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Amiri Baraka’s “Slave Ship,” musician Letitia VanSant, and artist Nancy Andrews


A visit with Baltimore’s Arena Players, who are reprising AmiriBaraka’s 1969 play, “Slave Ship”; music and conversation with LetitiaVanSant; and Nancy Andrews shares how art has helped her to mend her post-operative psyche 

Writer Amiri Baraka left behind a fifty-year literary legacy that’s made him one of the nation’s most respected and widely published African American writers.  Baraka wrote poetry, plays, essays, fiction, music criticism, and in it all, his words are galvanizing - heroic to some and troubling to others.  Amiri Baraka’s 1969 drama, Slave Ship, is currently on stage at Arena Players in Baltimore.  Director Rosalind Cauthen talks about the production, along with cast members Elaine Foster, Nathan Couser and Malcolm Anomnachi.  They join producer Aaron Henkin…



Letitia Vansant is a great singer and storyteller. She and her bandmates, the Bonfides - David and Will McKindley-Ward and Tom Liddle - have just put the finishing touches on a new album called Parts & Labor. VanSant joins producer Lisa Morgan…

Music and conversation with Letitia VanSant



“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”  That rather cryptic proclamation comes from Hippocrates, the Greek physician whose famous Hippocratic Oath promises:  “First, Do no harm.”  But just how clear-cut are the boundaries between healing and harm?  Artist Nancy Andrews has been struggling with that question ever since she was airlifted to a hospital in 2005.  The answer, she’s come to discover, is in her artwork.  That work is currently on display here in Baltimore at Maryland Art Place, and this week the artist joins producer Aaron Henkin by phone from her home in Bar Harbor, Maine…

Nancy Andrews copes with Post-ICU Syndrome by making art.

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.