We again ask the question, “What would you do if you were Mayor of Baltimore?” Joining us to offer their own answers are three members of the new class of Open Society Institute-Baltimore Fellows: Brian Francoise, a theater artist who lives in Original Northwood; Zina Makar, an attorney from Reisterstown, who studied law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of law; and Dr. Renita Seabrook, Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Baltimore.
We acknowledge the 15th Anniversary of Open Society Institute-Baltimore, with: Diana Morris, Director of OSI-Baltimore; and Judge Andre Davis, who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and is an OSI-Baltimore board member.
On Tuesday the organization will celebrate with a forum of ideas, featuring speakers such as Van Jones and Sherrilyn Ifill.
It’s another episode of Sound Bites. We start by talking to Lucie L. Snodgrass, Maryland state executive director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency about an op-ed she wrote for The Baltimore Sun titled, “Rural Maryland needs immigration reform.”
Later in the hour, current OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow Arthur Morgan gives us an update on his project Gather Baltimore, a volunteer-based program that collects and gleans fresh produce donated by farmer’s markets and farms for distribution to people with limited access to healthy food in Baltimore. He talks about a few upcoming events and initiatives.
Then, we discuss a new study done by the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture that points to why large numbers of bees are dying. Scientists identified a mixture of pesticides and fungicides that contaminate pollen and subsequently kill bees. Joining us are:
It’s a new episode of Sound Bites. We look at farmers markets in Maryland and beyond. We’ll hear from Alison Hope Alkon, Professor of Sociology at the University of the Pacific and author of Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy.
We’ll also hear from Anne Palmer, the Eating for the Future program director for Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
Visitors to the 32nd Street Farmers Market in Waverly talk to us about why farmers markets are important to them, including Arthur Morgan, a current OSI-Baltimore fellow working on a project called Gather Baltimore that puts unused food that would otherwise be wasted or disposed of into the hands of communities and organizations that need it. For those interested in supporting his cause, Arthur is looking for donations to help finance the refrigerated truck he uses to transport food, and is always looking for volunteers.
And finally, culinary historian Michael Twitty gives us a unique Passover recipe that fuses African-American and Jewish traditions.