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!


P.S. I wonder if my visit to made bells go off in our IT person's office? 
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 30, 2007

7/30 Gore Vidal

.51cmn6jn1xl__aa240_.jpg  A rebroadcast of Marc's November 2006 interview with essayist, novelist, playwright, author and political critic Gore Vidal whose latest memoir is titled Point to Point Navigation.                                                                                                                                   Marcus
July 30, 2007

7/30 Military Recruitment

34763_pl.jpg The past two months have seen a decline in military enlistment. Where the military was once seen as  means of upward mobility and obtaining an education, concern over the possibility of being sent to Iraq and Afghanistan has led to a decline in military enlistment. Guest host, Goucher College President, Sanford Ungar discussed the methods the military is using to attract more people to join the military with Curtis Gilroy Director of Accession Policy Director, Accession Policy for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Anita Dancs Research Director National Priorities Project.                                                                                                                                        Marcus
July 26, 2007

7/26 Cal Ripken

In honor of his induction, this week into the Baseball Hall of Fame, we are rebroadcasting Marc's interview with Baltimore Oriole's legend Cal Ripken, Jr. He's known as the Iron Man for breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak in 1995. Ripkin played 21 seasons with the Orioles and and that time he was voted Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player twice. 

Earlier this year, Cal Ripken received the ultimate honor of being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility.  In April, Marc interviewed Cal about his book Get in the Game: Eight Elements of Perseverence that Make a Difference. In the book, Ripken shares stories about his career in baseball and insights on life and work.


July 26, 2007

7/26 Sports Roundtable

The sports world has been rocked to its foundations in the last week or so, with allegations that an NBA referee bet on games, including some he worked. In addition, one of the NFL’s marquee players is facing federal charges that he operated a dog fighting operation on his property. Meanwhile, the greatest career accomplishment in baseball history is being pursued by a man that many believe used performance enhancing substances.  Guest host Milton Kent of the Baltimore Sun, discussed these topics, as well as the enshrinement this weekend of Cal Ripken into the baseball Hall of Fame and the start of the Ravens’ training camp.


July 25, 2007

7/25/07 Police Detection

The popularity of television shows like Cold Case and CSI have proven to be ratings winners for networks and resulted in increased interest in detective work. But real life seldom mirrors television and the work of the police is not wrapped up in an hour with commercial breaks.


This hour Marc talked with Lieutenant Terry Mc Larney and Detective Homer Pennington of the Baltimore Police Department Homicide Unit. They're also cold case detectives who recently solved a 1989 Baltimore murder. We learned about the detective work that goes into solving years-old murder cases. Marc then talked with forensic psychologist Jim McGee about his work and the role profiling has played in police detection.



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.


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?


July 25, 2007

07/24/07 Bottled Water


(Plastic Bottles, 2007 by Chris Jordan) Depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes. Next to the cell phone and the i-pod, the accessory du jour is a bottle of water. Whether it’s Fiji, Deer Park, Aquafina or Dasani, the bottled water industry is a billion-dollar business. But why do people spend so much on something they can get for free? And what impact are all those plastic bottles, that don’t get recycled, having on our environment? 

Budgetary and environmental concerns over bottled water have led cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Ann Arbor Michigan to prohibit the use of city funds for bottled water. In addition, restaurants nationwide are removing bottled waters from their menus. One of Marc's guests this hour was business writer Charles Fishman, who wrote about the bottled water industry for Fast Company Magazine. What he learned about the industry may change the way you think about, or purchase, bottled water.

Other related links to this show:

International Bottled Water Association Website

Food and Water Watch 

EPA National Primary Drinking Water Regulations

Consumer Reports on Water Filters

Life Straw for Water Purification


July 25, 2007

07/24/07 Md. State Comptroller Peter Franchot


Marc's guest this hour was former Montgomery County Delegate now Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot. Franchot has been in the news of late for his clashes with Governor Martin O’Malley over the state budget, slots and a Queen Anne County land deal.

Critics of Franchot feel his attempts to raise the profile of the Comptroller’s office unmasks his ambition to someday occupy the governor’s office. In addition observers believe the Comptroller is venturing into areas such as budget balancing, economic development and environmental policy which have traditionally been the governor’s domain.
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
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.


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!


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....



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:

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!


July 12, 2007

7/12/07 Frost/Nixon


Last month marked the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Watergate break-in. In 1977, three years after he resigned, Richard Nixon agreed to a series of interviews with David Frost for which he was paid $600,000. Those interviews are currently being recreated on Broadway in the Tony award-winning play Frost/Nixon.At the time of the interviews David Frost was viewed as a lightweight celebrity interviewer who didn’t have the gravitas to go toe to toe with Richard Nixon.  Today, Marc interviewed James Reston, Jr.,  who was hired as David Frost’s advisor to help him prepare for the interviews. In his new book, The Conviction of Richard Nixon: the Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon InterviewsReston provides a behind-the-scenes account of the twelve days over which the interviews took place. These interviews gripped the attention of the country.  What are your memories of them and the Watergate era?



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.


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.


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!


June 28, 2007

06/28/07 Natalie Angier


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.


*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


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?


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.


June 27, 2007

06/27/07 1 PM Maria Allwine


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.


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

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 20, 2007

06/20/07 1 pm Cowboy Junkies


 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.


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?" is full of David's writing, so you can take a look at his ideas and judge them for yourself. -Justin
June 18, 2007

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


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.


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!!

watching-america-begin-copy.jpg 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.) 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  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 13, 2007

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


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.



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”


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.


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? 


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!


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.


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....


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 -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: 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 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