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The Altar of Innocence, Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra, and fiction from Eric D Goodman

Apr 23, 2015

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

 Ann Bracken’s book, The Altar of Innocence, is a poetry collection.  It’s also a memoir.  Through verse, Bracken travels back to her own childhood to explore a hidden truth at the core of her 1960’s suburban upbringing - her mother’s struggle with depression and alcoholism.  It’s a story marked by despair, but also by compassion and, ultimately, hope.  Ann Bracken joins producer Aaron Henkin in studio.

Jonathan Jensen makes his living as a bassist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, but his musical passion goes well beyond his day job. He also plays mandola with the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra. The Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra will be performing a concert of his music this weekend, and he spoke with producer Lisa Morgan about the honor. 

  Are you planning on taking advantage of the spring weather to get outside and do some yard work?  If you are, let this next story be a cautionary tale.  And if you’re not, well, let this next story be an excuse.  Signal contributor Eric D Goodman joins us with a story he’s titled, Leaving