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

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

Matt Stockwell shows off his original tabletop game, Charm City Blues; community artist Aletheia Shin discusses her work with Baltimore’s Korean immigrants; Marion Winik shares her essay, Miracles for Aging Hair and Skin; and Moira Egan reads from her poetry collection, Hot Flash Sonnets.

Fans attempt to explain the sci-fi universe of Doctor Who, Danuta Hinc discusses her novel, To Kill the Other, and Monica Lopez-Gonzalez previews the Bmore en Español film festivial

A conversation with philosopher and musician Jonathan Badger

Dario Robleto tours us through his exhibition, Set-lists for a Setting Sun; Gregg Wilhelm and Patrick Tandy discuss the zine, Geo Poe; and Drs. Preeti John, Adriana Laser, and Martha Zeiger share their experiences as women surgeons.

Transcontinental touring musicians (with day jobs) Elias Schutzman and Lazlo Lee; stories of heroism from Lisa Van Wormer, Rich Blake, and Liz McAlister; and Brooke Johnson's "Extra Alive"

A visit with Baltimore’s Arena Players, who are reprising Amiri Baraka’s 1969 play, “Slave Ship”; music and conversation with Letitia VanSant; and Nancy Andrews shares how art has helped her to mend her post-operative psyche 

A conversation with poet and neurosurgeon Michael Salcman, editor of the anthology, Poetry in Medicine; music and conversation with ukulele songstress Victoria Vox; and a radio memorial to the late, great storyteller, Joe Challmes.

We visit with artist Paul Rucker on the eve of his solo exhibition, REWIND; we meet Mobtown Doulas Carla Paisley and Emily Leffler-Schulman; and Christine Ferrera shares from her Starbux Diary.

We visit a fitness instructor who specializes in training senior citizens.
We ride the MARC train with a commuter who’s turned his hours on the rails into an album of electronic music.


2014 Acrylic and Spray Paint on Panel 48" x 48"
Steven Pearson

Steven Pearson's exhibit, Self-Reflection; the live music showcase, Organic Soul Revolution;  Deborah Weiner shares a story at The Stoop

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.

 

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.

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. 


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."

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 

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.

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

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.

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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