Forgotten Voices

The Center for Emerging Media is commited to bringing you thoughtful and provocative discussions on issues that matter. Whether we’re looking at the issue of child marriage or exploring the life of a disabled Iraq War veteran while also hearing from Iraqi-Americans, our programs provide context and analysis to help you learn about the world. We’ll bring you voices that are often ignored by traditional mainstream media and talk about the things that are important to you.

March 30, 2012

Ai-jen Poo : Yes! Magazine Breakthrough 15 Honoree

Dubbed "The Nannies' Norma Rae" by The New York Times, Ai-jen Poo has worked for over a decade advocating for the rights of domestic workers with Domestic Workers United. Today, she joins us to discuss organizing with immigrants for labor rights.

March 30, 2012

Deepak Bhargava: Yes! Magazine Breakthrough 15 Honoree

As the Executive Director for the Center for Community Change, Deepak Bhargava works to empower low-income people through community-building. Today, he joins us to discuss organizing for civil rights and economic justice.

March 30, 2012

Henry Red Cloud: Yes! Magazine Breakthrough 15 Honoree

Henry Red Cloud has spent over a decade working to bring green technology and renewable energy to some of the poorest communities in the United States. Currently, he runs the Lakota Solar Enterprises on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

March 8, 2012

Jason McLennan: Yes! Magazine Breakthrough 15 Honoree

Join us for the next installment in our series of interviews with the Yes! Magazine Breakthrough 15.  In honor of their 15 years in print, Yes! selected 15 heroes whose work is helping to create a more just society.
January 19, 2012

Lily Yeh: Yes! Magazine Breakthrough 15 Honoree

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June 30, 2011

Dr. Howard Gardner


February 10, 2011

Eric Alterman Podcast

Eric Alterman is a writer, historian, college professor, and media critic.  He joins us here to discuss his latest book, Kabuki Democracy: The System vs Barack Obama.  To read more about and by Eric Alterman, click here.

February 8, 2011

David Swanson Podcast

David Swanson is a writer and progressive political activist.  His latest book is War is a Lie.

We recently interviewed David Swanson at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC.  Here is our interview, along with the lively audience Q & A.

June 24, 2010

Lucia St. Clair Robson

Author Lucia St. Clair Robson joins us to discuss her new book Last Train From Cuernavaca, a novel set during the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920.  Her other books include Ride the Wind, Shadow Patriots, and Ghost Warrior.
June 8, 2010

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.

March 26, 2010

Representative Chris Van Hollen talks healthcare

Continuing our series discussing the healthcare reform bill with Maryland's Congressional Delegation, Marc sits down with Representative Chris Van Hollen, who is from Maryland's 8th Congressional District, and who also serves as Chairman of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
February 4, 2010

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.   

January 29, 2010

Update from Sundance

Maryland Film Festival Director Jed Dietz joins us from Park City, Utah to discuss the Sundance film festival.  To read more from Jed, click here for his blog.
January 28, 2010

Social Justice Advocate Medea Benjamin

January 28, 2010

Remembering Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn passed away yesterday at 87.  A historian, professor, activist, and writer, Zinn is best known for A People's History of the United States.  Howard last appeard on The Marc Steiner Show on November 18, 2009.  Here is his interview from that day.
January 19, 2010

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.

January 4, 2010

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.

December 15, 2009

Running For Their Lives

December 15, 2009

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
December 1, 2009

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?

November 24, 2009

Alejandro and Ilyich Rivas

November 2, 2009

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
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October 29, 2009

The Best Halloween Story?

October 26, 2009

Pregnancy Centers and Adoption

Kathryn Joyce, author of Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement, talks with us about her article Shotgun Adoption in Nation magazine.  As Baltimore City Council considers a bill that would mandate
October 6, 2009

Joseph Bruchac: Abenaki Indian Author

October 2, 2009

James Ellroy on his new novel Blood’s A Rover

September 24, 2009

Learning the Hard Way with Michael Corbin

We talk with Michael Corbin, who teaches writing to prisoners in Baltimore. His article "Learning the Hard Way" is available in this month's Urbanite.
September 24, 2009

Marc interviews Naomi Klein

September 23, 2009

Author James McBride on Song Yet Sung

September 22, 2009

Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at the BSO

July 14, 2009

Eat Your Lawn

Ever dreamed of tearing up your lawn and growing some plants you can eat?  We're joined by Scott Carlson, who did just that outside of his Rodgers Forge rowhouse, and Jon Traunfeld, the director of the Home and Garden Information Center at University of Maryland.  While you're listening to our podcast, take a look at
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July 13, 2009

Druid Hill Park Players

Take a trip with us to Druid Hill Park, where a group called the Druid Hill Park Players formed around the basketball courts, offering mentoring to younger players and providing informal oversight of the courts and the park.  We'll talk with Orrin Webb, CEO and founder of the Park Players, and Michael Marks, Co-founder and Director of the Park Players.

July 13, 2009

John Pipkin: Author of Woodsburner

Author John Pipkin grew up in Baltimore.  He recently had his first novel published, a work of historical fiction using Henry David Thoreau as the main character called
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June 30, 2009

Talking About Sex with Deborah Roffman

March 10, 2009

Philipp Meyer: Author of American Rust


It just so happens that Philipp Meyer grew up in Hampden, the same neighborhood in Baltimore where our offices and studios are.  He stopped by for an interview while he was in town on the book tour for his first novel, American Rust.  It's a story set in a small, former steel town in western Pennsylvania, that explores how people's lives change when stable, middle-class jobs disappear from the place they call home.  Listen to the interview here.

March 4, 2009

Reconstruction & The First Black Congressmen


Philip Dray is an award winning author who is responsible for novels such as Stealing God’s Thunder and At the Hands of Persons Unknown, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and the Southern Book Critics Circle Award.  Dray was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

His new novel, Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen, shines a new light on the post-Civil War era of US history, focusing on the first black members of Congress, important historical figures who are frequently overlooked.

March 2, 2009

Gwen Ifill


February 26, 2009

Composer Nkeiru Okoye


October 22, 2008

Jewish Partisan Resistance in Lithuania

In Until Our Last Breath, Michael Bart tells the story of his parents, Lithuanian Jews who joined the Resistance and fought against the Nazis during WWII.  He joined us in the studio on a recent visit to Baltimore.
October 16, 2008

Zohara Hieronimus on the seven female prophets of Israel

September 29, 2008

Congresswoman Donna Edwards votes NO on the bailout plan

On Monday, September 29th Congresswoman Donna Edwards was one of three Maryland representatives to vote against the economic bailout plan.  She joined Marc by phone from Washington to explain why she voted against the bill, and what steps she thinks Congress will take next.
September 24, 2008

Congressman Ruppersberger On The Bailout Plan

Maryland Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger took a few minutes to join us yesterday to discuss the negotiations on Capitol Hill taking place over the Wall Street bailout plan.  Click below to hear what he had to say.
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September 23, 2008

Nancy Pelosi

Speaker Nancy Pelosi


Nancy Pelosi will be in Baltimore tonight, discussing her new book Know Your Power at 7pm in the Main Hall at the Enoch Pratt Library.

Here's a podcast of an interview with her today, in which she discusses not only her book, but also the Wall Street bailout being debated in Congress, and her thoughts on the effect race will have in the upcoming presidential election.

Running time is 17 minutes.

September 18, 2008

The Constitution Day Symposium, pt. 2: Q&A

Constitution Day: September 17, 2008

photo credit: Jim Burger Photography


MICA, ACLU of Maryland Present Constitution Day Event Focusing on Voting Rights, Electoral Reform

September 18, 2008

The Consitution Day Symposium, pt. 1: Panelists

Constitution Day: September 17, 2008

photo credit: Jim Burger Photography


MICA, ACLU of Maryland Present Constitution Day Event Focusing on Voting Rights, Electoral Reform

September 5, 2008

Marc interviews Tom Schaller and Bob Moser

Marc interviews Tom Schaller and Bob Moser in Denver during the DNC.  Tom Schaller writes for Salon and is the author of Whistling Past Dixie.  Bob Moser is a contributing writer to The Nation and the author of Blue Dixie: Awakening the South’s Democratic Majority.  They discuss different views on De
September 5, 2008

Ted Venetoulis and Tommy D’Alessandro at the DNC

Marc interviews Ted Venetoulis, former Baltimore County Executive, and Tommy D'Alessandro, the former Mayor of Baltimore, in Denver during the DNC.
September 4, 2008

Gay Republican Trading Cards

Marc interviews the creators of a deck of Gay Republican trading cards during the DNC.  Check out the cards at
September 3, 2008

Former Republican Governor of Maryland Robert Ehrlich

Click the podcast player below to hear former Republican Governor of Maryland Robert Ehrlich's thoughts on the upcoming elections, including McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, Obama's current lead in the polls, and more.  Marc and Governor Ehrlich also discuss the Congressional race in Maryland's first district, where Ehrlich has supported Andy Harris, who beat the incumbent Congressman Wayne Gilchrest in the Republican primary.  Andy Harris is running against Democrat Andy Kratovil in the district that has been one of two in Maryland with a sitting Republican Congressman, while the other six districts are all held by the Democrats.
September 2, 2008

Maryland Dem Leaders at the DNC

Click below to hear Marc Steiner interviewing Mike Cryor, the Chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party, and Quincey Gamble, the MD Dems' Executive Director.  It was recorded on the convention floor during the DNC.  Running time is 3:53.