The Marc Steiner Show


Sen. Fred Harris: The Last Surviving Member of the 1968 Kerner Commission

March 6, 2018 – The Kerner Commission

On July 28, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commissionto investigate the causes of race-related uprisings that had taken place in Detroit and dozens of other cities, and to provide recommendations for the future. We are now in the midst of the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission.

The Kerner Report was released on February 29, 1968, after seven months of investigation, revealing that poverty, racism, and the police were the cause of the unrest in inner city Black communities. Its most famous passage states, “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.” President Johnson silenced the report, refusing to release it. It was nevertheless published by Bantam Books, under a pre-existing agreement, and became a national best-seller. When you read the report, it feels as if it could have been written today.

We talk with Former Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris, the last surviving member of the Kerner Commission.

I hope you enjoy this fascinating and timely conversation.

Different Takes: Russia and the Election – The Long History of Election Interference

February 26, 2018 –  The Long History of Election Interference

In the second conversation of our “Different Takes: Russia and the Election” series, we talk with New York Times National Security Reporter Scott Shane, who wrote an article in the Times‘ Sunday Review, titled “Russia isn’t the only one meddling in elections. We do it too.”

Click here for the article mentioned!

The Black Panther: Academic and Visceral Readings

February 22, 2018 – The Black Panther

Today we begin a series of conversations on The Black Panther movie in all its beauty and complexity. We have gathered an amazing group of people to discuss the movie, all Wakandans at heart: Johns Hopkins History Professor Dr. Nathan Connolly; UMBC American Studies Professor Dr. Kimberly Moffitt ;and Kalima Young, Lecturer in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University. Enjoy our journey to Wakanda.

Dr. Caley Horan: Insurance and Neoliberalism in the Post WWII United States

December 19, 2017 – Insurance and Neoliberalism in America

As part of our ongoing conversation series with the Johns Hopkins Seminar in American Capitalism, we talk with MIT History Professor Dr. Caley Horan about her book project, Actuarial Age: Insurance and the Emergence of Neoliberalism in the Post WWII United States. Horan’s work explores how insurance and risk-based economics helped shape the neo-liberal world we now inhabit. I had never before considered how private insurance has undermined social safety nets and help build Capitalism since WWII, and I found our discussion to be eye-opening.

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

November 6, 2017 – The Legacy of Baltimore Soul

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

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


Democracy In Crisis: Hy Thurman & The Young Patriots

October 27, 2017 – Hy Thurman & The Young Patriots

The Young Patriots were the Appalachian version of the Black Panther Party.  One of its leading members was Hy Thurman, who was also part of the original Rainbow Coalition in Chicago between the Patriots, Panthers and the Young Lords. Thurman joined Baynard Woods and me for our Democracy in Crisis podcast that springs from Baynard’s alt-weekly column of the same name. Enjoy this conversation, which focuses on organizing in white working class communities for economic and social justice and against racism. We cover the history and reality of it — from 1967 to the world we confront now, 50 years later.

The Fight For Representation: The Cherokee Freedman

October 16, 2017 – The Cherokee Freedman

One of the little explored parts of our history is the enslavement of African-descended people by the Native American nations known as the Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole. In August 2017, after years of legal battles, a lawsuit was won by the descendants of some of these slaves, called the Cherokee Freedman, which allows them full citizenship in the Cherokee nation.  We talk with freelance journalist Jenni Monet, Marilynn Vann who was lead plaintiff in the law suit, Jon Velie lead attorney in the law suit and Perline Boyattia, whose family is descended from Cherokee Freedman and is still struggling to be accepted. Music in our piece is performed by Three Generationz.

The music used can be found here and here.

The articles by Jenni Monet can be found here and here.

Photo Used: Taken by Jenni Monet, in publication on Indian Country Today.

Dr. Nathan Connolly: Charlottesville & The Removal of Confederate Monuments

Dr. Nathan Connolly (Credit: Johns Hopkins)August 22, 2017 –  Charlottesville & The Removal of Confederate Monuments

Join us for reflections on the events of last week.  Johns Hopkins scholar and activist Dr. Nathan Connolly wrote a reflection and analysis in the Washington Post about Charlottesville and the removal of Confederate monuments. He joined us for an illuminating and interesting conversation.

Dr. Connolly’s article can be found here.

Note: Some of the language in this podcast may be offensive to some of the listening audience, however, the content is important.



Jelani Cobb – The Battle of Charlottesville

Jelani Cobb (Brown Daily Herlad)August 15, 2017 – The Battle For Charlottesville

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.

WEAA Farewell: 2 Hour Special

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

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


Studs Terkel Life & Legacy: A Special Premire

Studs Terkel (Credit InsideHook(July 21, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a very  a special collage of my interviews (over a 10-year period) with the great author, historian, actor, and broadcaster Studs Terkel. Studs was my radio hero. He wrote and created until he breathed his last breath in 2008 at the age of 96. On his radio show, which ran for 45 years in Chicago, he interviewed the greatest musicians, thinkers, and activists in the world. He’s also remembered for his oral histories of “common” Americans. He won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1985 for The Good War. I hope you enjoy this very special presentation.


Chimamanda Adiche

July 14, 2017 – Segment 2Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

Dr. Lawrence Brown: BRACE & The Racial Dynamics of Development

Lawrence Brow (Credit: morgan stae university page)July 13, 2017 – Segment 1

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.



Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War

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

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

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


Dr. Alan Gilbert: Black Patriots and Loyalists

Black Patriots (Credit UChicago)July 4, 2017 – Segment 2

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.

What to the Slave is the 4th of July?

Frederick Douglass (The Nation)July 4, 2017 – Segment 1

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.

The Black Count: Interview with writer Tom Reiss

The Black Count (Credit: PBody)July 3, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted an archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, in which writer of The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo Tom Reiss and I talked about General Alex Dumas, hero of the French Revolution who was born to a Black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti), and was father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas. The younger Dumas based his novel The Count of Monte Cristo on the life of his father.


Citizens Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814

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We hosted a rebroadcast of a segment where we learned about a dramatization of an important part of Baltimore’s history. Citizens Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814, a collaborative effort between the Baltimore School for the Arts, Maryland Historical Society, and National Park Service, is a production of three short plays about the battle that led to the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. The plays are: “Woman of All Work” by Nora Worthington; “Loyalties Tested” by Natalie Pilcher; and “The Common Defense” by Paul Christensen. Our guests are: Nora Worthington, Instructor ofCostume Design at the Baltimore School for the Arts; and Kristin Schenning, Education Director of the Maryland Historical Society who has been involved in the project partnership for the past five years and also works at Fort McHenry.


The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore: The First National Strike in the U.S.

1877 Railroad Strike BaltimoreJanuary 29, 2017 – Segment 2

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.


The Story of Civil Rights: Cambridge, Marylannd

June 22, 2017 – Segment 1Arrest in Cambridge, Maryland - 1963

We begin the day with a special 2013 archive edition of our show, The Story of Civil Rights in Cambridge, Maryland. Our guests commemorate the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Cambridge. Residents Enez Stafford-GrubbsBetty Jackson, and Francine Woolford join us to share their memories of the struggle for civil rights, an end to segregation, and better living conditions in their hometown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Michael Eric Dyson: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster

Come Hell or High Water (Credit: Amazon)June 20, 2017 – Segment 3

We took a step back into 2006 to listen to my conversation with scholar, best-selling author, and radio host Michael Eric Dyson. We discussed his book published that year called Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster, which tells the story of those who were left behind during relief efforts.

Dyson explains how Katrina wasn’t just an engineering catastrophe, but also exposed the complexities that still exist within race and class relations in America. These issues continue to rear their head in American politics and society, and looking back to previous failures can be a way to find better methods for the future. Michael Eric Dyson is University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University.


50th Anniversary of Loving v Virginia: Anne and Frank Jealous

June 13, 2017 – Segment 1

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage. To commemorate that momentous decision, we welcomed Fred and Anne Jealous and their son Ben – former President of the NAACP and current gubernatorial candidate in Maryland – into our studio to talk about their marriage. Fred and Anne were married in Washington, D.C., because they were barred from marrying in their home state of Maryland. They took a risk each night they spent together in Maryland, for fear of being woken up and dragged away by the police. They have now spent a half-century of life fighting for civil rights and building a coalition, together. Both were active in the civil rights movement in Maryland, and Anne was one of the first Black students at Western High School. These two brave individuals discuss what it meant to live in Maryland during this difficult time.

ARCHIVE: Baltimore Youth in Organizing

June 8, 2017 – Segment 2 Baltimore Youth: We Are Not ThugsBaltimore Youth: We Are Not Thugs

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.

City Paper This Week: Finding Turner Station

City Paper This Week: Finding Turner Station (Creditl City Paper)June 7, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted our regular feature City Paper This WeekSteiner 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.

The Six Day War: Dr. Ali Zaghab and Time in Palestine

Six Day War (Credit: National Interest)June 7, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a conversation with our guests about the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War. Our second guest was a Palestinian American businessman and political commentator, Dr. Ali Zaghab. He offered us an updated perspective on the war and occupation, as well as his time in Palestine.

The Six Day War: A Historic Perspective with Lia Tarachansky

The Six Day War (Credit: The Holy Land Timeline)June 7, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation with our guests about the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War. Our first guest was Lia Tarachansky, journalist, filmmaker with Naretiv Productions, and former Israel Palestine correspondent at the Real News. She will offer a historic perspective on why the soldiers were fighting and what the War meant for the world.

Octavia Butler: Science Fiction Influence

Octavia ButlerJune 2, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show: my 2004 interview with the late science fiction writer Octavia Butler. Butler was a multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, and in 1995 she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship. She authored a number of books, the best known of which is Kindred.

Marc’s Minutes: Solutions For Confederate Monuments in Baltimore

Black Union Soldier Memorial (Credit; Jubilo! The Emancipation Century WordPress)June 1, 2017 – Segment 4

I took a few minutes to explore my opinions on ways that we can address the issues that are presented by Confederate Monuments which honor one of the most despicable moments in American history.

Should we tear the statues down? Is there a better way to address the problem?

I think that it’s time to give platform and honor to the brave African American soldiers who fought as Union Soldiers. Who fought for the liberation of enslaved Africans in this country.

Maybe this is the solution we are looking for.



Why Does Baltimore Have So Many Confederate Monuments?

Confederate monuments in BaltimoreJune 1, 2017 – Segment 3

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.

Confederate Statues in Wyman Park

Confederate Statues Baltimore (Credit: CivilWarTour)June 1, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a segment giving context to the statue of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson that exists in Wyman Park. Steiner Show Production Assistant Nadia Ramlagan and Baltimore-based writer Kristina Gaddy took an in-depth look at the history behind these statues and how they became enshrined in one of Baltimore’s public parks.

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Malcolm XMay 23, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a very special Marc Steiner Show archive edition: A panel discussion we recorded at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in May 2011 about Manning Marable, the scholar who died just days before his groundbreaking – but controversial – biography,  Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, was published.

To examine Marable’s work and honor his life we put together a panel of leading thinkers with: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, contributing editor of The New Republic, and contributing editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated website; Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, where she is Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding Director of the Anna Julia Cooper CenterSherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; and Dr. Lester Spence, Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.
Manning Marable was a professor at Columbia University and the Director of its Center for Contemporary Black History.

Martin and Malcolm

May 19, 2017 – Segment 2 American civil rights leader Malcolm X (1925 - 1965) laughs as he relaxes on a couch in a wood-panelled room, March 1964. (Photo by Truman Moore/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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.

ARCHIVE: Historian Lauren Coodley on Upton Sinclair

May 18, 2017 – Segment 2 Upton Sinclair

We explore the life of an often overlooked but extremely important social and political figure, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair. We will talk with author and historian Lauren Coodley, who wrote the book Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual.

The History of Black People and Baseball

May 16, 2017 – Segment 2 

We take a look at baseball and African Americans. With: Juan Waters is Co-Founder and Assistant Coach of the Baltimore Dodgers; Milton Kent, freelance journalist and Lecturer in the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University; Imam Earl El-Amin, resident imam of the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore and former baseball player; and Derrick Brown, founder and coach of the Baltimore Dodgers, part of the Cal Ripken Collegiate League.

The Legend John Coltrane: A Love Supreme

John Coletrain (Credit The Key XPN)May 12, 2017 – Segment 3

In light of the fact that a new documentary about the life of John Coltrane, Chasing Trane, opened in Baltimore, we listened back to the Steiner Show archives about the life and legacy of this jazz great.
We first examined John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. Coltrane recorded this classic album in 1964. We discussed the lasting impact of that album with: Robert Shahid, jazz drummer and co-host of The Baltimore Blend on WEAA; Doc Manning, host of In the Tradition on WEAA; Nasar Abadey, drummer, composer, and percussion instructor at the Peabody Institute; Lewis Porter, jazz pianist, composer, Professor of Music at Rutgers University, Founder and Director of the Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research, and author of John Coltrane: His Life and Music; and Marcellus “The Bassman” Shepard, host of In the Groove on WEAA and co-host of the nationally syndicated Cool Jazz Countdown.
Marc Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery also shared an appreciation and review of Coltrane’s Offering: Live at Temple University. The recording documents one of Coltrane’s final concerts on November 11, 1966, and offers a glimpse of where he was heading musically in the final months of his life.

Dani McClain on LARCs and Teen Pregnancy

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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.

Shared Weight: Woody’s Journal

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We took time to remember Woody Curry, who passed away on Easter. We heard Woody’s Journal, a powerful episode from our series Shared Weight on the Viet Nam War and the lives of the men and women involved. 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.

Dr. Ira Berlin: Free At Last

Dr. Ira Berlin (Credit: US Slave blogger)April 21, 2017 – Segment 2

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.

Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War features the actual words of those who lived through America’s Civil War: White and Black, Union soldiers and officers, Confederate soldiers and officers, civilians and mothers. People searching for their families, telling why they hated slavery and others telling why they thought slavery was the right of Southerners to hold.

Free At Last: Slavery, Freedom, and America’s Civil War

Free At Last (Credit: Amazon)April 21, 2017 – Segment 1

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 DiggsBill Grimmette and Tony Tsendeas.

Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War features the actual words of those who lived through America’s Civil War: White and Black, Union soldiers and officers, Confederate soldiers and officers, civilians and mothers. People searching for their families, telling why they hated slavery and others telling why they thought slavery was the right of Southerners to hold.

The Smothers Brothers: Comedy and Music In A Changing World

Smothers Brothers (Credit: NPR)April 12, 2017 – Segment 2

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.

Bill Moyers: Journalist and Political Commentator

Bill Moyers (Credit: Washington Post)April 7, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a Steiner Show archive, my 1996 conversation with journalist and political commentator Bill Moyers about his book and PBS serieson Genesis, as well as on Baltimore’s Genesis Project (based on the book), which brought Muslims, Jews, and Christians – Black and White — together in conversation about the stories contained in the first book of the Jewish and Christian Bible.

Patti LaBelle: Singer, Author, and Actress

Patti LaBelle (Credit: American Program Bureau)April 7, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a very special Steiner Show archive: my 1996 interview with the legendary Patti LaBelle! LaBelle is an American singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur. She is best known for her array of hits that include “If Only You Knew,” “On My Own,” “New Attitude” and “Stir It Up.”

Robert Chew: Proposition Joe from The Wire

The Wire Proposition Joe (Credit: Wikipedia)April 6, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a rebroadcast of a special archive edition of the show where we remember the life of Robert Chew, the Baltimore native who portrayed the east Baltimore drug lord Proposition Joe on the hit HBO series The Wire and who died in 2013. Prop Joe, as he came to be known, was an iconic figure that represented a time in Baltimore when the drug trade was less violent and bloody, when word was bond, and “The Game” was something very different than what it is today.

Attica: The Prison Uprising of 1971

Blood In The Water (Credit: Amazon)April 6, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a re-broadcast of my interview with Dr. Heather Ann Thompson about her fascinating book Blood in the Water: the Attica Prison uprising of 1971 and its Legacy. Dr. Thompson is Professor of History in the Department of Afro-American and African Studies, Residential College, and Department of History at the University of Michigan.
Thursday night, April 6, at 7:30 the 2640docs series returns with a screening of the 1974 film Attica by Cinda Firestone. It’s an intense and controversial film that has largely remained unseen and unavailable. The screening of Attica is free and open to the public, at 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul Street in Baltimore.


Taylor Branch and Tavis Smiley on Beyond Vietnam

April 4, 2017 – Segment 3

Now, we will hear a reflection on The Riverside Church Speech from Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Taylor Branch, who wrote the landmark narrative history of the civil rights era, America in the King Years.
We close the show with another reflection on the speech and Dr. King, with talk show host, author, political commentator, entrepreneur, and advocate Tavis Smiley. Smiley is host of the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS and author of a number of books, including Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.

Remembering the “Beyond Vietnam” Speech

April 4, 2017 – Segment 2 

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, also known as The Riverside Church Speech, which Dr. King delivered exactly one year to the date before he was assassinated.  We begin with selections from this powerful speech.

The Underground Railroad: National Book Award-Winning Author Colson Whitehead

Underground Railroad (Credit: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)April 3, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a rebroadcast of a show from last September, my interview with author Colson Whitehead about his National Book Award-winning book The Underground Railroad.

Whitehead has written a number of novels and two books of non-fiction. In 2002, he received a MacArthur Fellowship. The Underground Railroad was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, and was also chosen by President Barack Obama as one of five books on his summer vacation reading list.

Just Words: Walker Gladden

March 24, 2017 – Segment 7

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.

Finding our Ancestors’ Voices: A Slaves Narrative

Iyelli Icheli (Credit: Reginald F Lewis Museum Site)March 24, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a conversation on an upcoming lecture at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum entitled “Finding Our Ancestors Voices.” This annual spring lecture is co-sponsored with the Baltimore chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.

With: Dr. Iyelli Ichile, Post-doctoral Fellow in African American History at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum & the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The lecture is being held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Information and tickets are available here: Link


Los Otros: New Everyman Theatre Production

March 23, 2017 – Segment 1 

We begin our show with a conversation with the people who wrote the words and music for a musical called Los Otros, which is opening Friday at Everyman Theatre. We’re joined by Ellen Fitzhugh, who wrote the book and lyrics for Los Otros and Michael John LaChiusa, who wrote the music. Los Otros opens Friday night at Everyman Theatre and will play until April 23

The Late, Great Irish Poet: Seamus Heaney

Seamus_Heaney (Credit: Oxonian Review)March 22, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a very special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, my October 2002 interview with the late great Irish poet Seamus Heaney.


14th Anniversary of the Iraq War

IraqMarch 21, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a panel that reflected upon the fact that this week marks the 14th anniversary of the Iraq War.

With: Dr. Thabit Abdullah, Professor of Middle East History and Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto; Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow for the Institute for Policy Studies in DC, Senior Analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, and author of Equal Worth: When Humanity Will Have Peace; and Dr. Steven David, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University.


The Get Down: Guest Host Denzel Mitchell

The Get Down (Credit: Affinity Magazine)March 15, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted a rebroadcast of a fascinating show from last September, when our guest host Denzel Mitchell – farmer, educator, and food justice advocate – led a discussion of The Get Down, a Netflix original series set in the 1970s that focuses on hip hop in the Bronx.

With: D Watkins, columnist for, 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 Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields, co-Founder and Senior Director of Education and Innovation for the Cambio Group.

The Crooked Branch: Discussion With Author Jeanine Cummins

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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.

Oak Park Regional Housing Center

March 9, 2017 – Segment 2 

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

Buena Vista Social Club: Conversation With Eliades Ochoa

Eliades Ochoa (Credit: Youtube)March 3, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a special archive edition of the Marc Steiner Show, my 2000 interview with Cuban musician Eliades Ochoa, known for his work with the Buena Vista Social Club.

Never Caught: Conversation With Author Dr. Erica Dunbar

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

City Paper This Week: Our Town

City Paper This Week (Credit: City Paper)February 15, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted our regular feature City Paper This Week. In this installment, Marc Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence interviews freelance writer Andrew Holterabout his cover story on the history of Nazis in the US.

National News Roundtable: Resistance

General Strike (Credit: New York)February 13, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National News Roundtable, and discussed topics such as National Strikes, methods of resistance, and ways to move forward.

With: Caprece Jackson-Garrett, owner of Bonneau Caprece LLC, a public relations, strategic marketing, and event production firm; Lenny McAllister, incoming adjunct professor of history at LaRoche College in Pittsburgh who 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; and Sean Gallagher, IT and National Security Editor at Ars Technica.

Boxing Legend Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier (Credit: Associated Press)February 10, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted a very special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, Marc’s 1996 interview with boxing legend Joe Frazier!

Dr. Tom Grace: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties

Kent State (Credit: Buffalo News)February 10, 2017 – Segment 3

We looked back at the 1970 Kent State shootings with Dr. Tom Grace, who discusses his book Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties. Grace was of the students injured during the Kent State shootings.

Democracy in Crisis: Against Normalization in the Age of Trump

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We hear the latest episode of Democracy in Crisis, a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner and produced by Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery for The Center for Emerging Media. This week we talk with Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil, about journalism in the ages of Trump and Hitler. Woods is a reporter for The Guardian and Editor at Large for Baltimore’s City Paper.

Life and Legacy: Bob Marley

Bob Marley (Credit: Flickr User - Monosnaps)February 8, 2017 – Segment 2

Bob Marley would have turned 72 on February 6, so in remembrance we hosted a celebration of his life and legacy. Our guests included: 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; and Navasha Daya, singer-songwriter whose voice is featured on Lom Nava Love‘s soundtrack, and co-Founder and Director of the Healing and Performing Arts at the Youth Resiliency Institute.

Silencing of Elizabeth Warren: Commentary

Elizabeth WArren (Credit: Huffington Post)February 8, 2017 – Segment 1

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.


Politics and Prose: The Revolution Where You Live

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We hosted a interview Marc moderated with Yes! Magazine co-Founder and Editor at Large Sarah van Gelder, conducted this week at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington. We discussed her important new book  The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America.

Bob Zellner: Organizing In The South

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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.

Jenni Monet: Still Here

January 20, 2017 – Segment 2 

Listen in to a preview of journalist Jenni Monet’s podcast Still Here, which focuses on the stories of indigenous people in America. This episode is a preview of her piece that focuses on Standing Rock. Here’s her website

Maryland Traditions: Junious Brickhouse and Phil Wiggins

January 13, 2017 – Segment 4 

Piedmont Blues harmonica master Phil Wiggins and Junious Brickhouse, Montgomery County-based dancer, choreographer, community leader and cultural preservationist, talk about their efforts to keep Blues music and dance culture alive. We also hear from Chad Buterbaugh, co-Director of Maryland Traditions with the Maryland State Arts Council

Alash Singers and Shodekeh

January 12, 2017 – Segment 2 

We have a special musical treat, as Tuvan throat singers Alash join us in-studio along with Baltimore beat-box artist Shodekeh.
Thursday, January 12, Alash and Shodekeh will perform with Raw Silk & Joyce J. Scott at 7:30 at the Creative Alliance. Click here for more information.

319 Baltimore Homicide Victims: Names & Ages

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Marc reads the names and ages of all 319 people who were victims of homicide in Baltimore in 2016.

Homicide Victims in Baltimore: 2016 And Beyond

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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.

World Of The Play: Themes & Exploration of Dot

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We play a fascinating panel discussion held last Saturday evening, December 17, at Everyman’s World of the Play. The discussion was based on the themes of the current production, Dot, and was titled Mining the Magic of MemoryDot is a touching look at an African American family from West Philadelphia. They are gathered for the holidays, arguing, laughing, and struggling with the matriarch’s Alzheimer’s disease. In our conversation we examine the power of memory and the importance of documenting fleeting moments.
The panelists were: Temple Crocker, performer, singer, part-time professor at UMBC, founding member of Strangefruit theatre ensemble in San Francisco and Woof Nova theatre ensemble in New York, and certified facilitator of TimeSlips, a storytelling method developed specifically for people living with dementia related memory loss; the Reverend Barry Kennard Hargrove, Pastor of the The Prince of Peace Baptist Church of Baltimore, where he has developed ministries to address the spiritual, emotional, educational and health needs of the congregation and the surrounding community; and Ursula Populoh, an artist who is often inspired by the techniques and imagery found in Folk traditions of many countries, most notably of Germany and her home state of Bavaria.

Tengella’s Take: The Holiday Season

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

Locations, Dislocations, & Relocations: Interview With Maria-Theresa Fernandes

Locations, Discolations, Relocations (Credit: Indiegogo)December 22, 2016 – Segment 1

I go to conduct an interview with fiber artist Maria-Theresa Fernandes about her exhibit that was recently on display at the Morgan State University’s James E. Lewis Museum of Art. The exhibit was called Locations, Dislocations, Relocations: Embroidering Art, Poetry and History. Fernandes, who was born in Kenya and studied in England, has participated in over 25 solo exhibitions and several international exhibitions. She is the recipient of prestigious international grants and awards such as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, the Ruth Cheven Foundation award, and the UNESCO Arts International award.
History and poetry are brilliantly woven into the fabric of Fernandes’s works, which translate her physical and emotional attachment to the lands she visited.

Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used To Be: Interview with Shon Meckfessel

Nonviolence Ain't What it Used To Be (Credit: Amazon)December 20, 2016 – Segment 3

We speak with Dr. Shon Meckfessel about his book Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used To Be: Unarmed Insurrection and the Rhetoric of Resistance. Dr. Meckfessel has been active in disruptive social movements for nearly 25 years. He has appeared as a social movement scholar and advocate in the New York Times and on Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera, CNN, NPR, BBC, Radio, and Fox News. He is a member of the English Faculty at Highline College.

Dr. Shon Meckfessel will discuss his book Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used To Be: Unarmed Insurrection and the Rhetoric of Resistance, Tuesday December 20, 7:30pm, at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse. Click here for more information. 

What’s next for Standing Rock?

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We have an update on Standing Rock. With: Wayland Gray, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation who just returned from Standing Rock; and Rebecca Nagle, co-Director of the No Boundaries Coalition and co-Director of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and The Monument Quilt.

National Roundtable: Oakland Fire, Keith Ellison and the DNC

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National News Roundtable, topics to include the Oakland warehouse fire, the Trump-Taiwan controversy, Keith Ellison, and the Jill Stein-led recount effort. With: Ralph Moore, Program Manager for Restoration Gardens, a housing and resource development center for homeless youth in Baltimore’s Southern Park Heights neighborhood; Caprece Jackson-Garrett, owner of Bonneau Caprece LLC, a public relations, strategic marketing, and event production firm; and Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.


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A special event Friday night in Washington, DC, Justice4Garvey, which gathers participants to write letters asking President Obama to posthumously pardon Marcus Garvey. We talk with Ayize Sabater, community organizer and student at the Morgan State University Graduate School of Education.
The Justice4Garvey event takes place Friday, December 2, 6-8pm, at the People’s Congregational Church, 4704 13th Street, NW, in Washington. 

Andres Alonso on Fidel Castro

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I talk with former Baltimore City School CEO Dr. Andres Alonso about growing up in Cuba and how his Cuban education has made him the educator he is today. Dr. Alonso is professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Standing Rock Update: Jenni Monet

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We are continuing our coverage of the Standing Rock direct action. I talk with Jenni Monet, freelance journalist who writes about Indigenous People around the world. She talks about how the work of the Standing Rock Sioux has informed her writing, life and her vision for the future.

Reflections on Castro: James Counts Early

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We bring you another reflection on the life and legacy of Fidel Castro. With: James Counts Early, former Director of the Cultural Heritage Policy Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and consultant for Cultural Democracy and Statecraft Heritage Policy, African Diaspora.

National Roundtable: Dylan Roof / Trump and the First Amedment

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We begin the show with a National News Roundtable, on topics to include the Dylan Roof trial, the Ohio State attack, and Donald Trump’s statements about burning the flag. With: Carla Wills, Senior News Producer at Democracy Now!; Imara Jones, Host of Caffeine TV and economics and political contributor who has written for The Nation, Colorlines, and more; and Dr. Richard Vatz, professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Towson University’s Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development and author of The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion.

Aviva Chomsky: Reflection on Fidel Castro

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A reflection on the life and legacy of Fidel Castro, with Dr. Aviva Chomsky. Dr. Chomsky is a professor of History and the coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at the Salem State University in Massachusetts. Her latest book is UNDOCUMENTED: How Immigration Became Illegal.

National Roundtable: Standing Rock and Trump

November 28, 2016 – Segment 1 water-is-life

We start the week with a National News Roundtable. Topics will include the Standing Rock protests and the Trump transition team. With: independent print and media journalist Mark Trahant of; Bill Fletcher, Jr., Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, editorial board member of, and co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 and Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized labor and a new path toward social justice; 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.

Gyasi Ross: Perspectives Of A Native American Activist

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We bring you from the archives a conversation I had with Gyasi Ross, father, writer, artist, attorney, member of the Blackfeet Tribe, and author of How To Say I Love You In Indian. We talk about the life and politics of America and racism, from the perspective of a Native American artist and activist.

Baltimore American Indian Center: “Kill The Indian, Save the Man” Exhibit

Kill The Indian Save The Man (Credit: Event page from BAIC)November 21, 2016 – Segment 1

We play a segment from my visit to the Baltimore American Indian Center to see their exhibit “Kill the Indian, Save the Man: The Indian Industrial School Movement,” which is on display until next year.  I walked through the exhibit with Dr. Dennis Seymour, Eastern Band Cherokee and Board Chair of the Baltimore American Indian Center and Ashley Minner, a community based visual artist who is a member of the Lumbee native community, from Baltimore, and is an Adjunct Faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art.

23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long Term Solitary Confinement

November 17, 2016 – Segment 1 pelican-bay

We begin the show with my interview with Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society and School of Law at the University of California (Irvine) and author of 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement. We will be discussing her book in the context of prison reform.

Last House Standing

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A sneak preview of another compelling local production, Last House Standing. With: Sheila Gaskins, playwright of Last House Standing, arts advocate, and Founder of Art-partheid; Sheronda Fisher, educator and actor who plays Shirley in Last House Standing; and Noah Stone, cantor and violinist.

Bad Moon Rising: How the Weather Underground Beat the FBI and Lost the Revolution

November 8, 2016 – Segment 3 bad-moon-rising

I talk with Arthur Eckstein about his new book Bad Moon Rising: How the Weather Underground Beat the FBI and Lost the Revolution. Eckstein is Professor of History and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Halloween Special: Horror Movies

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We begin with a discussion on Horror Movies: From the Dawn of Cinema to Today. With: Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park; Joe Tropea, Curator of Films and Photography for the Maryland Historical Society and curator of films at 2640 Space; and George Figgs, film critic who writes a weekly film column on and former owner of the Orpheum Theater.

Sound Bites: Diversifying the Basket / Maple Syrup / Sour Beef

October 27, 2016 – Segment 2

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In the latest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We begin the segment with an important study released last week by Fair Farms Maryland, “Diversifying the Agricultural Basket, Risks in Conventional Poultry Growing on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Opportunities from Diversified Local Agriculture.” With: Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake; Aiden Irish, agricultural and local food systems policy analyst and Ph.D. student in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University; and Carole Morrison, transitional farmer who went from producing industrial contract chickens to pasture-raised eggs, at Bird’s Eye View Farm in Pokomoke City.
At 11:30 we bring you two special stories from Maryland Traditions, the Folk Life Program of the Maryland State Arts Council. We begin with a story on Maple Syrup, with Leo Shinholt, Maryland’s Largest Maple Sugar maker and recipient of a Maryland State Heritage Award; and Chad Buterbaugh, co-Director of Maryland Traditions.
We close the show at 11:45 with our second story from Maryland Traditions, about Sour Beef and Dumplings. For this segment our guest host is Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery. We talk with: Freddy Hebert, Vice President of the Church Council at the Zion Lutheran Church of the City of Baltimore; and Chad Buterbaugh, co-Director of Maryland Traditions.

Jonathan Thunder and Gyasi Ross

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Jonathan Thunder and Gyasi Ross who talk about a video they made called “What It’s Like To Be A Native American Student On Columbus Day.” Thunder is a painter, illustrator, animator, designer and storyteller. Ross is a writer, father, attorney, artist, member of the Blackfeet Tribe, and author of How To Say I Love You In Indian.

Standing Rock Update

October 26, 2016 – Segment 1 standing-rock

We begin the show with an update from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. We talk about how the demonstrators are mobilizing and what is happening in their interactions with police. With: Lolly Be, Water protector, and journalist Jenni Monet.

Remembering Tom Hayden


October 24, 2016 – Segment 3

Tom Hayden, anti-war and civil rights activist passed away in Santa Monica on October 23. He was 76 years old. Throughout his life I got a chance to speak with him and learn what activism meant to him. I take a few moments to pay tribute to all the work that he has done.

Tengella’s Take

October 21, 2016 – Segment 1 koli

We begin the show with our regular weekly feature Tengella’s Take with Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator 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.

USS Zumwalt

October 12, 2016 – Segment 2

151207-N-ZZ999-435 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 7, 2015) The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is underway for the first time conducting at-sea tests and trials in the Atlantic Ocean Dec. 7, 2015. The multimission ship will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works/Released)

We bring you a preview of a Baltimore Fleet Week event: the commissioning of the Guided Missile Destroyer DDG 1000, on Saturday, October 15. The DDG 1000 will be named in honor of Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr. USN (1920-2000). When Bud Zumwalt assumed office as Chief of Naval Operations in 1971, there were no African-American or woman flag officers in the U.S. Navy, and he completely changed this racist and sexist culture. With: The Honorable Carlos C. Campbell, former Naval aviator and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Pharaoh: A One Woman Play

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We have a preview of a special production taking place this Friday, October 7: Pharaoh, a one-woman play by Tim Hogan. We talk with playwright Tim Hogan and the play’s star and director Michal Roxi Johnson.

Pharaoh will take place Friday, October 7, 8pm, Motor House, 120 W. North Avenue in Baltimore. For more information click here.

Malcolm Peacock: Let the Sun Set On You

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We close the show with a conversation with show producer Imani Spence and local Baltimore artist Malcolm Peacock, who will be forming his solo commission piece Rose Arcade: Let the Sun Set On You on Monday (October 3) at Druid Hill Park. For more information click here.

NEA Fellowship Winner: Bill McComiskey

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I talk with NEA National Heritage Fellowship winner Billy McComiskey, a composer of Irish music who was born in Brookyln, NY, but has lived in Baltimore since 1980. He is an accomplished accordion and box player and was the 2011 recipient of The Irish Echo’s Traditional Artist of the Year Award.

Shannon Murray: Folk Singer

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