The Signal

Format: 2014-07-13

July 6th & 7th, 2012, on The Signal:  

The roadside tourist trap “South of the Border” has been voted the ‘tackiest place in the mid-Atlantic,’ but for historian Nicole King, it was love at first sight.  Professor King has researched “South of the Border” with a critical eye, and she joins us with some profound cultural observations about a profoundly silly place 

NPR Political Junkie Ken Rudin confesses his own political failings in front of a live audience at WYPR’s 10th anniversary Stoop Storytelling celebration.

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June 29th & 30th, 2012, on The Signal:  

David Silverman has a collection of almost 900 pinball machines, and in January 2012 he opened the doors to the National Pinball Museum in downtown Charm City.  We listen back to a visit with David, when he set aside his last-minute preparations to give us a crash course in pinball history.

Eden Unger Bowditch talks about her book, “The Atomic Weight of Secrets,” a Young-Adult mystery about the real-life magic of scientific invention.

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June 22nd & 23rd, 2012, on The Signal: Master storyteller Gilbert Sandler joins us to share memories of a lifetime spent in Charm City and to talk about his new book, Glimpses of Jewish Baltimore. Sphere: The Thelonious Monk Story is a play that tries to make sense of a jazz legend’s unconventional genius, and we’ll visit with the folks who bring the story to life. Move over, Bruce Springsteen! You may still be The Boss, but New Jersey native Marion Winik has some tales of her own about growing up on the Jersey Shore.

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June 15th & 16th, 2012, on The Signal:

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June 8th & 9th, 2012, on The Signal:  


Two centuries ago, in the tidewater regions of Maryland, traditional African worship practices merged with the beckoning Christianity of the Methodist Church.  Born of that cultural intersection was a new hybrid of spiritual and musical devotion, a movement that came to be known as The Singing and Praying Bands.

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June 1st & 2nd, 2012, on The Signal:  



Baba Baile McKnight, Cheick Hamala Diabate, and Amadou Kouyate


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May 4th & 5th, 2012, on The Signal… Pop Art collides with politics at a new Maryland Art Place exhibition of digital paintings by Mina Cheon. We talk with the artist about her unlikely blend of fanciful imagery and serious geopolitical content. We pay a visit to Pierce’s Park, a new public green space and memorial garden located on the Baltimore waterfront. Fiction writer Eric D Goodman joins us with another radio installment of his novel-in-stories, “Tracks,” a peek into the private lives of passengers on a train-ride from Baltimore to Chicago.

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April 27th & 28th, 2012, on The Signal…

Ugandan multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kinobe has toured the world, but he comes from a country where there’s no word for ‘music’ in the vocabulary.  We talk with Kinobe about the beauty of that paradox, and we hear the ancient sounds of the kora, the ndongo, and the akogo.

John Waters unveils his annual special-screening pick for the 2012 Maryland Film Festival, and Signal film critic Josh Slates drops in with an overview of the festival’s upcoming cinematic highlights.

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The massively multiplayer online roleplaying game “World of Warcraft” is inhabited by the avatars of more than ten million dedicated gamers worldwide.  The master of that alternate universe is Blizzard Entertainment’s system designer Greg Street, and he joins us to talk about the ups and downs of being a virtual god.

We stroll around Bolton Hill with poet Jennifer Wallace.  Her book, “It Can Be Solved by Walking,’ explores the balance between nature, man, and the built environment.  It’s also a celebration of the simple pleasure of walking.

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We'll meet Alex Champagne and Dan Cohan of Scenic Route Records, a new label that combines old-fashioned ideals with a modern approach to making and sharing music.

We profile Baltimore psychedelic super-group, Telesma, whose new album, “Action in Inaction,” blends progressive rock, Buddhist chants, and the drone of the didgeridoo.

From the Stoop Storytelling Series, Deborah Keene recalls an ill-fated skinny-dipping outing - she and her friends made it back to Baltimore, but their clothes didn't.

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