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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.


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.

Dr. Thabit Abdullah: Discussion and Updates on Syria

Syrian refugee crisisApril 17, 2017 – Segment 3

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


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.


Tengella’s Take: Dealing With The Holidays

tengellaDecember 16, 2016 – Segment 1

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

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


National 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.


National Election Roundtable

votingNovember 14, 2016 – Segment 1

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.


Working Class White People and the Election

November 2, 2016 – Segment 1 poor-white-army

We begin the show with a look at the National Election from the perspective of poor and working class white people. With: Zoë Williams, organizer with SURJ Action (Showing Up for Racial Justice); Sabrina Shrader, candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates; Bob Zellnerformer SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and organizer who works for North Carolina’s Forward Together Moral Movement; and West Virginia environmental activist Maria Gunnoe, 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner and 2012 Raoul Wallenberg Medalist for Human Rights.


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.

Talking About Race: Confronting The New Islamophobia

Against the New IslamophobiaJune 21, 2016 – Segment 3

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 preview an upcoming event hosted by Open Society Institute-Baltimore, “Talking About Race: Confronting the New Islamophobia.” With: Deepa Iyer, senior fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion and author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future; and Amardeep Singh, program officer in Open Society Foundation’s National Security and Human Rights Campaign.

Talking About Race: Confronting the New Islamophobia will take place Thursday, June 23, 7pm, at the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University.  Click here for more information. 


Sound Bites: Impact Of Sewage Pollution In Baltimore’s Harbor | Detroit Black Community Food Security Network | Recipe: Palestinian Easter Kaik With Dates

Baltimore Harbor (Photo Credit: Forsaken Fotos via Flickr)March 24, 2016 – Hour 2

For our newest edition of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world.  We begin the hour with an update on the state of sewage pollution in the Baltimore Harbor. Baltimore’s Department of Public Works (DPW) estimated that 12.6 million gallons of wastewater were dumped into the harbor last month following a storm. With: David Flores, Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, Blue Water Baltimore.
Then, we talk with Malik Yakini, Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and founder of D-Town Farm, an urban farm in Detroit. We discuss racism in the food system and the food movement, as well as Yakini’s work for social justice, food equity, and food security for the people of Detroit.
We close out Sound Bites with a special Palestinian Easter Recipe. Laila El-Haddad, co-author of The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey, shares a traditional Palestinian Easter recipe, kaik with dates.

President Obama’s Visit To The Islamic Society Of Baltimore

Obama's visit to Islamic Society of Baltimore (Photo Credit: New York Times)February 8, 2016 – Segment 2

Last week President Barack Obama visited The Islamic Society of Baltimore, his first visit to an American mosque after 7 years in office. We talk with two people who were present during President Obama‘s visit: Zainab Chaudry, Maryland Outreach Manager, Council on American Islamic Relations; and Naeem Muhammad, Islamic Relief USA Community Outreach Manager.


Reactions To Philadelphia Police Shooting In Name Of Islam

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January 12, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a look at the shooting last week of a Philadelphia police officer who alleges he performed the shooting in the name of Islam. We are joined by Charles Ellison, political strategist and Host of The Ellison Report on WEAA; Imam Derrick Amin, Muslim Chaplain at Morgan State University; Zainab Chaudry, Maryland Outreach Manager for the Council on American-Islamic Relations; and Tariq Touré, writer, poet and activist.


Our 2015 Spiritual and Philosophical Year in Review

Black Lives Matter Baltimore Protest (Credit: The Baltimore Sun)January 4, 2016 – Hour 2

We host a Year in Review with a number of our community’s spiritual leaders: Abdul Latif Bennett, attorney and Outreach Secretary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community; the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School; the Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton, Senior Pastor at the Open Church of Maryland; and Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Susan D. Morgan Professor of Religion at Goucher College.


OF NOTE: The Burqa Issue, Examining Complicated Experiences Of Women Who Wear The Burqa

The Burqa Issue (Credit: Of Note Magazine Fall 2015)December 14, 2015 – Segment 3

We host a fascinating discussion based on the current issue of OF NOTE, one of the first online magazines focused on global artists using the arts as catalysts for activism and social change. We are discussing “The Burqa Issue,” which examines the complicated experiences of women who wear the burqa.

With: Grace Aneiza Ali, Editorial Director and Founder of OF NOTE, faculty member in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at The City College of New York (CUNY) and recipient of CUNY’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award in 2014; Mariam Magsi, Pakistani-born andToronto-based photographer who created the cover photo for this issue of OF NOTEErin Haney, writer and Art Historian who teaches in Maryland and Washington DC, author of the piece on Mariam Magsi for OF NOTE, and co-founder of Resolution, an organization focused on expanding access to photography and archives in Africa; and Mahnaz Rezaie, Digital Curator and filmmaker who was born in western Afghanistan and is now based in DC/Virginia, writer for the Afghan Women Writers Project and mentor for the online Dari workshop for women in Afghanistan who do not speak or write English.


Rise Of Islamophobia & Anti-Arab Racism In America

Mosque Dar Al Taqwa (Credit: Huffington Post) December 1, 2015 – Segment 2

We look at the recent upsurge in Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism. With: Zainab Chaudry, Maryland Outreach Manager, Council on American Islamic Relations; Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow for the Institute for Policy Studies, Senior Analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, and author of Equal Worth: When Humanity Will Have Peace; and Dr. Steven Salaita, Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut.


Rojava, Kurdish Resistance and ISIS

paris memorialNovember 17, 2015 – Segment 2

 We now turn to the international scene and talk with Kurdish and Turkish activists about the uniqueness of the Rojava political movement and the Kurish war with ISIS; joining us is Sinam Mohamad, former co-President of the People’s Council of Rojava (the main political body working for the liberation of Rojava since the beginning of the civil war in Syria). She currently serves as the Democratic Self-Rule Administration’s European representative, is a member of the Kurdish Supreme Committee in Rojava, and works for the Democratic Society Movement. We also have Johns Hopkins PHD student, Serra Hakyemez, who is also a member of Rojava Solidarity group in Baltimore.


Pope Francis’ United States Visit: Thoughts & Reflections

Pope Francis (Credit: CNMN news)September 28, 2015 – Segment 1

In our first segment we will focus on the visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. We begin the segment with award-winning poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller, Board Member of the Institute for Policy Studies, who will offer his thoughts and reflections.

During this discussion we turn to our panel of guests: Ralph Moore, Program Manager for Restoration Gardens, a housing and resource development center for homeless youth in Baltimore’s Southern Park Heights neighborhood; Dr. Rosann Catalano, Staff Scholar at Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies; and Sister Mary AquinO’Neill, Sister of Mercy and Founding Director of Mount St. Agnes Theological Center for Women. 

Also, the Rev. Merrick Moise, calls in with his reflections on the Pope’s visit. Rev. Moise is an ordained minister, writer, community activist, teacher, and one of the first African Americans ordained within the Old Catholic Movement in Baltimore.  

ReligionMaker Reverend Frances Murphy Draper On The HistoryMakers Project

Reverend Frances DraperSeptember 23, 2015 – Segment 3

In todays show  Dr. John Bullock sits in as host of the Marc Steiner Show. He is Professor of Political Science at Towson University.

We are joined by Reverend Frances Murphy Draper, the great-granddaughter of the founder of the Afro-American and lifelong citizen of Baltimore. She is a Morgan State University alum and is pastor of John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church in Baltimore. She speaks about her role as a ReligionMaker with the HistoryMakers project and her involvement with the Annual Back To School With The HistoryMakers Program coming up this Friday.

Baltimore-based African American HistoryMakers and hundreds of HistoryMakers nationwide will give their testimony of pursuing an education, overcoming challenges on their path to success, and making a difference in their communities during the 6th Annual Back to School With The HistoryMakers program on Friday, September 25th. The theme of the day is “COMMIT.” More information about HistoryMakers at TheHistoryMakers.com.


Islamophobia in Our Society

ahmed mohamedSeptember 22, 2015 – Segment 2

We unpack Islamophobia in light of 14-year-old Muslim student, Ahmed Mohamed, arrested by police at his school after school officials thought the clock he made was a bomb, and presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s remarks that a Muslim would not be fit to serve as President of the United States. Our guests are: Zainab Chaudry, Maryland Outreach Manager for the Council on American-Islamic Relations; Laila el-Haddad, Palestinian journalist, blogger, activist ; Imam Derrick Amin, Muslim Chaplain at Morgan State University; and Farajii Muhammad, Host of Listen Up! on WEAA 88.9FM and member of the Nation of Islam.


The Significance Of Pope Francis’ Visit To The United States

Pope Francis (Photo Credit: Raffaele Esposito on Flickr)September 17, 2015 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a panel of guests who will discuss the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the East Coast. With: E. Ethelbert Miller, poet and literary activist who serves on the Board of the Institute for Policy Studies; Ralph Moore, Program Manager for Restoration Gardens, a housing and resource development center for homeless youth in Southern Park Heights; and Patricia Shannon Jones, Director of the Immigration Outreach Service Center and leader of Women in Ministry at Baltimore’s St. Matthews Catholic Church.

National News Roundup: Ben Carson & Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis

Dr. Ben Carson (Photo Credit: Paul Lynch on Flickr)September 10, 2015 – Segment 1

Dr. Kimberly Moffitt sits in as guest host for Marc Steiner.

Today we look at the phenomenon of Dr. Ben Carson’s popularity in the national polls and recently released Kentucky clerk, Kim Davis, with Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of PowerCatalina Byrd, media consultant and political strategist; Andrea Plaid, one of Ebony.com’s “8 Dynamic Black Women Editors in New Media,” contributing editor at The Feminist Wire and 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.


Philosopher’s Roundtable: Do Things Happen For A Reason?

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The show continues with another Philosopher’s Roundtable! In this repeat broadcast from last year, we ask the question: Do Things Happen for a Reason?

Our panel of guests includes: Dr. Joe Pettit, Associate Professor and Religious Studies Advisor in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Morgan State University; the Rev. Dr. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor at Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore; and Dr. Nyasha Grayman-Simpson, Associate Professor of Psychology at Goucher College.


American Visionary Art Museum: The Visionary Experience From Saint Francis to Finster

Visionary ExperienceJuly 24, 2015 – Segment 4

We continue with more compelling works of art as we take an audio tour of the current exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM): The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to FinsterOur docent is none other than AVAM Founder and Director Rebecca Hoffberger.


Pope Francis on Climate Change and More

Pope FrancisJune 23, 2015 – Segment 3

We take a look at Pope Francis’ recent statements on climate change, weapons manufacturing and more. With: Janet Redman, Director of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC; and Patuxent Riverkeeper Frederick Tutman.


Visit From The Monks Of The Drepung Gomang Monastery

Tibetan Monks in BaltimoreMay 13, 2015 – Segment 4

Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India have been in Baltimore for the past week, leading discussions and meditations and creating a sand mandala at the Baltimore Yoga Village in Mount Washington. Wednesday evening at 6:30 the Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony will take place. On our show to talk about the weeklong experience will be Anjali Sunita of Baltimore Yoga Village and Monks from the Drupung Gomang Monastery.


The Role of Baltimore’s Youth in Organizing

thugsMay 6, 2015 – Segment 4

We take a look at the critical role of Baltimore’s youth in organizing over the past weeks and the movement toward change. 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.


Black and Jewish: What It Means To Be Both

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


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

Dr. Charles JohnsonMarch 27, 2015 – Segment 1

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


Social Justice Activism in the Church

churchFebruary 12, 2015 – Segment 3

We examine the role of social justice activism in the church, with: the Rev. Kevin Slayton, Pastor of New Waverly United Methodist Church and former civil rights lobbyist; and the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist, pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School.


The Martyrdom Of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero

Oscar RomeroFebruary 5, 2015 – Segment 2

We reflect on the life and legacy of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, whose 1980 murder was proclaimed martyrdom this week by Pope Francis, thereby setting the stage for his beatification. With: Catholic activist Rosemary Maguire Thompson; and Luis Larin, United Workers Leadership Organizer.


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

MLK_BWJanuary 19, 2015 – Segment 2

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

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


Boko Haram: Baga Massacre, Latest in Campaign of Terror That Has Claimed Thousands of Lives

images_BokoHaramJanuary 13, 2015 – Segment 3

Since 2009 the people of Nigeria have called for their government, military and the international community to protect the people from Boko Haram.  The radical Islamist group that has been deemed “too extreme” by Al Qaeda in West Africa,  have embarked on a crusade of staggering violence for over four years now; and as they stand largely unopposed, there seems to be no end in sight to the scenes of  violence and depravity.

In the wake of the recent massacre in Baga Town, we turn our attention to the seemingly helpless situation in northern Nigeria with: Dr. Alem Hailu, Associate Professor of African Studies at Howard University; and Adotei Akwei, Managing Director of Government Relations at Amnesty International USA.


Black and Jewish: What It Means To Be Both

twittyJanuary 12, 2015 – Segment 3

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


Charlie Hebdo Attacks

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

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


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

Dr. Charles JohnsonJanuary 9, 2015 – Hour 1

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


KAL On Tragic Charlie Hebdo Magazine Attack In Paris

Charlie HebdoJanuary 8, 2015 – Segment 3

We turn to yesterday’s tragic shooting at the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which left 12 people dead. With: Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, editorial cartoonist for The Economist magazine of London and The Baltimore Sun and winner of the 2014 Thomas Nast Award for cartooning on international affairs. KAL’s recently published retrospective is titled Daggers Drawn: 35 Years of Kal Cartoons in The Economist.


From The Archives: The Spiritual Side of the Simpsons

simpsonsJanuary 1, 2015 – Segment 3

In a special archive edition of the Marc Steiner Show, we listen back to a discussion on the spiritual side of The Simpsons, with: Mark I. Pinsky, author of The Gospel According to the SimpsonsRev. Corinne Baker from the Light Street Presbyterian Church; and Rev. Matthew Fuhrman from the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

Marc also interviews starring voice actor on The Simpsons Harry Shearer. 

This segment originally aired March 10, 2010.


From The Archives: Mario Livio Asks, ‘Is God a Mathematician?’

cosmos-2December 15, 2014 – Segment 3

From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline as mathematics could so perfectly explain the natural world. More than that — mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true. Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered? If, as Einstein insisted, mathematics is a product of human thought that is independent of experience, how can it so accurately describe and even predict the world around us?

These are the questions posed by Mario Livio, an internationally known astrophysicist who works at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, in his latest book Is God a Mathematician?  He joins Marc in studio to discuss mathematics, the fabric of reality, God, and how it all may be working together.


Voices From The Archives: Author Mark Bowden

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November 7, 2014 – Segment 4

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

I talk with Mark Bowden, author of many books including Black Hawk Down, about his 2006 work Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America’s War with Militant Islam.

 


Debating Israel-Palestine: One State or Two States?

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August 18, 2014 – Segment 3

We examine solutions for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, considering whether a one- or two-state solution is more viable, with these experts: Alan Elsner, Vice President for Communications of J Street; and Zahi Khamis, a Palestinian educator and artist from Nazareth.

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Gaza Strip Update

israel palestineJuly 28, 2014 – Segment 3

As the situation in Israel/Palestine intensifies, it becomes more and more important to hear reports on the conflict. Joining us are Mohammed Sulaiman, Palestinian journalist from Gaza who works with the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights; Lia Tarachansky, Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network; and the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist and pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church.

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Gay and Muslim in America

qmuslimJuly 3, 2014 – Segment 2

This week marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, celebrated by Muslims worldwide, and the end of “Pride” celebrations by the LGBT community across the country. Edward Wyckoff Williams joins us to talk about his recent report for Al Jazeera America on “Gay and Muslim in America.”

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Israel/Palestine Roundtable

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July 2, 2014 – Segment 3

The shocking killings of children, violent neo-fascist protests, and other news from Israel/Palestine have caused unrest for many, both on a political and personal level. We discuss these events withEman Mohammed, freelance photojournalist and TED fellow for 2014; Lia Tarachansky, Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network; and Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief of the Baltimore Jewish Times.


Israel/Palestine Update

Porat_Yosef_attackJune 30, 2014 – Segment 4

As the Israel/Palestine conflict grows more complicated, we discuss its many sides and viewpoints with Real News Network reporter Lia Tarachansky, who will give us a live update from the area.

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Charles Marsh’s ‘Strange Glory: A Life Of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’

Dietrich BonhoefferJune 27, 2014 – Segment 3

We speak with Charles Marsh, professor of Reigious Studies at University of Virginia, on his new book Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian, and anti-Hitler conspirator. He cut a fascinating profile, and is now one of the most widely-read Christian figures.

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Middle East Roundtable: ISIS, Iraq, and Syria

isisJune 26, 2014 – Segment 3

As tensions in the Middle East grow, understanding the complexities of the issue grows more and more important. We discuss the ongoing conflicts with a panel of experts. Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and Senior Analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus; Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies; Dr. Thabit A.J. Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto; and Jay Bernstein, Chair of Advocacy Committee of Baltimore Zionist District, and host of Shalom USA Radio

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Presbyterians Divest From Israel Occupation Profiters

PRESBYTERIANSISRAEJune 25, 2014 – Segment 3

We examine the recent announcement from the Presbyterian Church that they are divesting from some companies profiting from Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, with the Rev. Jeffrey DeYoe, Advocacy Chair of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Sr. Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ft. Myers, Florida.

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Sound Bites: Good Food Gathering on ‘Teaching Well,’ Part 2

Good Food Gathering: Teaching WellMay 27, 2014 – Segment 4

In a new segment of our series about the food we eat, Sound Bites, we broadcast the second part of a fascinating and inspiring panel discussion and town hall meeting held two weeks ago at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore. The meeting is part of a series called Good Food Gatherings, produced in conjunction with Johns Hopkins’ Center for Livable Future Food & Faith Project and Interfaith Power & Light. Our topic was Teaching Well: How can we educate our youth, adults, and communities about “good food?” The panelists were: The Reverend Dr. Heber Brown, pastor of Pleasant Hope and community leader; Ari Witkin, organizer, educator and facilitator; and Dr. Jeanette Hablullah, healer, author and Doctor of Naturopathy. 

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Rebel Music: Race, Empire, And The New Muslim Youth Culture

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We speak with Dr. Hisham D. Aidi about his new highly-acclaimed book Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture.

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Carla Woody Of Kenosis Spirit Keepers

CarlaApril 24, 2014 – Segment 4

We speak with Carla Woody, Founder of Kenosis Spirit Keepers – a nonprofit helping to preserve indigenous wisdom traditions – and author of Portals to the Vision Serpent, Standing Stark and Calling Our Spirits Home. Woody will be speaking at Breathe Books Thursday night. There will also be a benefit concert for Kenosis Spirit Keepers on Saturday, April 26, in Rockville, featuring Native American flute player Jan Seiden and drummer Wes Crawford.

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Philosophical Atheism and Communities of Faith

morganApril 24, 2014 – Segment 2

We turn to a fascinating discussion of Philosophical Atheism and Communities of Faith, in conjunction with a conference of the same name that will be held at Morgan State University this weekend. Our guests are speakers at the conference, and include: Kimberly Veal, Vice President of Black Skeptics Group; Dr. Joe Pettit, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Religious Studies Advisor at Morgan State University; Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson, Executive Director of Black Skeptics Group and author of Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars; and Rev. Delman Coates, Senior Pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland, and candidate for Maryland Lieutenant Governor.

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On The Day He Was Assassinated: The Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, JrApril 4, 2014 – Segment 4

Friday marks the 46th anniversary of the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and we take time to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy, with: the Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton, Program Officer, Religion in the Public Sphere, at the Ford Foundation; and Dr. Peniel Joseph, author and professor of History at Tufts University, whose books include Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America.

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Food And Faith Project

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We check in with Darriel Harris, Program Officer of the Baltimore Food and Faith Project at the Johns Hopkins Center For a Livable Future, about their upcoming series of town hall meetings, in partnership with Interfaith Power & Light, Good Food Gatherings. The first event, which focuses on Eating Well, will take place on Thursday, April 10, at Saint Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, and will feature Dr. Jennifer Ayres, Assistant Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Religious Education Program at Emory University.

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The New Black: Exploring The Campaign to Legalize Gay Marriage in Maryland

The New BlackApril 3, 2014 – Segment 2

We look at The New Black, which documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage. Our panel will feature: Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition; Jennifer Williams, Assistant Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Morgan State University; Samantha Master, senior at Morgan State University, who served as the Community Service and Outreach Coordinator of Morgan’s Queer Student Alliance from 2008-2010; and Yoruba Richen, Director of The New Black, who teaches documentary film at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and is a Guggenheim Fellow. The New Black will screen Thursday evening, followed by a panel discussion, at the Murphy Fine Arts Recital Hall at Morgan State University.

Rev. Delman Coates, Senior Paster of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD, and Rev. Heber Brown, Pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD, comment on the issues raised in the film.

Then, we continue the discussion on The New Black, with a national perspective offered by Edward Wyckoff Williams, contributing editor at The Root and political contributor and Special Correspondent with Al Jazeera America.

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Exploring ‘The Story of the Jews’ with Simon Schama

Simon Schama in the BBC series The Story of the Jews.March 28, 2014 – Segment 4

We close the show with a fascinating discussion with award-winning historian and Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University Simon Schama on his latest book – which is now a documentary series running on PBS –The Story of the Jews.

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Reflections on One-Year Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Leadership of the Catholic Church

Pope FrancisMarch 13, 2014 – Segment 2

On this one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’ leadership of the Catholic Church, we will talk about what impact his papacy has made. With:

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When Christians Get It Wrong

Adam-HamiltonFebruary 19, 2014 – Segment 3

Reverend Adam Hamilton is the author of When Christians Get It Wrong and Founding Pastor at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.  He joins us to discuss some of the controversial ideas that Christianity is grappling with today.

 

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Remembering Mother Mary Lange

maryDecember 16, 2013 – Segment 4

We hear the story of Mother Mary Lange, a Haitian-born Baltimore nun who initiated the world’s first Black Catholic order in 1829. Plans are underway to canonize Sister Lange, and joining us to discuss those plans will be Sr. Marcia L. Hall, of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, and legendary musician Milton Dugger.


Were St. Nicholas And Jesus White?

face of jesusDecember 16, 2013 – Segment 2

We look at one of the more unusual news events of the past week–Fox News commentator Megyn Kelly’s claiming that Santa Claus and Jesus were white. We are joined by Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton, Senior Pastor at the Open Church in Baltimore and Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas; and Edward J. Blum, Associate Professor of History at San Diego State University.

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Good Without God: What A Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe

Greg Epstein, author of Good Without GodDecember 10, 2013 – Hour 1

During the first segment we are joined by Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain of Harvard University and author of Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe. He talks about atheism, religion and ethics.

This segment originally aired March 23, 2010.

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Theatre Baltimore: “Unveiled” This Weekend at Theatre Project

Unveiled

December 5, 2013 – Segment 5

We close out the show with a preview of the production running this weekend at the Theatre Project in Baltimore, Unveiled.

Award-winning playwright, actress and solo performance artist Rohina Malik will discuss her one-woman play, which deals with issues of racism, hate crimes, love, Islam, culture, language, and life. She was born and raised in London, England, of South Asian heritage. Rohina is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and an artistic associate at the 16th Street Theater.

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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Imam_Feisal_Abdul_RaufOctober 3, 2013 – Segment 2

We are joined by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, renowned author, Muslim leader, Founder and Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, and author of Moving the Mountain: A New Vision of Islam in America; and Thomas M. Brown, President of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies. They join us to talk about an event the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies is presenting Thursday evening (October 3) at 7:30 at Goucher College: A Muslim Perspective on Interreligious Dialogue. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf discusses the conflicts that arise in a religiously plural world and how these conflicts demand the attention of Muslims, Jews and Christians. He focuses on the specific tensions within Islam and how they shape Muslim relations with Jewish, Christian and other non-Muslim communities.

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Weekly Roundup: Leakers & National Security, The Pope On Gay Marriage, and Israel/Palestine Peace Talks

Pope FrancisAugust 2, 2013 – Segment 1

On this morning’s weekly roundtable on national news headlines we discuss a range of topics including new NSA revelations, the Bradley Manning trial verdict, the Pope’s stance on gay marriage and homosexuality, and peace talks between Israel and Palestine. Our guests are:

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Philosophers’ Roundtable on Eurocentric Philosophy

EdwardSaidJuly 25, 2013 – Segment 1

We examine the critique that in the U.S. we focus on Eurocentric philosophies, and feature philosophers who are working to change that reality.

Our roundtable panel includes:

  • Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University
  • Tsenay Serequeberhan, Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Morgan State University
  • Desiree Melton, Associate Professor of Philosophy at College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

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Faheem Younus On Islam And Peace

Faheem Younus, MuslimericanMay 21, 2013 – Segment 2

We discuss Islam and peace with Faheem Younus, National Secretary of Education for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and  Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland.

You can find Faheem at his blog, Muslimerican.

 


White Smoke Brings Pope Francis From Buenos Aires

Pope FrancisMarch 13, 2013 – Segment 4

We talk to Sister Mary Aquin O’Neill, Sister of Mercy, theologian, and co-founder of Mount Saint Agnes Theological Center for Women, about the newly elected Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aries, Argentina.

Pope Benedict XVI Resigns

February 12, 2013 – Segment 1

Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would be resigning from his duties as pope, citing a deterioration in “strength of mind and body.” He is the first Pope to resign in six centuries.

We talk about what this means for the Catholic Church and the world, and who might come next. Joining us for the conversation are:
  • Rosemary Thompson, Executive Director of the P. Francis Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace;
  • Mary Jo McConahay, a journalist, documentary filmmaker who wrote a piece for New America Media about the Pope and the developing world, and author of Maya Road: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest;
  • LaWanda Edwards, catholic churchgoer;
  • and Msgr. Stuart W. Swetland, Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Endowed Chair for Christian Ethics at St. Mary’s University.

January 2, 2013 – Hour 1

We speak with religious, ethical, and philosophical thinkers about violence in our country. Why is violence so omnipresent in our daily lives? Is the United States an exceptionally violent nation? What does it mean to create a more humane and just society?  Can it be done?  And how do we do it here? Our guests include

  • Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton, Senior Pastor at the Open Church in Baltimore and Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas;
  • Brendan Walsh, a former priest who helps run Viva House, a Catholic Worker soup kitchen;
  • E.R. Shipp,  Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University, and
  • Latonia Valincia, playwright, director, author and motivational speaker.

November 27, 2012 – Hour 2

THIS SHOW IS A REBROADCAST FROM OCTOBER 3, 2012.

 

Hear a compelling conversation with East Baltimore community members and activists, about the joint development project between Johns Hopkins Hospital and East Baltimore Development, Inc. (EBDI), that has been encroaching upon their neighborhood for the past decade. They will talk about what this project means for their lives and their community.

 

You will hear the voices of: Marisela Gomez, author of the forthcoming book Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in AmericaFather Peter Lyons, Pastor, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church; and Marjorie McDonald and Reginald Fitzgerald, members of the East Baltimore community.

 

*UPDATE: We received a note from Marisela Gomez that the number of occupied homes in Middle East, Baltimore is more accurately 300-400, not the 400-800 mentioned in the podcast.

To listen to the podcast, please click here.

 

To donate to the Indiegogo campaign (http://www.indiegogo.com/east-baltimore-books) to get Marisela’s book in the hands of East Baltimore residents, please click here. The campaign ends on Tuesday, October 9th.

 

Here is a link to Voices From Within, a 2002 film produced by the Save Middle East Action Committee (SMEAC) sharing the stories of those impacted by the East Baltimore Redevelopment Project.

 

To listen to our past shows on the East Baltimore Development Project, follow the links below:

  • May 28, 2009 – Discussion with Save Middle East Action Committee (SMEAC) about redevelopment project in the Middle East neighborhood;
  • February 3, 2011 – Investigative journalists Melody Simmons and Joan Jacobson on their Daily Record series on the EBDI;
  • February 9, 2011 – Regarding Daily Record EBDI series with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the East Baltimore Development, Inc., and others.

October 3, 2012 – Segment 1

Hear a compelling conversation with East Baltimore community members and activists, about the joint development project between Johns Hopkins Hospital and East Baltimore Development, Inc. (EBDI), that has been encroaching upon their neighborhood for the past decade. They will talk about what this project means for their lives and their community.

 

You will hear the voices of: Marisela Gomez, author of the forthcoming book Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in AmericaFather Peter Lyons, Pastor, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church; and Marjorie McDonald and Reginald Fitzgerald, members of the East Baltimore community.

 

*UPDATE: We received a note from Marisela Gomez that the number of occupied homes in Middle East, Baltimore is more accurately 300-400, not the 400-800 mentioned in the podcast.

 

To donate to the Indiegogo campaign (http://www.indiegogo.com/east-baltimore-books) to get Marisela’s book in the hands of East Baltimore residents, please click here. The campaign ends on Tuesday, October 9th.

 

Here is a link to Voices From Within, a 2002 film produced by the Save Middle East Action Committee (SMEAC) sharing the stories of those impacted by the East Baltimore Redevelopment Project.

 

To listen to our past shows on the East Baltimore Development Project, follow the links below:

  • May 28, 2009 – Discussion with Save Middle East Action Committee (SMEAC) about redevelopment project in the Middle East neighborhood;
  • February 3, 2011 – Investigative journalists Melody Simmons and Joan Jacobson on their Daily Record series on the EBDI;
  • February 9, 2011 – Regarding Daily Record EBDI series with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the East Baltimore Development, Inc., and others.

March 17, 2011 – Hour 1

It’s been a big week in international and national news.  So many events have captured the attention of our country, from the earthquake and resulting nuclear crisis in Japan, to ongoing turmoil in Libya and Bahrain, to budget cuts at home, and workers struggling to organize.  Today on the show we take a look at how all of these stories offer an opportunity to challenge and define American identity.  Joining us to discuss the foreign and domestic policy choices facing America are:
Kevin Zeese, director of the Campaign for Fresh Air and Clean Politics

Craig Chalquist, faculty member in the Department of Consciousness & Transformative Studies at John F. Kennedy University and adjunct research and psychology instructor for the California Institute of Integral Studies

Rev. Mother Meredith Moise, activist, teacher, writer, and public educator, and an ordained Old Catholic priest in the North American Old Catholic Church


April 13, 2010 – Segment 3

We sit down with leaders from the Immigration Outreach Service Center (IOSC)  at St. Matthew Catholic Church, which assists immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers here in Baltimore.  They are celebrating their 10th anniversery on Monday, April 26th at Gertrude’s Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art.  Joining us were:

Father Joe Muth, pastor of St. Matthews Catholic Church and founder of the IOSC

Jean-Marie Holloway, Executive Director of the IOSC

Owen Charles, Board Member of the IOSC

Dr. Anthony, Board Member of the IOSC

 

Visit the IOSC website for information about their upcoming celebration!

 

 


April 6 2010 segment 1

In the wake of the abuse scandals shaking the Catholic Church, we sit down to discuss how the church can move forward, and some radical visions for its future. 
Our guests are:
Fred Ruof, who was ordained as a Catholic Priest in 1960, and is now married with 6 children.  He founded the National Emergency Medicine Association.
Brendan Walsh, co-founder of Viva House, a soup kitchen and community organization that has been operating in Baltimore for over 40 years


August 25, 2009 – Hour 1

Safe Streets is a public health campaign to reduce shooting and homicides in several East Baltimore communities, where homicide is one of the greatest risk factors for teenagers and young adults aged 14 to 25. The core strategy of Safe Streets is to engage community stakeholders in planning and carrying out community activities, public responses to shootings and homicides, and mobilization of residents to take the streets back from criminals and gangs.

In our first hour, Marc speaks with people involved in the Safe Streets Program, from outreach workers to public health officials.

Today’s panel included:

 



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