The Marc Steiner Show

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Billie Holiday and the War of Drugs

billieApril 7, 2015 – Segment 1

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Billie Holiday. In honor of her birth, we speak to Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the American Drug War, the centerpiece of which tells the tale of Harry Anslinger, the first head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and his personal war to destroy Billie Holiday. Holiday struggled with heroin addiction but was also emblematic of the fearlessness of standing up against racism. Anslinger was a racist and he hated jazz, so Billie Holiday embodied all that he loathed.

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the American Drug War

billieMarch 20, 2015 – Segment 4

We speak with Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the American Drug War, about the US’s war on drugs and the federal government’s fight against Bille Holiday.

John Coltrane’s “Offering: Live at Temple University”

jcDecember 9, 2014 – Segment 3

Marc Steiner Show producer Mark Gunnery shares an appreciation and review of the latest John Coltrane release, Offering: Live at Temple UniversityThe recording documents one of Coltrane’s final concerts on November 11, 1966, and offers a glimpse of where he was heading musically in the final months of his life.

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John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme at 50

ColtraneDecember 9, 2014 – Segment 2

Fifty years ago today, John Coltrane recorded his classic album A Love Supreme. We discuss the lasting impact of that album with: Robert Shahid, jazz drummer and co-host of The Baltimore Blend on WEAA; Doc Manning, host of In the Tradition on WEAA; Nasar Abadey, drummer, composer, and percussion instructor at the Peabody Institute; Lewis Porter, jazz pianist, composer, Professor of Music at Rutgers University, Founder and Director of the Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research, and author of John Coltrane: His Life and Music; and Marcellus “The Bassman” Shepard, host of In the Groove on WEAA and co-host of the nationally syndicated Cool Jazz Countdown.

Molly Ringwald’s Cabaret-Style Jazz Performance Coming to Baltimore

Molly RingwaldOctober 15, 2014 – Segment 2

It’s WEAA’s fund drive, and we have a week’s worth of interesting shows and premiums for you! Please call in to 410-319-8888 from 10-noon and help us meet our goal! You can also pledge online at:

I interview 1980s teen idol Molly Ringwald about her upcoming cabaret-style jazz performance at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts.


The Girls In The Band

harlemApril 17, 2014 – Segment 4

We talk with Judy Chalkin, producer and director of the documentary The Girls In The Band, about female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 30s to the present day. The Girls in the Band will show Thursday April 17th at 6pm at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.


Jazz Saxophonist Jimmy ‘Little Bird’ Heath On Life, Work & The Meaning of Jazz

Jimmy Heath

March 3, 2014 – Segment 2

Jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath joins us to discuss his life, work, and the meaning of jazz today.  His autobiography is titled, I Walked With Giants.

This segment originally aired November 17, 2010.


New Year’s Eve Music From Keith Covington

covingtonDecember 31, 2013 – Segment 1

Keith Covington, former owner of the New Haven Lounge, brings us into 2014 with great conversation and some of the best traditional and contemporary jazz music, from Johnny Hartman to Wynton Marsalis.






Ethel Ennis and Cyrus Chestnut at An Die Musik

Ethel EnnisOctober 31, 2013 – Segment 2

We bring you a special musical treat – Baltimore’s First Lady of Jazz Ethel Ennis will be in-studio along with her husband, writer and former Baltimore Sun reporter Earl Arnett, and pianist, songwriter, producer, and Baltimore native Cyrus Chestnut. Ethel and Cyrus will be performing Friday and Saturday night at An Die Musik!