Listen in to this engaging and illuminating conversation on Black banks and the nature of wealth and political power, inspired by a year-long seminar on American Capitalism currently taking place at Johns Hopkins University.
You will hear from: Dr. Nathan Connolly, Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins and one of the conveners of the seminar; Dr. Jared Ball, Professor of Communication Studies at Morgan State University and the first guest in the seminar series; and Mehrsa Baradaran, Law Professor specializing in Banking Law at the University of Georgia Law School and author of the book The Color of Money, Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap.
We are launching a series of conversations about the future of Baltimore. David Warnock, former Mayoral candidate and founder of Camden Partners, wrote an interesting op-ed on what he thinks should be “Pugh’s Plan” to revitalize the economy of Baltimore. We sat down in CEM’s studio to explore his ideas. Please let me know what you think on our page or by emailing me at email@example.com
We open our fourth season of World of the Play where we create discussions inspired the plays presented at Baltimore’s Everyman Theater. Today’s panel looks deeply into the questions of gender identification and race inspired by David Henry Wang’s brilliant play “M. Butterfly”
Welcome to opening night for Everyman Theater’s World of the Play in a discussion called “The Yin and Yang of Culture and Gender”. Our Panelist are Gavin Hebert, Dr Desiree Rowe and Cori Dioquino–
We talk with scholar, activist and writer Jelani Cobb about his New Yorker article “Battle of Charlottesville.” Cobb offers his analysis and observations on the movement of neo-nazis and racists confronted in Charlottesville.
Jelani Cobb has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2012, and became a staff writer in 2015. His most recent book is “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.” He’s a professor of journalism at Columbia University. He won the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, for his columns on race, the police, and injustice.
Today we launch our first podcast since our daily show closed. At the very least we will be bringing you a new podcast every week.
I was joined by co-host Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.
We took a look at the lack of diversity in children’s books. With: David Miller, creator of Dare to Be King, LLC and author of many books, including the children’s book The Greene Family Farm; and Mark Booker, Managing Partner of education that and co-author (with his daughters) of the book Why Our Teacher Wears Yellow.
I was joined by co-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 hosted a roundtable conversation on local topics, which included the proposed mandatory minimum legislation for gun possession, with former Steiner Show producer Bobby Marvin Holmes, Founder of Son of a Dream, LLC and co-Director of Live Young Blood, a documentary covering Baltimore’s struggle to reduce gun violence; and Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen (District 1).
We hosted a Local News Roundtable where we discussed the effects that violent crime has on the community in Baltimore.
With: Melody Simmons, reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal who covers real estate and economic development; longtime citizen activist Kim Trueheart, former candidate for Baltimore City Council President; 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 Odette Ramos, Executive Director at Community Development Network of Maryland.
I hosted a conversation with Center Stage Artistic Director and world-renowned playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah. We talked about his artistic work, the world of the African Diaspora, his six years at Center Stage, and his recent announcement that he will be leaving Center Stage after the upcoming season.
A couple weeks ago I was honored to emcee the graduation for the Baltimore Faith Based Development Certificate Program, which provides training and technical assistance to houses of worship in Baltimore that are seeking to develop affordable housing and community facilities in the city.
I talked on the show with three individuals involved in this important and innovative program: Rev. David B. Franklin, Pastor of Miracle City Church; Ann Cotton, Director of the Schaefer Center for Public Policy; and Lisa R. Hodges, Esq., Program Instructor & Principal at Hodges Development, LLC, who was named Director of the School-Centered Neighborhood Investment Initiative. The Baltimore Faith Based Development Certificate Program is a partnership between Enterprise Community Partners and the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore.
We hear a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show from 2009; an interview with Nigerian-born award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, about her collection of short stories titled That Thing Around Your Neck. This collection of 12 stories focuses mainly on the experiences of Nigerian woman, many of whom have emigrated to the United States and are struggling with their identity as immigrants.
We bring you an interview with author Victor LaValle about his newest book The Changeling. Marc loved this book – and it gave him crazy dreams! If you are not familiar with LaValle’s work, read this review in the New York Times, then listen to this podcast!
We hosted a rebroadcast of a powerful show from 2016 on rape culture. Our guests defined rape culture and talked about the connections between masculinity and rape culture. With: Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park; and Dr. Desiree Melton, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Associate Director of the APA Site Visit Program in the School of Arts & Sciences at Notre Dame of Maryland University.
I had a fascinating conversation with Dr. Lawrence Brown, Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University and founder of BRACE: The Baltimore Redevelopment Action Coalition for Empowerment, about his scholarship on housing, lead poisoning and the racial dynamics of development.
We were joined by guest host Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.
She hosted a National News Roundtable focusing on the latest headlines from around the country. Our panel of guests included: Dr. Anne McCarthy, Dean of the Business School at Hamline University in Minneapolis and former Republican candidate for Comptroller of Maryland; 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; and ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University.
We listened in to a rebroadcast of a show from last year in which we previewed a powerful documentary, Lom Nava Love. Lom Nava Love is the story of Black families in inner city Baltimore harnessing their strengths to challenge the systems and institutions that threaten to dictate their realities. With: Fanon Hill, cultural organizer, co-Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Resiliency Institute, trainer for the National Rites of Passage Institute, and writer and Director of Lom Nava Love; Navasha Daya, singer-songwriter whose voice is featured on the film’s soundtrack, and co-Founder and Director of the healing and performing arts at the Youth Resiliency Institute; Ms. Shirley Foulks, Baltimore Public Housing activist who is featured in the film; and Ms. Greta Carter-Willis, Baltimore mother who lost her son to police brutality many years ago and has been organizing with other mothers who have lost children to violence, and Founder of the Kevin L. Cooper Foundation.
We hosted the newest edition of our weekly segment, Tengella’s Take with Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator Koli Tengella. Tengella is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.
We hosted a preview of what promised to be powerful performances taking place in locations across Maryland, part of the Maryland Humanities Council’s Chautauqua Living History Series, Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War. With: living history interpreter, storyteller, actor, and motivational speaker Bill Grimmette, who plays W.E.B. Du Bois; and Doug Mishler, independent scholar who has taught at the University of Nevada and Western Washington University, who plays General John Pershing.
We hosted an archive episode of the Marc Steiner Show when Dr. Alan Gilbert joined us to talk about his compelling book Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence. The book details the struggle of African Americans to gain freedom during the Revolutionary War. Gilbert is John Evans Professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
We commemorated the 4th of July with a discussion on what American Independence Day means to different people in this country. We heared a passage from Frederick Douglass’ July 5, 1852 speech, ” What to the Slave is the 4th of July” interpreted by actor, narrator, writer, and social commentator Keith Snipes, and then Keith joined a panel discussion with: Dr. Alan Gilbert, John Evans Professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and author of Black Patriots and Loyalists; and A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships.
We hosted a rebroadcast of an interview I conducted in 2014. I talked with Dr. Craig Steven Wilder, Professor of History at MIT, about his eye-opening book Ebony & Ivy: The Secret History of How Slavery Helped Build America’s Elite Colleges.
We hosted my 2012 interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, about his fascinating book Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier.Dr. Tyson is Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium and Research Associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.
We hosted a rebroadcast of my 2013 interview with Bill Barry, retired Director of Labor Studies at the Community College of Baltimore County, who joined me to talk about his important book The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore. The 1877 railroad strike was the first national strike in the United States.
We hosted a Local News Roundtable and discussed ways we can combat the violence in Baltimore City other than through increased policing. We dealt with issues of schooling, child care, and the politics of funding in Baltimore. With: farmer, educator, and food justice advocate Denzel Mitchell; former City Councilman Carl Stokes, founder of Banneker Blake Academy of Arts and Science; and Jaisal Noor, reporter and producer for The Real News.
We hosted a Baltimore City Teachers Roundtable. We will discuss whether teachers feel supported, what BCPSS is doing to improve the lives of students and teachers, and more. With: Samantha Scalise, teacher at Digital Harbor High; and Albert Phillips, teacher at Southwest Baltimore Charter School.
We hosted a Baltimore City Council Roundtable. With: Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (District 14); Councilwoman Shannon Sneed (District 13); and Councilman Bill Henry (District 4). We discussed the Inner Harbor, a working wage, and ways to improve Baltimore’s economic and education infrastructure.
I was joined by guest host: Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.
We hosted a Local Roundtable discussion about ways to makes our city stronger more effectively.
With: Joshua Harris, community activist and former Green Party candidate for Mayor; and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.
I hosted a conversation with Baltimore Teachers’ Union President Marietta English on the Bringing Back Baltimore One Child at a Time initiative.
We hosed a special archive edition of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world. We traveled to the Sandtown Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore for a town hall meeting on food sovereignty, held in partnership with Johns Hopkins’ Baltimore Food and Faith Project, and titled Sandtown: Building a Model for Food and Jobs. I talked with three members of the faith community who were working on food and employment issues in interesting and effective ways: Elder C.W. Harris of Strength to Love II Farm and Newborn Holistic Ministries; Antoine Bennet of New Song Community Church; and Melissa Kellyof the No Boundaries Coalition.
We hosted a conversation about the event Artists for Truth who will host two panel discussions on June 17: The Rise of Fake News and Ramifications of a “Post-Truth Society.”
I talked with: Rob Ferrell, staff videographer and photographer for the Office of Communications at Goucher College, organizer of the Towson Freedom School, and former member of the Baltimore Bloc collective; artist and educator Lillian Bayley Hoover, who teaches drawing and painting courses at MICA, University of Maryland, and Towson University; and mom, wife, and information professional Emily Soontornsaratool, who published Locus Art Magazine from 2006 to 2009.
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.
In light of Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and the strong response both nationally and internationally, we hold a special conversation about what these developments mean for the future of the movement. With: Mitch Jones, Senior Policy Advocate for Food and Water Watch; and Mustafa Ali, Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus and former Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice at the Environmental Protection Agency, where he worked for 24 years to alleviate the impact of air, water and industrial pollution on poverty-stricken towns and neighborhoods.
We have a piece from 2015 about the role of Baltimore Youth in organizing.
We take a look at the critical role of Baltimore’s youth in organizing. With: Melissa Moore, Founder and program facilitator of YLLEAD and holistic design village, a youth-led design, cooperative economics, and community activation program; Aaron Anderson, YLLEAD artisan/ activator and an award-winning boxer; and Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University.
We hosted our regular feature City Paper This Week. Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence talked with Lisa Snowden McCray, Associate Editor and writer for City Paper, about her piece on Turner Station, where Henrietta Lacks grew up.
We hosted a preview of an important community event taking place this Thursday evening at 6:30 at University of Baltimore Law School’s Moot Court Room, part of Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Talking About Race Series: Harm Reduction and Communities of Color.
I spoke with: Kassandra Frederique, New York State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and co-author of Blueprint for a Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug Policy; Samuel Roberts, Associate Professor of History at Columbia University and Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health; and Scott Nolen, Director of the Drug Addiction Treatment Program at OSI-Baltimore.
We hosted a conversation turns on the wild Mustang horse in the United States. In light of recent news that the Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 budget for the Bureau of Land Management includes lifting the ban on slaughtering America’s iconic wild horses and burros – which could result in the mass killing of tens of thousands of these federally-protected animals – we listened in to our 2011 interview with Jean Albert Renaud, who runs a program that brings together two of what he calls our endangered national treasures: Mustangs and at-risk youth.
We hosted a special historical piece produced by Marc Steiner Show Senior Producer Emeritus Stefanie Mavronis which examined the multitude of Confederate Monuments in Baltimore.
We hosted a panel discussion on Parenting Black Children.
With: Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and Co-Editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; Dr. Lester Spence, Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics; and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.
We hosted a conversation with local advocates who are leading efforts to end youth homelessness in Baltimore. This panel was previously convened for the 2017 Jane Harrison Speaker Series on the Importance of Housing, an annual event sponsored by Homeless Persons Representation Project Inc.
With: Helany Sinkler, Family Reunification & Anti-Trafficking Programs Manager for the Esperanza Center, part of Associated Catholic Charities of Baltimore; Ciera Dunlap, Case Manager Supervisor at the YES Drop-In Center; Malcolm Williams, Youth Behavioral Health Therapist at Health Care for the Homeless and the Yes Drop In Center; and Ingrid M. Löfgren, Director of the Homeless Youth Initiative at Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.
We hosted a discussion on public education and cuts to after-school funding.
With: Melissa Schoeber, public education activist and mother of a child who had a stroke during aftercare; Sharicca Boldon, Community School Coordinator for Strong City Baltimore; Kellie Brown, Community School Coordinator for Arundel Elementary/Middle School #164 and on staff with Elev8 Baltimore, a Division of Humanim, Inc.; and Tashawn Brown, 7th Grade Student from Arundel Elementary/Middle School.
I talked with regular Steiner Show guest Lenny McAllister about the state of the Republican party and his thoughts on why Trump was accepted by the GOP. McAllister is Director of Entrepreneur Engagement, Western Pennsylvania, for the Commonwealth Foundation and incoming adjunct professor of history at LaRoche College in Pittsburgh. He was the 2016 GOP nominee for US Congress in Pittsburgh and was named to The Root 100 (2016) as one of the most influential African-Americans under 45 years old.
We hosted a panel discussion on the tragic story straight from the headlines: the murder of Richard Collins III at the University of Maryland (College Park) over this past weekend. Police charged a 22-year old white University of Maryland Student, allegedly a member of a racist Facebook group, with the murder.
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; Sam Christian Holmes, community artist/activist; and Chris Merriam, freelance writer and former Executive Director of Bikemore.
We hosted a very special Marc Steiner Show archive edition: A panel discussion we recorded at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in May 2011 about Manning Marable, the scholar who died just days before his groundbreaking – but controversial – biography, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, was published.
We hosted a Local News Roundtable, where we discussed topics that such as: who makes development decisions, the future of Baltimore’s schools, and the promise of a Civilian Review Board.
With: 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; Ray Kelly, Director of Community Relations at the No Boundaries Coalition; and longtime citizen activist Kim Trueheart, former candidate for Baltimore City Council President.
We bring you a special 2-hour archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show from 2007, Martin and Malcolm: One Vision – Two Voices. This event was produced in cooperation with the Maryland Humanities Council, and I moderated a discussion between the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., portrayed by actor Bill Grimmette, and Malcolm X, portrayed by actor Charles Everett Pace. The program was recorded before a live audience at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
We begin the week with a National News Roundtable, topics to include the latest on Donald Trump and James Comey. With: conservative activist and attorney Darlene Kennedy, who has served as Visiting Professor of Law at Widener University, Howard University, Catholic University, and the University of Baltimore; Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University o
f Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; and Dr. Matthew Crenson, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University.
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.
We re-broadcast an episode from 2015 where we discuss long-acting contraception and teen pregnancy with Dani McClain, The Nation magazine contributing writer and Fellow at the Nation Institute, where she focuses on race and reproductive justice. McClain‘s article, “The Birth Control Revolution,” appears in the November 16 edition of The Nation.
We hosted a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show: My hilarious 1998 interview with the one and only John Waters! We talked about his book Director’s Cut.
I had an insightful interview with John R. “Rick” MacArthur, President and Publisher of Harper’s Magazine, about his recent article for The Spectator, “The Democrats Divided: How the bickering US left could gift Donald Trump a second term as president.”
I had a fascinating interview with Daniel J. Siegel, MD, about his book Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator of the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development, and executive director at the Mindsight Institute.
We hosted my conversation with Denzel Mitchell and Kalima Young on Black people and Black superheroes in the Marvel Universe, in light of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new comic book release Black Panther and the Crew.
Denzel Mitchell is a farmer, educator, and food justice advocate. Kalima Young is a Lecturer in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University and PhD candidate in American Studies at University of Maryland.
I had a wonderful interview with author Victor LaValle about his fascinating and powerful book The Ballad of Black Tom, which is both a tribute to and a criticism of the writing of science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft. The book tells the story of a young Black man from Harlem in 1924 and addresses racism, police brutality, and cosmic terror.
We honored Dr. Benjamin Barber, who died this past Sunday, by replaying my 2014 conversation with him in which he talked about this book If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities. Ben was a distinguished Senior Fellow at the Fordham Law School Urban Consortium, Founder of the Global Parliament of Mayors, Walt Whitman Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, and the author of a number of books and articles.
For the first time in over 20 years, Baltimore’s murder rate has risen above 100 before the end of the month of April. We hosted a show that took a look at this heartbreaking reality.
With: Bobby Marvin Holmes, founder of Son of a Dream LLC and co-Director of Live Young Blood; community advocate, author, and speaker Kimberly Armstrong, winner of the Spirit of Woman Award; and former Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes, founder of Banneker Blake Academy of Arts and Science.
We hosted a preview of a special event taking place Wednesday night at the Motor House: Temperature Rising, a Climate March Awareness Showcase! We heard from artists commissioned by MICA to produce works that would engage participation in the upcoming People’s Climate March, with support from the Town Creek Foundation.
With: Meagan Buster aka Ducky Dynamotouring DJ, curator and creative consultant, former Maryland Team Leader and Forecaster for Foot’s Forecast, and “Social media meteorologist;” teacher, artist, and cultural organizer Valeska Populoh, who has been collaborating with several other artists to support a series of art builds at Black Cherry Puppet Theater in the weeks leading up to the march; Akea Brown; and Torianne Montes- Schiff.
Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence talked with Sheila Gaskins and Darryl Ratcliff about Toward Equity in the Arts, a conversation in conjunction with the Ted Low Lecture at the Walters Art Museum, held on April 13. Gaskins is a performance artist, playwright, artist, poet, Founder of Art-partheid, and Director of Theater Action Group. Ratcliff is a social practice artist based in Dallas, TX, who co-founded the Michelada Think Tank, a group of socially conscious artists, educators, and activists of color hosting conversations with other people of color and allies who are interested in creative ways of making change happen.
We hosted a Local News Roundtable, with topics that include the resignation last week of Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance and much more.
With: Cheryl Bost, Vice President of Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) and former President of Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO); Luke Broadwater, reporter at the Baltimore Sun, where he covers Baltimore’s City Hall and Local Politics; and Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University.
We hosted a conversation I had with Dr. Ira Berlin, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Founder of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project.
We hosted a very special theatrical presentation. We reached back to 1995, when I produced a dramatic reading of Free At Last, the stories and thoughts of those who lived through and fought in America’s Civil War. The play’s script was drawn from a book by the same title, co-edited by historian Dr. Ira Berlin and Barbara J. Fields. The play was directed by Donald Hicken, who was then the head of the Theatre Program at Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA). The play’s narrator was dancer, actor and educator Maria Broom, and the actors – all faculty members at BSA – were Denise Diggs, Bill Grimmette and Tony Tsendeas.
We had a special commemoration of an individual who was a dear friend of the Steiner Show, as well as an important member of the Baltimore community, Woody Curry, who died early Easter morning. We listen to a 2013 archive of Woody talking about addiction, the brain, and more. Woody was a Viet Nam veteran and former Clinical Director at The Baltimore Station. He developed one of the most unique and successful programs to address addiction in the country. Woody’s story was featured in our Shared Weight documentary about veterans of the Viet Nam War.
We hosted a conversation on the Tubman House in West Baltimore. With: Dominique Stevenson, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther; and Ausar-Mesh Amen, Farm Manager at the Tubman House Farm.
We hosted the latest installment of World of the Play: Los Otros, a panel discussion that took place last Saturday at Everyman Theatre. Dr. Kimberly Moffitt hosted this fascinating discussion on the topic of “Othering and Belonging,” springing from the themes of the play Los Otros. Dr. Moffitt is Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.
We brought a conversation from our archives about the Smothers Brothers. Marc spoke with the Smothers Brothers in 2000 about working together, what comedy means to them and how to continue making music in a changing world.
We hosted an archive from 2014 where I spoke with Dr. Charles Limb and Dr. Mariale Hardiman who are pioneers in the field of neuro-education. In lay terms, that means applying what we know about the brain to help teachers be more effective. One important area of their research is arts integration – using the arts to teach traditional academic disciplines. We spoke about whether putting more arts in the classroom helps kids learn.
We begin the hour with important legislation moving through the Maryland General Assembly, which Governor Hogan has threatened to veto: The Protect Our Schools Act 2017. I will talk with Cheryl Bost, Vice President of Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) and former President of Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO).
We begin the show with a look into school segregation in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. With: Gail Sunderman, Director of the Maryland Equity Project and Senior Research Scientist in the College of Education at the University of Maryland; Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer of Equity Matters and Board Member of the Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) for the Positive Schools Center at the University of Maryland School of Social Work; and Marisol A. Johnson, Vice Chair of the Second Council District for the Baltimore County School Board, owner and CEO of The Johnson Insurance Team, and active member in the Parent Teacher Association at Summit Park Elementary School.
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 America; Luke Broadwater, reporter at the Baltimore Sun, where he covers Baltimore’s City Hall and Local Politics; and Jessica Lewis, organizer with Power Inside.
We listen to a segment of our Peabody Award-winning series Just Words. This episode focuses on Walker Gladden, a former prisoner who has devoted his life to saving young men and women in Baltimore. He talks about the divide that separates boys and girls in the ‘hood from the rest of the world.
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.
We hosted a conversation on an upcoming lecture at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum entitled “Finding Our Ancestors Voices.” This annual spring lecture is co-sponsored with the Baltimore chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.
With: Dr. Iyelli Ichile, Post-doctoral Fellow in African American History at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum & the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
The lecture is being held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Information and tickets are available here: Link.
We 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 Mitchell; Melody 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.
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.
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).
Baltimore’s own Polytechnic Institute’s boys basketball team won the Class 3A state championship on Saturday March 11, an honor that was a first for the school.
We hosted a special feature on the victorious Poly team, in conjunction with the Baltimore City Paper.
With: Sam Brand, Head Coach of the Poly boys basketball team; and Anthony Fitzgerald, Associate Head Coach of the team.
In honor of the St. Patrick’s Day coming up on March 17, we hosted a 2013 archive, my conversation with Irish-American author Jeanine Cummins about her novel The Crooked Branch.
Cummins’ compelling narrative follows the lives of two mothers, one in modern-day New York and the other in Ireland during the Great Famine.
We 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.
I had a conversation on the topic of Education from a national perspective, with Lily Eskelsen García, President of the National Education Association (NEA), who talked about the future of education under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
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).
I sat down for an interview with Chris Crass, who will speak at an event Friday night, March 1o, sponsored by SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Baltimore and BRJA (Baltimore Racial Justice Action), “Chris Crass: Collective Liberation in the Era of Trump.” Crass is a longtime organizer, educator, and writer working to build working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation.
I had a discussion on Education with Dr. Rob Helfenbein, Associate Dean of the School of Education and Interim Chair of Teacher Education at Loyola University Maryland. The conversation focused on public schools and in particular a bill pending before Congress, H.R.610, which would distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in schools.
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.
We hosted a Local News Roundtable, focusing on topics such as Policing in Baltimore and Education.
With: longtime citizen activist Kim Trueheart, former candidate for Baltimore City Council President; Lawrence Grandpre, Assistant Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Luke Broadwater, reporter for the Baltimore Sun who focuses on local and state politics.
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).
I host an education roundtable focusing on the state of Baltimore City’s public schools. With: Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University; Bebe Verdery, Director of the Education Reform Project at the ACLU of Maryland; and former Baltimore City Schools Director of Food and Nutrition A. Rod Womack, author of Redwood and the soon to be published Capital Office, on public schools.
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.
I talked about mathematics and society with Dr. Jonathan Farley, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Morgan State University.
We hosted our regular feature City Paper This Week! Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery talks with City Paper‘s Interim Editor in Chief Brandon Soderberg about City Paper‘s Sex Issue!
In light of the silencing of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Marc shared some thoughts on the current battle between ideologies and where we may be heading as a country.
Marc hosted a conversation with Civil Rights veteran Bob Zellner, former field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), about his decades of organizing among poor white people in the South.