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Countdown to the Annapolis Summit: Violence in Baltimore

Annapolis Summit (Credit: Maryland Daily Record)December 4, 2017 – Violence in Baltimore

Welcome to the first of our podcasts leading up to the 2018 Annapolis Summit! January 10th will mark the the 15th year of this annual event, when I interview Maryland’s Governor, Senate President and House Speaker in a venue where audience members also have the opportunity to ask questions of our state’s top elected officials.  Between today and that date we will produce a series of podcasts that showcase the issues to be debated in the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session, which coordinate with articles written on those issues by our print partner The Daily Record.

 This first podcast focuses on how the Governor’s office and the State Legislature will address the violence that is gripping Baltimore City. We are joined by: Republican State Senator H. Wayne Norman, Jr., representing Cecil & Harford Counties; Democratic State Senator. William C Smith, Jr., representing Montgomery County; and Democratic Delegate Cory McCray from Baltimore City.
The 15th Annual Annapolis Summit will be held on the Opening Day of the Maryland General Assembly, January 10, 2018, from 7:30-9:30am, at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. The event starts at 7:30am with a networking breakfast, and then beginning at 8:00 I will interview Governor Larry Hogan, President of the Senate Thomas V. ” Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch. 
The Annapolis Summit is produced in partnership with The Daily Record and is sponsored by Maryland State Bar AssociationMaryland State Education AssociationAlexander & Cleaver, and VPC, Inc.
 You can purchase tickets to the 15th Annual Annapolis Summit here!

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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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.

Baltimore Ceasefire: What Success Means & Where We Go From Here

August 10, 2017 – Baltimore Ceasefire

Today we launch our first podcast since our daily show closed. At the very least we will be bringing you a new podcast every week.

Baltimore Ceasefire captured the hearts and minds of our community when it launched the campaign for a weekend without killings in our neighborhoods. Last weekend was that weekend when I was unfortunately away in Memphis.  As we all know Baltimore Ceasefire went viral over the last month and no less so last weekend when dozens and dozens of groups of people craeted Ceasefire events around this City. Yes, two were murdered in a 72 hour period but a movement, a consciousness, a spirit has been born. This first podcast reflects that spirit as we talk with Erricka Bridgeford who inspired and created Baltimore Ceasefire and community theater activist and Steiner Show commentator Koli Tengella who was not part of the planning but was one of thousands to spontaneously and creatively participate respond to the call of  Baltimore Ceasefire.

Local News Roundtable: Mandatory Minimum Update

Manadtory Minimum Hearing (Credit: AFRO)July 27, 2017 – Segment 1

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

We hosted a roundtable conversation on  local topics, which included the proposed mandatory minimum legislation for gun possession, with former Steiner Show producer Bobby Marvin Holmes, Founder of Son of a Dream, LLC and co-Director of Live Young Blood, a documentary covering Baltimore’s struggle to reduce gun violence; and Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen (District 1).


Mandatory Minimum Roundup: Councilman John Bullock

Baltimore City Council HearingJuly 26, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted an update on proposed “mandatory minimum” legislation for gun possession in Baltimore, following last night’s contentious six and a half hour city council hearing on the topic. With 9th District City Councilman John Bullock.


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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Local Roundtable: Effect of Violent Crime In Communities in Baltimore

Baltimore Police Scene (Credit: Baltimore Sun)July 24, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a Local News Roundtable where we discussed the effects that violent crime has on the community in Baltimore.

With: Melody Simmons, reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal who covers real estate and economic development; longtime citizen activist Kim Trueheart, former candidate for Baltimore City Council President; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America; and Odette Ramos, Executive Director at Community Development Network of Maryland.

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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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Studs Terkel Life & Legacy: A Special Premire

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

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

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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.


Baltimore City Council Roundtable: Two Hour Special

City Council (credit: Baltimore city Council)July 18, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a special 2 hour city council roundtable. Baltimore City Council members came on to discuss topics that included: the proposal supported by Mayor Pugh and City Council members to create mandatory minimum sentences for anyone caught with a gun; tax sales for water bills; and the controversy between Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Councilman Ryan Dorsey.

In the first half of the program we were joined by Councilman Ryan Dorsey (3rd District); Councilman Robert Stokes (12th District); and Councilwoman Shannon Sneed (13th District).

In the second half our program we were joined by Councilman Bill Henry (4th District); Councilwoman Mary Pay Clarke (14th District); and Councilman Kristerfer Burnett (8th District).

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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.


What to the Slave is the 4th of July?

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

We commemorated the 4th of July with a discussion on what American Independence Day means to different people in this country. We heared a passage from Frederick Douglass’ July 5, 1852 speech, ” What to the Slave is the 4th of July” interpreted by actor, narrator, writer, and social commentator Keith Snipes, and then Keith joined a panel discussion with: Dr. Alan Gilbert, John Evans Professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and author of Black Patriots and Loyalists; and A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships.


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.


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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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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City Council Roundtable: Improving Schools and Education in Baltimore

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We hosted a Baltimore City Teachers Roundtable. We will discuss whether teachers feel supported, what BCPSS is doing to improve the lives of students and teachers, and more. With: Samantha Scalise, teacher at Digital Harbor High; and Albert Phillips, teacher at Southwest Baltimore Charter School.

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City Council Roundtable: Baltimore City Economic Infrastructure

Baltimore City Council (Credit: JHU)June 21, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a Baltimore City Council Roundtable. With: Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (District 14); Councilwoman Shannon Sneed (District 13); and Councilman Bill Henry (District 4). We discussed the Inner Harbor, a working wage, and ways to improve Baltimore’s economic and education infrastructure.

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The Wire: Interview with Writer & Co-Producer Ed Burns

Ed burns (Credit: NY Times)June 20, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a special interview I conducted around the popular and powerful television series The Wire.We then listened to a conversation I had with Ed Burns, a writer and co-producer of The Wire.  Burns is a former Baltimore City Cop and Baltimore City public school teacher. Those experiences deeply informed the script of The Wire, as his real-life stories often found their way onto the screen.

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The Wire: Interview with Detective Lester Freamon

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We hosted a special archive interview I conducted around the popular and powerful television series The Wire. We listened back to my interview with Clarke Peters, who played Detective Lester Freamon on the show. We stopped by his Charles Village row home to tape this interview, a laid back conversation around the dining room table that touched on all sorts of things, including: Baltimore, theater, race, politics, culture, Europe, America, and of course, The Wire and his iconic character.

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Local News Roundtable: Strengthening Baltimore

Baltimore Development (Credit: South Bmore)June 19, 2017 – Segment 2

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

We hosted a Local Roundtable discussion about ways to makes our city stronger more effectively.

With: Joshua Harris, community activist and former Green Party candidate for Mayor; and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.

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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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Sound Bites: Sandtown–Building a Model for Food and Jobs

Soundbites Sandtown (Credit: Steiner Show)June 15, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosed a special archive edition of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world. We traveled to the Sandtown Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore for a town hall meeting on food sovereignty, held in partnership with Johns Hopkins’ Baltimore Food and Faith Project, and titled Sandtown: Building a Model for Food and Jobs. I talked with three members of the faith community who were working on food and employment issues in interesting and effective ways: Elder C.W. Harris of Strength to Love II Farm and Newborn Holistic Ministries; Antoine Bennet of New Song Community Church; and Melissa Kellyof the No Boundaries Coalition.


Baltimore City Council Roundtable: City Funding and Violence

City Council (credit: Baltimore city Council)June 14, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a show with a Baltimore City Council Roundtable. With: Councilman Zeke Cohen (District 1); Councilman Brandon Scott (District 2); and Councilman John Bullock (District 9).


Local Roundtable: Violence and Homicide in Baltimore

Baltimore Police Scene (Credit: Baltimore Sun)June 12, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a Local Roundtable where we discussed the continuing crisis of violence and homicide in Baltimore.

With: longtime citizen activist Kim Trueheart, former candidate for Baltimore City Council President; Lawrence Grandpre, Director of Research at Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and former City Councilman Carl Stokes, founder of Banneker Blake Academy of Arts and Science.

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City Paper This Week: Finding Turner Station

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

We hosted our regular feature City Paper This WeekSteiner Show Producer Imani Spence talked with Lisa Snowden McCray, Associate Editor and writer for City Paper, about her piece on Turner Station, where Henrietta Lacks grew up.


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

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

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


The Six Day War: A Historic Perspective with Lia Tarachansky

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

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


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.

Voices from the Holy Land: Perspectives on Israel and Palestine

Boycott-Israeli-apartheidJune 6, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a special archive edition of our series Voices from the Holy Land, which features voices from Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza – from people of many religions, political opinions, and backgrounds. In this episode we interviewed a Palestinian woman who lived in the United States for 15 years and received 4 degrees from the University of Michigan, an Israeli Commander in the army who refused to serve in the West Bank, and a Palestinian Professor.


Local News Roundtable: Baltimore Murder Rates

Baltimore Crime Scene (Credit: NPR)June 5, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a Local News Roundtable, about Baltimore’s murder rate and ways to combat violence in the city.

With: Luke Broadwater, reporter at the Baltimore Sun, where he covers Baltimore’s City Hall and Local Politics; David Troy, co-Founder of 410 Labs and co-Founder of the Baltimore Election 2016 Facebook group; Joshua Harris, community activist and former Green Party candidate for Mayor; and Maurice Vann, Doctoral candidate at the City University of New York- Silberman School of Social Work and Forensic Social Worker.


Shared Weight: Visions of War, Dreams of Peace

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We hosted an episodes from our series Shared Weight, featuring the voices of men and women who served in the Viet Nam War.

We listened in to the segment M*A*S*H 1969 – Visions of War, Dreams of Peace. We heard the compelling stories of poet George Evans and the late author and nurse Lynda Van Devanter. First, in a tale that could have come straight out of the movie and TV series M*A*S*H, Evans relayed his experience as an Air Force medic who became the first soldier to defeat his court martial. We then heard the powerful and heart-wrenching story of Van Devanter, who served as a surgical nurse in 1969 and 1970, and whose memoir Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam inspired the 1980’s hit TV series China Beach.

City Paper This Week: What Happened to Tyree Woodson?

City Paper This Week (Credit: City Paper)May 24, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted the newest episode of our regular feature City Paper This Week. I talked with City Paper Editor-at-Large Baynard Woods about his article this week on the Baltimore City Police Southwestern District, where the police claim a man named Tyree Woodson shot himself while in a holding cell in 2014.


Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Malcolm XMay 23, 2017 – Segment 1

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

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

Local News Roundtable: Civilian Review Boards and Baltimore Schools

Catherine Pugh (Credit: Baltimore Sun)May 22, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a Local News Roundtable, where we discussed topics that such as: who makes development decisions, the future of Baltimore’s schools, and the promise of a Civilian Review Board.

With: Dana Peterson Moore, community activist, member of the Baltimore City Liquor Board, former Chair of the City Ethics Board, and past-President of the Charles Village Civic Association; Ray Kelly, Director of Community Relations at the No Boundaries Coalition; and longtime citizen activist Kim Trueheart, former candidate for Baltimore City Council President.


National News Roundtable: Trump and Suadi Arabia

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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.


Local News Roundtable: Housing and Rent Court

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We hosted a local news roundtable, focusing on housing and rent court.

With: Doug Donovan, reporter for the Baltimore Sun who wrote “Dismissed: Low-income renters in Baltimore become migrants in their own city;” Jeff Singer, founder of Healthcare for the Homeless; Althea Saunders Rannier, Director of the Center For Working Families at Bon Secours Community Works; and Zafar Shah, Attorney at the Public Justice Center.


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.


Violence In Baltimore: Moving Forward

Baltimore Police Scene (Credit: Baltimore Sun)April 26, 2017 – Segment 1

For the first time in over 20 years, Baltimore’s murder rate has risen above 100 before the end of the month of April. We hosted a show that took a look at this heartbreaking reality.

With: Bobby Marvin Holmes, founder of Son of a Dream LLC and co-Director of Live Young Blood; community advocate, author, and speaker Kimberly Armstrong, winner of the Spirit of Woman Award; and former Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes, founder of Banneker Blake Academy of Arts and Science.


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.


Reflection: Two Years Since the Killing of Freddie Gray

Baltimore Uprising (Credit: Salon Magazine)April 19, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a reflection on the past two years since the killing of Freddie Gray.

With: Ralikh Hayes, organizer with Bmore Bloc; and Bobby Marvin Holmes, Founder, Son of a Dream LLC, and co-Director of Live Young Blood.


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. 

State of the DOJ Consent Decree in Baltimore

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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.


James Forman Jr: Crime and Punishment in Black America

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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

Tengella’s Take: State Execution In Arkansas

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


Tengella’s Take: Violence and Mental Illness

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


Attica: The Prison Uprising of 1971

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

 


Just Words: Baltimore Community Activists

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We hosted a rebroadcast of a special segment of our Just Words series. Marc spoke with community activists about the tremendous gulf that exists between their perception of the world and how they are seen by outsiders.


Bail Reform: The Fight In The Maryland Legislature

Bail Bond (Credit: Public Broadcasting)April 3, 2017 – Segment 2

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.

We had an update on the status of bail reform before the Maryland Legislature, with Caryn York, Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships for the Job Opportunities Task Force.


Just Words: Walker Gladden

March 24, 2017 – Segment 7

We listen to a segment of our Peabody Award-winning series Just Words. This episode focuses on Walker Gladden, a former prisoner who has devoted his life to saving young men and women in Baltimore. He talks about the divide that separates boys and girls in the ‘hood from the rest of the world.


Bail Reform In Maryland

Bail Bond (Credit: Public Broadcasting)March 22, 2017 – Segment 1

Our panel of guests took a look at Bail Reform, in light of legislation currently before the Maryland General Assembly.

With: Caryn York, Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships for the Job Opportunities Task Force; Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law


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.


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.


City Council Roundtable: State of the City

Baltimore City Council (Credit: Baltimore City Council Page)March 16, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a City Council Roundtable, discussing Mayor Pugh’s State of the City address, the Baltimore Police Department budget, and more.

With: Councilman Ryan Dorsey (District 3); Councilman Zeke Cohen (District 1); and Councilman Bill Henry (District 4).


Bail Reform: The Future of Cash Bail

Black Caucus (Credit: Patch)March 13, 2017 – Segment 3

We had a conversation on Bail Reform.

With: Caryn York, Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships for the Job Opportunities Task Force; and Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.


Chris Crass: Collective Liberation in the Era of Trump

Chris Crass (Credit: Facebook Event Page)March 8, 2017 – Segment 1

I sat down for an  interview with Chris Crass, who will speak at an event Friday night, March 1o, sponsored by SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Baltimore and BRJA (Baltimore Racial Justice Action), “Chris Crass: Collective Liberation in the Era of Trump.” Crass is a longtime organizer, educator, and writer working to build working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation.

Chris Crass will speak Friday, March 10, at 6:30pm at Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles Street in Baltimore. The event is sponsored by  SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Baltimore. For more information click here.

Local News Roundtable: Baltimore Police Indictments

BPD 7 (CRedit: Baltimore Sun)March 6, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a Local News Roundtable, discussing topics such as the indictment of 7 Baltimore Police officers on federal racketeering charges.

With: David Troy, co-founder of 410 Labs and co-founder of the Baltimore Election 2016 Facebook group; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” 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; former Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes, founder of Banneker Blake Academy of Arts and Science; and Luke Broadwater, reporter for the Baltimore Sun who focuses on local and state politics.


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.


Local Roundtable: Education / Policing

Green Street Academy (Credit: The New York Times)February 28, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a Local News Roundtable, focusing on topics such as Policing in Baltimore and Education.

With: longtime citizen activist Kim Trueheart, former candidate for Baltimore City Council President; Lawrence Grandpre, Assistant Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Luke Broadwater, reporter for the Baltimore Sun who focuses on local and state politics.


Never Caught: Conversation With Author Dr. Erica Dunbar

Never Caught (Credit: Amazon)February 20, 2017 – Segment 3

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

This Day In History: Brownie McGhee & Aretha Franklin Day

Brownie McGhee (Credit: Last F.M.)

February 16, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted our newest edition of This Day In History, our segment where we take a step back in time to highlight important events and people from this day.


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.


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.


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.

Maryland General Assembly: Parole Reform For Life Sentences

Baltimore Detention Center (Credit: Wikimedia Commons: groupuscule)February 8, 2017 – Segment 4

We discussed the issue of parole reform for inmates facing life sentences in Maryland, currently before the Maryland General Assembly. With: Sonia Kumar, Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Maryland; and Walter Lomax, Executive Director of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative.


The Maryland General Assembly: Issues of Bail Reform

Bail Bond (Credit: Public Broadcasting)February 8, 2017 – Segment 3

We took a look at issues of bail reform facing the Maryland General Assembly. With: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; and Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.


Local Roundtable: Police pilot / Budget Cuts

February 7, 2017 – Segment 1 Baltimore Police Scene (Credit: Baltimore Sun)

We begin the show with a Local News Roundtable. With: Aimee Pohl, mom, writer, and member of Maryland Working Families and the BRACE Facebook group; former Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes, co-founder of The Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy; and Joshua Harris, former Green Party candidate for Baltimore mayor.


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.


National News Roundtable: Donald Trump’s Executive Orders

Donald Trump Executive Order (Credit: Chicago TRibune)January 25, 2017 – Segment 1

We host a National News Roundtable, topics to include Donald Trump’s Executive Orders and why Democrats are so readily approving his cabinet nominees. With: Bhaskar Sunkara, Founding Editor of Jacobin and Senior Editor at In These TimesRose Aguilar, Host of Your Call Radio on KALW in San Francisco; and Charles Ellison, national correspondent and Host of The Ellison Report for WEAA.


Local News Roundtable: Baltimore Consent Decree

Baltimore Consent Decree (Credit: AFRO)January 16, 2017 – Segment 2

We host a Local News Roundtable on the consent decree that was signed last week by Baltimore City and the U.S. Department of Justice. With: Tara Huffman, Director of Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program; Michael A. Wood, Jr., retired Baltimore police officer and USMC veteran who has become a proponent of a new era of policing; and Ralikh Hayes, organizer with Bmore Bloc.


Failure To Appear Warrant

January 10, 2017 – Segment 1 Thumbnail image Police Criminal Justice Crime Handcuffs Law Enforcement | ANNAPOLIS, MD -- 12/6/08 -- MD GANGS 07 HAIRSTON --Capt. Kevin King, of the Maryland Division of Corrections, Eastern Correctional Institution in Somerset County, holds handcuffs as he listens to his collegue Capt. Walter Holmes, also from Eastern, make his presentation. The two men are founders of a program called "CHOICES...Part of the Solution" and bring the program to young people at the Eastport Community Center. Their talk centers on keeping kids out of gangs and the criminal justice system. KIM HAIRSTON [Sun Photographer] #9085 MANDATORY CREDIT: Baltimore Examiner and Washington Examiner OUT

We begin the show with a look at the Failure to Appear Second Chance Warrant program in Baltimore, an effort to address over the next two weeks some of the 6,800 outstanding warrants for people who have missed court dates for nonviolent misdemeanor crimes. With: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.


Chicago Assault: Violence, Empathy, & Social Media

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

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


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

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

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

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

The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore: Community Policing

 The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore (Credit: Film's Indiegogo page)December 13, 2016 – Segment 3

We take a look at an important documentary in the works, The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore, about a Baltimore City police officer bringing community policing to a small town.

With: Stephen Janis, investigative reporter for The Real News Network; and Taya Graham, Special Correspondent-Reporter at The Real News Network.


Violence In Baltimore: Socio-Economic Perspective

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

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

Countdown to the Annapolis Summit: Bail Reform with Doug Colbert & Mark Adams

Annapolis Summit (Credit: Maryland Daily Record)December 9, 2016  – Segment 5

It’s time to start our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit. In this segment we will be focusing on Bail Reform which will be a major issue in the 2017 Maryland General Assembly.

 I talk with Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and bail bondsman Mark Adams, head of the Maryland Bail Agents Association, who did a recent study on failure-to-appear rates.
The 14th annual Annapolis Summit will take place on Wednesday, January 11, 7:30-10am, at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. I will interview Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, and Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch. The Annapolis Summit is in partnership with The Daily Record. For more information and tickets, click here.

Countdown to the Annapolis Summit: Issues of Bail Reform

Annapolis Summit (Credit: Maryland Daily Record)December 9th, 2016 – Segment 4

It’s time to start our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit. In this segment we will be focusing on Bail Reform which will be a major issue in the 2017 Maryland General Assembly.

We begin the discussion with my interview with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.


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

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


Mascots and Native Americans

October 31, 2016 – Segment 2 cleveland-fans

We turn to Native American issues, including the name of the Cleveland team and current events at Standing Rock Reservation. With: independent print and media journalist Mark Trahant of Trahantreports.com; and Brian Ward, indigenous rights and climate justice activist and contributor to The Nation, who recently traveled to Standing Rock for the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Chelsea Manning Update

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We have an update on whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who has been sentenced to two weeks in solitary confinement following her suicide attempt at Fort Leavenworth Prison in Kansas. With: Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, a digital rights group that has been supporting Chelsea Manning. You can find the petition to fight against the charges against Chelsea Manning here.

If you would like to write Chelsea a letter go to chelseamanning.org and click the “take action” button on the left side.


Proposals for Policing Reform in Baltimore

Baltimore PoliceSeptember 21, 2016 – Segment 1

We have a discussion about policing in the nation. In the wake of more police shootings involving Black victims we discuss what effective police reform can look like with Ray Kelly, community organizer with the No Boundaries Coalition, Rebecca Nagle community artist with the No Boundaries Coalition and Jenny Egan of Baltimore Action Legal Team (BALT).


Prison Strikes Across Nation

September 14, 2016 – Segment 2 California Prison Hunger Strike

We continue our discussion on prison uprisings and bring it into the present as the topic turns to prison protests and strikes currently happening around the country. With: Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of History in the Department of Afro-American and African Studies, Residential College, and Department of History at the University of Michigan and author of the book Blood in the Water: the Attica Prison uprising of 1971Dominque 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 John Washington, translator and writer for The Nation.


Blood In The Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy

September 14, 2016 – Segment 1 blood-in-the-ater

We begin the show with an interview with Dr. Heather Ann Thompson about her book Blood in the Water: the Attica Prison uprising of 1971 and its Legacy. Dr. Thompson is  Professor of History in the Department of Afro-American and African Studies, Residential College, and Department of History at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Heather Ann Thompson will discuss her book Blood in the Water: the Attica Prison uprising of 1971 on Wednesday September 14, 7:30 PM at Red Emma’s. 

War on Drugs

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

My Four Months As A Private Prison Guard: Interview With Shane Bauer

My Four Months as a Private Prison GuardSeptember 2, 2016 – Segment 3

I talk with Shane Bauer about his recent piece for Mother Jones, “My four months as a private prison guard.” Bauer is a senior reporter at Mother Jones and recipient of numerous awards, including the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, and co-author of A Sliver of Light, a memoir of his two years as a prisoner in Iran.


DOJ Report and People with Disabilities

DOJ SealAugust 31, 2016 – Segment 5

We take a look at the DOJ report on Baltimore policing, specifically how the report addresses police interactions with persons with disabilities. With: Virginia Knowlton Marcus, Executive Director of Disability Rights Maryland.


Mindfulness and Criminal Justice

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We have a fascinating discussion on Mindfulness and Criminal Justice. With: Dr. Marisela Gomez, physician, community activist and author of Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America; and Chris Wilson, motivational speaker, former prisoner, owner and founder of the Barclay Investment Corporation, and owner of House of DaVinci (a high-end furniture restoration, repair, and upholstery company).

Chris Wilson will be speaking on a panel at Restoring Peace and Safety: Paths to Community Justice, on Wednesday, August 24, 6:30pm, at St. Wenceslaus Hall, 2100 E. Madison Street in Baltimore.
 
This public event will bring Cheri Maples of the Center for Mindfulness and Justice and DC Superior Court Judge Gretchen Rohr to Baltimore to discuss mindfulness and its potential impact on transforming the criminal justice system. Baltimore resident Chris Wilson will also be a panelist.  Representatives of the Holistic Life Foundation will lead the group in a breathing exercise at the beginning and/or midpoint of the discussion.  Two local groups, Out4Justice and Black Womyn Rising are co-sponsors and will offer comments and perspectives from the audience.  Street parking is available and there is a parking lot behind the building open as well.

National Roundtable: Baton Rouge, DOJ and Private Prisons

August 22, 2016 – Segment 1 Baton Rouge Flood

We have a National Roundtable. We focus on the lack of media coverage surrounding the historic flooding in Baton Rouge and the Department of Justice’s choice to stop utilizing private prisons. We speak with Eugene Craig, grassroots activist and third vice-chair of the Maryland Republican State Party Denzel Mitchell Baltimore city resident, educator, farmer and food justice advocate and Cheri Honkala, co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and former vice presidential candidate for the Green Party.


Race and Class and Policing in Baltimore

Baltimore Homicide Rate (Credit: Time)August 17. 2016 – Segment 1

Our guest host is Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.
We begin with a panel discussion on the DOJ Report on Baltimore Policing, focusing on considerations of both race and class, jumping off from an article that Dr. Spence wrote for Jacobin, “Policing Class: In Baltimore and elsewhere, repressive policing isn’t just about racism – it’s also about class.” With: Jordan Camp, post-doctoral fellow of race and ethnicity and international public affairs at Brown University and author of Incarcerating the Crisis: Freedom Struggles and the Rise of the Neoliberal State and co-editor of Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter; and Lady Brion, spoken word artist and Baltimore’s Grand Slam Champion, Resident Poet for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and Program Manager for Dewmore Baltimore.

Special 2-Hour Documentary: Voices of the DOJ Report & The Intersections Of Race, Gender, Sexuality and Policing

DOJ Investigation into the Baltimore City Police DepartmentAugust 12, 2016 – Two-Hour Special

We bring you a special 2-hour production, Voices of the DOJ Report: Yesterday the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a scathing report detailing racial and gender bias by the Baltimore City Police Department in its interactions with Baltimore’s African American community.

Women, transgender people, and lesbian and gay people gave their verbal testimonies to the DOJ with the support of one of the organizations helping individuals make complaints, Power Inside, a human rights and harm reduction organization in Baltimore that serves women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence and oppression. The testimonies described sexual and physical abuse at the hands of the Baltimore City Police.

Several months ago the Center for Emerging Media began working with Power Inside. Marc Steiner Show Senior Producer Stefanie Mavronis conducted interviews and also reviewed and worked with tapes of the DOJ testimony to create a special 2-hour documentary featuring the voices of these women and transgender persons, former sex workers and addicts who are now in in recovery. No police officers are identified in this piece and the names of those who testified have been changed to protect them from any retaliation.

We hope that this production will serve to lend a human voice to the findings of the DOJ report.

Full transcript available below. If you wish you contact our team, you may reach us at talk@steinershow.org or by tweeting @marcsteiner or @stefmav.

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Remaining Charges Against Officers Dropped in Trial in Death of Freddie Gray

Mosby (Credit: NY Times)July 28, 2016 – Segment 1

We host a discussion of today’s news that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped all charges against the remaining officers who were to stand trial in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; award-winning journalist, writer, editor and professor Ericka Blount DanoisRalikh Hayes from Bmore Bloc; and Baynard Woods, reporter with The Guardian and Editor at Large for City Paper.


Dominique Stevenson On The Death Of Founding Friend Of A Friend Member

July 20, 2016 – Segment 2 frndofafrnd-logo

We speak to Dominque Stevenson on the American Friend Service Committee’s Friend of a Friend mentoring program.  One of the founding members of Friend of a Friend, James Hopkins aka Bear, died at the Jessup Constitutional Institution earlier this week. Stevenson is 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.

 


Lt. Brian Rice Acquitted On All Counts In Death Of Freddie Gray

Freddie GrayJuly 19, 2016 – Segment 2

Our panel examines and reflects upon today’s acquittal of Lt. Brian Rice on all counts in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; and The Rev. Kevin Slayton, Pastor of New Waverly United Methodist Church and President of the Inter-denominational Ministerial Alliance of Metropolitan Baltimore.

Police-Involved Killings & Police Reform

ProtestJuly 12, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a discussion on the most recent police-involved killings across the country, as well as considering the issue of police reform. With: Major Neill Franklin (Retired), Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition); the Rev. Kevin Slayton, Pastor of New Waverly United Methodist Church and President of the Inter-denominational Ministerial Alliance of Metropolitan Baltimore; and the Rev. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church.


Shane Bauer: Four Months as a Private Prison Guard

My Four Months as a prison guard (Credit: Mother Jones)July 8, 2016 – Segment 4

We talk with Shane Bauer about his recent piece for Mother JonesMy four months as a private prison guard. Bauer is a senior reporter at Mother Jones and recipient of numerous awards, including the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, and co-author of A Sliver of Light, a memoir of his two years as a prisoner in Iran.


Update: Trial of Police Lieutenant Brian Rice In Death Of Freddie Gray

Police Lieutenant Brian Rice (Credit: Baltimore Sun)July 8, 2016 – Segment 2

We host an update on the trial of Police Lieutenant Brian Rice in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Baynard Woods, reporter with The Guardian and Editor at Large for City Paper; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.


Tengella’s Take: Out in Brown, Policing in America

tengellaJuly 8, 2016 – Segment 1

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