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The Black Panther: Academic and Visceral Readings Cont’d

March 8, 2018 – The Black Panther Cont’d

Listen in to the second episode of our series examining the world brought to us by — and cultural shift created by — The Black Panther movie. We delve deeper into the film’s complexity in a lively, humorous, and analytical discussion. With: Johns Hopkins History Professor Dr. Nathan Connolly; UMBC American Studies Professor Dr. Kimberly Moffitt; and Kalima Young, Lecturer in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University.

Enjoy our latest journey to the world that brought us Wakanda.

Sen. Fred Harris: The Last Surviving Member of the 1968 Kerner Commission

March 6, 2018 – The Kerner Commission

On July 28, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commissionto investigate the causes of race-related uprisings that had taken place in Detroit and dozens of other cities, and to provide recommendations for the future. We are now in the midst of the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission.

The Kerner Report was released on February 29, 1968, after seven months of investigation, revealing that poverty, racism, and the police were the cause of the unrest in inner city Black communities. Its most famous passage states, “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.” President Johnson silenced the report, refusing to release it. It was nevertheless published by Bantam Books, under a pre-existing agreement, and became a national best-seller. When you read the report, it feels as if it could have been written today.

We talk with Former Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris, the last surviving member of the Kerner Commission.

I hope you enjoy this fascinating and timely conversation.

Countdown to the Annapolis Summit: Beer Wars

Annapolis Summit (Credit: Maryland Daily Record)December 18, 2017 – The Beer Wars

The 15th annual Annapolis Summit will be held on January 10, 2018. As we countdown to the Summit we are covering issues that will be debated in the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session. One of those issues has been dubbed the “Beer Wars.” During the Session, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will be entering a legislative initiative that would allow craft beer brewers to sell their beers without going through distributors. This is a complex issue that involves a number of factors including health and corporate control. Comptroller Franchot joined me in-studio first, and then I talked with Raimee Eck, the President of the Maryland Public Health Association.

The 15th Annual Annapolis Summit will be held on the Opening Day of the Maryland General Assembly, January 10, 2018, from 7:30-9:30am, at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. The event starts at 7:30am with a networking breakfast, and then beginning at 8:00 I will interview Governor Larry Hogan, President of the Senate Thomas V. ” Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch. 
The Annapolis Summit is produced in partnership with The Daily Record and is sponsored by Maryland State Bar Association, ChimesMaryland State Education AssociationAlexander & Cleaver, and VPC, Inc.
You can purchase tickets to the 15th Annual Annapolis Summit here!

The Creative Alliance: Ru-Jac Records & The Legacy of Baltimore Soul

November 6, 2017 – The Legacy of Baltimore Soul

Baltimore boasts a rich musical history, from Billie Holliday to Tupac Shakur to today’s thriving music scene. Now, thanks to musician and producer Brooks Long, Charm City’s soul/R&B and hip hop generations are about to converge at the storied Arch Social Club on Pennsylvania Avenue, at a Creative Alliance event this Saturday, November 11, called “Ru-Jac Records & the Legacy of Baltimore Soul.”  Ru-Jac was the Doo-Wop, soul music and  R&B powerhouse located right here in Baltimore.

Long, who is the  Deutsch Fellow at the Creative Alliance, stopped by our studio along with  Kevin Coombe (, who wrote the liner notes for all the re-issued Ru-Jac recordings. It took this younger generation to bring back the wonder of Baltimore’s great musical legacy.


Dharna Noor: Corporate Controlled Media and Critiquing Bias

October 27, 2017 – Corporate Controlled Media and Critiquing Bias

Real News Producer Dharna Noor wrote a compelling article for Truthout on the nature of corporate-controlled media and the complex symmetry between the Trumpian attacks on the media and Freddie Gray protesters in Baltimore. She stopped by the CEM studio for a chat and we share it with you now.

Baltimore’s Future: David Warnock’s ‘Pugh Plan’

DavidWarnockSeptember 27, 2017 – Warnock’s ‘Pugh’ Plan

We are launching a series of conversations about the future of Baltimore. David Warnock, former Mayoral candidate and founder of Camden Partners, wrote an interesting op-ed on what he thinks should be “Pugh’s Plan” to revitalize the economy of Baltimore. We sat down in CEM’s studio to explore his ideas. Please let me know what you think on our page or by emailing me at

Local News Roundtable: Solutions Other Than Policing

Thumbnail image Police Criminal Justice Crime Handcuffs Law Enforcement | ANNAPOLIS, MD -- 12/6/08 -- MD GANGS 07 HAIRSTON --Capt. Kevin King, of the Maryland Division of Corrections, Eastern Correctional Institution in Somerset County, holds handcuffs as he listens to his collegue Capt. Walter Holmes, also from Eastern, make his presentation. The two men are founders of a program called "CHOICES...Part of the Solution" and bring the program to young people at the Eastport Community Center. Their talk centers on keeping kids out of gangs and the criminal justice system. KIM HAIRSTON [Sun Photographer] #9085 MANDATORY CREDIT: Baltimore Examiner and Washington Examiner OUTJune 26, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a Local News Roundtable and discussed ways we can combat the violence in Baltimore City other than through increased policing. We dealt with issues of schooling, child care, and the politics of funding in Baltimore. With: farmer, educator, and food justice advocate Denzel Mitchell; former City Councilman Carl Stokes, founder of Banneker Blake Academy of Arts and Science; and Jaisal Noor, reporter and producer for The Real News.


Sound Bites: Fairfield Incinerator | The Chesapeake Bay and Agricultural Pollution

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On our newest edition of Sound Bites, our series on food and our world, we begin with an update on the status of the Fairfield incinerator project. We will also share information on an upcoming action around the project on December 15, 2015. Joining us will be Greg Sawtell, Leadership Organizer, United Workers; and Destiny Watford, a leader with Free Your Voice and United Workers, and junior at Towson University.

There will be an action at the Maryland Department of the Environment on December 15, 2015
We then look at a report commissioned by the Abell Foundation, The Chesapeake Bay and Agricultural Pollution: The Problem, Possible Solutions, and the Need for Verification. We’re joined by Rona Kobell, staff writer for the Chesapeake Bay Journal, and news reporter of nearly 20 years.


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.

History of Agricultural Policy in the US

February 14, 2013 – Segment 3

It’s a new episode of Sound Bites. We start with another passage from our interview with Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food and Water Watch and author of Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America. Wenonah discusses the history of agricultural policy in the United States since the 1980s.

We then turn to the controversy surrounding fracking, a means of extracting natural gas underground. We talk to science writer Elizabeth Royte, who discusses how farm animals can be early warning indicators of possible health risks related to fracking. Focusing locally, we debate Maryland’s proposed moratorium on fracking with Mike Tidwell, Director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network; Mitch Jones, Director of the Common Resources Program at Food and Water Watch; and Steve Everley, spokesperson for Energy in Depth, a Washington-based advocacy group established by the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

We close out this week’s episode of Sound Bites with a recipe for the season: beet salad. Cheryl Carmona and Aliza Sollins, two urban farmers who started the Boone Street Farm in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood, share that recipe with producer Mark Gunnery.

Opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline

February 14, 2013 – Segment 2

Yesterday, nearly fifty environmental activists were arrested outside of the White House during a protest of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that would install a pipeline to transport oil from the Canadian tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico.

We talk about yesterday’s action and the protests that will be taking place all weekend with Jamie Henn, Communications Director for, and Marty CobenaisIndigenous Environmental Network pipeline campaigner, who was arrested yesterday.

One Billion Rising

February 14, 2013 – Segment 1

It’s February 14th – Valentine’s Day. An international movement is using this day to divert attention away from Hallmark cards and to the realities of women and girls worldwide. One Billion Rising, a coalition whose name comes from the statistic that one out of every three women is beaten or raped during her lifetime (amounting to one billion women and girls), is a movement demanding an end to violence against women.

We discuss the movement with:

Anti-Native American Racism in Pro Sports Team Names & Mascots

February 13, 2013 – Segment 3

Suzan Shown Harjo joins us to discuss anti-Native American racism in the names and mascots of professional sports teams. Harjo is the President of The Morning Star Institute, a nationalNative rights organization, a founder of the  National Museum of the American Indian, and a columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network.

Lea Gilmore on the Grammys

February 13, 2013 – Segment 2

We are joined by Center for Emerging Media Cultural Correspondent and blues/gospel singer Lea Gilmore for a conversation about the Grammys. We go beyond the spectacle of who wore what and focus on the artists who won Grammys but weren’t featured on the broadcast. Why were they left out? We discuss that and more with Lea Gilmore.

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

Manhunt for Christopher Dorner

February 12, 2013 – Segment 2

We cover the manhunt taking place in California, for an ex-cop that was dismissed by the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspect, Christopher Dorner, has blamed racism and corruption in the LAPD for his war against the department. Joining us are:

  • Julianne Hing, reporter and blogger for Colorlines;
  • Richard Baehr, co-founder and Chief Political Correspondent of the American Thinker;
  • Dave Lindorff, investigative reporter and author of Killing Time;
  • and Kathleen Miles, Associate Editor for HuffPostLA.

Pope Benedict XVI Resigns

February 12, 2013 – Segment 1

Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would be resigning from his duties as pope, citing a deterioration in “strength of mind and body.” He is the first Pope to resign in six centuries.

We talk about what this means for the Catholic Church and the world, and who might come next. Joining us for the conversation are:
  • Rosemary Thompson, Executive Director of the P. Francis Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace;
  • Mary Jo McConahay, a journalist, documentary filmmaker who wrote a piece for New America Media about the Pope and the developing world, and author of Maya Road: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest;
  • LaWanda Edwards, catholic churchgoer;
  • and Msgr. Stuart W. Swetland, Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Endowed Chair for Christian Ethics at St. Mary’s University.

Philosophers’ Roundtable on Eurocentric Philosophies

February 11, 2013 – Hour 2

We will examine the critique that in the U.S. we focus on Eurocentric philosophies, and will feature philosophers who are working to change that reality.

Our roundtable panel includes:

  • Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University
  • Tsenay Serequeberhan, Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Morgan State University
  • Desiree Melton, Associate Professor of Philosophy at College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

2013 State of the City Address

February 11, 2013 – Hour 1

Today Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will present her 2013 State of the City address. We kick-off the week with a round table discussion of that speech. Co-host Anthony McCarthy joins me in the studio, and the panel will feature:

  • Sheryl Wood, owner of the Wood Law Firm
  • John Bullock, Professor of Political Science at Towson University
  • Andreas Spiliadis, organic farmer, activist, and former teacher

The Future of Food and Farming

February 7, 2013 – Segment 3

On Sound Bites this week, we start by welcoming back Wenonah Hauter. She is the author of Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America, and the Executive Director of Food and Water Watch. Over the next few weeks, we will share insight from Wenonah on the issues she covers in her book.

Then, we check back in on a case we’ve covered on this program many times before, that of the Brickyard Educational Farm in Montgomery County that is still fighting for the rights to land the farm has used for decades. Sophia Maravell, Brickyard’s Education Director, and Carissa Lovelace, Campaign Director of Save This Soil, join us for that update of the Maravell family’s struggle to stay on the land.
We conclude this week on Sound Bites with a feature on pesticides and our children’s health with Dr. Lorne Garretson, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Emory University.

Amy Wilentz on Haiti

February 7, 2013 – Segment 2

The award-winning Amy Wilentz joins us to discuss her newest book, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti. Wilentz tackles the objectification of Haiti’s victimization and searches for why Haitians – in the eyes of the West – are not seen as active controllers of their own destiny.

Wilentz teaches in the Literary Journalism program at the University of California at Irvine.

Shane Bauer On Solitary Confinement

February 7, 2013 – Segment 1

We sit down with Shane Bauer, an independent journalist based in Oakland who wrote an article about solitary confinement for Mother Jones titled “Solitary in Iran Nearly Broke Me. Then I Went Inside American Prisons.”

Bauer was one of three hikers detained by Iranian authorities at the Iraq-Iran border in 2009 and held for over two years, with four months in solitary confinement.





The Move to Repeal the Death Penalty in Maryland

February 6, 2013 – Segment 3

We discuss the move to repeal the death penalty in Maryland. We’re joined by: 

  • John Bessler, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore; 
  • Jane Henderson, Executive Director of MD CASE;
  • Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly;
  • Delbert Tibbs,  poet and activist, former deathrow inmate, presently the Assistant Director of the Membership and Communications for Witness to Innocence;
  • and independent journalist Hassan Giordano.

Raising the Minimum Wage in Maryland

February 6, 2013 – Segment 2

We examine the debate over raising the minimum wage in Maryland, with: 

  • Cory McCray, labor activist and co-founder of the BEST Democratic Club and;
  • Michael Saltsman, Research Director at the Employment Policies Institute.


Confidential Justice Department Memo

February 6, 2013 – Segment 1

We begin our show with a discussion of the recent leak of a confidential Justice Department memo detailing the U.S. government’s legal rationale for the targeted killings of US citizens overseas – specifically, using drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects. Our guests are:

Scott Shane, national security reporter for The New York Times;
Marcy Wheeler, independent journalist who blogs about legal issues at, and;
Steven David, Professor of Political Science and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education at Johns Hopkins University.

February 5, 2013 – Segment 3

February 5, 2013 – Segment 3

It’s time for our regular segment with Woody Curry, Vietnam veteran and addiction counselor at The Baltimore Station. Tonight, Marc and Woody talk about the neurological basis for addiction, the brain, and more.

February 5, 2013 – Segment 2

February 5, 2013 – Segment 2

Rose Aguilar, Host of Your Call Radio at KALW in San Francisco, CA, discusses her piece in The Nation magazine about the increase in the number of older women who are homeless in San Francisco.

February 5, 2013 – Segment 1


We discuss the state of homelessness in Baltimore City and see where the city is headed to address this issue. Baltimore City Councilwoman Rikki Spector joins us to discuss the bill she proposed that would make “aggressive” panhandling illegal. We discuss the implications of this bill and Baltimore’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness with:
  • Bonnie Lane, a local activist who is part of Housing Our Neighbors (HON);
  • Kevin Lindamood, President & CEO of Health Care for the Homeless;
  • and Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless.


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.

February 4, 2013 – Segment 2

We will focus on the historic Super Bowl win of the Baltimore Ravens with:

February 4, 2013 – Segment 1

“Institutional racism” is a phrase we often hear, but one that is not often enough discussed, defined, or researched. Tonight we plan to take a look at the definition and historical roots of institutional racism, especially as they relate to today. Our panel of guests includes:

Reporting Pesticides in Maryland and What Waterkeeper/Perdue Means for the Future

Then at 6pm, it’s a new episode of Sound Bites. This week, we discuss the controversy over pesticides in our environment with the release of two reports detailing the prevalence of pesticides in the Chesapeake Bay, and a new piece of legislation going before the Maryland General Assembly that would require pesticide applicators, like farmers and pesticide sellers, to report information about them to the state. Joining us to talk about this are:

This week, we also wrap up our coverage of the Waterkeeper/Hudson Trial, in which a Baltimore judge ruled in favor of the Hudson family, the Perdue contract chicken farmers on the Eastern Shore sued by the Waterkeeper Alliance for alleged violation of the Clean Water Act.
Providing analysis of the case and what this means for the green movement in our country are Tim Wheeler, who writes the B’More Green column and reports on the environment and agriculture for The Baltimore Sun; and Patrick Parenteau, Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School and Senior Counsel at the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic.

January 31, 2013 – Hour 1

We look at the other side of Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed film that received criticism for its underdeveloped Black characters. We will explore the three Black characters featured in the film, illuminating their lives and their roles in the political struggle for freedom in America. Joining us are:

January 30, 2013 – Segment 4

Peter Dreier joins us to discuss his new book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame. Peter is the Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, and director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Department, at Occidental College in Los Angeles.



January 30, 2013 – Segment 3

We speak with Baltimore native Sheldon Candis, who directed the film Luv, which was shot in Baltimore and is currently in theaters.

January 30, 2013 – Segment 2

With their projections on how our home team Ravens will fare against the San Francisco 49ers, we will hear from:

  • Ali Danois, Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine;
  • Stan “The Fan” Charles, publisher of the The Press Box
  • Joe McCurry, the “Bay Area Duck Guy” who writes for BASG, a Bay Area sports blog, and hosts their podcast.
  • Also joining us will be Ravens tailgater Scott Dunkel.

January 30, 2013 – Segment 1

We open our show with a discussion of the Baltimore City Public Schools’ policy of offering financial incentives to teachers in order to reduce the number of out-of-school student suspensions. We’re joined by:

  • David Miller of the Urban Leadership Institute;
  • Karen Webber-Ndour, Dean of Student Support for the Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS);
  • Ejaz Baluch Jr., social studies teacher at ConneXions School for the Arts; and
  • Iris Kirsch, BCPS teacher and author of the bi-weekly column “Future Imperfect: An Education Report for Tense Times” for the Indyreader.

January 29, 2013 – Hour 2


We have a conversation with Nick Turse, author of Kill Anything That Movies: The Real American War in Vietnam. His book argues that violence against civilians was actually very common in the Vietnam War, and this tactic of war had significant consequences on veterans and Vietnamese communities.


January 29, 2013 – Hour 1


Gospel singer and Center for Emerging Media’s Cultural Editor, Lea Gilmore, joins Marc for a cultural roundup. They talk about some of their favorite music, art, and movies of late.


January 28, 2013 – Hour 2

We close out the show with a roundtable analysis of a number of other pressing issues of the day, including the death penalty debate, the trial of Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold for criminal misconduct, and a proposed minimum wage increase.


Our guests will include:

  • Marta Mossburg, columnist for the Baltimore Sun and the Frederick News-Post
  • Anthony McCarthy, political commentator and host of The Anthony McCarthy Show on WEAA
  • Matthew Crenson, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University
  • Odette Ramos, President and CEO of Strategic Management Consulting


January 28, 2013 – Hour 1

We return to the case of Anthony Anderson, Sr., an East Baltimore man who died last September in police custody after being thrown to the ground by officers. Our guests are:

  • Gregg Bernstein, Baltimore City States Attorney
  • Leon Anderson, son of Anthony Anderson Sr.
  • J. Wyndal Gordon, the attorney representing the Anderson family
  • Nakia Washington, a young woman whose boyfriend was involved in a police shooting.

Future Harvest: Farmers’ Stories of Transition

On our latest episode of Sound Bites, we bring you a recording from a panel discussion we moderated at the Future Harvest CASA (Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture) Conference this past weekend in Virginia. We talked to farmers about their stories of transition. Sharing their stories are

  • Carole Morrison of Bird’s Eye View Farm in Pocomoke City, MD;
  • Forrest Pritchard of Smith Meadows Farm in Berryville, VA; and
  • Ted Wycall, of Greenbranch Farm in Salisbury, MD.

We also hear a sneak peak of next week’s episode about pesticides and their impact on us and our children, featuring Ruth Berlin, Executive Director of the Pesticide Action Network.

January 24, 2013 – Segment 3

We talk with actor and writer Keith Snipes, and Donna L. Jacobs, Artistic Director of Full Circle Dance Company, about their collaborative work, Moving Passages 2: Dances Inspired by Writing. The performance draws from political speeches, journalism, tweets, Shakespeare, Poe, Jill Scott, and more.

January 24, 2013 – Segment 2

Members of UNITE HERE! and workers from Baltimore’s Hyatt Regency Hotel join us to talk about a case currently being heard by the National Labor Relations Board, in which NLRB lawyers say the hotel discriminated against workers involved in unionizing efforts. Guests include:

  • Tracy Lingo, an organizer with Unite Here! Local 7 in Baltimore;
  • Regena Davis, an on-call banquet server; and
  • Luke Walsh-Mellet, a convention services worker.

January 24, 2013 – Segment 1

We discuss the news that the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office said it will not press charges against police officers who were involved in the death of Anthony Anderson, who died in police custody last year. J. Wyndal Gordon, attorney for the Anderson family, joins us.


You can download the statement by Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein below.

January 23, 2013 – Hour 2

We discuss King’s legacy of nonviolent resistance. We’ll speak with Omar Barghouti, a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and author of  BDS: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights, Willa Bickham, peace activist and co-founder of the Viva House, a Catholic Worker house and soup kitchen in Baltimore, and Mark Kurlanksy, journalist, historian, and author of Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea.



January 23, 2013 – Hour 1

We speak with the director and stars of The Mountaintop. The Mountaintop is a play about the last night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, and imagines a conversation between King and a maid named Camae in the Lorraine Hotel. We’re joined by Centerstage Artistic Director and director of The Mountaintop Kwame Kwei-Armah and the play’s stars, Shawn Hamilton and Myxolydia Tyler.


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 22, 2013 – Segment 1

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States. Joining us to talk about the legacy of the decision and wrestle with the issues that surround this to this day are:

  • Meshelle, the Indie Mom of Comedy and founder of Goaldiggers The Sankofa Project;
  • Dr. Jodi Kelber-Kaye, Associate Director of the Honors College at UMBC and former faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies at UMBC;
  • Dr. Ruth Rosen, Professor Emerita of History at the University of California at Davis and author of The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America;
  • Andrea Plaid, Associate Editor and Sexual Correspondent at Racialicious, an award-winning blog about race and pop culture;
  • and Dr. Maggie Little, Director of Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics and Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Georgetown University.
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January 21, 2013 – Hour 2

We continue our special Martin Luther King Jr. Day coverage as we speak with King biographer Taylor Branch. Branch is the author of the classic trilogy on King called America in the King Years. He recently released a condensed version of the trilogy called The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement.

January 21, 2013 – Hour 1

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we discuss two of the major influences on King’s theology, Howard Thurman and Abraham Joshua Heschel. Our guests are

  • Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton, Senior Pastor at the Open Church in Baltimore and Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at the Perkins School of Theology in Dallas Texas, and
  • Dr. Edward Kaplan, Kaiserman Professor of Humanities at Brandeis University and author of Spiritual Radical: Abraham Joshua Heschel in America 1940-1972.

Status of School Lunch Reform in Baltimore

It’s a new episode of Sound Bites, a show about the future of our food system. This week, we take a look at what’s happening with school lunch reform, examining trends across the country and in Baltimore City. We talk to:

  • Janet Poppendieck, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Hunter College and author of Free For All: Fixing School Food in America;
  • Cheryl Carmona, Open Society Institute fellow who created the Greater Greenmount Trash and Recycling Campaign and co-founder of Boone Street Farm in East Baltimore;
  • Bill Struever, former school board member who started the American Community Trust;
  • Denzel Mitchell, founder and farm manager of Five Seeds Farm in Baltimore;
  • and Matthew Hornbeck, Principal at Hampstead Hill Academy.


January 17, 2013 – Hour 1

We discuss the state’s decision to remove funding for the proposed youth detention facility in Baltimore City. Our guests include:

  • Delegate Jill P. Carter of Maryland’s 41st District in Baltimore City;
  • Delegate Mary Washington of Maryland’s 43rd District in Baltimore City;
  • Rev. Heber Brown III, Pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church;
  • Angela Johnese, Juvenile Justice Director at Advocates for Children and Youth;
  • Sam Abed, Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Services;
  • Adam Jackson, CEO, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle;
  • and Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.


January 16, 2013 – Segment 3

Syreeta Hubbard, publisher of the blogs and, and Dean Bartoli Smith, who writes about sports for The Baltimore Brew, join us to discuss the Ravens in the lead up to their AFC championship game this weekend against the New England Patriots.

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.

January 16, 2013 – Segment 1

We explore the history of guns and gun control with Carole Emberton, assistant professor of History at the University of Buffalo and author of Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence and the American South after the Civil War, and Paul Barrett, author of Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun.

January 15, 2013 – Hour 2


We sit down with Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein and Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts. We take your questions and hear their plans for the city.


January 15, 2013 – Hour 1


We look at the battle brewing in the Maryland State Legislature over allowing Baltimore to float a $2.4 billion bond for school construction. To discuss the proposal and the controversy surrounding it, we speak to:
  • Bebe Verdery, Director of Education Reform for ACLU Maryland;
  • Hassan Giordano, columnist for the Baltimore Independent Examiner;
  • Michael Sarbanes, Executive Director, Baltimore City Public Schools’ Office of Engagement;
  • and George Liebmann, Volunteer Executive Director of the Baltimore-based Calvert Institute for Policy Research.


January 14, 2013 – Segment 3

We will reflect on the fact that 2012 was the hottest year on record and examine the broader issue of climate change. Joining us for this conversation are:

  • Daphne Wysham, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and founder and co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN),
  • National campaign coordinator for the Chesapeake Climate Action  Network Ted Glick.

January 14, 2013 – Segment 2

We turn to Mali, in the wake of France’s air campaign against Malian rebels over the weekend. You will hear in-depth commentary and analysis from:

  • Veteran journalist Sunni Khalid
  • Abayomi Azikiwe , Editor of the Pan African News Wire; and
  • Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang, professor and chairman of the African-American Studies Department at Howard University.

January 14, 2013 – Segment 1

We will take a look at the 2013 Maryland Legislative Session. Lawmakers will grapple with some hot topics this session, including gun control and whether to repeal the death penalty. Our panel of guests includes:

  • Cory McCray, co-founder of the BEST Democratic Club
  • Laura Hussey, assistant professor of Political Science at University of Maryland-Baltimore County
  • Jon Cardin, Delegate for Maryland’s 11th Legislative District in Baltimore County
  • E.J. Pipkin, Minority Leader in the Maryland State Senate.

2012 Year In Review & Brickyard Educational Farm

This week on the latest edition of Sound Bites we take a look back at the biggest food, agriculture, and environmental stories of 2012, with Mother Jones blogger Tom Philpott and commentator Tom Horton.


We also check in with Sophia Maravell about her family’s struggle to keep their organic seed-saving operation and educational farm in Montgomery County, the Brickyard Educational Farm.


January 10, 2013 – Hour 1

Tonight we talk with a group of this year’s Open Society Institute Fellows about their projects and their visions for the future of Baltimore. You will hear from:

  • Bashi Rose, who established a program to give African American male high school students and incarcerated adults an opportunity to use theatre and film as tools to navigate conflict without resorting to violence;
  • Pascha Lee, who created a project to build long-term mentoring relationships to support the academic and behavioral needs of middle school girls;
  • Harold Bailey, who is working to provide peer-to-peer counseling, social counseling workshops and employment preparation services for formerly incarcerated males; and
  • Cheryl Carmona, who is educating residents in the community about proper waste disposal and recycling practices, to protect urban waterways and reduce health hazards.

January 9, 2013 – Hour 2

In part two of our special two-hour broadcast from the 10th annual Annapolis Summit, we hear from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley about issues affecting our state in the upcoming year, from the proposed youth jail in Baltimore to statewide gun control.

January 9, 2013 – Hour 1

In part one of our special two-hour broadcast from the 10th annual Annapolis Summit, we hear from Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch about issues affecting our state in the upcoming year, from juvenile justice to transportation.

January 8, 2013 – Segment 4

It’s time for some football! The Ravens are back in the playoffs! We will check in with Ali Danois, Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine, and Syreeta Hubbard, publisher of the blogs and, about the Ravens’ season, their chances of advancing to the Super Bowl, and the final games of the legendary Ray Lewis.


January 8, 2013 – Segment 3

Centered in Canada, Idle No More is a movement wherein First Nations people and their supporters are protesting against the Harper government on behalf of indigenous rights. You will hear our interviews with Clayton Thomas-Muller of the Indigenous Environmental Network and Idle No More organizer and co-founder Sylvia McAdam.


January 8, 2013 – Segment 2

Today on the Marc Steiner Show, we will spend the first hour talking about rape and the fight for women’s rights, from India to Ohio.


We turn to the shocking story that emerged recently from Steubenville, Ohio, where high school football players and their friends live tweeted the rape of a sixteen-year-old girl. Recently a Youtube video has emerged in which some of the young men are joking about the act as it was occurring. Our guests are:

  • Allison Kilkenny, co-host of Citizen Radio and contributing reporter for The Nation;
  • Winston Ross, national correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast;
  • and Jess Myers, Director of the Women’s Center at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

January 8, 2013 – Segment 1

Today on the Marc Steiner Show, we will spend the first hour talking about rape and the fight for women’s rights, from India to Ohio.


We begin with a discussion of the gang rape – and subsequent death – of a young woman in New Delhi, India, which sparked nation-wide protests. Our guests will be: Elora Halim Chowdhury, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston’s College of Liberal Arts; and Amana Fontanella-Khan, a writer whose work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Financial Times,, Slate Magazine, and Double XSlate‘s women’s blog.


January 7, 2013 – Hour 2

Is Tarantino’s Django Unchained racist? Does Spielberg’s Lincoln invent history? We tackle race, history, and representation in film with:

January 7, 2013 – Hour 1

Baltimore’s 2012 year-end homicide count was 217. We remember the lives lost and imagine how to make a different Baltimore in 2013. We are joined by:


January 2, 2013 – Hour 2

We look back at the year in politics and focus on the fiscal cliff debate. Our guests are

  • Kimberly Moffitt, Assistant Professor of American Studies at UMBC;
  • Bob Somerby, editor of the Daily Howler;
  • Richard Vatz, professor in the Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies at Towson University;
  • Lenny McAllister, conservative media personality, public speaker and writer, and
  • Cheri Honkala, co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and former vice presidential candidate for the Green Party.

Waterkeeper/Perdue Verdict Reached

The Waterkeeper/Perdue-Hudson Trial in Federal Court came to a conclusion last week and we spoke with key participants in the case as soon the verdict was rendered.

We have been covering the trial since the beginning of the suit and have heard over the last two years from all the parties involved. If the verdict had gone the other way it would have set a national precedent and affected the heart of large CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations).

We spoke with:

  • Tim Wheeler who writes the B’More Green column and reports on the environment and agriculture for The Baltimore Sun;
  • Perdue spokesperson Julie DeYoung;
  • Scott Edwards, co-director of Food and Water Justice Project at Food and Water Watch who worked for the Waterkeeper Alliance for 11 years;
  • George Ritchie, lawyer with Gordon Feinblatt who was the attorney for the Hudson family;
  • and Kathy Phillips, theAssateague Coastkeeper who brought the case against Perdue and the Hudson Family.

January 3, 2013 – Hour 1

We speak to an East Baltimore resident and cosmetologist, Kenni Shaw, who was beaten on Christmas. Shaw says this attack was a hate crime and that he was targeted because of his sexuality.


We are also joined by Rev. Kinji Scott, blogger and founder of My Father’s House of Baltimore City; Rev. Anthony McCarthy, host of The Anthony McCarthy Show; Dr. Rev. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church; and Jeffrey McCune, assistant professor in the Department of American Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland College Park, and faculty affiliate in the Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual and Transgender Studies program at College Park.


At the end of the hour, we hear the 217 names of those killed in Baltimore in 2012.

January 2, 2013 – Hour 1

We speak with religious, ethical, and philosophical thinkers about violence in our country. Why is violence so omnipresent in our daily lives? Is the United States an exceptionally violent nation? What does it mean to create a more humane and just society?  Can it be done?  And how do we do it here? Our guests include

  • Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton, Senior Pastor at the Open Church in Baltimore and Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas;
  • Brendan Walsh, a former priest who helps run Viva House, a Catholic Worker soup kitchen;
  • E.R. Shipp,  Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University, and
  • Latonia Valincia, playwright, director, author and motivational speaker.

January 1, 2013 – Segment 3

In this segment, we discuss the dirt bike riders in Baltimore. We speak
with Lotfy Nathan, Director and Producer of Twelve O’Clock In Baltimore,
an upcoming documentary about dirt bike riding in Baltimore, and dirt bike riders Sconey and Hoon.

January 1, 2013 – Segment 2

Theresa Runstedtler, author of the new book Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner, joins us for an exploration of the life of the first African American World Heavyweight Champion of boxing, Jack Johnson.

January 1, 2013 – Segment 1

We begin our show with a look at the controversial new biopic “Nina,” about the High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone. The film has been criticized in part because of the selection of actress Zoe Saldana to play the title role.


Our guests will be: Akiba Solomon, Editor for Colorlines; and Roz Cauthen, local playwright and Education Coordinator for CenterStage.

December 31, 2012 – Hour 2

We’ll keep the New Year’s party going with Guillermo Brown, host of WEAA’s Fiesta Musical, with Latin songs about the New Year and celebration.

December 31, 2012 – Hour 1

Keith Covington, former owner of the New Haven Lounge, brings us into 2013 with great conversation and some of the best traditional and contemporary jazz music, from Johnny Hartman to Wynton Marsalis.

December 27, 2012 – Hour 2

Florida, host of WEAA’s Strictly Hip Hop, visits our studio for a departure from traditional holiday music. We hear hip hop related to the season.

December 27, 2012 – Hour 1

We’re joined by the Director of Morgan State University’s Choir, Eric Conway for music that embodies the holiday season.

December 26, 2012 – Hour 2

We’ll hear crooners, jazz standards, and even a little Cee Lo Green when Milton Dugger, musician and president of Gumption Records, shares some of his favorite holiday music with us.

December 26, 2012 – Hour 1

Happy Boxing Day! We continue our holiday music series with Tom Hall, Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

December 24, 2012 – Hour 2

From John Lee Hooker to Whitney Houston, blues and gospel artist Lea Gilmore shares some great holiday sounds of soul.

December 24, 2012 – Hour 1

Conductor Ed Polochick joins us for some good conversation and to share some of his favorite Christmas choral and classical music.

Model Food Hub: Red Tomato

This week on Sound Bites, we speak with members of Red Tomato. Red Tomato is a non-profit food hub that connects wholesale growers to supermarkets and other retailers located in the Northeast. They coordinate marketing, sales, and logistics for over 40 family farms and have been active for around 16 years. We talk to:

  • Director of Operations Angel Mendez,
  • Director of Resource Development Laura Edwards-Orr,
  • and Executive Director and Founder Michael Rozyne.


Listen to the podcast here.

December 20, 2012 – Hour 1

We remember those who lost their lives on the streets of Baltimore this year due to homelessness. In honor of Homeless Person’s Memorial Day, I will read more than 100 names of people who died from homelessness this year and have a conversation with:

  • Kevin Lindamood, President and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless;
  • Rev. Dennis Dorsch, retired United Methodist minister who started several outreach and service ministries for people experiencing homelessness;
  • Bonnie Lane, local activist who has firsthand experience of homelessness and member of B’More Housing for All;
  • and Damien Haussling, who is currently without housing and an active member of B’More Housing for All, the “Faces of Homelessness” Speakers’ Bureau, and Word on the Street.

December 19, 2012 – Hour 2

Every year since 1996, the folk ensemble Helicon have joined us to share seasonal music from around the world. They join us once again in the lead up to their 27th annual solstice concert, hapening this Saturday at Goucher College. Band members Ken Kolodner, Robin Bullock, and Chris Norman play for us in studio.

December 19, 2012 – Hour 1

We start the show with a wide-ranging roundtable conversation on current events and some of the biggest news stories of the year. We’ll be joined by

  • Hassan Giordano, who writes the Baltimore Independent Examiner blog;
  • Anne McCarthy, Dean of the Business School at Hamline University;
  • Tom Schaller, Professor of Political Science at UMBC and a weekly columnist for the Baltimore Sun, and
  • Cory McCray, labor leader and co-founder of the BEST Democratic Club.

December 18, 2012 – Segment 3


We talk children’s books in time for the holiday season. We are joined by:
  • Deborah Taylor, School and Student Services Coordinator for the Enoch Pratt Free Library;
  • Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz, writer, lecturer, and scholar who currently holds the Honors College Professorship of Visual Arts at UMBC, author of Illuminated Childhood, and book reviewer for The New Republic;
  • and JoAnn Fruchtman, owner of The Children’s Bookstore in Roland Park.


December 18, 2012 – Segment 2


We get an update on F. James MacArthur, local Baltimore Spectator blogger who was taken into police custody after a standoff with police that he broadcast live through his website and Twitter.
We hear from MacArthur’s sister, Jean Arthur, and his colleague, Alan Forman, managing editor of the Both have not been able to to visit him in jail since he was detained in the beginning of December.



December 18, 2012 – Segment 1

Picking up where yesterday’s two hour special on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting left off, we have a conversation around race and gender in both Friday’s tragedy and other instances of mass violence in America.

Our guests are Michael Kimmel, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Stony Brook University in New York, founder and editor of the academic journal Men and Masculinities, and spokesperson of The National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS); and Edward Wyckoff Williams, contributing editor at The Root and political analyst who has appeared on Al Jazeera, MSNBC, and CBS.



December 17, 2012 – Hour 2

We take a look at mental health in America, examining violence, mental illness, and effective treatment strategies. We are joined by co-host Anthony McCarthy and:

  • Dr. Catherine Bradshaw, associate professor and Deputy Director of the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health;
  • Dr. Grady Dale, clinical psychologist and co-founder of American Institute for Urban Psychological Services;
  • Dr. Rhonda Wells-Wilbon, Chair of the Department of Social Work at Morgan State University.


December 17, 2012 – Hour 1

We discuss violence and gun policy in America with co-host Anthony McCarthy. Our guests include:

  • Dr. Randolph Roth, professor of History at Ohio State University, and author of American Homicide;
  • Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research;
  • Mark Follman, senior editor at Mother Jones, former editor of Salon, and co-founder of MediaBugs.

Mapping Food in Maryland & African-Americans and Poultry on the Eastern Shore

We turn to our weekly exploration of the future of our food system, Sound Bites. This week on the show, we hear about the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future’s Food Mapping project from project manger Amanda Behrens and data specialist Julia Simons. Their map is a visual and comprehensive overview of the food system and all of its components.

Later in the hour, we continue our Sound Bites episode with the role of African-Americans in the creation of the Eastern Shore poultry industry. Dr. Solomon Iyobosa Omo-Osagie II, Professor of Political Science at Baltimore City Community College, joins us to discuss his book, Commercial Poultry Production on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore: The Role of African Americans, 1930s to 1990s.

December 13, 2012 – Hour 1


It’s another episode of Beyond the Spin. We start by exploring the issue of racist sport team mascots, specifically those that use stereotypes of Native Americans. Our incredible roundtable includes:
  • Suzan Shown Harjo, (Cheyenne & Hodulgee) President of The Morning Star Institute, a national Native rights organization, columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network, and past Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians;
  • Mark Trahant, an independent print and media journalist;
  • Ellen Staurowsky, Professor in the Department of Sports Management at the Goodwin School of Professional Studies at Drexel University;
  • and Marge Kalama, host of the show TalkingDrum and Our People and Mother Earth on KWSO in Warm Springs, OR.
Then, we hear from economic justice contributor for Colorlines, Imara Jones. Jones joins us to discuss an article he wrote that argues that the United States is in financial dire straits because the poor, through skewed values in the US tax code, actually underwrite the wealth of the rich.


December 12, 2012 – Segment 3

We speak with Damien Echols, who was part of the West Memphis Three. This group of three young men was falsely accused of the murders of three young boys in Arkansas in 1993. They were tried and convicted in 1994; Damien Echols was sentenced to death. After a new trial was called, all three men were released in 2011. We speak to Echols about his book, Life After Death.

December 12, 2012 – Segment 2

We discuss a report that came out last month showing that where you live in Baltimore correlates to your health outcome in life. In some cases, life expectancy differences between neighborhoods in Baltimore amounted to 30 years. We discuss the Baltimore City’s Community Health Equity Report released by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Equity Matters, Inc., titled “Place Matters for Health in Baltimore: Ensuring Opportunities for Good Health for All” with

  • Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer, President, and Co-Founder of Equity Matters, Inc. and Chair of the Baltimore Place Matters Collaborative for Health Equity; and 
  • Adrienne Starks, Chief Operating Officer of Equity Matters, Inc. and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

December 12, 2012 – Segment 1

We take a look at the newly released Baltimore City school system’s 10 year plan, which would close some schools and renovate others over the next decade to deal with infrastructural problems. Joining us to discuss the plan and some of the controversy surrounding it are:

  • Erica Green, education reporter with The Baltimore Sun;
  • Michael Sarbanes, Executive Director of the Office of Engagement for Baltimore City Public Schools and a major architect of the plan; 
  • Arica Gonzalez, parent at Gwynns Falls Elementary; 
  • Jimmy Stuart, co-chair of the Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC) and organizer with Child First Authority; and 
  • Michael Eugene Johnson, community leader who attended Northwestern High School, which is one of the schools slated for closing under this plan.