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Essential Tremors - Ian MacKaye

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Ian MacKaye has exerted a profound influence on music over the past 35 years. He pioneered hardcore punk with Minor Threat. He expanded the possibilities of punk with Fugazi. And he co-founded seminal Washington, DC, indie label Dischord Records.  For this episode of Essential Tremors, he sat down for a wide-ranging conversation about his history, the influence of dub, and how music is like a room.

Melissa Gerr

It's no secret that water goes through filtration before we drink it, but there’s some crazy stuff that happens, like making it chunky in order to clean it.  This gravity led trip through the Ashburton Water Filtration plant answers all your H2O questions.

all photos by Wendel Patrick

Seattle’s Chinatown International District is a bustling, pan-Asian neighborhood of immigrants from China, Japan, Vietnam, and The Philippines.  It’s also a mix of generations, where Americanized children navigate a complex family dynamic with their non-English speaking elders.  Tradition is in a tug-of-war with modernity on the streets of Chinatown ID, where multi-generational family businesses stand side-by-side with the startups of young, artistic entrepreneurs. It all amounts to a beautiful, mutable monument to the American Dream.  This episode was produced in collaboration with KUOW and made possible by a generous grant from The National Endowment for the Arts.

The romance and horror of Edgar Allan Poe's life and works continues to enthrall people hundreds of years after he was born...On January 19, 2018, hundreds of people gathered at his memorial in Westminster Burial Ground to celebrate his 209th birthday and catch a glimpse of the mysterious Poe Toaster.

Joy In Medicine - Bringing Doctors Back to the Bedside, Pt. 2

Feb 27, 2018
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Joy in Medicine looks at ways doctors and everyone involved in medicine can focus on the humanity of practice. Elizabeth and Charles continue the discussion in part 2 around bringing doctors back to the bedside.

Wendel Patrick is the composer, producer and performer of the musical score for every episode of Out of the Blocks. In this special installment, he talks about some of his favorite compositions from the show and delves into how (and why) he makes the music.  Wendel can span musical genres from classical to hip hop with compositions that take the listener on an emotional journey full of surprises:  A cell-phone ringtone symphony? Check. A hair-clipper fugue? Check.  This is a must-listen for aspiring music producers or anyone who wants to hear extended music cuts from Out of the Blocks.

Roger Mecca

On this month’s episode, Host Lisa Haynes discusses a remarkable time in the history of Baltimore city with the redevelopment of the Inner Harbor. Her guest is Roland Park Place Resident, Mr. Martin Millspaugh, a life-long resident of Baltimore and one of the master developers of the Inner Harbor project

Essential Tremors - Wendel Patrick

Feb 20, 2018

Wendel Patrick is a Baltimore-based jazz and classical pianist, as well as a sought after hip-hop producer, a lecturer at Johns Hopkins’ Peabody Institute, and a sound documentarian. He’s also the co-founder of the monthly Baltimore Boom-Bap Society and a co-creator of WYPR’s award-winning "Out of the Blocks" podcast. The three songs that changed him range from seminal hip-hop, to a genre-challenging instrumental, to a soul stirring rendition of a Leonard Bernstein classic by one of the most important performers of the 20th century.

Faidley Seafood, located in Baltimore's Lexington Market since 1886, is nationally known for its crab cakes. Meet the cast of characters who hand produce hundreds of them daily for locals and tourists; learn what not to do while shucking oysters and finally, get the definitive answer to that burning question: what really is the difference between jumbo lump vs. back fin?

100 S Broadway, part 3

Feb 12, 2018
all photos by Wendel Patrick

If we’re truthful about it, most of us will admit it:  There’s a gap between who we are and who we yearn to be.  In this episode, people confront the sting of getting honest with themselves.  In the end, some find redemption, and some just stare into the abyss.  There’s darkness in this episode, yes, but rays of hope have a way of shining in through the cracks.  As you’ll hear Francesca say, “Life is too short, the world is too cruel. Just love one another.”

Ouija boards have a strange and complicated history, steeped in myth and legend.  No one's quite sure who truly invented the board, but almost everyone agrees that it was Baltimore-native William Fuld who is responsible for it’s lasting popularity.  Harmless toy or portal for dark forces?  Let's find out.

Human beings want to believe the veil between life and death is a thin one. Some people even believe the dead can speak to them. In the first episode of The Noir and Bizarre, we attend a session with a psychic medium and record her attempts to make contact with a clients’ departed loved ones.

Melissa Gerr

Ever walk by the venerable Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood and wonder what exactly goes on inside? Peabody has been fine-tuning musicians from across the globe for more than 150 years.  Renowned cellist and instructor Amit Peled, along with his student Joseph Staten give us a window into what it’s like to teach and learn at one of the world’s finest music conservatories.

Essential Tremors - Jana Hunter

Feb 1, 2018

Essential Tremors talks to musicians and other creative people about the music that shaped them. In the debut episode, hosts Matt Byars and Lee Gardner speak with Jana Hunter, singer, guitarist, and songwriter for Baltimore indie-pop band Lower Dens. 

Joy In Medicine - Bringing Doctors Back to the Bedside

Feb 1, 2018

Joy in Medicine looks at ways doctors and everyone involved in medicine can focus on the humanity of practice.  In episode 1 a discussion around doctors and how their interaction with patients has changed.

Driven by dares, rumors or just plain curiosity, this podcast is about poking around the city, opening doors and finding out who, or what, lies behind them.

The Noir and Bizarre explores the dark and strange stories we tell ourselves about human existence – occult history, ghosts, haunted houses, and secret crimes - with a special emphasis on stories that draw on the rich history and culture of Baltimore. Additionally, the show philosophically asks big questions about spiritual narratives and rituals surrounding life and death. Episode 1 debuts 2/1/18.

Essential Tremors Trailer

Jan 30, 2018

Essential Tremors talks to musicians and other creative people about the music that shaped them. In the debut episode, hosts Matt Byars and Lee Gardner speak with Jana Hunter, singer, guitarist, and songwriter for Baltimore indie-pop band Lower Dens. Turns out the melancholy in the band's mercurial sound has its roots in Jana's experiences with the music of the Smiths, but also Vivaldi and a certain '70s AM hit.  Episode 1 debuts on 2/1/18.

A Valuable Perspective: Embracing Change

Jan 10, 2018

On this month’s episode, Host Lisa Haynes discusses dealing with various changes in life. The guests are Mrs. Catherine Beyer and Mr. Ernest Ritenhouse, both residents of Roland Park Place as they share stories about some of the changes in their life and how they learned to overcome the fear of change and started to embrace it.

all photos by Wendel Patrick

A spectrum of stories exploring the creative impulse: from an emcee, a sculptor, a muralist, a florist, and others in Baltimore’s Station North neighborhood. This special episode was originally commissioned as a sound installation for the 2014 MICA exhibition, Locally Sourced.