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OSI-Baltimore: Bringing Elected Officials and Residents Together

OSI Logo (Credit: OSI Event Page)December 9, 2016 – Segment 2

We have a preview for you of an important event happening this Saturday, December 10th, the OSI (Open Society Institute-Baltimore) Solutions Summit. With: Tara Huffman, Director of OSI’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program; and Diana Morris, Director of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore and Open Places Initiative.
The OSI Solutions Summit is a free (registration required), full-day event, open to the community, which will bring together community leaders, elected officials, issue-area experts, on-the-ground activists, and concerned residents in order to come up with practical solutions to some of Baltimore’s most intractable issues. Click here for more information and to register. 

If You Were Mayor of Baltimore: New Class of OSI-Baltimore Community Fellows

Renita SeabrookNovember 11, 2014 – Segment 2

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.


OSI-Baltimore Celebrates Its 15-Year Anniversary

OSI BaltimoreOctober 28, 2013 – Segment 4

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.


Sound Bites: Rural MD Needs Immigration Reform | Update: Gather Baltimore | Why Bees Are Dying

Why Bees Are DyingAugust 13, 2013 – Segment 4

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:

  • Dr. Jeff Pettis, Research Leader in the Bee Research Laboratory for the Agricultural Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture who co-authored the report;
  • Steve McDaniel, certified master beekeeper and past President of the Maryland State Beekeepers Association;
  • and Meme Thomas, director of Baltimore Honey, a nonprofit that works to maximize local honeybee pollination coverage for local food security.


Sound Bites: Farmer’s Markets, Race, & Food Access In Our Region And Beyond, Plus A Unique Passover Recipe

Arthur Morgan's Gather Baltimore - Food Stand In Baltimore's Oliver Neighborhood

Arthur Morgan’s Gather Baltimore – Food Stand In Baltimore’s Oliver Neighborhood

March 21, 2013 – Segment 3

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.