The Signal

Friday 7-8 pm and Saturday 3-4 pm

The Signal is a weekly radio magazine produced by WYPR, devoted to exploring Maryland's thriving artistic and cultural scene.  Scroll down for recent episodes of the Signal and click here for episodes that aired before 2014.

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The Signal
11:38 am
Wed May 14, 2014

A Modern Apothecary, 'World Class' Poetry, Artist Lynne Parks, and Violet Levoit at The Stoop

Herbalist Olivia Fite' s modern-day apothecary; Jane Elkin's poetry book, 'World Class'; artist Lynne Parks; and a Stoop story from Violet Levoit

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The Signal
4:29 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Game show buff Cory Anotado, Brooke Johnson’s ‘Extra Alive,’ and ‘O Say Can You Feel’

Cory Anotado stares down his competition on the Game Show Network program, "The Chase"

The quizzical story of a lifelong trivia fanatic; Brooke Johnson’s one-woman play, Extra Alive; and storytellers from the oral history performance, O Say Can You Feel 

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The Signal
9:39 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Maryland Film Festival preview, and Devociones y Fe

Film Critic Josh Slates previews the 2014 Maryland film Festival with guests John Waters, Chris LaMartina, and others; Bret Jaspers profiles the community art exhibition Devociones y Fe

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The Signal
9:41 am
Fri April 25, 2014

The Linotype Machine, Magma-Bond, Nancy Heneson, Betsy Boyd, and Alan Resnick

Ray Loomis at his linotype machine (age 84 at left, age 16 at right)

The linotype machine astounds the world; Aric Wanveer invents Magma-Bond; Betsy Boyd gets pregnant; Nancy Heneson recalls a death in the family; and Alan Resnick defies logic 

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The Signal
4:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Three Generations of Griots

Baba Baile McKnight, Cheick Hamala Diabate, and Amadou Kouyate (photo credit: Shane Carpenter)

The legacy of the griot in America, through the lenses of three generations...

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The Signal
3:49 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

'Til the Well Runs Dry, Interweaving Traditions, Drop Electric B Side, and Greg Abel at The Stoop

Lauren Francis Sharma's novel, Til the Well Runs Dry, Interweaving Traditions:  Bookbinding across Cultures, Drop Electric's Mobtown Studios B Side Session, and Greg Abel at The Stoop...

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The Signal
4:07 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Toy Piano, Anne Thomas, Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald, and “Charlotte”

David Smooke at his home, tickling the (mini) ivories

Toy piano composer David Smooke, Anne Thomas at The Stoop, “An Evening with Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald,” and the short film “Charlotte”

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The Signal
3:44 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Baltimore banjo history, Understanding Joy, The Rucksack, The Memo, and Sabatinos' Peachy Dixon

Banjo historians Pete Ross, Bob Winans, and Greg Adams, with a collection of mid-nineteenth-century banjos

A look at the twisted history of the banjo, a documentary about problem gambling, an ode to an Iraq War veteran’s rucksack, Single Carrot’s production of Vaclav Havel’s “The Memo,” and a Stoop story from Sabatino’s waitress Peachy Dixon

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The Signal
3:51 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Kinobe, "It Can Be Solved by Walking," and "Needs"

Ugandan musician Kinobe, Jennifer Wallace’s It Can Be Solved by Walking, and Clarence Brown’s Needs 

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The Signal
4:09 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Bosley, Spare Rooms, and Megillat Esther

soul singer Bosley Brown, the movie Spare Rooms, and the graphic novel, Megillat Esther...

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