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Urbanite Magazine Special Edition: Truth, Reconciliation & Baltimore

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We host a panel of contributing writers to a special edition of the local publication, Urbanite Magazine’s Baltimore Uprising Edition, with Lawrence Lanahan, freelance journalist; Dave Duddley, co-Editor of the Urbanite; Dr. Helena Hicks, retired state employee and college professor; and Olu Butterfly of www.thisflywomanswork.com, homeschooling vegetarian “artrepreneur,” poet, and part of Afrikan Youth Alchemy, Dew More Baltimore, and Organic Soul.


The Color Line: Living On A Diverse Baltimore Block

EastBaltimoreStNovember 26, 2013 – Hour 1

We discuss what it means to live on a diverse block in a city that’s still very divided along racial lines, as we follow-up on an article that Joan Jacobson wrote in the Urbanite magazine “The Color Line,” and talk with residents who have made their homes on a diverse block on East Baltimore Street in the Patterson Park neighborhood. Our guests include: Adam Stab, an artist, and a resident of East Baltimore Street since his adolescence; and Ed Rutkowski, Executive Director of the Patterson Park Public Charter School and co-founder of the Patterson Park Community Development Corporation.

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September 18, 2012 – Segment 1

We will discuss the issue of truancy and prevention programs in Baltimore City with

  • Anthony “Bubba” Green, the former Baltimore Colts lineman who is currently a staff member at theUniversity of Baltimore’s Truancy Court Program,
  • Dr. BarneyWilson, principal of Reginald F. Lewis High School,
  • and Anthony Knox, Dean of Students at Reginald F. Lewis High School and
  • Robert Sawyer Jr., a middle school student with an outstanding truancy record.

September 12, 2012 – Segment 1

Former Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Peter Beilenson joins us in studio for the latest of our Urbanite Radio Stories!

 

Peter will be discussing the new book that he co-authored with former Baltimore Sun reporter Patrick A. McGuire, Tapping into the Wire: The Real Urban Crisis. The book, which includes an interview with The Wire creator David Simon, examines urban policy and public health issues affecting cities across the nation.


August 15, 2012 – Segment 1

We discuss the Maryland Dream Act, which would authorize in-state tuition benefits at local community colleges for qualifying children of undocumented immigrants.

Our guests will include Zeke Berzoff-Cohen, Takira White, and Breonna Rogers from The Intersection, a program that organizes and trains youth around social and political issues, and two young people, Diego and Kevin, affiliated with Casa de Maryland, an immigrant rights organization.

 


July 26, 2012 – Hour 2

For someone born in 1879, Margaret Sanger has been making a lot of headlines recently.  As a pioneer of the movement to make birth control legal and accessible, and the founder of the organization that became Planned Parenthood, Sanger’s work has been thrust into the limelight as the modern fight over birth control and abortion access heats up.  In this Urbanite Radio Story, we speak with Goucher College Professor Jean Baker, author of the new book Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion. Dr. Baker joins us to discuss Sanger’s life and legacy, and why her work remains so relevant today.

July 17, 2012 – Segment 3

Join us for an Urbanite Radio story with Dario DiBattista, an Iraq War Veteran and author of the memoir Go Now, You Are Forgiven.

You can read Rafael Alvarez’s profile of Dario in Urbanite Magazine.


June 21, 2012 – Segment 2

This week on Sound Bites on Delmarva, we listen back to a panel discussion held earlier this month at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in partnership with Urbanite Magazine about the film Food Stamped,” a documentary about nutrition educator Shira Potash and her filmmaker husband Yoav Potash attempting to eat on the average budget of food stamp recipients—one dollar per meal. First, you’ll hear a clip from the film, followed by a panel discussion with Ann Palmer, director of Eating for the Future program at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Laura Fox, co-coordinator of the Baltimore City Virtual Supermarket, and Laura Flam, who is a nutrition associate at Maryland Hunger Solutions.


June 20, 2012 – Segment 1

Today on the Steiner show, we’re featuring one of our Urbanite Radio Stories. Tonight we are talking electric cars with Jill Sorenson, Director of the Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative (BEVI); and Mahi Reddy, Founder and CEO OF SEMACONNECT.

Read more about this Urbanite story here.


June 13, 2012 – Segment 2

She’s an author, an actress, a comedienne and a director. Rain Pryor joins us for a conversation about her newest project, the play Well, currently showing at the Strand Theater. Well can be seen at the Strand Theater from June 1- 16, 2012.

Read more about Rain Pryor and the play in an Urbanite article here.


May 23, 2012 – Segment 1

Join us for an Urbanite Radio story about efforts to bring the sport of lacrosse back to inner-city Baltimore.

We’re joined by:

Lloyd Carter, co-founder of Blax Lax

Doug Gansler, Maryland Attorney General and founder of Charm City Youth Lacrosse

Dr. Miles Harrison, Jr., a practicing surgeon, original member of the Morgan State Bears lacrosse team, and co-author of the book Ten Bears, about the history of lacrosse at Morgan

Read Jeff Sidel’s story Chasing a Goal in this month’s issue of Urbanite Magazine.


May 15, 2012 – Segment 3

Join us for an Urbanite Radio story with Dario DiBattista, an Iraq War Veteran and author of the memoir Go Now, You Are Forgiven.

You can read Rafael Alvarez’s profile of Dario in this month’s Urbanite Magazine.


May 7, 2012 – Segment 2

Join us for a conversation on Baltimore’s film industry with filmmaker Matt Porterfield, whose critically acclaimed works Hamilton and Putty Hill have impacted Baltimore’s reputation as a center for independent cinema.

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April 26, 2012 – Hour 1

Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah joins us to discuss the 50th anniversary season at Center Stage, and the burgeoning Baltimore theater scene.

You can read Karen Houppert’s profile of Kwame in this month’s issue of Urbanite Magazine.


April 25, 2012 – Segment 1

Join us for an Urbanite Radio Story about the future of development in Maryland.  Should the state take action to curb suburban sprawl? Rich Hall, Maryland’s director of planning, Gerald Winegrad, a professor of public policy at University of Maryland, and Leslie Knapp Jr., Associate Director of Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) discuss housing, transportation, and energy concerns.

You can read McKay Jenkins’ article, “The Era of Suburban Sprawl Has to End,” in this month’s Urbanite Magazine.


April 11, 2012 – Segment 4

Angela Smith Project Director of Center for a Livable Future’s Baltimore Food and Faith Project, Kellie Vaughan-James from Ark Church and Christian Metzger from the Franciscan Center of Baltimore join us to discuss their activism and work in bringing fresh foods to food deserts.


April 10, 2012 – Segment 1

Last night for the first time since 1992, the legislative session ended without agreement on a budget for the next fiscal year.  A “doomsday budget” will go into effect, slashing state programs, unless Governor Martin O’Malley calls a special session and lawmakers are able to pass a budget.  We’re joined by four lawmakers to discuss the session, and the next steps in the budgeting process.
Our panel is:
Mary Washington, Delegate from District 43 in Baltimore
Shawn Tarrant, Delegate from District 40 in Baltimore
Tom Hucker, Delegate from District 20 in Montgomery County
Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Delegate from District 37B, in Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot & Wicomico Counties

April 3, 2012 – Segment 3

This week on the show, we’ll speak with three farmers who work small parcels of land in Baltimore County. Becky and Jack Gurly operate Calvert’s Gift Farm in Sparks, MD, where they grow organic vegetables on 5 acres. They also help run a training program for new farmers. They joined us along with Denzel Mitchell, one of their trainees, to discuss the importance of increasing the number of small farmers, to share what it’s like to run a small farm today, and to discuss how they came to the approach to farming that they’ve chosen. Then, join us for a tour of a new shrimp farm that’s being built in an old warehouse in the heart of Baltimore. We’re joined by Peter May, an estuarine ecologist, and Bryon Salladin, an arborist.


March 28, 2012 – Hour 2

For someone born in 1879, Margaret Sanger has been making a lot of headlines recently.  As a pioneer of the movement to make birth control legal and accessible, and the founder of the organization that became Planned Parenthood, Sanger’s work has been thrust into the limelight as the modern fight over birth control and abortion access heats up.  In this Urbanite Radio Story, we speak with Goucher College Professor Jean Baker, author of the new book Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion.  Dr. Baker joins us to discuss Sanger’s life and legacy, and why her work remains so relevant today.

July 31, 2012 – Hour 2

This week on the show, we’ll speak with three farmers who work small parcels of land in Baltimore County. Becky and Jack Gurly operate Calvert’s Gift Farm in Sparks, MD, where they grow organic vegetables on 5 acres. They also help run a training program for new farmers. They joined us along with Denzel Mitchell, one of their trainees, to discuss the importance of increasing the number of small farmers, to share what it’s like to run a small farm today, and to discuss how they came to the approach to farming that they’ve chosen. Then, join us for a tour of a new shrimp farm that’s being built in an old warehouse in the heart of Baltimore. We’re joined by Peter May, an estuarine ecologist, and Bryon Salladin, an arborist.


March 14, 2012 – Hour 1

Gardnel Carter served almost 20 years in prison for attempted murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. Today, he works with Safe Streets East as a mediator to reduce violence in Baltimore. Lester Spence is an assistant professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and co-founder of the Baltimore Mixtape Project. John Long has been restoring the environment of historic Bread and Cheese Creek in Dundalk.

 

This hour, we discuss working for change with these activists, all recognized as change makers in this month’s issue of Urbanite Magazine. Read more here.


March 6, 2012 – Hour 1

Today we asses the threat of military action against Iran.  We’re joined by: Reza Marashi, Research Director for the National Iranian American Council, and Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and former Pentagon Official .


March 1, 2012 – Segment 1

Food deserts, areas where residents do not have easy access to fresh, healthy, affordable food, are a problem in many places, from cities to rural areas. First we’ll hear from Joyce Smith, Executive Director of Operation Reach Out Southwest. Joyce is a longtime community activist who has dedicated her life to ensuring that her neighbors in Southwest Baltimore are educated about healthy food choices, and have access to affordable, delicious, healthy options. Then Rebecca Messner, Assistant Editor of Urbanite Magazine, joins us to talk about the Urbanite Project, a search for the most creative solution to the problem of food deserts. Finally, our correspondent Tom Horton takes us inside the mind and motivations of that familiar Chesapeake creature, the jellyfish.


February 28, 2012 – Hour 1

Join us for an Urbanite Radio Story as we explore the place of empathy in daily life.  Martha Thomas takes a look at the subject in her article Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes in this month’s issue of Urbanite, and we’re joined in the studio by two Baltimore residents who make teaching empathy the core of their work.

Selwyn Ray is Vice President of Community Engagement and Partnership for Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Maryland Mentoring Partnership
Lauren Abramson is Executive Director of the Community Conferencing Center

February 9, 2012 – Hour 1

This hour we’re joined by acclaimed poet Afaa Michael Weaver to discuss his work and unusual path in life, which has taken him from an East Baltimore childhood, to working in a Baltimore factory, to his current position as an English professor at Simmons College in New England, where he is a scholar of Chinese poetry.


January 31, 2012 – Hour 2

Join us for another Urbanite Radio Story.  Today we’re joined by three young chefs who are redefining the food we eat in Baltimore.
Jesse Sandlin is Sous Chef at Pazo and a former “Top Chef” contestant.
Damion Mosley is the Chef-Owner of Blacksauce Kitchen.
Joe Edwardsen is the Chef-Owner of Joe Squared.
Click here to read Martha Thomas’ article from Urbanite Magazine “The Young and the Restless: Baltimore’s New Guard of All-Star Chefs.”

January 26, 2012 – Segment 3

Join us for a conversation on the labor movement with President of the United Steelworkers, Leo Gerard.  To read another interview with Leo Gerard, click here for the keynote in the January issue of Urbanite magazine.


January 17, 2012 – Hour 2

Many Baltimore residents commute to DC for work, but would it benefit Baltimore to strive for a bigger slice of DC’s recession-proof pie?  Should Baltimore lobby for more federal jobs to be located here?

David Dudley discusses his article “Our Better Half,” joined by journalist, Dante Chinni and Professor Glenn Robinson of Morgan State University.


December 19, 2011 – Segment 1

De’Von Brown is known to many in Baltimore and around the world as one of the Baltimore children featured in the Boys of Baraka documentary.  After going through the ups and downs documented in the film, De’Von ended up at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he is studying to become a filmmaker himself.  De’Von is also working hard to make positive change in his hometown. Though only 21 years old, he ran for City Council in this fall’s election.  He lost, but he joins us to discuss the issues that drove him to become involved in politics and his vision for Baltimore.

Read more about De’Von Brown in Michael Corbin’s article from Urbanite Magazine.


December 12, 2011 – Segment 2

Join us for an Urbanite Radio Story.  This week we’re discussing the growing Hispanic community in Baltimore, and Lucy Hood’s article El Nuevo Baltimore, out in the December issue of Urbanite Magazine.
Joining us are:
Nicolas H. Ramos, Co-Owner of Arcos Restaurant, Baltimore City Hispanic Commission Chairman, President of the Hispanic Business Association of Baltimore, Maryland Mexican Association/ President/Vice President, and Member of the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Tania Ramos, Co-Owner of Arcos Restaurant
Jessy P. Mejia, Member of the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs, Policy Analyst Office of County Councilmember Marc Elrich, Member of the Latino Health Initiative’s Latino Health Professionals Workgroup

December 5, 2011 – Segment 1

In today’s increasingly globalized economy, money that you spend here in Baltimore can be halfway across the world in the blink of an eye.  Today we’ll check in with the founders of the BNote, a currency just for local Baltimore businesses, more than six months after the notes went into circulation.

We’re joined today by Jeff Dicken, Executive Director of the Baltimore Green Currency Association and Jerry Raitzyk, who works with the Green Currency Association.

You can read about the Bnote in Martha Thomas’s article “The Buck Stops Here” in this month’s issue of Urbanite Magazine.


November 30, 2011 – Segment 3

Journalist and Historian Catherine Tumber joins us to discuss her new book, Small, Gritty, and Green, which is about the surprising ways that small industrial cities might be our best hope for a sustainable future.  Tumber is a Research Affiliate in the Community Innovators Lab in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.


November 22, 2011 – Segment 1

Join us for an Urbanite Radio Story as we discuss how research into the human genome is changing medicine, science, and our communities right here in Baltimore.  Joining us are:

Dr Alan Shuldiner, Director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Program in Genomics and Personalized Medicine
Brian Masters, Professor in the department of biology at Towson University

You can reach Ron Cassie’s article “Med School Redux” in this month’s issues of Urbanite Magazine.

November 14, 2011 – Hour 2

Join us for an Urbanite Radio Story about the challenges facing those who leave prison and seek to reenter their communities.  Joining us are:
Brother Bey, Founder and President of the Fraternal Order of Ex-Offenders
Adam Schneider, Coordinator of Community Relations at Health Care for the Homeless
Melissa Broome, Senior Policy Advocate at the Job Opportunities Task Force
Imam Earl El-Amin, Resident Imam at the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore

You can read Michael Corbin’s article On the Outside in November’s Urbanite Magazine.


October 25, 2011 – Segment 2

How can Red Line construction proceed without disrupting Baltimore communities?  This year’s Urbanite Project hoped to answer that question by offering a $10,000 prize for the best community-oriented addition to construction sites.  The winner, London-based architect Michael Jack, proposed a photo project that pairs communities from across the Red Line, emphasizing the connections that the line will create.
Joining us to discuss the projects are:
Michael Jack, independent architect and winner of the 2011 Urbanite Project
Tracy Ward, Publisher of Urbanite Baltimore
Henry Kay, Executive Director for Transit Development at the MTA


October 13, 2011 – Hour 2

Ahoy mateys!  Today on the show we bring you a tour of the USS Constellation, an 18th century sailing ship built right here in Maryland.  It’s now a floating museum, docked in the Inner Harbor.  Chris Rowsom is Director of Historic Ships for Baltimore, and he took us aboard to talk about the ship’s history, its construction, and why it’s so important to preserve the Constellation.

You can read more about The Constellation in Charles Cohen’s article in this month’s Urbanite Magazine.


October 10, 2011 – Hour 1

If you live in Baltimore, you’ve seen groups of dirt bikers weaving through traffic, doing wheelies through the city streets.  While riding dirt bikes in the city has been outlawed, one youth advocate sees them as a vital way of reaching young people and channeling their energy into positive outlets.  Munir Bahar joins us to discuss creative ways of reaching out to young people throughout the city, and more.

Click here to read more about Munir Bahar and Baltimore dirt bike culture, plus some great photos by Holden Warren, in Urbanite magazine.


September 28, 2011 – Segment 2

Join us for this Urbanite Radio Story.  Dr. Alexander “Sandro” Sulakvelidze joins us to discuss phages, which are viruses that attack germs but leave non-threatening bacteria alone.  Commonly used in the Soviet Union, phages never gained traction in the US, and Dr. Sulakvelidze is hoping that his research could make phages viable treatment for infections in modern hospitals.
You can read Healing Waters, David Richardson’s article about phages, in this month’s Urbanite Magazine.

September 19, 2011 – Segment 1

We’re joined by Shawna Murray, Deverick Murray, and Dayvon Love from Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle to discuss their ideas for reforming education and increasing community power in Baltimore.  Don’t miss Michael Corbin’s profile of LBS in this month’s Urbanite Magazine.


September 12, 2011 – Segment 3

Happy Defenders Day!  No, it’s not a holiday celebrating the admirable performance of Terrell Suggs in yesterday’s Ravens game.  It’s the anniversary of the day in 1914 that American forces turned back the British from Baltimore, during the War of 1812.  Maryland is the only state where Defenders Day is an official holiday, and local comedian Jim Meyer joins us to discuss his article “Mad Dogs & Britons!: In search of the roots of Defenders Day … and a cold beer in Edgemere,” which appeared in the August issue of Urbanite Magazine.

September 8, 2011 – Segment 2

For this Urbanite Radio Story we’re joined by John Marsh, Assistant Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University  and author of the new book Class Dismissed: Why We Cannot Teach or Learn Our Way Out of Inequality. He joins us to discuss why he believes that education alone can’t help lift people out of poverty.  To read the story in Urbanite Magazine, click here.


August 23, 2011 – Hour 2

If you live in Baltimore, you’ve seen groups of dirt bikers weaving through traffic, doing wheelies through the city streets.  While riding dirt bikes in the city has been outlawed, one youth advocate sees them as a vital way of reaching young people and channeling their energy into positive outlets.  Munir Bahar joins us to discuss creative ways of reaching out to young people throughout the city, and more.

Click here to read more about Munir Bahar and Baltimore dirt bike culture, plus some great photos by Holden Warren, in this month’s issue of Urbanite magazine


August 17, 2011 – Segment 3

Join us for an Urbanite Radio story, based on Michael Corbin’s piece The Ultimate Punishment, which asks why Maryland’s death penalty remains in legal limbo.

Kirk Bloodsworth spent eight years in prison in Maryland – including two on death row – for a crime he did not commit.  At his release in 1993 he became the first person sentenced to death row who was exonerated by the then-new technique of DNA fingerprinting.  He joined us in the studio to discuss the future of the death penalty in Maryland, and his advocacy work for reform of the death penalty.


July 27, 2011 – Segment 2

As cleanup efforts continue in the Chesapeake Bay and Inner Harbor, we take a look at what is being done in Baltimore to minimize water pollution.  Our guests are Kimberly Burgess, Division Chief of the Baltimore Department of Public Works’ Surface Managament Division and Bill Stack, Deputy Director of Programs for the Center for Watershed Protection.

To read more on this topic in the July issue of Urbanite Magazine, click here.


July 21, 2011 – Segment 1

Today we bring you another Urbanite Radio Story.  Dr.  Charles Limb and Dr. Mariale Hardiman are pioneers in the field of neuro-education.  In lay terms, that means applying what we know about the brain to help teachers be more effective.  One important area of their research is arts integration – using the arts to teach traditional academic disciplines.  So today we sat down with them to talk about whether putting more art in the classroom – whether it’s theater in history class, music in math, or poetry in chemistry – can help kids learn.

Dr. Charles Limb is Director of Research for the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Neuro Education Initiative, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and Faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Mariale Hardiman is Assistant Dean of Urban School Partnerships at the Johns Hopkins University, a former principal in the Baltimore City Public School System, and author of Connecting Brain Research with Effective Teaching: The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model

Read Deborah Rudacille’s article, This is Your Brain on Art, in this month’s Urbanite Magazine.


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July 18, 2011 – Hour 2

Shawn Spence is a comedienne, writer, wife, and mother of five children.  She joins us this hour to discuss family, community, education, passing along values, and more.

Read Shawn’s piece on family Urbanite Magazine.

Click here to listen to the podcast.


July 14, 2011 – Hour 2

On today’s show, we’re joined by a writer and a sociologist to discuss the new way that young people in America define family.   Ethan Watters is the author of  Urban Tribes: Are Friends the New Family? He argues that 20-somethings form friendships and networks that in many ways fill the roll that family did for earlier generations. Dr. Kris Marsh, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, also joins us. Her research focuses on the young, mostly unmarried, black middle class.

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July 5, 2011 – Hour 1

Join us for another Urbanite Radio Story, as two Baltimore artists join us to discuss what it means, both personally and politically, to be transgender.

Rahne Alexander is an artist, lead singer for The Degenerettes, and is Operations & Development Manager at the Maryland Film Festival

Tona Brown is a classically trained violinist and vocalist, and leader of the Aida Strings Ensemble

You can read excerpts from the interview in the July issue of Urbanite Magazine.

 

Then Kari Lydersen talks about the Grand Calumet River in Illinois – the most polluted river in the United States – and how environmental hazards in low income neighborhoods are often ignored.  You can read her story on the Grand Calumet in the New York Times.


June 23, 2011 – Segment 1

Join us for an Urbanite Radio Story about the juvenile justice system.  Our panel takes on the question of whether youth who are charged with heinous crimes should be tried as adults.  Joining us are:

Laura Furr, Senior Director of Youth Justice Initiatives at Community Law in Action

Gary McLhinney, Lead Negotiator at the Schlachman, Belsky & Weiner Law Firm, and former President of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police

Michael Williams, playwright and youth advocate

 

You can read Michael Corbin’s article The Labyrinth here.


April 19, 2011 – Segment 1

Join us for an Urbanite Radio Stories.  This month, Michelle Gienow’s article “By Their Compost Heaps Ye Shall Know Them” takes a look at some of Baltimore’s urban homesteaders, who work towards creating a self-sufficient life in the city.  We went to talk to Denzell Mitchell and Michael Singleton from Five Seeds Farm about their small East Baltimore plot, where they grow food for restaruants, neighbors, and members of their CSA.


April 19, 2011 – Segment 1

Join us for an Urbanite Radio Stories.  This month, Michelle Gienow’s article “By Their Compost Heaps Ye Shall Know Them” takes a look at some of Baltimore’s urban homesteaders, who work towards creating a self-sufficient life in the city.  We went to talk to Denzell Mitchel and Michael Singleton from Five Seeds Farm about their small East Baltimore plot, where they grow food for restaruants, neighbors, and members of their CSA.


March 21, 2011 – Segment 2

In today’s Urbanite Radio Story we’re joined by Dr. Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy in the UCLA School of Public Affairs. He is a Baltimore native and one of the leading thinkers on refining drug enforcement policy to reduce violence and drug abuse without overloading our law enforcement and treatment systems. You can read Michael Corbin’s article Exit Strategy, the second installment in a year-long series about the criminal justice system, on the Urbanite Magazine website.


March 9, 2011 – Hour 1

We start off the hour with a quick update from Lea Gilmore on the status of legislation that would legalize same sex marriage in Maryland.
This month, Urbanite Magazine profiled six people whose work has changed Baltimore.  They are from very different fields, but they have in common a vision for a better future and the drive and determination to put their ideas into practice.  Read the profiles in this month’s Urbanite, and join us today for a conversation with some of the change makers.  Joining us are:

Hathaway Ferebee, Executive Director of the Safe and Sound Campaign
Dave Troy, Founder of Roundhouse Technologies
Sarah Hemminger, Founder of the Incentive Mentoring Program
Shodekeh, Beatboxer and advocate for the arts
We wrap up the hour with an update on the uprising in Libya with Kimberly Katz, Associate Professor of Middle East History at Towson University.

March 8, 2011 – Segment 3

Join us for this Urbanite Radio Story with social entrepreneur Bill Drayton.  Drayton is the founder of Ashoka, a non-profit based in Arlington Virginia that provides funding and support to entrepreneurs who tackle tough social issues internationally.

February 24, 2011 – Hour 2

Join us for this Urbanite Radio Story as we tour the Choptank Oyster Company, one of the first oyster farms operated in Maryland.  Farm manager Kevin McClaren took us down to the docks of the farm, where millions of oysters grow in floats on the surface of the water. 
Then, On Delmarva Correspondent Tom Horton joins us to discuss greening your home – and how bigger budget doesn’t always mean more environmentally friendly.

You can read more about the oyster industry in Maryland – both wild and farmed – in Charles Cohen’s piece in Urbanite Magazine, Betting on the Half Shell.


February 16, 2011 – Segment 1

NewsTrust is an online social network that seeks to help people identify quality journalism.  We’ll take a look at how this works by discussing coverage of recent events surrounding the Superblock development in downtown Baltimore, and the movement to save Read’s Drug store, site of an early civil rights sit-in, from being demolished.

Use this link to read the article we’ll be discussing.  You can rate the story yourself, as well.

Our guests are Gin Ferrara, Newstrust Community Manager, Khalilah Harris, Executive Director of the Baltimore Freedom Academy, Malaika Aminata, student at the Morgan State University Journalism School, and Brionna Hollie, high school senior at the Baltimore Freedom Academy.


January 6, 2011 – Segment 2

Join us for an Urbanite Radio Story as we speak with inventor Saul Griffith, winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant in 2007.  He received the prize for his creative inventions, including a desktop printer that prints out eyeglass lenses.   He’s worked on diverse projects like electronic ink (which powers electronic readers like the Kindle), streets paved with solar panels, and more.  We’ll speak with him about why he doesn’t believe in genius, what he’s working on now, and how he found out that technology alone can’t solve social problems.
You can read excerpts from the interview with Griffith here.


December 29, 2010 – Segment 2

Independent scientist, author and paleoartist Greg Paul joins us for one of our Urbanite Radio Stories.  He discusses his work as one of the leading illustrators of dinosaurs, his thoughts on God, and his passion for science.

To read Michael Anft’s profile of Greg Paul in this month’s Urbanite Magazine, click here.


December 21, 2010 – Hour 2

On today’s show, we’re joined by a writer and a sociologist to discuss the new way that young people in America define family.   Ethan Watters is the author of  Urban Tribes: Are Friends the New Family? He argues that 20-somethings form friendships and networks that in many ways fill the roll that family did for earlier generations. Dr. Kris Marsh, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, also joins us. Her research focuses on the young, mostly unmarried, black middle class. To read the profile of Ethan Watters in Urbanite Magazine, click here.


December 15, 2010 – Segment 2

Today we revisit one of our Urbanite Radio Stories, we learn about a garden in an unlikely place.  Inside the walls of the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore, Correctional Officer Maurice Smith runs a program where inmates grow food and flowers, and help maintain a serene and welcoming corner of an otherwise stark place.

You can read Urbanite’s profile on Officer Smith and the garden, and see photos of the space here.

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December 7, 2010 – Segment 1

Mary Joel Davis has worked with women in prison and former prisoners for over thirty years.  She founded Alternative Directions, which provides legal assistance and re-entry support to women.  Recently she founded a new program, Second Chance, to focus on women serving life sentences.  She joins us to discuss why she believes many women should be let out of prison early.

For more about Mary Joel Davis and her work, read Richard O’Mara’s article in the December 2010 issue of Urbanite Magazine.


November 22, 2010 – Hour 1

Shawn Spence is a comedienne, writer, wife, and mother of five children.  She joins us this hour to discuss family, community, education, passing along values, and more.

Read Shawn’s piece on family in the November issue of Urbanite Magazine.


November 9, 2010- Hour 2

This hour we talk with sociologist Kris Marsh about how the African American middle class is changing.

Click here for another interview with Kris in this month’s Urbanite Magazine.

Click here for Kris’ article The Emerging Black Middle Class.


November 4, 2010 – Segment 1

Baltimore has long been plagued with the problem of vacant lots scattered across the city. These lots are often areas of epidemic crime and drug use, but now there is new hope with greenspace programs being officially established and sanctioned in the city. The greenspace programs, such as the Duncan Street Miracle Garden, provide lush and ornate gardens in place of vacant run-down city lots. Baltimore now allows groups to purchase city owned land for urban agriculture projects, which in-turn transform vacant lots into assets for the communities. Join us for a lively discussion on the potential that these greenspace programs will provide for the communities of Baltimore.  For more on green spaces in Baltimore, click here to read Farm City by Heather Dewar in Urbanite Magazine.


October 27, 2010 – Hour 2

Join us for another Urbanite Radio hour. This week we explore graffiti. Is it art, or vandalism? What are you looking at when you see a tag on the street? And how can painting a building be a political statement? Adam Stab, a Baltimore grafitti artist, and Clarence “Cuba” Robb, who was raised in Baltimore and who now lives and paints in San Francisco, join us to talk about their work.

Read more about street art in this month’s Urbanite Magazine articles “Cuba Comes Home,” by Charles Cohen, and “The Oracle,” by Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson.


October 18, 2010 – Segment 2

We’re joined by Haneen Alshujairy, who fled her home in Iraq with her family in 2003, and Justin Sirois, a writer living here in Baltimore.  They are the co-founders of the Understanding Campaign, which seeks to teach everyone in the world one word of Arabic.  Fhm (fuh-hem’), literally means understanding. Their hope is that by learning one simple word, people can begin to bridge the gulf between Arab and Western cultures.

Read Michael Corbin’s piece about the Understanding Campaign, One Word at at Time,  in this month’s Urbanite Magazine.


September 28, 2010 – Hour 1

Pit bulls are often at the center of controversy, from illegal dog fighting to the occasional dog attack.  Can fighting dogs be rehabilitated?  Joining us this hour to talk about pit bulls are:

Caroline Griffin – Chair of the Baltimore Mayor’s anti-animal abuse task force

Tami Gosheff – Head of Mid-Atlantic Bully Buddies, a rescue organization

Paul Miller – Executive Director of the Humane Society of Washington County

For more on pit bulls, read Melissa Wyse’s article in this month’s issue of Urbanite Magazine.

On Saturday, October 9th, stop by Give Pitts a Chance, which will be held from 1 – 4 pm at the Du Burns arena.  You can learn more about adoption, fostering a pet, or supporting animal rescue efforts.  Visit Mid-Atlantic Bully Buddies for more information.


September 15, 2010 – Hour 1

Today we bring you another Urbanite Radio Story.  Dr.  Charles Limb and Dr. Mariale Hardiman are pioneers in the field of neuro-education.  In lay terms, that means applying what we know about the brain to help teachers be more effective.  One important area of their research is arts integration – using the arts to teach traditional academic disciplines.  So today we sat down with them to talk about whether putting more art in the classroom – whether it’s theater in history class, music in math, or poetry in chemistry – can help kids learn.


Dr. Charles Limb is Director of Research for the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Neuro Education Initiative, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and Faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Mariale Hardiman is Assistant Dean of Urban School Partnerships at the Johns Hopkins University, a former principal in the Baltimore City Public School System, and author of Connecting Brain Research with Effective Teaching: The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model

Read Deborah Rudacille’s article, This is Your Brain on Art, in this month’s Urbanite Magazine.


September 1, 2010 – Segment 1

Dr. Sonja Santelises is the new Chief Academic Officer of the Baltimore City Public Schools.  She joined us today to talk about the start of the school year, her mission of ending low expectations for kids in public schools, and her vision for improving Baltimore schools. 

August 25, 2010 – Segment 1

Join us for another Urbanite Radio story.  Today we sat down with Brian Murphy and Hillary A. Edwards, Assistant Director of Wellness & Academic-Life Balance at University of Maryland, Baltimore.  They’re both members of the Baltimore Food Makers, a group devoted to good food and good community.  The group, which has grown to over 250 members, gathers to trade recipes, eat food together, and share some of their more daring experiments with food, from pickling watermellon rind to canning vegetables to curing meat at home.  Read about the Food Makers in Making It: A hardy crew of food fanatics takes do-it-yourself to an all-new level, Michelle Gienow’s article in this month’s Urbanite.


August 19, 2010 – Segment 3

In another of our Urbanite Radio Stories, we learn about a garden in an unlikely place.  Inside the walls of the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore, Correctional Officer Maurice Smith runs a program where inmates grow food and flowers, and help maintain a serene and welcoming corner of an otherwise stark place.

You can read Urbanite’s profile on Officer Smith and the garden, and see photos of the space here.


August 9, 2010 – Hour 2

Today, as part of our Urbanite Stories series, Marc talks with Dr. Lester K. Spence, Political Science Professor at Johns Hopkins University and author of the article "White Space, Black Space" in this month’s issue of Urbanite Magazine, which highlights conversations about race. Dr. Spence examines the concept of self-segregation, and why it can be exhausting for a member of one race to negotiate a space dominated by another.


August 5, 2010 – Segment 2

 

 

We begin this segment with another update on how frugality can be fun, as part of our "Your Money Matters" series.

Then, the African American Quilters of Baltimore have been both preserving and pushing forward the art of quilting for two full decades.  We’re joined by AAQB President Janet Waters and members Vera Hall and Paula Rooks to discuss their craft and the rich tradition of quilting they are a part of.

Click on the podcast player below the pictures to listen to the interview.  This segment also includes our weekly installment of Your Money Matters.  For pictures of more quilts, go to the AAQB website.

Don’t miss a chance to see these quilts and more in person.  "20 Years of a Pieceful Passion," an exhibit celebrating the work of the African American Quilters of Baltimore, opens on Saturday August 7, 2010 at noon.  It is being held at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art, part of the Carl Murphy Fine Arts Center, at 2100 Argonne Dr. on Morgan State University’s campus.  The exhibit will be up through September. 


July 22, 2010 – Segment 1

In another of our Urbanite Radio Stories, we take a look at cancer in Baltimore. While Baltimore City has a lower rate of cancer than other jurisdictions in Maryland, the mortality rate in the city is much higher. Our panel joins us to talk about why that is, and what’s being done to improve care for those living with the disease.

Our guests are:

Dr. Claudia Baquet – Director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Health Disparities

Dr. Mary Fox – Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. William Nelson – Director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Cancer Center 

Read the "The Good Fight," Mat Edelson’s article in Urbanite Magazine, which outlines the ways that a patient advocate can help people who are battling cancer negotiate the health care system.


July 21, 2010 – Hour 2

Tony Geraci, the head of the Food and Nutrition Services Department in the Baltimore City Public Schools, updates us on what’s being served at schools around the city.  Never one for boring bureaucratic talk, Geraci discusses the struggle of making institutional change in the school system, and why he thinks fresh, local food is important to bring to all kids.

Read more about Tony Geraci in the July 2010 issue of Urbanite Magazine.  Click here for Michael Anft’s article.


July 8, 2008 – Hour 2

The Other Wes Moore is the tale of two boys with the same name growing up at the same time in Baltimore.  One is serving a life sentence for murder.  The other took a dramatically different path, and he speaks with us today about what he found when he explored these two similar yet divergent lives.

Click here for Lionel Foster’s review of The Other Wes Moore in the July issue of Urbanite Magazine.


June 30, 2010 – Segment 4

Marc interviews Anne Draddy, the head of the TreeBaltimore Program about her work and the history of Druid Hill Park. She is also a coauthor of a book on the park, Druid Hill Park: The Heart of Historic Baltimore.  The interview is one of our Urbanite Radio Stories.

The interview is followed by a reairing of a segment we did in 2008 about the integration of the Druid Hill Park tennis courts when 62 years ago, eight white, black and Jewish tennis players integrated
the tennis courts at Druid Hill Park. Twenty-four people were arrested as a
result. Marc takes a look at this historic event with:

Mitzi Swann – Arrested that day

Nellie Brisco Garner – Observed the event as a young teenager

Douglas Bishop – Lifeguard at the "colored pool" in Druid
Hill Park in the 1950’s.

 


June 10, 2010 – Segment 4

Martha Cooper joins us to discuss her photography and her new project in Baltimore.  Best known for documenting the birth of hip hop culture in New York City in the 1970’s and early 80’s, Martha is now back in Baltimore part-time, documenting street life in her new neighborhood here, Sowebo.

For more on Martha Cooper, click here for Deborah Rudacille’s article in the June issue of Urbanite Magazine.

 


Witold Rybczynski

Witold Rybczynski is an architect, writer, professor, and urban thinker.  He joins us to discuss his vision for the future of America’s cities.

Click here for the June keynote in Urbanite Magazine, an edited text version of this interview.


May 20, 2010 – Hour 2

Have you ever heard of the Maryland Fish Pepper? In another Urbanite Radio Story, we look at the history of this local hot pepper.  It faded out of popularity and was almost lost, but a few people are working to bring the Fish Pepper back to Maryland.

Our guests are:

Scott Carlson, founder of the Rodgers Forge Farm Initiative, and author of the Urbanite article The Prodigal Pepper.

Mick Kipp, owner of the local spice store the Whiskey Island Pirate Shop in the Mill Valley General Store. He’s partnering with One Straw Farm to bring back the fish pepper for a line of spice rubs and sauces.

Alexia Savold, a horticulturalist for the Accokeek Foundation, a nonprofit that preserves Maryland history at a site along the Potomac River

Michael Twitty, a local culinary historian who focuses on the food eaten by African Americans during slavery


May 12, 2010 – Hour 2

We’re joined by Howell S. Baum, author of the new book Brown in Baltimore: School Desegregation and the Limits of Liberalism.  Why has segregation continued in Baltimore’s schools over fifty-five years after legal school segregation was outlawed?

Click here for the review of Brown in Baltimore by Michael Corbin in this month’s issue of Urbanite Magazine.


May 11, 2010 – Segment 1

In another Urbanite Radio Story, Marc sat down to talk with Irene Hoffman, Executive Director of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore.  To read the Urbanite feature on the artistic revolution in Baltimore, visit them on the web.  

April 1, 2010 – Segment 1

Ted Howard is the founding Executive Director of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland. He joins us to talk about his work to create better job opportunities in communities of high unemployment.

Click here for the version of this interview that appears in the April issue of Urbanite magazine.


March 25, 2010 – Segment 2

Today we take a look at one of the collaborative visions that came out of this year’s Urbanite Project. Divining Baltimore: A Visioning Exercise looks at the streams hidden beneath Baltimore’s streets, and wonders how we could create a greener, more livable city by unearthing them.  Eliza Steinmeier, Executive Director and Waterkeeper for Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, Gabriel Kroiz, an architect, builder, educator, and BSAED Program Director and Assistant Professor at Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning, and Christopher Streb, ecological engineer at Biohabitats join us to discuss their project.

View the map of the streams hidden beneath our city streets
.


March 25, 2010 – Segment 3

Max Mutchler is a scientist who works on the Hubble Space Telescope.  He joins us to discuss his observations of our solar system and other galaxies, as well as to discuss the possibility of life existing outside of Earth.

Max collaborated on this year’s Urbanite Project with artist Karen Yasinsky.  Click here to see what they came up with together.


March 18, 2010 – Segment 3

In another installment of our ongoing collaboration with Urbanite Magazine, we air a special segment on Dr. Charles Limb.  Dr. Limb has a joint appointment at as an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and as faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.  An avid musician and music-lover, Dr. Limb speaks about his ground-breaking research on music, creativity, and the brain.

Read the full interview on the Urbanite website.


March 9, 2010 – Hour 1

Last month we talked to Joan Jacobson about her Urbanite article “The Color Line,” which chronicles a diverse block on East Baltimore Street in the Patterson Park neighborhood.

Today the Marc Steiner Show revisits the article, but this time we’re talking with the residents who have made their homes on the street.

Join us for a discussion of what it means to live in on a diverse block in a city that’s still very divided along racial lines.

Our guests are:

Adam Stab, an artist, and a resident of East Baltimore Street since his adolescence.

Ed Rutkowski, Executive Director of the Patterson Park Public Charter School and co-founder of the Patterson Park Community Development Corporation.


February 25, 2010 – Segment 1

Today, as part of our Urbanite Stories series, Marc talks with Dr. Lester K. Spence, Political Science Professor at Johns Hopkins University and author of the article "White Space, Black Space" in this month’s issue of Urbanite Magazine, which highlights conversations about race. Dr. Spence examines the concept of self-segregation, and why it can be exhausting for a member of one race to negotiate a space dominated by another.


February 16, 2010 – Hour 1

Our first discussion today, part of our Urbanite Radio Series, inspired by two articles in the February issue of Urbanite Magazine. "The Color Line" examines a diverse half-block of East Baltimore Street, exploring what the rest of Baltimore City might learn from the community. "Separate Lives" offers several perspectives on race and segregation in our city.

Our panel includes:

  • James Crockett, first black member of the Maryland Real Estate Commission, current President of the Baltimore Board of Fire Commissioners and one of the first Black Firefighters in Baltimore.
  • Joan Jacobson, author of "The Color Line," and a former Baltimore Sun and Evening Sun Reporter who covered housing and neighborhoods for 20 years. 
  • Antero Pietila, author of the new book Not In My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped A Great American City

 


Interview with Sheryll Cashin

For this month’s Keynote interview in Urbanite magazine, author and professor Sheryll Cashin talks with Marc about the diversity imperative and the civil rights movement of the 21st century.   

Sheryll Cashin is a product of the civil rights era; her mother was arrested during a sit-in while holding the 4-month-old Cashin in her arms, and her father founded an independent political party in 1968 when segregationist Alabama governor George Wallace was making a bid for the presidency. The Georgetown University law professor is also heralded for her memoir, The Agitator’s Daughter, and her book, The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class Are Undermining the American Dream.

For the print version of this interview, visit Urbanite‘s website.  


January 28, 2010 – Segment 2

Turner Development Group recently paid $14 billion for Baltimore’s Westport  neighborhood, a part of the city that has fallen into disrepair since the Carr Lowrey Glass Company went out of business in 2003. Turner’s idea is to transform Westport into an LEED Platinum designated, sustainable urban community, with green roofs and wetland buffers. It’s a well-intentioned–and possibly very profitable–venture. But what about Westport’s existing residents, families and individuals who can’t afford to live in Turner Development Group’s vision for Westport’s future?

Is it urban renewal or urban removal? Be  sure to check out EDGE CITY in this month’s edition of Urbanite.

Our panel tonight included:

 


American Homicide

We speak with Randolph Roth, author of American Homicide.  He offers a historical perspective on violence in the United States, and an explanation of why the United States is today the most homicidal affluent nation in the world.

In the second part of the hour, two Baltimore activists who work to reduce violence in our community join us to continue the discussion with Roth.  Our guests are Dante Wilson, Founder of Reclaiming Our Children and Community Project, and Bishop Douglas Miles, Co-Chairman of BUILD.

Click here for a review of American Homicide written by Michael Corbin for January’s issue of Urbanite Magazine.


Aneesh Chopra: America’s Chief Technology Officer

Marc talks with Aneesh Chopra, the first Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States (CTO), who previously served as the Secretary of Technology for Virginia. Marc and the CTO explore his ambitious goals for education, internet security and job creation.

Click the podcast player below to listen to our complete interview with Aneesh Chopra. For highlights from this interview and more, check out the Urbanite Magazine’s Feature, KEYNOTE: THE INTELLEGENCE OFFICER, in the January 2010 issue.


Running For Their Lives

It seems simple, but a non-profit organization called Back on My Feet is helping to promote self-sufficiency for the homeless by building a supportive community through an organized running program.  Its members, many of whom are not only homeless but have faced other challenges such as drug addiction and incarceration, have not only run marathons, but also regained control of their lives, securing jobs and housing and staying clean.

You can read more about Back on My Feet in the December issue of Urbanite Magazine.

We’re joined by two of Back on My Feet’s participants, Arnold Shipman and Michael Tate, University of Baltimore student Lauren Lake, who is Arnold’s running partner, and Back on My Feet Baltimore Program Director Jackie Truncelito.


Changing Attitudes Toward Consumerism?

We’re joined by Laurence Kotlikoff, Professor of Economics at Boston University and research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Elizabeth Haynes of Haynes and Company Consulting and former head of Strategic Planning at Urban Outfitters.

Kotlikoff and Haynes discuss the changing American mindset toward
consumerism.  Do the recent changes in our attitudes toward spending
represent a real sea change in our thinking, or if it’s simply a
fashionable market trend that will diminish as the economy improves?

Check out Rob Hiaasen’s article in Urbanite Magazine this month for more on this topic.


Annie Leonard: The Story of Stuff

When Annie Leonard created a short video illuminating the interconnected nature of environmental and social issues around the world, she never expected many people would see it.  Now that many millions have watched The Story of Stuff online, in classrooms, and beyond, what is Annie Leonard up to?

Click the podcast player below to listen to our complete interview with Annie Leonard.  For more on Annie Leonard and highlights from this interview, go to Urbanite Magazine’s feature in the December 2009 issue.


Alejandro and Ilyich Rivas

16-year-old Venezuelan conductor Ilyich Rivas is in Baltimore for a fellowship at The Peabody Institute.  In this podcast, we talk with him and his father Alejandro, also a conductor, about his musical training, plans for the future, and other interests, as well.  Read more about Ilyich and Alejandro in the November issue of Urbanite Magazine.


November 10, 2009 hour 2

We discuss health care reform this hour.  The bill to reform health care barely passed through the House last weekend, and now must go through the Senate.  Our guests are: 

Deborah Rudacille – freelance science writer, and author of the article "Cover Me" in the November Issue of Urbanite Magazine.

Bradley Herring – health economics and policy expert at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Donna Smith – community organizer and legislative advocate for health care reform who went through medical bankruptcy herself, and was featured in Michael Moore’s movie Sicko


November 4, 2009 – Hour 2

For the second hour of today’s show, Marc was joined by author, Taylor Branch, to discuss his new book entitled "THE CLINTON TAPES: WRESTLING HISTORY WITH THE PRESIDENT."  The book chronicles the Presidency of Bill Clinton, from the perspective of his personal relationship with the former President.

Taylor Branch is an award winning author who has received a Pulitzer Prize for History, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the National Humanities Medal, among others.  Branch is renowned for authoring a Trilogy of books chronicling Civil Rights history and the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.: "PARTING THE WATERS", "PILLAR OF FIRE", and "AT CANAAN’S EDGE".

For more on Taylor Branch and The Clinton Tapes, click here for Wil Hylton’s article in November’s issue of Urbanite magazine.


Keynote: The Father Figure

Here’s the podcast of the full interview with Joe Jones, founder of the Center for Urban Families, featured in the November issue of Urbanite Magazine.  Click below to listen to the podcast, and click here for the Urbanite feature.