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Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, Roll Call Ritual, and Katherine Cottle’s “I Remain Yours”

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward remembers his years as a heavy metal trailblazer; Lisa Van Wormer shares an essay on ritual and symbolism in a military formation; and Katherine Cottle discusses her book, I Remain Yours:  Secret Mission Love Letters of My Mormon Great-Grandparents

  There’s an old warning in the journalism world:  Don’t interview your idol.  And if you do, don’t let him know he’s your idol.  The Signal’s Aaron Henkin has broken both rules:  He shares the story of his encounter with Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward.


author Katherine Cottle's great-grandparents, Peter and Nellie Sundwall, photographed with their first child

  They’re probably in a shoe box underneath a dozen other things in the back of a dusty closet, but they’re there – your old love letters.  Now imagine that your great granddaughter finds that old box of letters, a century from now, and she happens to be a writer.  Katherine Cottle is the author of, I Remain Yours:  Secret Mission Love Letters of My Mormon Great-Grandparents, 1900-1903, and she visits with Aaron Henkin.

Katherine Cottle discusses her book, "I Remain Yours: Secret Mission Love Letters of my Mormon Great-Grandparents, 1900-1903"


  Former U.S. Army soldier Lisa Van Wormer joins shares the story of a particularly moving ceremony she attended during her deployment to Iraq.  

Lisa Van Wormer's essay, "Roll Call"


Aaron creates and produces original radio programs and podcasts for WYPR. His current project is The Maryland Curiosity Bureau. Aaron's neighborhood documentary series, Out of the Blocks, 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 and All Things Considered.