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Favorite Signal stories from ten years on the air

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As The Signal celebrates ten years on the air at WYPR, these are some all-time favorite stories from over the past decade...

  In 2005, Aaron Henkin met local actor John Morton, whose claim to fame is that he’s that guy who gets stepped on by an ATAT Walker in The Empire Strikes Back.

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  Bludgers, Quaffles, and the Golden Snitch – they’re all part of the high-flying sport of Quidditch in the fictional world of Harry Potter.  In 2011, Signal Matt Purdy reported on how the game has cast its spell on real-world college students.

Favorite Signal stories from ten years on the air
Muggle Quidditch

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  In 2006, Lisa Morgan visited Charm City Cakes and she spoke with owner & baker Duff Goldman.

Favorite Signal stories from ten years on the air
Charm City Cakes' Duff Goldman
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  Baltimore cab driver Ahk Adama took Aaron Henkin for a ride-along back in 2006.

Favorite Signal stories from ten years on the air
Cab driver Ahk Adama
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  In 2011, some Baltimore “Boy-lesque” performers caught Lisa Morgan’s eye, so she invited them to the studio for a conversation about their magic moves

Favorite Signal stories from ten years on the air
Baltimore Boy-lesque
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  In 2005, David Franks had just begun an aggressive chemotherapy treatment to battle cancer.  It was around this time that he spent a few months visiting with Signal producer Aaron Henkin, recording a series of conversations about his life and work.  Those conversations became the basis for this radio biography about the artist.  Franks passed away in 2010.

Favorite Signal stories from ten years on the air
a radio biography of David Franks
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  In 2004, Aaron Henkin tagged along for the day with professional dog walker Matt Fisher.

Favorite Signal stories from ten years on the air
Professional dog-walker Matt Fisher
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  In 2008, Aaron Henkin took listeners to a church on Eastern Avenue in Fells point, where a choral group keeps alive the American musical tradition of Sacred Harp.

Favorite Signal stories from ten years on the air
music and conversation with Baltimore Sacred Harp singers
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  In 2004, Lisa Morgan visited with artist Les Harris at his Amaranthine Museum.

Favorite Signal stories from ten years on the air
Al Zaruba's Amaranthine Museum
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  It’s hard for those of us with our senses intact to imagine a world of blindness, or deafness.  Steven Frank, who has Usher’s Syndrome, has learned to live with both.  In 2009, Aaron Henkin paid him a visit and made this story.

Favorite Signal stories from ten years on the air
Steven Frank, who is deaf and blind, is a remarkable communicator

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.