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Analyzing The Armed Occupation Of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

ranching-standoff-protest (1)January 6, 2016 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a look at the armed occupation of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Joining us will be  Margaret Corvid, writer and activist based in the United Kingdom, New Statesman blogger and a contributing editor of the new left-wing quarterly Salvage; Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, activist and author whose most recent book is “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States”; and Edward Wyckoff Williams, television producer, correspondent and writer living in New York City.

Sound Bites: Young Farmers In Baltimore City On Why They Farm & Their Communities | Finding The Best Matzoh Ball Soup

matzohMarch 31, 2015 – Segment 2

In a rebroadcast of Sound Bites, we host with a young farmers and food justice advocates roundtable. Our panel of guests includes: Walker Marsh, Founder & Owner, 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; and Charlotte Keniston, current Open Society Institute fellow working in partnership with Paul’s Place on community-led interventions to address food accessibility in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore.

We close out with a segment based on an article from the City Paper: The search for Baltimore’s best matzo ball soup begins and ends at home. With: Evan Serpick, Editor of the Baltimore City Paper; and Myra Serpick, retired social worker and mother of Evan Serpick, who alleges that she makes the best matzo ball soup in Baltimore.

Sound Bites: Fracking | Phosphorous Management Tool | African Fried Rice

frackingMarch 10, 2015 – Segment 3

In our latest installment of our series about our food and our world, Sound Bites, we begin the hour with a debate on fracking in Maryland, with: Drew Cobbs, Executive Director, Maryland Petroleum Council; and Mike Tidwell, Founder and Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and author of The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas and the Race to Save America’s Coastal Cities.

Then we hear an update on the Phosphorous Management Tool, in light of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s proposal to curb poultry manure runoff from Eastern Shore farms, with Maryland State Senator Paul Pinksy (Democrat-District 22), Vice Chair of the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee and sponsor of SB 0257, “Agriculture – Nutrient Management – Phosphorus Management Tool.”

We close out the show with a tasty treat, a recipe for African Fried Rice from Michael Twitty, Culinary Historian of African and African American Foodways and blogger at Afroculinaria.

Sound Bites: Governor Hogan’s Environmental Policies | Carole Morrison’s Expanding Vision For Agriculture On Delmarva

chickenJanuary 27, 2015 – Segment 4

It’s a brand new episode of Sound Bites, the series about our food and our world. In this episode we examine changes in Maryland’s environmental and agricultural policy under new Governor Larry Hogan. With: Elaine Lutz, attorney for the Maryland Office of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Ann Jones, director of Partners for Open Space; and Gerald Winegrad, attorney and Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy where he has taught a graduate course on Chesapeake Bay Restoration since 1988.

Then, we’re joined by Carole Morison, poultry farmer and owner of Bird’s Eye View Farm in Pocomoke City, joins us to talk about the expansion of her farm and crowd sourcing campaign.

Sound Bites: Doctors Concerned About Antibiotic Use On Healthy Animals | Maryland Poultry Farms Fined Over Pollution | Visit To Hidden Harvest Farm in Baltimore

animalsDecember 30, 2014 – Segment 2

We begin the an archive edition of Sound Bites with a conversation about 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 close out the show with a visit to Hidden Harvest Farm in Baltimore!

Lead-Up to the Annapolis Summit: Environmental Issues

heronDecember 22, 2014 – Segment 3

It’s time for another installment of our Lead-Up to the Annapolis Summit series! The 12th Annual Annapolis Summit – in partnership with The Daily Record — will be held this year on Friday, January 30, 2015, 7-10am. Governor-Elect Hogan, House Speaker Busch, and Senate President Miller will be on hand that day to talk about the 2015 Maryland General Assembly.

We look at issues concerning the Environment that will be addressed in the General Assembly. With: Delegate Anthony O’Donnell who represents the 29-C District in Calvert and St. Mary’s County; and Delegate Mary Washington, who represents Maryland’s 43rd District in Baltimore City.

Sound Bites: Maryland Environmental & Agricultural Policy — What Is Governor O’Malley’s Legacy?

frackingDecember 2, 2014 – Segment 3

In the latest installment of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we host a Maryland Environmental and Agricultural Policy Roundtable on fracking and phosphorous management.

Our guests are: Joanna Diamond, Executive Director of Environment Maryland; Mitch Jones, Director of the Common Resources Program at Food & Water Watch; David A. Vanko, Dean of the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics at Towson University and chairman of the Maryland Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission; and Tim Wheeler, reporter for B’More Green, the Baltimore Sun‘s environmental blog.

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.


Sound Bites: Veteran Farmers | Effect Of Larry Hogan’s Election On Maryland Environmental & Ag Policy

Matt Soldano, who started Southtown Farms November 11, 2014 – Segment 3

On our Veterans Day edition of Sound Bites we begin the hour by talking to veterans who have embraced farming after returning home from war. First we talk with Matt Soldano, who started Southtown Farms in Mahwah, NJ, after serving four years in the Marine Corps including a combat tour in Iraq.  The following is from the Southtown Farms website:

“… Matt came home to a world that he viewed differently than before he left. He learned respect for all living things and that to take care of oneself is not enough. You must care for your family, your community, your land, the environment, and most importantly the animals that are put into your care.”

And we talk with Army veteran Justen Garrity, Founder and President of Veteran Compost in Aberdeen, Maryland, whose motto is “From Combat to Compost.” Veteran Compost focuses on turning food scraps into high quality organic compost and putting veterans to work. Here is a quote from the Veteran Compost website:

“Following a 15-month deployment in Iraq, Justen decided to transition to the National Guard so that he could be closer to his family.  Returning home to the worst job market in decades, he quickly found himself unemployed.  Justen was forced to create his own destiny.  And so, Veteran Compost was born.  A business that is as fulfilling as the missions he had in the Army.”

Then, we close out Sound Bites by looking at last week’s election results and the potential effect on Maryland’s environmental and agricultural policy. With: Delegate Shane Robinson (D-District 39); Tim Wheeler, reporter for B’More Green, the Baltimore Sun’s environmental blog; and a representative from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

kolbertJune 6, 2014 – Segment 5

We talk about the The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, an educational and eye-opening book by Elizabeth Kolbert, who has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999. Kolbert’s three-part series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” won the 2006 National Magazine Award for Public Interest, the 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award, and the 2006 National Academies Communication Award.


Climate Change: A Conversation With Activists And Journalists

ice capMay 14, 2014 – Segment 5

We turn our attention to Climate Change, with guests: Daphne Wysham, Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, where she directs the Sustainable Energy & Economy Network and the Genuine Progress Project; Rev. Meredith Moise, Ordained Minister, writer, community activist and teacher, who currently works at a clean energy non-profit that organizes communities in Baltimore to purchase clean energy collectively; and Julia Kumari Drapkin, Lead Producer foriSeeChange at KVNF, a public media experiment in community environmental science reporting.


Local And State Roundtable: Gubernatorial Debate, Plastic Bags, And Prayer At County Council Meetings

bagMay 12, 2014 – Segment 3

We host a local and state news roundtable. Our panel discusses last week’s Democratic gubernatorial debate; the tax on plastic shopping bags; and Carroll County’s decision on prayer in county meetings. Our guests will be: Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University; Jackie Wellfonder, conservative activist and blogger at; and Rev. Meredith Moise, ordained minister, writer, community activist and teacher who is currently at a clean energy nonprofit which organizes communities in Baltimore to purchase clean energy collectively.


Sound Bites: Cove Point | State Of The Bay | Will Allen

Will AllenApril 22, 2014 – Segment 3

We begin the latest edition of Sound Bites with a discussion on Cove Point and climate change, with Mark Hertsgaard, Fellow for the New America Foundation and author of, most recently, Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.

Next we look at the state of Chesapeake Bay Restoration, with Gerald Winegrad, attorney and Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy where he has taught a graduate course on Chesapeake Bay Restoration since 1988.

We close out Sound Bites with a special segment on urban farming with urban farming icon Will Allen. Allen, a former professional basketball player, is the CEO of Growing Power, a nonprofit organization that works to help provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. He is also the co-author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities.


Personal And Political Implications Of Julia Kumari Drapkin

climate changeMarch 7, 2014 – Segment 3

We talk about climate change and its personal and political implications with Julia Kumari Drapkin, lead producer for iSeeChange at KVNF, a public media experiment in community environmental science reporting out of Western Colorado.


Sound Bites: Salmonella & Flaws In Poultry Safety System | Food, Ag and Environment Stories to Watch in 2014 | This Year’s Biggest Meat Stories

Top Meat Stories of 2013January 7, 2014 – Segment 4

Are you careful with uncooked poultry? In the newest edition of Sound Bites, we look at a recent study by the Pew Charitable Trusts that highlights weaknesses in the poultry safety system that have led to outbreaks of salmonella. With Sandra Eskin, author of the study and Director, Safe Food Project.

Then, we examine the big issues in the year ahead in Food, Agriculture and the Environment, with our panel of commentators: Jenny Hopkinson, who covers Agriculture and Food Policy issues for POLITICO Pro; Scott Dodd, Editor of; Tim Wheeler, Reporter for B’More Green, The Baltimore Sun‘s environmental blog; and Tom Horton, Professor of Practice in Environmental Studies at Salisbury University who covered the Environment for The Baltimore Sun for 35 years.

We close out the show with Tom Philpott, Mother Jones Food and Agriculture blogger, who will talk about The Five Biggest Meat Stories of 2013.


Baltimore City Council: Youth Curfew, Ban on Styrofoam Cups & Aggressive Panhandling

Baltimore City Council considers a ban on "aggressive panhandling"November 6, 2013 – Segment 3

We host a roundtable of City Council members speaking about upcoming legislation, including votes on youth curfews, a ban on carryout styrofoam cups and containers, and legislation against panhandling. We’re joined by:

  • Councilman Carl Stokes of the 12th District; 
  • Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke of the 14th District;
  • and Councilman Nick Mosby of the 7th District.


Sound Bites: Arsenic In Our Chicken; Supreme Court’s Monsanto Ruling; Bay Oysters; and Salt Sugar Fat

Michael Moss' Salt Sugar FatMay 22, 2013 – Hour 1

This week on Sound Bites, we begin with Dr. Keeve Nachman, Director of the Center for a Livable Future‘s Farming for the Future program, who joins us to talk about a scientific study he co-authored on arsenic in chicken feed.

Then, New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak discusses last week’s Supreme Court decision in which the court ruled unanimously in favor of Monsanto, stating that an Indiana farmer violated Monsanto’s patent on genetically modified soybeans when he culled some from a grain elevator and used them to replant his own crop in future years.

Next you hear from Tim Wheeler, reporter for B’more Green, the Baltimore Sun‘s environmental blog, who will discuss oyster restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay.

We close out the first hour with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss, investigative reporter for the New York Times, who joins us to talk about his new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.

**Due to technical circumstances, the podcast for this show is unavailable.**

Sound Bites: How environmental and agricultural legislation affects the economic and ecological health of the Delmarva peninsula

ag and greenMay 9, 2013 – Segment 2

We have a new episode of Sound Bites. We spoke with different environmentalists, farmers, and public officials about how environmental and agricultural legislation affects the economic and ecological health of the Delmarva peninsula.  Then we spoke with Kathy Phillips, the Assateague Coastkeeper, an on-the-water advocate who patrols and protects the Maryland and Northern Virginia Eastern Shore coastal bays; Royden Powell III, Assistant Secretary for Resource Conservation at the Maryland Department of Agriculture; Lee Richardson, a poultry, soy, and corn farmer from Willards, Maryland; and Dave Wilson, Executive Director of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program.

Then, we discuss new laws, called either “Farm Animal Protection Laws” or “Ag Gag Laws” depending on who you ask, which criminalize whistle-blowing at factory farms. Do these laws stifle journalists trying to expose cruel conditions? Are they necessary to protect farmers from people who want to shut them down? We’ll hear two very different opinions on these laws from Will Potter, a journalist who focuses on animal rights, environmental movements, and civil liberties and author of Green Is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege; and Emily Meredith, Communications Director for the Animal Agricultural Alliance.




Sound Bites: Monsanto In The Supreme Court; Plastic In Our Food; Visions For Transforming The Food System


March 6, 2013 – Hour 2

It’s a new episode of Sound Bites. We’ll look at the Bowman vs. Monsanto case, recently heard in the Supreme Court, which addresses the question of who owns the rights to Monsanto’s genetically engineered RoundUp Ready seeds. We’re joined by Andrew Pollack, New York Times science and biotechnology reporter; Bill Freese, Science Policy Analyst for the Center for Food Safety; and Gary Baise, legal counsel for the American Soybean Association.

We will also hear from Mother Jones food and agriculture blogger Tom Philpott, who brings us a story about the plastic chemicals that are in our food; and Wenonah Hauter, author of Foodopoly and Executive Director of Food and Water Watch, about her visions for transforming the food system.