Archives of the show until 2018. For recent archives, go to: The Marc Steiner Show at the Real News Network

December 17, 2014

From The Archives: Dr. Temple Grandin On ‘The Autistic Brain’

December 12, 2014 - Segment 4 - Listen in to another special archive edition of the Show, as I talk with the fascinating and inspirational author and scientist Dr. Temple Grandin. Grandin talks about her 2013 book The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum.
December 2, 2014

Sound Bites: Maryland Environmental & Agricultural Policy — What Is Governor O’Malley’s Legacy?

December 2, 2014 - Segment 3 - In the latest installment of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we host a Maryland Environmental and Agricultural Policy Roundtable on fracking and phosphorous management.
November 10, 2014

Sound Bites: Dangers of Methane | “Bee-Friendly” Plants Actually Harmful To Bees | Baltimore’s Park Heights Farmers Market

November 4, 2014 – Segment 4 – In the newest edition of Sound Bites, we hear a commentary on the dangers of methane being released from the earth, we learn about a recent report on how supposedly “bee-friendly” plants actually contain neonicotinoid pesticides, and look at Baltimore’s Park Heights Farmers Market.
September 30, 2014

Climate Change Marches and Summits

September 26, 2014 - Segment 2 - In light of the People's Climate March last Sunday and the United Nations Climate Summit this week, we examine key issues in the debate over climate change, with: Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Climate Justice Initiative; Brentin Mock, Justice Editor for Grist; and Mike Tidwell, founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and author of The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Race to Save America's Coastal Cities.
September 23, 2014

Sound Bites: Debating Agritourism | Perdue’s Power | CLF Aquaponics Project & Pesto Basil Recipe

September 23, 2014 - Segment 3 - We kick off our newest edition of Sound Bites with a discussion and debate on AgriTourism, in light of a controversial bill introduced last week by Baltimore County Third District Councilman Todd Huff. Then we discuss an editorial in the Baltimore Sun on Perdue, and hear a recipe for basil cashew pesto from the Hopkins' Center for a Livable Future Aquaponics Project at the Cylburn Arboretum.
September 3, 2014

Sound Bites: Can GMOs Feed a Hot & Hungry World? | Urban Beekeeping | Recipe from Boone Street Farm: Ground Cherry Salsa

September 2, 2014 - Segment 3 - It's a brand new episode of Sound Bites. We'll talk about a recent article from The Nation that asks the question Can GMOs Feed a Hot and Hungry World? We also learn about urban beekeeping and hear a recipe for ground cherry salsa from Baltimore's Boone Street Farm.
August 17, 2014

Technology and the Brain

August 14, 2014 - Segment 4 - We bring you a special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show: Technology and the Brain. We explore how the technological devices that have become commonplace in our society have altered the way we think, with: Steven Yantis, Chairman of the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department of Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Sergey Golitsynskiy, Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Northern Iowa.
August 12, 2014

Sound Bites: US Apples Banned in EU | Chicken Nuggets | Eating Wildly

August 12, 2014 - Segment 3 - In our latest episode of Sound Bites, we discuss the EU's ban on apples from the US, hear about what is really in chicken nuggets, and learn about what kind of wild edibles you can find in the month of August.
August 12, 2014

What’s Gotten Into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World

August 7, 2014 - Segment 3 - Remember the scare over BPA in plastic water bottles? Have you ever wondered what other chemicals are in common products and how they effect us? Our guest today is McKay Jenkins, who set out to find out about the many (and often unregulated) chemicals we're exposed to every day.
August 7, 2014

Neuroeducation and Arts Integration

August 6, 2014 - Segment 3 - Dr. Charles Limb and Dr. Mariale Hardiman are pioneers in the field of neuro-education. In lay terms, that means applying what we know about the brain to help teachers be more effective. One important area of their research is arts integration – using the arts to teach traditional academic disciplines. So today we sat down with them to talk about whether putting more art in the classroom – whether it’s theater in history class, music in math, or poetry in chemistry – can help kids learn.
July 17, 2014

Sound Bites: Dangers of Methane | “Bee-Friendly” Plants Actually Harmful To Bees | Baltimore’s Park Heights Farmers Market

July 15, 2014 - Segment 4 - In the newest edition of Sound Bites, we hear a commentary on the dangers of methane being released from the earth, we learn about a recent report on how supposedly "bee-friendly" plants actually contain neonicotinoid pesticides, and look at Baltimore's Park Heights Farmers Market.
May 14, 2014

Sound Bites: Is Soylent The End of Food? | How The Food Giants Hooked Us | CSX Derailment Pollutes James River | Recipe: Garlic Scapes

May 13, 2014 - Segment 4 - In the latest edition of Sound Bites, I talk with Bhaskar Sunkara about soylent, a powdered meal replacement. We also hear about the recent CSX train derailment polluting the James River, talk about how the food giants hooked us, and hear a recipe for garlic scapes, which are in season!
May 9, 2014

Net Neutrality

May 8, 2014 - Segment 3 - We discuss net neutrality with: Todd O'Boyle, Program Director of the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause; Brent Skorup, Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at the George Mason University; Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor of Media Studies in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University who can be found online at; and Dr. Margaret Flowers, co-Director of and co-Host of Clearing the FOG (Forces of Greed) Radio Show
May 1, 2014

Sound Bites: Eat Less Chicken / American Apples Banned in Europe / The Bay Bridge Ospreys

April 29, 2014 - Segment 3 - We begin our newest edition of Sound Bites with a look at how much water it actually takes to raise and slaughter a chicken. Then, we explore why American apples were just banned in Europe and hear about the Bay Bridge ospreys that made headline news this week.
April 8, 2014

Sound Bites: Dr. George Washington Carver

April 8, 2014 - Segment 2 - We discuss the life and legacy of George Washington Carver, in a special edition of Sound Bites! Our guests are: Mark Hersey, author of My Work Is That Of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George WashingtonCarver; Denzel Mitchell, founder and Farm Manager of Five Seeds Family Farm and Apiary; and Tonya Bolden, author of the children's book George Washington Carver.
February 27, 2014

Cyber Security & Data Breaches: What It Indicates About The Future

February 27, 2014 - Segment 3 - We turn to the topic of cyber security - or insecurity - in a discussion on the data breaches at Target and the University of Maryland. Our panelists include: Dr. Lisa Yeo, Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management at Loyola University Maryland's Sellinger School of Business; and Dr. Rick Forno, Director of the University of Maryland Baltimore County's Graduate Cybersecurity Program, Assistant Director of UMBC's Center for Cybersecurity, and Junior Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society (CIS).
February 22, 2014

Remembering Science Fiction Author Octavia Butler

February 21, 2014 - Segment 2 - We listen back to an interview from January 21, 2004, with renowned science fiction author Octavia Butler. The recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant and both the Hugo and Nebula awards, Butler passed away in February 2006.
January 28, 2014

Sound Bites: St. Brigid | Beginnings of a Delmarva Food Hub | Do GMOs Matter? | ShorePower Project

January 28, 2014 - Segment 4 - We're talking food and farming, in our newest edition of Sound Bites! SB finds its patron saint, we learn about the beginnings of a Delmarva food hub, we ask the question: Do GMOs matter?, and hear about a new project seeking to reduce energy expenditures on the Eastern Shore.
January 14, 2014

Sound Bites: Future Harvest: Farming For Profit & Stewardship Conference | GMOs & Cheerios | Maureen Ogle’s “In Meat We Trust”

January 14, 2014 - Segment 4 - In the newest edition of Sound Bites, we get a sneak preview of the 15th Annual Farming for Profit and Stewardship Conference hosted by Future Harvest CASA, which will be held this weekend. We also talk about GMOs and General Mills' decision to stop using them in Cheerios, and look at the history of Americans and meat with historian and author Dr. Maureen Ogle.
January 7, 2014

Sound Bites: Salmonella & Flaws In Poultry Safety System | Food, Ag and Environment Stories to Watch in 2014 | This Year’s Biggest Meat Stories

January 7, 2014 - Segment 4 - Are you careful with uncooked poultry? In the newest edition of Sound Bites, we look at a recent study by the Pew Charitable Trusts that highlights weaknesses in the poultry safety system. Then, we predict what the big food, agriculture and environment stories of 2014 will be, and look at the biggest meat stories of 2013.
January 7, 2014

Chilling Temperatures: Polar Vortex and Climate Change

January 7, 2014 - Segment 2 - Daphne Wysham, Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, where she directs their Sustainable Energy and Economy Network and the Genuine Progress Project, joins us to discuss the chilling temperatures, the polar vortex, and climate change.
December 13, 2013

Mario Livio’s “Brilliant Blunders: Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe”

December 13, 2013 - Segment 3 - We turn to Cosmic topics, when astrophysicist Mario Livio talks about his new book Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe.
November 20, 2013

Sound Bites: MDA Pulls Phosphorus Management Regs | Whitelock Community Farm Expands | Recipe: Sweet Potato Biscuits From Blacksauce

November 19, 2013 - Segment 3 - This week on Sound Bites, we look at the Maryland Department of Agriculture's decision to withdraw proposed phosphorus management regulations. We also hear about a community event taking place at Whitelock Community Farm in Baltimore's Reservoir Hill neighborhood, and hear a recipe for sweet potato biscuits from Damian Mosley of Blacksauce Kitchen.
November 12, 2013

Sound Bites: Food Safety Modernization Act | GMOs & Public Opinion | Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

November 12, 2013 - Segment 3 - We begin the newest episode of our series on the food system, Sound Bites, talking about the Food Safety Modernization Act. Then we talk about the GMO labeling measure that failed in Washington and hear a report back from the Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners conference.
October 31, 2013

Bending Time: The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder

October 31, 2013 - Segment 3 - It's time for The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder! National Book Award-winning novelist and scholar Dr. Charles Johnson will be talking about the book that he and his daughter co-authored, the first in a series, titled Bending Time: The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder (Volume 1), about a Black child prodigy and scientific “whiz kid.”
October 15, 2013

Sound Bites – Michael Moss on Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

October 15, 2013 - Hour 2 - In the latest episode of Sound Bites, we look at how "Big Food" has lured us into eating high-fat, low-nutrition foods over the past century, when Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Michael Moss joins us to discuss his book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.
October 11, 2013

Mark Hertsgaard On Climate Change

October 11, 2013 - Segment 5 - Stay tuned at 10:00 when we turn to climate change and some recent encouraging trends, with Mark Hertsgaard, fellow of the New America Foundation, and author, most recently, of Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.
October 8, 2013

Sound Bites: Government Shutdown’s Impact on Food | Arsenic in Animal Feed | Trans-Pacific Partnership & Food Safety

October 8, 2013 - Segment 3 - We will discuss how the government shutdown is affecting food and agriculture on the latest edition of Sound Bites! We also talk about new restrictions on arsenic in animal feed and a new free trade agreement's impact on food safety.
October 4, 2013

Anniversary of Henrietta Lacks’ Death: Rebecca Skloot on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

October 4, 2013 - Segment 1 - We talk with bestselling author Rebecca Skloot about her new book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The book follows the life of an African-American woman whose cells were taken without her consent, and which became the first immortal cell line.
September 9, 2013

Hacking: Implications For Our Privacy & Security

September 9, 2013 - Segment 4 - We turn to the topic of hacking. At recent hacking conventions in Las Vegas, cybersecurity experts revealed how easy it is to hack everything from cars to pacemakers. General Keith B. Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency, spoke at one of the conferences about his organization's use of technology to spy on people. We will look at these and other issues of cybersecurity and hacking.
August 12, 2013

Sound Bites: Rural MD Needs Immigration Reform | Update: Gather Baltimore | Why Bees Are Dying

August 13, 2013 - Segment 4 - This week on Sound Bites, we hear an opinion on how immigration reform could positively impact rural Maryland, get an update from Arthur Morgan on all things Gather Baltimore, and learn about a new study completed by the USDA and the University of Maryland that gives insight into why bees everywhere are dying.
August 12, 2013

Family of Henrietta Lacks, Unwitting Source of HeLa Cells, To Get Some Control Over Genome

August 12, 2013 - Segment 2 - Last week NIH announced an agreement with the family of Henrietta Lacks - whose cells were collected and used for research, without her knowledge or permission, by Johns Hopkins University over 50 years ago - that will finally give them recognition and some degree of control over how the genome of these important cells is used.
July 30, 2013

Sound Bites: Warehouse-Raised Fish | McDonald’s & Fast Food Workers | Farmer Profile: Charles Wright

July 30, 2013 - Hour 2 - On a new edition of Sound Bites, we ask the question: as our waterways become more polluted, will fish be raised in warehouses in our cities? Then, we discuss fast food workers and hear a profile of an Eastern Shore farmer, Charles Wright.
July 25, 2013

Sound Bites: Urban Farming, No SNAP Benefits For Violent Offenders, & A Fermentation Recipe

July 23, 2013 - Segment 3- On this live episode of Sound Bites, we discuss urban farming with Five Seeds Farm and the Baltimore Free Farm, the Senate's amendments to the Farm Bill that would bar people convicted of violent crimes from receiving benefits for life, and fermentation with Sandor Katz.
July 17, 2013

Robert McChesney On The “Digital Disconnect”

July 17, 2013 - Hour 1 - Author Robert McChesney joins us to talk about his latest book, "Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy," about the relationship between economic power and the digital world.
July 9, 2013

Sound Bites: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership | Nutrient Trading & The Chesapeake Bay | A Kayak Trip Through The Delmarva Peninsula

July 9, 2013 - Segment 3 - On a new episode of Sound Bites, we discuss what the newly-negotiated Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the EU means for our food, what a Bay-wide nutrient trading program could mean for the health of the Chesapeake Bay, and take a trip through the Delmarva peninsula with Tom Horton and Bill Nelson.
July 8, 2013

Temple Grandin’s ‘The Autistic Brain’

July 5, 2013 - Hour 2 - We rebroadcast our inspiring interview with the amazing Dr. Temple Grandin. Author, professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and a consultant on animal behavior to the livestock industry, Grandin talks about her latest book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum.
June 25, 2013

Sound Bites: Farm Bill Fails | Obesity A Disease? | Shad Dwindling In MD | Recipe: Gluten-Free Strawberry Cupcakes

June 25, 2013 - Hour 2 - On another live episode of Sound Bites we continue our discussion of the Farm Bill, which the House of Representatives failed to pass last week. Then, we talk about the AMA's decision to classify obesity as a disease, get a report on dwindling shad populations in Maryland, and hear a recipe for gluten-free strawberry cupcakes.
June 4, 2013

Sound Bites: Does Report On Arsenic & Chicken Matter?; Monsanto Watch; And Langston Hughes’ “Freedom’s Plow”

June 4, 2013 - Segment 4 - We kick-off another live episode of Sound Bites with a debate over the Johns Hopkins University study on arsenicals in chicken, and we look at Monsanto in the news with Tom Laskawy and Tom Philpott. Then, Blain Snipstal reads a Langston Hughes poem that highlights the importance of African Americans in agriculture and farming.
May 22, 2013

Sound Bites: Arsenic In Our Chicken; Supreme Court’s Monsanto Ruling; Bay Oysters; and Salt Sugar Fat

May 22, 2013 - Hour 1 - This week on Sound Bites, we learn about a study measuring arsenic in the chicken we eat, seed giant Monsanto's victory in the Supreme Court, and oyster restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay. Then, we talk to Michael Moss about his book on processed food and America's obesity crisis: Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.