February 2, 2016

Baltimore Mayoral Candidate: Councilman Nick Mosby

February 2. 2016 - Segment 2 -We're joined by Democratic Mayoral candidate and City Councilman Nick Mosby, who shares his vision for the city.
January 13, 2016

Raising Strong Leaders: A Community Discussion For Parents & Young Readers

January 12, 2016 - Segment 3 - Today we preview an important community event happening this weekend in Baltimore, hosted by the Center for Urban Families: Raising Strong Readers, a community discussion for parents and young readers.
November 28, 2015

Oak Hill Center For Education And Culture: Building Social & Economic Justice In Baltimore

November 24, 2015 - Segment 3 - Today we meet with collective members of the Oak Hill Center for Education and Culture is a school that explores creative strategies for movement-building around social and economic justice in Baltimore and beyond.
February 26, 2015

Should Police Carry Guns In Public Schools?

February 26, 2015 - Segment 3 - We discuss a controversial bill that would lift restrictions on when police officers could carry their weapons, allowing them to carry them inside schools.
February 3, 2015

What Should The Role Of Police Be In Maryland Schools?

February 3, 2015 - Segment 2 - We examine the role of police in schools, in light of the video that went viral last week of an officer interacting violently with Baltimore middle school students. We will also examine Delegate John Cluster's (R-8th District) proposed bill to put armed school resource officers in all Maryland schools.
December 17, 2014

Baltimore Town Hall: City Funding, Bond Issues & Which Institutions Are Supported Financially

December 15, 2014 - Segment 2 - We discuss an important community event that's taking place Tuesday, hosted by the Baltimore Community & Business Alliance: a Town Hall Meeting on City Funding, School Funding, Body Cameras and Police Accountability, and other issues.
March 7, 2014

Baltimore Education Coalition Forum: MD Gubernatorial Candidates on Education

March 6, 2014 - Segment 2 - We listen back to the Non-Partisan Gubernatorial Forum on Education in Baltimore City, organized by the Baltimore Education Coalition, which I co-moderated. Democratic Gubernatorial candidates Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler, and Delegate Heather Mizeur share their visions for education in Maryland.
November 14, 2013

State of Public Education in Baltimore

November 14, 2013 - Segment 2 - In the wake of the announcement that Baltimore City is planning to close seven city schools, we begin our show with a roundtable discussion on education in Baltimore. In addition to the school closings, we will discuss the 10-year school construction plan as well as a recent report that Baltimore City suspended Pre-K students at a rate far higher than any other district in Maryland last year.
July 26, 2013

Chicago & Baltimore Dialogue On The Future Of Education

July 26, 2013 - Hour 2 - We open a dialogue between two cities facing tough decisions on the future of education and schools: Chicago and Baltimore. Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that 50 schools in the district will be closed, and Baltimore City's plan for the coming decade includes closing underutilized schools and placing emphasis on renovations and new school construction.
May 30, 2013

Chicago and Baltimore: Two Cities Facing Tough Decisions On Education

May 30, 2013 - Segment 1 - We open a dialogue between two cities facing tough decisions on the future of education and schools: Chicago and Baltimore. Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that 50 schools in the district will be closed, and Baltimore City's plan for the coming decade includes closing underutilized schools and placing emphasis on renovations and new school construction.
May 16, 2013

Where Are Community Schools And After-School Programs After Funding Cuts?

May 16, 2013 - Segment 4 - We talk about the state of our community schools, after-school programs, and out-of-school time after cuts to funding with a local principal, parent, and Jake Berzoff-Cohen, Organizer for the Child First Authority.
February 26, 2013

How Should We Teach Social Sciences In Our Schools?

February 26, 2013 - Segment 3 - We close our show with a look at the debate taking place right now in Chicago, over whether or not Black History should be taught in schools. You will hear from a roundtable of educators and historians about how social sciences are taught and how they should be taught in our schools.
January 30, 2013

January 30, 2013 – Segment 1

We open our show with a discussion of the Baltimore City Public Schools' policy of offering financial incentives to teachers in order to reduce the number of out-of-school student suspensions. We're joined by:

January 15, 2013

January 15, 2013 – Hour 1


December 12, 2012

December 12, 2012 – Segment 1

We take a look at the newly released Baltimore City school system's 10 year plan, which would close some schools and renovate others over the next decade to deal with infrastructural problems. Joining us to discuss the plan and some of the controversy surrounding it are:

December 11, 2012

December 11, 2012 – Segment 1

We speak with S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent for Baltimore County schools. We will speak to him about his experience leading Baltimore County schools since he started in mid-2012, as well as his past experience as chief middle schools officer in Houston, Texas.

October 17, 2012

October 17, 2012 – Segment 2

Audits of the Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) have revealed issues with bookkeeping, debt collection, and millions of unaccounted-for dollars in overtime and overpayment to employees and contractors.

September 18, 2012

September 18, 2012 – Segment 1

We will discuss the issue of truancy and prevention programs in Baltimore City with

September 17, 2012

September 17, 2012 – Hour 1

We check in with the Chicago Teachers' Strike that's moved into its second week after a failed attempt to end the strike by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and lawyers for Chicago Public Schools.

September 11, 2012

September 11, 2012 – Segment 1

The Chicago teachers' strike is in its second day, with almost 30,000 teachers and support staff walking out over reforms proposed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former chief of staff. We discuss what the strike means for not just unions but teachers' work lives and the future direction of education in America. Our guests are:


August 29, 2012

August 29, 2012 – Hour 1

We are joined in our first hour by Baltimore City Schools CEO, Dr. Andrés Alonso. He gives us an update on the state of Baltimore's schools and what we should expect out of this school year.

August 28, 2012

August 28, 2012 – Segment 4

In the aftermath of the shooting at Perry Hall High School, we take a look at violence in our schools and what can we do about it. We are joined by:

May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012 – Segment 2

Today, members of the Intersection join us to talk about the state of Baltimore City schools and how they are using media to address their issues with infrastructure. The Intersection is a non-profit that trains teens in community-organizing.

November 7, 2011

November 7, 2011 – Hour 2

Education advocates in Baltimore say that over 70% of Baltimore public schools are in need of major renovation or replacement.  Some of them join us this hour to discuss efforts to allocate funding to improving Baltimore school facilities, which will take an estimated 2.8 billion dollars.  Our guests are Terrel Williams, teacher at Holabird Academy, Briana Wills, senior at Baltimore Freedom A

June 29, 2011

June 30, 2011 – Segment 1

Marc sits down with Andres Alonso, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, to talk about the current state of the city's education system. Alonso will address the effects of the new budget on education in Baltimore and his plans to improve city schools.

June 22, 2011

June 22, 2011 – Hour 2

In the book Hands on the Freedom Plow, authors gather the testimonials of many women's personal narratives of working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) for the Civil Rights Movement.

On Friday June 24 at 7PM at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum they are holding a panel discussion of Hands on the Freedom Plow.

June 8, 2011

June 8, 2011 – Segment 1

Nancy Grasmick, the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, is the longest serving State Superintendent in the country.  She's retiring at the end of this school year, and she joins us in the studio to talk about her legacy after 20 years of heading up the Maryland school system.

May 9, 2011

May 9, 2011 – Hour 1

Join us for a discussion with members of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a community based think tank founded by group of former Baltimore City Public School Students.  We'll talk about the future of education and how we can work to improve our community here in Baltimore.
April 28, 2011

April 28, 2011 – Hour 1

How has teaching changed in recent years, and how do education experts see it changing in coming years?  These questions and others are discussed by our panel this hour, which was taped at Johns Hopkins University on April 25, 2011.

March 30, 2011

March 30, 2011 – Segment 2

Today Maryland Schools Superintendent of Education Nancy Grasmick announced that she will be stepping down at the end of June.  Having served as Superintendent for 20 years, she is the nation's longest-serving education chief.  We're joined by two reporters who have covered Grasmick's tenure in office to discuss her legacy and her decision to leave office.
Joining us are:

March 7, 2011

March 7, 2011 – Segment 3

KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Charter Schools came to Baltimore in 2002 with the founding of the Ujima Village Academy, a middle school serving mostly low income students.  They've since expanded with an elementary school, KIPP Harmony Academy.  They have some of the highest performing students in the school system, with the Ujim

March 7, 2011

March 7, 2011 – Segment 2

With federal stimulus money gone and the recession still far from over, Maryland faces a $1.6 billion budget gap this year.  In Governor Martin O'Malley's budget proposal for this year, one of the measures he suggests for closing that gap is $94 million in cuts to education.  Our guests today debate the necessity of the cuts, and discuss what they would mean for schools, municipalities, stude

February 28, 2011

February 28, 2011 – Hour 2

Today the Marc Steiner Show takes on the silver screen!  Latoya Peterson, editor of, and Darryl Wharton-Rigby, writer/producer and former writer for Homicide, join us to discuss last night's awards.

November 16, 2010

November 16, 2010 – Segment 1

Last week the Council of the Great City Schools released a report that
documented the staggering achievement gap between black male students
and their peers.

September 30, 2010

September 30, 2010 – Hour 1

September 2, 2010

September 2, 2010 – Segment 2

Fahima Vorgetts, an Afghan-born humanitarian activist, is Director of the Afghan Women's Fund.  Yesterday she returned from a trip to Afghanistan, where she works building schools for girls and running literacy programs for women, among many other endeavors.
September 1, 2010

September 1 – Segment 2

September 1, 2010

September 1, 2010 – Segment 1

July 28, 2010

August 3, 2010 – Hour 1

We're joined by Howell S. Baum, author of the new book Brown in Baltimore: School Desegregation and the Limits of Liberalism.  Why has segregation continued in Baltimore's schools over fifty-five years after legal school segregation was outlawed?

July 21, 2010

July 21, 2010 – Hour 2

Tony Geraci, the head of the Food and Nutrition Services Department in the Baltimore City Public Schools, updates us on what's being served at schools around the city.  Never one for boring bureaucratic talk, Geraci discusses the struggle of making institutional change in the school system, and why he thinks fresh, local food is important to bring to all kids.

June 17, 2010

June 17, 2010 – Segment 2

In this week's edition of Your Money Matters, Robin McKinney, Director of the Maryland CASH Campaign, discusses teaching financial literacy in public schools.

Then, Stephen Martino, Director of the Maryland State Lottery, joins us to rebut allegations that the state spent too much money purchasing slot machines for a new casino.

June 15, 2010

June 15, 2010 – Hour 2

How can we improve the quality of education in Baltimore City Public Schools? A newly released report offers several controversial suggestions for improving teacher performance, including giving principals more power to hire and fire teachers, having teachers work longer hours for better pay, evaluating teachers more regularly, and linking pay to performance.  
June 15, 2010

June 15, 2010 – Hour 1

With the end of the school year approaching, Marc is joined in studio by Dr. Andrés Alonso, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools.  Join us for a discussion of the state of the school system, plans for next year, and more.
May 12, 2010

May 12, 2010 – Hour 2

We're joined by Howell S. Baum, author of the new book Brown in Baltimore: School Desegregation and the Limits of Liberalism.  Why has segregation continued in Baltimore's schools over fifty-five years after legal school segregation was outlawed?

April 29, 2010

April 29, 2010 – Segment 1

First, another installment of Your Money Matters.  We talk to Sherry Bender from MECU about credit cards, and what you can do to manage credit card debt and use credit wisely.

March 11, 2010

March 11, 2010 – Segment 2

For our second hour, Marc talks with Nancy Grasmick, Maryland State Superintendant of Schools. We get an update on the latest issues and ideas in Maryland education.
January 21, 2010

January 21, 2010 – Hour 2

For our second hour, we're joined by Dr. Andres Alonso, CEO of Baltimore City Schools, to discuss the state of the school system, current issues and possible strategies in improving local education.
December 10, 2009

December 10, 2009 – Hour 2

We start the hour with a breif update on Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon: a new hearing on the gift card misappropriation case will take place on January 6th 2010 and her sentencing for the existing indictment is set for January 21th. Stay tuned for further details as they develop.

November 16, 2009

November 16 2009-Hour 2

On the secound hour of todays show Marc and his three guests have an intresting conversation about Education, and whats going on in the school system today.His guests are Khalilah Harris Executive Director of the Baltimore Freedom Academy Foundation.
October 29, 2009

October 29, 2009 – Hour 1

In our first hour, we discuss the role of race in education and how we assist youth in building healthy identities and relationships when they are at their most vulnerable. How can we get children the tools they need for positive outcomes in such a deeply divided system?