Aaron Henkin

Host, The Signal, Sr. Producer & Cultural Features Reporter

Aaron Henkin is a co-creator and producer of “The Signal” on WYPR.  His work has aired nationally on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” PRI’s “Studio 360” and “The World,” and APM’s “The Story.”  Aaron is also the creator, producer and host of the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings radio series, “Tapestry of the Times.”

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The Signal
10:08 am
Tue July 22, 2014

The Banjo’s Twisted History, The Washington Monument's Restoration, and Nick Sjostrom’s “I Am OK"

Banjo historians Pete Ross, Bob Winans, and Greg Adams, with a collection of mid-nineteenth-century banjos

The twisted history of the banjo in America; a visit to the Washington Monument at Mount Vernon Place; and Nick Sjostrom’s album, “I am OK”

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The Signal
1:01 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Little Italy in Photos, Understanding Joy, and Musician Sean Beier

Harry Connolly's photo of Little Italy resident Rosa Vasta in her back yard

Photographer Harry Connolly on his 16 years in Little Italy; the gambling documentary ‘Understanding Joy’; and jazz musician Sean Beier

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The Signal
12:22 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

A Lego Armada, Zig Zag Wanderer, and Jacob Panic

Commodore Wilbert McKinley’s Lego ‘Teach-Fleet,’ Madison Smartt Bell’s ‘Zig Zag Wanderer,’ and Jacob Panic’s banjo ‘pop-grass’

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The Signal
6:36 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

The Signal: 7.4.14

Chum Ngek, with student Joanna Pecore
Credit Edwin Remsberg c/o The Maryland State Arts Council

A visit with Cambodian music master Chum Ngek.

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The Signal
2:18 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

In search of E B White; Benn Ray’s book picks; and Betsy Boyd’s baby-making odyssey

Andrew Reiner became obsessed with this photograph of E B White. He took a road trip to find where this picture was taken.

Andrew Reiner recounts his road trip to the secret stomping grounds of E B White; Atomic Books' Benn Ray recommends books; and Betsy Boyd's continuing baby-making adventures

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The Signal
8:17 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

A Place of Truth, Fort McHenry Guard Fife & Drum Corps, and Kristen Toedtman

Poet Abi Mott is the subject of Barrett Rudich's documentary, "A Place of Truth"

The story of street-corner poet Abi Mott; a visit with the Fort McHenry Guard Fife & Drum Corps; and a studio mini-concert with Kristen Toedtman

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The Signal
5:25 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Cantata for a Loop Trail, Ultima Partida, 48 Hour Film Project, and The New Black

Composer Erik Spangler, playing melodica in the woods at Leakin Park

A preview of Erik Spangler’s ‘hiking opera,’ Cantata for a Loop Trail; Monica Lopez-Gonzalez’ theatrical experiment, Ultima Partida – The Final Draw; Rob Hatch reviews the 48 Hour Film Project; and Yoruba Richen discusses her documentary, The New Black

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The Signal
9:48 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Rosemary’s Rabbit, Nerd Camp 2.0, and the Free State Theatre Organ Society

A radio adaptation of Ron Tanner’s short story, “Rosemary’s Rabbit”; Elissa Brent Weissman’s book, Nerd Camp 2.0; and a visit with the Free State Theatre Organ Society

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The Signal
4:52 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Manly Deeds, Poet Lalita Noronha, and “The Paradise that Wasn’t”

the men of The Manly Deeds

Charm City old-time band The Manly Deeds; Lalita Noronha's poetry collection, Her Skin Phyllo-thin; and Evodie Ngoy’s documentary film, The Paradise that Wasn’t

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The Signal
2:54 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, Roll Call Ritual, and Katherine Cottle’s “I Remain Yours”

Bill Ward gives Aaron Henkin's drum kit a sound thrashing amidst the artworks and antiques of Annapolis Collection Gallery.

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward remembers his years as a heavy metal trailblazer; Lisa Van Wormer shares an essay on ritual and symbolism in a military formation; and Katherine Cottle discusses her book, I Remain Yours:  Secret Mission Love Letters of My Mormon Great-Grandparents

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