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Baltimore CeaseFire: Vision For The Future

Baltimore CeaseFire (Credit: Facebook Page)July 25, 2017 – Segment 1

We took a look at Baltimore Ceasefire, a local group of Baltimore community members who are calling for a murder-free weekend in Baltimore, Friday August 4th through Sunday August 6th. The group is also asking Baltimore residents to celebrate life during the ceasefire with activities such as  cookouts, neighborhood clean-ups, block parties, and organized games.

With: Erricka Bridgeford, Director of Training for Community Mediation Maryland; and activist PFK Boom.

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Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah: The African Dispora & Work in Baltimore

Kwame Kwei-Armah (Credit: What Weekly)July 21, 2017 – Segment 1

I hosted a conversation with Center Stage Artistic Director and world-renowned playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah. We talked about his artistic work, the world of the African Diaspora, his six years at Center Stage, and his recent announcement that he will be leaving Center Stage after the upcoming season.

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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.

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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.

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Baltimore Teacher Union President Marietta English: Bringing Children Back To School

Marietta English (Credit: AFT-Maryland)June 16, 2017 – Segment 3

I hosted a conversation with Baltimore Teachers’ Union President Marietta English on the Bringing Back Baltimore One Child at a Time initiative.

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Local Advocates Roundtable: Youth Homelessness in Baltimore

homelessnessMay 30, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation with local advocates who are leading efforts to end youth homelessness in Baltimore. This panel was previously convened for the 2017 Jane Harrison Speaker Series on the Importance of Housing, an annual event sponsored by Homeless Persons Representation Project Inc.

With: Helany Sinkler, Family Reunification & Anti-Trafficking Programs Manager for the Esperanza Center, part of Associated Catholic Charities of Baltimore; Ciera Dunlap, Case Manager Supervisor at the YES Drop-In Center; Malcolm Williams, Youth Behavioral Health Therapist at Health Care for the Homeless and the Yes Drop In Center; and Ingrid M. Löfgren, Director of the Homeless Youth Initiative at Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.


The King of Howard Street

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We bring you a preview of a special production that begins a 3-weekend run on Thursday, May 18, at the Annex Theatre: The King of Howard Street. The play tells the real-life story of Anthony Williams, an amazingly resilient and talented individual who lived in abandoned buildings up and down Howard Street for over 20 years. With: Roz Cauthe, who directed the play, and Anthony Williams.


Shared Weight: Woody’s Journal

Woody Curry (credit: Transom.com)April 27, 2017 – Segment 3

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. Benjamine Barber: If Mayors Ruled The World

Dr. Benjamin Barber (Credit: Dr. Barber's Site) April 27, 2017 – Segment 2

We honored Dr. Benjamin Barber, who died this past Sunday, by replaying my 2014 conversation with him in which he talked about this book If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities. Ben was a distinguished Senior Fellow at the Fordham Law School Urban Consortium, Founder of the Global Parliament of Mayors, Walt Whitman Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, and the author of a number of books and articles.


Remembering Woody Curry: Dear Friend and Community Member

Woody Curry (Credit: Old Steiner Show Page)April 19, 2017 – Segment 2

We had a special commemoration of an individual who was a dear friend of the Steiner Show, as well as an important member of the Baltimore community, Woody Curry, who died early Easter morning. We listen to a 2013 archive of Woody talking about addiction, the brain, and more. Woody was a Viet Nam veteran and former Clinical Director at The Baltimore Station. He developed one of the most unique and successful programs to address addiction in the country. Woody’s story was featured in our Shared Weight documentary about veterans of the Viet Nam War.


The Tubman House: Commemorating the Uprising

Tubman House (Credit: Baltimore Sun)April 18, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation on the Tubman House in West Baltimore. With: Dominique Stevenson, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther; and Ausar-Mesh Amen, Farm Manager at the Tubman House Farm.

There will be an event on Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 4pm at the Tubman House, 1618 Presbury Street in Baltimore: Spirit of Rebellion, commemorating and memorializing Freddie Gray and all victims of police violence, celebrating the community, and commemorating the uprising. 

Bell Foundry: Voices From Residents

Bell Foundry (Credit: Baltimore Sun)April 11, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a segment from our archives. Recently it was announced that the Bell Foundry, an artist collective and office space, is up for sale after Baltimore City condemned the building in December. We aired our segment speaking to some of the former tenants about the importance of the space and what happens next.

With: Amy Reid, 1/3 of the GRL PWR collective, 1/2 of the band Chiffon, solo performer, DJ and producer from Baltimore; Person Abide, a collective member of the Bell Foundry who believes that Black women and children are the bottom line of the housing crisis in Baltimore; and Nihar Bhatt, a DJ with San Francisco’s Surface Tension collective.


Local News Roundtable: State Of The City

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

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

With: farmer, educator, and food justice advocate Denzel MitchellMelody Simmons, reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal who covers real estate and economic development; Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer, President, & Co-Founder of Equity Matters; and Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.


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

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


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.

Homelessness in Baltimore

March 7, 2017 – Segment 3 MLK Homeless Eviction

We have a special report on homelessness in Baltimore, in light of the City of Baltimore’s decision to relocate individuals from the homeless encampment at the intersection of Rt. 40 and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. With: housing advocate Tony Simmons; Jeff Singer, founder of Healthcare for the Homeless; and Adam Schneider, member of Housing Our Neighbors and instructor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.


Maryland General Assembly: Delegate Roundtable

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

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

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


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.


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.


From The Archives: Building Our City’s Future

Baltimore Development (Credit: South Bmore)December 27, 2016 – Segment 3

We go back into our archives to a segment from a panel I hosted at the Baltimore Ethical Society. We focused on the topic of Building Our City’s Future. I spoke about the Baltimore Uprising in a historical context, police brutality and what comes next for Baltimore. This talk took place April 3, 2016 at the Baltimore Ethical Society.


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.

Ghost Ship Fire, The Bell Foundry, and DIY Spaces

Bell FoundryDecember 6, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a look at the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland over the weekend, the importance of DIY spaces, and the safety concerns of underground spaces. We also focus on the sudden eviction of residents at The Bell Foundry, an art space in the Station North neighborhood in Baltimore. With: Amy Reid, 1/3 of the GRL PWR collective, 1/2 of the band Chiffon, solo performer, DJ and producer from Baltimore; Person Abide, a collective member of the Bell Foundry who believes that Black women and children are the bottom line of the housing crisis in Baltimore; and Nihar Bhatt, a DJ with San Francisco’s Surface Tension collective


Question J: What Does it Mean for You?

November 1, 2016 – Segment 2 voting

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


Tengella’s Take: The Poor In Our Country

Koli Tengella (Credit: Examiner)February 26, 2016 – Segment 1

We host our regular feature Tengella’s Take with 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.


Hiring Formerly Incarcerated People for Home Demolitions in Baltimore

Baltimore vacantsJanuary 26, 2016 – Segment 2

We have a conversation about a proposal to hire formerly incarcerated people for home demolition work in Baltimore. With: Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer/President/Co-Founder of Equity Matters; Dr. Marisela Gomez, physician, community activist and author of Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America; John Comer, Lead Organizer for Maryland Communities United; Charles Ellison, political strategist and Host of The Ellison Report on WEAA; Diamonte Brown, Director of Out For Justice; Eddie Conway, former Black Panther leader and former political prisoner; and Dominique StevensonProgram Director for the American Friends Service Committee. Conway and Stevenson are co-authors of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther.


Housing Demolitions and “Urban Renewal” in Baltimore

Baltimore vacantsJanuary 11, 2016 – Segment 2

In light of the announcement last week by Governor Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that Baltimore City plans to demolish some 4000 vacant buildings over the next four years, we host a roundtable discussion on housing demolition and “urban blight.” Our panel of guests includes: Dr. Raymond Winbush, Research Professor and Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University and author of Belinda’s Petition: A Concise History of Reparations for the Transatlantic Slave Trade; Quincy Gamble of OneBaltimore;Dominque Stevenson, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author with Eddie Conway of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther; and Gerald Neily, writer at Baltimore InnerSpace and former transportation planner for the Baltimore City Department of Planning.

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.

Justice Diverted: Eviction Rates In Baltimore City 2nd Highest In Nation

Justice Diverted (Credit: Public Justice)December 14, 2015 – Segment 2

We look at a report released last week from Baltimore’s Public Justice Center, Justice Diverted: How Renters are Processed in the Baltimore City Rent Court, which shows that Baltimore City has the second highest eviction rate in the country. With: Zafar Shah, attorney in the Human Right to Housing Project at the Public Justice Center; and Jessica Lewis, Organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance.


City Paper Feature: Baltimore Housing Financing

Baltimore City Housing (Credit: City Paper)November 25, 2015 – Segment 4

We reflect upon Baltimore City Paper‘s feature this week on Baltimore Housing Authority’s accounting practices. With: Amanda Kass, Research Director for Center for Tax and Budget Accountability; Jake Carlo, reporter for City Paper‘s cover story “Where’s Housing’s Money?;”Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; and John Comer, Lead Organizer for Maryland Communities United.


Report: Baltimore’s “Vacants To Value” Making Modest Progress

Row homes (Credit: Tom Clark Blogspot)November 18, 2015 – Segment 2

We talk with Joan Jacobson, author of the recent Abell Foundation report “Vacants to Value: Baltimore’s bold blight-elimination effort is making modest progress despite limited renovation funds and questionable accounting.”


Kid Row: Baltimore’s Homeless Youth – From the Squat to the Shelter

Homeless Youth (Credit: City Paper - J.M. Giordano)November 11, 2015 – Segment 3

We go behind the photo essay on homeless youth in Baltimore, featured in this week’s Baltimore City Paper. With J.M. Giordano, Photo Editor for the City Paper, and some of the teens profiled in his photo essay, “Kid Row: Baltimore’s Homeless Youth – From the Squat to the Shelter.”

Anna Walsh, City Paper Managing Editor and Eats & Drinks Editor also joins us to discuss what’s in this week’s issue.


The Future Of Baltimore Public Housing

Bmore Public Housing (Credit: The Baltimore Sun)November 9, 2015 – Segment 1

We continue our coverage of conditions inside Baltimore Public Housing. With: John Comer, Lead Organizer for Maryland Communities United; Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; and Trina Ashley and Alice Wilkerson, Gilmor and McCulloh Homes Residents who are part of Communities United.


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.


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.


Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake: The Future Of Baltimore

via Patrick Semansky for Associated PressOctober 26, 2015 – Segment 1

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joins me to share her vision for our city.


Addressing Youth Homelessness In Maryland

Baltimore Youth (Credit: Flickr User Pat Gavin)September 30, 2015 – Segment 2

We discuss the topic of youth homelessness. There is currently an effort underway by the Youth REACH Maryland Coalition to count the number of homeless youth living on the streets.

With: Maryland State Delegate Mary Washington, who has championed of Youth REACH MD in the state legislature; Ryan Shannahan, Youth REACH MD Project Manager; and Sergio Hopkins, a 26-year-old homeless youth advocate and peer intern at YES (Youth Empowerment Services) who has been involved for years with the Rose Street Community Center in East Baltimore.


Homelessness and Encampments in Baltimore

homelessnessJuly 28, 2015 – Segment 2

As Baltimore City is seeking to clear the encampment of homeless persons along the Fallsway,  we examine the practice of clearing encampments as well as the role of advocates in holding the city accountable. With: Adam Schneider, Director of Community Relations at Health Care for the Homeless and co-chair of the Maryland Alliance for the Poor.

 


Housing and Homelessness in Baltimore and Beyond

homeless-mlk-jr-blvdJuly 14, 2015 – Segment 2

We host a roundtable on housing and homelessness issues in Baltimore and beyond. With: Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; and Teddy Maddox, member of the Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau who slept along the Fallsway for some time.

 


Focus On Homelessness In Baltimore: Eviction Of Homeless Encampment On MLK Blvd & Fresh Ideas For The Future

MLK Homeless EvictionJuly 2, 2015 – Segment 3

Thursday morning our guest host is Anthony McCarthy, Host of The Anthony McCarthy Show! Anthony and his guests examine the issue of homelessness in Baltimore. With: Nyasha Dixon, advocate, artist, social justice entrepreneur, and creator of Save a Homeless Homie; and Adam Schneider, Director of Community Relations forHealth Care for the Homeless.


Bring Your Voice To Annapolis: Lobby Days To Reform Police, Discuss Housing And Jobs

Leaders of a Beautiful StruggleFebruary 25, 2015 – Segment 4

We take a look at a number of opportunities to engage in civic involvement here in Maryland, with Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and Caryn Aslan, Policy Associate at the Job Opportunities Task Force. First we will hear about the opportunity to attend Annapolis hearings on reforming the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights,Thursday, February 26th at 1pm and Thursday, March 12th at 1pm.

Also on Thursday, February 26, beginning at 9:30am, you can attend Lobby Day in Annapolis: Housing & Jobs. This annual lobby day, which will include a rally, march and opportunities to meet with legislators, is organized by Jobs Opportunity Task Force (JOTF), Healthcare for the Homeless, and Out for Justice.


Remembering Those We Lost To Homelessness In 2014

Homeless Persons' Memorial DayDecember 18, 2014 – Segment 2

December 21 is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, when we remember our brothers and sisters who died homeless in the past year. This year, as we do every year, The Marc Steiner Show will hold a discussion and read the name of every person who died homeless in Baltimore in the past 12 months.

With: Mary Beth Dobrzynski, a member of the Baltimore Area “Faces of Homelessness” Speakers Bureau; Brandon, a Word on the Street contributor and member of Housing Our Neighbors and the “Faces of Homelessness”; the Rev. Dennis Dorsch, a retired United Methodist minister, and member of Baltimore United Congregations and SHARP; and Adam Schneider, Director of Community Relations at Health Care for the Homeless, and co-chair of the Maryland Alliance for the Poor.


Take A Walk In My Shoes: Homelessness in Baltimore

Take a walk in my shoes November 14, 2014 – Segment 2

We discuss homelessness in Baltimore with James Crawford Jr. and Damien Haussling of the Homeless Speakers’ Bureau. The Homeless Speakers’ bureau is hosting a night of monologues next Wednesday night. For more information, visit facesofhomelessnessbmore.blogspot.in.

 


Can Homeless People Move into Baltimore’s Abandoned Houses?

Can Homeless People Move Into Baltimore's Abandoned Houses?October 24, 2014 – Segment 3

We ask the question, based on an article in this week’s Atlantic magazine: “Can Homeless People Move into Baltimore’s Abandoned Houses?” With Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; Tony Simmons of Word on the Street newspaper and Housing Our Neighbors; and Rachel Kutler, of the United Workers.

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Positive Youth Programming in Baltimore: Why It Matters

901 ArtsSeptember 4, 2014 – Segment 3

We take a look at positive youth programming in Baltimore with representatives from three youth organizations: Nyasha Dixon, service coordinator at the YES (Youth Empowered Society) Drop-In Center in Baltimore; Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Sarah Tooley and Debra Evans, Director and Founder of 901 Arts.

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle is looking for contributions for its Community Supporter Drive, which supports LBS programming like the Walter P. Carter Leadership Institute, the Eddie Conway Liberation Institute, and the newly created Morgan State University Debate Team. 

Youth Empowered Society is having a benefits concert – “Folk & Funk, Bring Me Home” — this Saturday, September 6th at the Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center in Baltimore at 847 N. Howard Street, feauturing live music and dancing. Proceeds support the work of the Youth Empowered Society (YES) Drop-In Center – the first and only drop-in center for homeless youth in Baltimore. 

And this evening from 5:30PM – 8:00PM901 Arts is hosting its 5th Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser at 901 Montpelier Street in the Waverly neighborhood in Baltimore. The event features food, a silent auction and raffle, a tour of 901 Arts and more! 

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Youth Empowered Society: Addressing Youth Homelessness In Baltimore

Youth Empowered SocietyJuly 16, 2014 – Segment 4

We take a look at homelessness among our youth, with: Lara Law, Director, Youth Empowered Society (YES); Nyasha Dixon, Service Coordinator at the YES Drop-In Center in Baltimore, and Ebony Jenkins, program intern.

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U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development on the Future of Public Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)March 28, 2014 – Segment 2

We continue our discussion on the privatization of public housing in Baltimore, in particular the Rental Assistance Distribution (RAD) program which is a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with Carol B. Payne, Baltimore Field Office Director for HUD.

 

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Privatization of Baltimore’s Public Housing: Residents and Union Workers Speak

Privatization of Public Housing in BaltimoreMarch 24, 2014 – Segment 3

We continue our coverage of the privatization of public housing in Baltimore. We begin this discussion with an update on the Rental Assistance Demonstration program (RAD), the national initiative behind the privatization, from: Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless and instructor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work; and Jessica Lewis of the Right to Housing Alliance.

We talk with residents of public housing: Floyd GrossFloyd VinesMitch Peterson and Mark Schumann. Schumann is a formerly homeless resident of the Wyman House building, one of the public buildings scheduled for privatization. He is also the editor of Baltimore’s street newspaper, Word on the Street, and a member of HON (Housing Our Neighbors). We also examine the impact that privatization will have on people who work inside those buildings, with: Anthony Coates, President of AFSCME Local 467; and Lucky Crosby, Sr., a maintenance mechanic who has worked for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for a decade.

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Housing Commissioner Graziano on the Future of Public Housing in Baltimore

Public Housing in BaltimoreMarch 10, 2014 – Segment 3

Baltimore City Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano joins me in-studio to discuss privatization of 40% of the public housing units in Baltimore, and the future of public housing in our city.

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Baltimore City Privatizing Public Housing?

Baltimore City Public Housing - Station NorthMarch 4, 2014 – Segment 3

Last week the Baltimore Brew broke the story that Baltimore City is negotiating to sell most of its public housing high-rises to private developers. We consider this news with Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless, and Melody Simmons, veteran journalist who wrote the Baltimore Brew article.

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The War On Poverty: A Two Hour Special

LBJJanuary 13, 2014 – Segment 2

Last week marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of a war on poverty. We kick-off the week with a 2-hour special on how far we have – and haven’t – come in the fight against poverty over the past 50 years.

We begin with a look back at the history of the war on poverty and what President Johnson’s declaration really meant. Our panel of guests includes: Dr. Peniel Joseph, author and professor of History at Tufts University, whose books include Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America; Dr. Annelise Orleck, professor of history at Dartmouth and author of Storming Caesar’s Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty; and Timothy Casey, Senior Staff Attorney and Director of the Women & Poverty Program at Legal Momentum, and author of the report “Too Little Progress,” about the war on poverty.

Then we look at how poverty is defined in the 21st Century, with Dr. Michael Reisch, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at the University of Maryland.

We host a policy debate on how to address poverty today, with: Imara Jones, economic justice contributor for Colorlines.com; Rachel Sheffield, policy analyst in the Devos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation; and and Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Healthcare for the Homeless.

We close out the show by hearing from low-wage workers and grassroots organizers who are working with people in poverty, who will address the minimum wage, housing, and other issues. Our guests will be: Luis Larin, Leadership Organizer for United Workers;  Guetwende Yameogo, a cook at Silver Diner at BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport; Mike Hachey, Unite Here organizer at BWI/Thurgood Marshall Airport; and Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Healthcare for the Homeless.

 

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Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

Homeless Persons Memorial Day in BaltimoreDecember 19, 2013 – Segment 2

This Saturday, December 21, is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, when we remember and honor those who died without a secure place to live. Ceremonies will be held nationwide. In Baltimore, there will be a ceremony on Saturday at 5:00 at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. We talk about homelessness and read the names of our homeless brothers and sisters who passed away this year in Baltimore. Joining us are: Kevin Lindamood, President & CEO of Health Care for the HomelessLin Romano, COO of Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO); the Rev. Dennis Dorsch of Baltimore United Congregations; and Tony Simmons of Word on the Street and Housing Our Neighbors.

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Sleep Out for Housing Justice in Baltimore

Sleepout for Housing JusticeNovember 20, 2013 – Segment 4

We discuss the “Sleep Out for Housing Justice,” to be held this weekend, November 23 at 5:00pm, an annual event that culminates the local efforts for National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week and features educational programming, a meal for the entire community, and a public forum for dialogue.

Our guests are: Matt Quinlan of Housing Our Neighbors, the group hosting the Sleep Out; and Damien Haussling, writer/reporter for Word on the Street.

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Gimme Shelter: Why is Homeless Policy So Disconnected from the Daily Struggle of People Trying to Find a Place to Stay?

Gimme Shelter: Homeless PolicyNovember 13, 2013 – Segment 2

We examine the dichotomy between homeless policy and the actual struggle facing homeless persons on a daily basis. Our guests include:

  • Edward Ericson Jr., staff writer for the Baltimore City Paper, whose article “Gimme Shelter” is featured this week;
  • Adam Schneider, Director of Community Relations, Health Care for the Homeless, Inc.;
  • Kate Briddell, Director of the Homeless Services Program, Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Human Services;
  • and Adrienne Breidenstine, Director of The Journey HomeBaltimore’s Homeless Plan.

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The Future of the National Housing Trust Fund

Broadway HomesSeptember 13, 2013 – Segment 4

We close out the show with a preview of an event on Monday, September 16, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, on the future of the National Housing Trust Fund, sponsored by the Homeless Persons Representation Project and the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings.

Our show guests will be: Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless and Instructor at University of Maryland School of Social Work; and Antonia Fasanelli, Executive Director of the Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.

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Housing Advocates On Inclusionary Housing

Housing BaltimoreSeptember 11, 2013 – Segment 2

We host a roundtable with housing rights advocates around the question of inclusionary housing, also known as inclusionary zoning, a term referring to planning ordinances that require a given share of new construction to be affordable by people with low to moderate incomes. We are joined by: Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; Peter Sabonis, Human Right to Work with Dignity Program Co-Director for the National Economic & Social Rights Initiative; Mel Freeman, Executive Director of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, Inc.; and Jessica Lewis, Housing Organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance. 

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Housing Advocates On Inclusionary Housing

Housing BaltimoreAugust 7, 2013 – Segment 1

We host a roundtable with housing rights advocates around the question of inclusionary housing, also known as inclusionary zoning, a term referring to planning ordinances that require a given share of new construction to be affordable by people with low to moderate incomes. We are joined by: Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; Peter Sabonis, Human Right to Work with Dignity Program Co-Director for the National Economic & Social Rights Initiative; Mel Freeman, Executive Director of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, Inc.; and Jessica Lewis, Housing Organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance. 

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Baltimore Outreach Services: Women & Children Find Shelter, Empowerment

July 18, 2013 – Hour 2

Since 2002, when it was first established as a non-profit, the Baltimore Outreach Services homeless shelter has been more than just temporary housing for homeless women and children; it has been a place of hope. Those who seek out B.O.S. for its twenty-four hour emergency shelter services are soon provided with the resources needed to move beyond unemployment and homelessness. B.O.S. aids each woman in finding employment, finding permanent housing, and finding a sense of self empowerment that comes with making positive changes in one’s life.

For the past five years, the population of homeless women and children has stayed consistent in its numbers and the forty beds that are near full every night at the B.O.S. shelter is evidence of that. The shelter has about a ninety-seven percent utilization rate and gets around twenty calls a day from individuals seeking help. B.O.S. is one of only four shelters for homeless women and children.

Upon entry into the shelter, each woman meets with a case worker who provides in depth assessments and the aid needed to advance into a job and a permanent home. Director of Job Development Cathy Wood-Ruppert makes sure the women in the shelter are as prepared as possible to find employment. Writing resumes and conducting mock job interviews are just some of the ways the women prepare for securing a job.

Other services offered by the shelter include educational assistance, substance abuse treatment, and life skills classes led by trained social workers and therapists. One of the successful facets of the shelter is the Culinary Arts Program run by Chef Connie Crabtree. Students learn from Chef Crabtree and her thirty years of experience working as a professional chef and kitchen manager. Graduates of the eight week program find themselves ready for a job in a professional kitchen.

There are also programs for the children living at the shelter. There is a daycare for infants and toddlers as well as an after-school program for all ages. Certified teachers lead educational activities, organize field trips, and assist in homework help. The staff at B.O.S. creates a stable and safe environment for the children who have to deal with the effects of homelessness.

Located in the Federal Hill neighborhood, Baltimore Outreach Services has seen its relationship with the community evolve positively. Founding Executive Director Karen Adkins acknowledges that in the beginning, residents had questions about what it would be like to have a homeless shelter in the neighborhood. But, the success of the shelter is in part due to the support of the Federal Hill community. The community association donates to the shelter and community residents like Anne West have become dedicated volunteers.

Staff members like Shelter Director Carla Richardson and Deputy Director Donna Rich are working hard to ensure that the shelter continues into another decade of success. This includes not only working with the women but creating and maintaining those partnerships within the surrounding community and with local businesses and organizations; organizations like Baltimore Outreach Services that are willing to give these women a helping hand.

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Clearing Baltimore Vacants To Make Way For Community Gardens

Baltimore vacantsJuly 18, 2013 – Hour 1

We discuss reports that indicate the City’s plan to demolish blocks of majority-vacant housing around the city, relocate the few residents living on those blocks, and construct community gardens in their place. We talk to a panel of experts about what this means for the future of Baltimore, including:

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Clearing Baltimore Vacants To Make Way For Community Gardens

Clearing vacant housing in Baltimore to make way for community gardensMay 28, 2013 – Hour 1

We discuss reports this week that indicated the City’s plan to demolish blocks of majority-vacant housing around the city, relocate the few residents living on those blocks, and construct community gardens in their place. We talk to a panel of experts about what this means for the future of Baltimore, including:


Marian House: 30 Women 30 Stories

Marian HouseMay 15, 2013 – Segment 3

We speak about 30 Women, 30 Stories: Journeys of Recovery and Transformation, a new book and exhibit about the courageous women of Marian House, a Baltimore institution that has offered rehabilitative services and housing to homeless women and their children for the past 30 years. Joining us are Marian House Executive Director Katie Allston and Marian House alumnae Paris Turner and Trina Seldon. On May 15, 2013 at 5:30 Marian House will host a community dialogue, The Disease of Addiction: Treatment NOT Incarceration, and reception, at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.


Baltimore Outreach Services: Women & Children Find Shelter, Empowerment

Baltimore Outreach Services Culinary Arts ProgramApril 3, 2013 – Hour 2

Since 2002, when it was first established as a non-profit, the Baltimore Outreach Services homeless shelter has been more than just temporary housing for homeless women and children; it has been a place of hope. Those who seek out B.O.S. for its twenty-four hour emergency shelter services are soon provided with the resources needed to move beyond unemployment and homelessness. B.O.S. aids each woman in finding employment, finding permanent housing, and finding a sense of self empowerment that comes with making positive changes in one’s life.

For the past five years, the population of homeless women and children has stayed consistent in its numbers and the forty beds that are near full every night at the B.O.S. shelter is evidence of that. The shelter has about a ninety-seven percent utilization rate and gets around twenty calls a day from individuals seeking help. B.O.S. is one of only four shelters for homeless women and children.

Upon entry into the shelter, each woman meets with a case worker who provides in depth assessments and the aid needed to advance into a job and a permanent home. Director of Job Development Cathy Wood-Ruppert makes sure the women in the shelter are as prepared as possible to find employment. Writing resumes and conducting mock job interviews are just some of the ways the women prepare for securing a job.

Other services offered by the shelter include educational assistance, substance abuse treatment, and life skills classes led by trained social workers and therapists. One of the successful facets of the shelter is the Culinary Arts Program run by Chef Connie Crabtree. Students learn from Chef Crabtree and her thirty years of experience working as a professional chef and kitchen manager. Graduates of the eight week program find themselves ready for a job in a professional kitchen.

There are also programs for the children living at the shelter. There is a daycare for infants and toddlers as well as an after-school program for all ages. Certified teachers lead educational activities, organize field trips, and assist in homework help. The staff at B.O.S. creates a stable and safe environment for the children who have to deal with the effects of homelessness.

Located in the Federal Hill neighborhood, Baltimore Outreach Services has seen its relationship with the community evolve positively. Founding Executive Director Karen Adkins acknowledges that in the beginning, residents had questions about what it would be like to have a homeless shelter in the neighborhood. But, the success of the shelter is in part due to the support of the Federal Hill community. The community association donates to the shelter and community residents like Anne West have become dedicated volunteers.

Staff members like Shelter Director Carla Richardson and Deputy Director Donna Rich are working hard to ensure that the shelter continues into another decade of success. This includes not only working with the women but creating and maintaining those partnerships within the surrounding community and with local businesses and organizations; organizations like Baltimore Outreach Services that are willing to give these women a helping hand.

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Safety In Baltimore’s Homeless Shelters

Baltimore City Homeless ShelterMarch 20, 2013 – Segment 3

We explore the safety of Baltimore’s homeless shelters with news early Sunday morning that a man was fatally stabbed at the Code Blue Homeless Shelter in the 600 block of Fallsway. Joining us are:

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The City On Baltimore’s Homelessness Problem Following Camp 83

Photo by Stefanie Mavronis at Friday's Camp83 EvictionMarch 11, 2013 – Segment 1

We return to our coverage of Camp 83, a homeless encampment under I-83 that was cleared Friday morning, and the City’s response to homelessness in Baltimore. We start with our coverage of Friday morning’s Camp 83 eviction in the words of advocates and the homeless who turned out to show their support and bear witness to what was happening.

Then, co-host Anthony McCarthy of The Anthony McCarthy Show joins me and:

  • Olivia Farrow, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Human Services;
  •  Kate Briddell, Director of the Mayor’s Homeless Services Program;
  • and Gabby Knighton, Outreach Coordinator for the Mayor’s Homeless Services Program, to discuss the state of homelessness in Baltimore and what the City’s reaction should be.

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To see more photos from Friday’s eviction and our first visit to Camp 83, click here.

Our previous Camp 83 coverage:
2/28: Camp 83 To Be Cleared
3/04: Councilwoman Clarke’s Resolution To Stall Eviction and Jeff Singer’s Commentary

 


Camp 83: Voices Of The Eviction

Camp83 Evicted Jones Falls Expressway I-83March 8, 2013 – Web Exclusive

We have been covering the homeless encampment of people living under the Jones Falls Expressway near Madison and Fallsway right by the prison complex for the last several weeks. The city said they were going dismantle the site today, Friday March 8th, but before they could a regular citizen found the residents living there housing – temporary, good housing – that the City could not find them.

What was left of their encampment the City bulldozed today. They were met by advocates and the homeless to bear witness and to make sure their belongings were not destroyed. Producers Stefanie Mavronis and Mark Gunnery were there to tape, shoot, and tell their stories.

We will be covering more of what happened this morning on our show Monday and in the coming weeks to hear what has happened to these people, what the City is doing to find housing for the homeless and affordable housing for the 40,000 low income people who are housing insecure, and find out why the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness was changed.

But now, the story of today’s dismantling of Camp 83 in the words of advocates and the homeless. Tune in Monday for more of our coverage.

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To see all of our pictures from this morning’s clearing of Camp 83 and pictures from when we visited the campers last week, take a look at our Flickr feed.

Our previous coverage of Camp 83:

2/28: Camp 83 To Be Cleared
3/04: Councilwoman Clarke’s Resolution To Stall Eviction and Jeff Singer’s Commentary

 


Baltimore City Councilwoman Clarke’s Resolution To Halt Friday’s “Camp 83” Eviction

Camp 83 Under Baltimore's Jones Falls Expressway To Be EvictedMarch 4, 2013 – Segment 4

We close out the show with Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke and Jeff Singer, founder and former executive director of Health Care for the Homeless, who will be discussing Clarke’s resolution to halt the eviction of Camp 83, an homeless encampment under I-83. The eviction is schedule to take place at 8am this coming Friday morning.

To hear our coverage last week on Camp 83 and the people living there, click here.


Camp 83, Homeless Community Under Jones Falls Expressway, To Be Cleared By City

Marc, Venus, and Mike at Camp 83 under the Jones Falls ExpresswayFebruary 28, 2013 – Hour 2

We travel to a part of Baltimore that thousands of people drive over every day, yet have no idea it exists: an encampment of homeless people living in tents under I-83, just across the street from the city’s largest homeless shelter. On March 8, City officials are planning to shut down the encampment. Residents of “Camp 83,” however, are fighting back, demanding that the city provide adequate housing if they force them to leave. You will hear from:

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To see more of our pictures from the encampment, visit our Flickr page.

Join us at 7am on Friday, March 8th at The Fallsway and Madison Street to show your support for the people of Camp 83.


February 5, 2013 – Segment 2

February 5, 2013 – Segment 2

Rose Aguilar, Host of Your Call Radio at KALW in San Francisco, CA, discusses her piece in The Nation magazine about the increase in the number of older women who are homeless in San Francisco.


February 5, 2013 – Segment 1

 

We discuss the state of homelessness in Baltimore City and see where the city is headed to address this issue. Baltimore City Councilwoman Rikki Spector joins us to discuss the bill she proposed that would make “aggressive” panhandling illegal. We discuss the implications of this bill and Baltimore’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness with:
  • Bonnie Lane, a local activist who is part of Housing Our Neighbors (HON);
  • Kevin Lindamood, President & CEO of Health Care for the Homeless;
  • and Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless.

 


December 20, 2012 – Hour 1

We remember those who lost their lives on the streets of Baltimore this year due to homelessness. In honor of Homeless Person’s Memorial Day, I will read more than 100 names of people who died from homelessness this year and have a conversation with:

  • Kevin Lindamood, President and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless;
  • Rev. Dennis Dorsch, retired United Methodist minister who started several outreach and service ministries for people experiencing homelessness;
  • Bonnie Lane, local activist who has firsthand experience of homelessness and member of B’More Housing for All;
  • and Damien Haussling, who is currently without housing and an active member of B’More Housing for All, the “Faces of Homelessness” Speakers’ Bureau, and Word on the Street.

August 20, 2012 – Hour 2

In the second hour, in the wake of the killing of a schizophrenic homeless man this past weekend, we turn to the topic of police-involved shootings in Baltimore. Our guests will be:

 


August 7, 2012 – Segment 2

We focus on Baltimore with a story about a West Baltimore family’s eviction that resulted from a zero-tolerance policy for subsidized homes. Sherman and Jean Thomas’ sons have drug-related criminal records and used their parents’ address and their own, prompting the eviction. To discuss the situation, this policy, and its impact on Baltimore communities, we’re joined by:

  • Jean Thomas of the family facing eviction,
  • Michelle Moore, community organizer for Communities United,
  • Tessa Hill-Aston of the Baltimore NAACP,
  • and Michelle Ewert, attorney at the Homeless Persons Representation Project

 


December 21, 2011 – Hour 2

On our annual show for Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, we discuss the growing problem of homelessness in Baltimore and remember those who passed away without a home in our city over the past year.  Our guests are Kevin Lindamood, President and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless, Julia Hartenstein, Case Manager at Paul’s Place, and James Crawford, Lead Organizer of B’More Housing for All, a grassroots campaign of people experiencing homelessness in Baltimore.


November 14, 2011 – Hour 2

Join us for an Urbanite Radio Story about the challenges facing those who leave prison and seek to reenter their communities.  Joining us are:
Brother Bey, Founder and President of the Fraternal Order of Ex-Offenders
Adam Schneider, Coordinator of Community Relations at Health Care for the Homeless
Melissa Broome, Senior Policy Advocate at the Job Opportunities Task Force
Imam Earl El-Amin, Resident Imam at the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore

You can read Michael Corbin’s article On the Outside in November’s Urbanite Magazine.


June 1, 2011 – Segment 1

The rate of HIV/AIDS in Baltimore has continued to climb in the last few years, with little relief in sight. We have assembled a panel of health experts today to discuss how to go about reducing the number of HIV/AIDS cases in the city.

Joining us today are:

Dr. Naomi Redd – Clinical Pharmacist at Chase Brexton Health Services in Baltimore

Shavon Arline – Director of Health Programs for the NAACP

Dr. Patrick Sullivan – Emory University Chief Public Health Investigator, former CDC HIV Epidemiologist

Louise Treherne – Vice President for Clinical Affairs at Health Care for the Homeless, member of the Baltimore City HIV Commission


April 5, 2011 – Hour 1

Up first, we’ll speak with Congresswoman Donna Edwards about a pending government shutdown.  Then, don’t miss our debate about the future of healthcare in America.  The Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, released a budget proposal today that would drastically change the way that Medicare and Medicaid are funded. Joining us to discuss the proposal are:
Jeff Singer, President & CEO of Health Care for the Homeless of Maryland
Marc Kilmer, Senior Fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute

February 22, 2011 – Segment 1

In the first part of the segment we talk with Dr. Thabit Abdullah about the current state of affairs in Egypt, briefly discussing the recent power changes and the future of Egypt.

Then, we talk with Dante Wilson about the problems faced by Baltimore’s Homeless Youth and possible solutions to what is becoming a growing epidemic.  We’re also joined by Michael Blackwell and Sharise Linear, youth advocate at the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development.

Dante Wilson is the Director of Reclaiming Our Children & Community Project.


December 21, 2010 – Hour 1

Today is Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.  We’ll read the names of those who have lost their lives on the street this year, and discuss what is being done to alleviate the problem of homelessness in our city.  To see the memorial list, click on “Homeless_Persons_Memorial_Day_2010.doc” below.

We’re joined by:

Kate Briddell, Director of the Homeless Services Program for the Mayor’s Office of Human Services.

Jeff Singer is the President & CEO of Health Care for the Homeless of Maryland.

Bob Jankowiak, who lost his home and job after a battle with health issues.  After a period of living on the streets he found help through Health Care for the Homeless.

Audrey Curry and Sissy, current residents of the Guilford Avenue Shelter.


July 13, 2010 – Segment 2

The last count of Baltimore’s homeless population, from 2009, found 3419 homeless individuals, a 12% increase from the previous count in 2007.  Many advocates believe that to be a low estimate.

Tanya Tull, founder of Beyond Shelter, joins us to discuss her work pushing for systemic change to end homeless by focusing on the common sense approach of first and foremost getting people who need them into homes.


January 11, 2010 – Hour 2

Americans are facing the hardest economic times since the Great Depression, and many are trying to keep jobless from leading to homeless. Marc and guest host Anthony McCarthy talk with Wells Fargo Client Relations Senior Vice President, Joe Ohayon and Robert Strupp, Director of Research and Policy at the Community Law Center about what recourse is available for those out of work.


December 21, 2009 – Hour 2

In our second hour, we bring you "Homelessness & The Housing Question," a panel discussion that took place on Thursday, December 17th, at New Psalmist Baptist Church. 

Five local housing experts discuss the critical connection between the lack of affordable housing and the persistence of homelessness in Baltimore.  The panel included:

  • Kate Titford, Esq., Program Manager, National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Legal Assistance Program, Neighborworks, America; Managing Director, One House At A Time; and Managing editor, The Authority Housing and Development Law Institue.
  • Iris Bradford, President, Somerset Courts & Extension Council; resident of Somerset Homes for 23, until 250 units were demolished in 2007; and recipent of the Baltimore City Police Department Award for Heroism in 1998.
  • Paul Graziano, Commissioner of the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development; Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, and former general manger/CEO of the New York City Housing Authority.
  • Greg Countess, Esq., Assistant Director of Advocacy for Housing & Community Development, Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland; Chief Attorney, Cherry Hill Neighborhood Services Center of Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland.
  • Daniel McCarthy, Executive Director, Episcopal Housing Corporation; Member, Leadership Council to Develop the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, Baltimore City.

Please note: This is the full panel discussion and runs just under 90 minutes.


December 21, 2009 – Hour 1

Today, in honor of the 19th Annual National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day, we start with a conversation with Antonia Fasanelli, Executive Director of the Homeless Persons Representation Project and Jeff Singer, President and CEO of Healthcare for the Homeless, about the efforts in Baltimore to find a solution to homelessness.

We’re also joined by Paulette Palmer and Wendell Muldrow, both of whom have struggled with life on the street. Paulette and Wendell met in the waiting room of Healthcare for the Homeless and are engaged to be married on January 1st, 2010.

This is a half hour segment. The rest of tonight’s show is dedicated to our broadcast of a recent panel discussion, "Homelessness & The Housing Question," that took place on Thursday, December 17th, at New Psalmist Baptist Church. For more information, please see the second hour show page.


December 16, 2009 – Hour 2

We discuss the struggle for human rights and better working conditions, both right here in Baltimore and further afield, with members of the United Workers.  The United Workers are an organization of low-wage workers, founded by homeless day laborers in Baltimore in 2002.

We’re joined by:

Luis Larin – Leadership Organizer with the United Workers

Ashley Hufnagel –  Leadership Organizer with the United Workers

Marilyn Hunter – Translator and Organizer with the United Workers

Oscar Otzoy – Leader with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)

Natasha Noriega – Translator for Oscar


Running For Their Lives

It seems simple, but a non-profit organization called Back on My Feet is helping to promote self-sufficiency for the homeless by building a supportive community through an organized running program.  Its members, many of whom are not only homeless but have faced other challenges such as drug addiction and incarceration, have not only run marathons, but also regained control of their lives, securing jobs and housing and staying clean.

You can read more about Back on My Feet in the December issue of Urbanite Magazine.

We’re joined by two of Back on My Feet’s participants, Arnold Shipman and Michael Tate, University of Baltimore student Lauren Lake, who is Arnold’s running partner, and Back on My Feet Baltimore Program Director Jackie Truncelito.


December 15, 2009 – Hour 2

It seems simple, but a non-profit organization called Back on My Feet is helping to promote self-sufficiency for the homeless by building a supportive community through an organized running program.  Its members, many of whom are not only homeless but have faced other challenges such as drug addiction and incarceration, have not only run marathons, but also regained control of their lives, securing jobs and housing and staying clean.

You can read more about Back on My Feet in the December issue of Urbanite Magazine.

Our guests this hour are two of Back on My Feet’s participants, Arnold Shipman and Michael Tate, University of Baltimore student Lauren Lake, who is Arnold’s running partner, and Back on My Feet Baltimore Program Director Jackie Truncelito.


November 5, 2009 – Hour 1

For our first hour, Marc meets up with substance abuse counselor and Vietnam Veteran Woody Curry for our monthly conversation about addiction and recovery. Woody joins us to discuss PTSD and the many residual issues facing veterans, including homelessness and drug and alcohol abuse.


October 28 2009 – Hour 1

Paul Graziano, Commissioner of the Baltimore Department of Housing joins Marc to talk about the difficulties and challenges of housing the thousands of homeless people in our city. Also joining the discussion is "Veronica" who gives her first person account of battling homelessness. Sarah Spangler Rhine, staff attorney at the Homeless Persons Representation Project; Jacqueline Robarge, Director of Power Inside and Stephen Janis, Senior Reporter and Content Director for Investigative Voice round out the show.

Next, Lamar Tyler, co-producer,  director and writer of Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage talks about his film. Meshelle, "The Indie Mom of Comedy" also lends her perspective. Happily Ever After premieres at the Senator Theater Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m.


May 6, 2009 – Hour 1

Yesterday, eight people, three of them from Baltimore, three of them physicians, were arrested at the Senate Finance Committee for directly confronting senators during a roundtable discussion on healthcare reform.

What did they want? All eight participants are advocates of a single payer national health plan, a concept that, despite its strong support in the general public as well as with many healthcare professionals, has seemingly been written off by our government as something impossible to achieve.

Today, we talk with the three Baltimore advocates about what a single-payer system would (and wouldn’t) entail and try to determine why it’s being met with such tremendous opposition.

This segment’s panel included:



April 13, 2009 – Hour 1

The financial struggles at Bon Secours hospital in West Baltimore are evidence that the safety-net health care services, which uninsured and underinsured people rely on, are starting to show serious strain. How can we expand access for people who cannot afford health insurance? What programs are currently available?  What kind of leadership can we expect on a local and national level?  Marc spoke with


March 16, 2009

 In the first part of today’s show, Marc sat down with Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Andres Alonso to discuss the new school reform program he proposed this week. Under Dr. Alonso’s plan, 179 jobs would be cut from the central office of the system, and failing schools across the city would be closed or combined with other schools.

Then, four guests joined Marc in the studio to discuss a problem that’s increasingly affecting youth in Baltimore – a doubling of the rate of homeless students in the past year.

Our panelists were:

Francine Hahn, Attorney at the Homeless Persons’ Representation Project.

Betty Schulz, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who works for the Healthcare for the Homeless program at Mercy Hospital.

Annette White, homeless services liason for Baltimore City Public Schools. Ms. White runs programs in shelters for after school homework help.

Louise Fink, director of interagency support for the Baltimore City Public Schools.  

Read WEAA reporter Melody Simmons‘ piece on youth homelessness at the Investigative Voice.


December 17, 2008

National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day is this Sunday. Today, Marc and panel discussed where we are and where we need to go to help the homeless in our community. 

Today’s panel included:

 


The Visitor: A Talk with Writer/Director Thomas McCarthy

Welcome to a conversation with Thomas McCarthy, the writer and director of a new film called The Visitor.

Tarek teaching Walter the drum

This movie is the tale of a middle-aged college professor, Walter Vale, who comes home to his  New York City apartment after an extended abscense.  He is surprised to find a Syrian man named Tarek  and a Senegalese woman named Zainab living in his apartment.  They are surprised to see him as well, because they believed they had legally sublet the place.  After an exciting introduction, Walter takes pity on the now-homeless couple and invites them to stay in his apartment-thus beginning a relationship with the warm drum-player Tarek and the prickly but beautiful jewelry designer Zainab.  Tarek begins to give Walter drum lessons, which offers Walter a sense of passion that had been missing from his life.  One day, while coming home from a drum circle, Tarek is arrested in the subway.  When Walter arrives at the apartment and tells Zainab, he learns that she and Tarek are undocumented immigrants, and that Tarek’s arrest could mean deportation.

Marc caught up with director and writer Thomas McCarthy, who all Wire fans know as the slimy reporter Scott Templeton.  When he isn’t acting, Thomas is writing amazing movies like his first work, The Station Agent, and this more recent accomplishment, The Visitor.  Marc chatted with Thomas about the creative process of writing and directing, how he cast this multicultural cast, and his thoughts on how movies can speak on sensitive political issues like immigration.

Enjoy, and let us know what you think.  Running time is 31 minutes.


 


4/3/08 More on Iraq War

Yesterday in Washington DC, we interviewed Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, who co-produced the documentary on the Iraq War, Body of War. The subject of the film is Thomas Young, an Iraq war veteran who was shot through his fourth vertebra and is paraplegic. It is one of the most powerful documentaries I have ever seen. On Friday, we are going to interview Thomas Young. Living with the injuries he sustained in that war tires him out, so, he could not join Donahue and Spiro when we interviewed them yesterday. He graciously agreed to reschedule our interview and meet with us tomorrow morning. Once we have that interview in the can, we will be producing an audio/videowebcast and public radio show on the Body of War. It is coming soon.

This week I have been thinking a lot about the veterans of this Iraq war. I watched Body of War three times preparing for our interviews with Phil Donahue and the others. I have been talking with Josh Kors who exposed how the Department of Defense labeled over 20,000 veterans with “pre-existing conditions” so they could deny them millions of dollars in benefits. And last Monday I gave a keynote address to veterans and those who work with disabled, addicted and homeless veterans.

On top of that, this week in Adbusters and Rolling Stone there were articles about the Iraq war’s Marlboro man, James Blake Miller.

The photograph of him taken during the battle of Fallujah with a cigarette dangling out of his mouth, eyes staring off, with blood and dirt on his face became the iconic image of the young, tough, swaggering American war hero. He was a teenager then. His image was used and abused to support the war and entice other young people to join up. James Miller, who suffered severe PTSD, is now home in Kentucky, violent, angry, reflective and alone. He refused to let his image or name be used to support Bush’s war.

There are now over 4,000 American service people who have died in Iraq and almost 29,000 wounded or horribly maimed and crippled. There are tens and tens of thousands more who were wounded in body and soul. They estimate that up to 40% of returning vets will suffer from PSTD. The National Guard, whose rate of PTSD is astronomical, gets few federal benefits.

Our advanced medical technology kept those 28,000 badly wounded service people alive. If this were Vietnam, most of them would be dead. Yet the system of medical care for our veterans is in worse shape now than it was forty years ago. There is a scene in Body of War, when two veterans, one from the Iraq war and the other from the Vietnam war, both in wheelchairs, are talking. The Viet vet said he was in the hospital for a year with his wounds and was taught how to care for himself. The younger Iraqi war vet was in the hospital for only three months.

We went into this war without thinking about the consequences for Iraq, and for our veterans. All this mayhem and blood spilled for what?! For oil? For strategic political hegemony?

Yes, it was for oil. Yes, it was a war to protect our oil interests and our allies like Saudi Arabia and Israel. We produced many shows on the lead to up to this war. In that, we discovered Project for A New American Century, a think tank in Washington DC. Papers written over a twenty year period by all the shining lights of the Bush administration (Abrams, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Libby, and others) lay it all out in clear detail why we need to invade Iraq: protect the oil and secure American political power in the Middle East.

So now the Bush administration has gotten us into this madness, we have to deal with our responsibility to Iraq, a nation we have torn asunder, and to our veterans. We will be paying for the steep social and fiscal costs of this war for a generation, maybe more.

I don’t mean to rant or bring you all down, but when I meet and interview veterans of this war, and when I interview Iraqis here and in Iraq, I become so angry at what has been done to us. Now, we as a people have to make it right.

-marc


4/2 CEM wins Peabody Award!

We’re so proud and pleased and overwhelmed to announce that this morning the Center for Emerging Media was honored with a 2007 Peabody Award for the series Just Words.  Just Words was a weekly documentary feature series that gave voice to marginalized people-low wage workers, ex felons, recovering addicts, the homeless, and more.  You can listen to it here.

We share the honor this year with some of our colleagues in public radio such as Speaking of Faith, the Brian Lehrer Show, and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!  Also honored were television programs such as The Colbert Report and the BBC/Discovery Channel series Planet Earth.  A full list of  2007 winners can be found here.  All the winners ever are listed here.

Thanks for all your support!  We couldn’t do without it.


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