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Most Recent Episodes

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.

Out of the Ville, part 2

This episode kicks off with a barber who's been cutting hair in The Ville for 60 years, and it ends with the story of a woman who just recently became a proud homeowner in the neighborhood. In between are beautiful, personal stories from mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, war veterans, preachers, urban gardeners, and more.

Out of the Ville, part 1

We're all taught that housing desegregation was a good thing, right? But if you talk to the old-timers in The Ville, they'll give you a more nuanced story: They'll tell you it was a gift that came with a curse. In its heyday, The Ville was the beating heart of black Saint Louis, with historic African American institutions like Sumner High School and Homer G Phillips Hospital. Desegregation opened the floodgates for a mass-exodus from The Ville, and now the neighborhood is more than 60 percent vacant. Out of the Blocks travels to the Ville for this special episode, produced in collaboration with the Saint Louis Public Radio podcast We Live Here and the neighborhood organization 4 The Ville. This episode was made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. �ڡݠޡ!�"7 v-�\

3600 Falls Road, part 3

In this episode, a group home is a haven for residents with mental and psychological challenges; a web-design CEO reveals his second life as an experimental musician; a pizzeria owner shares a lesson in pride and humility; a rock drummer trades in his sticks for a career in corporate voice-overs; a recovering heroin addict struggles to stay clean for her 2-year-old daughter; and the boss of a branding agency second-guesses his own brand of leadership.

Out of the Blocks with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Out of the Blocks collaborated with the BSO for a special concert series called, "Baltimore Voices." The concerts featured recordings of four Baltimore City teenagers sharing beautiful and honest stories about their lives. Wendel Patrick composed an original score for each story. And The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performed Wendel's scores live, while the stories aired on the sound system in the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

3600 Falls Road, Part 2

A boom in new, young residents is great for business, unless you're the neighborhood funeral home. In this episode, a funeral director looks toward an uncertain future, a yarn shop becomes a handicraft social hub, a family of Mennonites arrives to start a Christian school, and a record store owner ponders his decision to become... a record store owner.

3600 Falls Road, Part 1

"I think the word we're dancing around is gentrification." So says Benn Ray of Atomic Books at the outset of this episode. What follows is a multidimensional portrait of a neighborhood in flux. The 3600 block of Falls Road is a mix of longtime rowhome residents, recovering opiate addicts, and a new wave of business owners whose trendy boutiques have come to redefine a neighborhood that's been in long economic decline. Who does Hampden belong to? The answer depends who you ask.

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