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The Altar of Innocence, Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra, and fiction from Eric D Goodman

A conversation with Ann Bracken about her memoir-in-verse, The Altar of Innocence; Jonathan Jensen of the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra, and short fiction from Eric D Goodman

 Ann Bracken’s book, The Altar of Innocence, is a poetry collection.  It’s also a memoir.  Through verse, Bracken travels back to her own childhood to explore a hidden truth at the core of her 1960’s suburban upbringing - her mother’s struggle with depression and alcoholism.  It’s a story marked by despair, but also by compassion and, ultimately, hope.  Ann Bracken joins producer Aaron Henkin in studio.

Jonathan Jensen makes his living as a bassist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, but his musical passion goes well beyond his day job. He also plays mandola with the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra. The Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra will be performing a concert of his music this weekend, and he spoke with producer Lisa Morgan about the honor. 

Music and conversation with Jonathan Jensen

  Are you planning on taking advantage of the spring weather to get outside and do some yard work?  If you are, let this next story be a cautionary tale.  And if you’re not, well, let this next story be an excuse.  Signal contributor Eric D Goodman joins us with a story he’s titled, Leaving

Eric D Goodman reads his short story, "Leaving"

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.