Out of The Blocks Out of the Blocks is a uniquely immersive listening experience that emerges from a mosaic of voices and soundscapes on the streets of Baltimore. A custom-tailored score colors and connects this tapestry of stories hidden in plain sight.
Out of The Blocks on WYPR

Out of The Blocks

From WYPR - 88.1 FM Baltimore

Out of the Blocks is a uniquely immersive listening experience that emerges from a mosaic of voices and soundscapes on the streets of Baltimore. A custom-tailored score colors and connects this tapestry of stories hidden in plain sight.

Most Recent Episodes

James' Block: An Outlier

This episode is about a virtual block that makes up the current world of one fascinating and unusual young man. His name is James Burrows. He's a musical genius, and he's autistic. This week, he's graduating from high school in the midst of a pandemic. What might James be able to teach the rest of us about living in the shared social isolation of the moment? NOTE: All the music in this episode was composed and produced by James. Check him out on SoundCloud.

Lexington Market, part 3: On a Humble

Well, this long-overdue episode wasn't originally intended to be an audio time-capsule, but, you know... life. Here's a final look back at a venerable city market that's now temporarily closed to the public, and partly demolished.

Um, Now What?

We're working through how to best proceed on near-future episodes of the show, and we want to invite you into the conversation. Got an interesting online 'block'? Hit us up on Instagram @outoftheblocks1 or on twitter @outoftheblocks1

Lexington Market, part 2: Engines of Change

Conversations with vendors & market-goers about the past & present of Lexington Market, a look at hopes for (and doubts about) the market's future, and a talk with the idealistic developer responsible for the big changes that lay ahead.

Lexington Market, part 1: Survival of the Fittest

Change is knocking on the door of Baltimore's iconic Lexington Market. Ground has been broken on a new market building, and local vendors are wondering if they'll have a place in the much-hyped new structure. In this episode, merchants, artisans, security officers, and custodians reflect on their lives and the uncertain future of the market they call home.

Melody & Verse

We love it on this podcast when we meet people who are natural storytellers. And it's an extra bonus when they happen to be talented musicians or poets, too. This episode, we celebrate some of our favorite musical and lyrical moments from Out of the Blocks.

Charleston,WV, West Side, part 2: We May See a Harvest

Our audio tour through Charleston's West Side continues with a community gardener, an antique collector, a symphony clarinetist, a deli owner, and a retired pro basketball player. Plus, a visit to a local auto shop, a barbershop, a Girl Scout meeting, and Mary C Snow West Side Elementary. Special thanks this episode to West Virginia State Folklorist Emily Hilliard, The West Virginia Folklife Program at the West Virginia Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Charleston, WV, West Side, part 1: History Laid Down Like Shellac

We take the show to Charleston West Virginia's West Side neighborhood to visit a family barbecue joint, a country music jamboree, a faith-based after-school program, a women's drug recovery house, and a bustling Goodwill headquarters. Plus, conversations with an activist preacher, a vacant-home rehabber, an open-eared neighborhood planner, and a retired theater technician who's projected more than 50 years of movie history. Special thanks this episode to Maryland State Folklorist Emily Hilliard, The West Virginia Folklife Program at the West Virginia Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Scars

Every scar comes with a story. And if you're telling the story, it means you survived whatever gave you that scar.In this episode, stories about things that left a mark.

Barbershop Stories

Tales of camaraderie, mentorship, second chances, prosperity, and style, from barbershops in Baltimore and beyond. Have a seat, grab a newspaper, and make yourself comfortable... the next available barber will take you shortly.

Back To Top