The Marc Steiner Show

Prisons and Prisoners

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Letter from Baltimore: The City That Bleeds: Freddie Gray and the Makings of an American Uprising

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We talk with Baltimore native Lawrence Jackson, who is a contributor to Harper’s Magazine. In the July issue, Jackson’s “Letter from Baltimore: The City That Bleeds: Freddie Gray and the Makings of an American Uprising” weaves the story of his family’s migration to Baltimore with its brutal implementation of the broken-windows policing theory on its streets and in its schools. “Who doesn’t know,” Jackson asks, “that as American cities became blacker in the Fifties and Sixties, police departments felt fewer qualms about ‘cleaning them up’ with deadly force?”


Exploring The Legal & Social Consequences Of Officer Goodson Not Guilty Verdict In Death Of Freddie Gray

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We host a Legal Roundtable on today’s not guilty verdict for Officer Caesar Goodson in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Steven Levin, Partner at Levin & Curlett LLC and former federal prosecutor; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.
Then, we continue our discussion on the Officer Goodson verdict, with a community roundtable of panelists, including: Dominque Stevenson, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black PantherDr. Robert Birt, author of The Liberatory Thought of Martin Luther King Jr.: Critical Essays on the Philosopher King, and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bowie State University; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.

Tengella’s Take: A Message To Our Police

Koli TengellaJune 24, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with the newest edition of Tengella’s Take with Koli Tengella. Koli is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.


Officer Caesar Goodson Found Not Guilty In The Death Of Freddie Gray

Caesar GoodsonJune 23, 2016 – Segment 3

The verdict in the Officer Caesar Goodson trial, in the death of Freddie Gray, is scheduled for this morning. Our panel of guests will discuss and analyze the decision.

With: media consultant and political strategist Catalina ByrdDr. Natasha Pratt-Harris, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Morgan State University; Eugene Craig III, grassroots activist and 3rd Vice-Chair of the Maryland Republican State Party; Charles Robinson, Political and Business Correspondent For Maryland Public Television; and Tom Maronick, Baltimore attorney and Host of The Tom Moore Show on AM 680 WCBM; Doug Colbert, professor of law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; Ralikh Hayes, coordinator of Bmore Bloc; and Tariq Touré, Baltimore activist, essayist, and poet.

 


What The Utah V. Strieff SCOTUS Decision Means For Illegal Police Stops

Justice SotomayorJune 22, 2016 – Segment 2

We turn to the U.S. Supreme Court, as we examine the decision that was handed down on Monday in Utah v. Strieff, in which SCOTUS ruled that evidence found by police officers after illegal stops may be used in court if the officers conducted their searches after learning that the defendants had outstanding arrest warrants. With: Adam Liptak, Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.


Trial of Officer Caesar Goodson: Updates & Commentary

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We check in with the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson in the death of Freddie Gray. Goodson was the driver of the van in which Gray allegedly sustained his fatal injuries. With Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.


Fight Or Flight: Anthony Harris Has Two Weeks To Turn Himself In Before Spending The Next 15 Years In Prison

City PaperJune 9, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with the cover story in this week’s Baltimore City Paper: Anthony Harris has two weeks to turn himself in before spending the next 15 years in prison. We talk with writer Kenneth Stone Breckenridge and City Paper Photo Editor J.M. Giordano about this intense and moving story of a loving father, who is also a convicted drug dealer, saying goodbye to his family.


City Paper This Week: Fight Or Flight

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We close the show with our regular feature City Paper This Week with Editor-in-Chief Karen Houppert. This week’s feature story is “Fight or Flight: Anthony Harris has two weeks to turn himself in before spending the next 15 years in prison.”

It Takes a Hood: Discussion With Author Norwood Johnson

It Takes a Hood: Two Young African Americans Take Responsibility for Ending Baltimore Crime (Credit: Amazon)June 3, 2016 – Segment 3

We host an interview with Morgan State University alumnus Norwood Johnson about his book It Takes a Hood: Two Young African Americans Take Responsibility for Ending Baltimore Crime. Johnson is a retired technical writing expert analyst for the federal government.


Reflection & Discussion: Officer Edward Nero Verdict

Officer Edward Nero (Credit: CNN)May 25, 2016 – Segment 3

We continue our reflection and discussion on the Officer Edward Nero “not guilty” verdict in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Dominque Stevenson, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author with Eddie Conway of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black PantherMichaela Duchess Brown, head of communications for Bmore Bloc; and JC Faulk, organizational development consultant and activist.


The World That Brought Us Freddie Gray: Episode 1 – The Law

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We begin the show with Episode 1 of The World That Brought Us Freddie Gray, a 5-part radio documentary produced by students at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in collaboration with the UMBC American Studies Department, Baltimore Traces, and the Center for Emerging Media. During the past semester as part of the UMBC American Studies Class “Radio In American Culture” taught by Steiner Show producer Stefanie Mavronis and myself, students have worked to produce a series highlighting the voices of residents of Baltimore City who have all in one way or another been affected by the death of Freddie Gray and the Uprising that followed.

Episode 1 on The Law features the voices of University of Maryland Carey School of Law professor Doug Colbert; civil rights lawyer A. Dwight Pettit; Tara Huffman of Open Society Institute-Baltimore; Perry Hopkins of Communities United; Baltimore resident Jessica Wyatt; Out 4 Justice’s Nicole Hanson; No Boundaries Coalition’s Ray Kelly; and Safe Street’s Gregory Mashburn.

Production, research, editing, and voice work for today’s segment on the Law was done by: Darrian Cate, Tyler Walsh, Heather Harvey, and Turrel David with executive production assistance by Marc Steiner, Stefanie Mavronis and Adam Droneburg.


Trial Of Officer Nero, Charged In Death Of Freddie Gray, Scheduled To Begin Thursday

Protestors stand outside of the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station during a march and vigil for Freddie Gray, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)May 10, 2016 – Segment 3

We close the show with a discussion on the upcoming trial of Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero in the death of Freddie Gray. With: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; and A. Dwight Pettit, Baltimore defense attorney who has represented clients in police misconduct cases.


Reflections On The Unger Decision: Life After Imprisonment

4-2-14 Baltimore, MD- Walter Lomax, a 1968 Murder Suspect who was incarcerated for 39years, at the press conference outside of the Mitchell Courthouse in Baltimore City, after his conviction was vacated and the charge against him dismissed. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)May 3, 2016 – Segment 2

Our panel of guests reflects upon the decision in Merle Unger v. State of Maryland (the Unger Decision), which led to the release of over 130 prisoners in Maryland, convicted prior to 1981, who were serving life prison terms. We examine how these former prisoners are faring since their release.

With: Rebecca Bowman-Rivas, LCSW, Law & Social Work Service Program Manager for the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; Joanie Shreve, LCSW, Social Worker at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender; Stanley Mitchell, former prisoner who was released because of the Unger Decision; and Walter Lomax, Executive Director of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative.


Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle In Iraq

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We have a conversation with Ali Issa, national field organizer for War Resisters League, about his book “Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq.”


Baltimore Uprising One Year Later

Baltimore Uprising (Credit: Salon Magazine)April 27, 2016 – Segment 3

We host the most recent episode of Baltimore Uprising, One Year Later. With: Malaika Aminata Clements, Morgan State University Print Journalism graduate and Director of Not About a Riot; Ericka Alston, Director of Business Development for Penn North and Founding Director of Kids Safe Zone; and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and author of Race Brave: New and Selected WorksNotes From a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis and My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.


Baltimore Mayoral Candidates Forum For Ex-Offenders, Part 1

Baltimore Ex-Offenders (Credit: City Paper)April 22, 2016 – Segment 3

We host the first part of a broadcast of the Baltimore Mayoral Forum for Ex-Offenders, which took place Wednesday, April 14, at Douglas Memorial Community Church. Candidates who participated included: Sheila Dixon, Elizabeth Embry, Joshua Harris, DeRay McKesson, State Senator Catherine Pugh, Councilman Carl Stokes, and David Warnock.


Free Young Blood: Combating the Mass Incarceration of Black Males

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We feature a sneak peek at a compelling new documentary that will premiere, panel discussion to follow, Sunday April 17th at 6pm at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore: Free Young Blood. With: Bobby Marvin Holmes, Founder of Son of a Dream, LLC, a youth development consulting and media firm committed to empowering youth and families, author of Casey’s Day with Daddy, and filmmaker who made Free Young Blood with Justin Gladden; Kevin Shird, youth advocate and inspirational speaker and author of the memoir Lessons of Redemption.

 


Legalize It All: How To Win The War On Drugs

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

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

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


Damien Echols: Life After Death

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We host a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner ShowMarc‘s interview with Damien Echols, about his book, Life After Death. Echols was one of the West Memphis Three, a group of three young men who were falsely accused of the murders of three boys in Arkansas in 1993. They were tried and convicted in 1994 and Damien Echols was sentenced to death. After a new trial was called, all three men were released in 2011.


Police Reform & The War on Drugs: Baltimore’s Shifting Focus

Baltimore Police Scene (Credit: Baltimore Sun) February 23, 2016 – Segment 2

We host a panel which talks about police reform and the war on drugs, with news that the Baltimore Police Department has shifted its focus away from persons committing lesser drug-related crimes and more toward large-scale players in the drug trade. With: Steve Cook, President of the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys; Capt. Leigh Maddox (Ret.), Special Assistant State’s Attorney who retired as a Captain from the Maryland State Police in 2007 and served as the coordinator for the racial profiling Consent Decree related to the drug interdiction policies of the Maryland State Police; Tessa Hill-Aston, President of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP; and Charles Ellison, political strategist and Host of The Ellison Report on WEAA.


Adnan Syed Hearing Continues In Baltimore

Adnan SyedFebruary 8, 2016 – Segment 3

We cover the hearing in the case of Adnan Syed, which began last week in Baltimore. Syed is serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, and the purpose of the hearing is to determine whether Syed deserves a new trial. His case is the basis of the Serial podcast series. We talk with: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; and Steven Klepper, a lead attorney in Kramon & Graham’s appellate practice.


Baltimore Mayoral Candidate: Councilman Nick Mosby

Councilman Nick Mosby (Credit: City Paper)February 2. 2016 – Segment 2

Joining us is Baltimore’s Democratic Mayoral candidate, Councilman Nick Mosby, who shares his vision for the city. Councilman Mosby currently represents Baltimore’s 7th District in West Baltimore.


Police Accountability and Criminal Justice Issues in the Maryland General Assembly

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We take a look at issues of police accountability and criminal justice facing the 2016 Maryland General Assembly, with Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and co-author of The Black Book: Reflections from the Baltimore Grassroots.

Struggles With Violence in Waverly, Baltimore & Other Communities

Baltimore Homicide Rate (Credit: Time)January 14, 2015 – Segment 2

We host a Local News Roundtable about violence in our communities, with: Natalya Brusilovsky, member of the board of Waverly Improvement Association, and co-director of Theatre Action Group; and independent filmmaker Taylor Evans.


The Fight For Ex-Offender Voting Rights in Maryland

Voting Booths (Credit: Afro)January 5, 2016 – Segment 1

We discuss one of the topics that will be covered in the Maryland General Assembly during the 2016 Legislative Session: Ex-Offender Voting Rights in Maryland. With: Bryan Sears, Business Writer for The Daily RecordDelegate Cory McCray, Democrat who represents District 45 in Baltimore City and who sponsored ex-offender voting rights legislation last session, which was vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan; Clayton Guyton, Executive Director of the Rose Street Community Center and former correctional officer; and a representative of Communities United.


Countdown To Annapolis Summit: Police Accountability & Drug Laws

Annapolis Summit (Credit: The Daily Record)December 21, 2015 – Segment 1

We continue our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit series by focusing on criminal justice issues, including police accountability measures, drug laws, and alternatives to incarceration.

Bryan Sears, Business Writer for The Daily Record, joins us to talk about his recent article on these issues and give an overview of the politics around them in Annapolis. Then, I’m joined by a panel of advocates who work on these issues: Rev. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church; Sara Love, Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Maryland; Michael Eugene Johnson, community leader and Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Institute for Social Change; and Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside, a project of Fusion Partnerships.


Police Practices in Baltimore and Beyond

Major Neill FranklinDecember 16, 2015 – Segment 1

We take a look at the trial of Officer William Porter and the issue of police practices. We speak with Neill Franklin, former Baltimore and Maryland State Police officer and Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition).


The Trial On The Death Of Freddie Gray: Officer William Porter

Freddie Gray Trial (Credit: NY Daily News)December 14, 2015 – Segment 1

We discuss a report on the trial of Officer Porter in the death of Freddie Gray. The Defense rested on Friday, December 11, 2015. With: Jaisal Noor, reporter and producer for The Real News, who has been covering the trial; Charles Robinson, political and business correspondent for Maryland Public Television; and Doug Colbert, professor of law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, who has been in the court room each day.


Updates From The Trial of Officer William Porter

Freddie Gray Trial (Credit: NBC News)December 4, 2015 – Segment 3

We hear from Doug Colbert, who will give us an update on the Officer William Porter trial. Colbert is a Professor of Law at University of Maryland Carey School of Law and co-Chair of the Society of American Law Teachers’ (SALT) Access to Justice Curriculum Project.


Theatre Baltimore: Center Stage Presents ‘Doing Time In Education, The Baltimore Chapter’

Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education The California Chapter (Credit: Berkley Rep)December 2, 2015 – Segment 3

We host a preview of a special series of events to occur this weekend at Baltimore’s Centre Stage Theatre: Anna Deavere Smith presents Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The Baltimore ChapterThis new production is comprised of material collected through Smith’s interviews with more than 100 individuals in Baltimore who are affected by what has been commonly named the “school-to-prison pipeline.” Smith will present a reading of her work, followed by facilitated small-group discussions of how to be part of the effort to affect change. A Baltimore native known for her television and movie roles in The West Wing, Nurse Jackie, The American President, and Blackish, Smith will join me to talk about her life, Baltimore, and this new production.

Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The Baltimore Chapter will take place at Center Stage Saturday December 5, 2015 and Sunday December 6, 2015.


6,000 Inmates To Be Released: Discussing Prisons & Drug Law Reform

Prisoner Release (Credit: Flickr - el777mex)October 12, 2015 – Segment 3

At the end of this month, October 2015, the Justice Department will release some 6,000 inmates from federal prisons as part of new sentencing guidelines for drug crimes.

We will discuss in our show the potential effects of this action, and whether it goes far enough, with: Tara Huffman, Director of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program for OSI-Baltimore; Sara Love, Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Maryland; and Dominque Stevenson, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author with Eddie Conway of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther.


Special West Wednesday Rally Outside Of Baltimore Central Booking & Intake Center

Tawanda Jones (Photo Credit: Megan Kenney on Twitter)October 6, 2015 – Segment 3

We check in on a special West Wednesday rally this Wednesday October 7th, 6:30pm, taking place outside of the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center at 300 E. Madison Street. The focus of the rally will be he death of Darrell Murray in prison and the police shooting of Keith Davis Jr.

With: Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Tawanda Jones, activist and sister of Tyrone West, who was killed by Baltimore police in July 2013. Jones has organized West Wednesday protests every week for the past 2 years.


The First Maryland Expungement/Shielding Clinic

Baltimore Detention Center (Credit: Wikimedia Commons: groupuscule)September 30, 2015 – Segment 1

We hold a discussion on expungement of criminal records, as a new law goes into effect on October 1 that allows for expungement and/or shielding in certain cases. The first Maryland Expungement/Shielding Clinic, open to the public, will take place on October 1.
With: Caryn Aslan, Senior Policy Advocate for the Job Opportunities Task Force; Maryland State Delegate Curt Anderson, Chairman of the Baltimore delegation; and Michael Pinard, Co-Director of the Clinical Law Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the UMD School of Law Reentry Clinic.
On October 1 2015, 8am-4pm (first session 8am-12noon, second session 1pm-4pm) at the New Psalmist Baptish Church, statewide partners to include the Job Opportunities Task Force and the MD School of Law Reentry Clinic will assist Marylanders adversely affected by a criminal record to determine which charges are eligible for expungement and/or shielding and assist with completing court forms.  Marylanders with criminal records (both convictions & non-convictions) seeking to have dated records “expunged” and/or shielded are encouraged to attendClick here for more information.

Reactions To ‘The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration’

Ta-Nehisi Coates (Photo Credit: The Atlantic)September 16, 2015 – Segment 2

In our second segment our guests offer their review and analysis of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article.

Our guests are 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; and Lenny McAllister, Republican strategist, former congressional candidate, and host of NightTalk: Get To The Point on the Pittsburgh cable news channel and Get Right with Lenny McAllister on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA in Pittsburgh.


Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Ta-Nehisi Coates (Photo Credit: The Atlantic)September 16, 2015 – Segment 1

We host a live interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates, national correspondent for The Atlantic and author of Between the World and Me and The Beautiful Struggle, who joins us to discuss his recent article for The Atlantic, “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration.”


Upsurge In Violence In Baltimore With 208 Homicides & Governor Hogan’s Closing Of Baltimore City Detention Center

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We address the upsurge in violence in Baltimore. So far, there have been 208 homicides in Baltimore. The 2014 year-end total was 2011. What’s going on? And how do we address it?

With: Baltimore poet, writer and activist Avon Bellamy Sr.; and Tara Huffman, Director, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program for OSI-Baltimore.

Then, Diamonte Brown, director of Out for Justice and co-chair of the Unlock the Vote Coalition; and Luke Broadwater, Reporter for the Baltimore Sun, also join the conversation to discuss Governor Hogan’s closing of the Baltimore City Detention Center.


The Latino Community and the Justice System

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We begin the show with a special archive edition from 2009, part of our Urbanite Radio Stories series in partnership with the Urbanite magazine. The topic of the show is The Latino Community and the Justice System and we explore what happens when members of the Latino community become victims of crime but fail to report it out of fear of the police and legal system.

With: Major Roger Bergeron, Commander of the Baltimore Southeastern Police District; Evelyn Vargas, a bilingual advocate in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office; and Elizabeth Alex, Senior Manager of the Baltimore office of Casa de Maryland.


Public Health Roundtable: Heroin, Addiction, and Society

heroinJuly 29, 2015 – Segment 3

We hold a public health and society roundtable as we examine how the increase in youth HIV rates and heroin-related deaths are connected to other societal issues. With: Dr. Lorece Edwards, Director of Community Practice and Outreach and Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Health Sciences at the Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy; and Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside, a project of Fusion Partnerships.


Update From The Freddie Gray Protest Legal Team

Freddie Gray protestJuly 8, 2015 – Segment 2

We get an update from the Freddie Gray protest legal team, with Iman Freeman, volunteer with the Baltimore Legal Action Committee.

 


An Interview With Robert King Of The Angola 3

Angola 3June 24, 2015 – Segment 3

In the wake of the news Monday that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decided to continue the stay and block the release of Albert Woodfox, a member of the Angola 3 who has been in solitary confinement for over four decades, we interview Robert King, the only surviving member of the Angola 3 who is out of prison.

 


Roundtable on Prisons, Policing, and Community Responses

Kalief BrowderJune 10, 2015 – Segment 2

We host a roundtable discussion on recent headlines involving violence, prison, policing, and community solutions, including: the suicide last Saturday of Kalief Browder, who spent 3 years without trial as a teenager on Rikers Island before his release in 2013; the freeing of Angola 3 member Albert Woodfox after 43 years in solitary confinement; violence in Baltimore; and initiatives in Sandtown. Our panel of guests includes: Maryland State Delegate Jill P. Carter (District 41); JC Faulk, community organizer and community development consultant; Mia Loving, curator and founder of Invisible Majority, a creative community incubator; and Michael Scott, chief equity officer/president and co-founder of Equity Matters.


Rev. Jamal Bryant on the Protest Against the Youth Jail

jamalMay 27, 2015 – Segment 6

Rev. Jamal Bryant, Senior Pastor of Empowerment Temple AME, joins us to talk about the protest he organized against the construction of the new youth jail in Baltimore.


News Roundup: 26 Shootings In Baltimore This Weekend | Gov. Hogan Vetoes Ex-Felons Right To Vote | Summer & Baltimore’s Children | Top Criminal Justice Officials Leave Mayor’s Office

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-BlakeMay 26, 2015 – Segment 2

We host a local, regional, and national news roundup, with discussions on the issues behind the headlines. Our topics will include: the 26 shootings in Baltimore over the weekend; Governor Hogan’s veto of a bill that would have given voting rights to former felons; summer is coming and where will Baltimore’s children go; and the departure of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s top criminal justice official last week.

Our guests are: E.R. Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and author of 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; and Dr. Richard Vatz, Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Towson University’s Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development.


Community Conferencing and Restorative Justice

training-circleMay 20, 2015 – Segment 2

We check in with the important work of the Community Conferencing Center, one of the longest-standing restorative justice programs in the country, internationally recognized for its work of providing meaningful alternatives to arrest and incarceration for youth of color. With: Lauren Abramson, Founding Director of the Community Conferencing Center; and Shawnta Privette, mother of a young man who went through a community conferencing process.


Local News Roundup: Public Safety, Policing In Baltimore & Funding Approved For New Youth Jail

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 25:  Police in riot gear charge as they try to push protesters away during a march in honor of Freddie Gray on April 25, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife outside the Gilmor Homes housing project on Baltimore's west side on April 12. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)May 18, 2015 – Segment 2

We host a Local News Roundtable. Discussion topics will include public safety, policing in Baltimore, and state funding approved for the new youth jail.

With: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; Doug Ward, Director of Johns Hopkins University’s Division of Public Safety Leadership; and Baltimore City Councilperson Brandon Scott.


Preview: ‘Out In The Night’ Screening At The Charm City LGBTQA Film Festival

Out-in-the-NightMay 13, 2015 – Segment 5

We offer a sneak preview of Saturday night’s special screening of Out in the Night at the Baltimore Creative Alliance, part of the 4th Annual Charm City LGBTQA Film Festival. I talk with the film’s Director, blair dorosh-walther.


CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced To Three And A Half Years

Jeffrey SterlingMay 12, 2015 – Segment 4

We discuss the sentencing of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling with: J. Kirk Wiebe, retired from the National Security Agency after 32 years, recipient of the NSA’s second highest award: the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Director of CIA’s Meritorious Unit Award; and Norman Solomon, Executive Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and Coordinator of Exposefacts.org.


Responding To The Controversy Around Marilyn Mosby & Conflicts Of Interest

States Attorney Marilyn MosbyMay 12, 2015 – Segment 2

We look at the motion filed last week by the attorneys representing the six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, demanding Baltimore State’s Attorney Maryland Mosby recuse herself because of alleged conflicts of interest. Our panel of guests includes: Thomas Maronick, Baltimore attorney and Host of The Tom Moore Show on AM 680 WCBM; J. Wyndal Gordon, criminal defense attorney; andTara Conley, Social Media Manager for Race Forward.

 


How Baltimore Public Defenders Are Responding In The Aftermath Of The Baltimore Uprising

Baltimore protestsMay 7, 2015 – Segment 2

Our guest host is Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland.

Then, the discussion turns to legal issues surrounding the arrests in Baltimore during the protests around the death of Freddie Gray. With: David Walsh-Little, Chief Attorney for the Felony Trial Division of the Public Defender‘s Office in Baltimore; and Natalie Finegar, Deputy District Public Defender for Baltimore City.

 


Debating Marijuana Law Reform: Looking Through Lens Of Race, Our Prison Population & Our Communities

Debating legalizationApril 20, 2015 – Segment 3

Listen to a debate and discussion around marijuana law reform, with: Retired Major Neill Franklin, former Baltimore and Maryland State Police officer and Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition); Lawrence Grandpre, Assistant Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Will Jones III, chairperson of TIE DC (Two is Enough DC), an organization opposed to legalization.


Annapolis Update: Pre-Trial Issues & Bail Reform In Maryland

Senate President Mike MillerApril 10, 2015 – Segment 2

The Maryland Legislative Session wraps up next week, and we examine a number of the issues covered during the session. Our guests include: Charles Robinson, political and business correspondent for Maryland Public Television, who will discuss the Session in general; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at University of Maryland Carey School of Law, who will discuss pre-trial issues and bail reform.


Billie Holiday and the War of Drugs

billieApril 7, 2015 – Segment 1

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Billie Holiday. In honor of her birth, we speak to Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the American Drug War, the centerpiece of which tells the tale of Harry Anslinger, the first head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and his personal war to destroy Billie Holiday. Holiday struggled with heroin addiction but was also emblematic of the fearlessness of standing up against racism. Anslinger was a racist and he hated jazz, so Billie Holiday embodied all that he loathed.


Annapolis Update: Reforming Parole For Persons Serving Life Sentences In Maryland

Maryland parole reformMarch 9, 2015 – Segment 3

We look at the issue of parole reform, in light of a proposed bill that would end the requirement that the governor (and not the parole board) make the final decision in cases involving persons serving life sentences. With: Delegate Jill Carter (Democrat-District 41); Delegate Kathy Szeliga (Republican-District 7); Walter Lomax, Project Director of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and Delegate John Cluster (Republican-District 8).


Annapolis Update: Voting Rights For Ex-Offenders

Voting rights for ex-offendersMarch 9, 2015 – Segment 2

We focus on a number of issues currently facing the Maryland General Assembly. Our panelists debate whether voting rights for ex-felons should be restored. With: Delegate Cory McCray (Democrat-Baltimore City); and Senator Justin Ready (Republican-Carroll County).


Local Action Against Wrongful Arrests of Young People

babybookingMarch 4, 2015 – Segment 3

We are joined by Charnell D. Cobb-El, Site Director of The Baltimore Algebra Project at Patterson High School and Executive Director and Founder of Convert Consulting, who tells us about an action on Thursday, March 5th on the wrongful arrests by Baltimore City Police against young people of color as well as the school funding crisis.


Sound Bites: Radical Farmers Use Fresh Food to Fight Racial Injustice | Debating The Maryland Farmers’ Rights Act | Tribute To Juanita Ewell Of Cherry Hill Urban Garden

Juanita Ewell, Cherry Hill Urban GardenMarch 3, 2015 – Segment 3

On Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we begin the hour with a story from Yes! Magazine: Radical Farmers Use Fresh Food to Fight Racial Injustice and the New Jim Crow. With: Jalal Sabur, farmer and prison abolitionist, who helped to start the Freedom Food Alliance, a collective of farmers, political prisoners, and organizers in upstate New York committed to incorporating food justice to address racism in the criminal justice system; and Leah Penniman, farmer and educator based in the Albany, NY, area who wrote the article for YES!.

Then, our guests debate proposed legislation before the Maryland General Assembly, the Farmers’ Rights Act. With: Delegate Charles Otto (Republican, District 38A, Somerset & Worcester Counties), Deputy Minority Whip in the Maryland State House, and member of the House Environment and Transportation Committee and the House Natural Resources, Agriculture & Open Space Subcommittee; and Senator Richard Madaleno, Jr. (Democrat, District 18, Montgomery County), Vice-Chair of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Subcommittee, and primary sponsor of Senate Bill 0532, or the Farmers’ Rights Act.

We close out the show with a tribute to a local hero, Cherry Hill Urban Garden’s Juanita Ewell, who passed away on February 17th. From the Garden’s Facebook Page:

Juanita started the garden in 2010 with the mission of saving the community. She worked tirelessly to spread her love of gardening and healthy eating, and her energy and passion touched the hearts of so many. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and the entire Cherry Hill community.”

We remember this amazing person, an agent for change in her community, by listening back to an excerpt from our interview with her from last summer.


What The Prison Uprising In South Texas Says About Immigration & For-Profit Prisons In The United States

Willacy PrisonMarch 2, 2015 – Segment 4

We look at the inmate uprising that happened last week at Willacy County Correctional Center in Raymondville, Texas, known as “Ritmo,” over inadequate medical conditions at this overcrowded for-profit facility.

Our guests are: Bob Libal, Executive Director of Grassroots Leadership, an organization that fights to end for-profit incarceration; and Carl Takei, Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s National Prison Project and co-author of a report on Texas’s CAR (Criminal Alien Requirement) prisons, Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private Prison System.


Talking About Race With Bryan Stevenson Of The Equal Justice Initiative

Bryan StevensonFebruary 25, 2015 – Segment 2

We preview of the newest lecture in Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Talking About Race series, taking place Thursday night. I will talk with Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative, a law practice dedicated to defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people, about his new book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. The book details one of the first cases Stevenson took on, that of Walter McMillan, a Black man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.

Bryan Stevenson will give his talk Thursday night, February 26th at 7pm in the Wheeler Auditorium at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. This event is open to the public and is part of OSI-Baltimore’s Talking About Race Series, co-sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library. 

National News Roundup: CIA Torture Memo, The Federal Budget & More

CIA Torture MemoDecember 16, 2014 – Segment 2

On our national roundtable, our panel of guests discusses topics of national importance including the CIA torture memo and the Federal Budget Bill.

With: Lenny McAllister, Republican strategist, former congressional candidate, and host of “NightTalk: Get To The Point” on the Pittsburgh cable news channel and “Get Right with Lenny McAllister” on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA in Pittsburgh; Kevin Zeese, Co-Director at ItsOurEconomy.US and co-host of Clearing The Fog radio show; and Will Marshall, President and Founder of the Progressive Policy Institute.


Lead Up To The Annapolis Summit: Pre-Trial Issues

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 OUTDecember 12, 2014 – Segment 2

In our Lead Up to the Annapolis Summit, we take a look at pretrial issues that will be on the docket during the 2015 Maryland General Assembly, which opens on January 14. With: Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at University of Maryland Carey School of Law; and Paul DeWolfe, Maryland Public Defender.

 


From The Archives: Baltimore Jail Growing Food & Flowers

GardenDecember 11, 2014 – Segment 3

We listen back to a special 2010 archive edition of the Steiner Show, part of our Urbanite Stories series. Marc speaks to Correctional Officer Maurice Smith of the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore about a prison garden program he ran where inmates grew food and flowers, creating a serene and welcoming corner in an otherwise stark environment.


From The Archives: Baltimore’s Dr. Mark Kleiman On Reducing Drugs, Violence & The Prison Population

Dr. Mark KleimanNovember 28, 2014 – Segment 3

Listen to a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, looking at ideas for reducing violence, drug consumption and incarceration, with Dr. Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy in the UCLA School of Public Affairs and one of the leading thinkers on refining drug enforcement policy to reduce violence and drug abuse without overloading our law enforcement and treatment systems.

This segment originally aired March 21, 2011.

 


Piper Kerman, Author of ‘Orange Is The New Black’

Piper Kerman, Orange is the New BlackOctober 24, 2014 – Segment 2

Listen to my live interview with Piper Kerman, whose best-selling memoir of her time in prison, Orange is the New Black, is the basis for the popular television series of the same name. Kerman will be speaking at Center Stage in Baltimore on Monday as part of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Big Change event.

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Michelle Alexander On Mass Incarceration and African Americans

Michelle AlexanderOctober 23, 2014 – Segment 5

We close out the show with a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, our conversation with civil rights litigator and legal scholar Michelle Alexander about mass incarceration and African Americans. Alexander is the author of the highly-acclaimed book The New Jim Crow.

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Marshall “Eddie” Conway: Life After Prison & The Future of Baltimore

Eddie ConwayOctober 14, 2014 – Segment 1

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We have a conversation with former Black Panther Marshall “Eddie” Conway, who was released from prison earlier this year after being incarcerated for 44 years. We talk about his time in prison, his work with young men inside and outside prison, and Friend of a Friend, a mentoring project he started with American Friends Service Committee.

The premium for this hour is a copy of Eddie Conway’s autobiography, Marshall Law: The Life & Times of a Baltimore Black Panther. And also in-studio is Dr. Lester Spence!

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Descamps v. United States: SCOTUS Decision Opens Way For Reduced Sentences For Violent Offenders

Career criminals and reduced sentencesJuly 15, 2014 – Segment 2

We examine the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court decision, Descamps v. United States, which has opened the way for dozens of federal inmates from Maryland who are currently serving long-term sentences to seek reduced sentences. Our panel of guests includes: Judge Andre Davis, Senior Judge in the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitSujit Raman, Appellate Chief for the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office; and Mary Price, General Counsel of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) and Director of the FAMM Litigation Project.

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Conversation With Eddie Conway

conwayMay 26, 2014 – Segment 2

We listen to tape from a special evening Marc hosted with Eddie Conway last week at Red Emma’s. Eddie Conway is a former Black Panther who was released from prison earlier this year after being incarcerated for 44 years. He discusses his time in prison, his work with young men inside and outside prison, and Friend of a Friend, a mentoring project he started with American Friends Service Committee.  Friend of a Friend works to reduce institutional violence by providing tools that build healthy relationships, create support structures, and develop effective communication skills. We also hear from Green Bay, one of the young men Eddie mentored who is part of Friend of a Friend.

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This Week In City Paper with Baynard Woods

A prison philosophy program tells us what we can learn about life from lifersApril 30, 2014 – Segment 5

We close the show with This Week in the City Paper, with Senior Editor Baynard Woods. He talks about this week’s issue, which includes Baynard’s feature “Heart of Darkness: A prison philosophy program tells us what we can learn from lifers.”

 

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Mother To Mother: Ending the Murder and Violence in Our Communities

The House I Live InApril 30, 2014 – Segment 4

We discuss Mother To Mother: Let the Healing Begin: Ending the Murder and Violence in Our Communities, an event hosted by Institute of the Black World 21st Century. The event will take place Friday, May 2, at 7:00pm at the Real News Media Center, 235 Holliday Street, Baltimore. It will include a screening of the documentary “The House I Live In” and town hall meeting featuring a panel moderated by WEAA’s Sandi Mallory.

Joining us to talk about the event are: panelist Mildred Damy, Co-Founder of M.O.M.S. (Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters) Maryland, who lost her son to violence in 2007; and Rosaline Preudhomme, Director of the Institute of the Black World’s (IBW) Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform Program and a member of the IBW board of directors.

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NAACP Criminal Justice Director Dr. Niaz Kasravi

niazApril 28, 2014 – Segment 2

We have a conversation with NAACP Criminal Justice Director Dr. Niaz Kasravi about mass incarceration and the war on drugs.

 

 

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Fleet Maull: From Prison to Meditation

Fleet MaullApril 25, 2014 – Segment 2

We meet Fleet Maull, meditation teacher, who founded the nonprofit organizations Prison Dharma Network, Peacemaker Institute, National Prison Hospice Organization and, while teaching at Naropa Institute, the Center for Contemplative End of Life Care. He is the author of Dharma in Hell: Prison Writings of Fleet Maull.
Fleet will be leading a workshop this weekend at Morgan State University called: Awakened Leadership: Community Engagement Practices for Creating Enlightened Society. For more information visit Baltimore.Shambhala.org.

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Hunger Strike Inside U.S. Immigration Detainment Center

three people who are on a hunger strike to protest conditions at the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, one of the largest immigration detainment centers in the US.March 21, 2014 – Segment 3

We talk with Maru Mora Villalpando, CEO of the nonprofit organization Latino Advocacy. Villalpando is the spokesperson for three people who are on a hunger strike to protest conditions at the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, one of the largest immigration detainment centers in the US.

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A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran

Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Josh Fattal

March 19, 2014 – Segment 4

We meet Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Josh Fattal. They were arrested along the border between Iraq and Iran in 2009. They were accused by the Iranian authorities of being spies, though no evidence was ever presented to support that claim. Sarah Shourd was released 14 months later, and Bauer and Fattal were released in September 2011.

The three hikers have just published a new book, A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran, and will speak Saturday night at 7:30 at Red Emma’s, 30 W. North Avenue in Baltimore. For more information, visit redemmas.org.

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Re-Entry For The Formerly Incarcerated

Ban the BoxFebruary 26, 2014 – Segment 2

We turn to the subject of post-incarceration re-entry, with: Maryland State Senator Verna Jones-Rodwell; Baltimore Councilman Nick Mosby; and Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside.

Our show leads up to the Second Bi-Annual Statewide Community Re-Entry Symposium “Maximizing Regional Connections,” to be held on Monday, March 3, at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed to a further date. For further inquiries, please contact Aviana Cooper at 410-841-3612 or by email at verna.jones@senate.state.md.us.

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Damien Echols Of The West Memphis Three

echolsFebruary 20, 2014 – Segment 4

We speak with Damien Echols, who was part of the West Memphis Three. This group of three young men was falsely accused of the murders of three young boys in Arkansas in 1993. They were tried and convicted in 1994; Damien Echols was sentenced to death. After a new trial was called, all three men were released in 2011. We spoke to Echols about his book, Life After Death.

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CeCe McDonald, Trans Woman & Activist, Released From Prison

CeCe McDonaldFebruary 20, 2014 – Segment 3

Listen to our interview with CeCe McDonald, a transgender woman and activist from Minneapolis, and Katie Burgess, Executive Director of Trans Youth Support Network in Minneapolis.  McDonald was released from prison on January 13th after serving 19 months for her alleged involvement in stabbing a man with scissors. Supporters of McDonald say that she was defending herself against a group of people who came at her and her friends with a bar glass, in a racist and trans-phobic attack. She was held in a men’s prison, even though she identifies as a trans woman.

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CeCe McDonald, Trans Woman & Activist, Released From Prison

CeCe McDonaldJanuary 31, 2014 – Segment 3

Listen to our interview with CeCe McDonald, a transgender woman and activist from Minneapolis, and Katie Burgess, Executive Director of Trans Youth Support Network in Minneapolis.  McDonald was released from prison on January 13th after serving 19 months for her alleged involvement in stabbing a man with scissors. Supporters of McDonald say that she was defending herself against a group of people who came at her and her friends with a bar glass, in a racist and trans-phobic attack. She was held in a men’s prison, even though she identifies as a trans woman.

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Race, Justice & Culture: Renisha McBride, Marissa Alexander and “Knockout”

Renisha McBrideNovember 18, 2013 – Segment 2

We begin our show Monday morning with a look at a number of current stories that reflect upon issues of race, justice, and our culture. Topics include: the case of Renisha McBride, the 19-year old Michigan woman who was fatally shot in the face by a homeowner after her car broke down and she walked onto his porch seeking help; the case of Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who fired a warning shot into the air to ward off her abusive husband and is now awaiting a new trial while serving a 20-year sentence; and the game of “knockout,” which is played by attacking an innocent pedestrian in an attempt to knock him or her unconscious with one punch. Our guests include:

  • Jamilah King, News Editor at Colorlines.com;
  • Nicole Glass-Brice, Deputy Director of the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore;
  • Victoria Law, photographer, author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women and Editor of the zine Tenacious: Writings from Women in Prison;
  • and Dr. Raymond Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.

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Jarvis Tyner on “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners”

Angela DavisNovember 14, 2013 – Segment 4

We close out our show at 10:30 with a discussion on an important movie that will be shown Thursday night at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. We will talk with Jarvis Tyner, long time friend of Angela Davis, Executive Vice-Chair of the Communist Party USA and founding member of the Black Radical Congress.

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Daniel Ellsberg: The Most Dangerous Man In America

Daniel EllsbergNovember 8, 2013 – Segment 4

Daniel Ellsberg joined Marc to discuss the new film about his life: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. In 1970, Ellsberg was responsible for releasing the secret U.S.government report that documented illegal US involvement in Vietnam, documents that have become known as the Pentagon Papers.  He discusses why he risked life in prison to publicize the papers, and why his story is still relevant today.

This podcast originally aired March 1, 2010. 

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