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The Signal

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The Signal is a weekly radio magazine produced by WYPR, devoted to exploring Maryland's thriving artistic and cultural scene. 

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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 

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.  

We stitch together a dozen strangers’ bad dreams to create a Frankenstein’s monster of the collective unconscious; actor Tony Tsendeas shares his annual recitation of Poe’s The Raven; and author Jonathon Scott Fuqua takes us inside his book, The Secrets of the Greaser Hotel

A visit with the artists behind the glass mosaic at the AVAM; a Stoop story from psychiatric nurse Matt Manning; Betsy Boyd shares A Case of the Mondays; and music and conversation with UPS delivery guy, Mike Beresh.

As The Signal celebrates ten years on the air at WYPR, these are some all-time favorite stories from over the past decade...

A preview of the 3rd annual Baltimore Folk Festival; Jason Tinney shares from his collection of short fiction,  “Ripple Meets the Deep”; Eric Hansen discusses his young adult book, “The Epic of Clair; and Andrew Reiner tells a story of ‘in-state culture shock.’

O’s super-fan Ira Gewanter brings David Simon, Laura Lippman, Milton Kent, and Rafael Alvarez together to bask in the glow of the Orioles; a visit with Robert Marbury, author of Taxidermy Art; Elaine Eff talks about her book, The Painted Screens of Baltimore; and a preview of EMP Collective’s, The Potatoes of August.

Ira Gewanter is an Orioles fan - and an observant Jew - and he confesses what happens when loyalties collide; Jen Michalski talks about her short story collection, From Here; Judah Adashi previews Peabody’s upcoming Faculty Recital Series; a preview of Gardner McKay’s Sea Marks at Performance Workshop Theatre; and a Mobtown Studios B-Side Session with the rock band DRGN King

A radio profile of AmeriCorps service members at work around Maryland; a talk with Dan Fesperman about his drone-warfare novel, Unmanned; and a conversation with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg

The Out of the Blocks series showcases the Station North neighborhood in its own words; fans remember Orioles center-fielder Paul Blair; and combat veteran Karin Rodney-Haapala confronts her PTSD with the help of her camera

A radio adaptation of Ron Tanner’s short story, “Rosemary’s Rabbit”; Elissa Brent Weissman’s book, Nerd Camp 2.0; and a visit with the Free State Theatre Organ Society

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward remembers his years as a heavy metal trailblazer; Heather Rounds discusses her novel, “There”; and David Smooke plays a little piano

Lalita Noronha's Her Skin Phyllo-thin; Katherine Cottle’s I Remain Yours; and Lauren Francis Sharma's Til the Well Runs Dry

M L Doyle’s military mystery novel, Charm City old-time band The Manly Deeds, and Evodie Ngoy’s documentary film about young refugees in Baltimore

Community artist Beth Barbush hands her life-story over to her friends; Matthew Bowden discusses his film, “Spare Rooms”; and Ray Loomis demonstrates the mechanical marvels of the Linotype.

The twisted history of the banjo in America; a visit to the Washington Monument at Mount Vernon Place; and Nick Sjostrom’s album, “I am OK”

Photographer Harry Connolly on his 16 years in Little Italy; the gambling documentary ‘Understanding Joy’; and jazz musician Sean Beier

Commodore Wilbert McKinley’s Lego ‘Teach-Fleet,’ Madison Smartt Bell’s ‘Zig Zag Wanderer,’ and Jacob Panic’s banjo ‘pop-grass’

The Signal: 7.4.14

Jul 4, 2014
Edwin Remsberg c/o The Maryland State Arts Council

A visit with Cambodian music master Chum Ngek.

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