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.

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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.

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