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Sound Bites: Baltimore Uprising and Food Sovereignty

 afyaMay 21, 2015 – Segment 4

In the latest installment of our series about our food and our world, Sound Bites, we look at the connection between food insecurity in Baltimore and what has come to be known as the Baltimore Uprising, the demonstrations and violence that occurred after the death of Freddie Gray.

We begin the discussion with Michael Twitty, Culinary Historian of African and African American Foodways and blogger at Afroculinaria.

And then we continue this topic with a number of young farmers who  joined us for a roundtable discussion: Walker Marsh, Founder and owner of the Flower Factory; Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for the Park Heights Community Health Alliance and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; and Blain Snipstal, returning generation farmer on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at Black Dirt Farm.

 


Tengella’s Take: Fear of a Pinstripe Suit

koliMay 15, 2015 – Segment 2

We introduce a new segment, Tengella’s Take, featuring commentary from Koli Tengella, President of Tengella Edutainment, 2010 Open Society Institute Community Fellow, and Executive Director of the Kujichaglia Project . Tengella teaches his program at the Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High where he uses theater, film and new media for positive social change.


Baltimore Orioles Fans Mock Black Lives Matter Movement

Our Birds MatterMay 12, 2015 – Segment 3

We discuss the Orioles and some of the signs held by the team’s fans that mocked the Black Lives Matter movement and protests for justice for Freddie Gray with Milton Kent, Host of Sports At Large with Milton Kent on WYPR and Lecturer in the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University.


Continuing the Momentum of the Baltimore Uprising

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May 11, 2015 – Segment 3

We continue our discussion on the Baltimore Uprising, and ask how the momentum and unity of the past few weeks can be continued. We’ll ask how local activists can use resources, attention and energy that are pouring into the city right now? Do we need to be wary of the attention we’re getting? Are there lessons to be learned from Ferguson?

Our panel of guests includes: Marshall “Eddie” Conway, former Black Panther who was released from prison in 2014 after being incarcerated for 44 years, co-author ofMarshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther, and staff member ofThe Real News Network‘s Baltimore Bureau; Jessica Lewis, housing organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance (RTHA); Gary Stroud, resident of Bernard E. Mason and member of the RTHA leadership council; Elder CW Harris, Pastor at Newborn Community of Faith and Founder of Newborn Ministries Inc., which created Martha’s Place, Jubilee Arts, Strength to Love II, and Strength to Love Farm in Sandtown-Winchester; and Farajii Muhammad, host of Listen Up! on WEAA and Youth Empowerment Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee in Baltimore.

 


Bias in Baltimore Bail Hearings?

baltimorecityMay 11, 2015 – Segment 2

We talk with Todd H. Oppenheim, felony trial attorney in the Office of the Public Defender, about his recent op-ed for the Baltimore Brew titled, “The bias in Baltimore bail hearings: a presumption of guilt.”


Sound Bites: Good Food Gathering — Keeping The Tradition Of African American Farming Alive

African American farmersMay 7, 2015 – Segment 3

On a new episode of Sound Bites, we broadcast of a very lively town hall meeting held on March 23 – one of our “Good Food Gatherings” in partnership with Baltimore Food & Faith Project – in which our panel of guests and the audience engaged in a discussion following a screening of the movie Homecoming, about the history of Black farmers in the U.S. Our panel of guests includes: Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School; Aleya Fraser, educator and co-manager of an Eastern Shore Farm; Dwayne Cousar, founder of Brooklyn Greenhouse Community; and Lavette Blue, co-founder/manager of The Greener Garden.


In Baltimore and Across the Country, Black Faces In High Places Haven’t Helped Average Black People

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 01: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore speaks at a press conference after it was announced that charges will be filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray died in police custody after being arrested on April 12, 2015. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)May 7, 2015 – Segment 1

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.

We begin the hour with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor in Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies, who talks about her article last week in In These Times: “In Baltimore and Across the Country, Black Faces in High Places Haven’t Helped Average Black People: Electing African-American political leaders has done little to alleviate the suffering of Black America.”


Baltimore Protests and Police Brutality in Historical Context

baltimore2May 6, 2015 – Segment 3

We take a look at Baltimore’s history and put the events of the past several weeks into that context. With: Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; and Antero Pietila, author of Not in my Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City.

 


Congressman Elijah Cummings on Protests and More

elijah cummingsMay 6, 2015 – Segment 2

Congressman Elijah Cummings joins us to talk about the events following the death of Freddie Gray and steps to move Baltimore forward. He and Senator Elizabeth Warren will hold a “Middle Class Prosperity Project” Forum in Baltimore on Predatory Financial Practices and Economic Injustice on Monday, May 11, 2015 1 pm — 2:30 pm at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law Ceremonial Courtroom, 500 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.


Where Does Baltimore Go From Here?

protest baltimoreMay 5, 2015 – Segment 2

We continue our discussion of “Where does Baltimore go from here?” as the city begins to heal and move forward, with a focus on issues of poverty and upward mobility. We also ask if “Black culture” is a problem.

With: the Rev. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church; Jessica Lewis, housing organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance; Dr. N.D.B. Connolly, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University and author of A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South; and Diane Bell McKoy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Black Charities.


The Hip-Hop Chronicles: On #FreddieGray & Baltimore’s Curfew

Baltimore curfewMay 1, 2015 – Segment 2

We broadcast an exceptional audio experience produced by Mike “Nyce” Middleton, one of our creative and talented colleagues at WEAA 88.9-FM: a special edition of The Hip-Hop Chronicles. The show combines current and classic socially conscious music and conversation to address the political and social issues affecting the Hip-Hop generation, featuring in-depth conversations with political analysts, social activists, and community leaders.

We especially wanted to showcase this episode of the Hip-Hop Chronicles because it addresses what’s happening in Baltimore in this moment. I also had the pleasure of being interviewed in one of the segments. The show airs Monday through Fridayfrom midnight to 2:00am.


Special Presentation: Voices From The Freddie Gray Protests

Voices of the Freddie Gray protestMay 1, 2015 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a special production, Voices from the Freddie Gray Protests, from our Marc Steiner Show producers Mark Gunnery and Stefanie Mavronis who have been out with the protesters throughout the week.

You will hear from: Nyasha Dixon, Ralikh Hayes, Paul Rucker, Willa Bickham, Brendan Walsh, Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, Molly Amster, Minister Carlos Muhammad, Dayvon Love, Touré, Dr. Lawrence Brown, Cordy Shaw, Person Ablach, students from Goucher, Councilpersons Carl Stokes, Nick Mosby, Brandon M. Scott and more.


Baltimore Uprising: Analyzing The Demonstrations, Protests & Violence Following The Death Of Freddie Gray

Baltimore UprisingApril 29, 2015 – Segment 2

Listen to our continuing discussion and analysis of the demonstrations, protests, and violence following of the death of Freddie Gray, with: Hip-Hop artist Kane Mayfield; Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at University of Maryland Carey School of Law; Faraji Muhammad, Host of Listen Up!on WEAA and Youth Empowerment Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee in Baltimore; Christa Daring, publicist at AK Press and collective member at Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse; Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer, President and Co-Founder of Equity Matters; singer songwriter Navasha Daya, co-Founder / Director of the Healing & Performing Arts at the Youth Resiliency Institute, and Founder of the Daya World, LLC.; Fanon Hill,Executive Director & co-Founder of The Youth Resiliency Institute; and City Paper Managing Editor Baynard Woods.


Special Coverage of Freddie Gray’s Funeral

funeralApril 27, 2015 – Segment 2

Marc serves as anchor for the WEAA team as we go live with special coverage of the funeral of Freddie Gray. With on-site reporting from: Sean Yoes, Host of First Edition on WEAA; Beverly Burke, WEAA’s Morning News Anchor and Host of Morgan State University: A World of Education News; and Farajii Muhammad, Host of Listen Up! on WEAA and Youth Empowerment Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee in Baltimore. Joining us in studio are Makayla Gilliam-Price, student from Baltimore City College High School and Founder of City Bloc; D Watkins, author, filmmaker, and Professor at Coppin State University; Dominique 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 Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.

 


Freddie Gray Protests in Baltimore

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We look at the protests over the weekend to demand justice for Freddie Gray, with Makayla Gilliam-Price, student from Baltimore City College High School and Founder of City Bloc; D Watkins, author, filmmaker, and Professor at Coppin State University; Ralikh Hayes, member of Baltimore Bloc; Dominique 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 Dayvon LoveDirector of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.

 


Breaking The Silence: A National Town Hall On Women & Girls Of Color

National Conference on Women and Girls of ColorApril 24, 2015 – Segment 2

Listen as we look at an important event coming up this weekend at Morgan State University (MSU): a National Town Hall on Women and Girls of Color. With Dr. Anika Simpson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at MSU; Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor at the School of Global Journalism and Communication at MSU, co-Editor of Malcolm X: A Lie of Reinvention, and author of I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto; and Rachel Gilmer, Associate Director for the African American Policy Forum.

Morgan State University and the African American Policy Forum present the National Town Hall on Women and Girls of Color: Saturday, April 25, noon-4pm, Morgan State University Student Theatre, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane in Baltimore.  Click here to register. 


#FreddieGray: Community Activists On Protests In Baltimore

freddieApril 23, 2015 – Segment 2

We take a look at the Baltimore story that is reverberating across the nation: What happened to Freddie Gray, the 25-year old man who died of a spinal injury on Sunday, a week after being chased and tackled by police officers in Baltimore.

Our panel of guests includes: Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor ofBlackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School; Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West, a man who died while in police custody in July 2013 in Baltimore; Megan Sherman, Producer at The Real News Network; Tim Wilson, co-Director of On Our Shoulders; A. F.  James MacArthur, blogger for the Baltimore Spectator, who spent several months in jail in 2013, following a standoff with the police; and Ray Cook.


Report Back From The International Black Reparations Summit

Reparations SummitApril 22, 2015 – Segment 2

Our guests report back on an important event that took place in New York, April 9-12: Institute of the Black World 21st Century International Black Reparations Summit. The three-day meeting honored pioneers in the fight for reparations for Black Americans.

With: Yvette Modestin, Founder and Director of Encuentro Diaspora Afro in Boston, and Afro Panamanian activist, poet, and writer on issues of the African Diaspora; Dr. Raymond Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; and Don Rojas, Director of Communications for the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) and member of the Board of the Institute of the Black World.

 


Sound Bites: 45th Earth Day – How Far The Environmental Movement Has To Go | Environmental Policy in Maryland

gardeningApril 21, 2015 – Segment 3

Wednesday is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and on Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, our panel reflects upon how far we have come and how far we need to go. With: Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for Park Heights Community Health Alliance and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; Gerald Winegrad, attorney and Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy where he has taught a graduate course on Chesapeake Bay Restoration since 1988; the Rev. Merrick Moise, ordained minister, writer, community activist and teacher, and one of the first African Americans ordained within the Old Catholic Movement in Baltimore; and Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman.

We close out the hour with a look back at the food, farm and environmental issues covered in the 2015 Maryland State Legislative Session, which came to a close last week. With Bryan Sears, Government Reporter for The Daily Record.  


Local Roundtable: Freddie Gray, Police Violence, and 300 Man March

baltimore-freddie-grayApril 21, 2015 – Segment 2

We host a local news roundtable, where we discuss police violence, this past weekend’s 300 Man March, and Freddie Gray, who died last week while in police custody in Baltimore. With: Bobby Marvin Holmes, Founder of Son of a Dream, a multimedia social development firm committed to empowering youth and families, and co-director and producer of Live Young Blood; John P. Comer, Lead Organizer of Communities United; Tyrone Powers, Professor in the Criminal Justice department at Anne Arundel Community College and former FBI agent; and Sonia Kumar, Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Maryland.


Encore Presentation: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ & The Case For Reparations

Case for ReparationsApril 17, 2015 – Segment 1

We bring you two hours of the Coates family – Ta-Nehisi and Paul Coates, that is. The premium for these two hours when you donate at the $100 level is a copy of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to ManhoodPlease call in to 410-319-8888 and help us achieve our goal, or click here to donate online, and please designate The Marc Steiner Show in the drop down menu.

As you know, Ta-Nehisi Coates stepped into the international spotlight last year when his article “The Case for Reparations,” was featured as the cover story for the June 2014 issue of The Atlantic. In the article he puts forth the argument that Black Americans as a group – because of slavery, segregation, and Federal housing policy – have been prevented from building inter-generational wealth.  In the first hour you will hear my interview with him from last June.

 


News Roundup: Police-Involved Killings, Maryland Political Landscape & More

Congressman Elijah CummingsApril 16, 2015 – Segment 2

It’s Thursday morning, and one of my very best friends and colleagues (he even officiated at Valerie and my wedding!) Anthony McCarthy, Host of the Anthony McCarthy Show on WEAA, will be joining me in-house! Once again we have great shows and great premiums when you donate to the WEAA Spring Membership Campaign. In fact, if you are able to donate at the $250 level, you will be invited to a dinner with Anthony and me!

It’s a live news roundtable with Anthony and Catalina Byrd, co-host of No Hooks for the Hip-Hop Chronicles on WEAA, with topics to include the police-involved killings across the U.S.

 


From The Archives: Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad

Betty DeRamusApril 16, 2015 – Segment 1

It’s Thursday morning, and one of my very best friends and colleagues (he even officiated at Valerie and my wedding!) Anthony McCarthy, Host of the Anthony McCarthy Show on WEAA, will be joining me in-house! Once again we have great shows and great premiums when you donate to the WEAA Spring Membership Campaign. In fact, if you are able to donate at the $250 level, you will be invited to a dinner with Anthony and me!

Listen in to my conversation with author Betty DeRamus about her fascinating book Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground RailroadFor $100 donation you will want to have this book in your library – I couldn’t put it down!


Encore Presentation: Lawrence Hill’s ‘The Book Of Negroes’

The Book of NegroesApril 15, 2015 – Segment 1

We begin the show with my interview with Lawrence Hill, author of nine books including The Book of Negroes, which has been made into a television miniseries on BET. The Book of Negroes is our premium for this hour when you donate at the $100 level to WEAA 88.9FM at 410-319-8888.


Parenting: Talking To Your Children About Race

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This week is the Spring Membership Drive for WEAA, and we have a lineup of great programs and great premiums! Please call into our show this week between 10 AM and noon eastern to make a pledge–410.319.8888, or pledge online here.

Our panel speaks about parenting and talking to children about race. The guests are: 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 Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial AmericaDr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University; and Dr. Tara Mundell, mental health specialist, clinical psychologist and author of Let’s Talk About It, a book for children aimed at inspiring young, brilliant minds to build their self-esteem and confidence.


Reparations: A Musical

reparationsApril 9, 2015 – Segment 2

We take a sneak peak of Reparations: A Musical, a unique production that blends drama, comedy, music and dance to make the concept and issue of reparations “relatable.” With: Joseph Edwards, author of Reparations: A Musical; and Shirley Basfield Dunlap, Director of Reparations: A Musical and Associate Professor and Coordinator of Theatre Arts at Morgan State University.


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.


Philosophers’ Roundtable: Race & Class In The United States

protestApril 6, 2015 – Segment 2

We host a discussion about race and class in the U.S. with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor in Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies; 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.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The Poor Peoples Campaign & Reparations

KING ASSASSINATIONApril 6, 2015 – Segment 1

April 4th marked the 47th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. To honor him, we listen to a recent show on King’s visions for racial and economic justice.

The Poor People’s Campaign was a testament to Dr. King’s long term vision for civil rights and equality,  beyond integration and voters rights.  He understood that unless there were equal economic opportunities for all Americans, the dream of social mobility and equality  would never truly be realized.

Marc and his panel turn their attention to Dr. King’s economic policies and the Activities of the Poor People’s Campaign.  Our guests for this segment: 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; 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 Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless.


Black and Jewish: What It Means To Be Both

twittypraysApril 3, 2015 – Segment 2

We delve into the world of Black Jewish traditions and discover what it means to be both Black and Jewish as Marc speaks with author, blogger and public speaker MaNishtanahip hop artist, Orthodox Jew and Baltimore native Yitz Jordan aka Y-LoveMichael Twitty, Culinary Historian of African and African American Foodways and blogger at Afroculinaria. Michael Twitty discussed his recent harassment at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport in Haaretz.


Lawrence Hill on The Book of Negroes

Lawrence_HillApril 1, 2015 – Segment 4

Marc speaks with author Lawrence Hill, who has written nine books including the acclaimed The Book of Negroes, which was made into a television miniseries on BET.


The SNCC Organizing Model

SNCCMarch 30, 2015 – Segment 2

We look back at the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, and reflect upon that organization’s organizing model and how it translates to community organizing efforts today. With: Betty Robinson, former member of SNCC, co-Editor of Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts of Women in SNCC, 2003 Open Society Institute Community Fellow, and former lead organizer for the Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA); and Judy Richardson, former member of SNCC, filmmaker who worked on Eyes on the Prize, co-Editor of Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, and Board Member of the SNCC Legacy Committee.

 


Gentrification: “Against the New Baltimore”

eastsideMarch 30, 2015 – Segment 1

Dr. Lawrence Brown sits in as guest host for Marc Steiner.

We revisit the topic of gentrification in Baltimore, springing from D. Watkins’ recent piece for salon.com: “Black history bulldozed for another Starbucks: Against the new Baltimore.” With: D. Watkins, author, filmmaker and professor at Coppin State University; Dr. Tonya Sanders, Assistant Professor, Graduate City and Regional Planning program, Graduate Department of Built Environment Studies, School of Architecture + Planning at Morgan State University; Dr. Marisela Gomez, physician, community activist and author of Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America; Donald Gresham, East Baltimore resident and founder of the Baltimore Redevelopment Action Coalition for Empowerment.

 


Dr. Charles Johnson: Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice

Dr. Charles JohnsonMarch 27, 2015 – Segment 1

Prepare to be inspired as Marc talks with National Book Award-winning novelist and scholar Dr. Charles Johnson about his newest book Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice.


Black Women in Academia

Audre-LordeMarch 26, 2015 – Segment 5

We close out the show with a discussion of Black Women in Academia. Our guests are: Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill, Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park; Dr. Pamela Scott Johnson, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Morgan State University; and Dr. Tara Bynum, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Towson University.


An Indigenous People’s History of the United States

roxanneMarch 25, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc speaks with Native American author, historian, feminist, and self-described revolutionary Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on her fascinating and informative book An Indigenous People’s History of the United States.


Transforming Criminal Justice Policy

rollcallMarch 23, 2015 – Segment 2

Our panel of guests discusses ways to transform criminal justice policy in Baltimore and Maryland. With: the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist, pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School; David Rocah, Senior Staff Attorney for ACLU of Maryland; and Marc Schindler, Executive Director of the Justice Policy Institute.


Baltimore’s Race Problems: Part 2

fergMarch 18, 2015 – Segment 2

We continue our discussion on the topic of race and racism in Baltimore, focusing on practical solutions. Our panel of guests includes: Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University; Roberto Alejandro, reporter for Baltimore’s Afro-American newspaper; Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer/President/Co-Founder of Equity Matters; and Dr. Tara Bynum, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Towson University.


Baltimore’s Race Problems: Part 1

battsMarch 17, 2015 – Segment 2

Do you think Baltimore has a race problem? An article in the Baltimore Sun this past weekend indicates that Baltimore leaders agree: City has a race problemWe discuss it with: Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; community activist Kim Trueheart; Michael Eugene Johnson, Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Institute for Social Change; and Roberto Alejandro, reporter for Baltimore’s Afro-American newspaper.


Philosophers’ Roundtable: Race & Class In The United States

protestMarch 12, 2015 – Segment 4

We host a discussion and debate about race and class in the U.S. with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor in Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies; 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.


Being A Black Woman In Academia

Dr. Bonnie Thornton DillMarch 6, 2015 – Segment 4

We close out the show with a discussion of Black Women in Academia. Our guests will be: Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill, Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park; Dr. Pamela Scott Johnson, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Morgan State University; and Dr. Tara Bynum, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Towson University.


Reactions to Justice Department Report On Ferguson Police Department

Ferguson, MOMarch 6, 2015 – Segment 3

Our guests reflect upon the report issued this week by the U.S. Department of Justice on the Ferguson Police Department, with: Akiba Solomon, Colorlines Editorial Director; and Dr. Tara Bynum, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Towson University.


50th Anniversary Of Selma March: Remembering Our History & Voting Rights Today

Selma 1965March 6, 2015 – Segment 2

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma march, and we take time to reflect upon the events of March 1965. Our first guest will be Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP.

Then at 10:20 we consider the history of the Selma march in relationship to the current state of voting rights. With: Andrew Aydin, Digital Director and Policy Advisor to Congressman John Lewis and co-author with Lewis of the New York Times best-selling graphic memoir trilogy, March (illustrated by Nate Powell); Dr. Barbara Harris Combs, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Southern Studies at University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture and author of From Selma to Montgomery: The Long March to Freedom; 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; and journalist Brentin Mock, who writes regularly for Grist about environmental justice issues.


Visualizing America’s Uncomfortable History: Paul Rucker’s ‘Rewind’ At Creative Alliance

Paul Rucker - RewindMarch 5, 2015 – Segment 2

We take an audio tour of Rewind, a fascinating exhibit currently showing at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, featuring the work of artist, composer and musician Paul Rucker.  Rucker is artist-in-residence at both the Creative Alliance and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).  Rewind is the largest collection of Rucker’s work to date, and visually embodies America’s uncomfortable history regarding issues of social justice through sculptural installations, text, quilts, and animations.


Masculinities — Intersections: Sexuality, Gender, Race, and Ethnicity

masculinitiesMarch 4, 2015 – Segment 4

We offer a preview of Morgan State University’s (MSU) academic symposium “Intersections: Sexuality, Gender, Race, and Ethnicity,” which is taking place from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, March 7th, in Morgan’s Student Center. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Masculinities.”

Joining us to discuss the event are: Kylar Broadus, Rockwood Leadership Fellow, Founder of Trans People of Color Coalition, Senior Public Policy Counsel and Leader of the Transgender Civil Rights Project At Task Force;  Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University, host of Left of Black, and author of the book Leroy: Illegible Black MasculinitiesBakari Jones, Founder and Executive Director of Bois of Baltimore; and Dr. Anika Simpson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at MSU.


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.


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

Leaders of a Beautiful StruggleFebruary 25, 2015 – Segment 4

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

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


Neighborhood Revitalization & Gentrification In Baltimore: Creating The City We Want

Gentrification in BaltimoreFebruary 25, 2015 – Segment 3

We talk about Neighborhood Revitalization and Gentrification in Baltimore, and how we can create the city we want.

With: Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; Ben Stone, Executive Director of Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc.; Lena Leone, President of the New Greenmount West Association; John Duda, worker owner at Red Emma’s, Communications Coordinator for the Democracy Collaborative and a founding board member of Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies; and Mia Loving, Curator and Founder of Invisible Majority, a creative community incubator.


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. 

Roland Park: One Of America’s First Garden Suburbs, And Built For Whites Only

Roland Park in BaltimoreFebruary 19, 2015 – Segment 3

Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, sits in for Marc.

We look at a piece of Baltimore’s history as a segregated city as we examine the Roland Park neighborhood. Our guest is Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, who wrote an article in the Fall 2014 issue of Johns Hopkins Magazine, Roland Park: one of America’s first garden suburbs, and built for whites only. Dickinson has written about architecture, design, and urbanism for national publications for nearly 20 years. Her articles and essays have been published in The New York TimesThe New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic Magazine’s CityLab, among manyothers. She is a contributing editor with Architect magazine, teaches writing at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and was the former editor of Urbanite magazine in Baltimore.


Remembering Audre Lorde On Her Birthday

audreFebruary 18, 2015 – Segment 2

We celebrate the birthday of Audre Lorde, who described herself as a “Black lesbian mother warrior poet.” Producer Mark Gunnery spoke to local artists, activists, poets, academics and performers about her life and impact, and asked them to share some of their favorite writings of hers. With: the Rev. Merrick Moise, writer, community activist and teacher, and one of the first African Americans ordained within the Old Catholic Movement in Baltimore; Kalima Young, Instructor at the University of Maryland College Park and Towson University and Director of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, a project of the Office of Community Engagement at the Maryland Institute College of Art; Abdu Ali, musician, DJ, and arts and culture events curator; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and the author of several books, including the recently released Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America, and the award-winning Notes From A Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis; and Michelle Antoinette Nelson aka LOVE the Poet, indie spoken word artist and musician, and author of the book Black Marks on White Paper.

 


Creating Brave Spaces: UMBC’s Critical Social Justice Intensive

UMBC Critical Social Justice WeekFebruary 17, 2015 – Segment 2

Marc Steiner Show Producer Stefanie Mavronis talks to University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Women’s Center Director Jess Myers, Women’s Center Coordinator Megan Tagle Adams, UMBC student organizer Amelia Meman, and Assistant Director of Student Life, Cultural and Spiritual Diversity Lisa Gray about UMBC Critical Social Justice Week, a week-long series of events focused on learning social justice, teaching social justice and “Creating Brave Spaces,” this year’s theme.

The Women’s Center with Student Life’s Mosaic Center presents the Critical Social Justice 2015 Keynote Lecture with comedian and blogger Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey. She’ll be discussing “Your Powerful Online Voice: Social Media for Social Change” this Wednesday night, February 18th, at 7pm in the UMBC University Center Ballroom, 1000 Hilltop Circle in Catonsville. This event is open to the public.

More information about the keynote and the other great programming happening at UMBC during Critical Social Justice week at critsocjustice.wordpress.com  and at womenscenter.umbc.edu 


Islamophobia in the US In The Wake Of Fatal North Carolina Shooting

ncFebruary 12, 2015 – Segment 2

In light of Tuesday’s fatal shootings of three young Muslims near the University of North Carolina, we examine Islamophobia in America, with: Imam Earl El-Amin of the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore;  Zainab Chaudry, CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager for the Council on American-Islamic Relations; and theRev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist, pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School.

 


Freedom’s Diaries: Diaries Of Free African Americans Throughout The Antebellum & Civil War

Freedoms DiariesFebruary 6, 2015 – Segment 3

We hear a preview of an event this weekend at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, Freedom’s Diaries. The event showcases two diaries of Black individuals from the Antebellum and Civil War period.

With: Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, 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, which just came out last week; and Dr. Myra Young Armstead, Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies at Bard College and author of a number of books including Freedom’s Gardener: James F. Brown, Horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America.


Art-Part’heid: Bridging the Gap of Disparities in the Baltimore Art Scene

Station North Arts and Entertainment DistrictJanuary 29, 2015 – Segment 4

We discuss an important event this Sunday at the 2640 Space: Art-Part’heid: Bridging the Gap of Disparities in the Baltimore Art Scene, a panel discussion and community dialogue on race, power, privilege, exclusion and shared wealth.

With: Mia Loving Curator and Founder of Invisible Majority, a creative community incubator; Michelle Gomez, independent curator who works collaboratively with under-represented audiences on community-focused exhibitions in Baltimore; Sophia Mak, artist, dancer, performer, educator, activist, and Program Manager at 901 Arts, a youth community arts organization; and Abdu Ali, musician and writer.


Do Baltimore Teens Face Worse Conditions Than Their Nigerian Counterparts?

Youth-JailJanuary 27, 2015 – Segment 2

Do poor teens in Baltimore face worse conditions than their counterparts in Nigeria, as a recent study suggests? We look at the study, published in December’s Journal of Adolescent Health, with: Dr. Kristin Mmari, Assistant Professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; and Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University.


Why Does Baltimore Have So Many Confederate Monuments?

Lee-Jackson equestrian statueJanuary 23, 2015 – Segment 1

Happy Friday, everyone! We begin our show with a special historical piece produced by Marc Steiner Show producer Stefanie Mavronis: Confederate Monuments in Baltimore.

Partial transcript included below.

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The Philosophy and Spirituality of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK_BWJanuary 19, 2015 – Segment 2

We begin our celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a discussion about his contributions, not only as a civil rights activist, but as a philosopher and spiritual leader.

With: E. Ethelbert Miller, poet and literary activist, board member of the Institute for Policy Studies, Director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, and former Chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.; Dr. Gilda Daniels, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law; and Dr. Stacey A. Peterson, Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Arts, School of Arts and Sciences, Notre Dame of Maryland University.


Race, Representation, and Cinema: Golden Globes, Selma & More

selmaJanuary 16, 2015 – Segment 2

We discuss race, representation, and cinema, 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; and Kalima Young, Director of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, a project of the Office of Community Engagement at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Instructor at University of Maryland College Park and Towson University.


City Paper This Week: Examining Baltimore Curfew Laws & Marilyn Mosby Inauguration Speech

bcp-dont-wait-til-midnight-kids-parents-police-001January 14, 2015 – Segment 5

City Paper Senior Editor Baynard Woods joins us to discuss this week’s issue including a piece on Baltimore’s curfew laws written by students from Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication; and the inauguration speech of Baltimore’s new States Attorney Marilyn Mosby.


March on Annapolis: National Day of Action Against Police Violence

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Protests planned for Thursday, January 15th will see church leaders, youth and community activists converge in front of the State House in Annapolis to protests against police brutality and militarization.

Marc is joined by Farajii Muhammad, host of Listen Up! on WEAA and Youth Empowerment Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee in Baltimore to discuss tomorrows planned demonstrations. With: Meaca Downing Morgan State University student activist and Avery Harmon, student activist from Loyola University.


Overlooked and Underreported: NAACP Bombing in Colorado Springs and The Shooting of Tamir Rice

krdo explosion investigation_1420575621446_12246706_ver1.0_640_480January 13, 2015 – Segment 2

Marc sits down with Stephen A. Crockett Jr., Associate Editor of News at The Root; and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, to discuss the media coverage of the bombing outside the Colorado Springs NAACP offices and the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot by a Cleveland police officer whilst playing with a toy gun.


Black and Jewish: What It Means To Be Both

twittyJanuary 12, 2015 – Segment 3

We delve into the world of Black Jewish traditions and discover what it means to be both Black and Jewish as Marc speaks with author, blogger and public speaker MaNishtanahip hop artist, Orthodox Jew and Baltimore native Yitz Jordan aka Y-LoveMichael Twitty, Culinary Historian of African and African American Foodways and blogger at Afroculinaria. Michael Twitty discussed his recent harassment at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport in Haaretz.


Charlie Hebdo Attacks

paris-victims_3161088kJanuary 12, 2015 – Segment 2

On January 7th 2015 , four gunmen, claiming affiliation with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, embarked on  a rampage that has left more than 17 people dead in and around Paris.   In the wake of these recent attacks, we sit down with our panel to discuss the tragic events of last week and the renewed debate regarding secularism, free speech, Islamophobia and the radicalization of Muslim youth in Europe.

With: Dr. Florence Martin, Professor of French and Francophone Literature and Film at Goucher College; Zainab Chaudry, Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations Maryland; and Dr. Thabit A.J. Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto.


Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice

Dr. Charles JohnsonJanuary 9, 2015 – Hour 1

Prepare to be inspired as I talk with National Book Award-winning novelist and scholar Dr. Charles Johnson about his newest book Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice.


Annie For Target: Race & Representation in Film & Advertising

Annie for TargetJanuary 8, 2015 – Segment 2

Have you been to the movies lately? Join in our discussion on race and representation in film and advertising. We will take a look at recent movies including Exodus, Top Five and Annie, at Target ads, and at the rumors of Idris Elba as the next James Bond.

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 Communities; and Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.

 


Kelli Murray, Black Brunch, and the Backlash Against #BlackLivesMatter

blackbrunchJanuary 7, 2015 – Segment 3

We speak with Kelli Murray, a Baltimore County 911 operator who received a 2013 “Telecommunicator of the Year” award for Baltimore County. Murray alleges that she has been targeted by the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police because of a Facebook post she made regarding police brutality. We are also joined by Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.

Then we take a look at the Black Brunch movement, a type of protest where mostly African American youth walk into breakfast establishments serving mostly white patrons and begin reading the names of Black people killed by the police. We hear from Zachary Murray, an activist from Oakland, California, who is organizing Black Brunch actions, and Chavon Henderson, a Black Brunch activist from Baltimore.

Then we close out with a conversation about the backlash against protests and this movement with Kelli Murray, Dayvon LoveChavon Henderson, and Zachary Murray.


Philosophers’ Roundtable: Predictions About The Political, Cultural & Social Changes Of 2015

FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 12:  Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 12, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Ferguson has experienced two days of violent protests since the killing but, tonight's protest was peaceful.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)January 5, 2015 – Segment 4

We will host our first Philosophers’ Roundtable of 2015. Our panel of guests includes: Dr. Lester Spence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-in-Residence, and author of Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-Hop and Black Politics; Dr. Desiree Melton, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame of Maryland University; and Dr. Joe Pettit, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Advisor at Morgan State University.

 


Growing Tensions in the Wake of Murder of Two NYPD Officers

NYPD_shooting12_23December 23, 2014 – Segment 3

In the wake of last week’s shooting deaths of two police officers in New York City, we discuss the growing tensions and divides between police and communities across the country. With: 33-year police veteran Retired Major Neill Franklin, Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition); and the Rev. Merrick Moise, writer, community activist, teacher, and one of the first African-Americans ordained within the Old Catholic Movement in Baltimore.


Apache Sacred Land To Be Used For Copper Mining

tontoDecember 17, 2014 – Segment 3

We look at Apache Sacred Land in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona being ceded to copper mining interests. Our guests are: Mark Trahant, independent print and media journalist; Mike McAuliff, Senior Congressional Correspondent for the Huffington PostTerry Rambler, Chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe; and Gyasi Ross, member of the Blackfeet Tribe, father, entrepreneur, attorney and author of How to Say I Love You in Indian.

 


Beyond Ferguson: Moving Towards Societal Change & Talking To Kids About Race

african-american-kidsDecember 17, 2014 – Segment 2

We host a special discussion on lessons from Ferguson and practical advice for parents on how to talk with their children about race and societal change.

With: the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist, pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orisha’s Cross Freedom School; 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; 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 Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis and the forthcoming Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.

 


From The Archives: Dr. Eric Foner On Abraham Lincoln & Slavery

Abraham LincolnDecember 12, 2014 – Segment 3

We listen back to our interview with esteemed historian Dr. Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, who talks about his 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.


Ferguson, Staten Island & Baltimore: How Housing Apartheid Created The Basis For Police Brutality

Housing SegregationDecember 10, 2014 – Segment 2

Listen to analysis and discussion on how the history of housing apartheid created the basis for deep-seated racism and police brutality. Our guests will examine the current social and political landscapes of Ferguson, Staten Island, and Baltimore, and reflect upon how events in our history created a foundation for where we are today.

With: Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Dr. Colin Gordon, Professor of History and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Iowa, senior research consultant at the Iowa Policy Project, and author of Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City and Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality.


Sound Bites: Where’s The Diversity in the Environmental Movement? | Diverse Legal Concerns for MD Agriculture

protestincineratorDecember 9, 2014 – Segment 4

It’s a brand new episode of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our future. The first segment springs from an article written for The Bay Journal by Whitney Pipkin: “The ‘green ceiling': Environmental organizations lack diversity.” Pipkin’s article examines”The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations,” a report issued by the Green 2.0 working group.

Our panel of guests includes: Whitney Pipkin, writer on food, agriculture and the environment for The Bay Journal, Fellow of the Institute for Journalists of Natural resources and blogger at thinkabouteat.com; Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper; Dr. Dorceta Taylor,  Professor, Environmental Justice Field of Studies Coordinator, Past Chair of the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association at the University of Michigan, and author of the report we are discussing and also Toxic Communities:  Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility; and Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Climate Justice Initiative.

We close out the show with a look at a recent report on top legal concerns for Maryland’s agricultural community. We will talk with the report’s co-authors: Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland; and Dr. Stephan Tubene, Co-Project Director, Outreach for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Project.


Police Violence & The Legal System’s Failure To Respond To Ferguson, NY & Cleveland

protestDecember 8, 2014 – Segment 2

We host a panel discussion on race and racism in the U.S., specifically looking at police violence and the legal system’s failure to respond to civilian killings in Ferguson, New York and Cleveland with: 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; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey Law School.


NY Grand Jury Decides ‘No Indictment’ For Officer In Chokehold Death Of Eric Garner

garnerDecember 4, 2014 – Segment 2

We take a look at the decision handed down this afternoon by the grand jury in New York, not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death last July of Eric Garner, an unarmed 43-year old man who was suspected of illegally selling single cigarettes.

Our panel of guests includes: Rinku Sen, President of Race Forward and Publisher of Colorlines; Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist and Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church; and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland.


National News Roundup: Ferguson, Attorney General Holder Targets Racial Profiling & Bill Cosby Resigns From Temple

Eric HolderDecember 3, 2014 – Segment 3

We host a National News Roundup. Our panel will discuss Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement of a plan to target racial profiling; Bill Cosby’s resignation from the Temple University Board; and the contingent of St. Louis-area police union members who are providing security to former officer Darren Wilson.

Our guests are: Dr. Tara Bynum, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Towson University; Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication, co-Editor of Malcolm X: A Lie of Reinvention and author of I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto; and Tyrone Keys, author, public affairs strategist and public relations expert.


Reflecting Upon Racist “Watermelon” Remarks At The National Book Awards

Jacqueline WoodsonNovember 26, 2014 – Segment 3

We reflect upon last week’s National Book Award ceremonies, where Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket books, made the following racist remarks when introducing Jackie Woodson, who won the award for Young People’s Literature for her book Brown Girl:

I told you! I told Jackie she was going to win. And I said that if she won, I would tell all of you something I learned this summer, which is that Jackie Woodson is allergic to watermelon. Just let that sink in your mind.

And I said you have to put that in a book. And she said, “you put that in a book.” And I said “I am only writing a book about a black girl who is allergic to watermelon if I get a blurb from you, Cornell West, Toni Morrison, and Barack Obama saying, ‘This guy’s okay. This guy’s fine.'”

We hear from: Dr. Charles Johnson, National Book Award-winning novelist and scholar whose most recent book is called Taming the Ox; Tonya Bolden, award-winning author of over 20 books for young readers and adults, whose newest book is Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America; and Dr. George Yancy, Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University who recently edited a book entitled White Self-Criticality beyond Anti-Racism: How Does It Feel to Be a White Problem?

 


Native American Perspectives On Ferguson Decision & Thanksgiving

Gyasi RossNovember 26, 2014 – Segment 2

As we look to the Thanksgiving Holiday, we host a Native American Roundtable. Our guests share their perspectives on Thanksgiving and also reflect on the Ferguson Grand Jury decision. With: author, historian, feminist, and self-described revolutionary Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States; writer, entrepreneur, and attorney Gyasi Ross, member of the Blackfeet Tribe, whose newest book is How To Say I Love You In Indian; Ashley Minner, community artist, member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, and Founder of the Native American After School Art Program.

 


What The Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Says

Rioting erupts in Ferguson, Missouri after police involved shooting of an unarmed teenNovember 25, 2014 – Segment 2

We will look at the decision of the Grand Jury in St. Louis, MO, that decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August, with: Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (St. Louis County – District 14), who has been attending the protests in Ferguson since the beginning; Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Mothyna James-Brightful, Visionary Director for Heal A Woman To Heal A Nation and Cameron Miles, Director of Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood.

 


Baltimore Town Hall: Should The Community Control The Police?

Real News Town HallNovember 21, 2014 – Two Hour Special

Listen to a special 2-hour broadcast of excerpts from a town hall meeting I moderated Wednesday night at the Real News Network, on the role of the community in the Police Department. The panel and the audience – including representatives from the Baltimore Police Department, public officials, activists and community members – debated and discussed the issues and possible solutions.

Included in the discussion were: the ACLU’s Sonia Kumar; community activist Kim Trueheart; Adam Jackson of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Chief of the Baltimore Police Department’s Community Partnership Division Lt. Col. Melvin Russell; criminal defense attorney J. Wyndal Gordon; former Black Panther Marshall “Eddie” Conway; Baltimore County Police Department Lt. Jeffrey Shorter; Alok Mukherjee of the Toronto Police Services Board; and Dr. Ray Winbush of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.

Click here to see a transcript of the town hall and the full-length video of the event.

 


Ferguson Update: Still No Grand Jury Decision

FergusonNovember 19, 2014 – Segment 2

We get an update on the current political climate in Ferguson, Missouri, with Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, St. Louis County-District 14, who has been out at the protests since they began.

 


Minister Farrakhan Visits Morgan

louis-farrakhanNovember 18, 2014 – Segment 2

Minister Carlos Muhammad, Nation of Islam historian-archivist, Student Minister for Muhammad Mosque Number 6 in Baltimore, and Baltimore representative for The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan joins us to talk about Farrakhan’s visit to Morgan State University on Saturday, November 22nd as the keynote speaker for the BUSI (Black United Summit International) Conference.


Awaiting the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: What Are The Implications of the Possible Outcomes?

Ferguson ProtestNovember 17, 2014 – Segment 2

The country is braced for the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, regarding whether to indict a police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August 9. We examine the possible outcomes in this case and their implications.

Our panel of guests includes: Edward Wyckoff Williams, Contributing Editor at The Root and Political Contributor and Special Correspondent withAlJazeera America; Megan Sherman, producer at the Real News Network; and Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University

 


Sexual Assault, Reporting and African Americans

Robert-JenningsNovember 12, 2014 – Segment 3

We discuss a controversial speech by Robert Jennings, the president of Lincoln University. Speaking to students, he said women should not report rape in order to keep Black men out of prison.
We’re joined by Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; Dr. Eric Pritchard, Assistant Professor of English at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Lincoln University alumna; Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Stephanie Keene, Lincoln University alumna, intimate partner violence specialist and Lincoln University Alumna.

Voices From The Archives: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch

November 7, 2014 – Segment 5

Listen to a special “Voices of the Archives” interview from The Marc Steiner Show, with noted writers of our time.

I talk with Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian whose trilogy America in the King Years chronicles the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement.

 


The Whiteness Project: Exploring How White Americans Experience Their Ethnicity

The Whiteness ProjectOctober 30, 2014 – Segment 3

We take a look at The Whiteness Project, an interactive investigation into how Americans who identify themselves as “white” experience their ethnicity.

We talk with Whitney Dow, Founder of Two Tone Productions and Director/Producer ofThe Whiteness ProjectMarco Williams, Associate Arts Professor at the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; 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; and Sarah Tooley, member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action.


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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From Ferguson to Gaza: Black & Palestinian Communities and Activism

palestine gazaOctober 23, 2014 – Segment 3

We discuss the growing synergy between African American and Palestinian activists in the U.S., and discuss the points of unity and tension within Black and Arab communities. We are joined by academic, author, and activist Dr. Steven Salaita; and the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, and Executive Director of Orisha’s Cross Freedom School.

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Ebola Update: What We Know, The Politics and Treatment

ebolaOctober 21, 2014 – Segment 2

We continue our conversation on Ebola, and talk about health and political issues surrounding Ebola, treatment, public health implications, and Ebola in the United States. We’re joined by Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Dr. Benjamin Hale, writer forSlate, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Vice President of the International Society of Environmental Ethics and co-Editor of the journal Ethics, Policy & Environment; and Emira Woods, Director of Social Impact at Thoughtworks, a software consulting firm dedicated to economic and social justice, and Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Racial Divides in Baltimore’s Art World

siloOctober 20, 2014 – Segment 3

We host a panel on the racial divides in the artistic world in Baltimore, inspired by articles in last week’s Baltimore City Paper‘s 2014 Fall Arts Guide. With: Kalima Young, Director of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, a project of the Office of Community Engagement at MICA; Baynard Woods, Senior Editor for the Baltimore City Paper; Deana Haggag, Director of The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore; and Mia Loving, community organizer, entrepreneur, mother and wife.

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Update on Ferguson from Young Journalists and Activists

ferguson

October 20, 2014 – Segment 2

We get an update on events in Ferguson, Missouri, with a number of young journalists and activists who recently returned from that troubled city: freelance reporter Michelle Zei; Muna Mire, intern for The Nation; Ralikh Hayes, executive assistant for the Real News Network and and Board President of the Baltimore Algebra Project; and Megan Sherman, producer at the Real News Network.   

 

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Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis

whitehead_coverOctober 17, 2014 – Segment 2

Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, talks about her book Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis, which recently received the Letitia Woods Brown Book Award for the Best Edited Book in African American History from the Association of Black Women Historians.

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: An Indigenous People’s History of the United States

Roxanne Dunbar-OrtizOctober 17, 2014 – Segment 1

Listen to Marc’s interview with Native American author, historian, feminist, and self-described revolutionary Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on her fascinating and informative book An Indigenous People’s History of the United States.

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Remembering Steve Biko: His Life, His Legacy & South Africa Today

Steve BikoOctober 15, 2014 – Segment 1

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Listen in to our show commemorating Steve Biko, who was murdered in 1977 while in custody of the South African police. Biko was an anti-apartheid activist in the 1960s and 70s and founder of the Black Consciousness Movement. We reflect upon his life, his legacy, Black Consciousness, and South Africa today, with: Dr. Rozena Maart, Director of the Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal; and Dr. Xolela Mangcu, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Cape Town, Oppenheimer Fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, and author of Biko: A Life, the first full-length biography of Steve Biko; and Adrian Louw, Programme Integrator for Africa’s oldest community radio station project, Bush Radio 89.5FM, who served as the Media Liaison for the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa from 1999 to 2001.

This segment originally aired September 12, 2014.

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Black Nationalism Today

black nationalismOctober 10, 2014 – Segment 2

We turn to a conversation about Black nationalism and its role in the political and cultural landscape today. Our guests include: Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence and Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University; author and songwriter John Wesley; and Dr. Jeff Menzise, licensed school psychologist in Washington, DC, and author of Dumbin’ Down: Reflections on the Mis-Education of the Negro.

 

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Raising and Educating Black Boys

Classrooms and educationOctober 8, 2014 – Segment 2

Listen to our discussion about the complexities, challenges, and joys of raising and educating boys. With: Jack Pannell, founder of Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys, a Baltimore City Public Charter School scheduled to open in 2015; 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; and educator David Banks, President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation, founding principal of the Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx, and author ofSoar: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character.

David Banks will be speaking about his book Soar: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character, on Wednesday, October 8, 6:00pm, at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum, 1417 Thames Street in Baltimore. For more information and to RSVP, emailmjewsdouglassmyers@gmail.com.

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Baltimore City: Breaking Your Heart?

Baltimore SkylineOctober 6, 2014 – Segment 3

We listen back to an archive edition of the Marc Steiner Show from last year where we discussed the article, “Baltimore City, You’re Breaking My Heart” and the many responses to it. That article recently took the title for Baltimore City Paper’s Best White Whine” of 2014. We hear from: Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Tim Barnett, founder of Baltimore Bike Party and author of a response to the aforementioned article, titled “Baltimore City: You’re Not Breaking My Heart. I’m not leaving”; Katie Long, Program Director and Hispanic Liaison of the Friends of Patterson Park; Hasdai Westbrook, Partner at ChangingMedia, a digital agency devoted to social change, and author of the blog post, “To #SaveBaltimore, Embrace the Wire”; Dr. Tara Bynum, assistant professor in the Department of English at Towson University; and Bobby Marvin Holmes, Youth Advocate for Baltimore Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (BYAP) and Producer of Live Young Blood, a documentary focused on the struggle to end youth violence.

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Wil Haygood: On Inspiring ‘The Butler’

Wil HaygoodOctober 3, 2014 – Segment 4

We talk to Wil Haygood, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, who wrote the 2008 Washington Post article that inspired the film Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

This broadcast is an archive of the Marc Steiner Show.

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