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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.


Education Roundtable: Baltimore School Budget Deficit

School Stories: The Human Face of PolicyMarch 8, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted an Education Roundtable on the crisis in Baltimore City Public Schools funding and how to address it.

With: Sharicca Boldon, Community School Coordinator for Strong City Baltimore; Frank Patinella, Senior Advocate with the ACLU’s Education Reform Project; and Cheryl Bost, Vice President of Maryland State Education Association (MSEA).


Chris Crass: Collective Liberation in the Era of Trump

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

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

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

Democracy In Crises: CPAC and Shane Bauer

democracyincrisislogoMarch 3, 2017 – Segment 2

We host the newest episode of Democracy in Crisis, a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and yours truly and produced by Mark Gunnery for The Center for Emerging Media. We talk with Mother Jones senior reporter Shane Bauer about the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), held last month. Bauer is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism. He is also the co-author, with Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, of A Sliver of Light, a memoir of his two years as a prisoner in Iran.


Conversation with Dr. Rob Helfenbein: HR 610 & School Vouchers

Robert Henfenbein (Credit: Center for Inquiry)March 1, 2017 – Segment 2

I had a discussion on Education with Dr. Rob Helfenbein, Associate Dean of the School of Education and Interim Chair of Teacher Education at Loyola University Maryland. The conversation focused on public schools and in particular a bill pending before Congress, H.R.610, which would distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in schools.


Roundtable Conversation: Trump’s Speech Before Congress

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

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

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


Local Roundtable: Education / Policing

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

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

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


National Roundtable: Immigration, Trump and More

February 23, 2017 – Segment 1 

We begin the show with a National News Roundtable. Our guests are: Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and Co-Editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; Hasdai Westbrook, Founder and CEO of ChangingMedia; and Rose Aguilar, Host of Your Call Radio on KALW in San Francisco.


Dale Beran: 4Chan and The Rise Of Trump

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

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


Never Caught: Conversation With Author Dr. Erica Dunbar

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

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

Local Roundtable: ICE Raids and Education

Immigration Raids (Credit: WLFL)February 20, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a Local News Roundtable discussing topics such as local ICE Raids and Education in Baltimore. With: attorney and community activist Dana Moore, member of the Baltimore City Liquor Board, former chair of the City Ethics Board, and past-President of the Charles Village Civic Association; Full-time Teacher, Artists, and Activist Edgar Reyes; and Luis Larin, leadership organizer with United Workers.


Soundbites: Environmental Bills, Fermentation, & Immigration

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

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

Democracy in Crisis: The Deportation of Guadalupe García de Rayos

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

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

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


City Paper This Week: Our Town

City Paper This Week (Credit: City Paper)February 15, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted our regular feature City Paper This Week. In this installment, Marc Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence interviews freelance writer Andrew Holterabout his cover story on the history of Nazis in the US.


Baltimore Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program: Implementation and Benefits

LEAD Conference (Credit: Afro-American)February 15, 2017 – Segment 2

With our panel of guests we  discussesed Baltimore’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, created to divert low-level drug offenders away from arrest, to treatment and other support services.

With: Crista Taylor, Vice President for Programs of the Behavioral Health System of Baltimore; Captain James Rhoden, Baltimore City Police Department; and Scott Nolan, Director of the Drug Addiction Treatment Program for Open Society Institute-Baltimore.


Immigration Roundtable: ICE Raids

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

We hosted an Immigration Roundtable with four immigration attorneys. 

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

National News Roundtable: Resistance

General Strike (Credit: New York)February 13, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National News Roundtable, and discussed topics such as National Strikes, methods of resistance, and ways to move forward.

With: Caprece Jackson-Garrett, owner of Bonneau Caprece LLC, a public relations, strategic marketing, and event production firm; Lenny McAllister, incoming adjunct professor of history at LaRoche College in Pittsburgh who was the 2016 GOP nominee for US Congress in Pittsburgh and was named to The Root 100 (2016) as one of the most influential African-Americans under 45 years old; and Sean Gallagher, IT and National Security Editor at Ars Technica.


Boxing Legend Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier (Credit: Associated Press)February 10, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted a very special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, Marc’s 1996 interview with boxing legend Joe Frazier!


Tengella’s Take: Systematic Racism Is A Mental Illness

tengellaFebruary 10, 2017 – Segment 1

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.


Maryland General Assembly: Parole Reform For Life Sentences

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

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


The Maryland General Assembly: Issues of Bail Reform

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

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


Life and Legacy: Bob Marley

Bob Marley (Credit: Flickr User - Monosnaps)February 8, 2017 – Segment 2

Bob Marley would have turned 72 on February 6, so in remembrance we hosted a celebration of his life and legacy. Our guests included: Fanon Hill, cultural organizer, co-Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Resiliency Institute, trainer for the National Rites of Passage Institute, and writer and Director of Lom Nava Love; and Navasha Daya, singer-songwriter whose voice is featured on Lom Nava Love‘s soundtrack, and co-Founder and Director of the Healing and Performing Arts at the Youth Resiliency Institute.


Silencing of Elizabeth Warren: Commentary

Elizabeth WArren (Credit: Huffington Post)February 8, 2017 – Segment 1

In light of the silencing of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Marc shared some thoughts on the current battle between ideologies and where we may be heading as a country.

 


Bob Zellner: Organizing In The South

Bob Zellner SNCC (Credit: In These Times)February 3, 2017 – Segment 2

Marc hosted a conversation with Civil Rights veteran Bob Zellner, former field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), about his decades of organizing among poor white people in the South.


City Paper This Week: On Parenting

City Paper This Week: On Parenting (Credit: City Paper)February 1, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted our regular feature City Paper This Week! Marc was joined by Lisa Snowden-McCray, Writer and Associate Editor for City Paper.


Racial Wealth Divide in Baltimore

CFED Report (Credit: CFED Report)February 1 – Segment 2

Marc hosted a conversation with Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Director of the Racial Wealth Divide Initiative of CFED. They discussed the report the Corporation for Enterprise Development, CFED, released yesterday that reveals a significant gap in wealth between whites and other races in Baltimore.

They are joined by  Talib Horne, Executive Director of Bon Secours Community Works, halfway through their conversation.


Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz: Vision for the Country

Kamenetz (Credit: Baltimore County MD Site)January 30, 2017 – Segment 2

Marc hosted a  conversation with Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in-studio about what his vision for the County is.


National News Roundtable: Donald Trumps Executive Order & Protests Against It

DC Protest (Credit: Flickr Commons User - Campaign Backbone)January 30, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National News Roundtable, topics to include this weekend’s protests against Donald Trump’s Executive Order to ban people from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States. With: Zainab Chaudry, Maryland Outreach Manager for the Council on American Islamic Relations; Bob Somerby, Editor of The Daily HowlerEugene Craig III, grassroots activist and 3rd Vice-Chair of the Maryland Republican Party; 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.


Intersectionality: Confronting White Feminism

Women March (Credit: Flickr User Susan Melkisethian)January 27, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a rebroadcast of a show from last fall on the important topic of Intersectionality. Intersectionality is discrimination experienced by people belonging to more than one minority group. The discussion’s jumping off point was a Baltimore Sun article featuring Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, “Intersectionality concerns transcend straight, white feminism.” Dr. Whitehead is Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of Race Brave: New and Selected WorksNotes From a Colored Girl: the Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis and My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-racial America.

The panel included: 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; Jennifer Eden, Peer Navigator and Communications Specialist who is also featured in the Baltimore Sun article and Jennifer Williams, Assistant Professor of English at Morgan State University.


Tengella’s Take

January 27, 2017 – Segment 1 

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


John B. Judis: Ascendance of Donald Trump & The Populist Explosion

John B Judis (Credit: Youtube)January 27, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation Marc had last week at the Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore with author and journalist John B. Judis. We discussed the ramifications of the 2016 election, exploring the ascendance of Donald Trump in relation to Judis’ recent work The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics.

Judis is an editor-at-large at Talking Points Memo, a former senior writer at The National Journal and a former senior editor at The New Republic.


National News Roundtable: Donald Trump’s Executive Orders

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

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


Local News Roundtable: Baltimore Consent Decree

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

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


MLK Remembrance: Legacy and Looking Towards the Trump Administration

MLK (Credit: MSU Honors College)January 16, 2017 – Segment 1

We celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday with a panel of guests who met with us last year to discuss the legacy of Dr. King in the context of the Obama Presidency. Now, as we look to the incoming Trump administration, these same three guests will talk about Dr. King’s legacy for this moment in time. With: Dedrick Muhammad, Director of the Racial Wealth Divide Initiative of CFED; Dorcas Gilmore, attorney and consultant focused on community economic development and race equity issues; and Charly Carter, Director of Maryland Working Families.


Jeff Sessions Confirmation Hearing and Trump Presser

January 12, 2017 – Segment 1 

We begin the show with a National News Roundtable on the Jeff Sessions hearings and Donald Trump’s press conference today. With: Dr. Mileah Kromer, Director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center and Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Goucher College; and Lenny McAllister, Republican strategist, former congressional candidate, and host of NightTalk: Get To The Point on the Pittsburgh cable news channel and Get Right with Lenny McAllister on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA in Pittsburgh.


Chicago Assault: Violence, Empathy, & Social Media

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

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


Senator Jeff Sessions: Nomination for Attorney General

Jeff Sessions (Credit: CNN)January 9, 2017 – Segment 2

We look and analyze Donald Trump’s nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. With: Jaisal Noor, reporter and producer for The Real News; 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.


E. Ethelbert Miller: Art In The Time Of Trump

E. Ethelbert Miller (Credit: E. Ethelbert Miller Personal Website)January 6, 2017 – Segment 3

I talk with E. Ethelbert Miller, poet, literary activist, and Board Chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies. He and I talk about art in the time of Trump, jumping off from a poem he wrote recently about the rise of Donald Trump.


Sherrilyn Ifill: Future of the Supreme Court & Voting Rights

Sherrilyn Ifill (Credit: Student Life)January 6, 2017 – Segment 2

I host an interview with Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. We discussed Senator Jeff Sessions as the potential next Attorney General, her thoughts on the future of the Supreme Court, Civil and Voting Rights in the Trump era, and strategies going forward.


Homicide Victims in Baltimore: 2016 And Beyond

Baltimore Crime Scene (Credit: NPR)January 4, 2017 – Segment 3

We host a discussion on the 319 homicide victims in Baltimore in 2016 and discuss practical things that will make positive impacts on curbing this issue.

With: David Miller, creator of Dare to Be King LLC and author of many books, including the children’s book The Greene Family FarmDr. Daniel W. Webster, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy & Research and the Johns Hopkins-Baltimore Collaborative for Violence Reduction, co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and professor of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and a representative from Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters United Inc, and Corneilius Wiley Scott III, Executive Director of Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters United Inc.


From The Archives: Building Our City’s Future

Baltimore Development (Credit: South Bmore)December 27, 2016 – Segment 3

We go back into our archives to a segment from a panel I hosted at the Baltimore Ethical Society. We focused on the topic of Building Our City’s Future. I spoke about the Baltimore Uprising in a historical context, police brutality and what comes next for Baltimore. This talk took place April 3, 2016 at the Baltimore Ethical Society.


World Of The Play: Themes & Exploration of Dot

Dot Everyman Theater (Credit: Everyman Theater Page)December 23, 2016 – Segment 3

We play a fascinating panel discussion held last Saturday evening, December 17, at Everyman’s World of the Play. The discussion was based on the themes of the current production, Dot, and was titled Mining the Magic of MemoryDot is a touching look at an African American family from West Philadelphia. They are gathered for the holidays, arguing, laughing, and struggling with the matriarch’s Alzheimer’s disease. In our conversation we examine the power of memory and the importance of documenting fleeting moments.
The panelists were: Temple Crocker, performer, singer, part-time professor at UMBC, founding member of Strangefruit theatre ensemble in San Francisco and Woof Nova theatre ensemble in New York, and certified facilitator of TimeSlips, a storytelling method developed specifically for people living with dementia related memory loss; the Reverend Barry Kennard Hargrove, Pastor of the The Prince of Peace Baptist Church of Baltimore, where he has developed ministries to address the spiritual, emotional, educational and health needs of the congregation and the surrounding community; and Ursula Populoh, an artist who is often inspired by the techniques and imagery found in Folk traditions of many countries, most notably of Germany and her home state of Bavaria.

Updates On Syria: Present and Past

Syria (Credit: The New York Times)December 20, 2016 – Segment 2

With our guests, we check in with the current situation in Syria. With: Dr. Thabit Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto; Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow for the Institute for Policy Studies in DC, Senior Analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, and author of Equal Worth: When Humanity Will Have Peace; and Dr. Shon Meckfessel, member of the English Faculty at Highline College and author of Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used To Be: Unarmed Insurrection and the Rhetoric of Resistance.


The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore: Community Policing

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

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

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


Violence In Baltimore: Socio-Economic Perspective

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

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

Dr. Aviva Chomsky: How Immigration Became Illegal

Undocumented Aviva Chomsky (Credit: Amazon Books)December 9, 2016 – Segment 3

I talk with author and activist Dr. Aviva Chomsky, professor of History and the Coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at the Salem State University in Massachusetts. Dr. Chomsky is author of the book UNDOCUMENTED: How Immigration Became Illegal.


Trump Syllabus 2.0

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Our guests discuss The Trump Syllabus: Teaching Children about Trump. With: Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of Race Brave: New and Selected Works, Notes From a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis and My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America; Dr. Rob Helfenbein, Associate Dean of Education at Loyola; and Dr. Stephen Hall, Program Coordinator of History at Alcorn State University.

The Trump Syllabus teach-in will be at 7pm, December 8th and Red Emma’s which is located at 30 W. North Avenue.


Justice4Garvey

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A special event Friday night in Washington, DC, Justice4Garvey, which gathers participants to write letters asking President Obama to posthumously pardon Marcus Garvey. We talk with Ayize Sabater, community organizer and student at the Morgan State University Graduate School of Education.
The Justice4Garvey event takes place Friday, December 2, 6-8pm, at the People’s Congregational Church, 4704 13th Street, NW, in Washington. 

Standing Rock: Divestment

November 30, 2016 – Segment 2 Dakota Access Pipeline (Credit: EcoWatch)

We continue our coverage of the Standing Rock protests, focusing on the protests against banks, including Citigroup and Wells Fargo, who bankroll the Dakota Access Pipeline. With: Georgia McCandlish, an organizer of the Black Friday Solidarity Action in Baltimore last weekend; and Cedar Wilkie Gillette, third-year law student at Vermont Law School studying environmental and human rights law, tribal member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, and lineal descendant of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, who wrote “I couldn’t go to Standing Rock, so I closed my accounts instead,” for Yes! Magazine and “Pipeline Expansion Means Increased Violence Against Tribal Women,” for the Huffington Post.


National Roundtable: Dylan Roof / Trump and the First Amedment

November 30, 2016 – Segment 1 Donald Trump

We begin the show with a National News Roundtable, on topics to include the Dylan Roof trial, the Ohio State attack, and Donald Trump’s statements about burning the flag. With: Carla Wills, Senior News Producer at Democracy Now!; Imara Jones, Host of Caffeine TV and economics and political contributor who has written for The Nation, Colorlines, and more; 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.


Gyasi Ross: Perspectives Of A Native American Activist

Gyasi Ross (Credit: TheStranger.com) November 21, 2016 – Segment 2

We bring you from the archives a conversation I had 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.


National Election Roundtable: The Alt-Right & President-Elect Trump

Steve Bannon (Credit: New York Daily News)November 18, 2016  – Segment 1

We host a roundtable conversation about President-elect Trump’s picks for his transition time, especially Steve Bannon, as well as those Trump has chosen for Cabinet positions. We also take a close look at what role the Alt-Right will take in the upcoming Trump administration.


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

November 17, 2016 – Segment 1 pelican-bay

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


Immigration and the Election

November 16, 2016 – Segment 1  anti-immigration

We begin the show with a discussion on Immigrant Communities and the Election. With: Zainab Chaudry, Maryland Outreach Manager for the Council on American Islamic Relations; Lydia Walther-Rodriguez, Lead Organizer for CASA Baltimore; and writer


National Election Roundtable

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We begin the show with a National Roundtable. With: Quincey Gamble, Senior Advisor to the Clinton Campaign in Maryland, Former Executive Director of the Maryland Democratic Party, Adviser to former Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Political Director of 1199SEIU; Sarah Van Gelder, Co-founder and Executive Editor of Yes! Magazine; The Rev. Merrick Moise, Writer, Community Activist, Teacher, and one of the first African Americans ordained within the Old Catholic Movement in Baltimore.


National Election Roundtable

November 11, 2016 – Segment 2 trump-and-obama

We continue our discussion on the national election results with a National Roundtable. 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; Dr. Anne McCarthy, Dean Of the Business School at Hamline University in Minneapolis, MN, and former Republican Candidate for Comptroller of Maryland; and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, activist and author whose most recent book is All The Real Indians Died Off: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans.


Tengella’s Take

November 11, 2016 – Segment 1 Koli Tengella

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


National Election Roundtable: What’s Next?

November 10, 2016 – Segment 1 protest-trump

We begin the show with a National Roundtable on the Election. With: Ralph Moore, Program Manager for Restoration Gardens, a housing and resource development center for homeless youth in Baltimore’s Southern Park Heights neighborhood; and Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.


Bad Moon Rising: How the Weather Underground Beat the FBI and Lost the Revolution

November 8, 2016 – Segment 3 bad-moon-rising

I talk with Arthur Eckstein about his new book Bad Moon Rising: How the Weather Underground Beat the FBI and Lost the Revolution. Eckstein is Professor of History and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Continuing the Tradition of Black Message Music

October 31, 2016 – Segment 3 black-message-music

We have a preview of a musical event to be held this Thursday, November 3 at the University of Baltimore (UB) – “Continuing the Tradition of Black Message Music” – and the tie in to a compelling course being taught at UB, The Language of Protest. With: Khalil Ismail, a lyricist and vocalist from Baltimore; and Arthur J. Magida, writer-in-residence at the University of Baltimore and author of several books, including The Nazi Séance, The Rabbi and the Hit Man, and Prophet of Rage, the only biography of Minister Louis Farrakhan.


From the Archives: Racist Halloween Costumes

October 28, 2016 – Segment 4 racist-costume

We have a special archive edition of our show, Racist Halloween Costumes. 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; Michelle Antionette aka LOVE the Poet, poet, performance artist, and musician; and Amrita Kaur Dang, better known as Ami Dang, a South Asian-American musician from Baltimore.

Tengella’s Take: Halloween Costumes

October 28, 2016 – Segment 1Koli Tengella (Credit: Examiner)

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


Jonathan Thunder and Gyasi Ross

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Jonathan Thunder and Gyasi Ross who talk about a video they made called “What It’s Like To Be A Native American Student On Columbus Day.” Thunder is a painter, illustrator, animator, designer and storyteller. Ross is a writer, father, attorney, artist, member of the Blackfeet Tribe, and author of How To Say I Love You In Indian.


TRNN Town Hall: What Does Real Police Reform Look Like?

October 26, 2016 – Segment 2School Police (Credit: MSNBC)

As part of our continuing conversation on police reform, we ask the question, What does Real Police Reform Look Like? With: Marshall “Eddie” Conway, Producer at the Real News Network’s Baltimore Bureau, former Black Panther leader and political prisoner, and co-author of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther; and Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside, a project of Fusion Partnerships.


Surveillance in Baltimore

October 24, 2016 – Segment 1Baltimore Surveillance

Our panel of guests will discuss policing in Baltimore and beyond, in light of the new report out of Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology indicating that more than half of the adults living in the U.S. are stored in a series of police facial recognition databases. The report says persons need only to have a driver’s license to be included in the searchable databases. Our panel includes: David Rocah, Senior Staff Attorney for ACLU of Maryland; Doug Ward, Director of Johns Hopkins University’s Division of Public Safety Leadership; and Ava Kofman, independent journalist who covers technology and who has been investigating face recognition funded, in part, by a grant from the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute.

Tengella’s Take

October 21, 2016 – Segment 1 koli

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


Standing Rock Update

October 11, 2016 – Segment 2 no_dapl

We check in on events at the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota, where a U.S. federal court of appeals ruled against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Sunday, denying its request for an emergency injunction against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. With: Rose Aguilar, Host of Your Call Radioon KALW in San Francisco; and independent print and media journalist Mark Trahant of Trahantreports.com.


Lom Nava Love: Documentary

October 10, 2016 – Segment 2 screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-10-32-40-am

We have a preview of a powerful documentary that will have its premiere this weekend, Lom Nava Love. Lom Nava Love is the story of Black families in inner city Baltimore harnessing their strengths to challenge the systems and institutions that threaten to dictate their realities. With: Fanon Hill, cultural organizer, co-Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Resiliency Institute, trainer for the National Rites of Passage Institute, and writer and Director of Lom Nava Love; Navasha Daya, singer-songwriter whose voice is featured on the film’s soundtrack, and co-Founder and Director of the healing and performing arts at the Youth Resiliency Institute; Ms. Shirley Foulks, Baltimore Public Housing activist who is featured in the film; and Ms. Greta Carter-Willis, Baltimore mother who lost her son to police brutality many years ago and has been organizing with other mothers who have lost children to violence, and Founder of the Kevin L. Cooper Foundation.
Lom Nava Love will premiere Saturday, October 15th at 1pm at the Cherry Hill Homes Recreation Center. 

Author Talk: Aviva Chomsky

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I talk with author and activist Dr. Aviva Chomsky, professor of History and the Coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at the Salem State University in Massachusetts. Dr. Chomsky is author of the book UNDOCUMENTED: How Immigration Became Illegal.

Dr. Aviva Chomsky will be talking about her book “UNDOCUMENTED: How Immigration Became Illegal” on Saturday, October 8, 7pm, at the Roger Carter Community Center in Ellicott City. The event is hosted by Howard County Friends of Latin America.


Malcolm Peacock: Let the Sun Set On You

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We close the show with a conversation with show producer Imani Spence and local Baltimore artist Malcolm Peacock, who will be forming his solo commission piece Rose Arcade: Let the Sun Set On You on Monday (October 3) at Druid Hill Park. For more information click here.


Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad

September 29, 2016 – Segment 1 colson-whitehead_0

We begin the show with my interview with author Colson Whitehead about his new book The Underground Railroad. Whitehead has written six novels and two books of non-fiction, and 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.


One Maryland One Book: All American Boys

September 28, 2016 – Segment 1Reynolds & Keily

We begin the show with this year’s One Maryland One Book: All American Boys. We speak with the book’s authors, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.
Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely will be talking about All American Boys on Wednesday night 7:00pm at the Oxon Hill Branch Library in Prince George’s County. For more information, click here.  

Looking at Recent Police Killings and Protests

Freddie Gray Protestors (Credit: Washington Post)September 23, 2016 – Segment 2

Our panel of guests discusses recent police behavior and killings and the ensuing protests across the country. With: Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park; Edward Wyckoff Williams, television producer, correspondent and writer living in New York City; and Glen Ford, Executive Editor of The Black Agenda Report.

Policing in Baltimore

September 26, 2016 – Segment 1 police

We continue our coverage, examination, and analysis of recent police behavior and killings and the protests in response. With: Adam Jackson CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; actor, narrator, writer, and social commentator Keith Snipes; and The Rev. Merrick Moise, writer, community activist, teacher, and one of the first African Americans ordained within the Old Catholic Movement in Baltimore.


Ending Violence in Baltimore

September 20, 2016 – Segment 2 Baltimore Uprising (Credit: BaltimoreSun)

We turn closer to home as our panel discusses violence in Baltimore and grapples with how to put an end to it. With: Monica Stevens, community activist from Sistas of the T and member of Baltimore Trans Alliance; David Miller, creator of Dare to Be King LLC and author of many books, including the recent children’s book The Greene Family Farm; and Ray Cook, community activist and youth advocate who works with youth in Poplar Grove


Attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota

September 20, 2016 – Segment 1 minnesota-stabbing

Our panel of guests discuss the attacks in Minnesota, New York and New Jersey, and the response of the Afghan, Somali, and Muslim communities. With: Fahima Gaheez, Director of the Afghan Women’s Fund; Mansoor Shams, member of the executive team of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Baltimore, US Marine Veteran, and administrator of the websiteMuslimMarine.org; and Zainab Chaudry, Maryland Outreach Manager for the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Viewing Videos of Black Suffering: Collective & Individual Trauma

A body camera from Taser is seen during a press conference at City Hall September 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department is embarking on a six- month pilot program where 250 body cameras will be used by officers. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)September 2, 2016 – Segment 4

We explore how the ever-present videos of Black people being killed affects our collective and individual psyches. With: Sheila Gaskins,performance artist, poet, stand up comic, and Director of Theater Action Group; and Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park.


Rape Culture and Initiatives to Combat It

August 30, 2016 – Segment 3

In theforce newest segment of our Rape Culture Series, which will focus on rape culture and current initiatives to combat it. Topics will include: the tendency to make rape culture only about colleges; college campus advocacy and controversies; how federal focus on college campus’s obscures how rape culture impacts those not in college; and look at the cases of Austin Wilkerson and Nate Parker. With: Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park; and artist and activist Hannah Brancato, co-founder of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, and professor at Maryland Institute College of Art.

 


Colin Kaepernick and the National Anthem

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We turn to sports and politics, reflecting upon the actions of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has refused to stand for the playing of the national anthem during games in protest of wrongdoings against African Americans in the United States. With: Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park; Duane Saunders, 2016 Morgan State University graduate, Creative Director of IV G Productions, Production Associate of Legacy Media Institute and creator of a mini documentary about the National Anthem; and Dave Zirin, Host of The Edge of Sports Radio, sports editor for The Nation, and author of many books including Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup and the Fight for Democracy.


White Lives Matter

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We have our guests reflect upon Sunday’s “White Lives Matter” protest at the Houston branch of the NAACP. With: Dr. Amrita Chakrabarti Meyers, Associate Professor of History at Indiana University; Dr. Stephen Hall, Program Coordinator in the History Department at Alcorn State University; and Dr. Treva Lindsey, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University.


Dr. Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

August 19, 2016 – Segment 3 keeanga

We end the show with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor who talks about her highly acclaimed book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation. Dr. Taylor is Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University.


Dispatches for the African Diaspora: Limon, Costa Rica

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It’s our newest episode of Dispatches from Africa and the Diaspora, with a focus on Limón, Costa Rica. We talk with members of the Njo’ Abule Dance Company, who discuss the creation of the dance company and talk about their upcoming journey to Costa Rica, where they will perform at the Limón Roots Afro Cultural Festival. With: Tonia Toran, Founder of the Njo’abule African Dance Collective Of Baltimore; Marsha Greaves, dancer in the Njo’abule Dance African Dance Collective; and Brenda Brown, Lecturer of World History at Morgan State University who has over 20 years’ experience of African Dance performance.

We continue our focus on Limón as we discuss the history of Jamaican and Afro-Caribbean migration to Costa Rica, Marcus Garvey and the Black Star Line, and contemporary attitudes to Afro Caribbean culture in a Costa Rica. With: Dr. Delroy Barton, educator, activist and historian who began his teaching career in the 1950’s in the Talamanca Indigenous communities and served as head of the Planning Department of the Costa Rican Caribbean Regional Development; andNatasha Gordon, professor, writer and Founder of the Tengo Sed Writers Retreats


Flint State of Emergency Lifted

FLINT, MI - JANUARY 24: Darius Simpson, an Eastern Michigan University student from Akron, Ohio, carries water he brought to donate for Flint residents during a rally on January 24, 2016 at Flint City Hall in Flint, Michigan. The event was organized by Genesee County Volunteer Militia to protest corruption they see in government related to the Flint water crisis that resulted in a federal state of emergency. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

FLINT, MI – JANUARY 24: Darius Simpson, an Eastern Michigan University student from Akron, Ohio, carries water he brought to donate for Flint residents during a rally on January 24, 2016 at Flint City Hall in Flint, Michigan. The event was organized by Genesee County Volunteer Militia to protest corruption they see in government related to the Flint water crisis that resulted in a federal state of emergency. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

August 17. 2016 – Segment 2

We turn to Flint, Michigan, where the State of Emergency regarding lead in the water has been lifted. With: John Patrick Leary, Assistant Professor of English at Wayne State University; and Brentin Mock, staff writer for Citylab.com. Our guest host is Dr. Lester Spence.


Race and Class and Policing in Baltimore

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

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

Black Folk Magic and the Olympics

August 16. 2016 – Segment 2 Black Folk Magic

We discuss the discourse around race and racism at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the media narrative around the athletes and the game, with: Jerry Bembry, Senior writer at ESPN’s The UndefeatedStacia Brown, freelance writer; and The Rev. Merrick Moise, ordained minister, writer, community activist, teacher, and one of the first African Americans ordained within the Old Catholic Movement in Baltimore.

Our guest host is Dr. “Kaye” Wise Whitehead. Dr. Whitehead is Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of Race Brave: New and Selected WorksNotes From a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis and Letters To My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.

DOJ Report on Baltimore Police Department

August 10, 2016 – Segment 1 DOJ Seal

We speak with Ralikh Hayes Coordinator For Bmore Bloc, Jacqueline Robarge Founder and Director Of Power Inside, A Project Of Fusion Partnerships Michael Eugene Johnson Executive Director Of The Paul Robeson Institute For Social Change about the recent DOJ Report on the Baltimore City Police Department. The Department of Justice investigated over a 14 month span andThe report finds that the BPD violated human rights and arrested many citizens unconstitutionally.


Korryn Gaines

August 3, 2016 – Segment 2

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We look at the shooting death Monday of Korryn Gaines by Baltimore County police, which also resulted in the shooting of her 5-year old son (who is expected to survive). With: Lisa Snowden McCray, writer and Associate Editor atCity Paper; and Baynard Woods, reporter with The Guardian and Editor at Large for City Paper, Pamela Wood, journalist who covers Baltimore County government and politics for the Baltimore Sun Baltimore County, Councilman Julian E Jones, Jr., the only member of the Council who voted for the bill;.

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