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Most Recent Episodes

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.

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.

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