The Marc Steiner Show

March 8, 2018

The Black Panther: Academic and Visceral Readings Cont’d

March 8, 2018 - The Black Panther Cont'd - Listen in to the second episode of our series examining the world brought to us by -- and cultural shift created by -- The Black Panther movie.With: Johns Hopkins History Professor Dr. Nathan Connolly; UMBC American Studies Professor Dr. Kimberly Moffitt; and Kalima Young, Lecturer in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University.
March 6, 2018

Sen. Fred Harris: The Last Surviving Member of the 1968 Kerner Commission

March 6, 2018 - The Kerner Commission  - On July 28, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the Kerner Commission to investigate the causes of race-related uprisings that had taken place in Detroit and dozens of other cities, and to provide recommendations for the future. We talk with former Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris, the last surviving member of the Kerner Commission.
December 18, 2017

Countdown to the Annapolis Summit: Beer Wars

December 18, 2017 - The Beer Wars - As we countdown to the Annapolis Summit we are covering issues that will be debated in the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session. One of those issues has been dubbed the "Beer Wars." I talk with Maryland Sate Comptroller Peter Franchot, and then President of the Maryland Public Health Association Raimee Eck.
November 6, 2017

The Creative Alliance: Ru-Jac Records & The Legacy of Baltimore Soul

November 6, 2017 - The Legacy of Baltimore Soul - Baltimore boasts a rich musical history, from Billie Holliday to Tupac Shakur to today's thriving music scene. Musician and producer Brooks Long who is the  Deutsch Fellow at the Creative Alliance, stopped by our studio along with  Kevin Coombe (, who wrote the liner notes for all the re-issued Ru-Jac recordings.
October 27, 2017

Dharna Noor: Corporate Controlled Media and Critiquing Bias

October 27, 2017 - Corporate Controlled Media and Critiquing Bias - Real News Producer Dharna Noor wrote a compelling article for Truthout on the nature of corporate-controlled media and the complex symmetry between the Trumpian attacks on the media and Freddie Gray protesters in Baltimore.
September 28, 2017

Baltimore’s Future: David Warnock’s ‘Pugh Plan’

September 27, 2017 - Warnock's 'Pugh' Plan - We are launching a series of conversations about the future of Baltimore. David Warnock, former Mayoral candidate and founder of Camden Partners, wrote an interesting op-ed on what he thinks should be "Pugh's Plan" to revitalize the economy of Baltimore. We sat down in CEM's studio to explore his ideas.
June 26, 2017

Local News Roundtable: Solutions Other Than Policing

June 26, 2017 - Segment 2 - We hosted a Local News Roundtable and discussed ways we can combat the violence in Baltimore City other than through increased policing. With: Denzel Mitchell, Carl Stokes, and Jaisal Noor.
December 11, 2015

Sound Bites: Fairfield Incinerator | The Chesapeake Bay and Agricultural Pollution

December 10, 2015 - Segment 3 - On our newest edition of Sound Bites, our series on food and our world, we begin with an update on the status of the Fairfield incinerator project. We then look at a report called The Chesapeake Bay and Agricultural Pollution: The Problem, Possible Solutions, and the Need for Verification.
February 18, 2013

Israelis Offering Up Votes to Palestinians

February 12, 2013 - Segment 3 - We travel to the Middle East to close out our show. Did you know that in the recent Israeli elections, some Israelis offered up their votes to Palestinians? You will hear our interviews with 19-year old Palestinian activist George Abdallah from Jenin, and Tamar Aviyah, who is an Israeli citizen and activist in Tel Aviv.
February 14, 2013

History of Agricultural Policy in the US

February 14, 2013 – Segment 3 - We begin with another passage from our interview with Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food and Water Watch and author of Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America. Wenonah discusses the history of agricultural policy in the United States since the 1980s.
February 14, 2013

Opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline

February 14, 2013 - Segment 2 - Another movement - one that has risen in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. Yesterday, nearly fifty environmental activists were arrested outside of the White House during a protest against the pipeline. Protests will take place all weekend, including a rally in Washington, DC, on Sunday organized by, the Hip Hop Congress, and the Sierra Club.We will be talking to: Jamie Henn, Communications Director for; and Marty Cobenais, Indigenous Environmental Network pipeline campaigner, who was arrested yesterday.
February 14, 2013

One Billion Rising

February 14, 2013 - Segment 1 - We turn from the traditional Valentine's Day focus - Hallmark cards and candy - to an important movement, One Billion Rising, that is using this day to educate about the horrors that women and girls face worldwide and to demand an end to violence against women. The coalition's name refers to the shocking statistic that one out of every three women is beaten or raped during her lifetime (amounting to one billion women and girls).
February 13, 2013

Anti-Native American Racism in Pro Sports Team Names & Mascots

February 13, 2013 - Segment 3 - Suzan Shown Harjo joins us to discuss anti-Native American racism in the names and mascots of professional sports teams. Harjo is the President of The Morning Star Institute, a national Native rights organization, a founder of the National Museum of the American Indian, and a columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network.
February 13, 2013

Lea Gilmore on the Grammys

February 13, 2013 - Segment 2 - We are joined by Center for Emerging Media's Cultural Correspondent and Blues/Gospel songstress Lea Gilmore, for a conversation about the Grammys. We go beyond the spectacle of who wore what and focus on the artists who won Grammys but weren't featured on the broadcast. Why were they left out? We discuss that and more with Lea.
February 13, 2013

Roundtable on the State of the Union

February 13, 2013 - Segment 1 - A roundtable of analysts and commentators from across the political spectrum to talk about the speech. The panel includes: DeWayne Wickham, Chair of the Communications Studies Department at Morgan State University and columnist for USA Today; Tony Campbell, professor of Political Science at Towson University; Dr. Margaret Flowers, co-director of It's Our Economy US and co-host of the radio show Clearing the Fog; and Imara Jones, economic justice contributor for
February 12, 2013

Manhunt for Christopher Dorner

February 12, 2013 - Segment 2 - We cover the manhunt taking place in California, for an ex-cop that was dismissed by the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspect, Christopher Dorner, has blamed racism and corruption in the LAPD for his war against the department.
February 12, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI Resigns

February 12, 2013 - Segment 1 - We discuss yesterday's announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he would be resigning from the papacy, citing a deterioration in "strength of mind and body." He is the first pope to resign in six centuries. We will examine what his resignation means for the Catholic Church and the world, as well as speculate upon who might be elected next.
February 11, 2013

Philosophers’ Roundtable on Eurocentric Philosophies

February 11, 2013 - Hour 2 - Another Philosophers' Roundtable! Tonight we will examine the critique that in the U.S. we focus on Eurocentric philosophies, and will feature philosophers who are working to change that reality.
February 11, 2013

2013 State of the City Address

February 11, 2013 - Hour 1 - Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will present her State of the City address, and tonight at 5:00 we kick off our week with a roundtable discussion of that speech. Co-host Anthony McCarthy joins me in-studio, and the panel will feature: attorney Sheryl Wood; John Bullock, Professor of Political Science at Towson University; and organic farmer and hula-hoop man Andreas Spiliadis.
February 7, 2013

The Future of Food and Farming

February 7, 2013 - Segment 3 - Interviews with Wenonah Hauter, author of Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America, and the Executive Director of Food and Water Watch; Sophia Maravell, Brickyard's Education Director, and Carissa Lovelace, Campaign Director of Save This Soil; and Dr. Lorne Garretson, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Emory University.
February 7, 2013

Amy Wilentz on Haiti

February 7, 2013 - Segment 2 - The award-winning Amy Wilentz joins us to discuss her newest book, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti. Wilentz tackles the the objectification of Haiti's victimization and searches for why Haitians - in the eyes of the West - are not seen as active controllers of their own destiny.
February 7, 2013

Shane Bauer On Solitary Confinement

February 7, 2013 - Segment 1 - Shane Bauer, an independent journalist based in Oakland who wrote an article about solitary confinement for Mother Jones titled "Solitary in Iran Nearly Broke Me. Then I Went Inside American Prisons."
February 6, 2013

The Move to Repeal the Death Penalty in Maryland

February 6, 2013 - Segment 3 - We discuss the move to repeal the death penalty in Maryland. We're joined by John Bessler, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore; Jane Henderson, Executive Director of MD CASE; Harford County State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly; Delbert Tibbs, poet and activist, former deathrow inmate, presently the Assistant Director of the Membership and Communications for Witness to Innocence; and independent journalist Hassan Giordano.
February 6, 2013

Raising the Minimum Wage in Maryland

February 6, 2013 - Segment 2 - We examine the debate over raising the minimum wage in Maryland, with: Cory McCray, labor activist and co-founder of the BEST Democratic Club and; Michael Saltsman, Research Director at the Employment Policies Institute.
February 6, 2013

Confidential Justice Department Memo

We begin our show with a discussion of the recent leak of a confidential Justice Department memo detailing the U.S. government's legal rationale for the targeted killings of US citizens overseas - specifically, using drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects. Our guests are:

February 4, 2013

February 4, 2013 – Segment 1

"Institutional racism" is a phrase we often hear, but one that is not often enough discussed, defined, or researched. Tonight we plan to take a look at the definition and historical roots of institutional racism, especially as they relate to today. Our panel of guests includes:

January 31, 2013

Reporting Pesticides in Maryland and What Waterkeeper/Perdue Means for the Future

This week, we discuss the controversy over pesticides in our environment with the release of two reports detailing the prevalence of pesticides in the Chesapeake Bay, and a new piece of legislation going before the Maryland General Assembly that would require pesticide applicators, like farmers and pesticide sellers, to report information about them to the state.
January 31, 2013

January 31, 2013 – Hour 1

We look at the other side of Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's acclaimed film that received criticism for its underdeveloped Black characters. We will explore the three Black characters featured in the film, illuminating their lives and their roles in the political struggle for freedom in America. Joining us are:

January 30, 2013

January 30, 2013 – Segment 4

Peter Dreier joins us to discuss his new book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame. Peter is the Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, and director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Department, at Occidental College in Los Angeles.



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 29, 2013

January 29, 2013 – Hour 2


We have a conversation with Nick Turse, author of Kill Anything That Movies: The Real American War in Vietnam. His book argues that violence against civilians was actually very common in the Vietnam War, and this tactic of war had significant consequences on veterans and Vietnamese communities.


January 28, 2013

January 28, 2013 – Hour 2

We close out the show with a roundtable analysis of a number of other pressing issues of the day, including the death penalty debate, the trial of Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold for criminal misconduct, and a proposed minimum wage increase.


Our guests will include:

January 28, 2013

January 28, 2013 – Hour 1

We return to the case of Anthony Anderson, Sr., an East Baltimore man who died last September in police custody after being thrown to the ground by officers. Our guests are:

January 24, 2013

January 24, 2013 – Segment 3

We talk with actor and writer Keith Snipes, and Donna L. Jacobs, Artistic Director of Full Circle Dance Company, about their collaborative work, Moving Passages 2: Dances Inspired by Writing. The performance draws from political speeches, journalism, tweets, Shakespeare, Poe, Jill Scott, and more.

January 24, 2013

January 24, 2013 – Segment 2

Members of UNITE HERE! and workers from Baltimore's Hyatt Regency Hotel join us to talk about a case currently being heard by the National Labor Relations Board, in which NLRB lawyers say the hotel discriminated against workers involved in unionizing efforts. Guests include:

January 24, 2013

January 24, 2013 – Segment 1

We discuss the news that the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office said it will not press charges against police officers who were involved in the death of Anthony Anderson, who died in police custody last year. J. Wyndal Gordon, attorney for the Anderson family, joins us.


January 22, 2013

January 22, 2013 – Segment 1

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States. Joining us to talk about the legacy of the decision and wrestle with the issues that surround this to this day are:

January 21, 2013

January 21, 2013 – Hour 2

We continue our special Martin Luther King Jr. Day coverage as we speak with King biographer Taylor Branch. Branch is the author of the classic trilogy on King called America in the King Years. He recently released a condensed version of the trilogy called The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement.