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The Manly Deeds, Poet Lalita Noronha, and “The Paradise that Wasn’t”

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Charm City old-time band The Manly Deeds; LalitaNoronha's poetry collection, Her Skin Phyllo-thin; and EvodieNgoy’s documentary film, The Paradise that Wasn’t

  In October, 2013, The Manly Deeds headed out to Casper’s Loss Farm in Carroll County, Maryland, to record some new material. They converted a 19th-century barn into a recording studio with the help of Alex Champagne of Scenic Route Records. In two days, they recorded a twelve-song album and created memories that will last a lifetime. The Signal’s Lisa Morgan brings us a profile of The Manly Deeds.

 

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Lalita Noronha

  When you’re a microbiologist, a teacher, an Indian immigrant, and a mother, you’ve got a rich array of life experiences to choose from when you sit down to write a poem. Lalita Noronha’s new poetry collection is titled, Her Skin Phyllo-thin, and shares her creative work with The Signal’s Aaron Henkin.

The Manly Deeds, Poet Lalita Noronha, and “The Paradise that Wasn’t”
Lalita Noronha shares from her poetry collection, "Her Skin Phyllo-thin"

 

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Evodie Ngoy, at the WYPR studios

  Each year, hundreds of young people and their families come to Baltimore as refugees. Refugee children, like their parents, arrive with high hopes, but oftentimes their optimism is chilled when they get into school and end up being teased and bullied by their American-born peers. Evodie Ngoy has encountered this herself as a refugee from the Congo DRC in a Baltimore high school.  She’s made a documentary film about her experience, and that of other young refugees, titled, The Paradise that Wasn’t, and she talks with The Signal’s Aaron Henkin.

The Manly Deeds, Poet Lalita Noronha, and “The Paradise that Wasn’t”
Evodie Ngoy discusses her documentary, "The Paradise that Wasn't"

 

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.