The Signal

Format: 2014-07-29


This week (April 29 & 30, 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.
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  • Three local art-makers are each 25 thousand dollars richer, thanks to the 2011 Baker Artist Awards, and we catch up with the newly announced winners – vocal percussionist Shodekeh, experimental musician Audrey Chen, and visual artist Gary Kachadourian.
  • The Baltimore-based poetry journal, Smartish Pace, has an uncanny knack for publishing Pulitzer-Prize winning poets, and we talk with Editor Stephen Reichert about how he manages to calculate poetic genius.
  • Plus:  A late great Maryland statesman is remembered lovingly by the political cartoonist who made him lo
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  • We pay a visit to the Maryland Historical Society for a preview of “Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War.” The show is the largest exhibition of Civil War artifacts in the society’s 167 year history.
  • We visit with the young musicians of “OrchKids,” a group of West Baltimore elementary school students who are learning from the pros at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
  • Plus:  From the Stoop storytelling series, documentary filmmaker Richard Chisolm tells what he witnessed when he got assigned to film a family confronting a loved one’s death, and he remembe
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  • New Logic for Old Saxophones is the title of a new CD from experimental musician John Berndt.  We give it a test spin and talk with John about the reasoning behind his abstract sounds.
  • We talk with Madison Smartt Bell about his new novel, The Color of Night.
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  • We revisit the controversial trademarking of the word “hon,” with William P. Tandy, editor of Smile Hon, You’re in Baltimore.
  • Ron Tanner talks about his new illustrated novel, Kiss Me, Stranger. The book tells the story of a dystopian future plagued by civil war and environmental degradation… and believe it or not, it manages to be hopeful, tender, and downright funny.
  • We talk to John Heyn, who co-directed the seminal rock-n-roll documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot.
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There’s practice, and then there’s practice…  For much of her childhood, South Indian Carnatic singer K S Resmi woke up every day before dawn to begin singing – and she’d keep singing, until after dark.  Resmi joins us to share her incredible story, and her equally incredible voice.

We hear a Stoop story from Scott Dance, who tells the tale of a house that was his family home for generations, until it was time to close the door for the last time.

Plus:  A profile of singer / songwriter Bob Keal, whose Baltimore indie band, Small Sur, captures big emotions in spa

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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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We pay a visit to the Baltimore Print Studios, a new art space that offers public access to high-end presses and other professional print-making equipment in the Station North Arts District.
World-class violinist Hilary Hahn lets us in on what it’s like to be the inspiration for – and star of – a Pulitzer Prize-winning musical composition.
Sunni Khalid brings us a radio postcard from his recent travels in Liberia, where he hiked through a remote sugarcane field and happened upon a homegrown moonshine operation.

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We visit a sustainable farm in Reisterstown, a place called Kayam Farm, where Jewish agriculturalists are connecting with their ancient roots.

We meet Z. Smith and Anna Fitzgerald, who’ve been sharpening their clowning skills at San Francisco’s renowned Clown Conservatory.  They’ll be performing in “Pepito’s Clowndemonium Revue” at the Creative Alliance.

Comedian Jim Meyer brings us a tale of endurance in the face of absurdity – he recently helped put Maryland in the Guinness Book of World Records for the “longest continuous stand-up comedy show.”

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On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps, we meet three local returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are now putting their skills to work here at home. We’ll also hear about how they plan to celebrate 50 years of spreading “peace and friendship” around the world.
Signal contributor Baynard Woods takes us to an ‘artfully revealing’ fashion photo-shoot designed to highlight the glamour and mystique of three African American female models. The models, by the way, happened to be born male.

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