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The Fight For Representation: The Cherokee Freedman

October 16, 2017 – The Cherokee Freedman

One of the little explored parts of our history is the enslavement of African-descended people by the Native American nations known as the Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole. In August 2017, after years of legal battles, a lawsuit was won by the descendants of some of these slaves, called the Cherokee Freedman, which allows them full citizenship in the Cherokee nation.  We talk with freelance journalist Jenni Monet, Marilynn Vann who was lead plaintiff in the law suit, Jon Velie lead attorney in the law suit and Perline Boyattia, whose family is descended from Cherokee Freedman and is still struggling to be accepted. Music in our piece is performed by Three Generationz.

The music used can be found here and here.

The articles by Jenni Monet can be found here and here.

Photo Used: Taken by Jenni Monet, in publication on Indian Country Today.


American Capitalism, Black Banking, and Political Power

October 6, 2017 – Black Banking in the United States

Listen in to this engaging and illuminating conversation on Black banks and the nature of wealth and political power, inspired by a year-long seminar on American Capitalism currently taking place at Johns Hopkins University.

You will hear from: Dr. Nathan Connolly, Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins and one of the conveners of the seminar; Dr. Jared Ball, Professor of Communication Studies at Morgan State University and the first guest in the seminar series; and Mehrsa Baradaran, Law Professor specializing in Banking Law at the University of Georgia Law School and author of the book The Color of Money, Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap.


Baltimore’s Future: David Warnock’s ‘Pugh Plan’

DavidWarnockSeptember 27, 2017 – Warnock’s ‘Pugh’ Plan

We are launching a series of conversations about the future of Baltimore. David Warnock, former Mayoral candidate and founder of Camden Partners, wrote an interesting op-ed on what he thinks should be “Pugh’s Plan” to revitalize the economy of Baltimore. We sat down in CEM’s studio to explore his ideas. Please let me know what you think on our page or by emailing me at marc@steinershow.org


World of the Play: The Yin and Yang of Culture and Gender

September 27, 2017 – World of the Play

We open our fourth season of World of the Play where we create discussions inspired the plays presented at Baltimore’s Everyman Theater. Today’s panel looks deeply into the questions of gender identification and race inspired by David Henry Wang’s brilliant play “M. Butterfly”

Welcome to opening night for Everyman Theater’s World of the Play in a discussion called “The Yin and Yang of Culture and Gender”.  Our Panelist are Gavin Hebert, Dr Desiree Rowe and Cori Dioquino–


DACA’s Effect on Baltimore and its Citizens

September 19, 2017 – DACA’s Effect on Community

While the plight of the young people registered through DACA  has left the headlines, we share with you a panel discussion that looks at the depth of the issue. We explore the legal tangles of DACA and hear from a DACA registrant about loving this country while living in non citizenship limbo under constant threat of being deported from the only country she knows.

 

We hear from Yvette Pappoe, an alum of Maryland Carey Law and a DACA holder; 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; 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.


Aviva Chomsky: Fighting For DACA

Avi chomsky (Credit: Her Fb Page)September 7, 2017 – Aviva Chomsky

For our latest podcast we interviewed Avivia Chomsky, Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University. We discussed the history of DACA and the effect that rescinding this policy will have on 800,000 DACA holders, and 10 million undocumented immigrants.

Her most recent book is is Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal (Beacon Press, 2014) and her writings can be found on the Nation, Tom Dispatch, and much more.

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Tent City & Baltimore’s Renewed Civil Rights Campaign

Tent City PhotoSeptember 6, 2017 – Tent City

For our latest podcast we interviewed some of the organizers and participants from the Tent City who camped out in front of Baltimore’s City Hall.  Many were homeless, some were housing insecure and some were supporters demanding housing for the homeless. They closed the encampment after certain promises were made by the Mayor.  So we pick up the conversation exploring why they camped out and what they think the future of their movement will bring.

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Dr. Nathan Connolly: Charlottesville & The Removal of Confederate Monuments

Dr. Nathan Connolly (Credit: Johns Hopkins)August 22, 2017 –  Charlottesville & The Removal of Confederate Monuments

Join us for reflections on the events of last week.  Johns Hopkins scholar and activist Dr. Nathan Connolly wrote a reflection and analysis in the Washington Post about Charlottesville and the removal of Confederate monuments. He joined us for an illuminating and interesting conversation.

Dr. Connolly’s article can be found here.

Note: Some of the language in this podcast may be offensive to some of the listening audience, however, the content is important.

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Jelani Cobb – The Battle of Charlottesville

Jelani Cobb (Brown Daily Herlad)August 15, 2017 – The Battle For Charlottesville

We talk with scholar, activist and writer Jelani Cobb about his New Yorker article “Battle of Charlottesville.” Cobb offers his analysis and observations on the movement of neo-nazis and racists confronted in Charlottesville.

Jelani Cobb has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2012, and became a staff writer in 2015. His most recent book is “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.” He’s a professor of journalism at Columbia University. He won the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, for his columns on race, the police, and injustice.


Report Back From Charlottesville: Resistance to Fascism

Unite The Right (Credit: Baynard Woods)August 14, 2017 – Report Back From Charlottesville

A compelling  first-hand account from two journalists who were in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, covering the Nazi/Klan/White Nationalist rally. They witnessed the car attack that killed one woman and injured 19 others and all the violence that occurred over 4 hours of a very intense and frightening day. 

The podcast features Baynard Woods, Editor at Large with Baltimore City Paper (CP) whose column Democracy in Crisis appears in alt weeklies across the country and Brandon Soderberg, Editor of the Baltimore City Paper.

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

August 10, 2017 – Baltimore Ceasefire

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

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

Local News Roundtable: Mandatory Minimum Update

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

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

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


Mandatory Minimum Roundup: Councilman John Bullock

Baltimore City Council HearingJuly 26, 2017 – Segment 3

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


Edward Wyckoff Williams: The Latest on Trump

Edward Wyckoff WilliamsJuly 26, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation on the latest headlines on President Trump with Edward Wyckoff Williams, Television producer, correspondent and writer living in New York City. His work has appeared on NBC News, MSNBC, CNN, PBS NewsHour, AlJazeera and national syndicated radio.

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Baltimore CeaseFire: Vision For The Future

Baltimore CeaseFire (Credit: Facebook Page)July 25, 2017 – Segment 1

We took a look at Baltimore Ceasefire, a local group of Baltimore community members who are calling for a murder-free weekend in Baltimore, Friday August 4th through Sunday August 6th. The group is also asking Baltimore residents to celebrate life during the ceasefire with activities such as  cookouts, neighborhood clean-ups, block parties, and organized games.

With: Erricka Bridgeford, Director of Training for Community Mediation Maryland; and activist PFK Boom.

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Local Roundtable: Effect of Violent Crime In Communities in Baltimore

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

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

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

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Studs Terkel Life & Legacy: A Special Premire

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

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Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah: The African Dispora & Work in Baltimore

Kwame Kwei-Armah (Credit: What Weekly)July 21, 2017 – Segment 1

I hosted a conversation with Center Stage Artistic Director and world-renowned playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah. We talked about his artistic work, the world of the African Diaspora, his six years at Center Stage, and his recent announcement that he will be leaving Center Stage after the upcoming season.

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National Roundtable: BPD Controversy, and Trump’s Plans For The Middle East

BPD Planting Drugs (Credit: Baltimore Sun)July 20, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National News Roundtable, where our guests reflected on the latest headlines.

With: Dr. Lester Spence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies and one of two co-directors of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and author of a number of publications including the books Stare in the Darkness: Hip-hop and the Limits of Black Politics and Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black PoliticsDr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; and Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University.

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Freedom To Thrive: Criminalization, Policing, and Mass-Incarceration

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We hosted a discussion that jumped off from the Center for Public Democracy’s paper “Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety & Security in Our Communities.” Our panel of guests includes: Nabeehah Arifah Azeez, member of Communities UnitedElizabeth Alex, Regional Director of CASA Baltimore; and Jennifer Epps-Addison, President and co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy.


Baltimore City Council Roundtable: Two Hour Special

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

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

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

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

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Chimamanda Adiche

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We hear a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show from 2009; an interview with Nigerian-born award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, about her collection of short stories titled That Thing Around Your Neck.  This collection of 12 stories focuses mainly on the experiences of Nigerian woman, many of whom have emigrated to the United States and are struggling with their identity as immigrants.


Victor Lavalle on His Novel, The Changeling

July 14, 2017 – Segment 1Victor LaValle (Credit: Whiting Foundation)

We bring you an interview with author Victor LaValle about his newest book The Changeling. Marc loved this book – and it gave him crazy dreams! If you are not familiar with LaValle’s work, read this review in the New York Times, then listen to this podcast!


Dr. Lawrence Brown: BRACE & The Racial Dynamics of Development

Lawrence Brow (Credit: morgan stae university page)July 13, 2017 – Segment 1

I had a fascinating conversation with Dr. Lawrence Brown, Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University and founder of BRACE: The Baltimore Redevelopment Action Coalition for Empowerment, about his scholarship on housing, lead poisoning and the racial dynamics of development.

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Voices of the Holy Land: Christians in the Holy Land

Israeli Refuseniks (Credit: refusenikmovie.com)July 11, 2017 – Segment 2

We listened in to a powerful 2002 archive edition of our show, part of a series called Voices of the Holy Land. We heard the feature: Christian voices of the Holy Land. In the first half we heard from Christian Palestinians Sammie Awad, Executive  Director of the Holy Land Trust, and John Qutab, human rights activist and attorney who has taken on the Israel Government and Palestinian groups.

Then in the second half, the discussion continued with Rev. Dr. Paul Shenck, Chair of the National Clergy Council and Rector at the Bishop Cummins Reform Episcopal Church and Mubarak Awad, President of Non-Violence International who was expelled from Israel in 1988.

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Bail Reform Roundtable: New Bail Use Laws

Bail Bond (Credit: Public Broadcasting)July 11, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a roundtable on Bail Reform. New court rules governing the use of bail went into effect on July 1, and our panel of guests joined us to explain the rules and answer any questions. With: Lawrence Grandpre, Director of Research at Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law;


Bell Hooks: Bone Black, Memories of Girlhood

Bell Hooks (Credit: Bell Hooks Institute)July 10, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a special 1997 archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, when I interviewed cultural critic, feminist theorist, activist, and author Bell Hooks on her memoir Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood. Hooks has published more than 30 books, held positions as Professor of African-American Studies and English at Yale University, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and American Literature at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and as Distinguished Lecturer of English Literature at the City College of New York, and is currently Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College in Kentucky.

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Las Cafeteras: Chicano Identity and Music

Las CafeterasJuly 7, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted a musical treat, where we heard a 2015 archive edition of the show in which we talked with members of Las Cafeteras, who were in town at the Creative Alliance. The interview also featured a cameo from Dominic “Shodekeh” Talifero, groundbreaking beatboxer & vocal percussionist.

The members of Las Cafeteras are: Daniel French, Vocals, Jarana, MC; David Flores, Requinto; Denise Carlos, Vocals, Jarana, Zapateado, Glockenspiel; Hector Flores, Vocals, Jarana, Zapateado; Jose Cano, Cajon, Flute, Requinto, Harmonica; Jose Cruz, Bass; and Leah Rose Gallegos, Vocals, Quijada, Zapateado.

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Lom Nava Love: Black Families in Inner-City Baltimore

July 7, 2017 – Segment 3

We listened in to a rebroadcast of a show from last year in which we previewed a powerful documentary, Lom Nava LoveLom 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 LoveNavasha 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.

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Tengella’s Take: Beating Your Own Children

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

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Baltimore Rapper Son of Nun: It’s Like That

Sun of Nun (Credit: Facebook)Sun of Nun (Credit: Facebook)July 6, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a rebroadcast of a program from earlier this year, when Baltimore rapper Son of Nun joined us to talk about his video, “It’s Like That,” a mini-documentary featuring local Baltimore activists. Bashi Rose, who directed the video, was also in-studio. Rose is Founder of D.R.A.M.A. (Direct Responses Alleviate Misdirected Aggression), videographer/editor at The Real News Network, and was a 2012 OSI Community Fellow.

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Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War

(Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War (Credit: Maryland Humanities Council)July 6, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a preview of what promised to be powerful performances taking place in locations across Maryland, part of the Maryland Humanities Council’s Chautauqua Living History Series, Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War. With: living history interpreter, storyteller, actor, and motivational speaker Bill Grimmette, who plays W.E.B. Du Bois; and Doug Mishler, independent scholar who has taught at the University of Nevada and Western Washington University, who plays General John Pershing.

Baltimore area performances of Voices from the Great War will take place July 7, 8, and 9 at the Centre for the Arts Theatre at The Community College of Baltimore County, 800 South Rolling Road in Catonsville. All performances will begin at 7:00 PM:
Friday, July 7 – General John Pershing
Saturday, July 8 – W.E.B. DuBois
Sunday, July 9 – President Woodrow Wilson

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Transportation Roundtable: CityLink, The Red Line, and Biking in Baltimore

Baltimore CityLink (Credit: The Avenue News)June 5, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a roundtable on Transportation in Baltimore. With: Sam Jordan, President of the Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition;  Shaivaughn Crawley, student organizer, cyclist, and Sociology major; local writer Danielle Sweeney, moderator of the “Where’s the Bus, Baltimore?” group on Facebook; and bus rider Ryan Artes.

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What to the Slave is the 4th of July?

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

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


Dr. Craig Steven Wilder: How Slavery Helped Build America’s Elite Colleges

Ebony & Ivory (Credit NY Times)July 3, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a rebroadcast of an interview I conducted in 2014. I talked with Dr. Craig Steven Wilder, Professor of History at MIT, about his eye-opening book Ebony & Ivy: The Secret History of How Slavery Helped Build America’s Elite Colleges.

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The Black Count: Interview with writer Tom Reiss

The Black Count (Credit: PBody)July 3, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted an archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, in which writer of The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo Tom Reiss and I talked about General Alex Dumas, hero of the French Revolution who was born to a Black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti), and was father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas. The younger Dumas based his novel The Count of Monte Cristo on the life of his father.

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Anti-Black Racism Roundtable: Trauma, and Mental Health

January 30, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted a 2015 archive, a compelling discussion on Anti-Black Racism, Trauma, and Mental Health. With: Dr. Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Public Health at Columbia University; Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer, President and Co-Founder of Equity Matters; Jan Desper, Executive Director of the Black Mental Health Alliance; and Maurissa Stone Bass, Director of The Living Well.

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Tengella’s Take: White Comedians

tengellaJanuary 30, 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.

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Space Chronicles: Conversations with Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil DeGrasse Tyson (Credit: http://nepascene.comJanuary 29, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted my 2012 interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, about his fascinating book Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier.Dr. Tyson is Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium and Research Associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.

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The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore: The First National Strike in the U.S.

1877 Railroad Strike BaltimoreJanuary 29, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a rebroadcast of my 2013 interview with Bill Barry, retired Director of Labor Studies at the Community College of Baltimore County, who joined me to talk about his important book The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore. The 1877 railroad strike was the first national strike in the United States.

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Democracy in Crises: Protests of the Alt-Right

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We hosted the newest episode of Democracy in Crisis! With Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence, journalist and host Baynard Woods, and City Paper Editor in Chief Brandon Soderberg. This week’s topic is an Alt-Right protest that took place this past Tuesday in Washington, DC.


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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

Trump Saudi (Credit: NPR)May 22, 2017 – Segment 1

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.