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Cultural Year in Review

Moonlight (Credit: Wikipedia)December 20, 2016 – Segment 1

We host our annual Cultural Year in Review Round Table! We discuss and examine this year’s music, movies, television, and more.

We’re joined by: Denzel Mitchell, farmer, educator, food justice advocate and political commentator;  Eze Jackson, rapper, activist, and Host of “The Whole Bushel” on The Real News Network; and Ann HornadayWashington Post Film Critic.

Recapping the Oscars & Discussing Race in the Film Industry

3001714270_2e74ccde42_zFebruary 29, 2016 – Segment 1

We host a panel discussion on last night’s Academy Awards. With: Sameer Rao, Culture Reporter for Colorlines; Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park; Ann Hornaday, Washington Post Film Critic; and filmmaker Chris Eyre, enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

Mystery Author Sheila Connolly

Sheila_ConnollyJune 9, 2014 – Segment 4

We meet New York Times bestselling mystery author Sheila Connolly, in advance of her Tuesday evening talk at the Enoch Pratt Library along with mystery writer Sandra Parshall: “City and Country: Why the Setting Matters in Traditional Mysteries.” Connolly has authored three mystery series set in three different locales: Philadelphia, small-town Massachusetts, and County Cork in Ireland. She will speak Tuesday, June 10th, at 6:30pm in the Poe Room at the Enoch Pratt Central Branch.


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.



What Do SCOTUS, Paula Deen & George Zimmerman Say About Race in America?

Voting Rights RallyNovember 25, 2013 – Hour 1

We examine  race in American culture today, looking at the Supreme Court decision on voting rights, the Paula Deen controversy, and the George Zimmerman trial. Joining us are:

  • Jeff Menzise, senior researcher at the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University,
  • Derek Musgrove, assistant professor in the Department of History at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC),
  • Marta Mossburg, columnist for the Baltimore Sun,
  • and Jason Silverstein, Ph.D. student in anthropology at Harvard University.

This segment originally aired July 1, 2013.


Race, Justice & Culture: Renisha McBride, Marissa Alexander and “Knockout”

Renisha McBrideNovember 18, 2013 – Segment 2

We begin our show Monday morning with a look at a number of current stories that reflect upon issues of race, justice, and our culture. Topics include: the case of Renisha McBride, the 19-year old Michigan woman who was fatally shot in the face by a homeowner after her car broke down and she walked onto his porch seeking help; the case of Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who fired a warning shot into the air to ward off her abusive husband and is now awaiting a new trial while serving a 20-year sentence; and the game of “knockout,” which is played by attacking an innocent pedestrian in an attempt to knock him or her unconscious with one punch. Our guests include:

  • Jamilah King, News Editor at;
  • Nicole Glass-Brice, Deputy Director of the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore;
  • Victoria Law, photographer, author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women and Editor of the zine Tenacious: Writings from Women in Prison;
  • and Dr. Raymond Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.


Deep Voices: Black Men In The Arts

Deep VoicesSeptember 11, 2013 – Segment 4

Actor, narrator, writer, and social commentator Keith Snipes co-hosts our second conversation focused on Black men in the arts. We discuss masculinity, talk about the importance of young people getting involved in the arts, and hear stories from:

  • Jerry Prettymanlifetime visual artist who studied at Morgan State University and MICA;
  • Koli Tengella, filmmaker and Executive Director of the The Kujichagulia Theatre Project;
  • Bashi Rose, co-founder of the NOMMO Theater, who established D.R.A.M.A, a program that uses theatre and film to work with high school students and incarcerated adults;
  • and David “Native Son” Ross, poet and member of the spoken word duo, 5th L .