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The Six Day War: Dr. Ali Zaghab and Time in Palestine

Six Day War (Credit: National Interest)June 7, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a conversation with our guests about the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War. Our second guest was a Palestinian American businessman and political commentator, Dr. Ali Zaghab. He offered us an updated perspective on the war and occupation, as well as his time in Palestine.

The Six Day War: A Historic Perspective with Lia Tarachansky

The Six Day War (Credit: The Holy Land Timeline)June 7, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation with our guests about the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War. Our first guest was Lia Tarachansky, journalist, filmmaker with Naretiv Productions, and former Israel Palestine correspondent at the Real News. She will offer a historic perspective on why the soldiers were fighting and what the War meant for the world.

Interview With Palestinian Musician Kareem Samara

Kareem Samara (Credit: SteinerShow)December 16, 2016 – Segment 4

I host an interview with Kareem Samara, British Palestinian musician and founding member of Artists For Palestine UK and London Palestine Action. He currently collaborates with Baltimore’s Ryan Harvey, blending American and Arabic protest music, as well as working on his own loop-based exploration of Arabic music using Oud and Percussion.


To listen to the full, original segment, click here!

Islamophobia in Our Society

ahmed mohamedSeptember 22, 2015 – Segment 2

We unpack Islamophobia in light of 14-year-old Muslim student, Ahmed Mohamed, arrested by police at his school after school officials thought the clock he made was a bomb, and presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s remarks that a Muslim would not be fit to serve as President of the United States. Our guests are: Zainab Chaudry, Maryland Outreach Manager for the Council on American-Islamic Relations; Laila el-Haddad, Palestinian journalist, blogger, activist ; Imam Derrick Amin, Muslim Chaplain at Morgan State University; and Farajii Muhammad, Host of Listen Up! on WEAA 88.9FM and member of the Nation of Islam.

Israeli Election Results and US Politics

US-Israel_HoroMarch 23, 2015 – Segment 3

We look at last week’s Israeli election results and their implications for U.S. politics, with: Bill Fletcher, Senior Scholar at Institute for Policy Studies.

Israeli Election Results: Benjamin Netanyahu Will Serve 4th Term

Netanyahu (1)March 19, 2015 – Segment 3

With news that Benjamin Netanyahu will serve a fourth term as Prime Minister of Israel, we take a look at the Israeli elections and what they mean for Israelis and Palestinians. With: Lia Tarachansky, Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

netanyahuMarch 4, 2015 – Segment 2

Our guests reflect upon Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech yesterday before Congress, as well as U.S. policy with Israel. With: Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, Senior Analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, and Author of Equal Worth – When Humanity Will Have Peace; and Dr. Robert O. Freedman, Visiting Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Baltimore Hebrew University.

Film By Fida Qishta: Where Should the Birds Fly

fidaFebruary 20, 2015 – Segment 4

We speak with Palestinian filmmaker Fida Qishta about her compelling new film Where Should the Birds Fly. It’s the story of two young women living through war and blockade in Gaza. You can visit Qishta’s website here. She is currently raising funds to attend film school. You can donate here.


Jewish Music Special: The Klezmatics

KlezmaticsJanuary 28, 2015 – Segment 2

Marc Steiner Show producer Mark Gunnery presents a two part special on Jewish music. In this first installment, he speaks with members of the Klezmatics, one of the most popular klezmer bands in the US. Band members Lorin Sklamberg and Frank London discuss Yiddish culture and music, Jewish spirituality and politics, and the cultural boycott of Israel.

Click here to listen to the second part of this series, an interview with the Shondes.

On the Side of the Road: Exploring Denial & The Contested History of Israeli-Palestinian Relations

onthesideoftheroadDecember 4, 2014 – Segment 3

Israeli journalist and filmmaker Lia Tarachansky joins us to talk about her documentary On the Side of the Road, which is showing in Baltimore on Friday at Johns Hopkins University and Sunday at Space 2640.

+972 Magazine: Conversation with Palestinian & Israeli Journalists

+972 Magazine

November 7, 2014 – Segment 3

We talk with two journalists, one Palestinian and one Israeli. Noam Sheizaf is an independent journalist and editor, founder of +972 magazine, and partner for the Hebrew-language blog Local Call created together with Just Visions and Activestills. Samer Badawi is a DC-based writer, Middle East analyst, and regular contributor to +972 magazine.

Jenin Freedom Theatre in the Occupied West Bank

Jenin Freedom Theatre

November 7, 2014 – Segment 2

We talk with individuals from the Freedom Theatre in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the Occupied West Bank. The goal of the theatre is to empower youth and women in the community and to explore the potential of arts as an important catalyst for social change.

Our guests will be: Nabil Al-Raee, Artistic Director of the Freedom Theatre; and Alia Alrosan, Theatre School student at The Freedom Theatre.

Journalist Rula Jebreal on Minority Life in Israel and Islamophobia

Rula Jebreal

November 6, 2014 – Segment 2

We talk with Palestinian journalist, foreign policy analyst and author Rula Jebreal about her recent op-ed piece in the New York Times, Minority Life in Israel.”

From Ferguson to Gaza: Black & Palestinian Communities and Activism

palestine gazaOctober 23, 2014 – Segment 3

We discuss the growing synergy between African American and Palestinian activists in the U.S., and discuss the points of unity and tension within Black and Arab communities. We are joined by academic, author, and activist Dr. Steven Salaita; and the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, and Executive Director of Orisha’s Cross Freedom School.



Remembering the Six Day War/al Naksa

naksaJune 9, 2014 – Segment 3

We discuss the 47th anniversary of the Six-Day War between Israel and several Arab nations and the beginning of 47 years of occupation. The war is known as al Naksa, or “the setback,” by Palestinians. We talk with Palestinian political observer and businessman Dr. Ali Zaghab, Lia Tarachansky, Israel/Palestine correspondent for The Real News Network, and Dr. Neve Gordon Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University and author of Israel’s Occupation.


Ali Abunimah: The Battle For Justice In Palestine

Ali AbunimahMay 2, 2014 – Segment 3

Ali Abunimah, Palestinian-American journalist, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, and author of the books The Battle for Justice in Palestine and One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse, joins us to discuss the current situation in Palestine, the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement, and the prospects for a single state solution.



Debating Maryland’s Anti-Israeli Boycott Legislation

Boycott-Israeli-apartheidFebruary 27, 2014 – Segment 2

We look at the debate taking place in the Maryland Legislature regarding the American Studies Association’s recent resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Joining us are: Jay Bernstein, chair of the Advocacy Committee of Baltimore Zionist District and host of Shalom USA Radio; Sara Love, Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Maryland; and Yousseff Munnayer, Executive Director of the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development and its educational program, the Palestine Center.


Israeli Journalist Akiva Eldar

akivaDecember 6, 2013 – Segment 2

We ‘re joined for a discussion with Akiva Eldar, Israeli columnist for Al-Monitor’s Israel Pulse, about life on the West Bank and whether a two-state solution is possible. In 2006 The Financial Times named Eldar among the world’s most influential commentators. He will be in Baltimore on Monday, December 9 for a conversation called “Why the Two-State Solution is Vital,” 7:30 PM at Har Sinai Synagogue in Owings Mills.


Neil Hertz: Pastoral in Palestine

Neil HertzOctober 11, 2013 – Segment 7

We close out the show with author Neil Hertz about his book Pastoral in Palestine, which offers a personal take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Dr. Shibley Telhami On The Middle East

TelhamiSeptember 9, 2013 – Segment 2

Dr. Shibley Telhami joins us for a conversation on the Middle East. Dr. Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and author of The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East. He joins us to speak about the Israeli/Palestinian peace process, protests in Egypt and the ongoing conflict in Syria.


Dr. Shibley Telhami On The Middle East

MorsiAugust 22, 2013 – Segment 3

Dr. Shibley Telhami joins us for a conversation on the Middle East. Dr. Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and author of The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East. He joins us to speak about the Israeli/Palestinian peace process, protests in Egypt and the ongoing conflict in Syria.

We discuss the latest spike in violent crime in Baltimore City. What is at the root of the violence, and what can be done to combat it?


Weekly Roundup: Leakers & National Security, The Pope On Gay Marriage, and Israel/Palestine Peace Talks

Pope FrancisAugust 2, 2013 – Segment 1

On this morning’s weekly roundtable on national news headlines we discuss a range of topics including new NSA revelations, the Bradley Manning trial verdict, the Pope’s stance on gay marriage and homosexuality, and peace talks between Israel and Palestine. Our guests are:


Sound Bites: Farmer’s Roundtable; Brickyard Educational Farm Update; Recipe: Garlic Scapes; The Gaza Kitchen

Garlic scapesJune 11, 2013 – Hour 2

It’s another live episode of Sound Bites, our weekly show exploring the future of the food system. Charles Wright, owner of the Wright Family Farm in Wicomico County, MD, and Ted Wycall, third generation farmer at Greenbranch Farm in Salisbury, MD, join us for a farmer’s roundtable.

Then, we hear an update on Brickyard Educational Farm in Montgomery County, MD, from Sophia Maravell, Education Coordinator at the Farm.

We close out Sound Bites with one of our favorite segments: a weekly recipe! This week, Kristen Carbone of Radix Farm in Upper Marlboro, MD, shares her recipe for garlic scapes, using the “flower stalks” of hardneck garlic plants.

We end the show with Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt, authors of The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey, who join us from Dar al-Taqwa Islamic Center in Ellicott City to talk about their new cookbook. With 120 kitchen-tested recipes and documentary photography, the authors provide rare insight into Gaza’s culture and cuisine, revealing how conflict and siege play out in the daily lives of ordinary people. Part cookbook, part political analysis, part history, this award-winning book will open your eyes to Gaza like never before.


Israelis Offering Up Votes to Palestinians

Israelis Offering Up Votes to PalestiniansFebruary 12, 2013 – Segment 3

We share a story that came out of the Israeli election, wherein some Israelis offered up their votes to Palestinians.

We hear from George Abdallah, who is a 19-year-old activist from Jenin, Palestine, and Tamar Aviyah, an Israeli citizen and activist in Tel Aviv.

December 11, 2012 – Segment 2

We discuss the situations in Syria, Egypt, and Palestine/Israel, and ask the important question of what US foreign policy should be in the Middle East. We’ll speak with

  • Bilal Saab, the executive director and head of research at the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis North America;
  • Charles Faddis, author and retired CIA officer;
  • Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, and 
  • James Phillips, Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Heritage Foundation.

September 20, 2011 – Segment 1

This week, Palestinian officials are applying to the United Nations for recognition as an independent state, setting off strong reactions both of support and opposition internationally.  We’re joined by a panel to discuss what this historic moment means.  Our guests are Aziz Abu Sarah, journalist and Director of Middle East Projects at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, Mark Gopin, Director of the Center on World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and Stephen Davidprofessor of International Relations and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education at Johns Hopkins University.

April 7, 2011 – Segment 3

We were heartbroken this week to hear of the death of Juliano Mer-Khamis, a Palestinian and Jewish artist and advocate of peace in the Middle East.  He was an actor and theatre artist who helped to found The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp in 2006.  He worked tirelessly through his art and in his community to help heal the divide between Palestinians and Israelis.
We’re joined for a remembrance of his life and work by his cousin, artist and teacher Zahi Khamis.  Zahi was born in a village outside of Nazareth, and now teaches and lives in Baltimore.

March 28, 2011 – Hour 2

The first few months of 2011 have been marked by conflict, revolution, and uprising in the Middle East. Conflicts occuring in Egypt, Libya, Palestine, and Syria have become an increased news focus in America. Marc continues this discussion today with guests:


Ali Zaghab – Palestinian born local businessman

Steven David – Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University

Thabit Abdulah – Professor of History at York University in Toronto, and author of Dictatorship, Imperialism, & Chaos: Iraq Since 1989.

March 8, 2011 – Segment 2

Dr. Bernard Avishai is an Adjunct Professor of Business at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and one of the leading thinkers on the conflict between Israel and Palestine.  He joined us in Washington to discuss his assessment of the political reality of the struggle in the Middle East, and how he thinks American foreign policy towards the region should change.

March 3, 2011 – Segment 1

On today’s show you’ll hear three interviews recorded earlier this week at the J Street Conference in Washington, DC.  We travelled tot the conference to meet with some of the leaders and thinkers who were there to present their ideas for a lasting and just peace in the Middle East.
Up first, we sat down with Gidon Bromberg, the Israel Director of Friends of the Earth Middle East.   His organization works to restore the sacred Jordan River, which in places has been reduced to a mere trickle of sewage.  He joined us to discuss the fight to save the river, and how Israel, Palestine, and Jordan need to work together to ensure equitable access to clean water.

January 31, 2011 – Hour 2

We continue our look at events unfolding in Tunisia, Egypt, and other parts of the Middle East as massive protests are overturning long-established regimes.  Our guests are Zeynep Tufekci, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at UMBC, Mariam Shahin, journalist and author who joins us from Palestine, and Nancy Youssef, chief Pentagon correspondent for McClatchy.

June 10, 2010 – Segment 2

Reverend Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, recently returned from a trip to Palestine and Israel with an inter-faith group.  He joins Marc to discuss his experiences there, how the region reacted to Israel’s raid on the flotilla of ships bound for Gaza, and his perceptions of the conflict in the Middle East.

December 8, 2009 – Hour 2

Sean Dobson, Executive Director of Progressive Maryland shares the findings of the Working Maryland Report. Get ready for a sobering set of facts.

Next, Mazin Qumsiyeh joins Marc via telephone from the West Bank to discuss current events in Israel and Palestine.

June 1, 2009 – Hour 1

Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan, joins us this hour to discuss his new book Engaging The Muslim World.  We’ll discuss withdrawing US troops from Iraq, escalating the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine, and more.  Check out Juan Cole’s website for his insightful analysis of world affairs.

1/15/08 Middle East Peace

One of the most interesting things I have read about the situation in Israel and Palestine is a positive observation. The observation is that for the first time in many, many years, the leader of Israel and the leader of Palestine trust each other.

The problem is, perhaps, that their own people may not trust them.

Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel, is under investigation for corruption, has been blamed for the loss of the second Lebanon war, and according to some polls, only 8% of Israeli’s support his government.

Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian National Authority, is in a constant fight to keep the Palestinian populace loyal to his Fatah party as opposed to Hamas.

And President Bush, who is meant to help usher these men and their nations towards peace, is generally disliked in the Arab world and due to leave office in a years time.

Is there any hope?

Join us at Noon today to discuss. We’re going to talk with Aron Raskas, a Baltimore attorney who is national vice-president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and a director of, and with Daoud Kuttab, an award-winning Palestinian columnist/journalist and currently a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, as well as William Kern, Managing Editor of WORLDMEETS.US, a website that provides articles translated into English from an array of international media.

Poll: Do you think this latest push for peace will result in any lasting agreements?


11/26/07 Annapolis Peace Summit

Seems like this week’s Middle East peace conference in Annapolis has come back from the dead.  Everyone was saying that the conference had become irrelevant–that no one was coming, it would only be one day, and it wouldn’t make a dent in the enormous amount of work and negotiation that needs to occur between Palestine and Israel.

But things seem to be looking up.  As President Bush emphasizes his desire to make peace in the Middle East part of his legacy, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and other nations of the Arab League have agreed to attend. 

So looks like we’re going to have a bona fide conference.  Today at Noon we’re going to discuss what issues are going to be at the top of the heap.  What are the likely sticking points?  What is a reasonable set of things we can hope to see accomplished?

We’ll talk with our friend Ali Zaghab, a Palestinian-born local businessman who has joined us many times in the past to discuss these issues, and Dr. Elli Lieberman, a retired Israeli Army major, a PhD in Middle East studies, and a local businessman.  We’re also going to here an essay on peace and interfaith understanding and love from John Oliver Smith.

So join us.  What do you want to see accomplished?  Do you feel optimistic?