History

March 6, 2018

Sen. Fred Harris: The Last Surviving Member of the 1968 Kerner Commission

March 6, 2018 - The Kerner Commission  - On July 28, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the Kerner Commission to investigate the causes of race-related uprisings that had taken place in Detroit and dozens of other cities, and to provide recommendations for the future. We talk with former Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris, the last surviving member of the Kerner Commission.
February 27, 2018

Different Takes: Russia and the Election – The Long History of Election Interference

February 26, 2018 -  The Long History of Election Interference - In the second conversation of our "Different Takes: Russia and the New Election" series, we talk with New York Times National Security Reporter Scott Shane, who wrote an article in the Times' Sunday Review, titled "Russia isn't the only one meddling in elections. We do it too."
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 19, 2017

Dr. Caley Horan: Insurance and Neoliberalism in the Post WWII United States

December 19, 2017 - Insurance and Neoliberalism in America - As part of our ongoing conversation series with the Johns Hopkins Seminar in American Capitalism, we talk with MIT History Professor Dr. Caley Horan about her book project, Actuarial Age: Insurance and the Emergence of Neoliberalism in the Post WWII United States.
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 27, 2017

Democracy In Crisis: Hy Thurman & The Young Patriots

October 27, 2017 - Hy Thurman & The Young Patriots - The Young Patriots were the Appalachian version of the Black Panther Party.  One of its leading members was Hy Thurman, who was also part of the original Rainbow Coalition in Chicago between the Patriots, Panthers and the Young Lords. Thurman joined Baynard Woods and me for our Democracy in Crisis podcast that springs from Baynard's alt-weekly column of the same name.
October 16, 2017

The Fight For Representation: The Cherokee Freedman

October 16, 2017 - The Cherokee Freedman - One of the little explored parts of our history is the enslavement of African-descended people by the Native American nations known as the Five Civilized Tribes. In August 2017, after years of legal battles, a lawsuit was won by the descendants of some of these slaves, called the Cherokee Freedman, which allows them full citizenship in the Cherokee nation. We talk with Jenni Monet, Marilynn Vann, Jon Velie, and Perline Boyattia.
August 22, 2017
Dr. Nathan Connolly (Credit: Johns Hopkins)

Dr. Nathan Connolly: Charlottesville & The Removal of Confederate Monuments

August 22, 2017 -  Charlottesville & The Removal of Confederate Monuments - Johns Hopkins scholar and activist Dr. Nathan Connolly wrote a reflection and analysis in the Washington Post about Charlottesville and the removal of Confederate monuments. He joined us for an illuminating and interesting conversation
August 15, 2017
Jelani Cobb (Brown Daily Herlad)

Jelani Cobb – The Battle of Charlottesville

August 15, 2017 - The Battle For Charlottesville - We talk with scholar, activist and writer Jelani Cobb about his New Yorker article "Battle of Charlottesville." Cobb offers his analysis and observations on the movement of neo-nazis and racists confronted in Charlottesville.
August 1, 2017
WEAA Farewell

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 21, 2017
Studs Terkel (Credit InsideHook(

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 14, 2017
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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