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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.

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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.

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Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used To Be: Interview with Shon Meckfessel

Nonviolence Ain't What it Used To Be (Credit: Amazon)December 20, 2016 – Segment 3

We speak with Dr. Shon Meckfessel about his book Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used To Be: Unarmed Insurrection and the Rhetoric of Resistance. Dr. Meckfessel has been active in disruptive social movements for nearly 25 years. He has appeared as a social movement scholar and advocate in the New York Times and on Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera, CNN, NPR, BBC, Radio, and Fox News. He is a member of the English Faculty at Highline College.

Dr. Shon Meckfessel will discuss his book Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used To Be: Unarmed Insurrection and the Rhetoric of Resistance, Tuesday December 20, 7:30pm, at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse. Click here for more information. 

Reels From the Attic: Preview With Joe Tropea

Reels From the Attic (Credit: Red Emma's)May 25, 2016 – Segment 2

We host an interview with Joe Tropea, Digital Projects Coordinator for the Maryland Historical Society, offers a preview of an event happening Wednesday  evening at Red Emma’s 2640 Space, Reels From the Attic: Bob and Teresa’s Documentary Picks and Not-Fiction OdditiesReels From the Attic is a selection of 16mm films & video curated by local film fiends Teresa & Bob.

Reels From the Attic: Bob and Teresa’s Documentary Picks and Not-Fiction Oddities with special guest Denny Lynch takes place Wednesday May 25 at 7pm at 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul Street in Baltimore. Enjoy two sets of vintage short films and videos about historic Baltimore and beyond, and then stick around to talk about them. Some local, some lovely, some fun or funny. All vintage in content and format, projected, for free.

Baltimore Protests and Police Brutality in Historical Context

baltimore2May 6, 2015 – Segment 3

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.

 


Lawrence Hill on The Book of Negroes

Lawrence_HillApril 1, 2015 – Segment 4

Marc speaks with author Lawrence Hill, who has written nine books including the acclaimed The Book of Negroes, which was made into a television miniseries on BET.


Maryland Historical Society: Coffins and Poe

poeMarch 26, 2015 – Segment 2

Dr. John Bullock sits in as guest host for Marc Steiner.

We look at two current offerings at the Maryland Historical Society: the exhibit A Tale of Three Coffins: Living and Dying in 17th Century St. Mary’s County and an interactive production, Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe. With: Glenn Ricci, producer and Co-Director of Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe; Susan Stroupe, co-director of Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe, interdisciplinary theater artist based in Baltimore; and Burt Kummerow, President of the Maryland Historical Society.

 


Selma In 1965 And 2015: Remembering Our History & Looking At Voting Rights Today

selmaMarch 12, 2015 – Segment 2

We reflect upon the 50th anniversary of the 1965 events in Selma with three panelists who were in Selma for the events of the past week: Dr. Tyson King-Meadows, Chair of the Africana Studies Department and Associate Professor of Political Science at UMBC; Ari Berman; contributing writer for The Nation magazine; and longtime community activist and mentor Ralph Moore.


Remembering Malcolm X On The 50th Anniversary Of His Assassination

Malcolm XFebruary 23, 2015 – Segment 3

We commemorate the life and legacy of Malcolm X, who was assassinated on February 21, 1965, with: Mychal Denzel Smith, contributing writer at The Nation, blogger at TheNation.com, Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, and freelance writer and commentator whose work has appeared in various publications, including The Guardian, Ebony, and Huffington Post; Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of History and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University and author of a number of books including the award-winning Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America; and Dr. Yohuru R. Williams, Professor of History at Fairfield University, author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven and editor of A Constant Struggle: African-American History from 1865 to the Present, Documents and Essays.

 


Teaching Black History Outside of Schools

black-school-childrenFebruary 20, 2015 – Segment 2

We are joined by guest hose 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.

We take a look at Black History Month and how to teach children Black history outside the context of schools. With: Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; and Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University.


The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

SallyHemingsJanuary 28, 2015 – Segment 4

Scholar Annette Gordon-Reed joins Marc to discuss her book called The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which follows the family of Sally Hemings, who was enslaved by Thomas Jefferson and bore his children. What is the historical significance of this family?  What lingering doubts remain about the veracity of the claim that Jefferson fathered children with Sally Hemings?

 


African Americans and the War of 1812

leggettNovember 12, 2014 – Segment 2

Vince Leggett, historian, founder of Blacks of the Chesapeake, and author of “The Chesapeake Bay Through Ebony Eyes” joins us to talk about African Americans during the War of 1812. Vince Leggett will speak this weekend at the Creative Alliance.

 


Maryland Emancipation Day

emancipationOctober 29, 2014 – Segment 2

We celebrate the 150th anniversary of a very special day in history, Maryland Emancipation Day! On November 1, 1864, Maryland became the first slave state to free its slaves by popular vote, when the Maryland Legislature adopted a new state constitution that emancipated them. We’re joined by: Lisa Crawley, Resource Center Manager of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture; and Dr. Barbara Krauthamer, co-author of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery. The book’s other author, Dr. Deborah Willis, will be speaking at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on November 1.

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Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis

whitehead_coverOctober 17, 2014 – Segment 2

Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, talks about her book Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis, which recently received the Letitia Woods Brown Book Award for the Best Edited Book in African American History from the Association of Black Women Historians.

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Moment in Maryland Black History: Frederick Douglass Escapes To Freedom

Frederick DouglassSeptember 3, 2014 – Segment 2

Lisa Crawley, Resource Center Manager of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, joins us for our regular collaboration: Moment in Maryland Black History.

Today, we discuss the day Frederick Douglass escaped to freedom by train in Baltimore using a seamen’s certificate.

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Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science

sugarAugust 6, 2014 – Segment 2

What does the sweet stuff you put in your coffee have to do with the French Revolution? Or the history of slavery in the Caribbean and United States? We find out in this conversation with Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos, authors of Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science.

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The Meaning of July Fourth

Frederick_Douglass_c1860sJuly 3, 2014 – Segment 4

We commemorate the upcoming 4th of July weekend with a discussion on what American Independence Day means to different people in this country. You will hear a passage from Frederick Douglass’ “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” interpreted by actor, narrator, writer, and social commentator Keith Snipes, and then Keith is joined on the panel by: Dr. Alan Gilbert, John Evans Professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and author of Black Patriots and Loyalists; 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Black History Month? Black History 365 Days A Year?

harriet-tubmanFebruary 5, 2014 – Segment 3

We discuss Black History Month, including how Black History is taught, and whether it is constructive to set aside one month instead of highlighting Black History throughout the year. Our guests are: Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; and Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.

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The Kinsey Collection: African American Art And History

bernardshirleykinseyJanuary 24, 2014 – Segment 2

We take a visit to Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis African American History and Culture Museum to spend some time in their current exhibit, The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard & Shirley Kinsey – Where Art & History Intersect. It’s a treasure trove of art and artifacts – including letters from Zora Neale Hurston and antique photographs – chronicling over 400 years of African American history and culture and telling the often-untold story of African American achievement and contribution to our society. We toured the exhibit with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, the owners of the collection.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela: Struggle Against Apartheid, Contemporary Politics & Legacy

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December 12, 2013 – Two Hour Special

We rebroadcast our special two-hour tribute to Nelson Mandela, who passed away last week at the age of 95. You will hear from a vast array of guests from around the globe – some of whom fought with Mandela in the struggle to end Apartheid – who will discuss the life and legacy of this legendary international leader and fighter for justice.

Our first guest is Brenda Leonard, Managing Director of Bush Radio in Cape Town, South Africa, who will talk about who Mandela was and how South Africa reacted to the news of his death. Leonard was an officer in the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC).

We then turn to the topic of the history of the struggle against Apartheid. Our guests are: Dr. Robert Edgar, Professor of African Studies at Howard University; and Danny Schechter, who created the South Africa Now series, made 6 documentaries with Nelson Mandela and just published Madiba A to Z: the Many Faces of Nelson Mandela in association with the Mandela Long Walk To Freedom Movie; and Brenda Leonard.

In the second hour, we examine Mandela’s legacy and the contemporary politics of South Africa. Joining us are: Dr. Patrick Bond, Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he has directed the Centre for Civil Society since 2004; Dr. Simon Stacey, Director of the Honors College at University of Maryland Baltimore CountyEmira Woods, co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa; and Zane Ibrahim, joining us from the Netherlands, who grew up in the time of Mandela’s activities and was in exile at the time of the resistance.

This segment originally aired December 9, 2013. 

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Remembering Nelson Mandela: Struggle Against Apartheid, Contemporary Politics & Legacy

Nelson MandelaDecember 9, 2013 – Two Hour Special

We begin the week with a special two-hour tribute to Nelson Mandela, who passed away last week at the age of 95. You will hear from a vast array of guests from around the globe – some of whom fought with Mandela in the struggle to end Apartheid – who will discuss the life and legacy of this legendary international leader and fighter for justice.

Our first guest is Brenda Leonard, Managing Director of Bush Radio in Cape Town, South Africa, who will talk about who Mandela was and how South Africa reacted to the news of his death. Leonard was an officer in the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC).

We then turn to the topic of the history of the struggle against Apartheid. Our guests are: Dr. Robert Edgar, Professor of African Studies at Howard University; and Danny Schechter, who created the South Africa Now series, made 6 documentaries with Nelson Mandela and just published Madiba A to Z: the Many Faces of Nelson Mandela in association with the Mandela Long Walk To Freedom Movie; and Brenda Leonard.

In the second hour, we examine Mandela’s legacy and the contemporary politics of South Africa. Joining us are: Dr. Patrick Bond, Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he has directed the Centre for Civil Society since 2004; Dr. Simon Stacey, Director of the Honors College at University of Maryland Baltimore CountyEmira Woods, co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa; and Zane Ibrahim, joining us from the Netherlands, who grew up in the time of Mandela’s activities and was in exile at the time of the resistance.

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Day In History: December 2

john-brownDecember 2, 2013 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of what happened on this day in history, including the execution of John Brown, the introduction of both the Monroe Doctrine and Manifest Destiny, and the Jerusalem riots of 1947.

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The Legacy Of Harriet Tubman

Harriet TubmanNovember 1, 2013 – Segment 3

Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, joins us to discuss the legacy of Harriet Tubman.

 

 

 

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Reflection: From September 11th To Syria

President and Vice President on 9/11September 12, 2013 – Segment 1

We reflect on our history and the present moment with a conversation looking at the US and the world from September 11th to Syria. Joining us are:

  • Joyce Davis, author of Between Jihad and Salaam: Profiles in Islam and president of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg;
  • Charles “Sam” Faddis, retired CIA operations officer and author of many books, including his most recent novel Caffa;
  • and Dr. Faheem Younus, National Secretary of Education for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland.

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Remembering The March On Washington And Emmett Till

March on WashingtonAugust 28, 2013 – Segment 1

We start our show commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and remembering Emmett Till, who was murdered 58 years ago today. Our guests include: Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Morgan State University; Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; and John Milton Wesley, author, songwriter, and Senior Fellow in Social Marketing with the National Center for Health Behavioral Change at Morgan State University.

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Reflections On The Anniversary Of The March On Washington

March on WashingtonAugust 14, 2013 – Segment 1

We have a conversation on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which will be commemorated with an event on August 24th in Washington, DC. We’re joined by: Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; Dr. William P. Jones, professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil RightsDanny Schechter, award-winning journalist, television producer, independent filmmaker, and media critic; and Leo Burroughs, civil rights activist and president of the Memorial Apartments Tenants Association in Bolton Hill.

There is a bus being organized from the Govans community for the August 24th March on Washington with seats still available. It will be leaving at 7:30am from the Govans-Boundary United Methodist Church at 5210 York Road. More information from Lisa at 410-818-6174.

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The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

William P. JonesAugust 9, 2013 – Segment 2

As we look to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we talk with author William P. Jones about his book The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights. William P. Jones is  a professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin — Madison.

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Remembering Medgar Evers

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June 12, 2013 – Segment 1

We mark the 50th anniversary of civil rights leader Medgar Evers’ assassination. We’re joined by Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University, and John Wesley, author, songwriter, and Senior Fellow in Social Marketing with the National Center for Health Behavioral Change at Morgan State University.

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The Story Of The Desegregation Of Gwynn Oak Park

gwynnoakprotestorsApril 24, 2013 – Segment 3

We turn to an important piece of Baltimore Civil Rights history as we talk with filmmaker Pete O’Neal about his new documentary, All the King’s Horses: The Story of Gwynn Oak Park. The  film explores the struggle in the 1960s to desegregate Baltimore’s Gwynn Oak Park, and features an interview with our own Marc Steiner. All the King’s Horses debuted today at Morgan State University’s Student Center Theatre. We will also hear from Pace McConkie, Founder and firector of the Robert M. Bell Center for Civil Rights Education at Morgan State University.

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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Rosa ParkApril 11, 2013 – Hour 2

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Jeanne Theoharis, Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, joins us to speak about her new book The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. The book is the first critical biography of Parks, and it is revealing and comprehensive, exploring her activism before, during, and after her famous act of protest in 1955.

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