The Signal

Format: 2014-04-20

  Don’t Leave your Friends Behind is a collection of essays that feature concrete tips for families engaged in social movements. One of the book’s editors, China Martens, is the long-time publisher of a Baltimore based parenting ‘zine “The Future Generation.” She joins the Signal’s Lisa Morgan.

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  It’s hard to imagine downtown Baltimore’s skyline without the warm, neon glow of the Domino Sugars sign.  It’s a beloved icon, and it’s been shining bright for 62 years.  Signal contributor Melissa Gerr brings us a story about the history of that giant sign, and the secret of what really makes it glow.

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  Marion Winik thought she knew what she was getting into when she started dating again in her early fifties – and then, she went on a few dates. Her memoir, “Highs in the Low Fifties,” explores the ups & downs of middle age romance, and her misadventures on her quest to find Mr. Right.

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  It’s been voted the ‘tackiest place in the mid-Atlantic,’  and if you’re headed south on I-95 this summer, you’re bound to pass dozens of billboards, all beckoning you to stop in and drop a few dollars at the neon-emblazoned, Mexican-themed anomaly that is “South of the Border.”  Just what is this place?  How did it happen?  And why should we care?  Historian Nicole King has spent more time than most pondering this cultural oddball.

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brothers Bob & Frank Cicero of Globe Poster at their MICA headquartersAt a MICA printmaking studio, drawers are full of methodically arranged typesetting blocks, and down the middle of the room is a row of mechanical Vandercook proof presses.

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  When we think about folk music from the 1960s, names like Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Joan Baez often come to mind.  But what about Janet Green, Tony Dolan, and Vera Vanderlaan?

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  Have you ever gotten to a point in your life where tedium drives you to desperation – a point where you just want to escape it all  Baltimore author Justin Sirois has taken that fraught impulse and spun it into a novel called, So Say the Waiters.

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  Fiction writer Rob Roench won the prestigious Scott Prize for his short-story collection, The Wild Flowers of Baltimore.  He’s also an open-minded guy who agreed to collaborate with our program to present an original radio adaptation of his short story, “Henry.”  In the role of “Henry” we hear Rob Roensch.

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  Dan Fesperman’s spy novel, The Double Game, has been called a love letter to the genre.  The book pays homage to authors like John le Carre, Graham Greene, and Ian Fleming, men who were not only spy novelists, but also (according to some accounts) spies.  Fesperman joins producer Lisa Morgan in studio to talk about “The Double Game”

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  A Lumbee proverb states:  “Seek wisdom, not knowledge.  Knowledge is of the past.  Wisdom is of the future.”  With these words in mind, producer Aaron Henkin introduces us to Baltimore resident Louis Campbell.

 

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