October 4, 2007

10/4/07 O’Malley on Gay Marriage… City Teachers’ Contract Impasse

Many thought Maryland would join the small list of states to allow gay marriage until the Court of Appeals made a decision upholding the ban two weeks ago.  Some have questioned whether Governor O'Malley has changed his position on the issue over time.  See this article in The Washington Blade, as one example. There's a clip from WJZ in October of 2004 in which, referring to gay marriage, O'Malley, then Mayor of Baltimore, says "I'm certainly not opposed to it."  Not necessarily wholehearted support, but maybe moreso than his statement following the court's decision, quoted here in The Washington Blade article mentioned above: "I look forward to reading the Court's full opinion, but as we move forward, those of us with the responsibility of passing and enforcing laws have an obligation to protect the rights of all individuals equally, without telling any faith how to define its sacraments,” O’Malley said in a statement following a request from the Blade for comment. “I respect the Court's decision." O'Malley addresses the controversy around his position on gay marriage at the beginning of our show today, and then one of the lead plaintiffs in the case that sought to legalize gay marriage in Maryland, Lisa Polyak, joins us to respond. Also, in the noon hour, you can hear about the ongoing dispute over teacher contract negotiations in Baltimore.  They've reached an impasse over the logistics of adding a mandatory collaborative planning period into teachers' schedules. We separately interviewed the two key players, Andres Alonso, CEO of BCPSS, and Marietta English, President of the Baltimore Teacher's Union.  More info from The Sun here. Teachers, parents, students, administrators, objective third parties, supporters and opponents of gay marriage, please, leave us your thoughts here. -Justin
October 3, 2007

10/3/07 Rob Gifford – China Road


Before Rob Gifford got his current job as NPR London Bureau Chief, he spent six years as NPR's Beijing correspondent.  While there, he made the 3,000 mile journey from east to west along China's Route 312.  Then he wrote a book about it, China Road.  Rob joins us via ISDN from London today to tell us all about his exotic roadtrip, his time in China, and to share some observations about China's present and future role as growing world superpower.

While you're listening, you can go to Rob's site to see some pictures from China, like the one below, taken by Patrick Fraser.  Click here to go right to the pics.



October 3, 2007

9/3 Columnists/Reporters on Crime

Statistics show the murder rate in Baltimore could reach three hundred by the end of the year. Our metropolitan neighbor to the north, Philadelphia, has already passed that number. This fall, both cities are facing mayoral elecions where crime, specifically the rise in homicides, is one of the leading issues. Down south, in New Orleans, has returned to its pre-Katrina homicide rate. Once again, we'll discuss how these cities are dealing with the increase in crime, from the viewpoints of reporters and columnists in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New Orleans.                                                                                                                                      -Marcus Click on each journalist's name for a link to their writing: Gus Sentementes - Baltimore Sun Annette John-Hall - Philadelphia Inquirer Allen Johnson Jr. - New Orleans freelancer


October 2, 2007

cute kitten, as promised

Not long ago, I mentioned there would be some forthcoming pictures of a cute kitten.  We had BARCS on, and they brought this great puppy, and hopefully it inspired some people to do something nice for an animal, like maybe adopt one from the shelter.  We got this kitten from our neighbors, who obviously didn't have their cat fixed.  Maybe they're pro-life.





And now, a serious question, which picture is the cutest?  Cast your vote here.


October 1, 2007

10/01/07 Public Housing

somerset.jpgodonnel.jpglatrobe-homes.jpgcherry-hill.jpg   The varied face of public housing in Baltimore.. the above pictures are all from different public housing developments, or projects, in the city.  From top to bottom, we have Somerset Homes, O'Donnell Heights, Latrobe, and Cherry Hill. The Baltimore Housing Authority has been on the defensive lately, starting with an article in The Sun last week questioning their use of funds to demolish certain housing projects without plans to rebuild them, or replace the lost units of housing elsewhere.  That raised objections from a few people, including Congressman Cummings. Then, The Abell Foundation released a study yesterday, authored by Joan Jacobson, entitled "The Dismantling of Baltimore's Public Housing."  Maybe you can tell by the title, it offered some criticism.  Included in the report is a candid rebuttal by the Housing Authority, which is actually longer than the study itself. We're bringing together some of the key players today, with some different ideas of how to meet the challenge of providing housing for the poorest in our city.  If you have 2 cents to throw in, we'd be curious to hear it. -Justin
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!


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


September 20, 2007

9/20/07 Robert D. Kaplan


Whether or not you agree with Robert Kaplan's politcal opinions and worldview, which are undoubtedly controversial, a couple points are hard to argue.

He's highly influential, not only through his prolific writing, which includes a dozen books and twenty years worth of features and op-eds in everything from the NY Times to The Washington Post to military journals to The Atlantic Monthly, where he serves as correspondent, but also through the role he has played as advisor to the US government and military.

He's a great writer, always conveying a wealth of information in a way that is both literary in style and readable.  He does a great job of combining on-the-ground reporting, history, politics, travel writing, and literary references with his own forward-thinking analysis.

That said, you can decide for yourself what you think of Kaplan's opinions.  Click here for an archive of his articles for The Atlantic Monthly.  His most recent book is Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts.  I would strongly recommend one of his earlier books, Balkan Ghosts, an in depth look at the tumultuous Balkans.

Leave your comments here to let us know what you think of today's interview and any of Kaplan's writing that you may have read.


September 19, 2007

9/19/07 Health Care Reform


Before we get to the cute puppies at 1pm, we'll be taking a look at health care reform.  You can never have enough pictures of cute puppies, though.  If anyone would like to share any of their own, please feel free.  Actually, I should post some pictures of the new kitten in my house that's about 7 weeks old, talk about cute.  Check in soon for those. I know everyone has a lot to say about health care reform, not to mention a lot of questions.  Today, we'll be discussing different ideas for reform, the possibility of a single payer system, what the presidential candidates are talking about, and much more.  So, call or write in with your own thoughts, ok?  Thanks. -Justin
September 18, 2007

9/18/07 Rumi Turns 800!


September 30, 2007 will mark the 800th anniversary of the great Sufi mystic poet Rumi.  A number like 800 deserves more than one day of celebration, so we'll be starting ours at 1pm today with Coleman Barks, who has done the finest English-language Rumi translations that I have read. If you already are familiar with Rumi's tremendous body of work, I don't need to write anything else here.  If not, I hope you'll have a chance to hear today's show.  There's plenty of Rumi's writing, as well as information about him online, as well.  Click here for one good place to start. -Justin
September 17, 2007

9/17/07 Iraq Correspondents Panel



Reporting from Iraq, not everyone's idea of a choice job.  Despite the obvious risks, some people wouldn't have it any other way.  One of our guests this hour, The Washington Post's Baghdad Bureau Chief Sudarsan Raghavan, has been on with us a couple times before.  Last time, his hearing was damaged from a bomb blast in the Green Zone that he was caught in the middle of.  I remember him talking about whether he considered leaving Iraq after that, and it sounded like he really felt compelled to stay.  Check out his articles here.

Two other reporters are joining us for the first time today, Gordon Lubold from the Christian Science Monitor and Tina Susman from the LA Times.  Just click on their names to see what they've been writing.

Hopefully, we'll have an hour today that goes beyond all of the political rhetoric on Iraq  last week, from Petraeus and Crocker's testimony to Bush's speech, and helps us gain an understanding of what is really going on there.


September 12, 2007

9/12/07 Bo Lozoff


I was trying to figure out how to describe our guest for 1pm today, which isn't easy.  It seems like he has a lot of pursuits going on, with a common underlying motivation, but not anything that fits into the usual categories.  Then I found a mention on this website of an award he won that seems to sum it all up: The Temple Award for Creative Altruism.  You can learn more about the award and the institute behind it here.  It was the phrase "creative altruism" that struck me, though.  That seems to be the common thread in his works, whether doing prisoner outreach, writing books and music, starting the first biodiesel processing nonprofit in his home state of North Carolina, and more, which we'll hear about today. -Justin
September 11, 2007

9/11/07 Petraeus and Crocker



First of all, is it just me, or does "General Petraeus" sound like a character from The Aeneid or some other Greek war epic?  It's a strange contrast with "Ambassador Crocker."

Secondly, the attention seems to really be focused on him, as opposed to Ambassador Crocker.  Maybe Crocker feels slighted, or maybe he's happy to avoid the harsh glare of the spotlight.  Either way, here are a couple takes on our willingness to trust military opinion on the war moreso than political opinion: one from the NY Times yesterday and one from The Center for Media and Democracy.

Here is the transcript of Petraeus' testimony yesterday and here is the transcript of Crocker's testimony yesterday.

Today is Patriot Day, a national holiday.  Wikipedia has an interesting article on it here.  Yes, there are greeting cards available, even e-cards.


September 10, 2007

9/10/07 The next Mayor of Baltimore is…

...we'll find out tomorrow.  In the meantime, it's time to figure out who to vote for.  If you haven't done your homework, yet, and are wondering what the mayoral candidates have to say, you can hear four of them for half an hour each on today's show: Andrey Bundley, Jill Carter, Sheila Dixon, and Keiffer Mitchell. If you're looking to really go in depth, check out the new, ever-expanding page of election coverage we've been putting together on wypr.org. -Justin
September 5, 2007

9/5/07 Forward-Thinking… and Nancy Grasmick

I'll leave it up to you to make a connection between the two topics of our show today. The new school year is underway, and we continue our educational coverage at 1pm with Nancy Grasmick, the State Superintendent of Schools.  For Maryland, of course. But first at noon, we have a more, perhaps, abstract hour of thought.  It started with Bob Herbert's editorial in last Saturday's NY Times called "Anxious About Tomorrow."  It got us thinking about the huge changes in US society, ranging anywhere from health care, to technology, to education, to our whole polical system and economy... everything, basically.  Are our current politcal and social institutions fit to adapt to these changes? We'll be trying to get the bottom of these and other small questions in an hour today. -Justin
August 31, 2007

9/3/07 Labor Day

Happy Labor Day folks! We're celebrating by taking the day off and putting on a couple choice interviews that you might have missed earlier this summer. At noon, we have an in-depth look at the history of the Pentagon.  The interview is with Steve Vogel, a reporter at The Washington Post and author of a book fittingly called The Pentagon: A History.  It actually has a longer, second subtitle as well: The Untold Story of the Wartime Race to Build The Pentagon - And to Restore It Sixty Years Later. At one, we have a guest who should need little introduction, Michael Chabon.  Here him talk about his novels, including The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and his most recent book, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, as well as his enthusiasm for Barack Obama and plenty more. Also, keep an eye on our website this week for the premier of a new section featuring behind the scenes videos of the campaigns leading up to the Baltimore Primary Elections, and our coverage of them.  We're all thrilled to see the dialogue taking place here after the mayoral debate on Tuesday.. hope to see more as the election draws near. -Justin
August 30, 2007

8/30/07 The Digital Divide

Interesting story of how this show came to be.. I keep a list of ideas for possible future shows.  Marc had an idea last fall about "expanding/democraticizing internet access."  Months passed, and nothing came of it.  Then, earlier this summer, a friend of a friend named Pete showed up to play basketball at my house one evening.  He was telling me about his job as a research associate for a non-profit in DC that works to improve internet accessibility in the US.  I was telling him about my job here, and then realized he was the perfect person to talk to about this show idea from long ago. Fast forward, Pete hooked me up with a ton of information and other people to talk to in planning a show about the digital divide, and why it matters that people have fast and affordable internet access.  It's crazy to look at how quickly a lot of other countries have progressed in this area, while the US has been dropping further and further behind.  The internet was invented here, but while other countries have treated as a neccessary part of infrastructure that government should ensure is developed, we have treated it like a luxury commodity, allowing the big telecommunications companies to make huge profits but not ensuring that our population is best served. Time for the show.. hope you enjoy it, and I look forward to hearing what you have to say afterwards. -Justin
August 28, 2007

8/28/07 Linda Perlstein 1pm


Back to school.. never my favorite time of the year.  So, I'm thankful that as students from nursery school to grad school go back to school this time of year, I'm not among them.

That being the case, I wouldn't have chosen to do what author Linda Perlstein did.  She spent a year immersed in the life of Tyler Heights Elementary School in Annapolis.  Her book, Tested: One American School Struggles To Make The Grade, chronicles the time she spent there.  Its focus is on the effect No Child Left Behind, and the increased focus on standardized testing in education, is having on school administrators, teachers, and most importantly, students.

Public education in the US has changed a lot in just the past few years.  If you have first-hand experience with those changes, as a student, parent, teacher, or through any other perspective, we welcome your thoughts, as always.


August 24, 2007

The Other News Out There

On Tuesday, author Linda Perlstein is coming on the show.  I was looking up reviews for her new book Tested, which led me to Newsday's site.  The headline of their current "most emailed" story caught my attention: "Televangelist Bynum recovering after attack."  Another click revealed that it is also currently their "most viewed" story.  I was intrigued enough to read it, but it's strange to think about what captures people's short attention spans these days... -Justin
July 31, 2007

07/31/07 Ex-Felons’ Voting Rights

Should someone who has been convicted of a felony be allowed to vote after they finish their sentence and return home from prison? The laws governing ex-felons voting rights vary from state to state, and many have changed in the last few years.  Ex-felons can now vote in most states, now including Maryland as of this year. It makes sense to me that someone deserves to have the choice to vote after they've finished a prison sentence, whatever their crime was.  Any other argument aside for the moment, aren't prisons supposed to offer a chance for reform and rehabilitiation? I've heard arguments otherwise, though, including on the show today.  One caller suggested that offering ex-felons voting rights amounts to an attack on The Republican Party, based on his assumption that most ex-felons would vote Democrat. Any thoughts? -Justin
July 23, 2007

07/23/07 Iraq, Iran, and Gee’s Bend


First off today, Iraqi-born, Maryland-residing professor Adil Shamoo joins us to discuss where he would like to see US foreign policy in Iraq go from here.  Here's his July 16 editorial from The Sun: "America Should Leave Iraq, But For the Right Reasons."

Then, we'll hear about the long history of struggle for democracy within Iran.  Our guests are Janet Afary and Kevin B. Anderson.  They are husband and wife, and co-authors of both the book Foucault and The Iranian Revolution: Gender and The Seductions of Islamism and the recent article in The Nation magazine "The Iranian Impasse."

Lastly, anyone been to The Walters Museum lately and seen The Gee's Bend exhibit?  Tune in to hear an interview with Louisiana Bendolph and Mary Lee Bendolph, two of the quilters from Gee's Bend, as well as Linda Day Clark, whose photographs from Gee's Bend make up an accompanying exhibit.



July 18, 2007

07/19/07 Open Phones and Harry Potter


Two shows in one blog post.

At noon we'll have our monthly installment of open phones.  If you want to get your ideas for discussion in early, comment here and we'll see what you have to say before we go on the air!

Then at one, we'll join in the frenzy of anticipation for the new Harry Potter book, which is going to be out at midnight on Friday.  I learned all about how closely guarded a secret this book is being kept until then when I looked into getting an advance review copy.  Turns out there's no such thing; I guess they don't need to worry about a lack of publicity.  So, it leaves us to speculate about what is going to happen in the last book.  We'll also hear some ideas about what you and your kids can read once you've exhausted the Harry Potter collection.


 Here's a list of books that were discussed today:

  • Harry Potter Series
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Phillip Pullman’s books
  • Lion Boy series
  • Inheritance trilogy – Christopher Paolini
  • Twilight and New Moon – Stephanie Myers
  • Coraline – Gaiman
  • Wizards Hall – Jane Yolen
  • So you want to be a Wizard – Diane duane
  • The Great Stalk and Company – Kipling
  • The Omen – Terry Prachett
  • Good Omens – Neil Gauman
  • The House of the Scorpion – Nancy Farmer
  • Mercedes Lackey - Tamora Pierce
  • Bartimaeus Trilogy
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Mike Lupica
  • Matt Christopher
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys
  • The Spy Handbook
  • The Redwall Series – Brian Jacques
  • Enid Blyton’s books
  • Discworld Series – Terry Pratchett
  • Lloyd Alexander’s books
June 26, 2007

06/26/07 noon Eastern Shore Development


First off, a geography test.  Can you find the Eastern Shore on this map?

While much of The Eastern Shore is still full of small towns and farms, places like Kent County and Worcester County have seen large population growth and increasingly widespread development.  This hour we'll be looking at some of the concerns accompanying current development projects around the region.

As Jessica is from Ocean City, perhaps she has more to add here.


June 25, 2007

06/26/07 1pm Commuting

feinstein11.jpg How much time do you spend getting to and from work every day?  What else would you like to be doing with that time, however much it may be? Our show this hour will be focused on commuting, so if you need to vent, now's your chance.  Seems like commuting is something about which just about everyone has something to say, whether it be bragging about only having to walk two blocks to work or bragging about suffering through a two hour drive on congested highways.  We hope you'll share your stories with us, both here and on the air. A lot has been written about commuting.  Here's a great article from The New Yorker a few issues back, There and Back Again: The Soul of the Commuter, by Nick Paumgarten.  It uses commuting as a medium for looking at some fundamental questions about our ability as humans to decide what is best for ourselves and what we do with our time. -Justin
June 22, 2007

06/25/07 noon Some of our favorite recent articles and editorials…


These pictures will make sense if you listen to the show on Monday, I promise.

This hour we'll have interviews with the authors of some pieces that caught our attention in the papers lately, or in one case, online.  If you want to do some homework over the weekend, here's a link to each one:

What Ted Stevens, Bolivian cocaine and Halliburton have in common by Michael Scherer on Salon.com

Parents' paranoia takes toll on kids' health, happiness by L.J. Williamson in The Baltimore Sun

New Lyrics for Israel by Adam Lebor in The New York Times



June 22, 2007

06/25/07 1pm Camelia Entekhabifard


Finished reading the articles for noon and looking for something else to read over the weekend?  Read the book that we'll be discussing in the second hour on Monday with author Camelia Entekhabifard.  It's called Camelia: Save Yourself By Telling the Truth, A Memoir of Iran. 

Camelia was born and raised in Tehran.  She has a pretty incredible story about being imprisoned there for her work as a journalist, and charming her way into an opportunity to flee the country after some horrible months in solitary confinement.

Now she lives in New York City and continues her work as a journalist around the world.  Just not in Iran.


June 21, 2007

06/21/07 noon Cities With a Lot of Murders

hstats.gif One city had more homicides per capita than Baltimore last year, Detroit.  Newark wasn't far behind, barely beaten out for third by New Orleans.  This hour we talk with journalists from Detroit, Newark, and here in B-more who have been covering crime in their towns. Violence is nothing new in any of these places.  How did it become such an entrenched part of their cultures?  How is each place dealing with the problem?  What can we learn from each other? -Justin
June 21, 2007

06/21/07 1pm Stephanie Rawlings Blake

feinstein6.jpg Thanks to the City Paper for this artful shot of our current City Council President, taken back when she was City Council VP.  The article that it came from has this nice quote, as well: “I’m a workhorse, not a show horse.” That said, the City Council President will be here today to discuss her bid to maintain her presidency in this fall's election.  Tune in at 1pm. -Justin
June 20, 2007

06/20/07 noon Maryland Politics

feinstein5.jpg I took this picture looking east from the top of Federal Hill recently.  Lots of cranes around the harbor, lots of development going on. The plan for this hour is to talk about development around the city and state, along with other state political issues, with a focus on Maryland's budget. We have a group of journalists joining us for the discussion: Charles Robinson, statehouse reporter for MPT’s State Circle, Joanna Sullivan, editor of the Baltimore Business Journal and Blair Lee IV, columnist for The Gazette. -Justin
June 19, 2007

06/19/07 noon David Frum

feinstein4.jpgfeinstein2.jpgfeinstein3.jpg We just wrapped up our hour with David Frum, conservative political commentator, author, and former speechwriter for our current president.  I was taking the calls and emails, and I have to say, we had some irate listeners.  If you heard Jerry from Pikesville's call, you know what I'm talking about. Along with some emotions, some interesting ideas came through.  Are we wrapped up in a liberal/conservative political divide to the detriment of our political discourse?  Are both sides doing anything more than boring each other to tears by repeating the same arguments/defenses over and over?  Is there any meaningful dialogue between the two sides amidst all the rhetoric?  How did we get to the point of viewing our political options as "two opposing sides?" www.davidfrum.com is full of David's writing, so you can take a look at his ideas and judge them for yourself. -Justin
June 18, 2007

06/18/07 noon – The Baltimore Sun

feinstein1.jpg "A view of the "Sun" Building at Baltimore and Charles Streets. It was built after the 1904 fire. The "Sun" moved in the 1950s to Calvert Street. The Baltimore and Charles Street building was demolished before 1962 for the Charles Center development project." Thanks to the Baltimore County Legacy Web for the picture and text above. This hour some former Sun reporters, all of whom recently took a buyout, join us to talk about the Sun's shrinking newsroom.  It's nothing like the good-old-days on Charles Street, I'm sure. -Justin
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!!


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.


 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!


June 11, 2007

06/11/07 1 pm Morris Berman

Long time Steiner Show listeners may remember one of today's guests from his last appearance on the show, July 20, 2000.  Cultural historian, social critic, author, teacher, and expatriate Morris Berman joins us by phone from his current home in Mexico City at 1pm today.  You can get some idea of the theme of his latest book from its title, Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire. How much time does The United States have left in its position as a world-dominating superpower?  If its role were to change soon, would it be for better or for worse? Depends who you ask, of course.  Morris Berman has written a whole book discussing these questions, and more.  Check out his blog here http://morrisberman.blogspot.com/ -Justin
June 6, 2007

06/07/07 Congressman Chris Van Hollen


We've been hoping to have Congressman Chris Van Hollen on for a while.  It's tough coordinating with those guys on Capitol Hill when they're in session.  Unlike some of the Maryland delegation, he's never been on The Marc Steiner Show. That should change tomorrow, Thursday, at noon.  To read about the many roles Van Hollen is playing in Congress, check out his bio here: http://vanhollen.house.gov/HoR/MD08/Biography/ As always, we'll be welcoming our listener's questions and comments.  Start posting them here, or wait to call or email during the show tomorrow.



(psst....this is Jessica, sneaking in with one for the ladies! )

June 4, 2007

“‘Ready to Blog’”

A week and a half ago when Jessica told us she had our long-awaited blog up and running, I thought, "Great, I'm ready to blog."  Then I kept forgetting to get on it, as it's not part of the daily routine, yet. Today, I took a look at this page for the first time since it went up.  I had no idea Jessica had been so busy blogging away in the next room.  Good work. I'm curious to know what listeners would like to see here.  Obviously, it seems like a good place to continue discussions that begin on the show.  We could do the same in reverse, as well, that is, start a discussion here that will continue on an upcoming show.  Thoughts about the BGE rate hike?  We'll be discussing it again at noon on Wednesday; get us your ideas ahead of time right here. Other ideas?  Predictions for The Ravens upcoming season?  Funny youtube videos?  Stories about our engineer Jon Ehrens?  I promised him I'd mention him on the blog. Back to work, -Justin