak Park, Illinois, that was created to help develop an economically- and racially-integrated community during the 1960s — a community that still remains vital and thriving to this day. We talk with Rob Breymaier, Executive Director of The Oak Park Regional Housing Center.


Dr. Lester Spence’s ‘Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics’

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We begin the show with a rebroadcast of my interview With Dr. Lester Spence about his important book Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics. Spence is 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 as well as Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics.


Baltimore Planning Commission Approves Port Covington Master Plan

Port CovingtonJune 27, 2016 – Segment 3

Our guests discuss last week’s approval of the Port Covington Master Plan by the Baltimore Planning Commission. With: Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Natalie Sherman, who writes about real estate and economic development for the Baltimore Sun; Charly Carter, Executive Director of Maryland Working Families; and Melody Simmons, reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal.


Analyzing Brexit, Great Britain’s Vote Last Week To Leave The EU

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Our guests reflect upon and analyze Brexit, Great Britain’s vote last week to leave the European Union. With: Maria Margaronis, contributing editor to The Nation, based in the London bureau; Dr. Steve Isberg, Associate Professor of Finance Merrick School of Business University of Baltimore; and Neil Davidson, who teaches at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.


Baltimore’s Port Covington Master Plan Vote Expected Thursday

Port CovingtonJune 22, 2016 – Segment 1

We continue our discussion on the proposed Port Covington development. It is expected that the city’s Planning Commission will vote on the master plan for the development on Thursday. We talk with Melody Simmons, reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal who covers real estate and economic development.

The Other Game Seven: The Story of Sports Owners & How They Reshape the Cities They Do Business In

The Other Game SevenJune 21, 2016 – Segment 2

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 look at links between sports, development, and Port Covington, based on an article by Dr. Lester Spence in Jacobin magazine: The Other Game Seven: Beyond the drama on the basketball court is the story of sports owners and how they reshape the cities they do business in. With: David J. Leonard, professor at Washington State University and author of After Artest: The NBA and the Assault on Blackness and the forthcoming Playing While White: Privilege & Power on/off the Field; and journalist Rachel Cohen, who just published an article in Slate.com on the proposed Port Covington project.


From The Archives: Ralph Nader On Getting Steamed To Overcome Capitalism

Getting Steamed To Overcome Corporatism (credit: Google.books)June 10, 2016 – Segment 4

We host a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show: my 2011 interview with Ralph Nader, who joined me to discuss his book Getting Steamed To Overcome Corporatism: Build it together to win, about our troubled political and economic system.


Baltimore Entrepreneur Chris Wilson On His Support For Bernie Sanders & More

Chris WilsonJune 7, 2016 – Segment 3

We close the show with an interview with Baltimore entrepreneur Chris Wilson, about his life and about a powerful online video in which he tells his story and expresses his support for Bernie Sanders. Wilson spent 16 years in prison and now is the owner and founder of Barclay Investment Corporation, a multi-service social enterprise, specializing in residential and commercial contracting work. He works closely with local workforce and social service providers to connect unemployed Baltimore City residents with clients who are in need of multiple services. He is also the owner of House of DaVinci (a high-end furniture restoration, repair, and upholstery company) and is a motivational speaker.


Development In Baltimore: TIFs, Port Covington, Harbor Point & More

Harbor PointJune 7, 2016 – Segment 1

We continue our conversation about development and TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) in Baltimore. With: Councilman Carl Stokes, who represents the 12th District; the Rev. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church; and Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless.


Economic Development Alternatives in Baltimore & How We Get There

Baltimore CityMay 10, 2016 – Segment 2

We host another episode of our month-long series Baltimore Uprising: One Year Later. The episode focuses on Economic Development Alternatives in Baltimore & How We Get There. With: Kim Trueheart, longtime citizen activist and former candidate for Baltimore City Council President; Lawrence Grandpre, Assistant Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Jeff Singer, community organizer, clinical social worker, public policy advocate, and founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; and Sarah McKinley, Manager of Community Development Programs for The Democracy Collaborative.


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.


Encore Presentation: Four Voices On Reparations

BaltimoreApril 7, 2016 – Segment 2

We rebroadcast a show from earlier this year based on a feature in the Baltimore City Paper: Four Voices on Reparations.

With three of the four featured writers: Tariq Touré, writer, poet, and activist, who wrote the City Paper article, “Bernie Sanders’ approach to reparations should sober Black America;” Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, who wrote the article, “Rationale for the Omnibus American Reparation and Restitution Bill;” and ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University, who wrote the article, “Misunderstanding Blackfolks.”


Panama Papers and Global Capitalism

panama papersApril 5, 2016 – Segment 3

We discuss a leak of over 11 million documents known as the Panama Papers, which reveal a global network of offshore companies helping the wealthy hide their assets. With: Chuck Collins, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, co-editor of Inequality.org, and contributor to The NationDr. Steven Isberg, Associate Professor of Finance in the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore; and Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network, a member organization of Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition.


Visions for the County: Kevin Kamenetz

kevinApril 4, 2016 – Segment 3

 Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joins us in-studio to discuss his vision for the County.

Local News Roundtable: Port Covington & The Mayoral Election

Port Covington (Credit: Bizjournal)March 28, 2016 – Segment 3

We host a Local News Roundtable which addresses issues that include the controversial Port Covington development plan and the Baltimore mayoral election. With: Luke Broadwater, reporter at the Baltimore Sun, where he covers Baltimore’s City Hall and local politics; A. Adar Ayira, Director of Programs, More in the Middle Initiative of the Associated Black Charities; and Catalina Byrd, media consultant and political strategist.


Port Covington & Development In Baltimore

Port Covington development in BaltimoreMarch 23, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a look at the controversial development plan for Port Covington, including a requested $535 Million TIF, proposed by Under Armour CEO and founder Kevin Plank. With: Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; and Mark Reutter, Senior Editor and Reporter for the Baltimore Brew.


Is The 2016 Election Exposing Two Different Americas?

U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump holds up a signed pledge during a press availability at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New YorkMarch 22, 2016 – Segment 2

Our panel of guests joins us for a National Roundtable on the topic of Two Americas.

With: Bill Fletcher Jr., Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com, co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 and Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized labor and a new path toward social justice; Lenny McAllister, Republican strategist, former congressional candidate, and host of NightTalk: Get To The Point on the Pittsburgh cable news channel and Get Right with Lenny McAllister on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA in Pittsburgh; and John Nichols, national affairs correspondent for The Nation magazine and co-author of People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy.


Controversy Over The Northwood Plaza Development

northwoodMarch 1, 2016 – Segment 2

We turn to a controversy happening in Northeast Baltimore over whether to build student dormitories at the Northwood Plaza development. With:Richard Skolasky, President of the Original Northwood Association; and Stacy Ridgeway, President of the Hillen Road Improvement Association.

Sound Bites: Afroculinaria’s Michael Twitty | Building The Black Yield Institute For Black Food Sovereignty

Michael Twitty (Photo Credit: Afroculinaria)February 25, 2016 – Hour 2

On our newest edition of Sound Bites – our series about our food and our world – we begin the hour with my conversation with Michael Twitty, culinary historian of African and African American foodways, blogger at Afroculinaria, and recent TED fellow.
We close the show with Eric Jackson, Servant-Director of the Black Yield Institute, who tells us about Black food sovereignty. Black Yield Institute is an Action Network of Black people and entities that serve to catalyze action in the pursuit of Black food sovereignty in Black and poor Baltimore. The aim of Black Yield Institute is the pursuit of a united Black community in the process of building power through cooperative economics, social and cultural affirmation, political action and collective wellness practices.

From The Archives: Philipp Meyer’s ‘American Rust’

American RustFebruary 19, 2016 – Segment 3

We listen back to a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, when I spoke with Baltimore native Philipp Meyer about his novel American Rust, a story set in a small, former steel town in western Pennsylvania, that explores how people’s lives change when stable, middle-class jobs disappear from the place they call home.

Dr. Lester Spence’s ‘Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics’

lester_spenceFebruary 18, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a conversation with Dr. Lester Spence about his new book Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics. Dr. Spence is Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence and Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle will host Knocking the Hustle: An evening with Dr. Lester Spence on Friday, February 19, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at The Real News Network, 231 Holliday Street in Baltimore.


Baltimore Mayoral Race: Councilman Carl Stokes

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We begin the show with an interview with Baltimore Democratic Mayoral candidate Councilman Carl Stokes. Stokes represents the 12th District on the Baltimore City Council, where he is Chair of the Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee.

United Nations Urges U.S. Government To Address Legacy Of Slavery With Reparatory Justice

United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African DescentFebruary 3, 2016 – Segment 2

Last week, after visiting several U.S. cities including Baltimore, the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent released a preliminary report in which they urged the U.S. government to address the legacy of slavery, post-Reconstruction “Jim Crow” laws and racial subordination in the United States with reparatory justice.

Our panel of guests addresses this call for reparations: Stephanie Franklin, Founder, President & CEO of the Franklin Law Group, P.C.; Vernellia Randall, Professor Emeritus at University of Dayton; and Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer/President/Co-Founder of Equity Matters.


Baltimore Housing Roundtable: Community Land Trusts For Development Without Displacement

Baltimore Housing RoundtableFebruary 3, 2016 – Segment 1

Last week the Baltimore Housing Roundtable, a coalition of affordable housing advocates, announced its plan to press Baltimore leaders to use a combination of land trusts, bonds and local hiring initiatives to develop struggling neighborhoods in the city.

We look at this plan, in our continuing efforts to help find creative solutions for the troubles that challenge Baltimore. With: Peter Sabonis, Human Right to Work with Dignity Program and Co-Director for the National Economic & Social Rights Initiative; Danise Jones-Dorsey, a member of the Northeast Housing Initiative (NEHI) and Executive Director for My Brother’s Keeper, Irvington; Olivia LaVecchia, research associate with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative; and Ann Sackey of the Baltimore Housing Roundtable and the Charm City Land Trust.


From Flint to Baltimore: Clean Water, Environmental Racism & Infrastructure In Our Cities

FLINT, MI - JANUARY 24: Darius Simpson, an Eastern Michigan University student from Akron, Ohio, carries water he brought to donate for Flint residents during a rally on January 24, 2016 at Flint City Hall in Flint, Michigan. The event was organized by Genesee County Volunteer Militia to protest corruption they see in government related to the Flint water crisis that resulted in a federal state of emergency. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

February 1, 2016 – Segment 2

We discuss our cities from Flint to Baltimore, looking at clean water, environmental racism & infrastructureWith: Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Mijin Cha, consultant and fellow at Cornell University’s Worker Institute and adjunct professor at Fordham Law School; Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Buffalo and Director of the University of Buffalo Center for Urban Studies; and Jacqui Patterson, Director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program at the NAACP.

Just Words: Voices of the Working Poor

rowhouseJanuary 29, 2016 – Segment 5

 We hear a special archive edition of our Peabody Award-winning series Just Words, featuring the voices of the working poor.

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


Debating Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Bernie Sanders Critique On Reparations

Bernie Sanders and Ta-Nehisi CoatesJanuary 28, 2016 – Hour 1

We begin the show with an examination of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ recent critiques of Bernie Sanders’ stance on reparations.

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; 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 the forthcoming Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics; and Bill Fletcher, Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com, and co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 and Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized labor and a new path toward social justice.


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