The Signal

Format: 2014-07-12

 

September 16th & 17th, 2011, on The Signal…

 

World War II veteran Charles Wells served our country as one of the first African-Americans enlisted in the US Marine Corps.  The Corps was segregated at the time, and Mr. Wells shares his memories of training at a remote outpost for black recruits called Camp Montford Point.

 

Katherine Meredith paints portraits in the traditional style of classical realism, but her recent series, Partners, has a distinctly modern twist:  All of her subjects happen to be gay couples.

 

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This week (September 9th & 10th, 2011) on The Signal…

Guitarist Robert McCoy plays solo, but he’s got the whole city of Baltimore as his back-up band.  We visit Robert at his favorite musical venue, outdoors under the trees at Wyman Park Dell, and we hear his contribution to the soundtrack of Charm City

Eden Unger Bowditch takes us inside the mysterious world of her young-adult novel, “The Atomic Weight of Secrets”

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The Chester River has been an important part of life for poet Meredith Davies Hadaway.  It’s also been the inspiration for her poetry.  This week, the Eastern-Shore writer takes us out in her boat to share the waters that have meant so much to her.

 

We talk with mother-daughter duo Anne Watts and Posie Lewis about the joy that music brings to their everyday lives and the simple pleasure of performing together.

 

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This week (August 26th & 27th, 2011) on The Signal…

 

US Navy veteran Jeremy Johnson made the tough decision to come out to his commanding officer after a ten-year military career under the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy.  Jeremy talks with us this week about what went into his decision and what the repeal of the policy might mean for the future.

 

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This week (August 19th & 20th, 2011) on The Signal…

 

Ginny Gong was six years old when she came to the US from China with her family in 1954.  She always struggled for balance between her dual roles as an American kid and a Chinese daughter growing up under the roof of her parents’ hand laundry business.  Ginny joins us to share her unique experience as a “one-point-five generation” immigrant.

 

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This week (August 12th & 13th, 2011) on The Signal…

The members of Orfeia Vocal Ensemble introduce us to the hauntingly dissonant harmonies and intricate rhythms of traditional Bulgarian music.

We talk with Madison Smartt Bell about his novel, “The Color of Night.” The book examines the persistence of violence in American culture and its sinister effect on the mind of a woman who revels in its beauty.

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For many Charm City locals, there’s a seedy stretch of Baltimore Street that might as well not exist, but this week guest producer Baynard Woods gives us a look at what life really is like for the people who make their living in the city’s red-light district, The Block.

Dan Isaacson, Mathew Olwell, and Kelly Smits join us for a live in-studio performance of traditional Irish music

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This week (July 22 & 23, 2011) on The Signal…

 

Bludgers, Quaffles, and the Golden Snitch – they’re all part of the high-flying sport of Quidditch in the fictional world of Harry Potter.  Now the game has cast its spell on real-world college students, and Signal contributor Matt Purdy reports on the action.

 

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This week (July 15 & 16, 2011) on The Signal…

 

Baltimore handyman John Decker once accepted a guitar as payment for some work he did on a house.  It wouldn’t be until years later that he really understood why he was meant to have that musical instrument.  We hear John’s story, we meet his new musical collaborator, Red Sammy, and we listen to him play his vintage 1931 National Resonator Guitar.

 

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