The Signal

Format: 2014-04-25

 

Stephen Wade always loved listening to old Library of Congress field recordings.  Then one day he decided to hit the road to search out the real-life roots of these iconic time capsules of American music.  For 18 years, this folk pilgrim traveled the country, meeting the friends, families, and sometimes the musicians themselves who were immortalized back in the 1930s and 40s by John A Lomax and his portable disc-cutting machine.

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The author, rocking out.A conversation with punk-rock firebrand Ian Svenonius, who exploded onto the music scene in the 1980s with a frenetic, high-octane band called “Nation of Ulysses.”  He’s been burning bright ever since, fronting groups like “The Make-Up” and “Chain and the Gang,” and he’s just written a book called “Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group.”

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Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher has been poking fun at political leaders since the days of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. As he marks 35 years as an editorial cartoonist, he joins us to talk about his favorite subjects, his new book, and the resilient art of the political cartoon.

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Honkey tonk singer/songwriter Karen Collins talks about her childhood as a West Virginia coal miner’s daughter and shares music from her new album, “No Yodeling on the Radio”

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Davy and Peter Rothbart drop by the studio to celebrate ten years of Found Magazine and to preview Davy’s new book, My Heart is an Idiot, a collection of personal essays about life and love on the American road

Jeff Trueman takes us to a Fells Point boxing gym to learn the ropes with trainer – and former Maryland boxing champ – Jake ‘The Snake’ Smith

Mike Fussell paints a radio portrait of his Highlandtown neighbor, Eugenie Benser, and her bittersweet relationship with an imperfect father

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Baltimore independent tour guide Zippy Larsen has built her reputation on taking visitors off the beaten path.  We’ll talk with her about her shoe-leather research methods and what she’s learned about the real character of Charm City.

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Imagine you’re keeper of a family tradition that goes back 800 years.  You and your kin are tellers of history, spiritual counselors, and you do your work through the medium of music.  You’ve learned your art from your father – your father from his father before him.  You’re respected.  You’re venerated.  You’re essential.

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A visit to the home of the Parsons family to witness an annual tradition that’s been passed down through the generations for more than a century - the making of “Maryland Beaten Biscuits”

Writer Rafael Alvarez shares a holiday story about Aunt Lola’s kitchen, a place where the aroma of fresh-baked cookies evokes memories of Christmas-past

And storyteller Therese Lynch recounts an ill-fated Christmas when her boyfriend met her family for the first time – and everything went as wrong as it possibly could

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“Jon Zerivitz and Kevin Blodger of Union Craft Brewing” We tour the rowhouse-basement factory of Rheb’s Candies, a family business that’s been supplying Baltimore with confectionary delights for more than ninety years.

From The Stoop, optimist Ron Tanner buys a condemned frat house and gives himself six months to restore it before inviting his extended family to stay for Christmas.

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