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Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide

joy ann reidFebruary 4, 2016 – Segment 1

We speak with Joy-Ann Reid at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, about her book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide. Reid is a national correspondent for MSNBC.

President Obama’s Executive Action On Guns

obama gun controlJanuary 6, 2016 – Segment 2

Today we talk about President Obama’s Executive Action today on gun control, with: Firmin DeBrabander, Professor of Philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art and author of Do Guns Make us Free: Democracy and the Armed Society.

President Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline

Keystone Pipeline (Credit: AIM Newswire)November 9, 2015 – Segment 3

We take a look at President Obama’s rejection of construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline last week. With:  Antonia Juhasz, investigative reporter and author of The Tyranny of Oil; and Daphne Wysham, associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) where she is the Founder and co-Director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN).

Roundtable: Police Brutality, Perception of Black Children, and Obama

childrenSeptember 29, 2014 – Segment 2

We hear a current events roundtable discussion, and speak about: police brutality; our society’s perception of Black children; and the latest attacks from the right on President Obama. With: Marshall Bellhost of Midday Magazine with Marshall Bell on WOLB-AM, managing partner of The Bell Group, LLC, and author of Baltimore Blues: Harm CityDr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; and Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Assistant Professor of American Studies at UMBC and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.


Zimmerman Verdict Commentary – Mychal Denzel Smith

trayvon-protestJuly 31, 2013 – Segment 2

We begin a series of commentaries on the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict. We are joined by Mychal Denzel Smith, blogger at and Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, who wrote recently wrote a piece called Our Lives on the Line in which he asked “how long are we supposed to remain calm when the laws we are called on to respect are an open assault on our humanity?”

We’re also joined by Dr. Lester Spence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Center for Emerging Media Scholar in Residence.


Medea Benjamin On Drones

MedeaMay 29, 2013 – Segment 1

President Obama recently discussed the drone program in more detail than he ever has before. We go under the headlines as we continue our coverage on drones with Medea Benjamin, author of the new book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control. A prominent anti-war activist and co-founder of Code Pink, Benjamin made headlines last week when she disrupted President Obama’s foreign policy speech.

Reflections On Obama’s Foreign Policy Speech

Barack ObamaMay 24, 2013 – Segment 1

We host a political roundtable to examine the week’s events, including President Obama’s speech yesterday outlining his administration’s policies on drone warfare and Guantanamo Bay. Our panelists are: E.R. Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Journalist-in-Residence at Morgan State University; Imara Jones, Economic Justice contributor for; Tyrone Keys, author, public affairs strategist, and public relations expert whose work can be found at; and Rooj Alwazir, Yemeni-American organizer and activist, co-founder of the Support Yemen Media Collective, and organizer with Code Pink.






Roundtable on the State of the Union

February 13, 2013 – Segment 1

We host a roundtable with analysts and commentators from across the political spectrum to discuss President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address. We speak with:

  • DeWayne Wickham, Chair of the Communications Studies Department at Morgan State University and columnist for USA Today
  • Tony Campbell, Political Science professor at Towson University
  • Dr. Margaret Flowers, co-director of It’s Our Economy US and co-host of the radio show Clearing the Fog
  • and Imara Jones, economic justice contributor for

February 4, 2013 – Segment 3

We have a roundtable discussion and debate on immigration reform, with President Obama’s announcement of a new immigration reform plan. We are joined by:

  • Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies and author of the books The New Case against Immigration, Both Legal and Illegal and How Obama is Transforming America through Immigration;
  • Erica Almaron, Executive Director of Juntos, a Latino immigrant communty-led organization in Philadelphia;
  • Elizabeth Alex, lead organizer for Casa de Maryland Baltimore.

January 22, 2013 – Segment 2

We turn to the Presidential Inauguration that took place yesterday and analyze President Obama’s rhetoric at the start of his second term. Discussing this are:

  • Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Assistant Professor of American Studies at UMBC and author of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair and Body Politics in Africana Communities;
  • E.R. Shipp, Journalist in Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University, and 1996 Pulitzer Prize winner;
  • and Tyrone Keys, political analyst and author of the novel Quantum Dawn.

January 16, 2013 – Segment 2

In light of proposed legislation from Governor O’Malley and President Obama, we host a debate on gun policy. Joining us are:

  • Maryland State Delegates Sandy Rosenberg and Michael Smigiel, Sr.,
  • Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director, and CEO and co-founder of Momsrising,
  • and Chairman of the Maryland Young Republicans, Brian Griffiths.

November 20, 2012 – Segment 3

We bring you a new episode of Beyond the Spin. Mark Trahant, an independent print and broadcast journalist, joins us for a discussion of the roles Native Americans played in the 2012 elections.

Then, we discuss how the election played out in Pennsylvania, once considered a swing state. We’ll speak with Alison Hirsch, the founding general manager of WXPI in Williamsport and a field organizer with the Obama campaign; and Arnold Prehn, general manager for WFTE in Moscow, Pennsylvania.
We wrap up the show with a conversation about the ballot initiatives in Colorado and Washington that legalized the recreational use of marijuana. We’re joined by Douglass Hiatt, co-founder of and attorney for Sensible Washington; and Maeve Conran, Co-Director of News and Public Affairs at KGNU Community Radio.


November 15, 2012 – Segment 1

Tonight we talk race and politics. We’ll be thinking about the coalitions formed in the 2012 election and how this point in time might be a crossroads for the United States’ political future. Our guests are:

  • Edward Wyckoff Williams, Contributing Editor at The Root;
  • Igor Volsky, Deputy Editor of ThinkProgress.Org;
  • and Janell Ross, Political and Economic Reporter at the Huffington Post.
  • Tyrone Keys, Principal in the Maryland-based strategic and legislative consulting firm Arc Adaptus


November 8, 2012 – Hour 1

It’s time for another episode of Beyond the Spin. On Beyond the Spin today, we take a look at the results of Tuesday’s election, covering not just the Presidential election but also significant state and local races and referendums around the country.  Our guests are:
  • Michael Chmielewski, Chief Operating Officer of KVRF in Palmer, Alaska and former City Council member in Palmer;
  • Heather Niday, News Director and Host of the Noon Hour Magazine at Allegheny Mountain Radio, serving the Allegheny Highlands of Virginia and West Virginia;
  • Marcus Hyles, Senior News Correspondent at WVAS in Montgomery, Alabama;
  • Davey D, host of Hard Knock Radio, a daily drivetime hip hop talk show on KPFA in Berkeley, California;
  • Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, Co-founder and President of Latino Public Radio in Providence, Rhode Island and host of the shows NuestraSalud, Hablemos, and El Cuarto Poder;
  • and Maeve Conran, co-director of news at KGNU community radio in Boulder, Colorado.


November 7, 2012 – Hour 1

The 2012 general election is over and our roundtable will weigh-in on the missteps, highlights, and critical moments. Joining us will be:

DeWayne Wickham

  • Chair of Morgan State University’s Department of Communications and Columnist for USA Today

Marta Mossburg

  • Senior fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute, fellow at the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, and columnist with the Baltimore Sun and The Frederick News-Post

Seth Freed Wessler

  • Investigative reporter for






November 5, 2012 – Segment 2

We turn to the 2012 Presidential election, as we head into the final day of a tight race between President Obama and Governor Romney.

Our panelists include:

  • Kimberly Moffitt, Assistant Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland-Baltimore County;
  • Imara Jones, writer for Colorlines;
  • Glen Ford, Executive Editor for The Black Agenda Report;
  • and Lenny McCallister, political commentator and author of Spoken Thoughts of an Amalgamated Advocate in Today’s America.

October 23, 2012 – Hour 2

Tonight Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University, joins us for both hours of our show, to help wrestle with today’s topics.


We spend time analyzing last night’s Presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. We are joined in-studio by:

  • Anthony McCarthy, host, The Anthony McCarthy Show;
  • Adil Shamoo, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Maryland School of Medicine;
  • and Max Hilaire, Chair, Department of Political Science, Morgan State University.


October 23, 2012 – Hour 1

Tonight Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University, joins us for both hours of our show, to help wrestle with today’s topics.


We kick off our show with a conversation with activist Shirley Sherrod, who has spent most of her life working to improve economic opportunities for family farmers in the South. Shirley will be talking about her book The Courage To Hope: How I Stood Up to the Politics of Fear, which documents her forced resignation in 2010 as Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, over an out-of-context clip posted by the late conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart. After an investigation into the details of her comments, Shirley was issued an apology by the Obama administration and offered a high-level position, which she ultimately declined. In her book, Shirley talks about her road to forgiveness.


October 22, 2012 -Segment 4

New York Times reporter and author Rachel Swarns joins us to talk about her latest book American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama.


New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor talks about her book The Obamas and her recent article in the New York Times.

October 8, 2012 – Segment 2

Colorlines writer Imara Jones and Crystal Wright, publisher of join us for a roundtable discussion on national election politics.

October 4, 2012 – Hour 1

On this episode of Beyond The Spin, we analyze the first presidential debate that took place last night in Colorado. We are joined by:

  • Michael Chmielewski, Chief Operating Officer of KVRF in Palmer, Alaska, and former City Council member in Palmer;
  • Arnold Prehn, General Manager of WFTE in Moscow, Pennsylvania;
  • Heather Niday, News Director and Host of the Noon Hour Magazine at Allegheny Mountain Radio;
  • Karen Brown, News Reporter at WVAS in Montgomery, Alabama;
  • and Elizabeth DiNovella, Culture Editor for The Progressive magazine in Madison, Wisconsin, who joins us for a live report of Obama’s appearance in Madison today.

September 26, 2012 – Hour 2

Today on Beyond The Spin we have:

  • Arianna Brocious, News Director for KVNF in Colorado
  • Tristan Ahtone, award-winning journalist
  • Michael FunkeDJ and Programmer for KPOV in Oregon
  • Kilma Lattin, supporter of the Restore Our Future, a super PAC supporting Mitt Romney

They all will join us for a discussion on the meaning of Romney’s 47% commentaries, honesty in politics, and why folks of color are behind Obama.

September 25, 2012 – Segment 2

We turn to international politics, as we host a roundtable discussion on President Obama’s speech today to the United Nations. Our panel of guests includes:

  • Adil Shamoo, professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland and Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies,
  • and Michael Rubin, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations; and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

September 24, 2012 – Segment 1

We will discuss national politics, including the presidential election, with:

  • Imara Jones, who is Economic Justice contributor and served in the Clinton White House,
  • and Marta Mossburg, who is a Senior Fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute, a Fellow at the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, and a columnist for the Baltimore Sun and the Frederick News-Post.

Facing Race, a conference organized by our friends at, is the largest national, multi-racial gathering of leaders, educators, journalists, artists, and activists on racial justice.  This year’s keynote speaker is author Junot Díaz.  It’s happening right here in Baltimore from November 15th to the 17th.  For more information and to get involved, please visit

September 19, 2012 – Segment 4

This Friday at 3:00pm, First Lady Michelle Obama is visiting Morgan State University in the Murphy Fine Arts Center as part of the Obama Victory Fund. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


To discuss the event, we are joined in studio by:

  • Calvin Baker, chair of the event, and Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager of Brown Capital Management,
  • and Michael Cryor, co-chair of this event; President of the Cryor Group, LLC; and former chair of the Maryland Democratic Party.

September 17, 2012 – Hour 2

We are joined by President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Dr. Freeman Hrabowski!

This year Dr. Hrabowski was named one of Time Magazine‘s 100 Most Influential People in the World; in July he was named Chair of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans; and last week he received one of the prestigious Heinz Awards, for being “a leading advocate for greater diversity in higher education … [who] has made it his mission to enable more students of all backgrounds to realize their dreams of becoming scientists, engineers and mathematicians.” (from the Heinz Award press release). We will talk about Dr. Hrabowski’s personal journey, his philosophy of higher education, and more.

September 13, 2012 – Hour 1

Beyond the Spin this week will include a range of local perspectives from around the country on different issues relating to the 2012 elections.  Our guests give us a sense of how the United States is constantly changing through the lens of political and social shifts in their communities.  We’ll hear about a Congressional swing district in a diverse region of west Texas, the economic reality in poor communities from the deep south to California, growing conservatism in Minnesota, and more.

Our guests are:

  • Tom Michael, General Manager of Marfa Public Radio in Marfa, Texas
  • Lydia Howell, host of Catalyst at KFAI in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Rose Aguilar, Host of Your Call Radio at KALW in San Francisco, California
  • Shedd Johnson, News Director at WVAS in Montgomery, Alabama

September 11, 2012 – Segment 1

The Chicago teachers’ strike is in its second day, with almost 30,000 teachers and support staff walking out over reforms proposed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former chief of staff. We discuss what the strike means for not just unions but teachers’ work lives and the future direction of education in America. Our guests are:













September 6, 2012 – Hour 1

If you’re interested in finding out what regular people from across the country are saying about the Democratic National Convention, tune in for our latest segment of Beyond the Spin! Our guests are:

  • Gary Fuller, DNC Delegate from the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota and Red Lake Tribal Archivist;
  • Mitch Jeserich, host of Letters and Politics on KPFA in Berkeley, California;
  • Saul Madrid, Education Manager for La Campesina, a Spanish-language radio network based in Phoenix, Arizona;
  • Sonya Green, News and Public Affairs Director of KBCS in Bellevue, Washington;
  • and Molly Stentz, News and Public Affairs Facilitator at WORT in Madison, Wisconsin.


August 28, 2012 – Segment 3

DeWayne Wickham, USA Today columnist and Morgan State University Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, joins us for a discussion on the RNC, the Obama administration and the 2012 General Election.

August 20, 2012 – Hour 1

We host a roundtable discussion on the presidential election. Panelists include:


August 8, 2012 – Segment 2

Freeman Hrabowski, president of University of Maryland Baltimore County, joins us to talk about his appointment by President Obama to the newly formed Office of African-American Education.

July 17, 2012 – Segment 2

Author Rachel L. Swarns joins us to discuss her latest book, American Tapestry: The Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama. Rachel will be speaking at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore tomorrow, July 18th, at 6:30pm.  Click here for more info.

July 10, 2012 – Segment 1

Today, we discuss the Obama tax policy with Scott Klinger, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment and columnist for Fox News Opinion and Cynthia Gordy, Senior Political Correspondent for the Root.

July 4, 2012 – Hour 2

Our guest this hour is author, innovator, former Obama White House advisor, and activist Van Jones. Jones is an internationally renowned human rights and clean energy advocate, and is co-founder of the Rebuild the Dream campaign, a platform for ways that regular people can help transform the U.S. economy. We will be talking about his book of the same name, released last month, which explores what he claims are seven major missteps made by the White House and its supporters after Obama’s 2008 victory and introduces a game plan for “turning anger into action, protest into power and suffering into solutions.”


At the end of the hour, we have a short tribute from our archives to Studs Terkel, who was born 100 years ago today.

June 28, 2012 – Segment 1

Today on the Steiner Show, we discuss today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, also known as the Health Care Bill, with Maryland State Director of Americans for Prosperity Dave Schwartz, President of Maryland Healthcare for All Vinny DeMarco, and co-director of It’s Our Economy Kevin Zeese.

May 31, 2012 – Segment 1

Join us as we discuss Obama’s secret list of assassination targets. New York Times reporter Scott Shane, independent journalist Umar Farooq and former CIA Operations Officer and author Sam Faddis join us to talk about the kill list and drone war.

May 28, 2012 – Hour 2

In honor of Memorial Day, we’re rebroadcasting a conversation between Marc and Woody Curry from last October.  It was shortly after President Obama announced that the US was withdrawing its soldiers from Iraq, and the conversation ranged from the problems facing veterans on their return home, to the culture of the military, to the place of war in our society.

Woody Curry is a Vietnam veteran and is Clinical and Associate Executive Director of the Baltimore Station.

May 16, 2012 – Hour 2

Our guest this hour is author, innovator, former Obama White House advisor, and activist Van Jones. Jones is an internationally renowned human rights and clean energy advocate, and is co-founder of the Rebuild the Dream campaign, a platform for ways that regular people can help transform the U.S. economy. We will be talking about his book of the same name, released last month, which explores what he claims are seven major missteps made by the White House and its supporters after Obama’s 2008 victory and introduces a game plan for “turning anger into action, protest into power and suffering into solutions.”


At the end of the hour, we have a short tribute from our archives to Studs Terkel, who was born 100 years ago today.

May 14, 2012 – Hour 1

Anthony McCarthy joins Marc, along with Towson University professor Richard Vatz, to discuss national politics, including the role race plays in politics today, and the impact that President Obama’s announcement in support of same-sex marriage will have on the election.  Dr. Anthony Greenwald, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington joins as well, to discuss his new study on the subconscious ways that race influences voters.

To take the test on implicit racial assumptions in voting discussed by Dr. Greenwald, click here.

May 9, 2012 – Segment 1

Delegate Heather Mizeur of Montgomery County and the Director of the Maryland Black Family Alliance Elbridge James join us for a conversation on marraige equality, from the vote to ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina to Obama’s remarks.

April 17, 2012 – Hour 1

A roast of former mayor Sheila Dixon, and a roundup of today’s news

We’ll start of the show with Richard Siegel, organizer of Thursday’s roast of Sheila Dixon.  All proceeds go to charity, and Marc will be one of the celebrity roasters!  For tickets or more information, click here.
Then, Anthony McCarthy, Cory McCray, and Trae Lewis join us for a roundup of the day’s news, from the presidential campaign to the Grand Prix.

March 28, 2012 – Segment 1

Today the U.S. Supreme Court is in its third day of hearings around President Obama’s healthcare plan. Yesterday the high court heard oral arguments around the constitutionality of the requirement that most Americans obtain insurance or pay a penalty. What do you think? Do you endorse President Obama’s healthcare plan, oppose it, or fall somewhere in between?

Join in the debate with: Vincent DeMarco, President of Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative;Horace Cooper, conservative commentator and senior fellow of The Heartland Institute; and Margaret Flowers, co-Chair of the Maryland chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.

February 16, 2012 – Hour 1

Yesterday the House of Representatives held a controversial hearing about the recent Obama Administration decision that requires insurance plans to cover free contraception for all women. Some religious organizations object to the ruling, saying that it violates the separation between church and state. Our guests join us to discuss the outcry over access to birth control, as well as a trend towards state laws limiting access to abortions. Last year marked a spike in the number of abortion restrictions passed in state legislators around the country.

Joining us are:
Loretta Ross, National Coordinator of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective

Horace Cooper, Adjunct Fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research

February 8, 2012 – Segment 4

Join us for the next installment in our series of interviews with the Yes! Magazine Breakthrough 15.  In honor of their 15 years in print, Yes! selected 15 heroes whose work is helping to create a more just society.

Eboo Patel is a member of President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. He is an American Muslim of Gujarati Indian heritage and founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit that aims to promote interfaith cooperation.

January 25, 2012 – Hour 2

Join us for a panel discussion on President Obama’s State of the Union address last night with Anthony McCarthy, Daily Howler Editor Bob Somerby , and former Maryland Delegate Ellen Sauerbrey.

January 23, 2012 – Hour 1

Join Congressman Elijah Cummings and WEAA’s Anthony McCarthy for a political roundabout including President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address and the race between the GOP’s top picks.

January 10, 2012 – Segment 3

Celebrated news anchor and moderator, Jim Lehrer, discusses his new book, “Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates from Kennedy-Nixon to McCain-Obama.”

Jim Lehrer will be in Baltimore discussing Tension City this Thursday, January 12th, at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  7pm in the Wheeler Auditorium.

November 29, 2011 – Segment 4

What does history have to tell us today, as Herman Cain reassesses his bid to become the next Republican candidate for US President in the wake of allegations that he cheated on his wife with another woman for 13 years?

Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History at Rutgers University and author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, William Jelani Cobb argues that Cain should not distort history for his own gain in the cynical way that Clarence Thomas did 20 years ago.

October 26, 2011 – Hour 1

Followinig President Obama’s announcement that the US will withdraw its soldiers from Iraq by the end of the year, we look at issues that face veterans, including substance abuse and mental health problems stemming from the trauma of war, as they return home. Our guest is Woody Curry, Vietnam veteran and Clinical and Associate Executive Director of the Baltimore Station.

October 17, 2011 – Hour 1

Randall Kennedy is a Professor of Law at Harvard University and is the author, most recently, of The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency. He joins us to discuss the racial identity of President Obama, and how he courted black voters in the 2008 presidential campaign.
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September 26, 2011 – Hour 1

This hour, we’ll discuss the latest news from Washington, as politicians continue to debate the deficit reduction plan proposed by President Obama last week and global economic troubles continue.  Our guests are Anthony McCarthy, host of the Anthony McCarthy Show on WEAA, Richard Vatz, Communications Studies professor at Towson University, and Trae Lewis, President of the Baltimore Area Young Republicans.

September 19, 2011 – Segment 3

President Obama called on Congress today to adopt his new plan, including both spending cuts and tax increases, to reduce the federal deficit by over $3 trillion over the next decade.  We’ll discuss Obama’s plan with Bob Somerby, editor of the Daily Howler, and Marvin ‘Doc’ Cheatham, past president of the Baltimore NAACP.

September 12, 2011 – Segment 2

Today three guests join us to offer their views of the jobs proposal put forward by President Obama in an address last Thursday.  Will the plan jump start our faltering economy, or are different measures necessary?
Joining us are:
Cory McCray, Past President of the Young Trade Unionists and labor blogger at
John Duda, Communications Coordinator for the Democracy Collaborative and member of the Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse Collective
Dr. Jim Dorn, Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Cato Institute and Professor of Economics at Towson University

August 25, 2011 – Segment 2

Join us for the inside story of Michelle Obama’s diplomatic trip to South Africa and Botswana, as seen in the new BET special, Michelle Obama on a Mission: Impact Africa.  Before it debuts this Sunday at 7:30pm on BET, check out our interview with the Executive Producer James Blue.

August 3, 2011 – Segment 1

Last week, as debate over the debt ceiling was at its peak on Capitol Hill, a group of protesters were arrested for refusing to leave the Capitol building, as they demanded that Congress and the Obama administration not balance the budget on the backs of the nation’s poor.  We speak with two of those protesters, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Founder of the Shalom Center, and Bob Edgar, President of Common Cause and former Congressman.

August 1, 2011 – Segment 1

As details from the debt ceiling compromise emerge, pundits and activists from both sides seem unhappy with the deal.  Hammered out over the weekend by President Barack Obama and legislative leaders from both parties, the deal proposes cuts to defense and the general budget, no new revenues, and an automatic “trigger” of massive cuts to the Pentagon that would go into effect unless a bipartisan commission agrees on other budget cuts.  Our panel today discusses the proposal, talks about the political reality that forced such a massive political battle over a formerly routine legislative matter, and speculates about where we go from here.

Joining us are:
Charles Lollar, Maryland State Director of Americans for Prosperity.
Lester Spence, Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University
Heather Booth, former Executive Director of Americans For Financial Reform

July 26, 2011 – Segment 2

Yesterday evening, President Obama addressed the nation about the ongoing political stalemate in negotiations to raise the US debt ceiling.  We’re joined by two guests to discuss the speech and what’s next in the deficit talks.

Robert Creamer
is a political strategist and consultant and a partner at Democracy Partners.  His most recent book is Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win.

Charles Lollar is the Maryland State Director of Americans for Prosperity.

June 28, 2011 – Segment 3

James Risen is a New York Times national security reporter who uncovered some of the biggest stories during the years of the Bush Administration, including the waterboarding of detainees in Iraq and the secret NSA spying program.  The Obama administration has continued to subpoena Risen to reveal his anonymous sources, which he has refused to do, and which could lead to jail time for the reporter.

We’re joined by Conor Friedersdorf, associate editor at The Atlantic and founding editor of The Best of Journalism, for a discussion about James Risen. Friedersdorf wrote the article Obama Has Finally Become Dick Cheney on


May 23, 2011 – Hour 2

Last Thursday President Obama gave an speech on the Arab Spring and the next steps towards building a lasting peace in the Middle East.  Join us for a discussion about his speech, the White House visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the way forward in the Middle East.  Joining us are:

Ali Zaghab – Palestinian-born local businessman

Steven David – Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University

May 10, 2011 – Segment 3

This afternoon President Obama gave an address about reforming America’s immigration system.  We’re joined by Elizabeth Alex of CASA de Maryland and Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold to get their takes on the speech and what we need to do to fix our broken immigration policies.

May 2, 2011 – Hour 2

We continue our discussion about the death of Osama bin Laden.  Joining us are:

Robert Dreyfuss, Nation Magazine Contributing Editor
Mehmal Sarfraz, Op-Ed Editor at the Daily Times in Lahore, Pakistan
Devin Hagerty, Professor of Political Science at UMBC

April 14, 2011 – Hour 2

Today on the show, we feature a discussion of recent current events. Highlights include an analysis of the Barry Bonds verdict in his perjury trial and its after-effects. Other topics include the 2011 budget crises, President Obama’s reaction to the situation, and the 2012 elections

Our panel of guests features:

 Dave Zirin – Host of “Edge of Sports” on Sirius XM radio, Sportswriter for the Nation, and author of “Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love”

Michael Johnson – Founder and Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Institute

Bob Somerby – Editor of the Daily Howler

Meredith Moise – Activist, Teacher, Writer, and Minister. She is also sponsoring “Gandhi, King, and Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace” April 25th – May 3rd, 2011 at Coppin State University. The Gandhi/King/Ikeda exhibition is a nationally renowned exhibit extolling humanist virtues and its champions, organized by the Soka Gakkai International-USA

February 21, 2011 – Segment 1

Eric Alterman is a writer, historian, college professor, and media critic.  He joins us here to discuss his latest book, Kabuki Democracy: The System vs Barack Obama.  To read more about and by Eric Alterman, click here.


February 15, 2011 – Segment 3

Heather E. Harris and Kimberly Moffit have recently published a book, The Obama Effect Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign, analyzing Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and its effect. Our guests are the editors themselves, Heather E. Harris, Associate Professor in the Department of Business Communication at Stevenson University, and Kimberly Moffitt, Assistant Professor of American Studies at UMBC.

Eric Alterman Podcast

Eric Alterman is a writer, historian, college professor, and media critic.  He joins us here to discuss his latest book, Kabuki Democracy: The System vs Barack Obama.  To read more about and by Eric Alterman, click here.

February 8, 2011 – Segment 1

Meshelle joins us in studio to discuss parenting, childhood obesity and Michelle Obama’s campaign against it, food deserts, and more.  She is the author of 101 Things Every Girl/Young Woman of Color Should Know.

For information about finding fresh food in Baltimore, visit Get Fresh, Baltimore!

January 26, 2011 – Hour 2

Last night, President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address.  We’re joined by Bob Somerby, editor of the Daily Howler, and Darlene Kennedy, law professor at Widener Law School, to discuss the speech and the major issues in the United States today.

January 25, 2011 – Hour 1

In the first hour of the show we sit down with a panel of conservatives and get their perspective on the issues of the day including the upcoming State of the Union address to be delivered later today by Mr. Obama


  • Trae Lewis – President of the Baltimore Area Young Republicans
  • Brian Griffiths – Contributing Editor of Red Maryland
  • Anne McCarthy – Associate Dean at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and former Republican candidate for Comptroller

December 13, 2010 – Hour 2

First, Bruce Dixon of Black Agenda Report joins us to discuss a strike by prisoners in Georgia seeking to improve their conditions.  Click here to read Bruce’s reporting on the strike.

Then, we discuss an ongoing lockdown in the Baltimore jail, after a series of violent incidents last month.  Click here to read more about the lockdown in the Baltimore Sun.

Joining us are:

Tracy Velazquez, Executive Director of the Justice Policy Institute

Rick Binetti, Communications Director of the Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services

Terry Hickey, Founder and Executive Director of Community Law in Action

Jacqueline Robarge, Executive Director of Power Inside

Finally, we wrap up today’s show with an excerpt from Bernie Sanders’ filibuster speech on the Senate floor last Friday.  He took 8 hours and 37 minutes to voice his opposition to the tax compromise between President Obama and congressional Republicans.  Click here for a full transcript of Sanders’ speech.

December 2, 2010 – Hour 1

Tonight you’re the guest on the Marc Steiner Show!  The phone lines are open at 410.319.8888, and you can call in to talk about any of the issues that are on your mind.  What do you think about the way President Obama is dealing with the incoming Republican majority in the House?  What do you think about the new teachers’ contract in Baltimore?  What about the new youth jail that’s planned for Baltimore? 

Congressman Elijah Cummings will also be joining us to discuss his take on the news of the day, so don’t miss your chance to talk to him.

November 24, 2010 – Segment 3

Author and publisher Steve MacDonogh joined us several weeks ago to discuss his book Pioneers: The Frontier Family of Barack Obama.  The book traces the history of Barack Obama’s Irish ancestors.  He places their story in the broader context of Irish Protestants who migrated to the United States before the better known influx of mostly Catholic Irish during the Potato Famine. 
It was with great sadness that we read that Mr. MacDonogh passed away last week.  You can read a remembrance of him here.

September 27, 2010

Anthony McCarthy co-hosts with Marc this hour to discuss state and national politics.  Will the race for Maryland Governor between O’Malley and Ehrlich lead to a close election?  Is support for Obama weakening, and how will that effect the upcoming midterm elections?  What about the GOP’s Pledge to America?  We’ll look at these questions and more with our guests:

Trae Lewis – President of the Baltimore Area Young Republicans

Heber Brown – Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore

September 23, 2010 – Segment 3

Wintley Phipps is a pastor, education activist, and two-time Grammy nominated gospel singer, whose rendition of Amazing Grace has garnered almost 7 million hits on You Tube.  He performed at the Inagural Prayer Breakfast for President Obama, and has also performed for the last five U.S. presidents.  As Founder and CEO of the U.S. Dream Academy, Phipps he has built a program that matches mentors with children whose parents are incarcerated, to offer them support that is often lacking in the traditional education system.  He joined us today to discuss his career, the principles behind the Dream Academy, and his upcoming performance here in Baltimore.
Wintley Phipps will be singing at the Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church Sunday, September 26th, at 3pm.  For tickets and more information, click here or call 410-523-1542

September 23, 2010 – Segment 2

David Plouffe joins us to discuss the US political landscape, including a look ahead at this fall’s elections.  Plouffe managed Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008.  He’s the author of the book The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory.

September 8, 2010 – Hour 1

It’s less than two months away from the midterm Congressional elections and political stratification in America is higher than ever.  We sat down with our panel today to discuss the national headlines, from planned Koran burnings, to President Obama’s speech on the economy, from Hillary Clinton’s assertion that America is still relevant as a world leader, to predictions that Republicans will take back the House of Representatives.

Joining us are:
Dr. Richard Vatz, Professor in the Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies at Towson University and a frequent contributor at
Bob Somerby, humorist and Editor of the Daily Howler
Dedrick Muhammad, Senior Organizer and Research Associate for the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies

September 2, 2010 – Segment 1

President Obama has announced the formal end of the combat mission in Iraq, but what does that really mean in terms of day-to-day life for Americans and Iraqis?  Phyllis Bennis from the Institute for Policy Studies joins us to discuss her take on the situation in Iraq, and the way forward.

September 1, 2010 – Segment 3

Iraqi-American independent journalist Emad Ashour Alkhafaji speaks to us from Baghdad to update us on public sentiment in Iraq after President Obama declared the end of the US combat role in Iraq in his address from the Oval Office last night.

August 19, 2010 – Segment 2

We start the hour off with our weekly segment, "Your Money Matters"

Then, we discuss the Obama Administration’s position on gay rights and about a recent meeting between administration officials and gay rights activists.  White House LGBT Liaison Brian Bond expressed frustration about the criticism from bloggers when, according to him, the administration agrees with them on ’99 percent’ of equality issues.


August 3, 2010 – Hour 2

The election of Barack Obama brought to light a divide between the blackelectorate and much of the older generation of prominent black leaders.  While the overwhelming majority of black voters backed Obama, many of the civil-rights era leaders initially endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Historian William Jelani Cobb joins us this hour to discuss this and other underlying narratives of Obama’s presidency thus far.  His latest book is The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.

For audio, click here.

July 22, 2010 – Segment 2

Have you always wanted to improve your money management skills, but didn’t know how?  The Maryland CASH Campaign has just established the Maryland CASH Academy, which offers free financial education classes.  Learn more in this Your Money Matters Segment with Shani Gibson, head of the new Academy. 

President Obama recently decided that the high-risk insurance pools established by the new healthcare reform legislation will not cover any abortion services.  Vania Leveille, Legislative Counsel for Women’s Rights/Reproductive Rights at the ACLU, joins us to discuss what that will mean for women who participate in the plans.

July 21, 2010 – Hour 1

When Barack Obama was elected president, some believed that a new era of racial healing had begun. Others argued that his presidency would only disguise racial divisions, without truly bridging them. The news is full of stories of racial tension: protests over Arizona immigration laws, the NAACP resolution condemning racism in the Tea Party, racial slurs hurled at Civil Rights leaders and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the firing of Georgia Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod, and more. Are these stories evidence that the promise of a new era in race relations was false, or are they merely growing pains as we move towards a difficult goal?  

Marc and Anthony McCarthy co-host, and are joined by:

Sherrilyn Ifill, a civil rights lawyer and Professor of Law at the University of Maryland, as well as a frequent contributor to

Stephan Thernstrom, Professor of History at Harvard University

Stacey Peterson,  Professor of Communication Arts at the College of Notre Dame in Maryland

Lester Spence,  Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University


July 19, 2010 – Hour 2

The election of Barack Obama brought to light a divide between the black electorate and much of the older generation of prominent black leaders.  While the overwhelming majority of black voters backed Obama, many of the civil-rights era leaders initially endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Historian William Jelani Cobb joins us this hour to discuss this and other underlying narratives of Obama’s presidency thus far.  His latest book is The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.

July 1, 2010 – Segment 2

We talk to Joanna Smith Ramani, Director of Strategy for the Doorways to Dreams fund in our weekly series "Your Money Matters."

Then, an interview with Laurie Roberts, a columnist for the Arizona Republic, about the Arizona Immigration Bill.

We then discuss President Obama’s speech today on immigration and the immigration reform debate with:

Steven Camarota – Director of Research for the Center for Immigration Studies

Elizabeth Alex – Lead Organizer/Senior Manager of Casa de Maryland


June 16, 2010 – Segment 1

First, we talk to John Vidal, the Environmental Editor for the Guardian, who wrote an article comparing the BP oil spill to the ongoing (and more severe) environmental catastrophes in Nigeria that are largely ignored by the mainstream media.

Then, we react to President Obama’s address to the nation on the future of US energy policy last night. Guests David Roberts, a staff writer for the environmental news show GRIST.ORG, Cecilia Estolano, the Chief Strategist on State and Local Initiatives at Green For All, and Jarvis Deberry, editorial writer and columist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, join us for a recap.

June 9, 2010 – Segment 2

The financial reform bill that is currently passing through Congress intends to establish measures to monitor and respond to financial risks and to deal with failing financial institutions.

Today we discuss this with guest Heather Booth, Executive Director of Americans For Financial Reform, who has been fighting for better regulations of financial institutions throughout her career. In 2008, Heather was the director of the AFL-CIO’s Health Care Campaign. She also directed Obama’s budget campaign. 

May 27, 2010 – Hour 2

Oil continues to flood into the gulf, as President Obama held a press conference to defend the US government’s handling of the oil spill today.  We speak with Jackie Savitz, Senior Campaign Director for the pollution campaigns at Oceana, for an update on the disaster and its implications for the future of US energy policy.

Then, Crystal Hayes joins us to compare and contrast the Black Panther Party and the Tea Party.  Read her piece What Really Separates the Tea Party From the Black Panther Party on Race-Talk.  Crystal’s father Robert Seth Hayes has been in prison since 1973.  A member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, he was convicted of murdering a police officer, a charge he denies.


For more information about Seth Hayes, visit the Free Robert Seth Hayes Facebook Page, or follow Crystal’s Twitter, @MotherJustice

May 17, 2010 – Hour 1

First, a Your Health Today segment. We talk to Christine L. Byerly, a nurse in the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) talks about caring for babies born up to three months prematurely.

Then, a conversation about texting while driving. Delegate Maggie Mcintosh, who represents Maryland’s 43rd District, was one of the leaders in the legislature of the effort to ban texting and handheld telephone use while driving. Laurie Kelly joined us as well. Her son was killed in an automobile accident while using a cell phone on May 5th.

Then, Marc and Anthony talk about tomorrow’s primary elections. What do the midterms mean for the Obama presidency? How will the Tea Part affect the votes? What about progressive challenges to incumbents? Learn what to watch out for tomorrow!

April 12, 2010 – Hour 1

We start off the hour with Your Health Today featuring doctor Dr. Raj Sarkar.

Then, we discuss the biggest gathering of 300 world leaders in Washington DC since 1945, for a nuclear summit hosted by President Obama.  We are joined by senior scholar at The Institute for Policy Studies, Robert Alvarez, who is an expert on nuclear disarmament and energy policy and served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment from 1993-1999.

We also continue a discussion about Velvet Rope Night club and how it ties in with the difficult race issues that are in the area of the night club in downtown Baltimore.  Keith Snipes, actor, radio host and Baltimore citizen, joins us for this segment.


Anthony McCarthy co-hosts today’s show.

March 22, 2010 – Hour 1

Marc and co-host Anthony McCarthy start the first hour with the hottest buzz on the street: the historic health care reform bill that passed the House yesterday.  President Obama is expected to sign the bill tomorrow.  Joining us today are Congresswoman Donna Edwards and Congressman John Sarbanes to discuss their votes and what this legislative package will mean for you.

March 8 2010 – hour 1

The Oscars were last night, and a bit of Hollywood
comes to the Marc Steiner Show on the first hour of today’s show as we
discuss this year’s awards.  After a night of so many firsts – first
woman awarded Best Director, first African American awarded Best Screenplay – our guests take on questions like what Precious means for the African American community, how Hurt Locker portrays the Iraq war, and more.
Ann Hornaday is the film critic for the Washington Post
Ishmael Reed is an author, poet, and jazz pianist. His new book, "Barack Obama and the Jim Crow
Media" will be published next month.  He’s the co-producer with Steve Cannon of the cult movie classic, "Personal Problems."

February 9, 2010 – Segment 2

On the fifth of February, Meshelle and her husband Lamarr Darnell Shields had the the honor of escorting their eight year old daughter Hadiya to the White House for a tour and a reception with President Obama. Hadiya’s trip was the result of her being featured in the Washington Post article, "One year after taking office, President Obama offers potent role model for local children." We’ll talk with Lamarr and Meshelle about the importance of family, community and education in a child’s life.

January 28, 2010 – Segment 1

Last night, President Obama gave his first State of the Union Address to the nation. The speech highlighted many issues facing Americans, including the economy, healthcare reform, civil rights issues and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tonight, Marc and Anthony McCarthy, host of WEAA’s own Anthony McCarthy Show, assemble a panel to discuss the address.

We’ll hear from:

January 26, 2010 – Hour 1

For our first segment, Marc talks by phone with Thomas Schaller, a Baltimore Sun columnist and professor of Political Science at UMBC about tomorrow’s State of the Union address.

Later, we’re joined in studio by Dedrick Muhammad, Senior Organizer and Research Associate for the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at The Institute for Policy Studies and Academic Advisor at Morgan State University and Kevin Zeese, Director of the Campaign for Fresh Air and Clean Politics.

January 4, 2010 – Hour 2

Marc and Anthony review the list of top national stories during the past year and highlight issues already making it to the forefront.

Sherrilyn Ifill, Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law,  Richard Vatz, Towson University Professor, blogger for Red Maryland and Associate Psychology Editor at USA Today magazine; and Dedrick Muhammad Senior Organizer and Research Associate for the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies and Academic Advisor at Morgan State University, share their insights on the stories that matter most. 

December 10, 2009 – Hour 1

At the top of our first hour, we examine President Obama’s acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize; how does it change in light of our two ongoing wars, especially after the President’s recent escalation of our military presence in Afghanistan? Marc talks with Anthony McCarthy, host of WEAA’s own Anthony McCarthy Show, by telephone for this first segment.

Next, we’re joined by Laurence Kotlikoff, Professor of Economics at Boston University and research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Elizabeth Haynes of Haynes and Company Consulting and former head of Strategic Planning at Urban Outfitters.

Kotlikoff and Haynes discuss the changing American mindset toward consumerism–if the recent changes in our attitudes toward spending represent a real sea change in our thinking–or if it’s simply a fashionable market trend that will diminish as the economy improves.

December 1, 2009 – Hour 1

Tonight from West Point, President Obama will outline his strategy for escalation and exit in the war in Afghanistan. His plan of deploying 30,000 more U.S. troops has met with a great deal of controversy, anda lot of house democrats feel that another major escalation is a mistake. If it is, what options do we have? Marc and panel examine the matter from several different perspectives.

Tonight’s panel included:

November 12, 2009 – Hour 2

First, we speak with Alice McDermott, whose books include After This, Child of My Heart, Charming Billy, At Weddings and Wakes, and That Night.

Then, we’re joined by Gwen Ifill, familiar to PBS viewers as the moderator of "Washington Week" and a senior correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.  She’s the author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.

Both Alice McDermott and Gwen Ifill will be appearing together at St. John’s College in Annapolis on November 15.  For more info, click here.

November 9, 2009 – Hour 1

We’re joined by Russ Baker, investigative journalist and author of Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America and Charles Faddis, retired CIA Operations Officer and author of Operation Hotel California: The Clandestine War Inside Iraq.  We discuss Russ’ recent article "What Obama is Up Against."

Later in the hour, we’re joined by David Riggs, Executive Director of the Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University.

October 13, 2009 – Hour 2

For our second hour, Anthony McCarthy, Bob Somerby and Dr. Lester Spence stay with us to we continue our conversation about the controversy surrounding President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Price. Will this honor be used against him by pundits and other critics? What were the panel’s motivations in choosing Obama – is it a prize given in anticipation of the work they are trusting him to do?

We segue into a conversation about ideological polarization in current news media. Is the divide between liberals and conservatives getting deeper, and why?

We are also joined in the studio this hour by Gregory Kane, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Examiner, the Baltimore Examiner, and the Baltimore Sun. William Kern, managing editor of joins us by phone.