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Democracy in Crises: The Fire and The Fury

democracyincrisislogoAugust 10, 2017 – Democracy In Crises

We hosted the newest edition of Democracy in Crisis! I talked with co-host Baynard Woods about the the now present specter of nuclear war and Trumps latest comments on the situation with North Korea. Democracy in Crisis is produced by Calvin Perry.

Shared Weight: Visions of War, Dreams of Peace

May 29, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted an episodes from our series Shared Weight, featuring the voices of men and women who served in the Viet Nam War.

We listened in to the segment M*A*S*H 1969 – Visions of War, Dreams of Peace. We heard the compelling stories of poet George Evans and the late author and nurse Lynda Van Devanter. First, in a tale that could have come straight out of the movie and TV series M*A*S*H, Evans relayed his experience as an Air Force medic who became the first soldier to defeat his court martial. We then heard the powerful and heart-wrenching story of Van Devanter, who served as a surgical nurse in 1969 and 1970, and whose memoir Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam inspired the 1980’s hit TV series China Beach.

Updates On Syria: Present and Past

Syria (Credit: The New York Times)December 20, 2016 – Segment 2

With our guests, we check in with the current situation in Syria. With: Dr. Thabit Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto; Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow for the Institute for Policy Studies in DC, Senior Analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, and author of Equal Worth: When Humanity Will Have Peace; and Dr. Shon Meckfessel, member of the English Faculty at Highline College and author of Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used To Be: Unarmed Insurrection and the Rhetoric of Resistance.

Everyman Theatre World of the Play: Ruined — You Will Not Fight Your Battles On My Body Anymore

ruinedMarch 10, 2015 – Segment 2

We hear last Saturday’s World of the Play discussion at Everyman Theatre, based on themes arising from Everyman’s production of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined. The panelists talked about sex, violence, power, and oppression, abroad and in Baltimore. With: Jennifer Breads, Forensic Nurse Examiner at Mercy Medical Center and Clinical Instructor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Nursing; Raguel Broy, Program Manager for Health and Youth programs with the International Rescue Committee (IRC); and Jacqueline Robarge, Executive Director of Power Inside, a project of Fusion Partnerships.

Mel Goodman’s “National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism”

National Insecurity: Cost of American Militarism by Mel GoodmanNovember 21, 2013 – Segment 3

We talk with Mel Goodman, Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC, and a former Soviet analyst at the CIA and the Department of State, about his new book National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism.

Goodman will be speaking on Thursday (November 21) at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center in Columbia, MD. For more information contact Ray Donaldson at


On Veterans Day – The Human Cost Of War: High Rates Of Suicide Among Veterans

Veterans DayNovember 11, 2013 – Segment 3

Happy Veterans Day to all those who have served our nation in the armed forces. To honor this day we will begin our show with a look at a sad but very real phenomenon:  the high rate of suicides among veterans. Our guests are:


Wil Hylton’s Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II

Wil Hylton's Vanished

November 7, 2013 – Segment 4

We close out the show with Wil Hylton, journalist and contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, whose new book is Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II. 

Hylton will be talking about and signing his book Thursday night (November 7) at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.


Mixed Reactions: U.S. Drone Strikes In Pakistan

Drone strikes in PakistanOctober 24, 2013 – Segment 4

On the heels of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with President Barack Obama to press for an end to drone strikes, we continue our conversations about the U.S. Government’s use of drones. Our guests are:

  • Dr. Faheem Younus, National Secretary of Education for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland;
  • Humna Bhojani, independent journalist who covers the War on Terror and islamophobia;
  • and Rooj Alwazir, Yemeni-American activist who is co-Founder of Support Yemen Media Collective and is currently organizing with CODEPINK.


George Zornick: Washington Finally Pays Attention to Afghanistan—for All the Wrong Reasons

AfghanistanOctober 11, 2013 – Segment 6

We have a special report from George Zornick, writer for The Nation, on the 12th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. His piece is titled, “Washington Finally Pays Attention to Afghanistan—for All the Wrong Reasons.”


Maryland’s U.S. Representatives On American Intervention In Syria

Congressman Elijah CummingsSeptember 13, 2013 – Segment 1

We check-in with our elected officials about potential military intervention in Syria. Congressman Elijah Cummings, Congressman John Sarbanes, and Senator Ben Cardin will be on-hand to offer their opinions and insight.


What Should Role Should The US Play In Syria?

Conflict in SyriaSeptember 4, 2013 – Segment 1

We begin our show with a look at the situation in Syria. Our panel of guests includes:

  • Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies; 
  • The Rev. Dr. Solomon Iyobosa Omo-Osagie II, Professor of Political Science and History in the Department of Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences at Baltimore City Community College;
  • and Sabith Khan, Executive Director of MENASA, a think-tank and policy shop focused on youth issues in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia regions.


10-Year Anniversary Of The Iraq War

Iraq Ten Years Later

March 19, 2013 – Hour 2

We reflect on the Iraq War on the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of the country. Joining us are:

  • Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy, and author of the forthcoming The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East;
  • Dr. Adil Shamoo, professor and former chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, and Senior Analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus;
  • Dr. Richard Vatz, professor in the Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies at Towson University, and regular contributor to Red Maryland;
  • and Dr. Thabit Abdullah, associate professor in the Department of History at York University in Toronto, and author of A Short History of Iraq: From 636 to the Present.