Rise of Charm City

A podcast production and consulting firm for companies with a social conscience


Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City is a 30-minute audio documentary series featuring the oral histories of businesses, landmarks, and neighborhoods in Baltimore City. Our production team travels around the city to interview proprietors, entrepreneurs, historians, students, and other city residents about the memories they associate with each place. 

The show airs biweekly on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. during The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 FM. It is also be available for download and streaming via Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher, and Acast. 

Created in partnership with  AIR's 15-city Localore: Finding America initiative in January 2016, The Rise of Charm City launched its second season in February 2017, with financial support from The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and listener contributions. 


Stacia L. Brown, Creator/Producer

Stacia is a freelance writer who's work has appeared in The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, New Republic, Slate, Vox, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan and various other publications. Raised in Baltimore from age 4, Stacia has a passion for telling the city's stories and engaging others in its rich cultural history. The Baltimore Sun named her one of the city's notable tweeters in its "The 410 in 140" series. Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City is her first foray into radio.

 Photo credit: Mawish Raza 

Photo credit: Mawish Raza 

Ali Post, Field Producer

As Program Director at the radio station at Oberlin College, Ali became interested in radio as a forum for storytelling, education, and community-generated media content. In 2012, she worked as a production intern for the oral history project StoryCorps. In 2014, she taught radio production to teenagers at Radio Rookies, WNYC's youth media program. She also periodically does freelance research and production for the podcast Radio Diaries and currently serves as WEAA's digital content producer. 

Marsha Jews, Production Consultant

Marsha is an award-winning civic leader and noted public speaker on topics ranging from leadership, diversity, work/life balance, entrepreneurship, and breaking the glass ceiling.  She has several years of experience producing two radio shows for national public radio stations, New York - WHCR 90.3 FM and Baltimore - WEAA 88.9 FM. The latter, Keep It Moving with Marsha Jews, airs Mondays at 7 PM on WEAA. 

Mawish Raza, Sound Editor/Designer (Emeritus)

Mawish Raza is a documentary filmmaker invested in using media as a participatory tool to encourage engagement and ownership. She has partnered with Amnesty International and South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) to produce video campaigns and currently works with the Baltimore-based nonprofit Wide Angle Youth Media to lead the Mentoring Video Project Program.

Currently attending graduate school, Mawish worked with The Rise of Charm City throughout Season 1 and remains a friend and supporter of the show.