The Signal

Format: 2014-04-20

  By day, Nick Sjostrom produces custom-tailored music for commercial clients.  Television programs, film studios, and radio stations order up the different melodies and soundscapes they need, and he caters accordingly.

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  Remember that old slumber party prank where you dip your sleeping friend’s hand in water?  It’s a pretty mean trick, but ultimately harmless… unless… you’re at the slumber party we’re about to visit.  At this sleepover, you’ll want to keep your hands out of the water at all times.  Signal contributor Andrea Appleton has the story.

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  This summer, Washington College student Andrea Clarke took a break from waiting tables to learn a bit about radio as an intern on The Signal.  She used her new skills to bring us a story about some of her underappreciated fellow professionals in the restaurant world.  When it’s time to tip your server, here’s some food for thought.

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  The New Gospelites started their vocal harmony group in the 1970s, but they’ve been singing the old hymns since they were kids at Wharton Point’s Saint George Methodist United Church on The Eastern Shore.  They’ve absorbed the musical style of their elders, they’ve made it their own, and today, they’re keepers of a rare and powerful repertoire of songs in praise of The Almighty.

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  You know that 1930 Grant Wood painting, American Gothic – the one where the stern-looking farmer with a pitchfork is standing next to his sour-faced daughter?  Truth is, not all farmers look like that.

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  Tim Kreider’s book, WE LEARN NOTHING, is a collection of essays about love, death, friendship, and existential dread. He talks with The Signal’s Lisa Morgan.

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  His music has been called ‘thinking man’s country,’ and for 16 years he’s been the humble and steady anchor of a band that’s always hovered just under the radar of widespread recognition.  Singer / songwriter Andrew Grimm is the founder and front-man of June Star, and he visits with The Signal’s Aaron Henkin.

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  Aaron Henkin talks with punk-rock firebrand Ian Svenonius, who exploded onto the scene in the 1980s with the high-octane band, Nation of Ulysses.

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  Jake “The Snake” Smith runs a second-story gym called Baltimore Boxing and Fitness.  He’s a trainer of up-and-coming fighters and a man with an impressive career record of his own:  He won the Maryland Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight titles.

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  Mike Fussell is new to town.  He moved to Baltimore from Boston a year ago, and he settled on South Robinson Street in the East Baltimore neighborhood of Highlandtown.  Soon after he moved in, Mike happened to meet a neighbor who’s lived on his street for nearly three quarters of a century.  They sat down together at Mike’s kitchen table, he turned on an audio recorder, and he invited her to share her story.

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