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Forward Magazine: Jewish Identity In A Changing World

October 23, 2017 – Forward Magazine

The Forward started out 120 years ago as a Socialist daily paper written in Yiddish that appealed to the Jewish immigrant workers for decades. Now it has morphed into a monthly magazine and daily news site with a 21st century twist appealing to young and old, from all corners of the Jewish world. Its CEO and Publisher Rachel Fishman Feddersen stopped by our studios for a conversation last week when she was in town. You will enjoy this wide ranging lively conversation about changing media, the Jewish world past and present and what our future brings.


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.


American Capitalism, Black Banking, and Political Power

October 6, 2017 – Black Banking in the United States

Listen in to this engaging and illuminating conversation on Black banks and the nature of wealth and political power, inspired by a year-long seminar on American Capitalism currently taking place at Johns Hopkins University.

You will hear from: Dr. Nathan Connolly, Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins and one of the conveners of the seminar; Dr. Jared Ball, Professor of Communication Studies at Morgan State University and the first guest in the seminar series; and Mehrsa Baradaran, Law Professor specializing in Banking Law at the University of Georgia Law School and author of the book The Color of Money, Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap.


DACA’s Effect on Baltimore and its Citizens

September 19, 2017 – DACA’s Effect on Community

While the plight of the young people registered through DACA  has left the headlines, we share with you a panel discussion that looks at the depth of the issue. We explore the legal tangles of DACA and hear from a DACA registrant about loving this country while living in non citizenship limbo under constant threat of being deported from the only country she knows.

 

We hear from Yvette Pappoe, an alum of Maryland Carey Law and a DACA holder; Maureen Sweeney, who has directed the Immigration Clinic at the Maryland Carey School of Law since 2004 and is a founding board member of the Maryland Immigrant Rights Coalition; and  Reena Shah, Executive Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission and former Director of the Human Rights Project at Maryland Legal Aid Bureau.


Aviva Chomsky: Fighting For DACA

Avi chomsky (Credit: Her Fb Page)September 7, 2017 – Aviva Chomsky

For our latest podcast we interviewed Avivia Chomsky, Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University. We discussed the history of DACA and the effect that rescinding this policy will have on 800,000 DACA holders, and 10 million undocumented immigrants.

Her most recent book is is Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal (Beacon Press, 2014) and her writings can be found on the Nation, Tom Dispatch, and much more.

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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.

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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.


Report Back From Charlottesville: Resistance to Fascism

Unite The Right (Credit: Baynard Woods)August 14, 2017 – Report Back From Charlottesville

A compelling  first-hand account from two journalists who were in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, covering the Nazi/Klan/White Nationalist rally. They witnessed the car attack that killed one woman and injured 19 others and all the violence that occurred over 4 hours of a very intense and frightening day. 

The podcast features Baynard Woods, Editor at Large with Baltimore City Paper (CP) whose column Democracy in Crisis appears in alt weeklies across the country and Brandon Soderberg, Editor of the Baltimore City Paper.

Democracy in Crises: The Fire and The Fury

democracyincrisislogoAugust 10, 2017 – Democracy In Crises

We hosted the newest edition of Democracy in Crisis! I talked with co-host Baynard Woods about the the now present specter of nuclear war and Trumps latest comments on the situation with North Korea. Democracy in Crisis is produced by Calvin Perry.


Edward Wyckoff Williams: The Latest on Trump

Edward Wyckoff WilliamsJuly 26, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation on the latest headlines on President Trump with Edward Wyckoff Williams, Television producer, correspondent and writer living in New York City. His work has appeared on NBC News, MSNBC, CNN, PBS NewsHour, AlJazeera and national syndicated radio.

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National News Roundtable: Police Involved Shooting in Minneapolis & Trump

Baltimore Police Scene (Credit: Baltimore Sun)July 24, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National News Roundtable where we discussed the recent police involved shooting in Minneapolis and updates on Trumps latests actions.

Our guests will be: Bill Fletcher, Jr., Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com, co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 and author of They’re Bankrupting Us!” And 20 Other Myths about UnionsJeff Singer, founder of Healthcare for the Homeless; and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.

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National Roundtable: BPD Controversy, and Trump’s Plans For The Middle East

BPD Planting Drugs (Credit: Baltimore Sun)July 20, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National News Roundtable, where our guests reflected on the latest headlines.

With: Dr. Lester Spence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies and one of two co-directors of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and author of a number of publications including the books Stare in the Darkness: Hip-hop and the Limits of Black Politics and Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black PoliticsDr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; and Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University.

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Freedom To Thrive: Criminalization, Policing, and Mass-Incarceration

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We hosted a discussion that jumped off from the Center for Public Democracy’s paper “Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety & Security in Our Communities.” Our panel of guests includes: Nabeehah Arifah Azeez, member of Communities UnitedElizabeth Alex, Regional Director of CASA Baltimore; and Jennifer Epps-Addison, President and co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy.


National News Roundtable: The American Health Care Act

Republican Health Care Bill (Credit: The Hill)July 17, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a a National News Roundtable, where my guests and I reflected on the latest headlines including the Republican health care bill.

With: Republican grassroots activist Eugene Craig IIIDr. 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; and Bill Fletcher Jr., Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com, co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 and author of They’re Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions.

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National News Roundtable: Putin and Trump

Trump G20 (Credit (AP Photo/Evan Vucci))July 10, 2017 – Segment 1

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

She hosted a National News Roundtable focusing on the latest headlines from around the country. Our panel of guests included: Dr. Anne McCarthy, Dean of the Business School at Hamline University in Minneapolis and former Republican candidate for Comptroller of Maryland; Bill Fletcher Jr., Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com, co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 and author of They’re Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions; and ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University.

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Democracy In Crises: J20 Protestors & Their Trials

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We hosted the newest edition of Democracy in Crisis! I talk with co-host Baynard Woods about the J20 protesters and new information that is coming to light in the trial. Democracy in Crisis is produced by Imani Spence.


National Roundtable: Trump’s Tweeting and Presidential Influence

July 5, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a National News Roundtable, examining the latest headlines. With: Dr. Matthew Crenson, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, Op-Ed contributor to the Baltimore Sun, and author of a number of books including Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America .

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Democracy in Crises: Protests of the Alt-Right

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We hosted the newest episode of Democracy in Crisis! With Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence, journalist and host Baynard Woods, and City Paper Editor in Chief Brandon Soderberg. This week’s topic is an Alt-Right protest that took place this past Tuesday in Washington, DC.


Gyasi Ross: Being Native American, Life and Politics of America and Racism

Gyasi Ross (Credit: TheStranger.com)June 27, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a special archive edition of the show when I talked 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.

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Zenobia Jeffries: The Philando Castile Acquittal Should Make You Mad as Hell

Zenobia Jeffries (Credit: YES Magazine)June 27, 2017 – Segment 2

I hosted a conversation with Zenobia Jeffries, Racial Justice Associate Editor at YES! Magazine on her work at YES and what it means in this current climate. Her most recent article is called “White People, the Philando Castile Acquittal Should Make You Mad as Hell.”

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National Roundtable: Senate Health Care Bill & Policy Brutality

Senate Health Bill (Credit: Washington Examiner)June 26, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National News Roundtable, topics to include the Senate’s Health Care Bill. With: farmer, educator, and food justice advocate Denzel Mitchell; Republican grassroots activist Eugene Craig III; and ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University.

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Democracy In Crises: J20 Protests & Reporting

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We hosted the newest edition of Democracy in Crisis. Host Baynard Woods, City Paper Editor in Chief Brandon Soderberg, and Steiner Show producer Imani Spence discuss the J20 Black Bloc protests and how they might have changed free speech and reporting forever.

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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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National News Roundtable: The Philando Castile Verdict & Political Polarization

Congress Baseball shooting (CreditBuisness Insider)June 19, 2017 – Segment 1

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

Together we hosted a National Roundtable conversation where we discussed the Bill Cosby trial and the verdict in the trial surrounding the death of Philando Castile.

With:  Imara Jones, who holds a degree from the London School of Economics and is currently developing a television news program aimed at progressive Millennials of color; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America; and Mark Trahant, writer at TrahantReports.com, faculty member at the University of North Dakota where he is the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism, and member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Imam Earl El-Amin: Celebration of Ramadan and Being Muslim in America

Imam Earl El-Amin (credit: WEAA)June 16, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a segment in celebration with our Muslim brothers and sister for Ramadan with Imam Earl El-Amin, resident Imam of the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore.


Democracy In Crises: The Hearing for Jeff Sessions

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We hosted the newest edition of Democracy in Crisis! I talked with co-host Baynard Woods about his trip to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Woods is a writer for The Guardian and Editor-At-Large for City Paper.


The Emoluments Clause: Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh

Brian Frosh (Credit: Maryland Attorney General Site)June 14, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh who talked about his suit (filed along with Washington, DC, Attorney General Karl Racine) against Donald Trump, alleging that he violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House.


National Roundtable: James Comey & Media’s Role

James Comey Hearing (Credit: NBC News)June 12, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National News Roundtable where we discussed the James Comey hearing as well as medias role in regards to Trump.

With: Carla Wills, Senior News Producer at Democracy Now!Ralph Moore,Long time community activist and advocate for Baltimore’s poor and needy; 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.

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Artists for Truth: Fake News and a Post-Truth Society

Artists For Truth (Credit: Facebook Event Page for Event)June 9, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted a conversation about the event Artists for Truth who will host two panel discussions on June 17: The Rise of Fake News and Ramifications of a “Post-Truth Society.”

I talked with: Rob Ferrell, staff videographer and photographer for the Office of Communications at Goucher College, organizer of the Towson Freedom School, and former member of the Baltimore Bloc collective; artist and educator Lillian Bayley Hoover, who teaches drawing and painting courses at MICA, University of Maryland, and Towson University; and mom, wife, and information professional Emily Soontornsaratool, who published Locus Art Magazine from 2006 to 2009.

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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.


Talking About Race: Harm Reduction In Communities of Color

Needle Exchange (credit: ETV News)June 7, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a preview of an important community event taking place this Thursday evening at 6:30 at University of Baltimore Law School’s Moot Court Room, part of Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Talking About Race Series: Harm Reduction and Communities of Color.

I spoke with: Kassandra Frederique, New York State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and co-author of Blueprint for a Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug PolicySamuel Roberts, Associate Professor of History at Columbia University and Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health; and Scott Nolen, Director of the Drug Addiction Treatment Program at OSI-Baltimore.

Registration and more information on this free event can be by clicking here.

Wild Mustangs in America: The End of Federal Protection

Wild Mustang (Credit: Koin 6)June 6, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation turns on the wild Mustang horse in the United States. In light of recent news that the Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 budget for the Bureau of Land Management includes lifting the ban on slaughtering America’s iconic wild horses and burros – which could result in the mass killing of tens of thousands of these federally-protected animals – we listened in to our 2011 interview with Jean Albert Renaud, who runs a program that brings together two of what he calls our endangered national treasures: Mustangs and at-risk youth.

Here’s a link to the article that Center for Emerging Media Executive Director Valerie Williams wrote about Renaud for Yes! Magazine.

National & International News Roundtable: London Attacks & Trump

London Police (Credit: ABC News)June 5, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National / International News Roundtable where we discussed the attacks in London over the weekend, Trump’s tweets, and the Paris Climate Accord.

With: Bill Fletcher, Jr., Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com, co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 and author of They’re Bankrupting Us!” And 20 Other Myths about Unions; Democratic political operative Quincy Gamble; 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.


4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump

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June 2, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a re-broadcast of a show from earlier this year when I talked with Dale Beran, Professor in the SWAN (Screen Writing and Animation) Department at Morgan State University, about the imageboard website 4chan, based on his article, “4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump.”


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.

 

 


Howard Zinn: The Outsider in American Politics

Howard Zinn (Credit: Jason Goroncy)May 31, 2017 – Segment 2

We reached back into our archives for a 2004 archive edition of the Steiner Show with another one of my personal heroes: historian, playwright, and activist Howard Zinn. We discussed The Outsider in American Politics as well as his inspiration behind his tremendously successful text A People’s History of the United States. 


Lenny McAllister: The State of The Republican Party and Trump

Lenyy McAllister (Credit: Lenny's WordPress)May 26, 2017 – Segment 3

I talked with regular Steiner Show guest Lenny McAllister about the state of the Republican party and his thoughts on why Trump was accepted by the GOP. McAllister is Director of Entrepreneur Engagement, Western Pennsylvania, for the Commonwealth Foundation and incoming adjunct professor of history at LaRoche College in Pittsburgh. He was the 2016 GOP nominee for US Congress in Pittsburgh and was named to The Root 100 (2016) as one of the most influential African-Americans under 45 years old.


Trita Parsi on the Middle East

May 25, 2017 – Segment 1 

We begin the show with my conversation with Dr. Trita Parsi about the current situation in Iran and Trump in the Middle East. Parsi is President of the National Iranian American Council and he teaches at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His newest book, Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy comes out in August.


National News Roundtable: Trump and Suadi Arabia

Trump Saudi (Credit: NPR)May 22, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National News Roundtable, and discussed Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia and much more.

With: Dana Peterson Moore, community activist, member of the Baltimore City Liquor Board, former Chair of the City Ethics Board, and past-President of the Charles Village Civic Association; Bill Fletcher Jr., Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com, co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 and author of They’re Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions; and Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.


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.


Sean Gallagher: WannaCry Ransomeware Attack

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Sean Gallagher, IT Editor at Ars Technica, joined us to talk about the WannaCry ransomware virus that attacked companies and and governments in 150 countries on Friday, May 12, 2017.

Democracy In Crisis: Russian Secrets and Chelsea Manning

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On this week’s episode, the Democracy in Crisis team talk first about the secrets Trump shared with Russian diplomats. Then, they are joined by Evan Greer, Campaign Director of Fight for the Future, and a close friend and supporter of Chelsea Manning to talk about what Manning’s release from prison.

 


National News Roundtable: James Comey and Trump

May 15, 2017 – Segment 1

We begin the week with a National News Roundtable, topics to include the latest on Donald Trump and James Comey. With: conservative activist and attorney Darlene Kennedy, who has served as Visiting Professor of Law at Widener University, Howard University, Catholic University, and the University of Baltimore; Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University o
f Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; and Dr. Matthew Crenson, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University.


Tavis Smiley: Donald Trump and The Resistance

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Author, political commentator, entrepreneur, and advocate Tavis Smiley joined me and talked about two recent articles he wrote: one about Donald Trump and the resistance, and one about James Comey. Smiley is the host and managing editor of the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS and on PRI. He discussed his article in Time Magazine called “Andrew Jackson Is the Perfect Icon of Selfishness for Trump” and one for PRI called “Democrats now have a ‘soft spot’ for Comey? Are you kidding?


Democracy in Crisis: Firing of James Comey

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We begin the show with the newest episode of Democracy in Crisis. Co-host Baynard Woods and I talk with independent print and media journalist Mark Trahant about Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Mark Trahant writes at TrahantReports.com and is a faculty member at the University of North Dakota where he is the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism. Earlier this month, he became a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. Democracy in Crisis is produced by Mark Gunnery for the Center for Emerging Media.


Democracy in Crises: The Latest on Trump

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We hosted our latest episode of Democracy in CrisisBaynard Woods and I talked about the latest news around Donald Trump. Woods is reporter for The Guardian and Editor at Large for City Paper.

Democracy in Crisis is produced by Mark Gunnery for Center for Emerging Media.


Automation, NAFTA, and the Loss of US Jobs

John R. MacArthur (Credit: Authors Guild)May 10, 2017 – Segment 1

I had an insightful interview with John R. “Rick” MacArthur, President and Publisher of Harper’s Magazine, about his recent article for The Spectator, “The Democrats Divided: How the bickering US left could gift Donald Trump a second term as president.”


Walter Mosley: An UNtopia Future For Society

Folding Red Into The Black (Credit: Amazon)May 1, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted an interview from last fall with Walter Mosley about his newly published book, Folding the Red Into the Black: Developing a Viable UNtopia for Human Survival in the 21st Century.

Mosley is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


Democracy In Crisis: Baltimore Uprising, Two Years Later

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We hosted the newest episode of Democracy in CrisisBaynard Woods and I talked with D. Watkins about the 2-year anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising. Watkins is columnist for Salon.com, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore, Founder of the BMORE Writers Project, and author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir. Democracy in Crisis is produced by Mark Gunnery for Center for Emerging Media.


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.


Democracy In Crisis: Dissaray at 100 Days

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We hosted the latest episode of Democracy in CrisisBaynard Woods and I talked with Imara Jones about the new direction of the Democratic Party and the state of the Trump administration 100 days in. Jones holds a degree from the London School of Economics and is currently developing a television news program aimed at progressive Millennials of color.

Democracy in Crisis is produced by Mark Gunnery for Center for Emerging Media.


Temperature Rising: Climate March Awareness

New Economy Week People's Climate AgendaApril 25, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a preview of a special event taking place Wednesday night at the Motor House: Temperature Rising, a Climate March Awareness Showcase! We heard from artists commissioned by MICA to produce works that would engage participation in the upcoming People’s Climate March, with support from the Town Creek Foundation.

With: Meagan Buster aka Ducky Dynamotouring DJ, curator and creative consultant, former Maryland Team Leader and Forecaster for Foot’s Forecast, and “Social media meteorologist;” teacher, artist, and cultural organizer Valeska Populoh, who has been collaborating with several other artists to support a series of art builds at Black Cherry Puppet Theater in the weeks leading up to the march; Akea Brown; and Torianne Montes- Schiff.


Will Ex-Presidents Check Donald Trump? – Arthur Magida

photo by mr_wahlee via FlickrApril 25, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted an interview with author ad educator Arthur Magida about his recent article in The Washington Spectator, “Will Ex-Presidents Check Donald Trump?” Magida is writer-in-residence at the University of Baltimore and author of several books, including The Nazi Séance, The Rabbi and the Hit Man, and Prophet of Rage, the only biography of Minister Louis Farrakhan.


National News Roundtable: The French Election, and Establishment Politics

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We hosted a National News Roundtable where we discussed the French Election, Establishment Politics in America, and methods of progress for the future.

With: Dr. Baruti Kopano, Chair of the Department of Multiplatform Production at Morgan State University’s School for Global Journalism and Communication; Dr. Jared Ball, and Associate Professor of Media Studies at Morgan State University and Host/Producer at The Real News Network and @imixwhatilike. 


Soundbites: The People’s Climate March

Climate March (Credit: 350 Brooklyn)April 20, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted the newest episode of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world. We listened in to a panel that took place Wednesday, April 19, at 2640 Space in Baltimore, “Fired Up & Ready To Go,” leading up to the People’s Climate March on April 29th in Washington, D.C. I talked with a panel of environmental activists including:
  • Maryland Delegate Robbyn Lewis (46th District), a public health professional, sustainability advocate and community leader
  • Tom Horton, filmmaker, environmental journalist, and admiral of the Chesapeake
  • Destiny Watford, recipient of the Goldman Prize which is one of the most prestigious awards for environmental justice, who also works with Free Your Voice and United Workers
  • Eric Schaeffer, Executive Director for the Environmental Integrity Project
  • Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, Executive Director of the Maryland Environmental Health Network

State of the DOJ Consent Decree in Baltimore

Baltimore PoliceApril 18, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a conversation on the state of the DOJ Consent Decree in Baltimore.

With: Tara Huffman, Director of OSI-Baltimore’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program; Dr. Kenneth O. Morgan, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Urban Studies Program and the Department of Criminal Justice and Applied Social and Political Sciences at Coppin State University; and Brittany Oliver, writer, advocate, photojournalist and Police Accountability Coordinator and Communications Associate at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland.


Dr. Thabit Abdullah: Discussion and Updates on Syria

Syrian refugee crisisApril 17, 2017 – Segment 3

I hosted a discussion and update on Syria, with Dr. Thabit Abdullah, Professor of Middle East History at York University, Toronto.


National News Roundtable: North Korea, Syria, and the Trump Administration

North Korea (Credit: NBC News)April 17, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a National News Roundtable where we discussed the issues surrounding Syria and North Korea, as well as numerous other issues.

With: Writer and on-air analyst Imara Jones, Nation Institute fellow and contributor to The Nation and Rolling Stone Josua Holland, and Former Executive Director of The Maryland Democratic Party Quincey Gamble.


James Forman Jr: Crime and Punishment in Black America

Locking Up Our Own (Credit: Amazon)April 17, 2017 – Segment 1

I hosted a discussion with James Forman, Jr., about this important new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Forman is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School, former clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and co-founder of the Maya Angelou Public Charter School.

James Forman, Jr. will be speaking at the University of Baltimore’s School of Law as part of OSI-Baltimore’s Talking About Race series Monday night at 7:00. For more information and tickets, click here

Soundbites: The Peoples Climate March & Renewable Energy In Maryland

climateApril 13, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted the newest edition of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We continued our countdown to the Peoples Climate March, taking place in DC on April 29. We talked about what renewable energy means for the country under Trump as well as for Maryland, specifically. Can Maryland become a hub for renewable energy and can the nation continue to progress towards renewable energy under Donald Trump?

We talked with: Daphne Wysham, Director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Center for Sustainable Economy; and Janet Redman, US Policy Director with Oil Change International and Associate Fellow with the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.
We also talked with Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. Most recently, Dr, Makhijani wrote Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy, the first analysis of a transition to a U.S. economy based completely on renewable energy without any use of fossil fuels or nuclear power.

City Paper This Week: Taxes Issue

City Paper Tax Issue (Credit: City Paper)April 12, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted our weekly look at the City Paper. This week producer Imani Spence spoke with Baynard Woods about tax resistance and some interesting facts about the Hutzler building.


Philosopher’s Roundtable: Guns In Our Society

Guns in the civil rights movementApril 11, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted an archive from 2015. In light of the San Bernadino school shooting, have a philosopher’s roundtable on guns in our society. We look at the debate taking place now around gun control, calls for self defense in light of the shooting in Charleston, and the role of guns in the civil rights movement.

With: Firmin DeBrabander, Professor of Philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art and author of Do Guns Make us Free: Democracy and the Armed Society; Charlie Cobb, author ofThis Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible; and Dante Barry, Executive Director of the Million Hoodies March for Justice.


Syria: The Fall Of Aleppo

SyriaApril 10, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a re-broadcast a conversation on Syria from December. We hope that this conversation will serve as a great primer for anyone who is unfamiliar with the situation. With Dr. Thabit Abdullah, Associate 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. Shon Meckfessel, member of the English Faculty at Highline College and author of Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used To Be: Unarmed Insurrection and the Rhetoric of Resistance.


Sound Bites: Climate Change and The Future

climate changeApril 6, 2017 – Segment 3

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

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

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

DOJ Roundtable: Consent Decree Reviews

Jeff Sessions (Credit: Right Wing Watch)April 5, 2017 – Segment 2

Our guest host is Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.

We hosted a DOJ Roundtable, focused on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ order of a review of federal agreements and consent decrees across the country.

With: Monique Dixon, Deputy Director of Policy for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Ray Kelly, Director of Community Relations at the No Boundaries Coalition; Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside, a project of Fusion Partnerships; and Darlene Cain of Mothers on the Move, whose son was killed by Baltimore City police.


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.

National News Roundtable: Planned Parenthood & Mike Flynn

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

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

Democracy in Crisis: Healthcare and Russia

democracyincrisislogoMarch 31, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted the newest episode of Democracy in Crisis. Baynard Woods and I talked with writer and analyst Imara Jones about what’s next for healthcare and investigations into Russian involvement in the presidential election. Imara Jones holds a degree from the London School of Economics and is currently developing a television news program aimed at progressive millennials of color. Democracy in Crisis is produced by Mark Gunnery for the Center for Emerging Media.


National News Roundtable: EPA, Trump, and Bill O’Reilly

Smoke Stacks (Credit: Flickr Commons)March 30, 2017 – Segment 1

Our guest host was: Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.

Dr. Kaye moderated a National News Roundtable, topics including the EPA and Donald Trump, and Bill O’Reilly’s comments (and the response) about Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

With: Charles Robinson, Political and Business Correspondent for Maryland Public Television; and Republican grassroots activist Eugene Craig III.


Violence Against Trans Women

Photo via Baltimore Transgender Alliance

Photo via Baltimore Transgender Alliance

March 28, 2017 – Segment 2

Last week 38-year-old Alphonza Watson was murdered in Baltimore, becoming at least the 8th transgender woman of color killed in the U.S. this year. Our guests talk about Aphonza and about violence against transgender women. With: Key’Ayshia Tucker, Peer Navigator for GLCCB, transgender activist, and facilitator of the TransBaltimore support group; Monica Stevens, community activist from Sistas of the T and member of Baltimore Transgender Alliance; and Ava Pipitone, Executive Director of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance and worker-owner at Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse.


National News Roundtable: Trump-Care & Internet Privacy

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

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

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


Democracy In Crises: Russian Involvement in 2016

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Democracy in Crisis co-host Baynard Woods joined me in-studio to discuss the developing story regarding Russian interference and the Trump Administration. Woods is a writer for The Guardian and Editor-At-Large for City Paper. 

Democracy in Crisis is produced by Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery for Center for Emerging Media.


Sherrilyn Ifill: American Politics and The LDF

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

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

 

 


Sound Bites: Mustafa Ali

March 23, 2017 – Segment 2 

Listen in to a brand new episode of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, when we talk with Mustafa Ali, speaker, trainer and facilitator on social justice and environmental justice issues. He is formerly the Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice at the Environmental Protection Agency, where he worked for 24 years to alleviate the impact of air, water and industrial pollution on poverty-stricken towns and neighborhoods.


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.

 


Supreme Court Confirmation

March 21, 2017 – Segment 1 

Our panel of guests discusses and analyzes today’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. With: Mark Graber, University System of Maryland Regents Professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; Joe Strupp, reporter for Media Matters; and Stephen M. Griffin, W.R. Irby Chair and Rutledge C. Clement, Jr., Professor in Constitutional Law at Tulane University Law School.

National News Roundtable: Russia Interference & The Supreme Court

FBI James Comey (Credit: CNN)March 20, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National News Roundtable, discussing topics related to the controversy around Russia and the upcoming hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

With: Mark Trahant, Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota and independent print and media journalist who writes at Trahant ReportsDr. 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; and Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.


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

democracyincrisislogoMarch 17, 2017 – Segment 4

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


Wikileaks: Spy Tactics of The CIA and MI5

Wikileaks (Credit: Guardian)March 17, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a discussion on the significance of the Wikileaks revelations about the spy tactics of the CIA and MI5, and what it means about our privacy.

With: Jenna McLaughlin, National Security Reporter at The Intercept; and Sean Gallagher, IT Editor at Ars Technica.


Calvin Baker: Black Like Who?

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

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

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


SoundBites: The Future of Environmental Activism, and the Chicken Box

Chicken Box (Credit: Baltimore Sun)March 16, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted our newest episode of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world. We examined what environmental protection and activism will look like under the Trump administration.

With: Tom Philpott, food and agriculture correspondent for Mother JonesJanet Redman, U.S. Policy Director at Oil Change International; and Basav Sen, Director of the Climate Policy Program for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.

We also took a special look at a Baltimore staple – the Chicken Box!
With: Brittany Britto, writer for the Baltimore Sun who wrote “Unpacking the chicken box: The story behind Baltimore’s carryout staple;” and Psyche Williams-Forson, Associate Professor and Chair of the American Studies Department of University of Maryland – College Park and author of Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power.

Democracy In Crises: Updates On The Trump Administration

democracyincrisislogoMarch 14, 2017 – Segment 1

Democracy in Crisis co-host Baynard Woods joined me in-studio to discuss some of the latest news about the Trump administration. Woods is a writer for The Guardian and Editor-At-Large for City Paper.

Democracy in Crisis is produced by Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery for Center for Emerging Media.


Affordable Care Act: Implementation & Repeal

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

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

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


Democracy in Crisis: Department of Justification

March 9, 2017 – Segment 1 democracyincrisislogo

We begin the show with the newest episode of Democracy in Crisis, a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner and produced by Mark Gunnery for Center for Emerging Media. This week we talk with Emily Bazelon, staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, who joins us to discuss her latest piece called “Department of Justification,” which reveals the long-shared vision of Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Jeff Sessions. Then we turn to the International Women’s Day Strike with Kate D. Griffiths, who is on the U.S. National Organizing Committee for the strike. Griffiths co-authored an article for The Nation entitled “Striking on International Women’s Day Is Not a Privilege.”


The Future Of National Education: Lily Eskelsen García

Lily Eskelsen Garcia (Credit: Washington Post)March 8, 2017 – Segment 3

I had a conversation on the topic of Education from a national perspective, with Lily Eskelsen García, President of the National Education Association (NEA), who talked about the future of education under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.


Immigration Roundtable

March 7, 2017 – Segment 2 Donald Trump Executive Order (Credit: Chicago TRibune)

For the second part of our show we have a roundtable discussion on the newest Executive Order on Immigration. With: ACLU Senior Staff Attorney David Rocah; John Malcolm, Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and the Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow for the Heritage Foundation; and civil rights attorney Sirine Shebaya, one of the organizers of the Dulles Justice Coalition created in response to the recent travel bans, and former Director of the ACLU of Maryland’s Immigrants’ Rights Program.


Rania Khalek on Geopolitical Immigration

March 7 2017 – Segment 1 

Today, we begin the show with a Geopolitical Overview of Trump’s latest Executive Order on Immigration. With: Journalist Rania Khalek, Co-host of the Unauthorized Disclosure podcast who spent time in Syria, a country on the travel ban list.


Democracy In Crises: CPAC and Shane Bauer

democracyincrisislogoMarch 3, 2017 – Segment 2

We host 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. We talk with Mother Jones senior reporter Shane Bauer about the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), held last month. Bauer is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism. He is also the co-author, with Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, of A Sliver of Light, a memoir of his two years as a prisoner in Iran.


Roundtable Conversation: Trump’s Speech Before Congress

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

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

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


National Roundtable: Hate Crimes / Standing Rock

February 28, 2017 – Segment 1 

We begin the show with a National News Roundtable. With: Bill Fletcher, Jr., Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com, co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 and author of They’re Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions; independent print and media journalist Mark Trahant of Trahantreports.com; and Kalima Young, Lecturer in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University and doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland


National Roundtable: Immigration, Trump and More

February 23, 2017 – Segment 1 

We begin the show with a National News Roundtable. Our guests are: 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; Hasdai Westbrook, Founder and CEO of ChangingMedia; and Rose Aguilar, Host of Your Call Radio on KALW in San Francisco.


Dale Beran: 4Chan and The Rise Of Trump

Pepe (Credit: Drawn by Dale Beran, on Tumblr Page)February 22, 2017 – Segment 2

I talked with Dale Beran, Professor in the SWAN (Screen Writing and Animation) Department at Morgan State University, about the imageboard website 4chan, based on his recent article, “4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump.”


Imara Jones on Trump’s Latest News Conference

February 17, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted an update on national news with writer and on-air analyst
Imara Jones, focusing on Donald Trump’s latest news conference. Jones holds a degree from the London School of Economics and is currently developing a television news program aimed at progressive millennials of color. Her latest piece in Mic.com suggets that Trump’s white supremacist immigration policies and economic goals are on a collision course.

Soundbites: Environmental Bills, Fermentation, & Immigration

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

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

Democracy in Crisis: The Deportation of Guadalupe García de Rayos

Guadalupe García de Rayos (Credit: Teen Vogue - Rob Schumacher)February 16, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted the newest episode of Democracy in Crisis, a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner and produced by Mark Gunnery for The Center for Emerging Media. We talked with reporter Aura Bogado about a powerful profile she wrote in Teen Vogue about 14-year-old Jackie Rayos-Garcia, whose mother Guadalupe García de Rayos was detained while talking to immigration officials and deported. Now Jackie vows to bring her home.

In the second half of  Democracy in Crisis, we played clips from “City of Immigrants: A Night of Support,” a fund-raising event that was held Monday night at Beth Am Synagogue in Baltimore. We heared from David Simon, award-winning creator of a number of television series including “The Wire,” Marielena Hincapié from the National Immigration Law Center, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch, activist DeRay McKessonSonia Kumar of the ACLU of Maryland, and musician Steve Earle. “City of Immigrants” was sponsored by Simon’s production company, Blown Deadline Productions, and Tech Solidarity. Donations went to four designated civil rights and humanitarian groups that work with immigrants. All music in this segment is performed by Steve Earle.


National News Roundtable: The Resignation of Flynn

Michael Flynn (Credit: The Atlantic)February 15, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National News Roundtable, discussing topics such as the events leading up to the resignation of White House national security advisor Michael Flynn.

With: Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of Race Brave: New and Selected Works, Notes From a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis and My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America; Republican grassroots activist Eugene Craig, III; and Carla Wills, Senior News Producer at Democracy Now!


The Future of Net Neutrality Under a Trump Administration

February 14, 2017 – Segment 1 –

A look at Net Neutrality and how Internet users will be affected under the Trump administration’s FCC. With: Todd O’Boyle, Program Director for the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause; and Craig Aaron, President of Free Press.

 


Immigration Roundtable: ICE Raids

ICE Raid (Credit: The Inquisitir)February 13, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted an Immigration Roundtable with four immigration attorneys. 

With: Maureen Sweeney, who has directed the Immigration Clinic at the Maryland Carey School of Law since 2004 and is a founding board member of the Maryland Immigrant Rights Coalition; Nadine Wettstein, who heads the Immigration Program for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender and was formerly the Director of the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center; Sirine Shebaya, Civil Rights attorney in Washington, DC, who was one of the organizers of the Dulles Justice Coalition created in response to the recent travel bans, and former Director of  the ACLU of Maryland’s Immigrants’ Rights Program; and Reena Shah, Executive Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission and former Director of the Human Rights Project at Maryland Legal Aid Bureau.

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.


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.