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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
3:44 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
5:00 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

The Signal: 2.21.14

Dominic Smith, Andrew Felix, and Sean Beier of Steady Pleasures.
Credit Tedd Hennpict Henn

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

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The Signal
2:44 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

The Signal: 2.7.14

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.

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The Signal
3:52 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

The Signal: 1.31.14

Katherine McCord still doesn't know what her dad did in the CIA.

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

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The Signal
6:24 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

The Signal: 1.24.14

Chum Ngek, with student Joanna Pecore
Credit Edwin Remsberg c/o The Maryland State Arts Council)

A visit with Cambodian music master Chum Ngek.

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The Signal
1:01 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

The Signal: 12.6.13

Washington Monument, Detroit Publishing Company - LOC 1906

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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