Out of The Blocks on WYPR 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 on WYPR

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Most Recent Episodes

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.

200 W Read St, part 2: Consistently Inconsistent

The bartender at The Drinkery tells the history of the 'gayborhood,' a handyman-turned-comedian reflects on comedy as a flashlight in the dark, a pizza-maker from Pakistan shares words from the Koran about living with good intentions, a master clock-maker ponders the passage of time, and two shop owners share an address and a mutual admiration.

200 W Read St, part 1: The Greenwich Village of Baltimore

The 200 block of W Read Street was Baltimore's ground zero for hippies, head shops, gay nightlife, and wild fashion. In this episode, we explore the past and present of the neighborhood with a vintage clothier, a husband-and-husband duo that runs a hair salon, a father and son who operate a 70-year-old key shop, and a guy who loves to smoke a good cigar.

Chinatown ID, Seattle, part 2

Devotion to family. That's the overarching theme in this episode, as we return to Seattle's Chinatown International District once more to visit with sons and daughters who are committed to honoring and preserving their families' legacies.

Chinatown ID, Seattle, part 1

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.

The Music of Out of the Blocks

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.

100 S Broadway, part 3

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."

100 S Broadway, part 2

This episode begins with a recovering addict who's found peace, purpose, and a modest income folding paper flowers and peddling them to passersby on the street corner. The episode ends with a Salvadorian immigrant who spends 50 hours a week on an assembly line in a chicken processing plant. In between are stories of entrepreneurs and day-laborers, people trying to make a living and trying to live life along the way.

100 S Broadway, part 1

Baltimore became a second home to members of North Carolina's Lumbee tribe when they immigrated to the city after World War II, trading in farm work for factory and construction jobs. Since then, the Baltimore American Indian Center on the 100 block of S Broadway has been a cultural hub for the transplanted Lumbee people and other Native Americans in the city. In this episode: Conversations with Urban Indians about family, spirituality, and identity.

Station North

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.

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