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.
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 (www.DCsoulrecordings.com), 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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 350.org, and Marty Cobenais, Indigenous Environmental Network pipeline campaigner, who was arrested yesterday.
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:
Jacq Jones, owner of Sugar and sex educator;
Andrea Plaid, Associate Editor at Racialicious, an award-winning blog about race and popular culture;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 emptywheel.net, and; Steven David, Professor of Political Science and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education at Johns Hopkins University.
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.
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.
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;
“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:
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Syreeta Hubbard, publisher of the blogs GridIronGals.com and TheNFLChick.com, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 TheNFLChick.com and GridIronGals.com, about the Ravens’ season, their chances of advancing to the Super Bowl, and the final games of the legendary Ray Lewis.
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.
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.
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 Times, The Financial Times, WSJ.com, Slate Magazine, and Double X, Slate‘s women’s blog.
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 Greencolumn and reports on the environment and agriculture for The Baltimore Sun;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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;
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 VoiceOfBaltimore.org. Both have not been able to to visit him in jail since he was detained in the beginning of December.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Larry Gibson, law professor from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and noted political strategist will discuss his book Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme CourtJustice. Gibson’s book focuses on the early life of the civil rights icon.
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