April 15, 2011

April 19, 2011 – Segment 1

Join us for an Urbanite Radio Stories.  This month, Michelle Gienow's article "By Their Compost Heaps Ye Shall Know Them" takes a look at some of Baltimore's urban homesteaders, who work towards creating a self-sufficient life in the city.  We went to talk to

March 21, 2011

March 21, 2011 – Segment 2

In today's Urbanite Radio Story we're joined by Dr. Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy in the UCLA School of Public Affairs. He is a Baltimore native and one of the leading thinkers on refining drug enforcement policy to reduce violence and drug abuse without overloading our law enforcement and treatment systems.

March 9, 2011

March 9, 2011 – Hour 1

We start off the hour with a quick update from Lea Gilmore on the status of legislation that would legalize same sex marriage in Maryland.
March 3, 2011

March 8, 2011 – Segment 3

Join us for this Urbanite Radio Story with social entrepreneur Bill Drayton.  Drayton is the founder of Ashoka, a non-profit based in Arlington Virginia that pro
February 23, 2011

February 24, 2011 – Hour 2

Join us for this Urbanite Radio Story as we tour the Choptank Oyster Company, one of the first oyster farms operated in Maryland.  Farm manager Kevin McClaren took us down to the docks of the farm, where millions of oysters grow in floats on the surface of the water. 

February 16, 2011

February 16, 2011 – Segment 1

NewsTrust is an online social network that seeks to help people identify quality journalism.  We'll take a look at how this works by discussing coverage of recent events surrounding the Superblock development in downtown Baltimore, and the movement to save Read's Drug store, site of an early civil rights sit-in, from being demolished.

January 6, 2011

January 6, 2011 – Segment 2

Join us for an Urbanite Radio Story as we speak with inventor Saul Griffith, winner of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant in 2007.  He received the prize for his creative inventions, including a desktop printer that prints out eyeglass lenses.   He's worked on diverse projects like electronic ink (which powers electronic readers like the Ki

December 23, 2010

December 29, 2010 – Segment 2

Independent scientist, author and paleoartist Greg Paul joins us for one of our Urbanite Radio Stories.  He discusses his work as one of the leading illustrators of dinosaurs, his thoughts on God, and his passion for science.

December 21, 2010

December 21, 2010 – Hour 2

On today's show, we're joined by a writer and a sociologist to discuss the new way that young people in America define family.   Ethan Watters is the author of  Urban Tribes: Are Friends the New Family? He argues that 20-somethings form friendships and networks that in many ways fill the roll that family did for earlier generations.

December 15, 2010

December 15, 2010 – Segment 2

Today we revisit one of our Urbanite Radio Stories, we learn about a garden in an unlikely place.  Inside the walls of the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore, Correctional Officer Maurice Smith runs a program where inmates grow food and flowers, and help maintain a serene and welcoming corner of an otherwise stark place.

December 7, 2010

December 7, 2010 – Segment 1

Mary Joel Davis has worked with women in prison and former prisoners for over thirty years.  She founded Alternative Directions, which provides legal assistance and re-entry support to women.  Recently she founded a new program, Second Chance, to focus on women serving life sentences.  She joins us to discuss why she believes many women should be let out of prison early.

November 22, 2010

November 22, 2010 – Hour 1

Shawn Spence is a comedienne, writer, wife, and mother of five children.  She joins us this hour to discuss family, community, education, passing along values, and more.

Read Shawn's piece on family in the November issue of Urbanite Magazine.

November 9, 2010

November 9, 2010- Hour 2

This hour we talk with sociologist Kris Marsh about how the African American middle class is changing.

Click here for another interview with Kris in this month's Urbanite Magazine.

November 4, 2010

November 4, 2010 – Segment 1

Baltimore has long been plagued with the problem of vacant lots scattered across the city. These lots are often areas of epidemic crime and drug use, but now there is new hope with greenspace programs being officially established and sanctioned in the city. The greenspace programs, such as the Duncan Street Miracle Garden, provide lush and ornate gardens in place of vacant run-down city lots.

October 27, 2010

October 27, 2010 – Hour 2

Join us for another Urbanite Radio hour. This week we explore graffiti. Is it art, or vandalism? What are you looking at when you see a tag on the street? And how can painting a building be a political statement?

October 18, 2010

October 18, 2010 – Segment 2

We're joined by Haneen Alshujairy, who fled her home in Iraq with her family in 2003, and Justin Sirois, a writer living here in Baltimore.  They are the co-founders of the Understanding Campaign, which seeks to teach everyone in the world one word of Arabic.  Fhm (fuh-hem’), literally means un

September 28, 2010

September 28, 2010 – Hour 1

Pit bulls are often at the center of controversy, from illegal dog fighting to the occasional dog attack.  Can fighting dogs be rehabilitated?  Joining us this hour to talk about pit bulls are:

Caroline Griffin - Chair of the Baltimore Mayor's anti-animal abuse task force

Tami Gosheff - Head of Mid-Atlantic Bully Buddies, a rescue organization

September 15, 2010

September 15, 2010 – Hour 1

September 1, 2010

September 1, 2010 – Segment 1

August 25, 2010

August 25, 2010 – Segment 1

Join us for another Urbanite Radio story.  Today we sat down with Brian Murphy and Hillary A.
August 19, 2010

August 19, 2010 – Segment 3

In another of our Urbanite Radio Stories, we learn about a garden in an unlikely place.  Inside the walls of the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore, Correctional Officer Maurice Smith runs a program where inmates grow food and flowers, and help maintain a serene and welcoming corner of an otherwise stark place.

August 9, 2010

August 9, 2010 – Hour 2

July 28, 2010

August 5, 2010 – Segment 2



We begin this segment with another update on how frugality can be fun, as part of our "Your Money Matters" series.

July 22, 2010

July 22, 2010 – Segment 1

In another of our Urbanite Radio Stories, we take a look at cancer in Baltimore. While Baltimore City has a lower rate of cancer than other jurisdictions in Maryland, the mortality rate in the city is much higher. Our panel joins us to talk about why that is, and what's being done to improve care for those living with the disease.

Our guests are:

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.

July 2, 2010

July 8, 2008 – Hour 2

The Other Wes Moore is the tale of two boys with the same name growing up at the same time in Baltimore.  One is serving a life sentence for murder.  The other took a dramatically different path, and he speaks with us today about what he found when he explored these two similar yet divergent lives.

June 30, 2010

June 30, 2010 – Segment 4

June 10, 2010

June 10, 2010 – Segment 4

Martha Cooper joins us to discuss her photography and her new project in Baltimore.  Best known for documenting the birth of hip hop culture in New York City in the 1970's and early 80's, Martha is now back in Baltimore part-time, documenting street life in her new neighborhood here, Sowebo.

June 8, 2010

Witold Rybczynski

Witold Rybczynski is an architect, writer, professor, and urban thinker.  He joins us to discuss his vision for the future of America's cities.

May 20, 2010

May 20, 2010 – Hour 2

Have you ever heard of the Maryland Fish Pepper? In another Urbanite Radio Story, we look at the history of this local hot pepper.  It faded out of popularity and was almost lost, but a few people are working to bring the Fish Pepper back to Maryland.

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?

May 11, 2010

May 11, 2010 – Segment 1

April 1, 2010

April 1, 2010 – Segment 1

Ted Howard is the founding Executive Director of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland. He joins us to talk about his work to create better job opportunities in communities of high unemployment.

March 25, 2010

March 25, 2010 – Segment 2

Today we take a look at one of the collaborative visions that came out of this year's Urbanite Project.
March 25, 2010

March 25, 2010 – Segment 3

Max Mutchler is a scientist who works on the Hubble Space Telescope.  He joins us to discuss his observations of our solar system and other galaxies, as well as to discuss the possibility of life existing outside of Earth.

March 18, 2010

March 18, 2010 – Segment 3

March 9, 2010

March 9, 2010 – Hour 1

Last month we talked to Joan Jacobson about her Urbanite article “The Color Line,” which chronicles a diverse block on East Baltimore Street in the Patterson Park neighborhood.

February 25, 2010

February 25, 2010 – Segment 1

February 16, 2010

February 16, 2010 – Hour 1

February 4, 2010

Interview with Sheryll Cashin

For this month's Keynote interview in Urbanite magazine, author and professor Sheryll Cashin talks with Marc about the diversity imperative and the civil rights movement of the 21st century.   

January 28, 2010

January 28, 2010 – Segment 2

Turner Development Group recently paid $14 billion for Baltimore's Westport  neighborhood, a part of the city that has fallen into disrepair since the Carr Lowrey Glass Company went out of business in 2003. Turner's idea is to transform Westport into an LEED Platinum designated, sustainable urban community, with green roofs and wetland buffers.
January 19, 2010

American Homicide

We speak with Randolph Roth, author of American Homicide.  He offers a historical perspective on violence in the United States, and an explanation of why the United States is today the most homicidal affluent nation in the world.

January 4, 2010

Aneesh Chopra: America’s Chief Technology Officer

Marc talks with Aneesh Chopra, the first Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States (CTO), who previously served as the Secretary of Technology for Virginia. Marc and the CTO explore his ambitious goals for education, internet security and job creation.

December 15, 2009

Running For Their Lives

December 15, 2009

Changing Attitudes Toward Consumerism?

We're joined by Laurence Kotlikoff, Professor of Economics at Boston University and research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Elizabeth Haynes of Haynes and Company Consulting and former head of Strategic Planning at Urban
December 1, 2009

Annie Leonard: The Story of Stuff

When Annie Leonard created a short video illuminating the interconnected nature of environmental and social issues around the world, she never expected many people would see it.  Now that many millions have watched The Story of Stuff online, in classrooms, and beyond, what is Annie Leonard up to?

November 24, 2009

Alejandro and Ilyich Rivas

November 10, 2009

November 10, 2009 hour 2

We discuss health care reform this hour.  The bill to reform health care barely passed through the House last weekend, and now must go through the Senate.  Our guests are: 

November 4, 2009

November 4, 2009 – Hour 2

November 2, 2009

Keynote: The Father Figure

Here's the podcast of the full interview with Joe Jones, founder of the Center for Urban Families, featured in the November issue of Urbanite Magazine.  Click below to listen to the podcast, and
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