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
3:43 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Wendell Holmes & Brooks Long

Brooks Long (on left) and Wendell Holmes (photo crediit: Edwin Remsberg)

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.  More than 40 years separate these two musicians, but the generation gap disappears when they plug in their electric guitars.  Wendell Holmes has made his mark in music history with the long-running group, The Holmes Brothers.

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The Signal
2:25 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Out of the Blocks II: 400 E. Patapsco

photos by Wendel Patrick

 

Signal producer Aaron Henkin and electronic musician Wendel Patrick stay true to form in this second installment of their award-winning audio documentary series, Out of the Blocks.  

The concept:  One hour of radio, one city block, everybody’s story.

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The Signal
2:36 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Globe Poster, “Freedom is a Hammer”, and “So Say the Waiters”

Brothers Bob & Frank Cicero of Globe Poster
Credit Allison Fisher

The bold type and fluorescent images of Baltimore's Globe Poster Company were great advertising for touring bands back in the heyday of R & B. Now, to the creators’ surprise, they're considered works of art. 


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The Signal
12:00 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Thoreau-ly Confused, The Double Game, and Lumbee Louis Campbell

A woman tries to deal with a husband who’s somehow been possessed by the soul of Henry David Thoreau. It's a special radio adaptation from the short fiction collection, The Wild Flowers of Baltimore, by Rob Roensch.

Dan Fesperman talks about his book, The Double Game, a story that's been called a "love letter to the spy novel genre."

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The Signal
2:44 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Bubu King Janka Nabay; Danielle Ariano’s “Getting over the Rainbow”; and “Aunt Lola's Kitchen"

Janka Nabay at the WYPR studios

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 Rafael Alvarez’ holiday story, Aunt Lola’s Kitchen 

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The Signal
1:06 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Novelist Gandharva Raja, Atomic Books’ Benn Ray, and Dr. Jimmy Lin of the Rare Genomics Institute

Gandharva Raja discusses his novel, August 29:  How Kabir H Jain Became a Deity; Benn Ray from Atomic Books drops in with suggestions for holiday book giving; and Dr. Jimmy Lin of the Rare Genomics Institute talks about how the technology can match up funders, patients, and researchers with a common goal.

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The Signal
2:47 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

The Dignity of Work; Keiffer Mitchell at The Stoop; Rafael Alvarez; and coping with PTSD

Keiffer Mitchell, Jr., takes the stage at the Stoop storytelling series to share a holiday memory about his grandfather; a look at the photo book, Bodine’s Industry: The Dignity of Work; Rafael Alvarez shares an Orlo and Leini story; and a conversation with U.S. Air Force combat veteran Karin Rodney-Hapaala

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The Signal
2:03 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Learned by Heart, Sung from the Heart: The New Gospelites

The New Gospelites started their vocal harmony group in the 1970's, but they’ve been singing the old hymns since they were kids at Wharton Point’s Saint George Methodist United Church on The Eastern Shore.

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The Signal
4:24 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

The Underground Railroad Immersion Experience; and “Fakes, Lies, and Forgeries”

Historian Anthony Cohen in his back yard, with a replica slave collar

Historian Anthony Cohen brings the ‘living history’ model to the Underground Railroad; and Earle Havens highlights the genuinely bogus texts of the Bibliotheca Fictiva Collection 

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The Signal
3:05 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Illustrator David Plunkert; Megan Hamilton of The Creative Alliance; and "A Complicated Legacy"

Artist David Plunkert takes us inside his job as a professional illustrator; outgoing director Megan Hamilton remembers her time with The Creative Alliance; 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.  

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