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
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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
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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
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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 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 13, 2017
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Dr. Lawrence Brown: BRACE & The Racial Dynamics of Development

Jult 13, 2017 - Segment 1 - I had a fascinating conversation with Dr. Lawrence Brown, Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University and founder of BRACE: The Baltimore Redevelopment Action Coalition for Empowerment, about his scholarship on housing, lead poisoning and the racial dynamics of development. 
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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Dr. Alan Gilbert: Black Patriots and Loyalists

July 4, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted an archive episode of the Marc Steiner Show when Dr. Alan Gilbert joined us to talk about his compelling book Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence.
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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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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The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore: The First National Strike in the U.S.

January 29, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted a rebroadcast of my 2013 interview with Bill Barry, retired Director of Labor Studies at the Community College of Baltimore County, who joined me to talk about his important book The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore. The 1877 railroad strike was the first national strike in the United States. 
June 23, 2017
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The Story of Civil Rights: Cambridge, Marylannd

June 22, 2017 - Segment 1 - We begin the day with a special 2013 archive edition of our show, The Story of Civil Rights in Cambridge, Maryland. Our guests commemorate the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Cambridge
June 20, 2017
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Michael Eric Dyson: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster

June 20, 2017 - Segment 3 - We took a step back into 2006 to listen to my conversation with scholar, best-selling author, and radio host Michael Eric Dyson. We discussed his book published that year called Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster, which tells the story of those who were left behind during relief efforts.
June 13, 2017

50th Anniversary of Loving v Virginia: Anne and Frank Jealous

June 12, 2017 - Segment 1 - Today marks the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, so today we speak with one of the earliest couples who were illegally married across racial lines, Anne and Frank Jealous.
June 8, 2017
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ARCHIVE: Baltimore Youth in Organizing

June 8, 2017 - Segment 2 - A piece from our archives in 2015 about the role of Baltimore Youth in organizing in light of the Uprising.
June 7, 2017
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City Paper This Week: Finding Turner Station

June 7, 2017 - Segment 4 - We hosted our regular feature City Paper This Week. Steiner Show Producer Imani Spence talked with Lisa Snowden McCray, Associate Editor and writer for City Paper, about her piece on Turner Station, where Henrietta Lacks grew up.
June 7, 2017
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The Six Day War: Dr. Ali Zaghab and Time in Palestine

June 7, 2017 - Segment 3 - We hosted a conversation with our guests about the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War. Our second guest was a Palestinian American businessman and political commentator, Dr. Ali Zaghab who offered us an updated perspective on the war and his time in Palestine.
June 7, 2017
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The Six Day War: A Historic Perspective with Lia Tarachansky

June 7, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted a conversation with our guests about the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War. Our first guest was Lia Tarachansky and she offered a historic perspective on why the soldiers were fighting and what the War meant for the world.
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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Marc’s Minutes: Solutions For Confederate Monuments in Baltimore

June 1, 2017 - Segment 4 - I took a few minutes to explore my opinions on ways that we can address the issues that are presented by Confederate Monuments which honor one of the most despicable moments in American history.
June 2, 2017
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Why Does Baltimore Have So Many Confederate Monuments?

June 1, 2017 - Segment 3 - We hosted a special historical piece produced by Marc Steiner Show Senior Producer Emeritus Stefanie Mavronis which examined the multitude of Confederate Monuments in Baltimore.
June 2, 2017
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Confederate Statues in Wyman Park

June 1, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted a segment giving context to the statue of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson that exists in Wyman Park. Nadia Ramlagan and Kristina Gaddy took an in-depth look at the history behind these statues and how they became enshrined in one of Baltimore's public parks.
May 24, 2017
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Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

May 23, 2017 - Segment 1 - We hosted a very special Marc Steiner Show archive edition: A panel discussion we recorded at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in May 2011 about Manning Marable, the scholar who died just days before his groundbreaking - but controversial - biography, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, was published.
May 19, 2017
American civil rights leader Malcolm X (1925 - 1965) laughs as he relaxes on a couch in a wood-panelled room, March 1964. (Photo by Truman Moore/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Martin and Malcolm

May 19, 2017 - Segment 2 - We bring you a special 2-hour archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show from 2007, Martin and Malcolm: One Vision - Two Voices
May 18, 2017
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ARCHIVE: Historian Lauren Coodley on Upton Sinclair

May 18, 2017 - Segment 2 - We explore the life of an often overlooked but extremely important social and political figure, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair
May 16, 2017

The History of Black People and Baseball

May 16, 2017 - Segment 2 - We take a look at baseball and African Americans in light of the recent altercations between the Orioles and the Red Sox.
May 12, 2017
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The Legend John Coltrane: A Love Supreme

May 12, 2017 - Segment 3 - In light of the fact that a new documentary about the life of John Coltrane, Chasing Trane, opened in Baltimore, we listened back to the Steiner Show archives about the life and legacy of this jazz great. We examined John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. Coltrane recorded this classic album in 1964.
May 11, 2017
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Dani McClain on LARCs and Teen Pregnancy

May 11, 2017 - Segment 3 - We re-broadcast an episode from 2015 where we discuss long-acting contraception and teen pregnancy with Dani McClain, freelance reporter and Fellow at the Nation Institute.
April 28, 2017
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Shared Weight: Woody’s Journal

April 27, 2017 - Segment 3 - We took time to remember Woody Curry, who passed away on Easter. We heard Woody's Journal, a powerful episode from our series Shared Weight on the Viet Nam War and the lives of the men and women involved. Woody was a Viet Nam veteran and former Clinical Director at The Baltimore Station.
April 21, 2017
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Dr. Ira Berlin: Free At Last

April 21, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted a conversation I had with Dr. Ira Berlin, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Founder of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project.
April 21, 2017
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Free At Last: Slavery, Freedom, and America’s Civil War

April 21, 2017 - Segment 1 - We hosted a very special theatrical presentation. We reached back to 1995, when I produced a dramatic reading of Free At Last, the stories and thoughts of those who lived through and fought in America's Civil War.
April 13, 2017
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The Smothers Brothers: Comedy and Music In A Changing World

April 11, 2017 - Segment 2 - We brought a conversation from our archives about the Smothers Brothers. Marc spoke with the Smothers Brothers in 2000 about working together, what comedy means to them and how to continue making music in a changing world.
April 10, 2017
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Bill Moyers: Journalist and Political Commentator

April 7, 2017 - Segment 3 - We hosted a Steiner Show archive, my 1996 conversation with journalist and political commentator Bill Moyers about his book and PBS serieson Genesis, as well as on Baltimore's Genesis Project
April 10, 2017
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Patti LaBelle: Singer, Author, and Actress

April 7, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted a very special Steiner Show archive: my 1996 interview with the legendary Patti LaBelle! LaBelle is an American singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur.
April 10, 2017
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Robert Chew: Proposition Joe from The Wire

April 6, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted a rebroadcast of a special archive edition of the show where we remember the life of Robert Chew, the Baltimore native who portrayed the east Baltimore drug lord Proposition Joe on the hit HBO series The Wire and who died in 2013.
April 10, 2017
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Attica: The Prison Uprising of 1971

April 6, 2017 - Segment 1 - We hosted a re-broadcast of my interview with Dr. Heather Ann Thompson about her fascinating book Blood in the Water: the Attica Prison uprising of 1971 and its Legacy.
April 4, 2017

Taylor Branch and Tavis Smiley on Beyond Vietnam

April 4, 2017 - Segment 3 - We hear reflections on the Riverside Speech from Pulitzer Prize winning author Taylor Branch, and talk show host Tavis Smiley.
April 4, 2017

Remembering the “Beyond Vietnam” Speech

April 4, 2017 - Segment 2 - Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence. We honor him today.
April 3, 2017
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The Underground Railroad: National Book Award-Winning Author Colson Whitehead

April 3, 2017 - Segment 3 - We hosted a rebroadcast of a show from last September, my interview with author Colson Whitehead about his National Book Award-winning book The Underground Railroad.
March 24, 2017
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Finding our Ancestors’ Voices: A Slaves Narrative

March 24, 2017 - Segment 3 - We hosted a conversation on an upcoming lecture at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum entitled "Finding Our Ancestors Voices." With: Dr. Iyelli Ichile.
March 23, 2017

Los Otros: New Everyman Theatre Production

March 23, 2017 - Segment 1 - We begin our show with a conversation with the people who wrote the words and music for a musical called Los Otros, which is opening Friday at Everyman Theatre.
March 22, 2017
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The Late, Great Irish Poet: Seamus Heaney

March 22, 2017 - Segment 3 - We hosted a very special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, my October 2002 interview with the late great Irish poet Seamus Heaney.