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

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

We hosted a special archive edition of the show when I talked with Gyasi Ross, father, writer, artist, attorney, member of the Blackfeet Tribe, and author of How To Say I Love You In Indian. We talk about the life and politics of America and racism, from the perspective of a Native American artist and activist.

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

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

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

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Local News Roundtable: Solutions Other Than Policing

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 OUTJune 26, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a Local News Roundtable and discussed ways we can combat the violence in Baltimore City other than through increased policing. We dealt with issues of schooling, child care, and the politics of funding in Baltimore. With: farmer, educator, and food justice advocate Denzel Mitchell; former City Councilman Carl Stokes, founder of Banneker Blake Academy of Arts and Science; and Jaisal Noor, reporter and producer for The Real News.

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National Roundtable: Senate Health Care Bill & Policy Brutality

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

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

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Tengella’s Take: White Comedians

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

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The Story of Civil Rights: Cambridge, Marylannd

June 22, 2017 – Segment 1Arrest in Cambridge, Maryland - 1963

We begin the day with a special 2013 archive edition of our show, The Story of Civil Rights in Cambridge, Maryland. Our guests commemorate the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Cambridge. Residents Enez Stafford-GrubbsBetty Jackson, and Francine Woolford join us to share their memories of the struggle for civil rights, an end to segregation, and better living conditions in their hometown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.


City Council Roundtable: Baltimore City Economic Infrastructure

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

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

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Michael Eric Dyson: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster

Come Hell or High Water (Credit: Amazon)June 20, 2017 – Segment 3

We took a step back into 2006 to listen to my conversation with scholar, best-selling author, and radio host Michael Eric Dyson. We discussed his book published that year called Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster, which tells the story of those who were left behind during relief efforts.

Dyson explains how Katrina wasn’t just an engineering catastrophe, but also exposed the complexities that still exist within race and class relations in America. These issues continue to rear their head in American politics and society, and looking back to previous failures can be a way to find better methods for the future. Michael Eric Dyson is University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University.

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

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

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

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The Wire: Interview with Detective Lester Freamon

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

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Local News Roundtable: Strengthening Baltimore

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

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

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

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

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National News Roundtable: The Philando Castile Verdict & Political Polarization

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Koli Tengella: Appreciation on this Father’s Day

tengellaJune 16, 2017 – Segment 1

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


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

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

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


Baltimore City Council Roundtable: City Funding and Violence

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

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


50th Anniversary of Loving v Virginia: Anne and Frank Jealous

June 13, 2017 – Segment 1

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage. To commemorate that momentous decision, we welcomed Fred and Anne Jealous and their son Ben – former President of the NAACP and current gubernatorial candidate in Maryland – into our studio to talk about their marriage. Fred and Anne were married in Washington, D.C., because they were barred from marrying in their home state of Maryland. They took a risk each night they spent together in Maryland, for fear of being woken up and dragged away by the police. They have now spent a half-century of life fighting for civil rights and building a coalition, together. Both were active in the civil rights movement in Maryland, and Anne was one of the first Black students at Western High School. These two brave individuals discuss what it meant to live in Maryland during this difficult time.


Local Roundtable: Violence and Homicide in Baltimore

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

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

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

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National Roundtable: James Comey & Media’s Role

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

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

With: Carla Wills, Senior News Producer at Democracy Now!Ralph Moore,Long time community activist and advocate for Baltimore’s poor and needy; and Dr. Richard Vatz, Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Towson University’s Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development, and author of The Only Authentic Book Of Persuasion.

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

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

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

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

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World of the Play: Noises Off

Noises Off (Credit: Everyman Theater)June 9, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted the latest segment from the Everyman Theatre’s series World of the Play. Last Saturday I moderated a very joyful and spirited conversation around the themes of the hilarious current production  Noises Off, in a discussion called Comedy as a Cure.

The panelists were: Nira Berry, Laughter Therapist and Founder of LaughingRx laughter wellness programs, known worldwide as the “Happiness Coach;” Koli Tengella, 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; and theatre maker and educator Wyckham Avery, who has been creating visceral and kinesthetic experiences for all types of learners for over 20 years and was a founding member of the ensemble-based theatre company dog & pony dc.

 


ARCHIVE: Baltimore Youth in Organizing

June 8, 2017 – Segment 2 Baltimore Youth: We Are Not ThugsBaltimore Youth: We Are Not Thugs

We have a piece from 2015 about the role of Baltimore Youth in organizing.

We take a look at the critical role of Baltimore’s youth in organizing. With: Melissa Moore, Founder and program facilitator of YLLEAD and holistic design village, a youth-led design, cooperative economics, and community activation program; Aaron Anderson, YLLEAD artisan/ activator and an award-winning boxer; 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.


City Paper This Week: Finding Turner Station

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

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


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

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

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


The Six Day War: A Historic Perspective with Lia Tarachansky

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

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


Talking About Race: Harm Reduction In Communities of Color

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

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

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

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

Local News Roundtable: Baltimore Murder Rates

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

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

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


National & International News Roundtable: London Attacks & Trump

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

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

With: Bill Fletcher, Jr., Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com, co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 and author of They’re Bankrupting Us!” And 20 Other Myths about Unions; Democratic political operative Quincy Gamble; and Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.


Octavia Butler: Science Fiction Influence

Octavia ButlerJune 2, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show: my 2004 interview with the late science fiction writer Octavia Butler. Butler was a multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, and in 1995 she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship. She authored a number of books, the best known of which is Kindred.


Tengella’s Take: Black Lives Matter

tengellaJune 2, 2017 – Segment 1

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


Marc’s Minutes: Solutions For Confederate Monuments in Baltimore

Black Union Soldier Memorial (Credit; Jubilo! The Emancipation Century WordPress)June 1, 2017 – Segment 4

I took a few minutes to explore my opinions on ways that we can address the issues that are presented by Confederate Monuments which honor one of the most despicable moments in American history.

Should we tear the statues down? Is there a better way to address the problem?

I think that it’s time to give platform and honor to the brave African American soldiers who fought as Union Soldiers. Who fought for the liberation of enslaved Africans in this country.

Maybe this is the solution we are looking for.

 

 


Why Does Baltimore Have So Many Confederate Monuments?

Confederate monuments in BaltimoreJune 1, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a special historical piece produced by Marc Steiner Show Senior Producer Emeritus Stefanie Mavronis which examined the multitude of Confederate Monuments in Baltimore.


Exploitation in College Sports: Remembrance of Frank DeFord

NCAA (Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)May 31, 2017 – Segment 1

The great sports journalist, commentator, and novelist Frank DeFord died yesterday May 28, 2017. Frank was one of a kind – thoughtful, insightful, and witty. His musings were philosophical and he always wrote about individuals, not just about sports. I was honored to host Frank a number of times over the years.

To remember him and his legacy we hosted an interview from 2011 on Exploitation in College Sports, with Frank and Taylor Branch. Branch is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of The Cartel: Inside the Rise and Imminent Fall of the NCAA. Frank DeFord wrote a number of books, including Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter, in 2013.


Shared Weight: Visions of War, Dreams of Peace

May 29, 2017 – Segment 1

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

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

Trita Parsi on the Middle East

May 25, 2017 – Segment 1 

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


City Paper This Week: What Happened to Tyree Woodson?

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

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


Remembrance of Richard Collins III

Richard Collins III (Credit: Heavy)May 24, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a panel discussion on the tragic story straight from the headlines: the murder of Richard Collins III at the University of Maryland (College Park) over this past weekend. Police charged a 22-year old white University of Maryland Student, allegedly a member of a racist Facebook group, with the murder.

With: Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial AmericaSam Christian Holmes, community artist/activist; and Chris Merriam, freelance writer and former Executive Director of Bikemore.


Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Malcolm XMay 23, 2017 – Segment 1

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

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

Local News Roundtable: Civilian Review Boards and Baltimore Schools

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

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

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


National News Roundtable: Trump and Suadi Arabia

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

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


Martin and Malcolm

May 19, 2017 – Segment 2 American civil rights leader Malcolm X (1925 - 1965) laughs as he relaxes on a couch in a wood-panelled room, March 1964. (Photo by Truman Moore/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

We bring you a special 2-hour archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show from 2007, Martin and Malcolm: One Vision – Two Voices. This event was produced in cooperation with the Maryland Humanities Council, and I moderated a discussion between the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., portrayed by actor Bill Grimmette, and Malcolm X, portrayed by actor Charles Everett Pace. The program was recorded before a live audience at the Baltimore Museum of Art.


ARCHIVE: Food Sovereignty and the Uprising

May 18, 2017 – Segment 3

We broadcast a special 2015 episode of our series about our food and our world, Sound Bites: The Baltimore Uprising and Food Sovereignty. Our panel of guests examines 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, former 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.

Turning Protest to Policy

May 18, 2017 – Segment 1 

A. Adar Ayira joins us to let us know about an important event happening tomorrow evening, Moving from Protests to Policy: Making Advocacy Count: 2017 Legislative Wrap-Up. Ayira is Director of Programs for the More in the Middle Initiative at Associated Black Charities and Facilitator and Analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a Program of Fusion Partnerships.
Moving from Protests to Policy: Making Advocacy Count: 2017 Legislative Wrap-Up will take place Thursday May 18 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business, 11 W. Mount Royal Ave. Baltimore MD 21201.

The History of Black People and Baseball

May 16, 2017 – Segment 2 

We take a look at baseball and African Americans. With: Juan Waters is Co-Founder and Assistant Coach of the Baltimore Dodgers; Milton Kent, freelance journalist and Lecturer in the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University; Imam Earl El-Amin, resident imam of the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore and former baseball player; and Derrick Brown, founder and coach of the Baltimore Dodgers, part of the Cal Ripken Collegiate League.

Lawrence Burney on Young Moose

May 15, 2017 – Segment 3 

We finish the show with a conversation with True Laurels writer and editor Lawrence Burney about his article for Noisey, “How a Dirty Baltimore Cop’s Vendetta Derailed a Promising Rapper’s Career.”


National News Roundtable: James Comey and Trump

May 15, 2017 – Segment 1

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


The Legend John Coltrane: A Love Supreme

John Coletrain (Credit The Key XPN)May 12, 2017 – Segment 3

In light of the fact that a new documentary about the life of John Coltrane, Chasing Trane, opened in Baltimore, we listened back to the Steiner Show archives about the life and legacy of this jazz great.
We first examined John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. Coltrane recorded this classic album in 1964. We discussed the lasting impact of that album with: Robert Shahid, jazz drummer and co-host of The Baltimore Blend on WEAA; Doc Manning, host of In the Tradition on WEAA; Nasar Abadey, drummer, composer, and percussion instructor at the Peabody Institute; Lewis Porter, jazz pianist, composer, Professor of Music at Rutgers University, Founder and Director of the Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research, and author of John Coltrane: His Life and Music; and Marcellus “The Bassman” Shepard, host of In the Groove on WEAA and co-host of the nationally syndicated Cool Jazz Countdown.
Marc Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery also shared an appreciation and review of Coltrane’s Offering: Live at Temple University. The recording documents one of Coltrane’s final concerts on November 11, 1966, and offers a glimpse of where he was heading musically in the final months of his life.

Tengella’s Take: White Supremacy and Being African

tengellaMay 12, 2017 – Segment 1

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


Local News Roundtable: Housing and Rent Court

Public Housing in BaltimoreMay 9, 2017 – Segment 1

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

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


Black Panther and The Crew #1

Black Panther Comic (Credit: Marvel Comics}May 8, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted my conversation with Denzel Mitchell and Kalima Young on Black people and Black superheroes in the Marvel Universe, in light of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new comic book release Black Panther and the Crew.

Denzel Mitchell is a farmer, educator, and food justice advocate. Kalima Young is a Lecturer in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University and PhD candidate in American Studies at University of Maryland.


The Ballad of Black Tom: Tribute and Criticism of H.P. Lovecraft

Victor LaValle (Credit: Whiting Foundation)May 8, 2017 – Segment 2

I had a wonderful interview with author Victor LaValle about his fascinating and powerful book The Ballad of Black Tom, which is both a tribute to and a criticism of the writing of science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft. The book tells the story of a young Black man from Harlem in 1924 and addresses racism, police brutality, and cosmic terror.


National News Roundtable: The AHCA and The French Election

Macron (Credit: Fox News)May 8, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National News Roundtable, where we discussed the passage of the American Health Care Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, the French Election results, and much more.

With: Dr. Jack Fruchtman, Jr., Professor of Political Science, Director of the Program in Law and American Civilization, and Director of University Prelaw Advising at Towson University; Sarah Posner, Investigative Fund reporter and winner of a Sidney Award from the Sidney Hillman Foundation; and Dr. Anne McCarthy, Dean of the Business School at Hamline University in Minneapolis and former Republican candidate for Comptroller of Maryland.


Black Panther and the Crew #1: Black Superheroes in Marvel

Black Panther Comic (Credit: Marvel Comics}May 3, 2017 – Segment 1

We had a conversation about the new comic book Black Panther and the Crew #1, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I talked with Denzel Mitchell and Kalima Young, who discussed Black people and Black superheroes in the Marvel Universe.

Denzel Mitchell is a farmer, educator, and food justice advocate. Kalima Young is a Lecturer in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University and PhD candidate in American Studies at University of Maryland.


Tengella’s Take: Global Warming

tengellaApril 28, 2017 – Segment 1

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


Shared Weight: Woody’s Journal

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

We took time to remember Woody Curry, who passed away on Easter. We heard Woody’s Journal, a powerful episode from our series Shared Weight on the Viet Nam War and the lives of the men and women involved. Woody was a Viet Nam veteran and former Clinical Director at The Baltimore Station. He developed one of the most unique and successful programs to address addiction in the country.


Equity In Art: The Impact of Race and Class

Equity In Arts (Credit: Linked Article)April 25, 2017 – Segment 2

Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence talked with Sheila Gaskins and Darryl Ratcliff about Toward Equity in the Arts, a conversation in conjunction with the Ted Low Lecture at the Walters Art Museum, held on April 13. Gaskins is a performance artist, playwright, artist, poet, Founder of Art-partheid, and Director of Theater Action Group. Ratcliff is a social practice artist based in Dallas, TX, who co-founded the Michelada Think Tank, a group of socially conscious artists, educators, and activists of color hosting conversations with other people of color and allies who are interested in creative ways of making change happen.


National News Roundtable: The French Election, and Establishment Politics

Bernie Sanders And Perez (Credit: NPR)April 24, 2017 – Segment 1

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

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


Dr. Ira Berlin: Free At Last

Dr. Ira Berlin (Credit: US Slave blogger)April 21, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation I had with Dr. Ira Berlin, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Founder of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project.

Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War features the actual words of those who lived through America’s Civil War: White and Black, Union soldiers and officers, Confederate soldiers and officers, civilians and mothers. People searching for their families, telling why they hated slavery and others telling why they thought slavery was the right of Southerners to hold.

Free At Last: Slavery, Freedom, and America’s Civil War

Free At Last (Credit: Amazon)April 21, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a very special theatrical presentation. We reached back to 1995, when I produced a dramatic reading of Free At Last, the stories and thoughts of those who lived through and fought in America’s Civil War. The play’s script was drawn from a book by the same title, co-edited by historian Dr. Ira Berlin and  Barbara J. Fields. The play was directed by Donald Hicken, who was then the head of the Theatre Program at Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA). The play’s narrator was dancer, actor and educator Maria Broom, and the actors – all faculty members at BSA – were Denise DiggsBill Grimmette and Tony Tsendeas.

Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War features the actual words of those who lived through America’s Civil War: White and Black, Union soldiers and officers, Confederate soldiers and officers, civilians and mothers. People searching for their families, telling why they hated slavery and others telling why they thought slavery was the right of Southerners to hold.

Queen of Katwe: The People Behind The Story

Queen of Katwe (Credit: Wired)April 20, 2017 – Segment 1

I had a moving interview with two individuals who are the actual people behind the inspirational story depicted in the book and movie “Queen of Katwe.” I talked with Phiona Mutesi and Robert Katende, who inspired this story of a young chess prodigy from the slums of Uganda and her visionary coach. They will be joined by Jackie Copeland, Interim Director of Education at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore.

Phiona Mutesi and Robert Katende will be appearing for a book signing and discussion at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Friday, April 21 at 6:30pm. For tickets and more information click here.

Remembering Woody Curry: Dear Friend and Community Member

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

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


Reflection: Two Years Since the Killing of Freddie Gray

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

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

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


The Tubman House: Commemorating the Uprising

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

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

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

State of the DOJ Consent Decree in Baltimore

Baltimore PoliceApril 18, 2017 – Segment 1

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

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


Dr. Thabit Abdullah: Discussion and Updates on Syria

Syrian refugee crisisApril 17, 2017 – Segment 3

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


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

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

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

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


James Forman Jr: Crime and Punishment in Black America

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

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

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

World Of The Play: Los Otros and Othering

Los Otros (Credit: Everyman Theater Page)April 14, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted the latest installment of World of the Play: Los Otros, a panel discussion that took place last Saturday at Everyman Theatre. Dr. Kimberly Moffitt hosted this fascinating discussion on the topic of “Othering and Belonging,” springing from the themes of the play Los Otros. Dr. Moffitt is 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.

The panelists for World of the Play were: Katie Miller, 2016 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow whose fellowship addresses issues of food access and food justice within the Latino community in collaboration with CASA, an immigrant advocacy organization; Edgar Reyes, multimedia artist based in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area whose work is a reflection of his personal experience as an undocumented youth in the United States; and Scott Patterson, pianist, composer, and co-founder and Artistic Director of Afro House, a music-driven performance art house based in Baltimore.

Tengella’s Take: State Execution In Arkansas

tengellaApril 14, 2017 – Segment 1

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


Ethelbert Miller: Art As Resistance

Ethelbert Miller (Credit: His Website)April 10, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted an archive segment with my dear friend Ethelbert Miller. I spoke with Ethelbert after the election about art during the Trump administration. He talks about how art works in resistance and how his role as a writer is important during this next adminstration.


Bill Moyers: Journalist and Political Commentator

Bill Moyers (Credit: Washington Post)April 7, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a Steiner Show archive, my 1996 conversation with journalist and political commentator Bill Moyers about his book and PBS serieson Genesis, as well as on Baltimore’s Genesis Project (based on the book), which brought Muslims, Jews, and Christians – Black and White — together in conversation about the stories contained in the first book of the Jewish and Christian Bible.


Tengella’s Take: Violence and Mental Illness

tengellaApril 7, 2017 – Segment 1

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


Robert Chew: Proposition Joe from The Wire

The Wire Proposition Joe (Credit: Wikipedia)April 6, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a rebroadcast of a special archive edition of the show where we remember the life of Robert Chew, the Baltimore native who portrayed the east Baltimore drug lord Proposition Joe on the hit HBO series The Wire and who died in 2013. Prop Joe, as he came to be known, was an iconic figure that represented a time in Baltimore when the drug trade was less violent and bloody, when word was bond, and “The Game” was something very different than what it is today.


Attica: The Prison Uprising of 1971

Blood In The Water (Credit: Amazon)April 6, 2017 – Segment 1

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

 


City Council Roundtable: $15 An Hour & The Baltimore Consent Decree

Baltimore City Council (Credit: JHU)April 5, 2017 – Segment 1

Our guest host is Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America. 
We hosted a Baltimore City Council Roundtable where issues such as the $15 hour Minimum Wage bill and the BPD Consent Decree were discussed. With: Shannon Sneed (District 13); Robert Stokes (District 12); and Mary Pat Clarke (District 14).

Taylor Branch and Tavis Smiley on Beyond Vietnam

April 4, 2017 – Segment 3

Now, we will hear a reflection on The Riverside Church Speech from Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Taylor Branch, who wrote the landmark narrative history of the civil rights era, America in the King Years.
We close the show with another reflection on the speech and Dr. King, with talk show host, author, political commentator, entrepreneur, and advocate Tavis Smiley. Smiley is host of the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS and author of a number of books, including Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.

Remembering the “Beyond Vietnam” Speech

April 4, 2017 – Segment 2 

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, also known as The Riverside Church Speech, which Dr. King delivered exactly one year to the date before he was assassinated.  We begin with selections from this powerful speech.


#BlackWomenAtWork

April 4, 2017 – Segment 1 

Our guest host is Kalima Young, Lecturer in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University and doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland. The topic will be #BlackWomenAtWork. With: human resources manager and consultant Francine Howell; and Brittany Oliver, writer, photojournalist and non-profit leader whose public interest work takes place at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland, where she organizes on a variety of civil rights issues and assists with all aspects of advocacy and communications.

Just Words: Baltimore Community Activists

BaltimoreApril 3, 2017 – Segment 4

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


The Underground Railroad: National Book Award-Winning Author Colson Whitehead

Underground Railroad (Credit: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)April 3, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a rebroadcast of a show from last September, my interview with author Colson Whitehead about his National Book Award-winning book The Underground Railroad.

Whitehead has written a number of novels and two books of non-fiction. In 2002, he received a MacArthur Fellowship. The Underground Railroad was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, and was also chosen by President Barack Obama as one of five books on his summer vacation reading list.


Tengella’s Take: Racism and Trump

tengellaMarch 31, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted our newest edition of our weekly segment, Tengella’s Take with Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator Koli Tengella.

Tengella is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.


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

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

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

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

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


Councilman Dorsey on Policing

March 29, 2017 – Segment 2 

Councilman Dorsey sits down with us as he dicusses his recent op-ed in the City Paper. He talks about the racial divide in his district (District 3) and what that means for policing in Baltimore city.


Segregation in Schools

March 28, 2017 – Segment 1 Role of teachers in education system

We begin the show with a look into school segregation in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. With: Gail Sunderman, Director of the Maryland Equity Project and Senior Research Scientist in the College of Education at the University of Maryland; Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer of Equity Matters and Board Member of the Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) for the Positive Schools Center at the University of Maryland School of Social Work; and Marisol A. Johnson, Vice Chair of the Second Council District for the Baltimore County School Board, owner and CEO of The Johnson Insurance Team, and active member in the Parent Teacher Association at Summit Park Elementary School.


Local News Roundtable: $15 Minimum Wage

Mayor Pugh (Credit: Baltimore City Gov)March 27, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted a Local News Roundtable, discussing topics including Mayor Catherine Pugh’s veto of the $15/hour minimum wage bill.

With: Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial AmericaLuke Broadwater, reporter at the Baltimore Sun, where he covers Baltimore’s City Hall and Local Politics; and Jessica Lewis, organizer with Power Inside.


Just Words: Walker Gladden

March 24, 2017 – Segment 7

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


Finding our Ancestors’ Voices: A Slaves Narrative

Iyelli Icheli (Credit: Reginald F Lewis Museum Site)March 24, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a conversation on an upcoming lecture at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum entitled “Finding Our Ancestors Voices.” This annual spring lecture is co-sponsored with the Baltimore chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.

With: Dr. Iyelli Ichile, Post-doctoral Fellow in African American History at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum & the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The lecture is being held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Information and tickets are available here: Link

 


Sherrilyn Ifill: American Politics and The LDF

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

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

 

 


Tengella’s Take: Black Youth and Violence

tengellaMarch 24, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted the newest edition of our weekly segment, Tengella’s Take with Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator Koli Tengella.

Tengella is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.


Get Out: Racism and Film

Get Out (Credit: Los Angeles Times)March 22, 2017 – Segment 2

Have you seen the movie Get Out yet? We hosted a  lively discussion on the movie and its implications.

With: Kalima Young, Lecturer in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University and PhD candidate in American Studies at University of Maryland, about Jordan Peele’s new thriller.


Bail Reform In Maryland

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

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

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


Local News Roundtable: State Of The City

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

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

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


National News Roundtable: Russia Interference & The Supreme Court

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

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

With: Mark Trahant, Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota and independent print and media journalist who writes at Trahant ReportsDr. Richard Vatz, Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Towson University’s Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development, and author of The Only Authentic Book Of Persuasion; and Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.


Tengella’s Take: Transgender People & African American’s

tengellaMarch 17, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted the newest edition of our weekly segment, Tengella’s Take with Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator Koli Tengella.

Tengella is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.


City Council Roundtable: State of the City

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

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

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


The Get Down: Guest Host Denzel Mitchell

The Get Down (Credit: Affinity Magazine)March 15, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted a rebroadcast of a fascinating show from last September, when our guest host Denzel Mitchell – farmer, educator, and food justice advocate – led a discussion of The Get Down, a Netflix original series set in the 1970s that focuses on hip hop in the Bronx.

With: D Watkins, columnist for Salon.com, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore, Founder of the BMORE Writers Project, and author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir; and Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields, co-Founder and Senior Director of Education and Innovation for the Cambio Group.


The Crooked Branch: Discussion With Author Jeanine Cummins

The Crooked Branch (Credit: GoodReads)March 14, 2017 – Segment 3

In honor of the St. Patrick’s Day coming up on March 17, we hosted a 2013 archive, my conversation with Irish-American author Jeanine Cummins about her novel The Crooked Branch.

Cummins’ compelling narrative follows the lives of two mothers, one in modern-day New York and the other in Ireland during the Great Famine.


From The Archives: A Different World

A Different World (Credit: Wikipedia)March 14, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, our 2013 commemoration of the 20th anniversary of “A Different World,” a groundbreaking television show that challenged stereotypes about race.

With: Eric Deggans, author of Race Baitor: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a NationCarla Wills, Senior News Producer at Democracy Now!, and Bobby Marvin Holmes, Founder of Son of a Dream, LLC and co-Director of Live Young Blood, a documentary covering Baltimore’s struggle to reduce gun violence.


Bail Reform: The Future of Cash Bail

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

We had a conversation on Bail Reform.

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


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