Aaron Henkin | WYPR

Aaron Henkin

Producer of "Out of the Blocks" and Director of New Local Programming

Aaron creates and produces original radio programs for WYPR. His current project is the neighborhood documentary series, Out of the Blocks.  His past work includes the long-running weekly cultural program, The Signal, and the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings series, Tapestry of the Times.  Aaron's stories have aired nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, PRI’s Studio 360, & The World.

Ways to Connect

Wendell Patrick

As we listen back this morning to some of our interviews after the death of Freddie Gray, we also want to revisit how WYPR’s The Signal covered the issues days after the riot on April 27.  We hear part of the “Out of the Blocks” series produced by WYPR’s Aaron Henkin with electronic musician Wendel Patrick and talk about how Aaron produces the series, collecting the stories of a single block and stitching them together to craft Out Of The Blocks.

Fans attempt to explain the sci-fi universe of Doctor Who, we meet Mobtown Doulas Carla Paisley and Emily Leffler-Schulman, and transcontinental touring musicians (with day jobs) Elias Schutzman and Lazlo Lee

Author Jonathon Scott Fuqua takes us inside his book, The Secrets of the Greaser Hotel; a look at the photo book, Bodine’s Industry: The Dignity of Work; and we talk Girl Problem Records founder Madi Shapiro and fellow musicians Jane Vincent and Sienna Cureton-Mahoney about carving out a space for female-powered punk rock.

Out of the Blocks Podcast - 400 E Patapsco

Aug 1, 2015

On the 400 block of E Patapsco Avenue, you'll meet octogenarian pigeon racers, evangelizing barbers, philosophical convenience-store clerks, reformed and not-so-reformed drug dealers, aspiring hip hop musicians, and more.

all photos by Dan Goodrich

At midnight on Thursday, July 30th, 2015, the final amps and drum kits were reluctantly lugged out of Station North's longtime music rehearsal space, The Hour Haus.  After 25 years as a music practice facility and performance venue, the building is being converted to office space.  Audio producer Adam Droneburg and photographer Dan Goodrich spent the past few months chronicling the end of the Hour Haus era, collecting interviews and portraits of the building's final musical residents.

The roller-coaster music career of Janka Nabay; Danielle Ariano, author of the memoir, Getting Over the Rainbow, on coming out to her family; and Matt Stockwell shows off his original tabletop game, Charm City Blues

A radio profile of AmeriCorps service members at work around Maryland; music and conversation with ukulele songstress Victoria Vox; and artist David Plunkert takes us inside his job as a professional illustrator

James Burrows and Max Bent have created a catalogue of songs that offer insights into an autistic mind; music and conversation with Letitia VanSant; and Jason Tinney shares from his collection of short fiction,  “Ripple Meets the Deep”

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World-class fly fisherman Lefty Kreh goes fishing with producer Aaron Henkin and folklorist Cliff Murphy

400 E Patapsco

Jul 7, 2015
all photos by Wendel Patrick www.wendelpatrick.com

On the 400 block of E Patapsco Avenue, you'll meet octogenarian pigeon racers, evangelizing barbers, philosophical convenience-store clerks, reformed and not-so-reformed drug dealers, aspiring hip hop musicians, and more.  

3300 Greenmount

Jul 7, 2015
all photos by Wendel Patrick www.wendelpatrick.com

On the 3300 block of Greenmount Avenue, you'll meet store clerks and restaurateurs from all over the globe - Pakistan, Mali, Korea, China, Thailand, Eritrea, and the Ukraine.  You'll also meet born & bred Baltimore entrepreneurs, bar-flies, and street corner preachers.

Out of the Blocks Podcast - 3300 Greenmount

Jul 7, 2015
Wendel Patrick

On the 3300 block of Greenmount Avenue, you'll meet store clerks and restaurateurs from all over the globe - Pakistan, Mali, Korea, China, Thailand, Eritrea, and the Ukraine. You'll also meet born & bred Baltimore entrepreneurs, bar-flies, and street corner preachers.

Historian Anthony Cohen brings the ‘living history’ model to the Underground Railroad; and novelist Robert Stucky talks about A Complicated Legacy, the story of a Southern plantation owner’s effort to emancipate his slaves, who were also his family.  

Former undercover narcotics officer Michael B Kaminski talks about the moral perils of his career;  a radio postcard from Baltimore rock band, The Flying Eyes; and an essay from Marion Winik about Prince’s Rally For Peace concert in Baltimore.

Nancy Murray’s adoption memoir, One Child for Another; the Ad Hoc Fiasco at the Wyman park Dell; and a ‘farmer’s market for the arts’ at Charm City Fringe

Gospel blues legend Wendell Holmes and his apprentice, Brooks Long, share stories and songs on this special co-production of The Signal and Maryland Traditions.

In Praise of Coffee

Jun 5, 2015

A cross-cultural coffee tour through Maryland, from an Ethiopian coffee roasting ceremony in Takoma Park, to the cafes of Greektown, to a gourmet coffee enterprise in Annapolis

Sex Ed

Jun 3, 2015

How do you talk to your teens about sex? How do you encourage them to be safe and to look for answers in the right places, especially in this Internet age? We continue our look at teen pregnancy and adolescent health with a conversation about sex education. Deborah Roffman, author of “Talk to Me First", shares what she’s learned in her 40 years as a human sexuality educator for elementary through high school students. Plus, we hear from a peer educator from Planned Parenthood about how to talk to high schoolers about relationships and making healthy choices.

Gwendolyn Glenn

While Baltimore’s rate of teen pregnancy dropped by a third from 2009 to 2013, the city’s rate is still about twice that of the state. In this hour, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen fills us in on how the city is working to reduce teen pregnancy and promote safe-sex practices. We’ll also hear from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers Kristin Mmari and Beth Marshall on the negative consequences stemming from teen births and hear how the health of Baltimore teens compares to their peers around the globe.

We talk with Will Holman, author of, Guerilla Furniture Design; We meet the minds behind the Lo-Fi Poetry series and Clash by Night; Marc Maurer tells about how rented the Daytona Speedway for a ‘blind driver challenge’; plus, poetry from Abdul Ali and Shahem McLaurin.

Two centuries ago, in the tidewater regions of Maryland, traditional African worship practices merged with the beckoning Christianity of the Methodist Church.  Born of that cultural intersection was a new hybrid of spiritual and musical devotion, a movement that came to be known as The Singing and Praying Bands.  

A Look At The First Lady

May 18, 2015

    

From the South Side of Chicago to Harvard Law School to the White House, veteran reporter Peter Slevin explores the life of Michelle Obama, who he calls “the most unlikely first lady in modern American history.” In this biography, Slevin weaves together interviews from dozens of friends, relatives and colleagues in order to paint a detailed portrait of the First Lady.

Baltimore-based IT editor for Conde Nast's Ars Technica, Sean Gallgher, and Baltimore Sun intelligence and military reporter, Ian Duncan, join Midday to talk tech. We’ll cover the recent ruling on the NSA bulk data collection program, FBI surveillance during the Baltimore riots, and how to navigate the Internet without being detected. Plus, Microsoft debuts the “HoloLens,” a headset that superimposes graphics over what you see. Will holograms come to replace televisions and computers?

Conversations from the corner of Mount & Presbury Streets, where a new mural memorializes Freddie Gray; and a tour through a historical 19th century mill village in Hampden

Words of protest and reflection from Baltimore poets & musicians, a preview of the music and art at the  Be More Benefit, and a grown man gets a sewing lesson from his mother

  The Maryland Film Festival runs May 6th through May 10th in Baltimore, and we welcome Signal film critic Josh Slates to the program for a preview of the highlights.  

The 'Out of the Blocks' team of WYPR radio producer Aaron Henkin and electronic musician Wendel Patrick put together this audio-portrait of the neighborhood that’s become the epicenter of civil unrest in Baltimore.  These are the voices of Baltimore City’s Penn North community…

A conversation with Ann Bracken about her memoir-in-verse, The Altar of Innocence; Jonathan Jensen of the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra, and short fiction from Eric D Goodman

James Burrows and Max Bent have created a catalogue of songs that offer insights into an autistic mind; Lizzie Skurnick previews her book, That Should Be a Word; and we talk Girl Problem Records founder Madi Shapiro and fellow musicians Jane Vincent and Sienna Cureton-Mahoney about carving out a space for female-powered punk rock.

Out of the Blocks - Station North; and remembering Mike Beresh

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