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Democracy in Crises: The Fire and The Fury

democracyincrisislogoAugust 10, 2017 – Democracy In Crises

We hosted the newest edition of Democracy in Crisis! I talked with co-host Baynard Woods about the the now present specter of nuclear war and Trumps latest comments on the situation with North Korea. Democracy in Crisis is produced by Calvin Perry.


Black Owned Restaurants in Baltimore

Black Owned Resturants (Credit: Black Owned Business News)July 20, 2017 – Segment 2

We took a look at Black-owned restaurants in Baltimore and discussed the impact that they have on the community and culture here.

With: Heru Meritef of the GruB FactoryAisha Pew of Dovecote Café; and Greg Brown of Land of Kush.

The IndieGoGo Campaign for Dovecote Café to buy the building their restaurant is housed in can be found here.

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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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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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Janet Sarbanes: The Protester has Been Released

The Protestor Has Been Released (Credit: Author's Site)June 27, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a conversation with author Janet Sarbanes on her new book of short stories The Protester has Been Released. Populated by wise animals and hapless humans, The Protester Has Been Released evokes an end-of-the-world feeling that is equal parts dread and hilarity. Sarbanes is also the author of another collection of short stories, Army of One.


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.


Mustafa Ali and Mitch Jones on Paris Climate Accord

June 8, 2017 – Segment 3climate change

In light of Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and the strong response both nationally and internationally, we hold a special conversation about what these developments mean for the future of the movement. With: Mitch Jones, Senior Policy Advocate for Food and Water Watch; and Mustafa Ali, Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus and former Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice at the Environmental Protection Agency, where he worked for 24 years to alleviate the impact of air, water and industrial pollution on poverty-stricken towns and neighborhoods.


Wild Mustangs in America: The End of Federal Protection

Wild Mustang (Credit: Koin 6)June 6, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation turns on the wild Mustang horse in the United States. In light of recent news that the Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 budget for the Bureau of Land Management includes lifting the ban on slaughtering America’s iconic wild horses and burros – which could result in the mass killing of tens of thousands of these federally-protected animals – we listened in to our 2011 interview with Jean Albert Renaud, who runs a program that brings together two of what he calls our endangered national treasures: Mustangs and at-risk youth.

Here’s a link to the article that Center for Emerging Media Executive Director Valerie Williams wrote about Renaud for Yes! Magazine.

Howard Zinn: The Outsider in American Politics

Howard Zinn (Credit: Jason Goroncy)May 31, 2017 – Segment 2

We reached back into our archives for a 2004 archive edition of the Steiner Show with another one of my personal heroes: historian, playwright, and activist Howard Zinn. We discussed The Outsider in American Politics as well as his inspiration behind his tremendously successful text A People’s History of the United States. 


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.


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.

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.


Temperature Rising: Climate March Awareness

New Economy Week People's Climate AgendaApril 25, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a preview of a special event taking place Wednesday night at the Motor House: Temperature Rising, a Climate March Awareness Showcase! We heard from artists commissioned by MICA to produce works that would engage participation in the upcoming People’s Climate March, with support from the Town Creek Foundation.

With: Meagan Buster aka Ducky Dynamotouring DJ, curator and creative consultant, former Maryland Team Leader and Forecaster for Foot’s Forecast, and “Social media meteorologist;” teacher, artist, and cultural organizer Valeska Populoh, who has been collaborating with several other artists to support a series of art builds at Black Cherry Puppet Theater in the weeks leading up to the march; Akea Brown; and Torianne Montes- Schiff.


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. 


Soundbites: The People’s Climate March

Climate March (Credit: 350 Brooklyn)April 20, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted the newest episode of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world. We listened in to a panel that took place Wednesday, April 19, at 2640 Space in Baltimore, “Fired Up & Ready To Go,” leading up to the People’s Climate March on April 29th in Washington, D.C. I talked with a panel of environmental activists including:
  • Maryland Delegate Robbyn Lewis (46th District), a public health professional, sustainability advocate and community leader
  • Tom Horton, filmmaker, environmental journalist, and admiral of the Chesapeake
  • Destiny Watford, recipient of the Goldman Prize which is one of the most prestigious awards for environmental justice, who also works with Free Your Voice and United Workers
  • Eric Schaeffer, Executive Director for the Environmental Integrity Project
  • Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, Executive Director of the Maryland Environmental Health Network

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

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

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

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


Soundbites: The Peoples Climate March & Renewable Energy In Maryland

climateApril 13, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted the newest edition of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We continued our countdown to the Peoples Climate March, taking place in DC on April 29. We talked about what renewable energy means for the country under Trump as well as for Maryland, specifically. Can Maryland become a hub for renewable energy and can the nation continue to progress towards renewable energy under Donald Trump?

We talked with: Daphne Wysham, Director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Center for Sustainable Economy; and Janet Redman, US Policy Director with Oil Change International and Associate Fellow with the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.
We also talked with Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. Most recently, Dr, Makhijani wrote Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy, the first analysis of a transition to a U.S. economy based completely on renewable energy without any use of fossil fuels or nuclear power.

Sound Bites: Climate Change and The Future

climate changeApril 6, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted the latest edition of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world. We examined the historical context of the climate change debate. The discussion springs from a 2014 article by Charles Mann in the Atlantic Monthly: “How to Talk about Climate Change so People Will Listen.”

Our guests are: Dr. Paul Sabin, associate professor in the Department of History at Yale University, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Yale’s undergraduate Environmental Studies major, and author of The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth’s Future; and Dr. Dale Jamieson, professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, and Director of the Animal Studies Initiative at New York University, and author of Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed – and What It Means For Our Future.

We then hosted a diverse panel of guests who considered the reality of climate change and how we can effectively talk about it.
Our guests for the panel are: Dr. Patrick Allitt, Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University and author of A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of EnvironmentalismJacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program; Daphne Wysham, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) where she directs the Genuine Progress Project; and Maryam Adrangi, campaigner with the Council of Canadians and organizer of Rising Tide: Vancouver Coast Salish Territories.

Just Words: Baltimore Community Activists

BaltimoreApril 3, 2017 – Segment 4

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


Soundbites: the Chesapeake Bay, Sustainable Food, & Fracking

bayMarch 30, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted the newest episode of our series about our food and our world, Sound Bites. We began with Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker, who joined us to talk about how the Trump Administration is proposing to eliminate all funding to the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program.
Then, Bruce Friedrich, Executive Director of The Good Food Institute – which works to create a healthy, humane and sustainable food supply – joined us to talk about alternative sources for meat.
Bruce Friedrich will deliver McDaniel College’s annual Ridington Lecture on Tuesday, April 11, 7 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge, 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. The lecture is open to the public and titled “Seeds of Disruption: How Markets and Food Technology Will Save the World.” For more information click here or call 410-857-2290.
Finally, Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery talked with Mitch Jones, Senior Policy Advocate at Food & Water Watch, about the fracking ban in Maryland

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

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

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

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

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


National News Roundtable: Trump-Care & Internet Privacy

Phone (Credit: The Hill)March 27, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National News roundtable, discussing topics such as the defeat of the Republican healthcare plan to the Senate vote that slipped “under the radar” last week beginning the process to dismantle internet privacy protections for consumers.

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 America; and Carla Wills, Senior News Producer at Democracy Now!


Money Power Day: Financial Fitness for Baltimore Families

Money Power Day (Credit: Campaign's Website)March 24, 2017 – Segment 6

We hosted a conversation on the annual Money Power Day, happening Saturday April 1 from 9am to 3pm at Poly-Western High School, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane in Baltimore. Money Power Day is Baltimore’s free financial fitness day and families who attend will be equipped with the resources, tools, and support needed to change their financial futures. There are events for children, too! With: Sara Johnson, Director of the Baltimore CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign; and Dorothea Stierhoff, Senior Public Relations Manager at MECU.


Sound Bites: Mustafa Ali

March 23, 2017 – Segment 2 

Listen in to a brand new episode of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, when we talk with Mustafa Ali, speaker, trainer and facilitator on social justice and environmental justice issues. He is formerly the Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice at the Environmental Protection Agency, where he worked for 24 years to alleviate the impact of air, water and industrial pollution on poverty-stricken towns and neighborhoods.


Local News Roundtable: State Of The City

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

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

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


National News Roundtable: Russia Interference & The Supreme Court

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

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

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


Democracy in Crisis: Steve Bannon and The “Deconstruction of The Administrative State”

democracyincrisislogoMarch 17, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted the newest episode of Democracy in Crisis, a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and yours truly and produced by Mark Gunnery for The Center for Emerging Media. Baynard and I discussed what Steve Bannon means by the “deconstruction of the administrative state.”


SoundBites: The Future of Environmental Activism, and the Chicken Box

Chicken Box (Credit: Baltimore Sun)March 16, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted our newest episode of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world. We examined what environmental protection and activism will look like under the Trump administration.

With: Tom Philpott, food and agriculture correspondent for Mother JonesJanet Redman, U.S. Policy Director at Oil Change International; and Basav Sen, Director of the Climate Policy Program for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.

We also took a special look at a Baltimore staple – the Chicken Box!
With: Brittany Britto, writer for the Baltimore Sun who wrote “Unpacking the chicken box: The story behind Baltimore’s carryout staple;” and Psyche Williams-Forson, Associate Professor and Chair of the American Studies Department of University of Maryland – College Park and author of Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power.

Sound Bites: EPA Under Trump and Fracking in Maryland

March 9, 2017 – Segment 3 fracking

Then, it’s the newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We begin the hour with a look at the EPA under the Trump administration. With: Alex Guillén, Energy reporter for POLITICO Pro who Covers the EPA, regulations and coal, as well as lobbying and campaign finance in the energy realm; and Jacqui Patterson, Director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program at the NAACP.
We close the show with a look at the state of fracking in Maryland. With: Mitch Jones, Senior Policy Advocate at Food and Water Watch; and Drew Cobbs, Executive Director of the Maryland Petroleum Council.

Democracy In Crises: CPAC and Shane Bauer

democracyincrisislogoMarch 3, 2017 – Segment 2

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


Tengella’s Take: Global Warming

tengellaMarch 3, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted our weekly feature Tengella’s Take with Koli Tengella.

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


Roundtable Conversation: Trump’s Speech Before Congress

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

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

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


Sound Bites: Climate Change and Oyster Restoration

February 23, 2017 – Segment 2 

The newest edition of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We begin the hour with a discussion on Climate Change and Maryland. With Dr. Don Boesch, President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
We turn to Oyster Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay. With: Robert Brown, President of Maryland’s Watermen’s Association; and Allison Colden, Chesapeake Bay Foundations’ Maryland Fisheries Scientist.

Soundbites: Environmental Bills, Fermentation, & Immigration

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

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

Sound Bites: Maryland Bills on Hunger & Pollution | Afro-Veganism

annapolisFebruary 9, 2017 – Segment 3

In our newest edition of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites, we begin the hour with important bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly.

First, joining us to talk about the Community Healthy Air Act is Assateague Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips, Executive Director of Assateague Coastal Trust.

Then Maryland Hunger Solutions’ Director Michael J. Wilson joins us to talk about three anti-hunger bills: The Maryland Cares for Kids Act, The Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2017, and The Maryland Meals for Achievement for Teens Act.

We close the show with a conversation on Afro-veganism. With: Heru, owner of the GruB Factory; and Brenda Sanders, Executive Director of the Better Health Better Life Organization, Co-organizer of The Vegan SoulFest, and one of the Directors of Open the Cages Alliance.

Baltimore Vegan Weekend takes place February 17-19, 2017. You can participate in the Vegan Food Crawl, the Mac ‘n Cheese Smackdown, the Vegan Pizza Fest and more! For more information visit the Facebook page or call 443-219-7971.


SoundBites: The Common Market & Black Farmers

Black Farmers (Credit: The Common Market)February 2, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted our newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We began with a recent report from The Common Market, on Needs Assessment of Black Farmers on the Delmarva Peninsula. With Hannah Jo King, Development Fellow at The Common Market and lead author on the report.

We then hosted a Black Farmers Roundtable. With: Lavette Blue, who co-owns and runs The Greener Gardens Farm in Baltimore; Denzel Mitchell, educator, food justice advocate, and political commentator; and Aleya Fraser, farmer at Black Dirt Farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

SoundBites: Future Harvest & Trump’s EPA

January 26, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted our newest episode of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world. We begin the episode with Part 2 of a panel Marc moderated two weeks ago at Future Harvest Casa’s 18th Annual Conference, “Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed.” The panel was called “Policy Scoper: What’s happening in your state capital?” We discussed what food and agriculture policies are most important to the states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia, and also discussed what food and agriculture policy could look like nationally with the incoming Trump administration. We heard Part 1 of this panel discussion last week. 
The panelists were: Ed Kee, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture; Spencer Moss, Executive Director of West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition; Eric Bendfeldt, Area and Extension Specialist of Community Viability at Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University; Laine Cidlowski, Food Policy Director for the District of Columbia Office of Planning and the District of Columbia Food Policy Council, and Ferd Hoefner, Senior Strategic Advisor for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.
In the second half of SoundBites we had a conversation about Trump’s pick to run the EPA, Scott Pruit, his connection to the Chesapeake Bay, and legislation before the 2017 Maryland General Assembly that could affect water in Maryland. With: Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director of Chesapeake Waterkeepers; and Dean Naujok, Potomac Riverkeeper.

Jenni Monet: Still Here

January 20, 2017 – Segment 2 

Listen in to a preview of journalist Jenni Monet’s podcast Still Here, which focuses on the stories of indigenous people in America. This episode is a preview of her piece that focuses on Standing Rock. Here’s her website www.stillherepodcast.com/


Sound Bites: Future Harvest Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed

January 19, 2017 – Segment 3 

We turn to the newest episode of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world. You will hear the first part of a panel I moderated last week at Future Harvest Casa’s 18th Annual Conference, “Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed.” The panel was called “Policy Scoper: What’s happening in your state capital?” We discussed what food and agriculture policies are most important to the states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia, and also discussed what food and agriculture policy could look like nationally with the incoming Trump administration. On Thursday we’ll hear the first part of this panel discussion, and next week we’ll hear the second part.

The panelists were: Ed Kee, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture; Spencer Moss, Executive Director of West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition; Eric Bendfeldt, Area and Extension Specialist of Community Viability at Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University; Laine Cidlowski, Food Policy Director for the District of Columbia Office of Planning and the District of Columbia Food Policy Council, and Ferd Hoefner, Senior Strategic Advisor for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

Sound Bites: Farming in Baltimore / Agribusiness

January 12, 2017 – Segment 3

Sound Bites documentary recording at the Baltimore Free Farm

The newest episode of our show on on food and our world, Sound Bites. We will be talking food and farming projects in Baltimore, with: Andreas “Spilly” Spiliadis, farmer at Heckle Farm and performer with Baltimore Hoop Love; and Sache Jones, Ambassador for Green for All.
We close the show with a discussion on Agribusiness, with: Lindsay A. Thompson, Executive Director of Delaware-Maryland Agribusiness Association; and Patty Lovera, Assistant Director of Food and Water Watch, who coordinates the food team.

Annapolis Summit: House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.

January 11, 2017 – Segment 2 Annapolis Summit (Credit: WEAA)

Today is the opening day of the 2017 Maryland General Assembly, and our 14th annual Annapolis Summit.

Marc speaks with House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. We also hear questions from the audience.

Our partner for the Annapolis Summit is The Daily Record! And the Annapolis Summit is sponsored by Stevenson University, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Maryland State Education Association, Alexander & Cleaver, and VPC Inc. Our broadcast media partner is WEAA.

Here are the links to videos of two very important conversations from the summit, Bipartisanship and the environment .


Sound Bites: Future Harvest Conference / Governor Hogan Environmental Plan

January 5, 2017 – Segment 2 

Our newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We begin with a preview of a very important upcoming event: Future Harvest CASA’s 18th Annual Conference, Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed. With: Dena Liebman, Executive Director of Future Harvest CASA; Chris Blanchard, host and producer of the Farmer to Farmer Podcast, a long-form interview show with organic and local market farmers, former owner of Rock Spring Farm in Decorah, Iowa, and former co-Director of the largest organic farming conference in the world, the MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin; and Dr. Kris Nichols, Chief Scientist at Rodale Institute, who worked for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service for over 14 years.
If you are interested in food and agriculture, you won’t want to miss Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed, Future Harvest CASA’s 18th annual conference! The conference takes place January 12-14 at the College Park Marriott in College Park, Maryland. I’ll be there moderating a panel of farm policy experts from all over the lower mid-Atlantic, including Delaware’s Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee. 
 
The Future Harvest conference is the largest sustainable farming and food conference in the lower Mid-Atlantic. Farmers, healthy food advocates, and food businesses from all over Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and DC come to this conference to learn about everything from building soil health, to how to start a craft alcohol business, to ways to stop food waste.
 
There are 48 sessions to choose from, and four keynotes, local food fair, networking sessions, and a local food dinner and lunch. On January 12, there are 10 pre-conference skill-building workshops. Click here for more information and to register. I hope to see you there!!
We close Sound Bites with a look at Governor Larry Hogan’s 2017 Environmental Legislative Agenda, as the Maryland General Assembly opens next Wednesday. With: Maryland State Senator Paul G. Pinsky (D-District 22, Prince George’s County), Vice-Chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee; and State Senator Stephen Waugh (R-District 29, Calvert & St. Mary’s Counties), member of the Education, Health and Environment Committee and Chair of the Republican Senatorial Committee.

Sound Bites: Chesapeake Bay Runoff and Waterwomen of the Chesapeake Bay

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December 29, 2016 – Segment 2

We go back into our archives for the episode of Sound Bites where we discuss the December 2018 Federal government deadline for reducing runoff in the Chesapeake Bay, and steps that are being taken to meet it. We talk with: Scott Dance, who writes about the environment and the weather for The Baltimore Sun; and Carl Simon, Director of Programs at Blue Water Baltimore.
We also host a feature on Waterwomen of the Chesapeake Bay.With: Lydia Woolever, Associate Editor at Baltimore Magazine who wrote the July feature story “Waterwomen,” an in-depth look at a few fearless females who work the Chesapeake Bay themselves and, like their male counterparts, help keep the seafood industry alive; Jill Buck, waterwoman who has been on the water for six years after retiring from a career in childcare and who works as both a traditional waterwoman as well as a practicer of aquaculture; and Rachel Dean, a traditional waterwoman from Solomons Island and part-time high-school English teacher who is involved in waterman’s advocacy, two different fisheries commissions within the Maryland DNR, and Chesapeake Bay heritage tours.

SoundBites: Biggest Food & Agricultural Stories, Statewide Food Charter

Pig Farm (Credit: Mother Jones article by Tom Philpott)December 22, 2016 – Segment 3

We host our newest edition of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world. We begin the hour with regular Sound Bites commentator Tom Philpott, who will reflect upon some of the biggest food and agriculture stories of 2016. Philpott is the food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones.

We also take a close look at the initiative in Maryland to begin a statewide Food Charter, with the Institute for Public Health Innovation.  Our guests will be Christine Bergmark, Project Coordinator of the Maryland Food Charter; and Denzel Mitchell, farmer, educator, food justice advocate and political commentator.


SoundBites: Environmental Justice & Fracking

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We host for you the newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. Our guests will discuss The Future of the Environmental Justice Movement Under the Trump Administration. With: Brentin Mock, staff writer at CityLab and formerly the justice editor at Grist; and Brittany Shenachie, activist and educator who has been involved with a variety of social movements in the US and the UK, with a primary focus on climate change and environmental justice.

In the last part of our new SoundBites segment we will also hear a report on how fracking produces tons of radioactive waste. With Jie Jenny Zou, reporting fellow for The Center for Public Integrity’s environment and labor team.


Sound Bites: Renewable Energy in Maryland & the Trump Presidency

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We have for you our newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. This week we will be talking about what renewable energy means for the country under Donald Trump as well as for Maryland specifically. Can Maryland become a hub for renewable energy and can the nation continue to progress towards renewable energy after Trump takes office?
In the first half-hour we will talk with: Daphne Wysham, Director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Center for Sustainable Economy; and Janet Redman, US Policy Director with Oil Change International and Associate Fellow with the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.
In the second half-hour we will talk with Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. Most recently, Makhijani wrote Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy, the first analysis of a transition to a U.S. economy based completely on renewable energy without any use of fossil fuels or nuclear power.

What’s next for Standing Rock?

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We have an update on Standing Rock. With: Wayland Gray, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation who just returned from Standing Rock; and Rebecca Nagle, co-Director of the No Boundaries Coalition and co-Director of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and The Monument Quilt.


Standing Rock Update: Baltimore Stands with Standing Rock

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Listen in to an update on Standing Rock. With: Ameejill Whitlock, member of the Baltimore Stands With Standing Rock Coalition; Richard Averitt, CEO of Digital ReLab, whose personal property and business is threatened by the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia’s Rockfish Valley; and Laundi Keepseagle, Campaign Manager for Chase Iron Eyes


Sound Bites: Fracking / John Ikerd

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For the newest episode of our series about our food and our world, Sound Bites. We begin the hour with our first Countdown to the Annapolis Summit: The Future of Fracking in Maryland. With: Mitch Jones, Senior Policy Advocate at Food and Water Watch; and Drew Cobbs, Executive Director of the Maryland Petroleum Council.
The 14th annual Annapolis Summit will take place on Wednesday, January 11, 7:30-10am, at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. I will interview Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, and Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch. The Annapolis Summit is in partnership with The Daily Record. For more information and tickets, click here.
For the second half of Sound Bites, we bring you a panel I moderated at the First Baptist Church Family Life and Cultural Center in Salisbury, Maryland. It was called “Industrial CAFOs, Economics, and Public Health in Delmarva” and focused on the question, “How Safe is Your Water?” It was sponsored by Wicomico NAACP and Socially Responsible Agricultural Project. The impetus for the town hall was a proposed poultry operation in Wicomico County that would include up to thirteen chicken houses, each holding 30,000 chickens. The broiler operation would sit on top of the paleochannel, which is the public drinking water source for Salisbury residents. When this was first proposed citizens were left out of the County Council discussions and many were concerned about the health risks posed by these operations. What happened next was unique in the history of the eastern shore, as Black, Latino and White communities came together to convene this town meeting so their voices could be heard and could build a political movement. Go to steinershow.org to hear the full panel. Today, though, we are listening to the keynote address from that panel, which was delivered by Dr. John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri.

Standing Rock Update: Jenni Monet

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We are continuing our coverage of the Standing Rock direct action. I talk with Jenni Monet, freelance journalist who writes about Indigenous People around the world. She talks about how the work of the Standing Rock Sioux has informed her writing, life and her vision for the future.


Standing Rock: Divestment

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


National Roundtable: Standing Rock and Trump

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We start the week with a National News Roundtable. Topics will include the Standing Rock protests and the Trump transition team. With: independent print and media journalist Mark Trahant of Trahantreports.com; Bill Fletcher, Jr., Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com, and co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941 and Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized labor and a new path toward social justice; and Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-Editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.


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

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


Sound Bites: Industrial CAFOs, Economics, and Public Health in Delmarva

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The newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. Listen in to a powerful town hall meeting recorded last week in Salisbury: Industrial CAFOs, Economics, and Public Health in Delmarva. With: Dr. Sacoby Wilson, Assistant Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park; Michele Merkel, Co-Director of Food and Water Justice at Food and Water Watch; and Dr. Jillian Fry, Project Director for Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future and faculty member in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Behavior and Society at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, gave a keynote address, that we will broadcast on the next episode of Sound Bites.

Standing Rock Update

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An update on the protest in Standing Rock with Kerry Lessard, a member of the Shawnee Tribe and Executive Director of Native American Lifelines and Brian Ward long time climate justice and Indigenous Rights Activist, Contributor to The Nation and recently returned from Standing Rock.


Meet the Challenge in Madagascar

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We focus on a special event happening this weekend, Pivot Presents: Meet the Challenge in Madagascar. With Dr. Matt Bonds, co-CEO and co-Founder of Pivot, Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Blaustein Visiting Assistant Professor of Earth System Science at Stanford University
Pivot Presents: Meet the Challenge in Madagascar will take place Saturday, November 12th at 6:00pm at 1525 Lancaster Street in Baltimore.

Sound Bites: YUMM! at the AVAM / Carbon Neutral Fertilizer

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We havescreen-shot-2016-11-11-at-10-55-16-am the newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We begin the hour with a visit to the American Visionary Arts Museum’s exhibit, YUMMM! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food with Rebecca Hoffberger, the Founder and Director of the American Visionary Art Museum.
Then I talk with two scientists about an important scientific advancement that could pave the way for a potential breakthrough in farming: Carbon-neutral fertilizer production. With: Dr. Katherine A. Brown, Staff Scientist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Dr. Paul King, Staff Scientist and Manager of the Photobiology Group at National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Joshua Harris

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With the Baltimore City mayoral election just days away, we sit down and talk to Green Party candidate Joshua Harris. We talk to him about his plans for the city and how he wants to help make Baltimore better for its residents.


Sound Bites: Diversifying the Basket / Maple Syrup / Sour Beef

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In the latest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We begin the segment with an important study released last week by Fair Farms Maryland, “Diversifying the Agricultural Basket, Risks in Conventional Poultry Growing on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Opportunities from Diversified Local Agriculture.” With: Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake; Aiden Irish, agricultural and local food systems policy analyst and Ph.D. student in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University; and Carole Morrison, transitional farmer who went from producing industrial contract chickens to pasture-raised eggs, at Bird’s Eye View Farm in Pokomoke City.
At 11:30 we bring you two special stories from Maryland Traditions, the Folk Life Program of the Maryland State Arts Council. We begin with a story on Maple Syrup, with Leo Shinholt, Maryland’s Largest Maple Sugar maker and recipient of a Maryland State Heritage Award; and Chad Buterbaugh, co-Director of Maryland Traditions.
We close the show at 11:45 with our second story from Maryland Traditions, about Sour Beef and Dumplings. For this segment our guest host is Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery. We talk with: Freddy Hebert, Vice President of the Church Council at the Zion Lutheran Church of the City of Baltimore; and Chad Buterbaugh, co-Director of Maryland Traditions.

Biking in Baltimore

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We begin the show with a look at Bicycling in Baltimore, specifically the new bike lanes and the newly-launched Bikeshare. With: Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Dr. Celeste Chavis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies in the School of Engineering at Morgan State University and member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Paratransit Committee of the Transportation Research Board; and Veronica McBeth, Transit Bureau Chief, Baltimore City Department of Transportation, the division of BCDOT responsible for bringing bike share and all the new bike lanes to the city.


Standing Rock Update

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We begin the show with an update from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. We talk about how the demonstrators are mobilizing and what is happening in their interactions with police. With: Lolly Be, Water protector, and journalist Jenni Monet.


Sound Bites: Wenonah Hauter’s Frackopoly

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We have our newest episode on our food and our world, Sound Bites. This week Wenonah Hauter, Founder and Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, joins us to discuss her new book Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment.

Haiti in the Wake of Hurricane Matthew

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We close the show with an update on the situation in Haiti. With: Nicole Phillips, Esq., staff attorney with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti; Ezili Danto, President of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network in New York; andWadner Pierre, Founder of Wadner’s Photo & Communications & UnlessWecare.


Sound Bites: MD Solar Congress / End-Dependence Day

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Our newest episode of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world. We begin the hour with a preview of the first Maryland Solar Congress, which takes place Saturday, October 15. With: Corey Ramsden, Program Director for Maryland Solar United Neighborhoods; and Tim Judson from NIRS who will be presenting at the Solar Congress for the “Grid of the Future” workshop.
The Maryland Solar Congress will take place Saturday, October 15, 10am to 2pm, at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Road, Annapolis, MD. Click here for more information.
For our second Sound Bites segment we have preview of another important event taking place next weekend in celebration of World Food Day, which is Sunday, October 16. End-Dependence Day at #WorldFoodDay2016 is hosted by the Black Yield Institute and the Black Church Food Security Network. With: Eric Jackson, Servant-Director of the Black Yield Institute; and the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, Founding Director of the Black Church Food Security Network and Orita’s Cross Freedom School, and Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church.
End-Dependence Day at #WorldFoodDay2016 will take place on Sunday, October 16, 4-7pm, at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore. For more information click here.

NEA Fellowship Winner: Michael Vlahovich

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I talk with Michael “Mike” Vlahovich, founder of Coastal Heritage Alliance, an organization that safeguards and promotes maritime cultural heritage in Maryland and Washington State. The interview includes two of Mike’s cohorts: Dick Woodward, who is a veteran boat carpenter and Mike’s collaborator; and Mark Wiest, who was Mike’s mentee in the Maryland Traditions’ apprenticeship program.


Sound Bites: Changes to Perdue’s Chicken Treatment Policies | Fracking & Radioactive Waste | Food Justice in Baltimore

Free-range chickens stand in a pen at an organic-accredited poultry farm in Germany.

September 29, 2016 – Segment 2

We bring a special selection from our Sound Bites archives today.

The show includes a talk with Perdue Farms and others about Perdue’s announcement earlier this week that they are adapting new, more humane, practices regarding the treatment of their chickens. With: Julie DeYoung, spokesperson for Perdue Farms; Ian Kullgren, POLITICO Pro Agriculture reporter; and Scott Edwards, Co-Director of the Food & Water Justice program at Food & Water Watch.

Next we turn to an environmental issue: How fracking produces tons of radioactive waste. With Jie Jenny Zou, reporting fellow for The Center for Public Integrity’s environment and labor team.

We close Sound Bites with a special segment produced by Baltimore Sound Society, asAdam Droneburg and Calvin Perry visit a food justice event at Baltimore’s Lexington Market.


City Paper This Week: Sinkholes

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We close the show with our regular feature City Paper This Week. We will be talking with Baynard Woods, reporter for The Guardian and Editor at Large for City Paper, about his article on infrastructure in Baltimore, which focuses on sinkholes.


Sound Bites: Bayer and Monsanto | Hip Chick Farms

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In our newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites, we begin the hour with a look at Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto. With: Patty Lovera, Assistant Director of Food and Water Watch, where she coordinates their food team; and Bill Freese, science policy analyst at the Center for Food Safety.
We close the show at with a look at a special agricultural operation and sustainable artisanal food production company, Hip Chick Farms. With: Serafina Palandech, Co-Founder and President of Hip Chick Farms, which she runs with her wife Jennifer Johnson, former sous chef at Chez Panisse under organic food pioneer Alice Waters and Executive Chef for the Getty Family.

Sound Bites: Water Rates, Sewage Infrastructure and Death of Bees

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2014, file photo, a hive of honeybees appears on display at the Vermont Beekeeping Supply booth at the annual Vermont Farm Show at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vt. The federal government hopes to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making more federal land bee-friendly, spending more money on research and considering the use of less pesticides. (AP Photo/Andy Duback, File)September 15, 2016 – Segment 3

On the newest edition of our series about our food and our world, Sound Bites, we begin the hour with a look at the increase in cost of water bills for Baltimore City residents. With: Mitch Jones, Senior Policy Advocate at Food & Water Watch.
Then we examine Baltimore sewage infrastructure issues and last week’s ruling issued by the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, granting Blue Water Baltimore’s motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit filed in 2002 by Maryland and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency intended to fix the City of Baltimore’s failing sewer system. With: Halle Van der Gaag, Executive Director of Blue Water Baltimore; and David Flores, Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper.
We close the show at 11:40 with the tragic death of bees that is being brought about by spraying for the Zika virus. With: Bonnie Raindrop, Legislative Chair of the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association.

Dakota Access Protests

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We turn to a different type of protest: The protests by Native Americans and other activists against the Dakota Access Pipeline in South Dakota, just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. We will talk with: Suzan Shown Harjo, President of The Morning Star Institute, a national Native rights organization, columnist forIndian Country Today Media Network, and past Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians; and attorney, activist, poet Gyasi Ross, member of the Blackfeet Tribe and author of How To Say I Love You In Indian and Kyle Hill, Associate Faculty at the Center for American Indian Health at Johns Hopkins University.


Port Covington Vote

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Our guests analyze, comment, and reflect upon tonight’s City Council vote on whether to approve the TIF for the proposed Port Covington development. With: Councilman Carl Stokes (District 12-Baltimore); Councilman Eric T. Costello (District 11-Baltimore); Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Barbara A. Samuels, Managing Attorney for ACLU of Maryland’s Fair Housing Project and lead counsel on the ACLU-MD’s class action lawsuit to provide African American public housing residents in Baltimore City a choice in their housing locations in communities of opportunity; and Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.


Sound Bites: Sperm Whales / Urban Farming

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A special rebroadcast of Sound Bites – our series about our food, our environment, and our world – listen in to a fascinating discussion on the language of Sperm Whales, as I talk with author and journalist James Nestor. His new book isDEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What The Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves, and was featured in the The New York Times and Annapurna Pictures virtual-reality film, “The Click Effect.”
We close out Sound Bites with a visit to the urban garden at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore. Previously we discussed US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s visit to Douglass to see their urban garden and examine the role of urban agriculture in education. The current episode features an interview in which formerSteiner Show Senior Producer Stefanie Mavronis and I visited Douglass to talk to the two teachers who started the project – Amanda Briody and Chris Jennings – and hear from four of the Douglass Freshman students currently involved in the program: La’Asia Howard, Dominic Scruggs, Nykerra Williams, and Maleke Smalls.

Sound Bites: Pollution and Urban Foraging

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It’s the latest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. This week we discuss the news that the State of Maryland reached a settlement with NRG Energy, the owner of two Maryland power plants that have been discharging wastewater with illegal amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous into the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers. NRG has been ordered to pay $1 million to settle, and to invest a total of $10 million in upgrading their wastewater filtration systems to reduce future pollution. With: Phillip Musegaas, Legal Director for Potomac Riverkeeper Network; Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh; and Frederick Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper.

Then writer Jasleena Grewal, contributor to YES! Magazine and Brown Girl Magazine, joins us to discuss a piece she wrote for the current issue of Yes! Magazine called Urban Foraging: Weeds You Can Eat.

We close the show with guest host Mark Gunnery, Senior Producer for the Marc Steiner Show, talking with Baltimore Sun reporter Scott Dance about the state of Maryland’s waterways. Topics will include: recent reports that bodies of water around the state contain dangerous levels of fecal matter; news that amphetamine traces have been found in the Gwynns Falls; and this summer’s dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay. Dance writes about the environment and weather for the Baltimore Sun.


Zika Virus: What’s Next and How to Stop It

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We have a look at the Zika virus, what it means for Maryland and what the future holds for the virus itself. With: Science journalist Sonia Shah, author of Pandemic: tracking contagions from cholera to Ebola and beyond; and Monica McArthur, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Vaccine Development.


Gyasi Ross: Standing Rock Update

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We move to North Dakota to look at how more than 1000 Native Americans from dozens of tribes across the country are standing up and protesting against the Dakota Access pipeline, which they say would contaminate the Missouri River. With: attorney, rapper, speaker and storyteller Gyasi Ross, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe, and author of How To Say I Love You In Indian.


Sound Bites: Tha Flower Factory / Young Farmers / Dr. Margaret Gray

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Our guest host for Sound Bites is Denzel Mitchell, educator and former owner of Five Seeds Farm and Apiary in Baltimore.
The hour begins with an interview with farmer Walker Marsh, founder and owner of Tha Flower Factory, on their work and their Kickstarter campaign.
Then we have our Young Farmers Roundtable, with: Walker Marsh, Founder & Owner of Tha Flower Factory; Jason James, co-owner of Moon Valley Farm; and Kristen Carbone of Radix Farm.
We close out the show with an interview with Dr. Margaret Gray on her article for Jacobin, The Dark Side of Local: There’s nothing ethical about “buying local” and supporting small farms when the workers on them are brutally exploited. Dr. Gray is an Associate Professor of Political Science, Adelphi University and author of Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic.

Baton Rouge Flooding

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We look at the recent flooding in Louisiana. Our guests include:award-winning journalist, producer, and author Jordan Flaherty, whose books include Floodlines: Community and Resistance From Katrina to the Jena; Raymond Jetson, President and CEO of MetroMorphosis, a nonprofit with a mission of developing and and mobilizing a critical mass of engaged citizens in inner city neighborhoods to design and implement sustainable solutions to persistent community challenges; and Andy Miller, professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems, with a focus on urban flooding, at University of Maryland Baltimore County.


National Roundtable: Baton Rouge, DOJ and Private Prisons

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We have a National Roundtable. We focus on the lack of media coverage surrounding the historic flooding in Baton Rouge and the Department of Justice’s choice to stop utilizing private prisons. We speak with Eugene Craig, grassroots activist and third vice-chair of the Maryland Republican State Party Denzel Mitchell Baltimore city resident, educator, farmer and food justice advocate and Cheri Honkala, co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and former vice presidential candidate for the Green Party.


Flint State of Emergency Lifted

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

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

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


Sound Bites: Baltimore Ecosystem Study

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In our latest edition of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we speak with participants from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, a consortium of long-term research projects examining Baltimore’s ecosystem. We check in with:
  • Helen Glazer, 2014-2015 Baltimore Ecosystem Study Artist-in-Residence, whose project is an exhibition of prints, panoramic photographs and digitally-fabricated sculpture, concentrated on the Gwynns Falls watershed (see her work at helenglazer.com);
  • Dr. J. Morgan Grove, Scientist and Team Leader for the Forest Service at the Northern Research Station;
  • Dr. Shannon LaDeau, Associate Scientist of Disease Ecology at the Baltimore Ecosystem Study and The Cary Institute; and
  • Dr. Chris Swan, Professor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Flooding and Climate Change

Photo by Todd Henn for City Paper

Photo by Todd Henn for City Paper

August 2, 2016 – Segment 2

We discuss the tragic floods in Ellicott City and other parts of our region, and their relationship to climate change. With: Mike Tidwell, Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network; Senator James Rosapepe, (D-District 21), Prince George’s County & Anne Arundel County; and Scott Dance, who writes about the environment and the weather for The Baltimore Sun.


Sound Bites: Oyster Wars, When It Comes To Food, & The Air-Conditioned World

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We host our newest episode of our series on our food and our world: Sound Bites! We with a look at a recent article in the Baltimore Sun, “Oyster wars: Watermen aim to take back oyster bars as state panel reviews shellfish sanctuaries.” With: Kelton Clark, a Maryland Oyster Advisory Commission member and Director of Morgan State University’s Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory; and Peyton Robertson, Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chesapeake Bay Office.

We then learn “The One Thing Hillary Cares About Most –When It Comes to Food,” with Tom Philpott who wrote an article with that title for Mother Jones. Philpott is Mother Jones food and agriculture reporter and co-founder of Maverick Farms in North Carolina.

Finally, we take a look at how our air-conditioned world is affecting climate change. With Katie Herzog, staff writer at the environmental news site Grist.org, who wrote the article “How air-conditioning made America – and how it could break us all.”


Sound Bites: Controversy Over GMO Labeling | What A Fish Knows | Recipe: Seasonal Salad By Colette

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On the newest episode of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world. We begin the hour with a look at the controversy over the GMO Labeling bill that passed through Congress and is awaiting signature by President Obama. With Patty Lovera, Assistant Director of Food & Water Watch, where she coordinates the food team.
Then, we look at what a fish knows – literally! – with Dr. Jonathan Balcombe, author of the new book What A Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins. Dr. Balcombe is Director of Animal Sentience with the U.S. Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy in Washington, DC.
We close the hour with a special recipe: A Seasonal Salad with Stefano Porcile, Executive Chef at Colette in Baltimore’s Station North.

Sound Bites: Reducing Runoff In Baltimore By December 2018 | The Waterwomen Of The Chesapeake Bay

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We have two segments on the December 2018 Federal government deadline for reducing runoff in the Chesapeake Bay, and steps that are being taken to meet it. We talk with: Scott Dance, who writes about the environment and the weather for The Baltimore Sun; and Carl Simon, Director of Programs at Blue Water Baltimore.
We close the show at 11:30 with a feature on Waterwomen of the Chesapeake Bay.With: Lydia Woolever, Associate Editor at Baltimore Magazine who wrote the July feature story “Waterwomen,” an in-depth look at a few fearless females who work the Chesapeake Bay themselves and, like their male counterparts, help keep the seafood industry alive; Jill Buck, waterwoman who has been on the water for six years after retiring from a career in childcare and who works as both a traditional waterwoman as well as a practicer of aquaculture; and Rachel Dean, a traditional waterwoman from Solomons Island and part-time high-school English teacher who is involved in waterman’s advocacy, two different fisheries commissions within the Maryland DNR, and Chesapeake Bay heritage tours.

Sound Bites: Changes to Perdue’s Chicken Treatment Policies | Fracking & Radioactive Waste | Food Justice in Baltimore

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It’s our newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites! Today’s show includes a talk with Perdue Farms and others about Perdue’s announcement earlier this week that they are adapting new, more humane, practices regarding the treatment of their chickens. With: Julie DeYoung, spokesperson for Perdue Farms; Ian Kullgren, POLITICO Pro Agriculture reporter; and Scott Edwards, Co-Director of the Food & Water Justice program at Food & Water Watch.

Next we turn to an environmental issue: How fracking produces tons of radioactive waste. With Jie Jenny Zou, reporting fellow for The Center for Public Integrity’s environment and labor team.

We close Sound Bites with a special segment produced by Baltimore Sound Society, as Adam Droneburg and Calvin Perry visit a food justice event at Baltimore’s Lexington Market.


Sound Bites: Town Hall on Industrial Poultry Production on the Eastern Shore, Part 2/2

CAFOsJune 9, 2016 – Segment 3

On our newest episode about our food and our world, Sound Bites. You will hear the broadcast of Part 2 of a town hall I moderated a few weeks ago in Salisbury on the Eastern Shore. The impetus for the town hall was a proposed poultry operation in Wicomico Country that would include up to thirteen chicken houses, each holding 30,000 chickens. The broiler operation would sit on top of the paleochannel, which is the public drinking water source for Salisbury residents. When this was first proposed citizens were left out of the County Council discussions and many were concerned about the health risks posed by these operations. What happened next was unique in the history of the Eastern Shore, as Black, Latino and White communities came together to convene this town meeting to let their voices be heard and to build a political movement.
The panel theme of this panel was “Health” and we looked at the expansion of industrial scale poultry Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and discussed the impact on community health and safety that expansion is having or could have. We’re joined by public health experts who shared their perspectives on how zoning policy could be changed to protect public health and address community questions related to the density and intensity of industrial poultry CAFO expansion on the lower Eastern Shore. It was sponsored by The Concerned Citizens Against Industrial CAFOs (CCAIC), the Wicomico County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (WCNAACP), the Circle of Leaders (COL) and other concerned citizens of the lower Eastern Shore.
The panelists were:
  • Michelle Merkel, Co-Director, Food & Water Justice Food & Water Watch;
  • Frederick Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper and Farming Representative for the Patuxent River Commission;
  • Maria Payan, Consultant for Socially Responsible Agricultural Project;
  • Craig Watts, former contracted poultry grower; and
  • Dr. Jillian Fry, Director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future’s Public Health & Sustainable Aquaculture Project.

Sound Bites: A Visit To Black Dirt Farm On The Eastern Shore| Carbon-Neutral Fertilizer | Recipe: Mussels With Colette’s Stefano Porcile

Black Dirt Farm in Preston, MDMay 26, 2016 – Segment 3

For the newest episode of Sound Bites, our series on food, agriculture, the environment, and our future. Steiner Show Senior Producers Stefanie Mavronis and Mark Gunnery visit Black Dirt Farm in Preston, Maryland, where they talk with co-owner and co-operator Blain Snipstal.

Then I talk with two scientists about an important scientific advancement that could pave the way for a potential breakthrough in farming: Carbon-neutral fertilizer production. With: Dr. Katherine A. Brown, Staff Scientist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Dr. Paul King, Staff Scientist and Manager of the Photobiology Group at National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

We close the show with a mouth-watering recipe for mussels from local chef Stefano Porcile, Executive Chef at Colette restaurant in Baltimore.


Sound Bites: The Language Of Sperm Whales | A Visit To The Urban Garden At Douglass High School In Baltimore

Douglass High School in BaltimoreMay 19, 2016 – Segment 3

On the newest edition of Sound Bites – our series about our food, our environment, and our world – listen to a fascinating discussion on the language of Sperm Whales, as I talk with author and journalist James Nestor. His new book isDEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What The Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves, and was featured in the The New York Times and Annapurna Pictures virtual-reality film, “The Click Effect.”
We close out the show with a visit to the urban garden at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore. Two weeks ago we discussed US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s visit to Douglass to see their urban garden and discuss the role of urban agriculture in education. Last week, Steiner Show Senior Producer Stefanie Mavronis and I visited Douglass to talk to the two teachers who started the project — Amanda Briody and Chris Jennings – and hear from four of the Douglass Freshman students currently involved in the program: La’Asia Howard, Dominic Scruggs, Nykerra Williams, and Maleke Smalls.

Sound Bites: Young Baltimore Activist Wins Goldman Environmental Prize | America’s Wasteful Obsession With Bottled Water | Recipe: Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Destiny Watford (Credit: Inhabitat)April 28, 2016 – Segment 2

We host our newest edition of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world. We begin the hour with an interview with Destiny Watford, a young activist from Baltimore who won the Goldman Prize, the world’s largest award recognizing grassroots environmental activists, for her work to stop plans to build the Fairfield incinerator – the nation’s largest incinerator – less than a mile away from her high school.

We examine America’s growing obsession with bottled water. With: Roberto Ferdman, journalist who covers food and economics for The Washington PostChristopher Hogan, IOM Vice President of Communications for the International Bottled Water Association; and Emily Wurth, Water Program Director for Food and Water Watch.

Sound Bites with a recipe for a simple and refreshing take on pasta: spaghetti aglio e olio, from culinary aficionado Sam Levin. 


Sound Bites: How Environmental Legislation Fared In The 2016 Maryland General Assembly | Pollinator Protection In MD | New Baltimore City Sustainability Plan | Recipe: Passover With Michael Twitty

General Assembly (credit: Politicalmaryland)April 21, 2016 – Segment 2

We host a segment from Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we take a look at how agricultural and environmental legislation fared in the 2016 Maryland General Assembly. With Tim Wheeler, Managing Editor and Project Writer for Chesapeake Bay Journal.

We examine more closely one of those pieces of legislation, the Pollinator Protection Act of 2016, as Maryland could become the first state to pass restrictions on consumer use of neonicotinoids, the pesticides implicated in bee population declines. (The bill passed through the General Assembly and is waiting for signature by Governor Larry Hogan.) With: Bonnie Raindrop, Legislative Chair of the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association.

We check in with the Baltimore Office of Sustainability about the new city-wide sustainability plan. With: Kristin Baja, Climate and Resilience Planner and Floodplain Manager for the Baltimore Office of Sustainability; and Earl Johnson, Executive Director of Come Home Baltimore Foundation.

Passover begins Saturday at sundown, so we bring you a special Passover recipe from Michael Twitty, culinary historian of African and African American foodways, blogger at Afroculinaria, and recent TED fellow.


Sound Bites: The Color Of Food | How Race & Agriculture Intersect

The Color of FoodApril 7, 2016 – Segment 3

On Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we are joined by Natasha Bowens. Bowens is a beginning farmer and community grower in Western Maryland, who wrote the book The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming.

Then, we hear from Denzel Mitchell, formerly of Five Seeds Farm and Apiary in Baltimore, as he and Bowens talk about the ways that race intersects with agriculture and our food movement.

This episode is a rebroadcast from August 2015.


Sound Bites: Fairfield Incinerator Permit Expires | Phosphorus Regulation In Maryland | Food Educator Jennifer Crisp

Baltimore Fairfield IncineratorMarch 31, 2016 – Segment 2

On our newest episode of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we begin with a follow-up to previous episodes about the proposed Fairfield Incinerator in Curtis Bay. The permit for the project was ruled expired this month by the Maryland Department of the Environment. With: James Strong, Sub-District Director for United Steelworkers District 8; and Leah Kelly, attorney with the Environmental Integrity Project.
Then, we talk with Jeremy Cox, Business Reporter from Delmarva Now, about Maryland Department of Agriculture’s announcement earlier this month that, based on statewide soil test information, some 82% of farm fields will not be impacted by new environmental regulations potentially limiting phosphorus application or the use of animal manure as a fertilizer.
We close out the show with food educator and documentary producer Jennifer Crisp. Crisp joins us to talk about new projects focusing on food and education. She produced Giobbi, a documentary about  a chef who finally gets to meet her 89 year old mentor: Artist, chef, cookbook author, gardener and winemaker Edward Giobbi. Crisp also teaches a seed-to-table program in Baltimore City Public Schools.

Local News Roundtable: Port Covington & The Mayoral Election

Port Covington (Credit: Bizjournal)March 28, 2016 – Segment 3

We host a Local News Roundtable which addresses issues that include the controversial Port Covington development plan and the Baltimore mayoral election. With: Luke Broadwater, reporter at the Baltimore Sun, where he covers Baltimore’s City Hall and local politics; A. Adar Ayira, Director of Programs, More in the Middle Initiative of the Associated Black Charities; and Catalina Byrd, media consultant and political strategist.


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.

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

Sandtown-WinchesterMarch 17, 2016 – Segment 3

In a special archive edition of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we hear a rebroadcast of a Good Food Gathering town hall meeting held last summer in partnership with Hopkins’ Baltimore Food and Faith Project, titled Sandtown: Building a Model for Food and Jobs. The town hall took place at Jubilee Arts, located in the Sandtown Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore, which was at the center of the Baltimore Uprising and was the neighborhood where Freddie Gray lived and was arrested.
The panel was comprised of three members of the faith community who are working on food and employment issues in interesting and effective ways: Elder C.W. Harrisof Strength to Love II Farm and Newborn Holistic Ministries; Antoine Bennet of New Song Community Church; and Melissa Kelly of the No Boundaries Coalition.

Sound Bites: Institutional Food Procurement | SCOTUS and Chesapeake Bay | A Vegan Poem

bayMarch 10, 2016 – Segment 3

On our newest edition of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we begin the with a look at one of the key issues for systemic change in the sustainability of our food system: Institutional Food Procurement and Recommendations for Improvement. We look at a report with the same name written by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. With: Raychel Santo, Program Coordinator, Food Communities and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Then we turn to the Chesapeake Bay, with a look at the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week to decline to hear a challenge to the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan, by the American Farm Bureau Federation. With: Darryl Fears, reporter for The Washington Post, where he covers the environment with a focus on the Chesapeake Bay and wildlife; Tim Wheeler, Managing Editor and Project Writer for Chesapeake Bay Journal; and Jon Mueller, Chesapeake Bay Foundation VP of litigation and lead person on that court case.
We close out the show with a poem, A Vegan Change of Heart, by the son of a farmer who speaks from his heart about his decision to stop eating animal products.

Sound Bites: Baltimore Ecosystem Study

photo by Helen GlazerMarch 3, 2016 – Segment 2

In our latest edition of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we speak with participants from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, a consortium of long-term research projects examining Baltimore’s ecosystem. We check in with:
  • Helen Glazer, 2014-2015 Baltimore Ecosystem Study Artist-in-Residence, whose project is an exhibition of prints, panoramic photographs and digitally-fabricated sculpture, concentrated on the Gwynns Falls watershed (see her work at helenglazer.com);
  • Dr. J. Morgan Grove, Scientist and Team Leader for the Forest Service at the Northern Research Station;
  • Dr. Shannon LaDeau, Associate Scientist of Disease Ecology at the Baltimore Ecosystem Study and The Cary Institute; and
  • Dr. Chris Swan, Professor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Controversy Over The Northwood Plaza Development

northwoodMarch 1, 2016 – Segment 2

We turn to a controversy happening in Northeast Baltimore over whether to build student dormitories at the Northwood Plaza development. With:Richard Skolasky, President of the Original Northwood Association; and Stacy Ridgeway, President of the Hillen Road Improvement Association.

Sound Bites: Afroculinaria’s Michael Twitty | Building The Black Yield Institute For Black Food Sovereignty

Michael Twitty (Photo Credit: Afroculinaria)February 25, 2016 – Hour 2

On our newest edition of Sound Bites – our series about our food and our world – we begin the hour with my conversation with Michael Twitty, culinary historian of African and African American foodways, blogger at Afroculinaria, and recent TED fellow.
We close the show with Eric Jackson, Servant-Director of the Black Yield Institute, who tells us about Black food sovereignty. Black Yield Institute is an Action Network of Black people and entities that serve to catalyze action in the pursuit of Black food sovereignty in Black and poor Baltimore. The aim of Black Yield Institute is the pursuit of a united Black community in the process of building power through cooperative economics, social and cultural affirmation, political action and collective wellness practices.

Sound Bites: Backlash Against Chicken House Construction | Labor Conditions in Poultry Plants | Recipe: Catalina Byrd

ChickenFebruary 18, 2016 – Segment 2

On our newest episode of our series about our food and our world, Sound Bites, we continue our coverage of the community organizing happening on the Eastern Shore against expansion of the poultry industry. We will talk with Jeremy Cox, reporter for The Daily Times of Salisbury, about his recent article, “Backyard backlash: How Delmarva turned against poultry.”
Then we shine a light on the treatment of workers in the poultry industry, from an Oxfam report, Lives on the Line: The High Human Cost of Chicken. With Minor Sinclair, Director of the U.S. regional office of Oxfam America; and C. Shawn Boehringer, Chief Counsel of Maryland Legal Aid. Sinclair and Boehringer co-authored an article in last week’s Baltimore Sun, “Poultry processing, a thankless job.”
We close Sound Bites with a special recipe from media consultant and political strategist Catalina Byrd, who will be the featured artist and guest chef this Sunday, February 21 at NANCY by SNAC’s Sunday Breakfast with the Artists.