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The Peacekeeper’s Photograph, The Manly Deeds, and The Paradise that Wasn’t

M L Doyle’s military mystery novel, Charm City old-time band The Manly Deeds, and EvodieNgoy’s documentary film about young refugees in Baltimore

  Write what you know.  It’s the first lesson an author learns, and novelist ML Doyle has taken that advice to heart.  Doyle has spent more than 20 years serving with the US Army at deployments around the globe and stateside, so when she decided to pen a mystery book, it was only natural that the setting be an isolated military outpost in Bosnia, and that the heroine be a female Master Sergeant.  ML Doyle talks about her new book, "The Peacekeeper’s Photograph," with The Signal’s Aaron Henkin. 


  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.

A musical profile of The Manly Deeds


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.

Evodie Ngoy discusses her documentary, "The Paradise that Wasn't"

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.