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Orfeia Vocal Ensemble, Johnny Eck, & The Bumper Jacksons

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Aaron Henkin presents a profile of Orfeia Vocal Ensemble, an unlikely group of American singers who’ve mastered the haunting, dissonant harmonies of traditional Bulgarian music.

 
 

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Curator Jeffrey Pratt Gorgon at his MICA exhibit, "The Amazing Johnny Eck" (photo credit: Lisa Morgan)

The MICA exhibition, The Amazing Johnny Eck,  features paintings, sculptures, puppets, toys, photographs, and costumes belonging to the sideshow-performer-turned-Renaissance-man Johnny Eck. Producer Lisa Morgan stops by for a preview.  

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The Amazing Johnny Eck

 

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Jess Eliot Mhyre and Chris Ousley of The Bumper Jacksons

There was a golden age in American music history when categories like ‘blues,’ ‘country,’ and ‘jazz’ didn’t really mean anything important to the people playing.  What was vital about the music was that it was fun to play.   The Bumper Jacksons happily take us back to that lost era.  They drop in for a visit with Aaron Henkin...

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The Bumper Jacksons

Aaron creates and produces original radio programs for WYPR. His current project is the neighborhood documentary series, Out of the Blocks, which 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.
Lisa Morgan covered the local arts community as co-creator and host of WYPR’s award-winning program The Signal from 2004 to 2015. She has created and produced many programs for WYPR, including news stories, features, commentaries, and audio documentaries. She taught audio production at Goucher College from 2002 – 2004 and has done voice-over work for a variety of clients. The Weekly Reader is her latest project.