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Stories about surprising second acts, from the owner of a pinball museum, a Kashmiri journalist exiled to a snack counter, a washer repairman with a checkered past, a funeral director who stumbled into the job after he married into the business, a former gang member who now runs a religious radio station, a guy who turned his rock n roll music studio into a corporate voiceover business, a woman who left an abusive man and found herself in the process, and a handyman who moonlights as a standup comic.

Essential Tremors - Colin Newman (Wire)

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Colin Newman rewrote the rules of punk with London-based band Wire, and went on to push back the boundaries on creativity and relevance for decades-long rock careers. But Newman has also thrived as a solo artist and producer — and the latter role is what he wanted to talk about in this episode, with three tracks that have shaped his work in the studio.

Hidden Victims: A Women's Death Ignored

Sep 13, 2018

In this installment of our Hidden Victims series, we examine an aspect of the criminal justice system that is often overlooked: how police treat suspicious deaths involving women of color.

To understand how some cases remain stuck in a nebulous category called "undetemined," we speak to the family of Tyra McClarly  McClary was found buried under a pile of mulch with her ankles wrapped in a plastic bag in 2006, but her case remains in investigative limbo.

Two-time National Book Award Finalist Howard Norman writes strange and melancholy novels, most of which are set in remote Canadian provinces. His books deal with murder, love, detectives, and the impossibility of closure. Howard Norman is a creative writing professor at University of Maryland and spends his summers at a farmhouse in Vermont. On this episode, Katie and Howard discuss deep melancholy, existential noir, and 'that other world' which calls to us.  

Strong Women

Sep 10, 2018

Stories from a mixed-martial-arts fighter, the manager of a diner, a trainer of Doberman Pinschers, a child-abuse survivor, a fashion entrepreneur, a recovering drug addict, a performance artist, a mom who avoided suicide, and the woman who convinced Baltimore to build a skate park.

Essential Tremors - Chad Clark (Beauty Pill)

Sep 5, 2018

Though he emerged from Washington, D.C.’s post punk scene with the band Smart Went Crazy, Chad Clark has expanded his musical palette with Beauty Pill, an omnivorous band that makes the most of his vivid melodies and wry lyrics. In this episode, he discusses Paul Simon, a jazz tragedy, and "The Story of O.J."

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A Valuable Perspective - Richard Springer

Aug 30, 2018

Dick Springer, a 20 year State Department veteran recalls his service.

Hidden Victims: How a Police Killing Spreads Pain Throughout an Entire Family

Aug 29, 2018

In the second part of our Hidden Victims series, we explore how the tragedy of a police custody death affects the loved ones left behind and their relationships. To do so we speak to Marcus and Nicole Pettiford. In 2012 Marcus' father Anthony Anderson died at the hands of police after an officer violently threw him to the ground.

Odd Jobs

Aug 27, 2018

Conversations about work, with a fishmonger, a repo man, a fortune cookie maker, a cobbler, a spiritualist, a tag & title bureaucrat, a master clock-maker, a safe cracker, a day laborer, a man who polishes headlights, and a guy who sells loose cigarettes.

Essential Tremors - Emily Flake (The New Yorker)

Aug 16, 2018

Emily Flake went from running her Lulu Eightball comic in altweeklies to drawing cartoons for The New Yorker and publishing books about her experiences with quitting smoking and raising her daughter. In this episode, she talks about the youthful impact of the Descendents, Jawbreaker, and the Replacements.

Joy in Medicine - Creating Joy Through Leadership

Aug 14, 2018

Elizabeth and Charlie are joined by Chip Davis, President of Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital to discuss influences on healthcare from inside and outside of the industry.

Atlanta, West End, Part 2: The Crossroads

Aug 14, 2018
all photos by Wendel Patrick

This episode begins on the historic spot where two dirt roads intersected and consequently gave rise to the city of Atlanta. Today, that crossroads is a busy intersection, and it anchors a residential neighborhood that’s since experienced chapters of segregation, integration, devaluation, and gentrification. Hear more stories from the locals who make Atlanta’s West End what it is today.

Hidden Victims: A Mother's Unfathomable Pain

Aug 6, 2018

In the first of our Hidden Victims series looking at how the criminal justice system impacts women of color, we hear the story of Greta Carter and the death of her son, Kevin Cooper.  Cooper was shot and killed by a Baltimore police officer after a routine call to his Southwest Baltimore home in August of 2006.  Carter tells the traumatic story of her son's death, and her emotional encounter years later with the officer who killed him.  

all photos by Wendel Patrick

There’s a room hidden behind a curtain at the Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Bookstore that houses shackles and hand-written slave documents.  Down the block is the historical home of Joel Chandler Harris, who gained fame and fortune as the publisher of the tales of Uncle Remus.  Across the street is a funeral director with a bridge named in his honor and a fleet of custom limousines.  We visit these sites and talk with residents new and old in an Atlanta neighborhood that’s been around longer than Atlanta itself.

The Personal Toll of Fighting Back

Jul 30, 2018

During the height of zero tolerance the voices of dissent among the political establishment were few and far between.  We talk to two people who fought back,  Former State Delegate Jill P. Carter and Public Defender Todd Oppenhiem about what they experienced and how it affected their lives. 

Mery the Mummy

Jul 26, 2018
The Walter's Art Museum

We're heading back in time, to the land of the pharaohs and the valley of the Dead. We don't have to go far. Right here in Baltimore, a 3,000 year old mummy, fondly named Mery ("The Beloved"), has found a home at The Walter's Art Museum. Katie talks with Lisa Anderson-Zhu, associate curator of the Mediterranian. Along with the history of Mery, we'll learn about Egyptian mummification processes, funerary practices, and spiritual beliefs.

Essential Tremors - Irmin Schmidt (Can)

Jul 26, 2018

Irmin Schmidt and his cohorts in the group Can not only formed one of the central pillars of so-called krautrock, they created a body of work that influenced generations of rock, electronic, and experimental musicians. In this episode, he discusses the three epochal classics that shaped his music.

Healing Amid Corruption

Jul 17, 2018

The effects of The Gun Trace Task Force, a group of now nine police officers accused of robbery, drug, and racketeering are just being assessed. To a get a sense of the fall-out over one of the worst scandals in BPD history which talk to Ivan Potts, who was arrested by GTTF. We also talk to Corey Winfield, a violence mediator from Safe Streets on how he thinks the scandal will impact the streets.

Curious about how the original seed got planted for Out of the Blocks? This week marks the ten-year anniversary of Aaron Henkin & Wendel Patrick’s audio bro-mance, and on this episode the two friends unearth archival audio from when they first crossed paths. They originally met in 2008, when Wendel was Aaron’s musical guest on WYPR’s old radio show, The Signal. Aaron liked Wendel’s music, Wendel liked Aaron’s interviewing style, they hit it off, and the rest is history. Plus: Did you know that ‘Wendel Patrick’ isn’t Wendel Patrick’s real name? Take a trip down memory lane with the guys and enjoy the back-story!

A Valuable Perspective - Gary Blauvelt

Jul 10, 2018

Roland Park Place resident Gary Blauvelt talks about his 41 years of teaching and leadership at Friends School of Baltimore.

Essential Tremors - Tim Kinsella (Joan of Arc)

Jul 10, 2018

Tim Kinsella has made at least two indelible marks on contemporary music—first as frontman of emo hingepoint Cap’n Jazz, then as ringleader of the unpredictable Joan of Arc. In this episode, he talks about formative encounters with Bauhaus, Can, and composer Arnold Dreyblatt.

Scientific American

On December 3, 1926, the great mystery writer, Agatha Christie left for a weekend in Yorkshire. Her car was found abandoned nearby. The police couldn't locate her for ten days. Finally, she was found registered at a hotel under a fake name apparently suffering from severe amnesia. On this episode, Katie explains some of the theories behind her bizarre disappearance. Plus, recommendations for your summer reading, and the Doctor Who episode that best explains Christie's disappearance.

Funny thing about making a podcast:  You never know who’s listening.  Turns out, Baltimore’s mayor, Catherine Pugh, is a fan of Out of the Blocks, and she invited producer Aaron Henkin to join her in front of a live audience for a conversation about the show.  (Aaron got to ask her some questions, too.)  This episode is a recording of the event, which happened Monday evening, June 25th, at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s theater in downtown Baltimore.  

The Mosby Effect, Part 4: The Torturous Path to Reform

Jul 2, 2018

In the final episode of our four part series on the impact of the indictment of six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, we look at the myriad of reforms efforts which happened after Mosby's decision to charge, and the changes which have occurred to the process of policing in Baltimore as a result.

Joy in Medicine - Political Advocacy in Medicine

Jun 22, 2018

Elizabeth and Charlie talk about advocacy, especially around drug pricing.

all photos by Wendel Patrick

In this episode, we meet the founder of the Detroit Artists’ Test Lab, the head of an African American podcast network called Audiowave, neighborhood activists young and old, a closet poet, and the woman who taught The Slide to a generation of skaters at Royal Skateland roller rink.

The Mosby Effect, Part 3: The Disappearing Warrant

Jun 14, 2018

In the third part of our series examining the often-overlooked consequences of State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s decision to indict six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, Jan Bledsoe, one the lead prosecutors speaks publicly for the first time.

Essential Tremors - Greg Saunier (Deerhoof)

Jun 12, 2018

Deerhoof has become one of the country’s most unusual and prolific rock bands, and drummer Greg Saunier has been in the driver’s seat the whole time. His ecstatic attack—and his minimal kit—have helped define and distinguish the group, which formed in San Francisco in the mid-1990s.

The Mosby Effect, Part 2: "A Cautionary Case from The Past"

Jun 8, 2018

In the second episode of our four part series examining the far reaching and often overlooked implications of Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's decision to charge six officers for the death of Freddie Gray, we recount the trial and the aftermath of last major prosecution of a Baltimore police officer for manslaughter.

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