We hosted a special archive interview I conducted around the popular and powerful television series The Wire. We listened back to my interview with Clarke Peters, who played Detective Lester Freamon on the show. We stopped by his Charles Village row home to tape this interview, a laid back conversation around the dining room table that touched on all sorts of things, including: Baltimore, theater, race, politics, culture, Europe, America, and of course, The Wire and his iconic character.
Today on Sound Bites, we meet with Kim Eckart, aSeattle-based writer and associate editor at Yes! magazine. She wrote an article called, “If There Are No New Farmers, Who Will Grow Our Food?” for How to Create a Culture of Good Health, the Winter 2016 issue of YES! Magazine.
We are then joined by young farmers Walker Marsh, Founder & Owner of The Flower Factory;Isabel Antreasian,Project Manager for Whitelock Community Farm; Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for Park Heights Community Health Alliance and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; andCharlotte Keniston, current Open Society Institute fellow, working with Paul’s Place on community-led interventions to address food accessibility in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore.
Today we preview an important community event happening this weekend in Baltimore, hosted by the Center for Urban Families: Raising Strong Readers, a community discussion for parents and young readers. Our guests include Bobby Marvin Holmes, Founder of Son of a Dream, LLC, a youth development consulting and multimedia firm committed to empowering youth and families, and author of Casey’s Day with Daddy and Ryan Turner, Founder and Executive Director of The AKOBEN FOUNDATION, a nonprofit organization that develops urban youth into leaders in order to preserve future outcomes of minority communities.
During our regular feature, City Paper This Week, we check-in on this week’s issue with Karen Houppert, Editor-in-Chief of City Paper. We close the show with a reading of the names of Baltimore’s victims of homicide in 2015.
Today we talk with Todd Oppenheim, is a criminal defense attorney with the Office of Public Defender and is assigned to the Baltimore City Felony Trial Unit. Mr. Oppenheim has had many articles published on policy reform within the Baltimore City judicial system; he is also a candidate for judge in the Baltimore City Circuit Court.
On our newest edition about our series about food and our world, Sound Bites, we check in on a protest against the proposed Fairfield trash incinerator in South Baltimore. Joining us will be Destiny Waterford, leader with Free Your Voice and United Workers and junior at Towson University; Gregg Sawtell, leadership organizers for United Workers, Josh Acevedo from Free Your Voice who was arrested for protesting, Crystal Hall from Free Your Voice, also arrested for protesting and Nell Seldman, President of the Institute for Local Self Reliance.
And, we talk with Dr. Matthew Peters, Staff Attorney, for the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic. The Environmental Law Clinic is the largest public interest environmental law firm in the State of Maryland devoted to providing free legal services to support environmental litigation and legal reform that protects the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Today we begin with a panel discussion on the mistrial declared in the trial of Officer William Porter in the death of Freddie Gray.
Our panel of guests include Dominque Stevenson, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author with Eddie Conway of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther;Eddie Conway, producer at Real News Network; Michaela Duchess Brown, head of communications for Bmore Bloc and Doug Colbert, Professor at University of Maryland School of Law.
We begin the day with the fourth segment of a series of productions by students in the American Studies Program at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), called Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition. This segment is called Tensions.
Today we talk with former Ohio State Senator, Nina Turner, who withdrew her support of Hillary Clinton last month to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders. The Democratic Presidential candidate is visiting the communities of Baltimore city today.
Today we examine the conditions of our society that placed Freddie Gray in his social and economic position when he died in police custody last April. Joining us will be Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside, a project of Fusion Partnerships; the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School; and Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and author of the forthcoming book, Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.
Today we begin by talking with patrons of Lexington Market, an institution of Baltimore since 1782, during our second segment in a series of productions by students in the American Studies Program at University of Maryland Baltimore County, (UMBC), called Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition. The Bromo Speaks project, produced by UMBC students, highlights the voices of the residents, artists, workers and business owners in the Bromo Arts District. Bromo Arts is located on the west side of downtown Baltimore and was founded as an arts district in 2012. These voices highlight themes such as: history, neighborhood change, racism and structural inequality, displacement, development and the potential future of the area. Throughout this project the students have tried to give voice to the often-unheard people on the ground.
We talk to three collective members of the Oak Hill Center for Education and Culture in Baltimore: Markele Cullins, Baltimore based artist working toward a BFA in Graphic Design and Culture & Politics at the Maryland Institute College of Art; Tanya Garcia, Artist and curator and a recent Creative Alliance Community Arts Fellow through the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation; and Nick Petr, artist, curator, and educator who is a a sculpture teacher at the Baltimore School for the Arts.
This worthy Baltimore project is undergoing a crowdfunding campaign. The Oak Hill Center for Education and Culture is a school that explores creative strategies for movement-building around social and economic justice in Baltimore and beyond.
Today we begin our show with a Local News Roundup, focusing on the latest Baltimore mayoral race poll that shows former mayor Sheila Dixon with a substantial lead.
Our panel of guests includes: Steve Raabe, Founder and President of OpinionWorks, who conducted the poll; Luke Broadwater, reporter at the Baltimore Sun, where he covers Baltimore’s City Hall and local politics; ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University; and Charles Ellison, political strategist and Host of The Ellison Report on WEAA.
A report issued today by the Police Executive Research Forum, “Lessons Learned from the 2015 Civil Unrest in Baltimore,” indicates that the Baltimore Police Department was ill-prepared to handle the uprising following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray last April. Our panel of guests look at this report as well as the news over the weekend that Baltimore’s homicide rate surpassed the 300 mark. We are joined by Catalina Byrd, media consultant and political strategist; Luke Broadwater, reporter at theBaltimore Sun, where he covers Baltimore’s City Hall and local politics; Michael Eugene Johnson, community leader and Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Institute for Social Change; and Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.
We host a discussion on media bias and Black communities, with: 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; Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization; and Stacey Patton, reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
You can see Robinson and Patton tonight at the Enoch Pratt Free Library as part of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore series “Talking About Race.” For more information, click here.
We feature an investigative report by Morgan State University (MSU) students on Baltimore’s new curfew law, featured in the current issue of City Paper. With: Karen Houppert, lecturer in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University and author of Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice; Asha Glover, Editor in Chief of theMorgan State University Spokesman; Taesha Poteat,MSU student and contributor to the City Paper cover story; and Amira Hairston, MSU student and one of hte writers of the City Paper cover story.
In the latest installment of our feature “If You Were Mayor of Baltimore”, we’re talking New Year’s resolutions. Our panel of influential Baltimoreans discuss their hopes and aspirations for our city in 2015.
Our guests include: Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence and Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University; David Troy, CEO and co-founder at 410Labs, and creator ofMailstrom; and D. Watkins, writer and contributor to City Paper whose Salon story “Too Poor for Pop Culture” sparked a national conversation.
We have a special treat today. We’re going to hear Downtown Stories, radio pieces produced by UMBC students taking a course called “Place and Public History in Baltimore” led by UMBC’s Dr. Nicole King and Dr. Kate Drabinski. The course explores the people, places, and social movements that have contributed to the rich history and culture of Baltimore City, delving below the surface of historical narratives of rich, white, male developers and uncovering the social history of the city. The question they sought to answer was: What should the public remember about Baltimore history and why?
We wanted to thank the UMBC Humanities students who contributed to the research and reporting of this history: Emma Barnes, Morgan Chadderton, Kate Giitter, Meg Gomyo, Zoe Russo, Morgan Zepp, Natalie Cook, Mary Davis, Mary Farrell, Flora Kirk, Julian Tash, Kelly Wan, Anthony Alberti, Kelley Bennett, Carrie Cook, Emily Grace, Rebecca Haddaway and Kaitlyn Moretz.
December 21 is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, when we remember our brothers and sisters who died homeless in the past year. This year, as we do every year, The Marc Steiner Show will hold a discussion and read the name of every person who died homeless in Baltimore in the past 12 months.
With: Mary Beth Dobrzynski, a member of the Baltimore Area “Faces of Homelessness” Speakers Bureau; Brandon,a Word on the Street contributor and member of Housing Our Neighbors and the “Faces of Homelessness”; the Rev. Dennis Dorsch, a retired United Methodist minister, and member of Baltimore United Congregations and SHARP; and Adam Schneider, Director of Community Relations at Health Care for the Homeless, and co-chair of the Maryland Alliance for the Poor.
We discuss homelessness in Baltimore with James Crawford Jr. and Damien Haussling of the Homeless Speakers’ Bureau. The Homeless Speakers’ bureau is hosting a night of monologues next Wednesday night. For more information, visit facesofhomelessnessbmore.blogspot.in.
It’s the newest episode of Sound Bites, our weekly show on our food, our world, and our future! We begin the hour with a poll released last week indicating that 93% of all doctors are concerned about the routine use of antibiotics on healthy farm animals for growth promotion and disease prevention. Our guests will be:Matthew Wellington, Campaign Organizer of Maryland PIRG (Public Interest Research Group); and Dr. Tyler Cymet, practicing physician and President of the Maryland State Medical Society.
Next we turn to news that nearly one in five Maryland poultry farms have been fined for failure to file annual reports on measures they are taking to ensure runoff from their flocks’ manure is not polluting the Chesapeake Bay. With: Tim Wheeler, reporter for B’More Green, the Baltimore Sun’s environmental blog; and Rena Steinzor, President of the Center for Progressive Reform, and grain and poultry farmer Lee Richardson of the Maryland Farm Bureau in Wicomico County.
We look at the recent Baltimore City Council vote in favor of the new Curfew Law, with: Councilman Carl Stokes, who voted against the measure; Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, who voted in favor of the measure; Jason Tashea, Juvenile Justice Policy Director at Advocates for Children and Youth; and DeShawn Batson, Youth Commissioner representing the 13th District.
We also hear briefly from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on her perspectives on the curfew bill.
We listen back to the Non-Partisan Gubernatorial Forum on Education in Baltimore City, organized by the Baltimore Education Coalition, which I co-moderated with Sue Fothergill, Karen DeCamp, and Zuri Battle Wednesday night at City Springs Elementary/Middle School.
Democratic Gubernatorial candidates Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler, and Delegate Heather Mizeur share their visions for education in Maryland.
Baltimore City Schools Interim CEO Tisha Edwards joins us to talk about the year ahead for Baltimore schools. She discusses her philosophy, her priorities, and responds to reporting on the school system.
We begin the week with a follow-up to our coverage of the Tyrone West case. West died while in police custody in July, of undetermined causes, and the Baltimore City State’s Attorney announced last Thursday that none of the officers involved will face charges.
Joining us are: West’s uncles George Peoples and Neil Norris; West’s sister Tawanda Jones; Chuma Obinene, medical student who was a witness to the incident that resulted in West’s death; the Rev. Heber Brown, Pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church; Dwight Petit, West family attorney; and Tessa Hill, President of the Baltimore NAACP.
The Baltimore NAACP is initiating its own investigation of the incident.
Hear our interview with Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. We discuss issues facing Baltimore, including murders in the city, gang violence, police training, and officer-involved shootings. Comment with your unanswered questions and feedback for the Commissioner, who will be joining us in the coming month for a live segment.
Family members of Tyrone West, a man killed by the police on July 18th, join us again to talk about their search for answers from the Medical Examiners Office and the Baltimore Police Department. We hear from West’s uncle George Peoples, his cousin Jamie Richardson, and his sister Towanda Jones. We also hear about a demonstration taking place Wednesday afternoon at the Northeast District Police Station.
At the top of the hour, Marc remembers the children lost in the 1963 Birmingham Bombing. To read the piece on Modern American Poetry he referenced, click here.
Last week Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott made headlines for proposing a curfew for youth, calling for young people under the age of 14 to be indoors by 9:00pm and young people aged 14-16 to be off the streets by 10:00 pm on school nights and 11:00 pm on other nights.
Now that we know the Baltimore City Red Line transit project is moving forward, we bring you a conversation we recorded last month about the current state of transportation in the City of Baltimore and proposed alternatives, including the Red Line and a streetcar system.
We look at the controversy surrounding development in Harbor Point. Our round table of panelists will include Baltimore City council members Carl Stokes and Rikki Spector, political activist and public health consultant Lawrence Brown, Louis Miserendino, director of the McMullen of the Scholars Program at Calvert Hall College High School, and Anirban Basu, chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc.
We begin our week with a local politics roundtable. Joining us will be: Hassan Giordano, Publisher of DMVDaily.com; Rhonda Wimbish, community advocate; and The Rev. Heber Brown, community activist and pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church.
We close out the show with the energetic voices of the Baltimore Citywide Youth Poetry Team – this year comprised completely of young talented women – who will be representing Baltimore at the 16th Annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam in August in Chicago.
We have been covering the homeless encampment of people living under the Jones Falls Expressway near Madison and Fallsway right by the prison complex for the last several weeks. The city said they were going dismantle the site today, Friday March 8th, but before they could a regular citizen found the residents living there housing – temporary, good housing – that the City could not find them.
What was left of their encampment the City bulldozed today. They were met by advocates and the homeless to bear witness and to make sure their belongings were not destroyed. Producers Stefanie Mavronis and Mark Gunnery were there to tape, shoot, and tell their stories.
We will be covering more of what happened this morning on our show Monday and in the coming weeks to hear what has happened to these people, what the City is doing to find housing for the homeless and affordable housing for the 40,000 low income people who are housing insecure, and find out why the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness was changed.
But now, the story of today’s dismantling of Camp 83 in the words of advocates and the homeless. Tune in Monday for more of our coverage.
To see all of our pictures from this morning’s clearing of Camp 83 and pictures from when we visited the campers last week, take a look at our Flickr feed.
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