Jessica

September 24, 2007

9/24/07 Jena 6, and Edwidge Danticat

Today at Noon we discussed what is going on in Jena, Louisiana, and what it means for the entire country, and for race relations.  How will this particular event go down in history?  Can Jena be redeemed? And then... How do you get to be known as "legendary" while still in your 30's?  I don't know, but I guess Edwidge Danticat does, because she has accomplished this.  She joined us to discuss her new book, a memoir.  It begins on a day in September of 2004 when she learned that her father was dying and that she was pregnant.  From there it moves to her childhood, and her emigration to the U.S.  Hope you enjoyed it!

-Jessica

For more info about Jena 6, click on the names below to go to a couple of other blogs that were mentioned during the show today:

Friends of Justice (Alan Bean)

Southern Poverty Law Center

-Justin

September 20, 2007

09/20/07 Civility

Okay, Puppy Day is over.  Sigh.  But today at Noon we've got some really interesting stuff for you. 

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Sometimes I will be standing in line at a store here in Baltimore and am just inwardly cringing at the rude behavior of the person in front of me--the way they order the clerk around, demand stuff without saying please, and don't bother to say thank you.  It drives me nuts.  I was raised differently.  When I was a server in a restaurant this used to really bother me as well, when people at my tables would just totally dispense with civility and be rude to me.  Do you ever bemoan the loss of politeness and manners in today's world?  Do you think it has a real effect on our ethics and quality of living?  Has our loss of civility harmed our social fabric?  Or am I just being a fuddy-duddy and I need to get with the new, casual way of life? We'll be discussing all this and more today with Dr. P.M. Forni.  Ten years ago, he co-founded the Johns Hopkins Civility Project, where they study and assess the effects of civility-or the lack of civility-on modern life. Join us with your thoughts, comments, and horror stories of rude people! Poll: Is American society less civil now than it was in the past?

 -Jessica

September 19, 2007

9/19/07 Blackwater USA

On Sunday, there was a shootout in Iraq.  No big deal, right?  Happens all time?  But this one was different, because it wasn't between insurgents and coalition troops, or between different Iraqi groups.  The shootout was between guards who worked for the private military company Blackwater USA and and Iraqi civilians.  Anywhere from 8-20 Iraqi's were left dead, depending on your source.  The circumstances surrounding the shootout are in question but Iraq has revoked Blackwater's license and their right to operate in Iraq.   I find this whole issue interesting because it brings up the issue of sovereignty and who exactly has the power in Iraq--the Iraqi's or the Americans.  Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has said he wants Blackwater gone, but the U.S. is advocating a wait-and-see approach to this. Join us as we speak with Naomi Klein, who is an expert on disaster capitalism and the author of The Shock Doctrine, about this issue. 

-Jessica

September 19, 2007

9/19/07 PUPPIES!

 

Franky

It's been  a somewhat stressful morning around here.  Can I tell you how excited I am by the fact that at one o'clock, representatives from Baltimore Area and Rescue Shelter (BARCS)are going to bring a doggie in?   I am also excited about the work BARCS is doing to expand their offerings for really sick animals.  They don't just get in normal abandoned puppies, kittens, dogs and cats.  They get in animals with severe physical problems.  And I think anyone who owns a pet knows how amazingly expensive serious veterinary care is.  So BARCS has started a fund to take care of these animals.  It was inspired by Franky, who was only four months old when his owner threw him out of a second story window and then put him in a trashcan.  BARCS saved Franky's life, and it wants to save the lives of more animals, so it started this special fund. Want to bring a special pet into your life?  Click here to view the animals BARCS has for adoption! We'll hear about all this and more.  Join us!

-Jessica

September 13, 2007

9/13/07 David Friedman

At one point in time, this was the most famous face in the world.  I bet most people today, at least the ones under 50, couldn't guess who it is.  It's Charles Lindbergh, who rose to fame in 1927 for being the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. He achieved instant international recognition.

Now I am willing to bet that NO ONE can identify the man in this picture, though his contribution to mankind was just as important (maybe even more so, if you've ever had or ever expect to have surgery).  It's Nobel Prize winner Dr. Alexis Carrel. And what does famous aviator Charles Lindbergh and scientist Dr. Alexis Carrel have in common?  Find out today at One o'clock, when we speak with David Friedman, author of The Immortalists: Charles Lindbergh, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and their Daring Quest to Live Forever.

-Jessica

September 11, 2007

09/11/08 disappear fear and Lea Jones

Today during our second hour we bring you some great music!

First, we're going to be joined by SONiA Rutstein and Laura Cerulli of disappear fear.  Their new CD, t a n g o, is a collection of thirteen songs in Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic and English on the themes of Love, Peace, and Equality.  This C.D. is a world of lush string arrangements, beautiful harmonies, and a view of the world that is most definitly unique.

And then...our friend Lea Jones is back.  In 1992 in a trailer on a dead end road in Washington State, he recorded 10 songs that were meant to serve as the soundtrack for Marc Waszkiewicz's documentary film Vietnam: An Inner View.  The documentary was never made; but the C.D. is finally being released to mark the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  It's called Selector Switch On (Rock and Roll).  Lea is in studio and will be playing some tunes; Marc will be by phone from Washington state.  It will be a great hour so please join us! 

-Jessica

September 6, 2007

Feet

A challenge for our listeners.  If anyone can figure out why the following search terms are sending people to our blog, I will send you a free copy of any show you like. According to the blog stats that our blog provider shows us, people have typed the following phrases into search engines and then surfed to our blog.

Feet (today)

Girl feet (yesterday)

Feet girls (two days ago)

Girl foot love (two days ago)

  I think I just figured out why this is occuring.  But I keep the challenge open!

-Jessica

August 30, 2007

08/30/07 Public Safety

Join us today at one o'clock when we will be talking to the Presidents of Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 3, Baltimore City Firefighters Local 734,  Baltimore City Fire Officers Association Local 964,  and Baltimore City Sheriff's Office Lodge 22.  They've formed a public safety alliance and have information for the public about how to be safe...and there is lot's of policy issues to discuss, from the turmoil in the fire department after the death of a young recruit last February, and the uncertainty in the Police Department as an interim commissioner takes the lead (with others circling) and an election takes place.  Join us with your comments and questions today.

-Jessica

August 29, 2007

08/29/07 Mayoral Forum

I complained here about the lackluster spirit surrounding the mayoral debate and how disappointed I was in it.  I had been looking forward to the excitement surrounding the elections since the Senate and Congressional races wrapped up.  I love elections; I think they are so much fun.  All the civic enthusiasm, watching people get excited and angry--it's fun for me.  I'm a dork, I guess.  I had been disappointed with how ho-hum it was all shaping up to be. But last night restored my faith!  We held our mayoral forum at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  In attendance were Sheila Dixon, Andrey Bundley, Robert Kaufman, Mike Schaefer, Jill Carter, and Keiffer Mitchell.  The crowd was intense and very involved.  I heard a lot of "Tell it!" and "Yes you did!" and "No you didn't!"  We had to stop and ask people to be quiet several times.  There was quite the peanut gallery in the back of the auditorium, where I was standing.  Emotions were running high.  Of course I had to tsk-tsk some people for talking over the candidates but I was also thrilled that people were inspired!  I hope you'll listen to the forum today, which we are rebroadcasting from 12-2 pm on the show.  And then come here and let us know what you think! Poll: If the primary were today, who would you vote for?

-Jessica

August 28, 2007

Don’t miss Tonight!

Tonight Marc is moderating a mayoral candidates forum at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. It's at 7-9 pm in the Wheeler Auditorium. It's open to the public but seating is limited so make sure to get there on time. Thanks to the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City for arranging the event! This forum will be broadcast on our show tomorrow. -Jessica
August 27, 2007

08/27/08 Jonathan Kozol

I stand in awe of teachers.  I really do.  Especially city teachers, or any teacher in a low-income neighborhood.  Especially any teacher in a low-income neighborhood that is teaching at a public school and thus has the spectre of No Child Left Behind hanging above her/his head all the time!  I mean honestly, how do you deal with that?  Well, Jonathan Kozol has some advice.  He is of course the educational activist most famous for his book Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools.  That book looked at race and class based economic disparities in American schools.  His new book is quite a bit more personal.  It's a series of letters he wrote to a young teacher during her first year in a Boston Public School.  It's his advice to a young teacher about how to succeed not only winning the attention of the students--but also how to maintain a sense of whim and imagination in a world obsessed with test results.  It's called Letters to a Young Teacher. What do you think? Poll: Do you think No Child Left Behind has been good or bad for our schools? Poll: What do you think of Kozol's advice that teachers subvert NCLB in any way possible? Enjoy the hour.  -Jessica
August 24, 2007

America’s Approval Rating

Let me recommend the website www.watchingamerica.com once again.  It's a great website that translates into English articles about the United States from all over the world.  I found a recent article from a Swiss paper of interest.  It's called Can America 'Find Love' Again?  It's basically advice from a Swiss columnist on how America could improve its popularity around the world.  A recent Pew Poll that talked to 45,000 people in 46 countries found that this is how people feel about us: image borrowed from www.watchingamerica.com Yikes. What do you think of that?  I'm sort of surprised that people on Venezuela are so split.  We seem to be pretty popular in Africa; must be all those aid dollars? How important is it that other countries have a favorable impression of the United States?  Does it matter?  Should we try and improve it?  How could we improve it? Poll: Is it important for America to have a positive approval rating? We don't have a show planned on this topic, but I'd just be interested to hear what you have to say.

-Jessica

August 22, 2007

8/22/07 Dr. Andres Alonso

Tonight, a very special two hour Marc Steiner Show.  We bring you a conversation with Dr. Andres Alonso, the new CEO of Baltimore City Schools.  He'll be on the air with the Chairman of the Baltimore City School Board. My co-producer Marcus says he has seen this scenario a thousand times; a new official comes into a city, and there is a lovey-dovey honeymoon period where everyone extols the virtues of the new official and truly believes this person will have the secret on how to change things.  And then the blush leaves the rose.  What do you think?  Have you heard things from Dr. Alonso that make you feel that maybe this guy has a chance to really make a difference? Poll: Do you think Dr. Andres Alonso can make Baltimore City Schools better? Poll: Should Baltimore have an elected school board? Poll: Should the City-State Partnership be ended? Poll: Should principals and teachers have more autonomy? Join us tonight!  Get your questions in beforehand here, or email us at thesteinershow@wypr.org, or call during the show, from 7-9 pm, at 410-662-8780, or 1-866-661-9309 (I finally got those numbers memorized!)

-Jessica

August 22, 2007

08/22/07 President of Baltimore City Council Forum

Ooowee!  If you didn't join us last night at the Enoch Pratt Free Library to hear the candidates for President of the Baltimore City Council argue their cases for why they should be elected, you missed out!  I'll be honest; I wasn't thrilled at the idea of working until 9:30.  But I had a great time and was really impressed by a lot of the things the candidates had to say.  Couldn't come?  That's okay; we're replaying the entire debate today, on air.  Tune in to hear Maria Allwine (G), Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), Ken Harris (D), Michael Sarbanes (D), and Charles Ulysses Smith (D).  You'll hear their answers to burning questions such as: If you had the power to do so, would you remove the Male/Female sculpture in front of Penn Station?  What high school did you go to?  And of course, we'll talk serious policy issues; the drug problem, vacant homes, schools, taxes, etc. Special thanks to the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City for arranging and hosting the event! Don't miss next weeks forum with the candidates for Mayor of Baltimore City!  Same time (Wednesday, 7pm), same place (Wheeler Auditorium, Enoch Pratt).  Call 410-377-7738 for more information. Listen to the forum! Hour One  Hour Two

-Jessica

 

P.S. Extra points if you can determine exactly where the debate got a little dirty!

Poll: Who would you like to see be Baltimore City Council President?

Poll: If you had the power to, would YOU remove the Male/Female statue outside of Penn Station?

August 21, 2007

08/21/07 Cummings, Schools, Republicans, and Israel/Palestine

Today we bring you four fascinating interviews.
  • Congressman Elijah Cummings joins us to discuss the Iraq War and more.
  • We talk to Principal Susan Burgess and teacher Tracy Larkins from George Washington Elementary, a Baltimore City school that is having great results on standardized testing.  What are they doing right?
  • Our old friend Richard Vatz, Professor at Towson and Associate Psycology Editor of USA Today Magazine, stops by to discuss his recent editorial about Republicans and 2008 politics.
  • And finally, we talk to Rabbi Arik Ascherman and his wife Rabbi Einat Ramon (the first Israeli-born female Rabbi) about the human rights work they do in Israel and Palestine.
Enjoy!

-Jessica

August 20, 2007

08/20/08 Frank DeFord

 

We did this GREAT interview with Frank Deford one April.  It was live in front of a crowd of people at Hood College.  It was great; Marc and Frank talking for an hour about sports and how sportsmanship has changed...the audience asked questions...everyone had fun and it was a great, great show. A great, great show that no one ever got to hear because of a mysterious corruption of the audio. Sigh. So join us today at 1 pm as we force lightening to strike again, for another great hour with the really wonderful Mr. Frank DeFord.  You know him from his witty and always surprising sports commentary on NPR's Morning Edition.  He's just written a new novel called The Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball. Listen to this show! -Jessica
August 20, 2007

08/20/07 Open Phones

We're back! We're back! Did you miss us? And as always after an extended time away...we bring you an hour of Open Phones to get back into the swing of things. What's going on in the world that you care about? What made you mad last week? How do you feel about things? We missed you! Give us a call ( 410.662.8780) during the show, or email us (thesteinershow@wypr.org) or leave a message here! Listen to this show! -Jessica
August 7, 2007

08/07/07 A. Robert Kaufman

 

I'll be honest.  Sometimes, the phone calls from A. Robert Kaufman are not always the most welcome.  You know he is going to twist your ear about not having a certain viewpoint (read:his) on the show, and will give you a slightly long winded explanation of how he feels and the data to back his opinions up and why this is important and so on and so on.  We're often pressed for time in this job, so sometimes this is not always the most welcome phone call.

But the thing about Bob is, this is really a person who pretty much gives everything he has to the things he believes in.  He's spent his life speaking out for the kind of people that most consider the dregs of society-the poor, the addicted, the prostitutes, the mentally ill.  He imagines a society where someone who needs help gets it.  That's really very radical and it's not often that someone espouses these beliefs and then puts their money where their mouth is like he does.  We live in a Christian nation but this perennial candidate and atheist is one of the few people I know that really embraces and lives some of the social teachings of Jesus about poverty and loving and taking care of those in need, our modern day lepers.

So I have a lot of respect for Mr. Kaufman-and will always take his phone calls.  He's on our show today because he is running for Mayor of Baltimore, and I know he has a lot to say about how we can make this a better city.  I hope you'll join us.

 -Jessica

August 6, 2007

08/06/07 Executive Privilege

I will confess that when the whole scandal about the firing of seven U.S. Attorneys I didn't find myself too captivated by the entire ordeal.  It was one of those incidents where, sure, I knew it was important, but I was having trouble rousing myself to be captivated by it. Maybe it just seemed like just more of the same. But the larger debates that have arisen from it are another story-such as the one over executive privilege.  President Eisenhower was the heaviest user of executive privilege-he invoked it over 40 times in response to demands from Senator Joseph McCarthy that White House aides testify before Congress.   The last time an aide went to court for not complying with a congressional supeana was in 1983, when Environmental Protection Agency official Rita Lavelle was told by the Reagan Administration to not testify regarding the use of Superfund money.  The jury found her not guilty of contempt charges.  The White House has asserted "executive privilege" as a reason to keep Bush Administration aides from testifying in Congress. According to a lot of things I have read, executive privilege lives in a sort of "constitutional wilderness."  The concept seems to be generally accepted as an idea, but it's scope and it's weight are undetermined.  Join us today as we discuss this issue.  What do you think?  Is President Bush going too far with who he is extending executive privilege too?  Is Congress on a witch hunt? 

-Jessica

August 1, 2007

8/1 and 8/2 Rebroadcasts

On 8/1 and 8/2 we will be bringing you some great rebroadcasts.
  • Wednesday at Noon-Though it is known as the Summer of Love, 40 years ago the summer of 1967 was a summer of increasing urban unrest.  Newark and Detroit both suffered serious riots that claimed the lives of almost 70 people. Maryland saw it's share of violence that summer as well.  In the usually quiet hamlet of Cambridge, on the Eastern Shore, 20 buildings were burned to the ground as the result of racial tensions.  Baltimore's Summer of 1967 was by no means peaceful.  So three cities, each shaped by their history of racial tensions and violence--all three cities who are struggling with rising crime in their cities today.  What can we learn? We'll talk to Antero Pietella from the Baltimore Examiner, Stephen Henderson from the Detroit Free Press,and Jonathan Schuppe from the Newark Star Ledger to discuss issues of crime and violence in cities. 
  • Wednesday at One-In another vein entirely...we discuss nonviolence.  Mark Kurlansky was our guest earlier this year to discuss his fascinating book Nonviolence: Twenty-five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea.  We'll talk about Gandhi and Martin Luther King, of course, and how they used nonviolence-but this isn't just a history lesson.  We'll talk about the future of nonviolence, and how this radical notion could work in places like Palestine or Iraq. 
  • Thursday at One-Carl Hiaasen has been delighting readers of his novels and his Miami Herald column for years with his witty, dry humor famous for skewering corrupt officials. He became a journalist's hero last year when he stood up to a compromised publisher at his paper last year-and won.  He'll talk about that and also his latest novel Nature Girl, a novel populated with the colorful and larger-than-life characters Hiaasen is famous for.  And-hometown connection alert-his brother is our city's very own Baltimore Sun reporter Rob Hiaasen!
So, I hope you enjoy.  We'll be back on Monday!

-Jessica

P.S. I wonder if my visit to www.playboy.com/magazine made bells go off in our IT person's office? 
July 25, 2007

07/25/07 Tsvi Bisk, The Optimistic Jew

I'm not Jewish.  When I told two friends who are Jewish about today's show with Tsvi Bisk, I said, "He basically says that Jews need to stop being so obsessed with the past."  These two friends come from about as different political viewpoints as possible, but they each said, "He's right.  Jews are obsessed with the past." Now the interesting thing is that both of these friends are also young-in their twenties.  And in his book called The Optimistic Jew, Tsvi Bisk says that Judaism will lose the attention and interest of these young people-the future- if it remains what he calls "a culture constantly in mourning," a culture obsessed with what happened in the past.  He believes that the Jewish people need to turn their attention from the past to the future in order to become leaders in the 21st century. Thoughts?  What did you think when he said that Jews needed to stop obsessing over the Holocaust?  Or when he said that Israel is not the goal-it is simply a tool, a means towards liberal democracy?  I thought he said some pretty interesting and controversial stuff.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

-Jessica

July 25, 2007

07/25/07 Future of the Bay

Our Beloved Bay

Today at noon we brought you a conversation with Gerald Winegrad.  He is a former state senator who is now a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.  We invited him on because of a recent op-ed he wrote for the Baltimore Sun called What it will take to restore the Bay. His op-ed paints a dismal scenario of how Bay restoration will fare if we keep continuing on as we are now.  He talked with Marc about the tough political decisions that have to be made.  He thinks that we are giving a free pass to agricultural polluters, and we need to demand that they stop polluting or take their land and return it to forestland.  He says we have to let the state have more power over land-use decisions. What do you think?  Are chicken farmers given way too much leeway?  Should counties and municipalities be able to do whatever they want with their land?  What should we do?

-Jessica

July 17, 2007

7/18/07 The Nation investigates…

At noon tomorrow we will be discussing something we try to return to often: Iraq War veterans issues. First, an update from Joshua Kors.  You might remember we've had him on twice to discuss the work he did investigating the personality disorder scandal.  That is when soldiers wounded in active duty in Iraq were being discharged under Chapter 5-13, a personality disorder.  But personality disorder is a pre-existing condition, and that meant the Army was not responsible for providing disability or medical benefits.  Kors' investigative work showed that men who were very clearly wounded DURING their service were being cheated of benefits they rightfully deserved by this classification.  His work has attracted the attention of senators who have petitioned Defense Secretary Robert Gates to investigate and who have also introduced an amendment that would temporarily suspend Chapter 5-13 until an investigation can be had.  You can learn more at the website for ABC World News with Charles Gibson, where Bob Woodruff has been working with Kors to continue reporting the story.  And then...more new shocking investigative work from The Nation.  The Nation has spent the past several months interviewing 50 combat veterans of the Iraq War and these interviews have uncovered what the Nation says is a brutal side of the war and a shocking record of disturbing behavior by American troops.  You can read the report here.  We are going to be joined by the reports authors and by some of the veterans who were interviewed.  Join us for this important show.

-Jessica

July 17, 2007

07/18/07 Dr. Andrey Bundley

I've had people tell me that Dr. Andrey Bundley is the kind of guy whose candidacy should get a lot more press and attention than it does-that he should be a candidate that attracts attention, but his campaign has seemed to ride under the radar.  I have to admit I am kind of disappointed by the Baltimore mayoral election so far.  When we were working hard on shows about the senatorial and congressional campaigns, I remember thinking, "Wow, I cannot wait to see how exciting the Mayoral campaign is!"  But it's been sort of quiet and....okay...boring.  Have people just sort of decided that the interim mayor and thus incumbent Sheila Dixon is going to win? Well I haven't--forget that!  Come on people, let's have a race here!  Let's get serious!  Let's get excited! Let's pay some attention!  Let's call and write in and ask Andrey Bundley important questions!!!! I am counting on all of you to restore my flagging civic enthusiasm!

-Jessica

July 17, 2007

7/17/07 Crime

Five people were shot this weekend.  Two people were fatally stabbed last week.  One of the victims was a 15 year old girl.  A witness in a murder case was shot, and police have charged a 15 year old boy with the crime.  The murder toll has hit 180. Do you think the police and the Mayor are doing enough? We're going to talk today with Marcie Jones of the Baltimore Crime Blog,Ser Greene of the Ashburton Area Association, and Brian Dale, President of the Ridgely's Delight Neighborhood Association. Bring your comments and thoughts to the table....

-Jessica

 

Our discussion of Citizens on Crime in Baltimore began with a conversation with Anna whose husband Zach was attacked in front on his home on June 1st.  The attack on Zach shows how vulnerable we all are to crime in our city. As a show of solidarity and an attempt to reclaim our streets from violence friends and family of Zach are organizing a Neighbors’ Night Out on Sunday, August 5th from 2 – 8pm. For more information on this event go to: www.zachsowers.com/neighbors-night-out.php

July 16, 2007

07/17/07 1 pm The Last Human

 

 

I read on CNN.COM today that they have discovered hominid fossils in Ethiopia that date from a time period for which the history of human evolution is poorly understood: 3.5-3.8 million years ago. Which just makes our show for Tuesday so perfect! A few months ago Marc came in all excited about an article he had read about a book called The Last Human: A Guide to Twenty-Two Species of Extinct Humans.  He asked me to get a review copy of the book and to try and get the authors on. Today you will be hearing from paleoartist Viktor Deak and Richard Milner, a historian of science, editor of Natural History Magazine, and author of the Encyclopedia of Evolution and Darwin's Universe.  So obviously humans are the sole surviving hominid lifeform.  That seems normal to us.  But in fact it is very strange; for most of their history, it seems that various types of humans and prehumans coexisted together.  That's so interesting to me, and I think a lot of other people too; why else would we like the Geico caveman commercials so much that the ABC network thinks it is a good idea to turn it into a television pilot?  We like the idea of a world where various Homo species live together.  I think we like the way something really similiar to us but not just like us tells us things about ourselves.  We're obsessed with twins and triplets and stories about long-lost siblings for the same reason.  But talking about this book isn't enough.  It's power comes from the dozens and dozens of arresting, amazingly lifelike images created by paleoartist Viktor Deak.  I knew you needed to see them to really understand how cool this book is.  So...just for you...because I care...Here is a slideshow of some images from the book.  Get started!

-Jessica

July 12, 2007

7/12/07 Rural Homelessness

In August 2006, the Department of Public Works of Elkton, Maryland went to the woods where some homeless people were living, pushed their belongings into a pile, and then carted it all off to a dump. The town also passed legislation this May that made illegal certain types of loitering.  Now, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland is suing to protest the legislation and what took place in August 2006. We invited the police, Mayor, and Commissioners of Elkton to come on.  No one took us up on our offer. So we'll talk this half hour about this court case, and the larger issue of rural homelesses in Maryland.  More than 38 thousand people are turned away from shelters each year in Maryland because there simply are not enough beds or enough money to help them.  The town of Elkton has a men's shelter on Main Street had 18 beds total last summer.  48 men were on the waiting list to get in.  So what are the resources or strategies that small municipalities can use to deal with the issue of rural  or small-town homelessness? How can we balance the concerns of business owners who say the homeless population causes problems for them with the needs of the homeless themselves? We'll discuss that this half hour. And please feel free to share with us your own experiences with homelessness or your encounters with the homeless, whether you live in a city or a small town.

-Jessica

July 12, 2007

7/12/07 Ralph Nader

We're back!  Sorry about the break in blogging.  Normal operations to resume.

Didja hear our interview with Ralph Nader today?  What do you think?  Crusader?  Spoiler? Well, today we had him on as an author.  The book is The Seventeen Traditions.  In this book he takes a look back at the values that shaped his own life and childhood, values such as listening, charity, and patriotism.  An overly sentimental look back, or does this book hold lessons for how we can reinvigorate our civic involvement? Do you want to meet Ralph Nader?  He will be in Baltimore this weekend at an event sponsored by Red Emma's.  It will be at St. John's Church at 2640 Saint Paul Street in Charles Village this Saturday at 1 pm.

-Jessica

July 3, 2007

07/03/07 1 PM Doc Watson and Jean Ritchie

We've got a fantastic show for you at one o'clock today.  Folk music legends Doc Watson and Jean Ritchie are giving us their first joint interview in decades.  You can see them this month at the Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music Festival. The show is prerecorded, so we cannot take any calls, but you can leave comments, memories, and questions here. Enjoy!

-Jessica

July 3, 2007

07/03/07 12 PM Space Exploration

I hope you will join guest host Jim O'Leary today at Noon for a look at some of the most recent and exciting developments in space exploration.  There are several robotic missions that are about to or just begun.  We'll talk about the New Horizons mission.  Since January 2006 this space probe has been traveling to Pluto.  It won't arrive until 2015, but will send back information about atmospheric escape, which will teach us about Earth's atmospheric evolution.  That's just the tip of the iceberg for this mission.  The Messenger spacecraft has been en route to Mercury since August 2004.  It will orbit Mercury-the first spacecraft to do so-and will send back the first new information in 30 years about that planet. And in just a few days, the Dawn spacecraft will be launched.  This spacecraft will be exploring the asteroid belt. So join us this hour as we discuss these exciting developments in space exploration!

-Jessica

June 28, 2007

06/28/07 Natalie Angier

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I am just going to go ahead and admit that I am afraid of science.  I am also afraid of math.  Just the idea of trying to understand mathmatical or scientific concepts makes my brain shut down.  There were many unpleasant moments in high school because of this mental block.* But so now that I am a bit older and a bit more patient, and more interested in the world around me, I find myself actually wanting or needing science sometimes in order to be able to understand concepts or ideas that are important to our world.  Like, climate change, or bird flu, or stem cells.  But where to go to get that kind of information?  Who is going to teach science to adults? Natalie Angier is!  Her new book has been called a "guide for the scientifically perplexed adult who wants to understand what those guys in lab coats on the news are babbling about."  That would be me.  Is it you, too?  Join us today and find out.

 -Jessica

*College was quite a different story where thanks to distribution requirements that were kind to non-scientific minds, I was only made to take two science classes.  Most people took psychology, but I took a course called Ethonobotany and a course called The Biology of Science Fiction.  This was hands down the best science course I have ever taken.  In fact it was one of the best classes I took in college.  Every meager things I know about science I learned in this class from science fiction writer and professor Joan Slonczewski.  If you like science fiction, check out her stuff.  Thanks for helping me not be totally terrified of science, Professor S.

June 28, 2007

06/28/07 12 pm Dick Cheney

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I'm hanging this picture above my desk.

Whether you love Dick Cheney or hate him, you gotta admit...he's got to be pretty clever to have made the vice presidency so powerful. Marc shared a colorful quote during his introduction to today's show.  John Nance Garner said the vice-presidency is "not worth a pitcher of warm piss."  Lovely image, and perhaps not true anymore-or at least, not true for Dick Cheney, who has exercised considerable influence from that position. We'll be discussing this at noon today.  What do you think?

-Jessica

June 27, 2007

06/27/07 12 PM Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and BRAC

How do you feel about the fact that tens of thousands of people are coming to our state because of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)?  Are you a real estate agent who is looking forward to the business? ...or a parent who is worried about more kids in an already overcrowded school? Are you a highway construction worker looking forward to benefit from the money for new transportation projects? ...or a frustrated commuter dreading even more clogged roadways? Are you a homeowner hoping to benefit from a rise in property values that may result from a rise in demand? ...or someone one or two years away from being a first time home-buyer dreading the effect these well-payed military types will have on local home prices (that would be me!)? There are just so many ways to feel about BRAC! Today at noon we are joined by Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.  He is the chair of the BRAC subcommittee.  He is going to tell us what he has been doing to make sure we are ready for all these people.

-Jessica

June 27, 2007

06/27/07 1 PM Maria Allwine

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Whatever you think of her politics, you have to respect the passion and commitment that Maria Allwine shows to the causes that are dear to her. Her newest incarnation is as the Green Party candidate for President of the City Council of Baltimore City.  She'll be joining us today to discuss her agenda for that office.  What would she do if elected?  She's run for office before, but never served.  Would her history of political activism translate into effective political leadership?  What would it mean for Baltimore to have someone like Maria Allwine at the helm of our city council? Join us with your thoughts and questions.

-Jessica

June 20, 2007

06/20/07 1 pm Cowboy Junkies

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 A little bit of radio lingo for you: perf-chat.  That's when a musician comes into the studio and performs AND chats with the host.  That is what we are going to do on Wednesday with two members of the
Cowboy Junkies.  The Cowboy Junkies made their mark in 1988 with The Trinity Session, which was recorded live in a single day in a church in Toronto.  Now they are out with their 11th studio album, called At the End of Paths Taken.  It's a rumination on family, on standing in between growing children and aging parents, on marriage, birth, and death. They'll be playing at Ramshead Live!on Wednesday night, but you can join us Wednesday at 1 o'clock for a performance and to hear Marc talks with Margot and Michael Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies.

-Jessica

June 18, 2007

06/19/07 1 pm Liza Mundy “Everything Conceivable”

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Have you ever heard of the practice of "selective reduction"?  This is when a woman who has become pregnant with more than one child has a doctor eliminite one or more fetuses through an injection of potassium chloride. The idea is to strengthen the chances of survival for the remaining fetus or fetuses.  It's a traumatic experience for the women and families who must undergo it.
The rate that selective reduction happens?  It is going up as more and more women use Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART).  Many of the fertility treatments used today result in a woman carrying multiple fetuses. But while she may conceive that many, the womb remains, as author and journalist Liza Mundy says, " ideally, a single-occupancy vehicle."  And so in order to save one or two fetuses, others must be reduced.  According to Liza Mundy, 1 in 7 American couples struggle with fertility problems.  And in our "want it, get it" culture, those struggling with fertility problems aren't going to just accept the hand nature has dealt them.  They're going to invest in what is now a multi-billion dollar industry and in many cases, sacrfice financial stability and their health in order to achieve pregnancy.  And it's hard to not support what these couples are doing-the pain of being unable to conceive or carry a child to term is unthinkable. Liza Mundy's new book is Everything Conceivable: How Assisted Reproduction is Changing Men, Women, and the World."  In this book she takes a comphrensive look at the growth of the ART industry and beyond.  She tackles the philosophical and ethical questions that this new technology is creating and the vast consequences it has for human destiny. I hope you will join us for this fantastic show and call or write in with your own experiences with Assisted Reproductive Technology or your thoughts on the ethics of it all.  Or post in the blog for other's to read your thoughts.

-Jessica

June 14, 2007

A chance to meet an author about to be on the show!

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I made a post below asking our female audience to submit their financial questions for Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar, authors of the book On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girls Guide to Personal Finance.  We are doing a pre-recorded interview with them this afternoon, and I am happy to say that lots of you submitted questions.  You have a great opportunity to go meet one of the authors, Sharon Kedar, MBA, CFA tonight at the Light Street Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library at 6:30.  She will be speaking and copies of the book are available for purchase and signing.  Call 410.396.1096 for more information.

-Jessica

June 14, 2007

06/14/07 1 pm Watching America

Tomorrow, get ready for an hour talking about planning for the influx of people coming into Maryland because of Base Realingment and Closure with Lietenaunt Governor Anthony Brown. Scratch that. Elected officials are busy, and when your boss is the Governor and asks you to clear your schedule to come to a meeting, you listen! No harm, no foul. We're working to schedule another date soon. Good thing we had a special super secret show in the works!!

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WatchingAmerica.com is a website I try and check on a daily basis. It's a place where you can read articles from the foreign press about America. The people who run the website have dozens of articles translated each day from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Russia, China, and more. In conversations with the founder of the website, William Kern, we thought that Watching America could translate into a radio special, too. So tomorrow we are putting some hurt on the phone bill at WYPR (which reminds me...are you a member yet?) and talking to foreign journalists around the world. We'll talk to:
  • Ahmad Khalidi, a co-editor of Mideast Mirror, a London-based daily, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly Journal of Palestine Studies.
  • William Waack, a newscaster for O Globo, Brazil. He's spent multiple decades as a reporter, editor, and international correspondent for the Brazillian Press.
  • Andrei Sitov, the Washington Bureau Chied for the Itar-Tass news agency of Russia.
  • and Hugh Williamson, the Berlin correspondent for the Financial Times since 2001.
We'll be talking with them about how America is viewed by their audience and in their countries. What does the world think of our domestic debates over immigration? What does the world think of our scandals (federal prosecutor firings, Plamegate, etc.) Watchingamerica.com shows the foreign press writing about topics such as tensions between Iran and the U.S. (understandable; has consequences for the entire world) and Paris Hilton's trip to, and from, and back to jail (less understandable; of course I care, and desperately, but why do they?) Enjoy the show. It will be the first of many such programs on Watching America.

-Jessica

 I'm going to jump in here with a few quick words about this hour's show.  I just came out of the studio, where we recorded the interview that will be played at 1pm.  The conversation never came around to Paris Hilton or any of the recent political scandals, but it did cover a lot of very interesting ground.  To find out the details, you'll have to listen.  If you don't catch it at 1pm, just go to http://www.wypr.org/M_Steiner.html.  We'll have the audio up there as soon as possible.

We taped the show in advance in case we had any trouble with all of the international phone connections, and to better coordinate with schedules in so many time zones.  Since we won't be taking calls as it airs, we're really looking forward to some feedback right here!

-Justin

June 13, 2007

06/14/07 Andres Alonso, new CEO of BCPSS

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Who the heck is Andres Alonso? Well, starting July 1st, the new CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools. He's also a Cuban immigrant, a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School.  He's been a teacher and was most currently the Number 2 official in the New York City Public School System. He's also our guest tomorrow at Noon. Now, I know you all are passionate about our schools and how they need to be reformed.  I hope to see lots and lots of comments and ideas in this blog.  Anything posted before the show will be given to Marc so he can consider to read or ask during the program.

-Jessica

 

update:  Don't miss our two hour special with Dr. Andres Alonso that will air from 7-9 pm on August 22nd on WYPR!

June 13, 2007

06/13/07 Seth Lerer “Inventing English”

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This afternoon we welcome Stanford University professor Seth Lerer. He is the author of Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language.  If you are a fan of William Satfire and love to learn the etymology of words, this show is for you.  My boyfriend is a big fan of words and wordplay.  I had to beg him last night to cease anagramming words outloud-it's driving me crazy.  He's the kind of word nut that will excitedly tell anyone who will listen how awful and awesome once meant the same thing, and will get very heated when discussing how he believes people misuse the word myriad.  If you have the same tendancies (or if you are just driven mad by people who do), join us today.  We'll be talking about how the English language has developed, and some of the people who had the biggest influence, like William Shakespeare.  Did you have any idea how many words he invented?  Apparently, I have him to thank for my name.

-Jessica

June 13, 2007

06/13/07 12 pm Open Phones

It's time for another rollicking round of Open Phones.  What's on your mind?  Call in at 410/662/8780, 866/661/9309, email at steinershow@wypr.org, or post your comment or idea below and I'll get it to Marc before the show.

-Jessica

June 12, 2007

Hey Ladies!

On Thursday we are going to be pre-recording an interview with Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar.  They've written a book called On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl's Guide to Personal Finance. The back reads "Most young women would love to live a carefree lifestyle filled with lunches, Louis Vuitton, and lattes, but what you might not know is that doing so can lead to future financial breakdown." I am famously bad with money.  I have no debt only because I KNOW I am bad with money and am thus terrified of credit cards.  But I also have no savings.  And I know most women my age are in the same boat.  Isn't our generation of women supposed to be smarter than this?  Aren't we supposed to be into the idea of providing for ourselves and taking care of ourselves?  Yet I look around and most of my friends seem to be waiting for someone else's finances to make things like home ownership and a college education for their children possible.  Since this will be a pre-record, we won't be able to take calls.  I'm hoping that in the comments section of the blog some of our female listeners will post questions or comments about their failures/successes in managing their personal finances.  What pitfalls have you experienced that you want to warn other women to avoid?  What have you succeeded at? 

-Jessica

June 12, 2007

06/12/07 Deputy Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld.

 

The FBI released it's 2006 crime statistics last week and it looks like Baltimore is the second most violent city in the country, behind Detroit. Our homicide rate is out of control. Yet the violent crime rate, which includes rape, robbery, and assault, is down, bucking a nationwide trend. What's going on? We'll tackle some of the same topics we talked about with David Kennedy.  How is Mayor Dixon's reign influencing the Police Department?  Will there be a shift away from the statistics driven model that O'Malley preferred?  How is the Police Department using Mayor Dixon's crime plan?  What is the strategy? We'll be joined by Baltimore City Police Department Deputy Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld.  Join us!

-Jessica

June 11, 2007

06/12/07 1 pm Voices of Immigrants

 

With immigration reform legislation floundering and the status of millions of people who reside illegally in this country still undecided, we thought it would be an appropriate time to have another show where we hear directly the voices of immigrations, documented and undocumented. We'll be hearing from Ruben Chandrasekar, an immigrant from South India, who lives here in Baltimore and works for the American Friends Service Committee.  He works on immigration issues, so he can speak not just about his own experiences but also those of people he helps everyday.  Also, Luis, who is an undocumented immigrant from Guatamala.  He came here to try and make enough money to help his mother escape an abusive relationship.  I'm a big fan of getting all the facts...which is why when we have shows on immigration we've heard from people who can talk about how it can effect schools, hospitals, the economy, how long it will take an ambulance to get to your house.  But part of the facts we need to gather is also why people come here, under what circumstances, and what will happen if they are denied a path to citizenship or if the legal route into this country is made more difficult.  I hope you enjoy it.

-Jessica

June 11, 2007

06/11/07 12 pm David Kennedy

Today we welcome David Kennedy on the show.  He used to be a resercher and professor at Harvard, where he wrote the seminal study Beyond 911: A New Era for Policing.  He also directed the Boston Gun Project, which was a large scale iniative focused on dealing with the homicide rate for young people in that city. His expertise is in community policing.  Now, that's a buzzword that gets thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean?  It means a style of policing that strives to reduce violent crime by increasing interaction and cooperation between law enforcement and the communities they serve.  It's an enforcement strategy but also a philosophy about the role law enforcement plays in a community and its relationship to the public.  David Kennedy will join us today to talk about how the community policing model has worked in other American cities.  Will Baltimore invest in this model to bring down our homicide rate? Join us at noon....

-Jessica

June 5, 2007

06/06/07 BGE and rate increases

So we all know that electricity rates went up on June 1st. Some people say, "Yeah, this sucks, but electricity costs what it costs because that is what it costs!" What if that isn't true?
June 5, 2007

06/06/07 The Six Day War with Tom Segev

This June marks the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War. Like anything else in history that has anything to do with Israel, this topic can still inflame passions, exacerbate tensions, cause arguments, etc. To commemorate the anniversary of this important time in history, we'll be joined by Tom Segev. He is an Israeli journalist and historian who just recently wrote a book on the Six Day War called 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East. Tom's previous books challenged accepted views of Israeli history. In this book he works to provide a complete and holistic account of all of the social, historical, psychological, national, and international factors that led to the war. Should be a great hour with, I'm sure, many passionate callers. Too shy for the phone? Leave your comments here!!!

-Jessica Phillips

June 5, 2007

06/05/07 John Hemingway “Strange Tribe”

I am confident you will enjoy our one o'clock show.  Ernest Hemingway is one of the more colorful and interesting writers in American literature.  From his participation in the "Lost Generation" to his time in Cuba and Key West, he absolutely was a dynamic and exciting person. I think a lot of us imagine one day putting pen to paper and writing the story of our family; how great is must be when you do so and people actually want to read it!  John Hemingway is the grandson of Ernest Hemingway, and his new book is Strange Tribe: A Family Memoir. But this story is about more than just the life and times of Ernest.  The book delves as well into the complicated life of the author's father, Ernest's youngest son, Gregory, whose preference for wearing women's clothes led to him undergoing gender reassignment surgery.  He died of a heart attack at a Miami-Dade Women's Detention Center.   This book, and this interview, is an exploration, from the inside, of a family that has been watched by outsiders for decades.  It's a beautiful book.

-Jessica Phillips

June 5, 2007

06/05/07 World Environment Day

June 5th is World Environment Day.  It's run by the United Nations Environment Programme (love that Brit spelling!).  This years topic is the melting icecaps.To mark this important day, we are bringing you TWO interviews for the price of one during our noon hour!  Lucky you!

First we will hear a rebroadcast of an interview we did a couple of weeks ago with George Monbiot.   His book is called Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning. (Okay, there has been some controversy in the office over the title.  Is it "How to Stop the Planet Burning" or "How to Stop the Planet from Burning"?  In keeping with the authors nationality and the British spelling of today's designation, I am going with the title as it was printed in England, which is, How to Stop the Planet Burning.  But so you won't be confused when you go to the bookstore to buy this book, I have placed the American version of the cover above.) And then....Dr. Timothy Foresman.  He is actually the former chief scientist for the United Nations Environment Programme.  But more importantly, I think, he is thinking critically about how to introduce children to the concept of climate change and the effect it will have on their lives and all the rest of the flora and fauna in the world.  His new book is called The Last Little Polar Bear: A Global Change Adventure Story (order it here). When I was talking with Marc about doing this interview, I said to him, "I think that young kids today fear the effects of climate change and are terrified of it in the same way that, when YOU were a young kid, you were afraid of the Russians launching nuclear bombs and destroying life as you knew it."   I think a lot of kids want to know what they can do to really make a difference, going beyond simple duck-and-cover.   This book helps them understand the science (the what, when, where, why) of climate change, and also explores the emotional toll of losing some of the world's most beautiful megafauna like polar bears. Hope you enjoy the show!

-Jessica Phillips

June 4, 2007

06/04/07 Anthony Romero “In Defense of our America”

Today we are joined by Anthony Romero.  He is the Executive Director of the national American Civil Liberties Union.  He's coming on to discuss what he sees as an unprecedented assault on civil liberties since the beginning of the War on Terror. 

-Jessica Phillips