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The Creative Alliance: Ru-Jac Records & The Legacy of Baltimore Soul

November 6, 2017 – The Legacy of Baltimore Soul

Baltimore boasts a rich musical history, from Billie Holliday to Tupac Shakur to today’s thriving music scene. Now, thanks to musician and producer Brooks Long, Charm City’s soul/R&B and hip hop generations are about to converge at the storied Arch Social Club on Pennsylvania Avenue, at a Creative Alliance event this Saturday, November 11, called “Ru-Jac Records & the Legacy of Baltimore Soul.”  Ru-Jac was the Doo-Wop, soul music and  R&B powerhouse located right here in Baltimore.

Long, who is the  Deutsch Fellow at the Creative Alliance, stopped by our studio along with  Kevin Coombe (, who wrote the liner notes for all the re-issued Ru-Jac recordings. It took this younger generation to bring back the wonder of Baltimore’s great musical legacy.


Democracy In Crisis: Hy Thurman & The Young Patriots

October 27, 2017 – Hy Thurman & The Young Patriots

The Young Patriots were the Appalachian version of the Black Panther Party.  One of its leading members was Hy Thurman, who was also part of the original Rainbow Coalition in Chicago between the Patriots, Panthers and the Young Lords. Thurman joined Baynard Woods and me for our Democracy in Crisis podcast that springs from Baynard’s alt-weekly column of the same name. Enjoy this conversation, which focuses on organizing in white working class communities for economic and social justice and against racism. We cover the history and reality of it — from 1967 to the world we confront now, 50 years later.

Forward Magazine: Jewish Identity In A Changing World

October 23, 2017 – Forward Magazine

The Forward started out 120 years ago as a Socialist daily paper written in Yiddish that appealed to the Jewish immigrant workers for decades. Now it has morphed into a monthly magazine and daily news site with a 21st century twist appealing to young and old, from all corners of the Jewish world. Its CEO and Publisher Rachel Fishman Feddersen stopped by our studios for a conversation last week when she was in town. You will enjoy this wide ranging lively conversation about changing media, the Jewish world past and present and what our future brings.

Me Too: Confronting Misogyny and Sexism in Our World

October 20, 2017 – Misogyny and Sexism in Our World

In the wake of the explosive Me Too campaign on social media, we begin a series of podcasts dealing with the pervasiveness of misogyny in our world. The world is  finally admitting that sexual assault and harassment are ubiquitous.
We open our series today with: Brittany Oliver, Founding Director of Not Without Black Women; Maura Callahan, the City Papers Performing Arts Editor, and Rebekah Kirkman, the City Paper’s Visual Arts Editor. Callahan and Kirkman co-wrote a compelling piece entitled “Abuse and Accountability in the Arts Scene: A Reckoning” that appeared in the Baltimore City Paper last August.

The Fight For Representation: The Cherokee Freedman

October 16, 2017 – The Cherokee Freedman

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

The music used can be found here and here.

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

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

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

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

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

DACA’s Effect on Baltimore and its Citizens

September 19, 2017 – DACA’s Effect on Community

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


We hear from Yvette Pappoe, an alum of Maryland Carey Law and a DACA holder; Maureen Sweeney, who has directed the Immigration Clinic at the Maryland Carey School of Law since 2004 and is a founding board member of the Maryland Immigrant Rights Coalition; and  Reena Shah, Executive Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission and former Director of the Human Rights Project at Maryland Legal Aid Bureau.

Baltimore Creatives: A Family of Artists

Guy Curtis & Victoria KennedyAugust 29, 2017 – A Baltimore Artist Family

Our latest podcast features an amazing Baltimore family of artists, writers and musicians. Ironically, I knew them all individually but only learned recently that they are related to each other! Guy Curtis is a professional drummer who formerly played with George Clinton. Curtis’ daughter, Victoria Kennedy, is a Baltimore-based writer. Her son, Lawrence Burney, who has been a guest on my show before, writes for VICE and publishes his own Zine “True Laurels”.

When I learned that all this talent resided in one family, I knew it was time to bring that family to our podcast and share their story with you.



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

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

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

Dr. Connolly’s article can be found here.

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



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

August 10, 2017 – Baltimore Ceasefire

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

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

Local Roundtable: Violence and Homicide in Baltimore

Baltimore Police Scene (Credit: Baltimore Sun)June 12, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a Local Roundtable where we discussed the continuing crisis of violence and homicide in Baltimore.

With: longtime citizen activist Kim Trueheart, former candidate for Baltimore City Council President; Lawrence Grandpre, Director of Research at Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and former City Councilman Carl Stokes, founder of Banneker Blake Academy of Arts and Science.


Local Roundtable: ICE Raids and Education

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

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

Interview With Palestinian Musician Kareem Samara

Kareem Samara (Credit: SteinerShow)December 16, 2016 – Segment 4

I host an interview with Kareem Samara, British Palestinian musician and founding member of Artists For Palestine UK and London Palestine Action. He currently collaborates with Baltimore’s Ryan Harvey, blending American and Arabic protest music, as well as working on his own loop-based exploration of Arabic music using Oud and Percussion.


To listen to the full, original segment, click here!

Racial Biases of Police & Police/ Community Relationships

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Our first group of guests will talk about policing, perceived racial biases of police, and police/community relationships in neighborhoods such as Sandtown-Winchester. With: Tiffany Welch, Director of Health and Food Access for the No Boundaries Coalition; and Ray Kelly, community organizer with the No Boundaries Coalition.


Mayoral Candidate Cindy Walsh

walshMarch 21, 2016 – Segment 2

Marc interviews Cindy Walsh, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Mayor of Baltimore.

Farai Chideya: The Episodic Career

Farai-ChideyaMarch 21, 2016 – Segment 1

Marc speaks with Farai Chideya, who discusses her new book The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption. Chideya is a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight and is Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU. She will be speaking tonight at 6:30 at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 415 Park Avenue in Baltimore, sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Baltimore Mayoral Candidate: David Warnock

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Marc talks to businessman David Warnock, who is also a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Mayor of Baltimore.

Update on Keith Davis Jr., Shot By Police Last Summer

keithMarch 7, 2016 – Segment 1

Marc begins the show with an update on the ongoing case of Keith Davis, Jr., who was shot by the police last summer in Baltimore. Marc interviews Baynard Woods, who has been covering the case for The Guardian. Then we talk with Kelly Holsey, who is the fiancée of Keith Davis, Jr.

Controversy Over The Northwood Plaza Development

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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.

Baltimore Mayoral Race: Community Organizer Joshua Harris

Joshua-HarrisFebruary 22, 2016 – Segment 2

We speak to Joshua Harris, who is a Green Party candidate for mayor of Baltimore. Harris is a community organizer and co-founder of Hollins Creative Placemaking.

State Politics Roundtable: Criminal Justice Issues in the General Assembly

February 15, 2016 – Segment 1

W17203909865_1b75a7786a_ne begin the show with a look at criminal justice policy issues that are facing the Maryland General Assembly. With: Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Caryn York, Policy Associate at the Job Opportunities Task Force; Delegate Curt Anderson (Democrat, District 43); and Delegate Neil Parrott (Republican, District 2A).

Baltimore Mayoral Race: Councilman Carl Stokes

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We begin the show with an interview with Baltimore Democratic Mayoral candidate Councilman Carl Stokes. Stokes represents the 12th District on the Baltimore City Council, where he is Chair of the Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee.

From Flint to Baltimore: Clean Water, Environmental Racism & Infrastructure In Our Cities

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)

February 1, 2016 – Segment 2

We discuss our cities from Flint to Baltimore, looking at clean water, environmental racism & infrastructureWith: Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Mijin Cha, consultant and fellow at Cornell University’s Worker Institute and adjunct professor at Fordham Law School; Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Buffalo and Director of the University of Buffalo Center for Urban Studies; and Jacqui Patterson, Director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program at the NAACP.

Profiled: Women’s Voices in Racial Profiling and Police Brutality

Kathleen Forster's 'Profiled' (Photo Credit: Kathleen Forster, Indiegogo)November 10, 2015 – Segment 3

We preview the new movie Profiled, which highlights women’s voices and concerns as part of the national dialogue on racial profiling and police brutality, and tells their powerful stories that bear witness to the institutional racism that drives such violence.

We speak with Kathleen Foster, director of Profiled, and producer of  independent documentaries that combine elements of individual stories, current events and history with a focus on grassroots struggles for change.

Wrestling With The Wire

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Our show concludes with a listen back to a segment we recorded earlier this year about The Wire, as our guests talk about the series and its representation of our city. With: Lawrence Grandpre, Assistant Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and author of the City Paper article, “Smile For the Camera: The representational limits of ‘The Wire;'” 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. Kate Drabinski, Lecturer of Gender and Women’s Studies and Director of the Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL) Program at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and author of the City Paper article “Field Tripping: Biking ‘The Wire’;” and Phillip Burgess, classically trained actor and Theatre Lecturer at Morgan State University who appeared in The Wire.

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The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City that Would Not be Broken, the latest offering from author Wendell Pierce

October 23, 2015 – Segment 1

Marc and his co-host, fitness trainer and activist, Chauncey Whitehead, start todays show by revisiting Marc’s recent interview with author and Tony Award Winning Producer, Wendell Pierce.  The actor, best known for his role as Detective Bunk Morehead in the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, joined us to talk about his new book (written with Rod Dreher) on New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken.

This week is the WEAA Fall Membership Drive, so tune in for compelling topics and wonderful premiums! Now is your opportunity to support the station you have come to love: WEAA, THE Voice of the Community. Call 410-319-8888 or visit to make your pledge of support during the show.

The Baltimore Uprising & Food Sovereignty

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Our show concludes with a ruminative glance at  the correlation 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.  The discussion features commentary from Michael Twitty, Culinary Historian of African and African American Foodways and blogger at Afroculinaria; Walker Marsh, Founder and owner of the Flower Factory; Sache Jones, 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.

This week is the WEAA Fall Membership Drive, so tune in for compelling topics and wonderful premiums! Now is your opportunity to support the station you have come to love: WEAA, THE Voice of the Community. Call 410-319-8888 or visit to make your pledge of support during the show


The Black Church Food Security Network

October 22, 2015 – Segment 2

Next, we revisit our July discussion about the launch of the Black Church Food Security Network, with: Bishop J. L. Carter, Pastor of the Ark Church; the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School; and the Rev. Darriel Harris, Project Officer of the Baltimore Food & Faith Project at Johns Hopkins’ Center for a Livable Future.

This week is the WEAA Fall Membership Drive, so tune in for compelling topics and wonderful premiums! Now is your opportunity to support the station you have come to love: WEAA, THE Voice of the Community. Call 410-319-8888 or visit to make your pledge of support during the show.

Interview with 2015 MacArthur “Genius” Award Winner, Ta-Nehisi Coates

October 20, 2015 – Segment 2

We listen to an encore presentation with Marc’s interview with 2015 MacArthur “Genius” Award Winner Ta-Nehisi Coates, national correspondent for The Atlantic and author of Between the World and Me and The Beautiful Struggle.

This week is the WEAA Fall Membership Drive, so tune in for compelling topics and wonderful premiums! Now is your opportunity to support the station you have come to love: WEAA, THE Voice of the Community. Call 410-319-8888 or visit to make your pledge of support during the show.

Segment originally aired July 22, 2015. 

Local News Roundtable: Confirmation of Kevin Davis as Baltimore Police Commissioner

October 20, 2015 – Segment 1Photo credit: Flikr

Marc begins the show with a local news roundtable centering around the controversial anticipated appointment of Kevin Davis as Baltimore Police Commissioner.  Marc is joined by co-host Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University.  We are also joined by Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and community advocate, author and speaker Kimberly Armstrong.

This week is the WEAA Fall Membership Drive, so tune in for compelling topics and wonderful premiums! Now is your opportunity to support the station you have come to love: WEAA, THE Voice of the Community. Call 410-319-8888 or visit to make your pledge of support during the show.

Kane Mayfield: On Baltimore and His New Music

Kane MayfieldSeptember 2, 2015 – Segment 3

We talk with rapper Kane Mayfield, who will be performing Friday September 4th, at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore.

Is Baltimore City Planning To Redevelop Perkins Homes?

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Our panel of guests discusses the controversy around the plans for redevelopment of Perkins Homes housing project. Joining us to discuss these plans will be: Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Jessica Lewis, housing organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance; Ed Ericson, Jr., staff writer for Baltimore City Paper; and Peter Angle, Deputy Commissioner of Project Finance and Development for Baltimore.

Continuing the Momentum of the Baltimore Uprising



May 11, 2015 – Segment 3

We continue our discussion on the Baltimore Uprising, and ask how the momentum and unity of the past few weeks can be continued. We’ll ask how local activists can use resources, attention and energy that are pouring into the city right now? Do we need to be wary of the attention we’re getting? Are there lessons to be learned from Ferguson?

Our panel of guests includes: Marshall “Eddie” Conway, former Black Panther who was released from prison in 2014 after being incarcerated for 44 years, co-author ofMarshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther, and staff member ofThe Real News Network‘s Baltimore Bureau; Jessica Lewis, housing organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance (RTHA); Gary Stroud, resident of Bernard E. Mason and member of the RTHA leadership council; Elder CW Harris, Pastor at Newborn Community of Faith and Founder of Newborn Ministries Inc., which created Martha’s Place, Jubilee Arts, Strength to Love II, and Strength to Love Farm in Sandtown-Winchester; and Farajii Muhammad, host of Listen Up! on WEAA and Youth Empowerment Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee in Baltimore.


Bias in Baltimore Bail Hearings?

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We talk with Todd H. Oppenheim, felony trial attorney in the Office of the Public Defender, about his recent op-ed for the Baltimore Brew titled, “The bias in Baltimore bail hearings: a presumption of guilt.”

Baltimore Protests and Police Brutality in Historical Context

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We take a look at Baltimore’s history and put the events of the past several weeks into that context. With: Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; and Antero Pietila, author of Not in my Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City.


Where Does Baltimore Go From Here?

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We continue our discussion of “Where does Baltimore go from here?” as the city begins to heal and move forward, with a focus on issues of poverty and upward mobility. We also ask if “Black culture” is a problem.

With: the Rev. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church; Jessica Lewis, housing organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance; Dr. N.D.B. Connolly, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University and author of A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South; and Diane Bell McKoy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Black Charities.

#FreddieGray: Community Activists On Protests In Baltimore

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We take a look at the Baltimore story that is reverberating across the nation: What happened to Freddie Gray, the 25-year old man who died of a spinal injury on Sunday, a week after being chased and tackled by police officers in Baltimore.

Our panel of guests includes: Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor ofBlackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School; Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West, a man who died while in police custody in July 2013 in Baltimore; Megan Sherman, Producer at The Real News Network; Tim Wilson, co-Director of On Our Shoulders; A. F.  James MacArthur, blogger for the Baltimore Spectator, who spent several months in jail in 2013, following a standoff with the police; and Ray Cook.

Baltimore’s Race Problems: Part 1

battsMarch 17, 2015 – Segment 2

Do you think Baltimore has a race problem? An article in the Baltimore Sun this past weekend indicates that Baltimore leaders agree: City has a race problemWe discuss it 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; community activist Kim Trueheart; Michael Eugene Johnson, Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Institute for Social Change; and Roberto Alejandro, reporter for Baltimore’s Afro-American newspaper.

Local Action Against Wrongful Arrests of Young People

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We are joined by Charnell D. Cobb-El, Site Director of The Baltimore Algebra Project at Patterson High School and Executive Director and Founder of Convert Consulting, who tells us about an action on Thursday, March 5th on the wrongful arrests by Baltimore City Police against young people of color as well as the school funding crisis.

Roland Park: One Of America’s First Garden Suburbs, And Built For Whites Only

Roland Park in BaltimoreFebruary 19, 2015 – Segment 3

Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, sits in for Marc.

We look at a piece of Baltimore’s history as a segregated city as we examine the Roland Park neighborhood. Our guest is Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, who wrote an article in the Fall 2014 issue of Johns Hopkins Magazine, Roland Park: one of America’s first garden suburbs, and built for whites only. Dickinson has written about architecture, design, and urbanism for national publications for nearly 20 years. Her articles and essays have been published in The New York TimesThe New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic Magazine’s CityLab, among manyothers. She is a contributing editor with Architect magazine, teaches writing at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and was the former editor of Urbanite magazine in Baltimore.

Sound Bites: Baltimore’s Food System Vision

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In our newest edition of our series about our food and our world, Sound Bites, we listen in to a panel discussion Marc moderated at the 14th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference last month about Baltimore’s food-system planning, policy and partnership efforts and how people are shaping and implementing visions for a sustainable local food system.

Our panel of guests included: Anne Palmer, Program Director at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future; Holly Freishtat, Food Policy Director for the City of Baltimore; Willie Flowers, Executive Director of Park Heights Community Health Alliance; and Walker Marsh, Founder and owner of The Flower Factory.


Kurt Schmoke: On The Future Of Baltimore & Being UB President

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We’re joined for a conversation with Kurt Schmoke, President of University of Baltimore and former mayor of Baltimore.

Art-Part’heid: Bridging the Gap of Disparities in the Baltimore Art Scene

Station North Arts and Entertainment DistrictJanuary 29, 2015 – Segment 4

We discuss an important event this Sunday at the 2640 Space: Art-Part’heid: Bridging the Gap of Disparities in the Baltimore Art Scene, a panel discussion and community dialogue on race, power, privilege, exclusion and shared wealth.

With: Mia Loving Curator and Founder of Invisible Majority, a creative community incubator; Michelle Gomez, independent curator who works collaboratively with under-represented audiences on community-focused exhibitions in Baltimore; Sophia Mak, artist, dancer, performer, educator, activist, and Program Manager at 901 Arts, a youth community arts organization; and Abdu Ali, musician and writer.

Do Baltimore Teens Face Worse Conditions Than Their Nigerian Counterparts?

Youth-JailJanuary 27, 2015 – Segment 2

Do poor teens in Baltimore face worse conditions than their counterparts in Nigeria, as a recent study suggests? We look at the study, published in December’s Journal of Adolescent Health, with: Dr. Kristin Mmari, Assistant Professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; and Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University.

If You Were Mayor: New Year’s Resolutions for Baltimore City

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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 of Mailstrom; and D. Watkins, writer and contributor to City Paper whose Salon story “Too Poor for Pop Culture” sparked a national conversation.

Violence In Baltimore: Creating A New Reality In 2015

Violence in BaltimoreJanuary 6, 2015 – Segment 2

We have a conversation on violence in Baltimore, and how to really create a different reality in 2015. With: Dr. Phil Leaf, professor and Director, Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Kimberly Armstrong, community advocate, author and speaker; Angela Johnese, Director, Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice; and David Miller, Creator of Dare to Be King.

Exit Interview With Activist Duane “Shorty” Davis

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We host an “exit” interview with long-time activist Duane “Shorty” Davis, who is leaving our city and moving to California where he will take a Fellowship for several months.

Baltimore Town Hall: City Funding, Bond Issues & Which Institutions Are Supported Financially

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We discuss an important community event that’s taking place Tuesday, hosted by the Baltimore Community & Business Alliance: a Town Hall Meeting on City Funding, School Funding, Body Cameras and Police Accountability, and other issues. Our panel of guests includes: Lou Fields, Founder & CEO of Black Dollar Exchange and Host of the BDX Business Online Talk Show; community activist Kim Trueheart; Dr. Joanne Martin, co-Founder, President, and CEO of Baltimore’s Great Blacks in Wax Museum; and Kristerfer Burnett, Neighborhood Organizer for Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.

The Town Hall Meeting will take place from 6-9pm on Tuesday, December 16, at the Arena Players, 801 McCulloh Street in Baltimore.

Baltimore’s New Deal: WPA-Level Spending Has Power To Remake City, But Much Of It Might Be Going Away

Baltimore's New DealDecember 3, 2014 – Segment 4

We do an extended version of our regular feature, City Paper This Week, to include “Baltimore’s New Deal,” which was featured in the paper last week.

Our guests are: Edward Ericson Jr., staff writer for the City Paper whose article “Baltimore’s New Deal” was the cover story last week; Dr. John Bullock, Professor of Political Science at Towson University; and Dr. Dennis Coates, Professor of Economics at UMBC.


Baltimore News Roundup: Plastic Bags Banned, Council Passes Body Cameras, State of Baltimore City Schools

A body camera from Taser is seen during a press conference at City Hall September 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department is embarking on a six- month pilot program where 250 body cameras will be used by officers. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)November 19, 2014 – Segment 3

We host a Baltimore News Roundtable discussion, on topics to include: the plastic bag ban, body cameras, and school closings. With: Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University; Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Catalina Byrd, media consultant, political strategist, and co-Host of No Hooks for the Hip-Hop Chronicles on WEAA.


Baltimore News Roundup: Bag Tax Becomes Ban, City School Closings, Body Cameras & More

Plastic Bag Ban in BaltimoreNovember 13, 2014 – Segment 2

On today’s Baltimore news roundup, we talk about city school closings, education funding, body cameras, and the plastic bag ban, with: Ralph Moore, Coordinator of Mentoring at Ex-Offender Mentoring Academy and Training Center; Anthony McCarthy, host of the Anthony McCarthy Show on WEAA; Tyrone Keys, author, public affairs strategist, and public relations expert; and Kim Truehart, longtime citizen activist.


If You Were Mayor of Baltimore: New Class of OSI-Baltimore Community Fellows

Renita SeabrookNovember 11, 2014 – Segment 2

We again ask the question, “What would you do if you were Mayor of Baltimore?” Joining us to offer their own answers are three members of the new class of Open Society Institute-Baltimore Fellows: Brian Francoise, a theater artist who lives in Original Northwood; Zina Makar, an attorney from Reisterstown, who studied law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of law; and Dr. Renita Seabrook, Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Baltimore.


Local & State Election Roundup: Governor-Elect Larry Hogan & More

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November 5, 2014 – Segment 3

We turn to local and state elections, with: Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University; Delegate Jolene Ivey, who represents the 47th district in the Maryland House of Delegates; and Dr. Richard Vatz, professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Towson University’s Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development, and the Rev. Dr. Todd Yeary of Douglass Memorial Church.

Sound Bites: Dangers of Methane | “Bee-Friendly” Plants Actually Harmful To Bees | Baltimore’s Park Heights Farmers Market

Melting of Arctic ice and frozen Siberian tundraNovember 4, 2014 – Segment 4

Listen to a special archive edition of Sound Bites. First we hear a commentary from Jamie Henn, co-Founder and Strategy and Communications Director of, about the dangers of methane being released from the earth as a result of the melting of Arctic ice and frozen Siberian tundra.

Next we talk with Meme Thomas, Director of Baltimore Honey and maker of B’more Hon E brand raw micro local honey, about a recent report on how supposedly “bee-friendly” plants purchased from some of the big box stores actually contain neonicotinoid pesticides, believed to be responsible in part for the declining bee population.

We close out the show with a look at the Baltimore’s Park Heights Farmers Market, which is open every Wednesday at the corner of Belvedere and Park Heights Avenues. We will hear from: Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for Park Heights Community Health Alliance and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; Mia Loving, community organizer, entrepreneur, mother and wife; and Willie Flowers, Executive Direct of Park Heights Community Health Alliance.


Pre-Election Roundtable: Baltimore & Maryland Candidates

electionNovember 3, 2014 – Segment 4

We host an election roundtable with: Charles Robinson, political and business correspondent for Maryland Public Television; ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University; and Stephen Janis, award-winning investigative reporter for WBFF-TV and co-author of You Can’t Stop Murder: Truths About Policing in Baltimore and Beyond.

Del. Shawn Tarrant’s Write-In Campaign Against Del. Frank Conaway Jr.

shawnNovember 3, 2014 – Segment 3

Maryland State Delegate Shawn Tarrant (D-40th) talks about his write-in campaign against Del. Frank Conaway, Jr. Tarrant, who lost his seat in the primaries by a slim margin, started his write-in campaign after Conaway posted a number of “unusual” videos on YouTube. Conaway has been invited to join the conversation but at the time of this writing has not responded.

Also joining us are: Marvin L. “Doc” Cheatham, Civil Rights and Election Law consultant and President of the Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association; Rob Lapin, community advocate and former candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates; Bill Marker; and Baltimore City Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway, Sr.

Can Homeless People Move into Baltimore’s Abandoned Houses?

Can Homeless People Move Into Baltimore's Abandoned Houses?October 24, 2014 – Segment 3

We ask the question, based on an article in this week’s Atlantic magazine: “Can Homeless People Move into Baltimore’s Abandoned Houses?” With Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; Tony Simmons of Word on the Street newspaper and Housing Our Neighbors; and Rachel Kutler, of the United Workers.



Afro-Veganism & Baltimore’s Vegan SoulFest

David Wilson, one of the owners of Sweet & Natural, a vegan cafe and bakeshop in Mt. Rainier, prepares orders for people in line at his booth at the Vegan SoulFest.October 22, 2014 – Segment 2

Listen to our conversation on Afro-Veganism and hear a sneak preview of an exciting and delicious festival taking place this weekend in Baltimore: Vegan SoulFest! The free event features vegan food, nutrition experts, vegan cooking demonstrations and more.

Joining us to talk about the festival and about Afro-Veganism are: Brenda Sanders, Executive Director of the Better Health Better Life organization and co-organizer of the Vegan SoulFest; Naijha Wright, co-owner of Land of Kush vegan soul food restaurant and co-organizer of the Vegan SoulFest; and Greg Brown, co-owner and founder of Land of Kush restaurant.



Racial Divides in Baltimore’s Art World

siloOctober 20, 2014 – Segment 3

We host a panel on the racial divides in the artistic world in Baltimore, inspired by articles in last week’s Baltimore City Paper‘s 2014 Fall Arts Guide. With: Kalima Young, Director of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, a project of the Office of Community Engagement at MICA; Baynard Woods, Senior Editor for the Baltimore City Paper; Deana Haggag, Director of The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore; and Mia Loving, community organizer, entrepreneur, mother and wife.



D. Watkins on Representations of Baltimore, Telling Its Stories & Where We Need To Go

D. WatkinsOctober 15, 2014 – Segment 3

Marc and educator Koli Tengella talk to author, filmmaker and Coppin State University professor D. Watkins about his recent writings and Too Poor for Pop Culture zine launch, the Baltimore media landscape, different representations of Baltimore in writing and film, and the things that hold young people in Baltimore back from reaching their potential.



Best of Sound Bites: Small Farmers Talk About Why They Farm

Boone Street FarmOctober 14, 2014 – Segment 2

Listen in to a special broadcast of some of the “Best of” our Sound Bites series, including my interview with Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food and Water Watch and author of Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America; our visit to the Cherry Hill Urban Garden in Baltimore; our roundtable with local farmers about why they farm; and my interview with Bryant Terry about his cookbook Afro Vegan.

The premium for the second hour will be a copy of Foodopoly. Everyone interested in food and our food system will want a copy! Also in studio will be Naijha Wright of the Land of Kush restaurant.

Included here is the podcast from our roundtable with small farmers, including: Denzel Mitchell, Founder and Farm Manager, Five Seeds Family Farm and Apiary; Cheryl Carmona, Co-founder of Boone Street Farm in East Baltimore; Ted Wycall third generation farmer at Greenbranch Farm in Salisbury, MD; and Carole Morrison of Bird’s Eye View Farm in Pocomoke City.


Marshall “Eddie” Conway: Life After Prison & The Future of Baltimore

Eddie ConwayOctober 14, 2014 – Segment 1

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We have a conversation with former Black Panther Marshall “Eddie” Conway, who was released from prison earlier this year after being incarcerated for 44 years. We talk about his time in prison, his work with young men inside and outside prison, and Friend of a Friend, a mentoring project he started with American Friends Service Committee.

The premium for this hour is a copy of Eddie Conway’s autobiography, Marshall Law: The Life & Times of a Baltimore Black Panther. And also in-studio is Dr. Lester Spence!


Police Accountability in Baltimore

policeOctober 9, 2014 – Segment 2

We host a panel discussion about controversies regarding issues of accountability within the Baltimore Police Department, with: Mark Puente, investigative reporter for The Baltimore SunDavid Rocah, senior staff attorney for ACLU of Maryland; Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside;Neill Franklin, Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition); and Tessa Hill-Aston, President of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP.


Baltimore City: Breaking Your Heart?

Baltimore SkylineOctober 6, 2014 – Segment 3

We listen back to an archive edition of the Marc Steiner Show from last year where we discussed the article, “Baltimore City, You’re Breaking My Heart” and the many responses to it. That article recently took the title for Baltimore City Paper’s Best White Whine” of 2014. We hear from: Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Tim Barnett, founder of Baltimore Bike Party and author of a response to the aforementioned article, titled “Baltimore City: You’re Not Breaking My Heart. I’m not leaving”; Katie Long, Program Director and Hispanic Liaison of the Friends of Patterson Park; Hasdai Westbrook, Partner at ChangingMedia, a digital agency devoted to social change, and author of the blog post, “To #SaveBaltimore, Embrace the Wire”; Dr. Tara Bynum, assistant professor in the Department of English at Towson University; and Bobby Marvin Holmes, Youth Advocate for Baltimore Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (BYAP) and Producer of Live Young Blood, a documentary focused on the struggle to end youth violence.


Violence in Baltimore

brandon finneySeptember 26, 2014 – Segment 4

We look at the continuing violence in Baltimore, including the tragic death of 25-year old shock trauma worker and father Brandon Finney, who was used as a human shield in a gang shooting while he was waiting at a bus stop on Sunday. Our guests include: Michael Johnson, Creative Director of the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center; Imhotep Fatiu, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Urban Youth Initiative Project; and Bobby Marvin Holmes, local activist, filmmaker, and producer of the documentary Live Young Blood.


2014 Charm City Health Fair

Charm City Health FairSeptember 19, 2014 – Segment 2

Listen to a sneak peek at the Charm City Health Fair, to be held at Lexington Market in Baltimore on Saturday, September 20. Our guests will be: Chuma Obineme, second-year medical student at the University of Maryland-Baltimore, who is helping to organize the Fair; Evan Lutz, 2014 graduate of the University of Maryland and CEO and Founder of Hungry Harvest, an innovative new Baltimore start-up that fights food waste and hunger; and Damye Hahn, daughter of Bill and Nancy Devine who own Faidley’s Seafood at Lexington Market.


Homeless Youth in Baltimore

homelessSeptember 17, 2014 – Segment 4

We examine the issue of homeless youth in Baltimore with: Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless;Bonnie Lane, formerly homeless activist, organizer of the Backpack Benefit Concert for Homeless Children, and 2016 Mayoral candidate; and Christian Wilson, Director of Homeless Children’s Weekend Backpack Program.

The Backpack Benefit Concert for Homeless Children will take place on Wednesday, September 24, at 2640 Space in Baltimore.


What Would You Do If You Were Mayor Of Baltimore?

City HallSeptember 17, 2014 – Segment 2

A group of bright young Baltimoreans answer the question: What Would You Do If You Were Mayor Of Baltimore? Our in-studio panel includes: Megan Sherman, Producer for The Real News NetworkDayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Zeke Berzoff-Cohen, Executive Director of The Intersection.


Young Candidates for the Maryland Legislature

votingSeptember 15, 2014 – Segment 2

We hear from three new young candidates who won Maryland Democratic primaries and will run for Legislative seats in the November general elections: Brooke Lierman, Democratic candidate running in Baltimore’s 46th District; Antonio Hayes, Democratic candidate running in Baltimore’s 40th District; and Cory McCray, Democratic candidate running in Baltimore’s 45th District.


Report Back From #NowWhatBmore Town Hall Meeting on Ferguson

#NowWhatBmore Town Hall MeetingSeptember 11, 2014 – Segment 3

On Tuesday night an important town hall meeting took place in Baltimore, addressing police brutality and the events in Ferguson, Missouri, following last month’s fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown by a police officer. We hear a reporting back from that meeting, with: Jason RodriguezTechnical and Editing Manager for DMV Daily; the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist and pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church; Tawanda Jonessister of Tyrone West who died while in police custody in July 2013 in Baltimore; and Diana Butler, aunt of Tyrone West.


Positive Youth Programming in Baltimore: Why It Matters

901 ArtsSeptember 4, 2014 – Segment 3

We take a look at positive youth programming in Baltimore with representatives from three youth organizations: Nyasha Dixon, service coordinator at the YES (Youth Empowered Society) Drop-In Center in Baltimore; Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Sarah Tooley and Debra Evans, Director and Founder of 901 Arts.

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle is looking for contributions for its Community Supporter Drive, which supports LBS programming like the Walter P. Carter Leadership Institute, the Eddie Conway Liberation Institute, and the newly created Morgan State University Debate Team. 

Youth Empowered Society is having a benefits concert – “Folk & Funk, Bring Me Home” — this Saturday, September 6th at the Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center in Baltimore at 847 N. Howard Street, feauturing live music and dancing. Proceeds support the work of the Youth Empowered Society (YES) Drop-In Center – the first and only drop-in center for homeless youth in Baltimore. 

And this evening from 5:30PM – 8:00PM901 Arts is hosting its 5th Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser at 901 Montpelier Street in the Waverly neighborhood in Baltimore. The event features food, a silent auction and raffle, a tour of 901 Arts and more! 


Is Baltimore Really The Heroin Capital of America?

heroinAugust 26, 2014 – Segment 2

On Wednesday night National Geographic Channel will premiere a feature titled “Drugs, Inc.: The High Wire,” which names Baltimore as the “heroin capital of America.” We take a close look at heroin abuse in Baltimore, with: Bern McBride, President and CEO of Behavioral Health System Baltimore; Woody Curry, therapist in private practice; and Dr. Scott Nolan, Director of the Drug Addiction Treatment Program at the Open Society Institute-Baltimore.


Economic Mobility: What Determines A Child’s Success in Baltimore?

Baltimore SkylineAugust 11, 2014 – Segment 2

We speak with Karl Alexander, Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood. We talk about a 30-year study in which Alexander and his team tracked 800 children in Baltimore from first grade until their late 20’s to discover what factors determine success. The study found that a child’s fate is often determined by family strength and the parents’ financial status.

We then discuss the findings with Bill Fletcher, Senior Scholar at Institute for Policy Studies; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; Jordan Bloom, Opinion Editor for the Daily Caller and board member of Alumni for Liberty, a project of the Students for Liberty; and  A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships.


City Paper This Week: Artscape, Ratscape, Baltimore Festivals & More

City Paper This WeekJuly 16, 2014 –  Segment 5

We close out the show with our weekly feature City Paper This Week, with Senior Editor Baynard Woods. This week’s issue focuses on Baltimore’s many upcoming festivals, among other topics.


Baltimore City Sheriff’s Race

sheriffJune 20, 2014 – Segment 2

We look at the Baltimore City Sheriff’s race, with challengers: Donoven Brooks, Baltimore City Schools Police Patrol supervisor; and Richard Parker, businessman, community leader, and former U.S. Army Legal Specialist. Baltimore City’s current sheriff, Sheriff John W. Anderson, was also invited to join the discussion.


Getting There: Biking In Baltimore

BaltimoreBoompyJune 19, 2014 – Segment 3

As part of Getting There, our series on transportation in Baltimore, we look at cycling in the city. Our guests are: 

  • Chris Merriam, Executive Director of Bikemore, and 2012 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow; 
  • Greg Cantori, President & CEO of Maryland Nonprofits and past president of One Less Car/Bike Maryland
  • Dr. Kate Drabinski, Lecturer of Gender and Women’s Studies and Director of the Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program at UMBC, and blogger at What I Saw Riding My Bike Around Today;
  • and Myloh Jackson, co-Founder of Bearings Bike Project and co-organizer of Baltimore’s inaugural Red Bike and Green ride on Thursday.


Local Roundtable: Gubernatorial Debate, Black Guerilla Family, City and State Politics

debateJune 3, 2014 – Segment 2

We hear a national news roundtable. The topics include last night’s gubernatorial debate, the Black Guerilla Family arrests, and the emerging conflict between African American and Latino youth in Baltimore. Our panel of guests include: Melody Simmons, independent journalist and reporter for the Baltimore Brew with over 35 years of journalism experience; Marshall Bell, Host of Midday Magazine with Marshall Bell on WOLB-AM, managing partner of The Bell Group, LLC, and author of the novel Baltimore Blues: Harm City; and Jason Rodriguez, Technical and Editing Manager for DMV Daily.


Programs For Formerly Incarcerated Individuals In Baltimore

BCDCApril 17, 2014 – Segment 3

We take a look at programs for formerly incarcerated individuals, both from BUILD (Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development) and from the City. We begin the discussion with: Ojeda Hall, Lead Organizer for BUILD; Melvin Wilson, head of BUILD’s Citywide Jobs team; and Dominic Rabey, a member of Zion Baptist Church in Oliver. Then we hear from Gerald Grimes, Project Manager of the Re-entry Center at the Northwest One-Stop Career Center.


Citizens Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814

flagApril 17, 2014 – Segment 2

We learn about a dramatization of an important part of Baltimore’s history. Citizens Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814, a collaborative effort between the Baltimore School for the Arts, Maryland Historical Society, and National Park Service, is a production of three short plays about the battle that led to the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. The plays are: “Woman of All Work” by Nora Worthington; “Loyalties Tested” by Natalie Pilcher; and “The Common Defense” by Paul Christensen. Our guests are: Nora Worthington, Instructor ofCostume Design at the Baltimore School for the Arts; and Kristin Schenning, Education Director of the Maryland Historical Society who has been involved in the project partnership for the past five years and also works at Fort McHenry.

Citizens Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814 is free of charge as part of National Parks Week. It plays at Fort McHenry on Friday, April 25 at 10am; Saturday, April 26 at 2pm; and Wednesday, April 30 at 10am. It plays at the Maryland Historical Society Friday, May 2, at 6pm.


U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development on the Future of Public Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)March 28, 2014 – Segment 2

We continue our discussion on the privatization of public housing in Baltimore, in particular the Rental Assistance Distribution (RAD) program which is a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with Carol B. Payne, Baltimore Field Office Director for HUD.



Privatization of Baltimore’s Public Housing: Residents and Union Workers Speak

Privatization of Public Housing in BaltimoreMarch 24, 2014 – Segment 3

We continue our coverage of the privatization of public housing in Baltimore. We begin this discussion with an update on the Rental Assistance Demonstration program (RAD), the national initiative behind the privatization, from: Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless and instructor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work; and Jessica Lewis of the Right to Housing Alliance.

We talk with residents of public housing: Floyd GrossFloyd VinesMitch Peterson and Mark Schumann. Schumann is a formerly homeless resident of the Wyman House building, one of the public buildings scheduled for privatization. He is also the editor of Baltimore’s street newspaper, Word on the Street, and a member of HON (Housing Our Neighbors). We also examine the impact that privatization will have on people who work inside those buildings, with: Anthony Coates, President of AFSCME Local 467; and Lucky Crosby, Sr., a maintenance mechanic who has worked for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for a decade.


This Week In City Paper with Baynard Woods

MICA adjunct facultyMarch 19, 2014 – Segment 5

We talk to Baynard Woods, Senior Editor of the City Paper, about this week’s issue, which includes features about MICA’s adjunct faculty moving to unionize and more.


Update From Family of Tyrone West, Man Who Died While In Police Custody

Family of Tyrone WestMarch 19, 2014 – Segment 2

We begin with a conversation with members of Tyrone West’s family. Tyrone West died while in police custody in July 2013. We’re joined by Tawanda Jones, Tyrone’s sister; George Peoples, Tyrone’s uncle; Jamie Richardson, Tyrone’s cousin; and Diana Butler, Tyrone’s aunt.


Moment in Maryland Black History: Ida Rebecca Cummings

BaltimoreMarch 17, 2014 – Segment 3

This day in history marks the birth of Ida Rebecca Cummings, an educator and pioneering clubwoman.  Born in Baltimore, Cummings was a school teacher who advocated for improved conditions in housing and health care for the poor.

Lisa Crawley, Resource Center Manager at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, joins us for this segment.


Public Education: Protesting the MSAs & Impact of Chicago Teacher’s Strike

Chicago Schools StrikeMarch 13, 2014 – Segment 3

We turn to the topic of Education, as we hear from students who have written poems to protest the Maryland School Assessment, or MSA, tests. Our guests will include: Peter French, middle school Social Studies and Reading teacher at City Neighbors Elementary/Middle School; and Allure Cooper and Luca Schmidt, 7th graders at City Neighbors, who will read poems they wrote about the MSA tests.

Then, we take a look at the 2012 Chicago Teachers’ Strike, with Micah Uetricht, Online Editor of Jacobin magazine and Author of Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity. This Sunday, March 16, Uetricht will present “Strike For America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity” at 6:00pm at Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse.


This Week In City Paper: Video Americain – The Last Picture Store

Video AmericainMarch 12, 2014 – Segment 5

Baltimore City Paper Senior Editor Baynard Woods joins us to talk about what’s in this week’s issue of the City Paper. To read the articles mentioned in this segment, visit the City Paper website.



Sound Bites: Happy Hens / Station North Food Hub / What’s Your Kitchen Literacy?

Joel SalatinMarch 11, 2014 – Segment 3

This week on Sound Bites, we begin with Joel Salatin, full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley at Polyface Inc., “The Farm of Many Faces,” and author of Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World.

Then, we talk with Liam Flynn and Steve Marsh of Open Plough, a Baltimore-based coalition of farmers, entrepreneurs, educators, and chefs, working to build a food hub for local residents in the Station North neighborhood of Baltimore. Flynn is the owner of Liam Flynn’s Ale House in Baltimore, and Marsh is a chef, brewmaster and farmer.

How good is your kitchen literacy? We close out the show with Ann Vileisis, author of Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back.


City Council & Advocates on Future of Public Housing in Baltimore

Public Housing, BaltimoreMarch 11, 2014 – Segment 2

We look at the future of public housing in Baltimore, including reactions to our Monday show with Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano.

Our guests  include: Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry of District 4; Karen Wabeke, staff attorney at Homeless Persons Representation ProjectJeff Singer, Founder and Former Executive Director of Health Care For The Homeless and instructor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work; and Tony Simmons, member of Housing Our Neighbors.


Today’s Moment in Maryland Black History: Rev. David Smith (Web Exclusive)

Rev. David SmithMarch 10, 2014 – Web Exclusive

This day in history marks the life of Rev. David Smith. This early AME pastor was born enslaved in the vicinity of Baltimore County in the late 18th century and later became a minister in the AME Church. The biography published about his life in 1881 offers great insight into the early 19th century free black community of Baltimore.

Lisa Crawley, Resource Center Manager at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, joins us for this segment.


Housing Commissioner Graziano on the Future of Public Housing in Baltimore

Public Housing in BaltimoreMarch 10, 2014 – Segment 3

Baltimore City Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano joins me in-studio to discuss privatization of 40% of the public housing units in Baltimore, and the future of public housing in our city.


David Kennedy on Operation Ceasefire & Returning to Baltimore

David Kennedy

March 10, 2014 – Segment 2

We begin the week with an interview with author, professor and criminologist David Kennedy, who developed the Operation Ceasefire group violence intervention in the 1990s. Kennedy, who introduced his unorthodox but highly successful approach to crime prevention in Baltimore in the late 1990s and left under the Martin O’Malley mayoral administration, has been recruited to return to Baltimore by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.


Baltimore City Privatizing Public Housing?

Baltimore City Public Housing - Station NorthMarch 4, 2014 – Segment 3

Last week the Baltimore Brew broke the story that Baltimore City is negotiating to sell most of its public housing high-rises to private developers. We consider this news with Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless, and Melody Simmons, veteran journalist who wrote the Baltimore Brew article.



This Week In City Paper: Baltimore Club, Baltimore Sun & More

City PaperFebruary 26, 2014 – Segment 5

We close out the show with our regular segment “This Week in City Paper,” with Senior Editor Baynard Woods.





Local & State News Roundup: MD Health Exchange, Changing Media Landscape & More

Baltimore's Changing Media LandscapeFebruary 24, 2014 – Segment 3

We discuss important news in Baltimore and Maryland, with:


Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park: History and Integration

Druid Hill ParkFebruary 19, 2014 – Segment 2

Marc interviews Anne Draddy, the head of the TreeBaltimore Program about her work and the history of Druid Hill Park. She is also a coauthor of a book on the park, Druid Hill Park: The Heart of Historic Baltimore.  The interview is one of our Urbanite Radio Stories.

The interview is followed by a rebroadcast of a segment we did in 2008 about the integration of the Druid Hill Park tennis courts when 62 years ago, eight white, black and Jewish tennis players integrated the tennis courts at Druid Hill Park. Twenty-four people were arrested as a result. Marc takes a look at this historic event with:

  • Mitzi Swann – Arrested that day
  • Nellie Brisco Garner – Observed the event as a young teenager
  • and Douglas Bishop – Lifeguard at the “colored pool” in Druid Hill Park in the 1950’s.

This segment originally aired June 30, 2010.


Role of Masculinity, Media & Culture in Youth Violence

Crime in BaltimoreFebruary 13, 2014 – Segment 2

We turn to the topic of violence, its representation in the media and culture, masculinity’s role in violence, and violence’s effects on our youth. Our panel of guests includes: Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University; Meshelle, The Indie Mom Of Comedy, former OSI Baltimore Community Fellow and Founder of Goaldiggers, The Sankofa Project; and the Rev. Heber Brown, community activist and Pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church.

This segment is a rebroadcast from January 30, 2014.


Reactions to “Baltimore City, You’re Breaking My Heart”: Crime, Race, Class and Neighborhoods

Batimore, Maryland Row HousesFebruary 12, 2014 – Segment 3

We look at an article that appeared in Monday’s Baltimore Post-Examiner, titled “Baltimore City, You’re Breaking My Heart: This is why people leave,” with:


Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts on Crime, Surveillance and More

Police Commissioner Anthony BattsFebruary 12, 2014 – Segment 2

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts joins us to talk about crime and other police-related topics. He also answers your questions about surveillance, marijuana legalization and more.


Too Poor For Pop Culture

watkinsFebruary 11, 2014 – Segment 3

We talk with author, filmmaker and native Baltimorean D. Watkins, about his article “Too poor for pop culture,” which was published last week on Salon. Watkins teaches at Coppin State University and runs a writing workshop on Creative Nonfiction at the Baltimore Freedom School.



Baltimore Black History: Chick Webb, Drummer & Band Leader, Born Today

Chick WebbFebruary 10, 2014 – Segment 5

Marc talks to Lisa Crawley, Resource Center Manager at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture about this day in Baltimore history. Today, they discuss the birth of band leader and jazz & swing drummer Chick Webb in Baltimore.