The Marc Steiner Show

Health & Wellness

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.


Tengella’s Take: Systematic Racism Is A Mental Illness

tengellaFebruary 10, 2017 – Segment 1

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


City Paper This Week: The Sex Issue

The City Paper: Sex Issue (Credit: City Paper)February 8, 2017 – Segment 5

We hosted our regular feature City Paper This WeekSteiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery talks with City Paper‘s Interim Editor in Chief Brandon Soderberg about City Paper‘s Sex Issue!


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.

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.

Sound Bites: Future Harvest Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed

January 19, 2017 – Segment 3 

We turn to the newest episode of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world. You will hear the first part of a panel I moderated last week 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. On Thursday we’ll hear the first part of this panel discussion, and next week we’ll hear the second part.

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.

Health and Fitness

January 19, 2017 – Segment 1 Chauncey Whitehead and Rhonda Silva (Credit: Steinershow)

We begin our show with our monthly segment on Health and Fitness, with: Ernestine Shepherd, the World’s Oldest Competitive Female Bodybuilder; fitness activist and trainer Chauncey Whitehead, President of CDW Health and Wellness; and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.


Sports Roundtable: NFL Playoffs and Gervonta “Tank” Davis

 Gervonta Davis (Credit: Baltimore Sun)January 18, 2017 – Segment 2

We host a roundtable discussion on the NFL Playoffs, the NBA Season Halfway Point, and Baltimore boxing champion Gervonta Davis. With: Andre Melton, co-host of The Flex Zone and board operator at WEAA; Ali Danois, sports and entertainment writer whose work has been published by the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Associated Press, and the Los Angeles Times, and author of The Boys of Dunbar, A Story of Love, Hope and Basketball; and Milton Kent, freelance journalist and Lecturer in the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University.

Ali Danois will discuss his book The Boys of Dunbar: A Story of Love, Hope, and Basketball at the JHU Barnes and Noble, 3330 St. Paul Street in Baltimore, Thursday January 19 at 7pm.

China Martens: The Future Generation

January 17, 2017 – Segment 2 

Baltimore writer and zinestress extraordinaire China Martens joins us to talk about the re-release of her popular book, published by Atomic Books in 2007, The Future Generation: The Zine-Book For Subculture Parents, Friends, & Others. The Future Generation is a compilation of the best of the first 16 years of Martens’ first zine. She is also the co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways To Support Families In Social Justice Movements & Communities and Revolutionary Mothering: Love On The Front Lines.


Baynard Woods’ Vasectomy

January 13, 2017 – Segment 5

Baynard Woods, writer for The Guardian and Editor-At-Large for City Paper, joins us to talk about his experience getting a vasectomy, reflected on in his recent piece for Vox, “My wife and I don’t want kids. Ever. So I decided to get a vasectomy.”


Affordable Care Act

January 10, 2017 – Segment 3 Healthcare

We talk about the Affordable Care Act. Will it be completely overturned? Do the Republicans have a plan?  With: Jekisha Elliott, Director of Operations for HealthCare Access Maryland; Dr. Margaret Flowers, adviser to the Board of Physicians for a National Health Program and on the steering committee of Maryland Health Care is a Human Right Campaign; and Michael Cannon, the Cato Institute’s Director of Health Policy Studies.


Chicago Assault: Violence, Empathy, & Social Media

Chicago Assault (Credit: DW)January 9, 2017 – Segment 3

In response to the filmed attack of a young mentally disabled man by 4 youth in Chicago, we host a roundtable discussion on young people, violence, empathy and social media. With: Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at UMBC and co-Editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana CommunitiesDr. Natasha Pratt-Harris, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Morgan State University; D Watkins, columnist for Salon.com, professor of Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore, founder of the BMORE Writers Project, and author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir; and Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator Koli Tengella, President of Tengella Edutainment, instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.


Homicide Victims in Baltimore: 2016 And Beyond

Baltimore Crime Scene (Credit: NPR)January 4, 2017 – Segment 3

We host a discussion on the 319 homicide victims in Baltimore in 2016 and discuss practical things that will make positive impacts on curbing this issue.

With: David Miller, creator of Dare to Be King LLC and author of many books, including the children’s book The Greene Family FarmDr. Daniel W. Webster, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy & Research and the Johns Hopkins-Baltimore Collaborative for Violence Reduction, co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and professor of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and a representative from Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters United Inc, and Corneilius Wiley Scott III, Executive Director of Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters United Inc.


Homeless Remembrance Day

December 21, 2016 – Segment 4 

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

Chauncey Whitehead

December 21, 2016 – Segment 2 chauncey

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

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


SoundBites: Environmental Justice & Fracking

Fracking Well (Credit: Colorado River Connected)December 15, 2016 – Segment 2

We host for you the newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. Our guests will discuss The Future of the Environmental Justice Movement Under the Trump Administration. With: Brentin Mock, staff writer at CityLab and formerly the justice editor at Grist; and Brittany Shenachie, activist and educator who has been involved with a variety of social movements in the US and the UK, with a primary focus on climate change and environmental justice.

In the last part of our new SoundBites segment we will also hear a report on how fracking produces tons of radioactive waste. With Jie Jenny Zou, reporting fellow for The Center for Public Integrity’s environment and labor team.


Violence In Baltimore: Socio-Economic Perspective

Baltimore Police Scene (Credit: Baltimore Sun)December 13, 2016 – Segment 2

We host a panel discussion about violence in Baltimore examining the issue through development, employment, and public safety policies, and how the history of economic and racial segregation in this city informs the conversation.
With: David Miller, creator of Dare to Be King LLC and author of many books, including the children’s book The Greene Family FarmMarshall “Eddie” Conway, Producer at the Real News Network‘s Baltimore Bureau, former Black Panther leader and political prisoner, and co-author of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther; the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Founding Director of the Black Church Food Security Network and Orita’s Cross Freedom School, and Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church; and Sharayna A. Christmas, Executive Director of Muse 360 Arts.

OSI-Baltimore: Bringing Elected Officials and Residents Together

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

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

Sound Bites: Renewable Energy in Maryland & the Trump Presidency

Wind & Solar Energy (Credit: Highground Energy)December 8, 2016 – Segment 2

We have for you our newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. This week we will be talking about what renewable energy means for the country under Donald 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 after Trump takes office?
In the first half-hour we will talk 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.
In the second half-hour we will talk with Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. Most recently, 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.

Interview With Krista Tippett: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

Krista Tippet (Credit: UC Santa Barbra Events Page)December 8, 2016 – Segment 1

We host a conversation that I had with Peabody Award-winning journalist, author and entrepreneur Krista Tippett a couple weeks ago at the Aspen Institute in Easton, Maryland. Tippett created and hosts the highly acclaimed public radio show and podcast On Being. She was awarded the 2013 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. I spoke with her about her new book Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.


Sound Bites: Fracking / John Ikerd

December 1, 2016 – Segment 3 cafo-chickens

For the newest episode of our series about our food and our world, Sound Bites. We begin the hour with our first Countdown to the Annapolis Summit: The Future of Fracking in Maryland. With: Mitch Jones, Senior Policy Advocate at Food and Water Watch; and Drew Cobbs, Executive Director of the Maryland Petroleum Council.
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.
For the second half of Sound Bites, we bring you a panel I moderated at the First Baptist Church Family Life and Cultural Center in Salisbury, Maryland. It was called “Industrial CAFOs, Economics, and Public Health in Delmarva” and focused on the question, “How Safe is Your Water?” It was sponsored by Wicomico NAACP and Socially Responsible Agricultural Project. The impetus for the town hall was a proposed poultry operation in Wicomico County that would include up to thirteen chicken houses, each holding 30,000 chickens. The broiler operation would sit on top of the paleochannel, which is the public drinking water source for Salisbury residents. When this was first proposed citizens were left out of the County Council discussions and many were concerned about the health risks posed by these operations. What happened next was unique in the history of the eastern shore, as Black, Latino and White communities came together to convene this town meeting so their voices could be heard and could build a political movement. Go to steinershow.org to hear the full panel. Today, though, we are listening to the keynote address from that panel, which was delivered by Dr. John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri.

Meet the Challenge in Madagascar

November 11, 2016 – Segment 3 madagascar

We focus on a special event happening this weekend, Pivot Presents: Meet the Challenge in Madagascar. With Dr. Matt Bonds, co-CEO and co-Founder of Pivot, Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Blaustein Visiting Assistant Professor of Earth System Science at Stanford University
Pivot Presents: Meet the Challenge in Madagascar will take place Saturday, November 12th at 6:00pm at 1525 Lancaster Street in Baltimore.

Chauncey Whitehead and Miss Ernestine Shephard

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

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


Sound Bites: Election Coverage

November 3, 2016 – Segment 2 windmills

For the newest episode of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world. As we approach Election Day, our panel of guests will examine how the results of national, state, and local elections could affect the environment, agriculture, and food policy. With: Mitch Jones, Senior Policy Advocate at Food & Water Watch; and Bob Martin, Food System Policy Program Director for Center for a Livable Future.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner: Leana Wen

November 3, 2016 – Segment 1 leana-wen

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joins us in-studio. Call us at 410-319-8888, tweet me @marcsteiner or post on our Facebook page with your questions or comments for Dr. Wen.


City Paper This Week

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November 2, 2016 – Segment 3

Take a listen in to our regular series City Paper This Week. With Lisa Snowden-McCray, writer and Associate Editor for City Paper.


Biking in Baltimore

October 27, 2016 – Segment 1 bike-share

We begin the show with a look at Bicycling in Baltimore, specifically the new bike lanes and the newly-launched Bikeshare. 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; Dr. Celeste Chavis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies in the School of Engineering at Morgan State University and member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Paratransit Committee of the Transportation Research Board; and Veronica McBeth, Transit Bureau Chief, Baltimore City Department of Transportation, the division of BCDOT responsible for bringing bike share and all the new bike lanes to the city.


Town Hall Panel: Racial Justice in Urban Education

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

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

Chauncey Whitehead and Ernestine Shepherd

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

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

Sound Bites: MD Solar Congress / End-Dependence Day

October 6, 2016 – Segment 2 Baltimore, MD -7/2/14- Denzel Mitchell, of Baltimore, harvests for cucumbers Wednesday afternoon. Mitchell owns operates his farm, "Five Seeds Farm" and provides it's vegetables to local Baltimore restaurants. Rachel Woolf/Baltimore Sun -- #7308

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.

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

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

September 29, 2016 – Segment 2

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

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

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

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


Mindfulness and Education

September 27, 2016 – Segment 2 medidtation

Our panel looks at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, a Baltimore school that has replaced detention with meditation, and reflects upon the larger issue of mindfulness and education. With: Changa Bell, Founder of Our Boys Institute in Baltimore; Michelle Stafford, Wellness Director at The Living Well Center for Social & Economic Vibrancy; 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.


Sound Bites: Sperm Whales / Urban Farming

September 8, 2016 – Segment 3urban-farm

A special rebroadcast of Sound Bites – our series about our food, our environment, and our world – listen in to a fascinating discussion on the language of Sperm Whales, as I talk with author and journalist James Nestor. His new book isDEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What The Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves, and was featured in the The New York Times and Annapurna Pictures virtual-reality film, “The Click Effect.”
We close out Sound Bites with a visit to the urban garden at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore. Previously we discussed US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s visit to Douglass to see their urban garden and examine the role of urban agriculture in education. The current episode features an interview in which formerSteiner Show Senior Producer Stefanie Mavronis and I visited Douglass to talk to the two teachers who started the project – Amanda Briody and Chris Jennings – and hear from four of the Douglass Freshman students currently involved in the program: La’Asia Howard, Dominic Scruggs, Nykerra Williams, and Maleke Smalls.

Violence in Baltimore

September 8, 2016 – Segment 1  violence

We begin the show with a discussion on Violence in Baltimore. With: The Reverend Brian Murray, BRIDGE Maryland Co-Chair and Pastor at New Covenant Community United Church of Christ; Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer, President, & Co-Founder of Equity Matters and Dr. Lovell Smith, a Sociologist at Loyola University in Maryland.
Thursday morning at 10:00 our guest host is Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise 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.

War on Drugs

September 6, 2016 – Segment 3
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We begin the second hour with a special repeat broadcast of our show earlier this year on the War on Drugs, as we talk with author Dan Baum about his article in Harper’s magazine, “Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs, which discusses how the Nixon administration’s ‘War on Drugs’ was started to attack Black people and the anti-war left.” Baum has been a staff writer for The New Yorker, as well as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, andThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His books include: Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and The Politics of Failure and Gun Guys: A Road Trip.
We close the show with the current state of the War on Drugs, with Retired Maj. Neill Franklin, former Baltimore and Maryland State Police officer and Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition).

Associated Black Charities Event

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We discuss an important upcoming event: Associated Black Charities’Women on the Move 2016, which is this Thursday at the Horseshoe Casino at 6:00 PM. With: A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships.


Viewing Videos of Black Suffering: Collective & Individual Trauma

A body camera from Taser is seen during a press conference at City Hall September 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department is embarking on a six- month pilot program where 250 body cameras will be used by officers. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)September 2, 2016 – Segment 4

We explore how the ever-present videos of Black people being killed affects our collective and individual psyches. With: Sheila Gaskins,performance artist, poet, stand up comic, and Director of Theater Action Group; and Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park.


Zika Virus: What’s Next and How to Stop It

August 31, 2016 – Segment 3 zika

We have a look at the Zika virus, what it means for Maryland and what the future holds for the virus itself. With: Science journalist Sonia Shah, author of Pandemic: tracking contagions from cholera to Ebola and beyond; and Monica McArthur, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Vaccine Development.


Sound Bites: Vegan SoulFest / Clean Energy Jobs Act

August 11, 2016 – Segment 2 Vegan Soulfest

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

Lead Paint Poisoning in Light of Freddie Gray and Korryn Gaines

August 10, 2016 – Segment 2 leadpaint

We have a discussion on lead poisoning, in light of the fact that both Freddie Gray and Korryn Gaines suffered from this tragic and all-too-preventable disease. With: Brentin Mock, staff writer for Citylab.comDr. David Rosner, Professor of Public Health and History at Columbia University and author of Lead Wars: the politics of science and the fate of America’s children; and Ruth Ann Norton, President and CEO of Green and Healthy Homes Initiative.


Monthly Segment on Health and Fitness

chaunceyAugust 5, 2016 – Segment 2

It’s our monthly conversation on Health & Fitness with fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead along with Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. Chauncey is hosting a walk during the National Urban League conference on Saturday August 6 at 6AM beginning at the Baltimore Convention Center.


Sound Bites: Oyster Wars, When It Comes To Food, & The Air-Conditioned World

Oyster (Credit: Baltimore Sun)July 28, 2016 – Segment 2

We host our newest episode of our series on our food and our world: Sound Bites! We with a look at a recent article in the Baltimore Sun, “Oyster wars: Watermen aim to take back oyster bars as state panel reviews shellfish sanctuaries.” With: Kelton Clark, a Maryland Oyster Advisory Commission member and Director of Morgan State University’s Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory; and Peyton Robertson, Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chesapeake Bay Office.

We then learn “The One Thing Hillary Cares About Most –When It Comes to Food,” with Tom Philpott who wrote an article with that title for Mother Jones. Philpott is Mother Jones food and agriculture reporter and co-founder of Maverick Farms in North Carolina.

Finally, we take a look at how our air-conditioned world is affecting climate change. With Katie Herzog, staff writer at the environmental news site Grist.org, who wrote the article “How air-conditioning made America – and how it could break us all.”


Sound Bites: Controversy Over GMO Labeling | What A Fish Knows | Recipe: Seasonal Salad By Colette

What A Fish KnowsJuly 21, 2016 – Segment 3

On the newest episode of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world. We begin the hour with a look at the controversy over the GMO Labeling bill that passed through Congress and is awaiting signature by President Obama. With Patty Lovera, Assistant Director of Food & Water Watch, where she coordinates the food team.
Then, we look at what a fish knows – literally! – with Dr. Jonathan Balcombe, author of the new book What A Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins. Dr. Balcombe is Director of Animal Sentience with the U.S. Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy in Washington, DC.
We close the hour with a special recipe: A Seasonal Salad with Stefano Porcile, Executive Chef at Colette in Baltimore’s Station North.

Philosopher’s Roundtable: Policing & The Attack On #BlackLivesMatter

NYC action in solidarity with Ferguson. Mo, encouraging a boycott of Black Friday Consumerism.July 21, 2016 – Segment 2

It’s a Philosopher’s Roundtable on topics to include policing and the current attack on #BlackLivesMatter, with: Dr. Robert Birt, author of The Liberatory Thought of Martin Luther King Jr.: Critical Essays on the Philosopher King and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bowie State University; Navasha Daya, singer, songwriter, and co-Founder and Director of the healing and performing arts at the Youth Resiliency Institute; and Denzel Mitchell, Baltimore City resident, educator, farmer, and food justice advocate.


Rape Culture: How We Define It

FORCE Monument QuiltJuly 19, 2016 – Segment 4

We launch our new series on Rape Culture. We discuss the origin of the series, define rape culture, talk about the connections between masculinity and rape culture, and preview upcoming series topics. 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.

 


The Medical Marijuana Licensure Process In Maryland

Medical Marijuana (Credit: MedicalJane.com)July 8, 2016 – Segment 3

We check-in on Medical Marijuana Licensure in Maryland, with: attorney Jon Cardin, former Maryland State Delegate; and Demetrios Kafouros, CEO and Founder of GreenLabs Inc.


Sound Bites: Michael Pollen’s ‘In Defense Of Food’ & Student Access To Healthy Foods

Crossroads Community food Network (Credit: Crossroads Community food Network website)July 7, 2016 – Segment 2

We host our newest episode of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world. This week features a panel discussion I moderated last week at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville. It was part of the Focus In! Film series, sponsored by Fair Farms and Crossroads Community Food Network. The evening began with a screening of the film “In Defense of Food,” featuring Michael Pollan, author of a number of books including The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire. The film centers around one of the most basic human questions “What should I eat?” According to Pollan, much of our food has been replaced by nutrients and food-like substances instead of real food.

The film was followed by a discussion on topics including the Prince George’s County Farm to School Program; school gardens; students learning about health, eating and food; healthy access to food in communities; food school system uses; and sourcing local food.

The panel included:

Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director of Fair Farms
Christie Balch, Executive Director of Crossroads Community Food Network
The Hon. Danielle Glaros, Prince George’s County Council
The Hon. Shani Warner, Hyattsville City Council
Ellarose Preston, Hyattsville Farm Market Manager, City of Hyattsville
Sara Booker, Maryland State Department of Education, Office of School Nutrition
Margaret Morgan Hubbard, Eco City Farms
Sydney Daigle, Prince George’s County Food Equity Council


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

Abusing the chickens we eatJune 30, 2016 – Segment 3

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

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

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


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.


Sound Bites: Town Hall on Industrial Poultry Production on the Eastern Shore, Part 2/2

CAFOsJune 9, 2016 – Segment 3

On our newest episode about our food and our world, Sound Bites. You will hear the broadcast of Part 2 of a town hall I moderated a few weeks ago in Salisbury on the Eastern Shore. The impetus for the town hall was a proposed poultry operation in Wicomico Country that would include up to thirteen chicken houses, each holding 30,000 chickens. The broiler operation would sit on top of the paleochannel, which is the public drinking water source for Salisbury residents. When this was first proposed citizens were left out of the County Council discussions and many were concerned about the health risks posed by these operations. What happened next was unique in the history of the Eastern Shore, as Black, Latino and White communities came together to convene this town meeting to let their voices be heard and to build a political movement.
The panel theme of this panel was “Health” and we looked at the expansion of industrial scale poultry Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and discussed the impact on community health and safety that expansion is having or could have. We’re joined by public health experts who shared their perspectives on how zoning policy could be changed to protect public health and address community questions related to the density and intensity of industrial poultry CAFO expansion on the lower Eastern Shore. It was sponsored by The Concerned Citizens Against Industrial CAFOs (CCAIC), the Wicomico County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (WCNAACP), the Circle of Leaders (COL) and other concerned citizens of the lower Eastern Shore.
The panelists were:
  • Michelle Merkel, Co-Director, Food & Water Justice Food & Water Watch;
  • Frederick Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper and Farming Representative for the Patuxent River Commission;
  • Maria Payan, Consultant for Socially Responsible Agricultural Project;
  • Craig Watts, former contracted poultry grower; and
  • Dr. Jillian Fry, Director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future’s Public Health & Sustainable Aquaculture Project.

Race, Class & Gender: Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards’ Lynching Sentence

Jasmine RichardsJune 8, 2016 – Segment 3

We look at two disturbing legal cases in sharp contrast, both out of California: The sentencing of Black Lives Matter activist Jasmine Richards to 90 days (18 served ) and 3 years probation for “felony lynching,” a technical term in California penal code that means “the taking by means of a riot of another person from the lawful custody of a peace officer;” and the sentencing of a Stanford University male athlete convicted on three felony accounts of raping an unconscious woman on Stanford’s campus – a case that included two eye-witness accounts – who must register as a sex offender but will only serve only six months in prison.

With: Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park; 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; and Brittany Oliver, women’s rights activist and co-director of Hollaback! Baltimore.


OSI Talking About Addiction: Youth, Addiction & Juvenile Justice

OSI Talking About AddictionJune 1, 2016 – Segment 1

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

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

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Wen On Sugar Sweetened Beverages, The Zika Virus & Violence

Dr. Leana WenMay 31, 2016 – Segment 2

Marc sits down with Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen to discuss sugar sweetened beverages and the health of young people, the Zika virus and its potential to come to Baltimore, violence in our community, and more.


Sound Bites: A Visit To Black Dirt Farm On The Eastern Shore| Carbon-Neutral Fertilizer | Recipe: Mussels With Colette’s Stefano Porcile

Black Dirt Farm in Preston, MDMay 26, 2016 – Segment 3

For the newest episode of Sound Bites, our series on food, agriculture, the environment, and our future. Steiner Show Senior Producers Stefanie Mavronis and Mark Gunnery visit Black Dirt Farm in Preston, Maryland, where they talk with co-owner and co-operator Blain Snipstal.

Then I talk with two scientists about an important scientific advancement that could pave the way for a potential breakthrough in farming: Carbon-neutral fertilizer production. With: Dr. Katherine A. Brown, Staff Scientist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Dr. Paul King, Staff Scientist and Manager of the Photobiology Group at National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

We close the show with a mouth-watering recipe for mussels from local chef Stefano Porcile, Executive Chef at Colette restaurant in Baltimore.


Women’s Health: Birth Control & Menstruation

Birth Control (Credit: Waynewwomensclinic.com)May 25, 2016 – Segment 1

We host a discussion regarding Birth Control & Women’s Health. The newest birth control pills allow women to have no periods at all, which leads to the question: Is menstruation necessary? Our guests will address this and other issues of women’s health, with: Dr. Claudia Richardson, Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Maryland; and Dr. Jennifer D. Williams, Assistant Professor in the Department of English and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Morgan State University.


Sports Roundtable: NBA Finals, The Preakness & More

Preakness 2016 (Credit: buschleaguesports.com)May 23, 2016 – Segment 4

We host a Sports Roundtable, checking in on the NBA Finals and the Preakness, with: Andre Melton, co-host of The Flex Zone and board operator at WEAA; and Demarus Dye, sports analyst on The Flex ZoneThe Flex Zone can be heard Wednesdays at 7:00pm on Fox Sports 1340-AM.


Tengella’s Take: Family By Name Is Family

Koli TengellaMay 20, 2016 – Segment 2

We host the newest segment of Tengella’s Take, our weekly commentary from Koli Tengella. Koli 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.


Sound Bites: The Language Of Sperm Whales | A Visit To The Urban Garden At Douglass High School In Baltimore

Douglass High School in BaltimoreMay 19, 2016 – Segment 3

On the newest edition of Sound Bites – our series about our food, our environment, and our world – listen to a fascinating discussion on the language of Sperm Whales, as I talk with author and journalist James Nestor. His new book isDEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What The Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves, and was featured in the The New York Times and Annapurna Pictures virtual-reality film, “The Click Effect.”
We close out the show with a visit to the urban garden at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore. Two weeks ago we discussed US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s visit to Douglass to see their urban garden and discuss the role of urban agriculture in education. Last week, Steiner Show Senior Producer Stefanie Mavronis and I visited Douglass to talk to the two teachers who started the project — Amanda Briody and Chris Jennings – and hear from four of the Douglass Freshman students currently involved in the program: La’Asia Howard, Dominic Scruggs, Nykerra Williams, and Maleke Smalls.

Sound Bites: Health Of The Inner Harbor | Is The Hogan Administration Being Easy On Polluters? | Urban Farming & Health Initiatives In Baltimore’s Park Heights Community

Hogan (Credit: Baltimore Sun)May 12, 2016 – Segment 3

We host a brand new episode of Sound Bites, our weekly segment where we analyze important issues concerning food, agriculture, and the environment. Our guests will talk about the health of the Chesapeake Bay and consider whether Governor Larry Hogan’s administration is being strict enough about pollution in the Bay. With: Scott Dance, who writes about the environment and the weather at The Baltimore Sun; and Rena Steinzor, professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and a founder of the Center for Progressive Reform.

We also talk with Willie Flowers, Executive Director of the Park Heights Community Health Alliance, about urban farming and health initiatives in the Park Heights community of Baltimore.


Chauncey Whitehead & Rhonda Silva: Health & Wellness

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

We have our monthly conversation on Health & Fitness with fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.

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


Sound Bites: Urban Agriculture In Baltimore Schools | Chef Egg’s Interactive Cooking Programs

Fredrick Douglas Highschool (Credit: Afro.com)May 5, 2016 – Segment 3

We host our newest episode of Sound Bites, our series about our food, our environment and our world. We’ll talk about a new youth urban agriculture initiative at Frederick Douglass High School in West Baltimore, part of an urban farming initiative with the USDA. You’ll hear from: Amanda Briody, teacher at Frederick Douglass High School; Abby Cocke, Environmental Planner at the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability; and Allison Boyd, Director of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore.

 Also joining us is Chef Erik Berlin, aka Chef Egg, a local chef, culinary instructor and host of Chef Egg’s Cooking Eggsperience and Chef Egg Live/Hands On Chef Egg – interactive cooking programs. Chef Egg teaches cooking to youth and veterans.

Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics

Knocking The Hustle (Credit: Amazon)April 15, 2016 – Segment 1

Dr. Lester Spence joins me in-studio to talk about his new 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 and Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics.


Sound Bites: The Color Of Food | How Race & Agriculture Intersect

The Color of FoodApril 7, 2016 – Segment 3

On Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we are joined by Natasha Bowens. Bowens is a beginning farmer and community grower in Western Maryland, who wrote the book The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming.

Then, we hear from Denzel Mitchell, formerly of Five Seeds Farm and Apiary in Baltimore, as he and Bowens talk about the ways that race intersects with agriculture and our food movement.

This episode is a rebroadcast from August 2015.


Sound Bites: Fairfield Incinerator Permit Expires | Phosphorus Regulation In Maryland | Food Educator Jennifer Crisp

Baltimore Fairfield IncineratorMarch 31, 2016 – Segment 2

On our newest episode of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we begin with a follow-up to previous episodes about the proposed Fairfield Incinerator in Curtis Bay. The permit for the project was ruled expired this month by the Maryland Department of the Environment. With: James Strong, Sub-District Director for United Steelworkers District 8; and Leah Kelly, attorney with the Environmental Integrity Project.
Then, we talk with Jeremy Cox, Business Reporter from Delmarva Now, about Maryland Department of Agriculture’s announcement earlier this month that, based on statewide soil test information, some 82% of farm fields will not be impacted by new environmental regulations potentially limiting phosphorus application or the use of animal manure as a fertilizer.
We close out the show with food educator and documentary producer Jennifer Crisp. Crisp joins us to talk about new projects focusing on food and education. She produced Giobbi, a documentary about  a chef who finally gets to meet her 89 year old mentor: Artist, chef, cookbook author, gardener and winemaker Edward Giobbi. Crisp also teaches a seed-to-table program in Baltimore City Public Schools.

The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome

Dr. Alondra NelsonMarch 31, 2016 – Segment 1

We rebroadcast a fascinating discussion held earlier this year with Dr. Alondra Nelson, Professor of Sociology and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she has served as Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Dr. Nelson talks about her book The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome. She also authored Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination.


Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

Revolutionary Mothering (Credit: PM Press)March 30, 2016 – Segment 3

We take a peek into an important new anthology, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. Joining us in-studio are the book’s editors: Alexis Pauline GumbsChina Martens and Mai’a Williams.

Two upcoming Baltimore events around Revolutionary Mothering: 1) A book release this Wednesday, March 30, from 6:00 – 7:30pm at Union Baptist Church of Baltimore,1219 Druid Hill Avenue; and 2) Motherful Reality, an All-Ages Coloring Workshop on Thursday, March 31, 2pm, at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse.

Monthly Segment on Health and Wellness: Men’s Health

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

We host our monthly segment on Health & Wellness with fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. The topic this month will be African American Men’s Health.

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


The War on Drugs: Conversation & Analysis with Neill Franklin

Neil Franklin (Credit: Baltimore Sun)March 28, 2016 – Segment 2

We check in with the current state of the War on Drugs, with: Neill Franklin, former Baltimore and Maryland State Police officer and Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition).

Legalize It All: How To Win The War On Drugs

Dan Baum (Credit: Dan Baum website)March 28, 2016 – Segment 1

We host a conversation with with author Dan Baum, about his current front page article in Harper’s magazine, Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs, which discusses how the Nixon administration’s “War on Drugs” was started to attack Black people and the anti-war left.

Baum has been a staff writer for The New Yorker, as well as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His books include: Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure and Gun Guys: A Road Trip with author Dan Baum, about his current front page article in Harper’s magazine, Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs, which discusses how the Nixon administration’s “War on Drugs” was started to attack Black people and the anti-war left. Baum has been a staff writer for The New Yorker, as well as a reporter for The Wall Street JournalThe Asian Wall Street Journal, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His books include: Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure and Gun Guys: A Road Trip.with author Dan Baum, about his current front page article in Harper’s magazine, Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs, which discusses how the Nixon administration’s “War on Drugs” was started to attack Black people and the anti-war left. Baum has been a staff writer for The New Yorker, as well as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His books include: Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure and Gun Guys: A Road Trip.


Sound Bites: Impact Of Sewage Pollution In Baltimore’s Harbor | Detroit Black Community Food Security Network | Recipe: Palestinian Easter Kaik With Dates

Baltimore Harbor (Photo Credit: Forsaken Fotos via Flickr)March 24, 2016 – Hour 2

For our newest edition of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world.  We begin the hour with an update on the state of sewage pollution in the Baltimore Harbor. Baltimore’s Department of Public Works (DPW) estimated that 12.6 million gallons of wastewater were dumped into the harbor last month following a storm. With: David Flores, Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, Blue Water Baltimore.
Then, we talk with Malik Yakini, Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and founder of D-Town Farm, an urban farm in Detroit. We discuss racism in the food system and the food movement, as well as Yakini’s work for social justice, food equity, and food security for the people of Detroit.
We close out Sound Bites with a special Palestinian Easter Recipe. Laila El-Haddad, co-author of The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey, shares a traditional Palestinian Easter recipe, kaik with dates.

Health & Wellness with Chauncey Whitehead

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

We host our monthly segment on Health & Wellness with fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.

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


Delegate Dr. Dan Morhaim’s Radical New Solution To The Heroin Crisis

Delegate Dan Morheim (Credit: Baltimore Sun)March 4, 2016 – Segment 2

We host a conversation with Maryland State Delegate Dr. Dan Morhaim, about bills he is introducing into the Maryland General Assembly proposing what is being called a “radical” solution to the heroin crisis. Morhaim represents Maryland’s 11th District in Baltimore County and is Deputy Majority Leader in the Maryland House of Delegates. He is on the faculty of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Maryland Medical School, and is an emergency room physician at both Sinai and Northwest Hospitals in Baltimore.


City Paper This Week: Eat Dining Guide Edition

City Paper Eats Cover (Credit: City Paper)March 2, 2016 – Segment 4

We host our regular feature, City Paper This Week, with J.M. Giordano, Photo Editor at City Paper.


Mosquitoes, Poverty & The Zika Virus

 24467753639_ee4629b3b7_bMarch 1, 2016 – Segment 1

We take a look at mosquitoes, poverty, and the Zika virus. With: Dr. Shannon LaDeau, Associate Scientist of Disease Ecology at the Baltimore Ecosystem Study and The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.


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.

Sound Bites: United Nations Comments On Curtis Bay Incinerator | Salisbury Teacher On Protecting Perdue’s Chickens

chickenFebruary 11, 2016 – Segment 3

On our newest edition of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we begin the hour with a look at the health implications of the proposed Curtis Bay Incinerator. With: Tim Whitehouse, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, former head of the Law and Policy Program at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Montreal, and former senior attorney at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.; and Dr. Gwen DuBois, Secretary of the Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility Board of Directors, instructor in Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a member of the Public Health Committee of the Maryland State Medical Society.
Last week’s statement issued by United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent stated: “The highest polluting industrial facilities, across a range of sectors from farming, mining to manufacturing, are more likely to be situated in poor and minority neighbourhood, including those of people of African descent. For instance, we are concerned about the possible health risks to people of African descent on account of the incinerator project in Curtis Bay, Baltimore and the lead contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. African American communities are calling for environmental justice as they are concerned that they are disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards impacting their health and standard of living.”
We close the show with a discussion with Jane Langrall Robinson, a middle-school teacher and animal advocate in Salisbury, Maryland, who caught our eye with her op-ed in the Baltimore Sun last month: Protecting Perdue’s chickens.

Health & Fitness: Staying Active In The 21st Century

Fitness Health (Credit: The New York Times)February 5, 2016 – Segment 3

We host our monthly feature on health and fitness with: Fitness trainer and activist Chauncey WhiteheadErnestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female bodybuilder; and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center

Sound Bites: “If There Are No New Farmers, Who Will Grow Our Food?”

Kim EckartFebruary 4, 2016 – Segment 2

Today on Sound Bites, we meet with Kim Eckarta Seattle-based writer and associate editor at Yes! magazine.  She wrote an article called, “If There Are No New Farmers, Who Will Grow Our Food?” for How to Create a Culture of Good Health, the Winter 2016 issue of YES! Magazine.

We are then joined by young farmers Walker Marsh, Founder & Owner of The Flower Factory; Isabel Antreasian, Project Manager for Whitelock Community Farm; Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for Park Heights Community Health Alliance and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; and Charlotte Keniston, current Open Society Institute fellow, working with Paul’s Place on community-led interventions to address food accessibility in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore.


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.

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


Brown & Healthy: From Motivational Hashtag To Global Wellness Initiative

Brown and HealthyJanuary 27, 2016 – Segment 2

We look at a global initiative that began in 2013 as a motivational hashtag: Brown and Healthy. With Michelle Antoinette Nelson, fitness professional and Founder of Brown and Healthy. Brown and Healthy promotes mental, physical, and spiritual growth and wellness, specifically among people of color.


From The Archives: Philosopher & Naturalist Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Diana Beresford-KroegerJanuary 25, 2016 – Hour 2

We rebroadcast of my interview with philosopher, naturalist, author and scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger, whose writings combine western scientific knowledge and the traditional concepts of the ancient world.

Her books include The Sweetness of a Simple Life, The Global Forest, Arboretum Borealis, Arboretum America, and A Garden for Life. Born in Ireland, Beresford-Kroeger was orphaned in her youth and educated by elders who instructed her in the Brehon (Ireland’s indigenous system of law from Celtic times) knowledge of plants and nature. She tells us about her life and about her Bioplan, which encourages ordinary people to develop a new relationship with nature, and to join together to replant the global forest.


Sound Bites: Maryland Legislators Debate Poultry Litter & Farmer’s Rights | What Are Food Policy Councils?

ChickenJanuary 21, 2016 – Segment 2

On Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, our first group of guests reflects upon two agricultural issues before the Maryland General Assembly: The Poultry Litter Management Act and the Farmer’s Rights Act. With:Betsy Nicholas, Co-chair of Maryland Clean Agriculture Coalition and Executive Director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake; Doug R. Myers, Maryland Senior Scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Mitch Jones, Senior Policy Advocate for Food and Water Watch; and Valerie Connelly, Executive Director for the Maryland Farm Bureau.
We close the show with a look at Food Policy Councils – what they are, and why they are important. With: Anne Palmer, Program Director at Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome with Dr. Alondra Nelson

The Secret Life of DNA (Credit: Beacon)January 19, 2015 – Segment 2

We host a fascinating discussion with Dr. Alondra Nelson, Professor of Sociology and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she has served as Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Dr. Nelson talks about her new book The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome. She also authored Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination.


Sound Bites: How We Define Organic Food | When Cultural Food Becomes Trendy

Urban Farm (Credit: Grid Philly)January 14, 2015 – Segment 3

We play the latest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. First we look at the definitions of organic food with Steve Savage, blogger and Agricultural Technology consultant; and Jay Martin, farmer at Provident Organic Farm.

We then have an interview with Ruth Tam, Web Producer of The Kojo Nnamdi Show and contributor to She the People, about her article for the Washington Post: “How it feels when white people shame your culture’s food – then make it trendy.”


Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen

Dr. Leana-wen (Credit: Womens Health Magazine)January 11, 2016 – Segment 3

We check in with Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen about health issues in Baltimore including homelessness, heroin, and lead poisoning.

Sound Bites: Building a Model for Food and Jobs in Sandtown-Winchester

Sandtown-WinchesterDecember 31, 2015 – Segment 2

It’s another episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. This week we bring you the first part of our Good Food Gathering town hall meeting held June 16 in partnership with Hopkins’ Baltimore Food and Faith Project, titled Sandtown: Building a Model for Food and Jobs. The town hall took place at Jubilee Arts, located in the Sandtown Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore, which was at the center of the Baltimore Uprising and was the neighborhood where Freddie Gray lived and was arrested.

The panel was comprised of three members of the faith community who are working on food and employment issues in interesting and effective ways: Elder C.W. Harris of Strength to Love II Farm and Newborn Holistic Ministries; Antoine Bennet of New Song Community Church; and Melissa Kelly of the No Boundaries Coalition.

This segment originally aired in June 2015.


Monthly Look at Health and Fitness

chaunceyDecember 30, 2015 – Segment 3

It’s our monthly feature on health and fitness with fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead, Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center and Ernestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female competitive body builder. On Saturday, January 2, Chauncey and Ernestine will host their monthly community walk in Druid Hill Park.

Commemorating Homeless Person’s Memorial Day & The 102 People Who Lost Their Lives This Year

Homeless Memorial Day (Credit: Facebook Page For Event)December 21, 2015 – Segment 2

We commemorate Homeless Person’s Memorial Day with Father Ty Hullinger, Pastor of St. Anthony’s and Most Precious Blood; Antonia Fasanelli, Executive Director of Homeless Persons Representation Project; Damien Haussling of the Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau; and Adam Schneider, Director of Community Relations at Health Care for the Homeless.

This evening, December 21 2015, at 5:00 at the St. Vincent de Paul Church, located at 120 N. Front St. in Baltimore, there will be a memorial service dedicated to those who have lost their lives as a result of homelessness.

Gun Violence In America: Exploring Practical Policy Solutions

Photo Credit: modernrockstar on FlickrDecember 3, 2015 – Segment 1

Yesterday was a tumultuous day – early in the morning one person was killed and several more were injured in a mass shooting in Savannah, Georgia. And then someone was shot and killed outside of a health clinic in Houston, Texas. And just 10 miles from the San Bernardino health clinic in which 14 were people killed and approximately 20 people were injured; there were reports that shots had been fired near a Target store. At this time, there have been more mass shootings this year than there have been days in the year, approximately five per day. Joining guest host Dr. Kaye Whitehead to talk about this very briefly is Jenifer Pauliukonis, the Legislative Director for Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence and a mother of two boys who got involved in gun policy after the Sandy Hook mass shooting.

Links discussed in the podcast:

http://marylanderstopreventgunviolence.org

http://decembersabbath.org/

For the vigil on the 9th in DC: http://newtownaction.org/2015-national-vigil/


Sound Bites: Brassica Fest 2015 | Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love , and the Perfect Meal by Ava Chin

Photo Credit: Janet Ulliott on FlickrNovember 19, 2015 – Segment 2

Brassica Fest is here and for our newest episode of Sound Bites we preview this celebration of this beneficial species of plant which include: collards, kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.  Marc is joined by  Willie Flowers, Executive Director of Park Heights Community Health Alliance; and Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for the Park Heights Community Health Alliance and manager of the Afya Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights.

We close our show with an interview from the Sound Bites archives.  Marc speaks with writer and forager Ava Chin, about her memoir Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal. Chin is the former “Urban Forager” columnist for The New York Times’ City Room, and The Huffington Post named her one of “9 Contemporary Authors You Should Be Reading.”


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

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

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

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


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

November 3, 2015 – Segment 3Photo Credit: theugandanmasters.com

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


Sound Bites: You Aren’t Dangerous Until You Can Speak Powerfully | Perdue Farms Buys Niman Ranch

Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture on FlickrOctober 29, 2015 – Segment 2

Listen to a conversation I moderated earlier this week at the University of Maryland, part of the annual Maryland Food Access and Nutrition Network conference, called “You Aren’t Dangerous Until You Can Speak Powerfully.” The panel of guests discussed the power of stories in advocacy work, and community and personal empowerment. Joining me for the conversation was Gerald Stansbury, Maryland State Chapter President of the NAACP; Sara Buckingham of the Baltimore City Chapter of RESULTS, a national non-profit grassroots advocacy organization; and Damien Haussling of the Baltimore Area Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau.
Then we talk with Tom Philpott, Mother Jones food and agriculture reporter and co-founder of Maverick Farms in North Carolina, who will discuss the announcement last month that Perdue Farms bought Niman Ranch, best known for its pork grown without antibiotic or other pharmaceutical growth enhancers.


Baltimore Health Commissioner: The Future Of The City

Dr. Leana-wen (Credit: Womens Health Magazine) October 28, 2015 – Segment 2

We’re joined in-studio by Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen for her thoughts about the future of the city.


Addressing Domestic And Intimate Partner Violence

Domestic Violence (Credit: Flickr - Family Violence Prevention Project)October 28, 2015 – Segment 1

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we take a look at this important issue with a panel of guests.

The panels consists of: Mothyna James-Brightful, Director of Community Education and Training with Turn Around Inc. and Visionary Director for Heal a Woman Heal a Nation; Shawn Burnett, BMe Community Manager- Baltimore; Ciara Taylor, co-Founder and Director of Political Consciousness for the Dream Defenders; and Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside, a project of Fusion Partnerships.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Mammograms & Screening Changes

Breast Cancer Awareness (Credit Flickr - The COM Library)Breast Cancer Awareness (Credit Flickr - The COM Library)October 26, 2015 – Segment 3

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a number of new debates in the medical community have arisen recently over how often mammograms are needed and whether to forego the more aggressive treatments for certain types of breast cancer. Our panel of guests will consider these and other issues. With: Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP) at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center; Dr. Jean Warner, Director of The Tyanna O’Brien Center for Women’s Imaging at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore; and Dr. Barron H. Lerner, medical historian in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center and author of The Breast Cancer Wars.


Local News Roundtable: The Freddie Gray Trial, Public Housing & The Race For Mayor

Bmore Public Housing (Credit: The Baltimore Sun)October 26, 2015 – Segment 2

We host a Local News Roundtable discussing topics including: local elections, the Freddie Gray trial, and public housing issues. Our panel of guests includes: fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead, President of CDW Health & Wellness; Dana Peterson Moore, attorney and former member of the Baltimore City Liquor Board; and David Troy, co-Founder of 410 Labs and co-Founder of the Baltimore Election 2016 Facebook group.


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