Arts and Culture

February 23, 2018

The Black Panther: Academic and Visceral Readings

February 22, 2018 - The Black Panther - Today we begin a series of conversations on The Black Panther movie in all its beauty and complexity. We are joined by Johns Hopkins History Professor Dr. Nathan Connolly; UMBC American Studies Professor Dr. Kimberly Moffitt ;and Kalima Young, Lecturer in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University. Enjoy our journey to Wakanda.
December 14, 2017

Celebrating the Life of Jimi Hendrix at the Baltimore Creative Alliance

December 13, 2017 - A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix - Jimi Hendrix was a musical giant and genius who left this life much too early. To celebrate the life and work of Jimi Hendrix, Baltimore's own Navasha Daya, Fanon Hill, Matt Chase, and Lafayette Gilchrest produced a musical tribute to Hendrix for a performance at the Baltimore Creative Alliance.
December 7, 2017

Learning From Lexington: A UMBC Social History Project and Event

December 6, 2017 - Learning From Lexington - Learning from Lexington is an American Studies course taught at UMBC's new downtown classroom in the Lion Brothers buildings. This semester, students researched the history, cultures, and stories of the iconic Lexington Market, a public market located in the westside of downtown Baltimore.
November 6, 2017

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

November 6, 2017 - The Legacy of Baltimore Soul - Baltimore boasts a rich musical history, from Billie Holliday to Tupac Shakur to today's thriving music scene. Musician and producer Brooks 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.
October 24, 2017

Forward Magazine: Jewish Identity In A Changing World

October 23, 2017 - Forward Magazine - The Forward started out 120 years ago as a Socialist daily paper written in Yiddish that appealed to the Jewish immigrant workers for decades. Now it has morphed into a monthly magazine and daily news site with a 21st century twist appealing to young and old, from all corners of the Jewish world. Its CEO and Publisher Rachel Fishman Feddersen stopped by our studios for a conversation last week when she was in town.
October 5, 2017
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Native American Music Awards: Local Baltimore “JAR” Nomination

October 5, 2017 - Native American Music Awards: Baltimore Nomination - The 17th Annual Native American Music Awards -- Nammy's -- are coming, and for the first time a Baltimore recording artist has been nominated. Jean Albert Renaud, or "JAR" as he is now known, is nominated as Best New Artist of the Year and his song "I Ride Horses" is nominated as  Best Country Song of the year.
September 29, 2017

After the Confederate Monuments Come Down

September 29, 2017 - After Confederate Monuments - The Confederate monuments in Baltimore are gone, so now what? We talk with a group of artists and activists exploring their ideas about what should replace them. We are joined by Sheila Gaskins, Pablo Machioli, Owen Silverman Andrews, Carl Stokes, and Bilal Johnson-Bey.
September 27, 2017

World of the Play: The Yin and Yang of Culture and Gender

September 27, 2017 - World of the Play - We open our fourth season of World of the Play where we create discussions inspired the plays presented at Baltimore's Everyman Theater. Today's panel looks deeply into the questions of gender identification and race inspired by David Henry Wang's brilliant play "M. Butterfly"
August 29, 2017
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Baltimore Creatives: A Family of Artists

August 29, 2017 - The Baltimore Artistic Family - Our latest podcast features an amazing Baltimore family of artists, writers and musicians.Guy Curtis is a professional drummer who formerly played with George Clinton. Curtis' daughter, Victoria Kennedy, is a Baltimore-based writer. Her son, Lawrence Burney, who has been a guest on my show before, writes for VICE and publishes his own Zine "True Laurels".
August 1, 2017
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WEAA Farewell: 2 Hour Special

July 31, 2017 - Segment 1 - We hosted a very special, unstructured, farewell show with open phones for listeners and many guests who came by to send us off. I am going to miss our WEAA family and I'm going to miss interacting with all of you, our listeners and supporters and FRIENDS, on a daily basis.
July 27, 2017
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Children’s Books: Lack of Diversity and Representation

July 27, 2017 - Segment 2 - We took a look at the lack of diversity in children's books. With: David Miller, Mark Booker, and Dr. Kimberly Moffit.
July 26, 2017
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Arts & Culture Roundtable: Cherry Chill Festival

July 26, 2017 - Segment 1 - We hosted an Arts & Culture Roundtable! Our guests included: Fanon Hill, Navasha Daya, and Kalima Young.
July 25, 2017
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Akata: Unity is Key – Iyore Odighizuwa

July 25, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted a conversation with First Edition Associate Producer Iyore Odighizuwa who is producing a participatory documentary entitled Akata: Bridging the Gap; Unity is Key. 
July 21, 2017
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Studs Terkel Life & Legacy: A Special Premire

July 21, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted a very  a special collage of my interviews (over a 10-year period) with the great author, historian, actor, and broadcaster Studs Terkel. Studs was my radio hero. He wrote and created until he breathed his last breath in 2008 at the age of 96.
July 21, 2017
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Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah: The African Dispora & Work in Baltimore

July 21, 2017 - Segment 1 - I hosted a conversation with Center Stage Artistic Director and world-renowned playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah. We talked about his artistic work, the world of the African Diaspora, his six years at Center Stage, and his recent announcement that he will be leaving Center Stage after the upcoming season.
July 19, 2017
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The End of City Paper?

July 19, 2017 - Segment 1 - With the news last week that the Baltimore Sun Media Group plans to stop publishing the City Paper this year, we held a roundtable to talk about the legacy of the alt-weekly and the future of journalism in Baltimore. With: Baynard Woods, Brandon Soderberg, and Lisa Snowden-McCray.
July 14, 2017
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Chimamanda Adiche

July 14, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hear a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show from 2009; an interview with Nigerian-born award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, about her collection of short stories titled That Thing Around Your Neck
July 14, 2017
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Victor Lavalle on His Novel, The Changeling

July 14, 2017 - Segment 1 - We bring you an interview with author Victor LaValle about his newest book The Changeling
July 10, 2017
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Bell Hooks: Bone Black, Memories of Girlhood

July 10, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted a special 1997 archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, when I interviewed cultural critic, feminist theorist, activist, and author Bell Hooks on her memoir Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood.
July 7, 2017
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Las Cafeteras: Chicano Identity and Music

July 7, 2017 - Segment 4 - We hosted a musical treat, where we heard a 2015 archive edition of the show in which we talked with members of Las Cafeteras, who were in town at the Creative Alliance.The interview also featured a cameo from Dominic "Shodekeh" Talifero, groundbreaking beatboxer & vocal percussionist.
July 7, 2017

Lom Nava Love: Black Families in Inner-City Baltimore

July 7, 2017 - Segment 3 - We listened in to a rebroadcast of a show from last year in which we previewed a powerful documentary, Lom Nava Love. Lom Nava Love is the story of Black families in inner city Baltimore harnessing their strengths to challenge the systems and institutions that threaten to dictate their realities.
July 7, 2017
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New York Times Bestselling Author Terry McMillan: A Day Late and a Dollar Short

July 6, 2017 - Segment 3 - We hosted a special archive edition of the Show, when New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan joined us in 2001 to talk about her book A Day Late and a Dollar Short.
July 7, 2017
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Baltimore Rapper Son of Nun: It’s Like That

July 6, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted a rebroadcast of a program from earlier this year, when Baltimore rapper Son of Nun joined us to talk about his video, "It's Like That," a mini-documentary featuring local Baltimore activists. Bashi Rose, who directed the video, was also in-studio.
July 7, 2017
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Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War

July 6, 2017 - Segment 1 - We hosted a preview of what promised to be powerful performances taking place in locations across Maryland, part of the Maryland Humanities Council's Chautauqua Living History Series, Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War.
July 5, 2017
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What to the Slave is the 4th of July?

July 4, 2017 - Segment 1 - We commemorated the 4th of July with a discussion on what American Independence Day means to different people in this country. We heared a passage from Frederick Douglass' July 5, 1852 speech, " What to the Slave is the 4th of July" and a roundtable discussion.
July 5, 2017
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Dr. Craig Steven Wilder: How Slavery Helped Build America’s Elite Colleges

July 3, 2017 - Segment 3 - We hosted a rebroadcast of an interview I conducted in 2014. I talked with Dr. Craig Steven Wilder, Professor of History at MIT, about his eye-opening book Ebony & Ivy: The Secret History of How Slavery Helped Build America's Elite Colleges.
July 5, 2017
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The Black Count: Interview with writer Tom Reiss

July 3, 2017 - Segment 1 - We hosted an archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, in which writer of The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo Tom Reiss and I talked about General Alex Dumas, hero of the French Revolution who was born to a Black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti), and was father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas.
July 5, 2017
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Citizens Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814

January 30, 2017 - Segment 3 - We hosted a rebroadcast of a segment where we learned about a dramatization of an important part of Baltimore’s history: Citizens Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814.
July 5, 2017
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Tengella’s Take: White Comedians

January 30, 2017 - Segment 1 - We hosted the newest edition of our weekly segment, Tengella's Take with Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator Koli Tengella.
June 27, 2017
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Gyasi Ross: Being Native American, Life and Politics of America and Racism

June 27, 2017 - Segment 3 - We hosted a special archive edition of the show when I talked with Gyasi Ross, father, writer, artist, attorney, member of the Blackfeet Tribe, and author of How To Say I Love You In Indian. We talk about the life and politics of America and racism, from the perspective of a Native American artist and activist.
June 27, 2017
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Janet Sarbanes: The Protester has Been Released

June 27, 2017 - Segment 1 - We hosted a conversation with author Janet Sarbanes on her new book of short stories The Protester has Been Released. Populated by wise animals and hapless humans, The Protester Has Been Released evokes an end-of-the-world feeling that is equal parts dread and hilarity.
June 24, 2017
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The Spiritual Side of the Simpsons

June 23, 2017 - Segment 4 - We hosted a special 2000 archive edition of our show, The Spiritual Side of the Simpsons! Our guests examine this popular cartoon from a "transcendent" view. With Mark I. Pinsky, Rev. Corinne Baker, and Rev. Matthew Fuhrman.
June 21, 2017
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City Paper This Week: Big Music Issue

June 21, 2017 - Segment 3 - We hosted our regular feature City Paper This Week. Steiner Show producer Imani Spence talks with City Paper Editor in Chief Brandon Soderberg about the Big Music issue and understanding how music can help us deal with Donald Trump. 
June 21, 2017
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City Council Roundtable: Improving Schools and Education in Baltimore

June 21, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted a Baltimore City Teachers Roundtable. We will discuss whether teachers feel supported, what BCPSS is doing to improve the lives of students and teachers, and more. With: Samantha Scalise, teacher at Digital Harbor High; and Albert Phillips, teacher at Southwest Baltimore Charter School.
June 20, 2017
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The Wire: Interview with Writer & Co-Producer Ed Burns

June 20, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted a special interview I conducted around the popular and powerful television series The Wire.We then listened to a conversation I had with Ed Burns, a writer and co-producer of The Wire.  Burns is a former Baltimore City Cop and Baltimore City public school teacher.
June 20, 2017
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The Wire: Interview with Detective Lester Freamon

June 20, 2017 - Segment 1 - We hosted two special archived interviews I conducted around the popular television series The Wire. We listened back to my interview with Clarke Peters, who played Detective Lester Freamon on the show and then to a conversation I had with Ed Burns, a writer and co-producer of The Wire. 
June 16, 2017
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The Creative Alliance: J Pope and the HearNow Record Release Party

June 16, 2017 - Segment 4 - Guest host Brooks Long, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Community Arts and Programming Fellow, hosted a conversation with J Pope and the HearNow about their Record Release Party, Friday night at Creative Alliance.
June 15, 2017
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Beyond Video Collective: Bringing the Video Rental Store Back To Baltimore

June 15, 2017 - Segment 1 - We hosted a conversation on an important initiative happening in Baltimore, organized by the Beyond Video Collective, whose members include: filmmaker Joe Troppea; Dave Barresi; and artist and educator Liz Donadio.
June 14, 2017
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City Paper This Week: The Queer Issue!

June 14, 2017 - Segment 4 - We hosted the latest edition of our series City Paper This Week where we discussed The Queer Issue! Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence interviews City Paper Editor in Chief Brandon Soderberg. 
June 10, 2017

Artists for Truth: Fake News and a Post-Truth Society

June 9, 2017 - Segment 4 - We hosted a conversation about the event Artists for Truth who will host two panel discussions on June 17: The Rise of Fake News and Ramifications of a "Post-Truth Society." I talked with: Rob Ferrell, Lillian Bayley Hoover, and Emily Soontornsaratool.
June 10, 2017
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Lost and Found Puppets: Beaver Dreams

June 9, 2017 - Segment 3 - We hosted a preview for a performance that took place at the Creative Alliance this past Sunday, June 11: Lost and Found Puppets Presents: Beaver Dreams. I talked with Maggie Winston, member of Lost & Found Puppet Company.
June 10, 2017
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World of the Play: Noises Off

June 9, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted the latest segment from the Everyman Theatre's series World of the Play. Last Saturday I moderated a very joyful and spirited conversation around the themes of the hilarious current production  Noises Off, in a discussion called Comedy as a Cure.
June 9, 2017
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Tengella’s Take

June 9, 2017 - Segment 1 - The newest edition of our weekly segment, Tengella's Take with Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator Koli Tengella
June 6, 2017
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Wild Mustangs in America: The End of Federal Protection

June 6, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted a conversation turns on the wild Mustang horse in the United States. We listened in to our 2011 interview with Jean Albert Renaud, who runs a program that brings together two of what he calls our endangered national treasures: Mustangs and at-risk youth.
June 2, 2017
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Octavia Butler: Science Fiction Influence

June 2, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show: my 2004 interview with the late science fiction writer Octavia Butler. Butler was a multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, and in 1995 she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship.
June 2, 2017
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Parenting Black Children

June 1, 2017 - Segment 1 - We hosted a panel discussion on Parenting Black Children. With: Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Dr. Lester Spence, and Dr. Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead.
May 31, 2017
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City Paper This Week: Anniversary Issue

May 31, 2017 - Segment 3 - We hosted our regular feature City Paper This Week. Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence talked with City Paper Editor-in-Chief Brandon Soderberg about this week's Anniversary issue.
May 31, 2017
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Howard Zinn: The Outsider in American Politics

May 31, 2017 - Segment 2 - We reached back into our archives for a 2004 archive edition of the Steiner Show with another one of my personal heroes: historian, playwright, and activist Howard Zinn. We discussed The Outsider in American Politics as well as his text A People's History of the United States.
May 30, 2017
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Baltimore Public Education: Cuts to After-School Funding

May 30, 2017 - Segment 1 - We hosted a discussion on public education and cuts to after-school funding. With: Melissa Schoeber, Kellie Brown, Tashawn Brown.
May 26, 2017
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Noises Off: Everyman Theater Company Member Conversation

May 26, 2017 - Segment 2 - I recently went and to see Noises Off, the new play at Everyman Theatre, and it was hilarious! We hosted a conversation between myself and Everyman resident company member Bruce Nelson, and Lewis Shaw.