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Out of The Blocks on WYPR

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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.More from Out of The Blocks on WYPR »

Most Recent Episodes

Strong Women

Stories from a mixed-martial-arts fighter, the manager of a diner, a trainer of Doberman Pinschers, a child-abuse survivor, a fashion entrepreneur, a recovering drug addict, a performance artist, a mom who avoided suicide, and the woman who convinced Baltimore to build a skate park.

Odd Jobs

Conversations about work and life, with a fishmonger, a repo man, a fortune cookie maker, a cobbler, a spiritualist, a tag & title bureaucrat, a master clock-maker, a safe cracker, a day laborer, a man who polishes headlights, and a guy who sells loose cigarettes.

Atlanta, West End, Part 2: The Crossroads

This episode begins on the historic spot where two dirt roads intersected and consequently gave rise to the city of Atlanta. Today, that crossroads is a busy intersection, and it anchors a residential neighborhood that's since experienced chapters of segregation, integration, devaluation, and gentrification. Hear more stories from the locals who make Atlanta's West End what it is today. This episode is a collaboration with WABE and is made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts

Atlanta, West End, Part 1: Meditations on Heritage

There's a room hidden behind a curtain at the Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Bookstore that houses shackles and hand-written slave documents. Down the block is the historical home of Joel Chandler Harris, who gained fame and fortune as the publisher of the tales of Uncle Remus. Across the street is a funeral director with a bridge named in his honor and a fleet of custom limousines. We visit these sites and talk with residents new and old in an Atlanta neighborhood that's been around longer than Atlanta itself. This episode is a collaboration with WABE and is made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts

When Aaron Met Wendel

Curious about how the original seed got planted for Out of the Blocks? This week marks the ten-year anniversary of Aaron Henkin & Wendel Patrick's audio bro-mance, and on this episode the two friends unearth archival audio from when they first crossed paths. They originally met in 2008, when Wendel was Aaron's musical guest on WYPR's old radio show, The Signal. Aaron liked Wendel's music, Wendel liked Aaron's interviewing style, they hit it off, and the rest is history. Plus: Did you know that 'Wendel Patrick' isn't Wendel Patrick's real name? Take a trip down memory lane with the guys and enjoy the back-story!

A Conversation with Mayor Catherine Pugh

Funny thing about making a podcast: You never know who's listening. Turns out, Baltimore's mayor, Catherine Pugh, is a fan of Out of the Blocks, and she invited producer Aaron Henkin to join her in front of a live audience for a conversation about the show. (Aaron got to ask her some questions, too.) This episode is a recording of the event, which happened Monday evening, June 25th, at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's theater-in-the-round in downtown Baltimore.

Detroit: MorningSide, part 2. Slide, Ride or Die

In this episode, we meet the founder of the Detroit Artists' Test Lab, the head of an African American podcast network called Audiowave, neighborhood activists young and old, a closet poet, and the woman who taught The Slide to a generation of skaters at Royal Skateland roller rink.

Detroit: MorningSide, part 1

On the east side of Detroit, the streets of MorningSide are lined with stately, brick Tudor-style houses. But today, one in four of those houses is abandoned, boarded up, gutted, or burned out. The foreclosure crisis of 2008 hit MorningSide like a tidal wave, and the neighborhood is struggling to sprout again from the rubble. There's a lot of buzz about a new Renaissance in downtown Detroit, but the locals in this corner of town are wondering when – and if – the revival is going to make its way to them. In the meantime, they're holding their own and looking out for each other. In this special episode, Out of the Blocks teams up with Michigan Radio's MorningSide 48224 podcast to share voices from MorningSide. This episode was made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Steal This Podcast

Ever build one of those snap-together model kits when you were a kid? Think of this episode as a sort of snap-together *podcast *kit. It includes a demo of a fully mixed and produced Out of the Blocks audio feature, followed by the original interview it was cut from, the accompanying musical score, plus lots of bonus interviewing tips. This episode is a fun tool for anyone who's interested in learning about podcast production techniques. Listen along, then take apart this episode to build your own version! (Special thanks to our interviewee, Nate Couser, of the Artist Exchange Radio Show.)

200 W Read Street, part 3: Tomorrow's Not Guaranteed

The owner of a falafel stand gives a lesson in gratitude, a minimalist overcomes cerebral palsy by sheer force of will, a female boss takes the helm at a men's barbershop, an apparel entrepreneur reflects on a family tragedy with a silver lining, and a friendly neighborhood barista whips up chai lattes and plays experimental doom metal.

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