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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. 

Scroll down for recent episodes of the Signal and click here for episodes that aired before 2014.

Andrew Reiner recounts his road trip to the secret stomping grounds of E B White; Atomic Books' Benn Ray recommends books; and Betsy Boyd's continuing baby-making adventures

The story of street-corner poet Abi Mott; a visit with the Fort McHenry Guard Fife & Drum Corps; and a studio mini-concert with Kristen Toedtman

A preview of Erik Spangler’s ‘hiking opera,’ Cantata for a Loop Trail; Monica Lopez-Gonzalez’ theatrical experiment, Ultima Partida – The Final Draw; Rob Hatch reviews the 48 Hour Film Project; and Yoruba Richen discusses her documentary, The New Black

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

Charm City old-time band The Manly Deeds; Lalita Noronha's poetry collection, Her Skin Phyllo-thin; and Evodie Ngoy’s documentary film, The Paradise that Wasn’t

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward remembers his years as a heavy metal trailblazer; Lisa Van Wormer shares an essay on ritual and symbolism in a military formation; and Katherine Cottle discusses her book, I Remain Yours:  Secret Mission Love Letters of My Mormon Great-Grandparents

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

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 

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

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 

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

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...

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

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

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

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

Gather Baltimore, memoirist Nancy Heneson, rock duo Peals, The Drawing Zoo, and Jim Karantonis at The Stoop.

Aaron Henkin presents a profile of Orfeia Vocal Ensemble, an unlikely group of American singers who’ve mastered the haunting, dissonant harmonies of traditional Bulgarian music.

The Signal: 2.21.14

Feb 20, 2014
Tedd Hennpict Henn

Sean Beier, Shebooks, Full Circle Dance Company, and "Like Father, Like Son"...

The Signal: 2.14.14

Feb 12, 2014

Nepalese pop star Prem Raja Mahat, the pioneering women of The Roc-a-Jets, and an air travel confession from Ami Spencer...    Before Nepalese immigrant Prem Raja Mahat came to the US and opened up a restaurant in Baltimore, he was a pop-music sensation in India.  Aaron Henkin shares the story of Prem’s path from Nepalese superstar to American Everyman.    The Roc-A-Jets sported pompadours and they made the ladies swoon… but these rockabilly idols weren’t guys.

The Signal: 2.7.14

Feb 6, 2014

remembering Baltimore’s own Monuments Man; a punk rock love story from The Stoop; and a visit with strip-dancer-turned-novelist Margo Christie    Hollywood's Monuments Men opens in theaters across the country this weekend, and the World War II adventure movie promises to do for art historians what Indiana Jones did for archeologists - make them heroes.  The big difference, though?  The Monuments Men actually existed.  One of them, it turns out, came from Baltimore, and producer Aaron Henkin shares his story.

Katherine McCord's My CIA, Jane Elkin's World Class, and Eric D Goodman's Tracks.

The Signal: 1.24.14

Jan 23, 2014
Edwin Remsberg c/o The Maryland State Arts Council)

A visit with Cambodian music master Chum Ngek.

MLK Street Projects, Ben Keenes Brewery Tour stop in Baltimore, a Story from the Stoop and more.

The Signal: 1.10.14

Jan 9, 2014

Baltimore’s Single Carrot Theatre will unveil its new space at 2600 North Howard Street on January 24th, and its opening-night offering is a new production of Will Eno's The Flu Season, directed by Alix Fenhagen.  The Signal’s Aaron Henkin dropped in at Single Carrot to check out a rehearsal, and he brings us a preview.

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The Signal: 1.3.14

Dec 31, 2013

You’d stand on a corner, and a guy would come up and say hey, there’s a guy on the East Side who could blow you guys off this corner, he can sing so good.  We’d say go get him!  Bring him down here!  We stopped fighting each other and started singing.

-Orioles singer Diz Russell  

The Signal: 12.27.13

Dec 23, 2013

  It was a wintry Saturday afternoon in rural Cecil County, Maryland, at a one-room post office turned furniture shop near the town of Elkton.  Outside the old building, a January wind whistled over snow banks, through the bare branches of trees.  But inside, a warm camaraderie was emanating through the room.  Three musicians sat together, acoustic guitars on their knees, trading stories and songs, and bridging an age-span of three generations between them.

The Signal: 12.20.13

Dec 19, 2013

On December 16th, The Stoop hosted an evening of live, holiday storytelling at Centerstage, and the theme of the night was:  “Thanks but no thanks:  stories about the delights and disasters of gifts.”  Kate Hanlon was one of the storytellers randomly chosen from the audience, and when she stepped into the spotlight, she told this tale.

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The Signal: 12.13.13

Dec 12, 2013

The second season of HBO’s “The Wire” focused on the Baltimore waterfront and the men and women who worked there.

The Signal: 12.6.13

Dec 6, 2013

This past Thursday night, festive crowds gathered on the cobblestones at Mount Vernon Place to celebrate the annual lighting of Baltimore’s Washington Monument.  The statue of George Washington looked regal as ever, perched atop his marble column amidst the colored lights and fireworks, but the venerable structure has suffered nearly two hundred years of wear and tear.  The truth is, it could use a makeover, and, as Aaron Henkin reports, it’s about to get one.

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