Aaron Henkin | WYPR

Aaron Henkin

Producer of "Out of the Blocks" and Director of New Local Programming

Aaron creates and produces original radio programs for WYPR. His current project is the neighborhood documentary series, Out of the Blockswhich earned the 2018 national Edward R Murrow Award. His past work includes the long-running weekly cultural program, The Signal, and the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings series, Tapestry of the Times. Aaron's stories have aired nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, PRI’s Studio 360, & The World.

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A cyber-attack hits Baltimore County Public Schools. Maryland’s largest prison sees a Covid-19 outbreak. A survey shows nearly half of residents are not heeding holiday gathering and travel warnings. And Maryland’s Deputy Health Secretary shares advice for preserving our mental health during this challenging time.

This pandemic’s been a tough time for musicians. Clubs are closed, and gigs are cancelled. But our friends at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance had a lightbulb moment. They thought: These musicians that we usually book on our stage, what if we start booking them on stoops and porches? They’d be outdoors, the crowds would be small, just the neighbors on the block. People would be masked up and socially distant. But it’d be a little moment of community, and it’d give these musicians some work.

Officials urge Marylanders not to travel for Thanksgiving. Baltimore County tries to trim down its marathon School Board meetings. The Baltimore City Health Committee considers the wisdom of overdose prevention sites. And MD COVID Alert technology tracks possible virus exposure via smartphone.

Governor Hogan announces new high-visibility efforts by Maryland State Police to enforce COVID-19 compliance. City Council President-Elect Nick Mosby urges Baltimore residents to heed public health officials' warnings . And those experiencing homelessness in Baltimore march to City Hall to advocate for their own safety during this pandemic.

Advocates say the education gap is being made worse by virtual learning. Baltimore considers a bill that would label systemic racism a public health crisis. An infectious disease doctor urges self-discipline to maintain health and safety measures during the holidays. And Maryland school officials keep their eyes on metrics and remain flexible.

Maryland hits its highest daily infection total since the onset of the pandemic. Baltimore City Schools will temporarily pause in-person learning after Thanksgiving. And we look at the logistics and ethics involved in the massive undertaking of vaccine distribution.

The head of Baltimore City Schools says so far, so good on the opening of more than two dozen schools this week. Governor Hogan says, no, Covid-19 is not like the flu, and tightens restrictions statewide. Plus, advice from a physician on how to mitigate infection risks when celebrating the upcoming holidays.

The rise in Covid-19 cases prompts Governor Hogan to tighten restrictions. State workers say they're not properly equipped for telework. The City Council held its penultimate meeting ahead of a new regime, and they passed a bill to help those experiencing homelessness in Baltimore.

In Baltimore, 27 public schools opened today for the system’s most vulnerable students. An eviction prevention bill is in front of City Council tonight. And in Towson, a long-awaited free circulator bus finally gets the green light.

County-by-county updates on tightening COVID-19 restrictions, plus the state’s moratorium on utility shut-offs ends this weekend, but BG&E says if you’re affected, it’s not too late to ask for help. And with the holidays approaching, how are retailers meeting the challenges of shopping in a pandemic?

Governor Hogan announces tens of millions in state funding to bolster the emergency response to the coronavirus. Baltimore top health official says new restrictions announced by Mayor Young must be followed in order to save lives. And Anne Arundel County’s leader says Hogan’s Covid-19 restrictions don’t go far enough.

Across Maryland, tightened restrictions and other orders are in place because of the spike in Covid-19 cases. On the heels of Gov Hogan’s press conference yesterday, Baltimore City Schools’ CEO announced a new plan to return students to classrooms. And in Baltimore County, a late-night meeting of the school board yields yet another revision of plans.

Governor Hogan tightens statewide restrictions to curb what he says is a dangerous new phase of the pandemic. Plus, if the early results hold true on a promising new COVID-19 vaccine, how and when will it be produced and distributed to the public?

A spike in COVID-19 cases across the state prompts some jurisdictions to once again tighten restrictions, including Baltimore City. Baltimore County officials warn of renewed restrictions if residents don’t stay vigilant. And Governor Hogan calls on President Trump to accept that he’s lost the election.

A Covid-19 spike prompts new restrictions in Baltimore. Brandon Scott announces new committees to tackle the city’s longstanding issues. Maryland lawmakers announce pandemic work adjustments for the 2021 legislative session. Governor Hogan makes a plea to businesses and residents to mask-up and stay vigilant. The state’s childcare providers plead with Hogan to loosen restrictions on them.

Governor Hogan says businesses and county leaders must step up their enforcement of Maryland’s mask mandate and other restrictions. Baltimore County Council members now have to work out the details of using public money for election campaigns. And we’ll hear from a public health official about what we must do to prepare for the next phase of this pandemic.

Nearly half a million Marylanders voted on Election Day, adding to record-breaking early-voting and mail-in ballots. Democrats win Baltimore’s mayoral, city council president, and comptroller seats. Technical glitches delay vote results in some Maryland jurisdictions. Protestors take to the streets in Baltimore over remarks by President Trump.

Mayor Young signs a bill to protect vulnerable homeowners during the pandemic. An outcry by Baltimore County teachers has delayed their return to four schools. And the city’s democratic hopefuls were out in force today for a final get-out-the-vote push.

New COVID-19 cases are spiking in Baltimore. An outbreak among employees at the MVA strains relations with management. An epidemiologist warns against giving in to ‘pandemic fatigue’ during a resurgence of the virus. Plus, advice on how to vote if you’re hospitalized or under quarantine.

Public health officials and state lawmakers debate the distribution priorities of a future Covid-19 vaccine. More than a million Marylanders have already voted by mail or drop-box. Some City lawmakers are calling on the Mayor to increase the wages of those who pick up our trash and recycling in these challenging times. And open enrollment for health insurance starts this weekend.

COVID-19 positivity rates are on the rise in Baltimore. In Baltimore County, a bill restricting no-knock warrants is withdrawn. Public health officials and state lawmakers debate who should get priority for a COVID-19 vaccine. And a bioethicist untangles the boundary between politics and science in a pandemic.

Maryland’s first day of early in-person voting smashes previous state records. And area nursing homes struggle to balance residents’ physical health and emotional needs, as they cautiously open the doors to visitors.

The union for MVA employees says management is keeping them in the dark about co-workers infected with COVID-19. The first day of early voting produced long lines in Baltimore County. And an epidemiologist shares advice on how to stay safe at the polls.

Baltimore mayoral candidates square off in a debate. Voting rights advocates say former felons might be denied their right to vote in this election. And four Baltimore County schools prepare to reopen their doors.

School superintendents say it’ll take millions in state aid to resume in-person learning. Governor Hogan promises 250 million in state aid to Maryland business owners. Voting rights advocates worry some former felons may be denied their right to vote. And the Maryland Board of elections says the volume of mail in ballots received already far exceeds 2016 numbers.

Baltimore County ballot drop boxes in traditional Republican corridors are seeing less traffic than their counterparts in Democratic zones. An immunologist critiques the governor’s vaccination plan. And Baltimore City Schools shares details on a plan to reopen 25 schools next month for in-person learning.

With a slashed budget and low ridership, the MTA struggles to keep public transportation a viable and safe service for those who need it. And the City Council passes a major tax sales bill and eyes more taxes on e-cigarettes.

Baltimore County elections officials tally thousands of mail-in ballots and sort through voter errors. Goats are unleashed on a city park. And demonstrators in Baltimore march in solidarity with others nationwide for voting and women’s rights.

In a virtual town hall, parents and teachers grill Baltimore City Schools officials on their plan to return some students to classrooms in November. And a Maryland House of Delegates workgroup votes to revamp state policing laws.

If you haven’t applied yet for a mail-in ballot, the clock is ticking. And if you haven’t responded yet to the 2020 Census, well, you’re about to miss the deadline. Plus, a teacher’s-eye view of the upcoming return to classrooms in Baltimore.