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Music and poetry of protest, the Be More Benefit, and a Mother’s Day story


Words of protest and reflection from Baltimore poets & musicians, a preview of the music and art at the  Be More Benefit, and a grown man gets a sewing lesson from his mother

As Baltimore looks forward, we take a break from the talking heads and pass the mic to the city’s poets and musicians:  Skarr-Akbar, J Pope, Eze Jackson, Jamaal Black Root Collier, Ashley Epiphany Hodges, Stephanie ‘Just A Vessel’ James, Saleem, and Jahiti


Bob Elder and Josephine Olivia join us with a preview of the Be More Benefit, a special event that’s going to bring together a diverse group of artists and musicians from Baltimore’s cultural community.

a preview of the Be More Benefit


When Ben Pagac was a kid, he used to sneak into his mom’s room and open up the case of her sewing machine.  He was fascinated by the silver spools, all the little tools, and the old machinery smells of oil and rubber and steel.  Ben’s mom, Sonja Pagac, is 89 now, and she still uses that same sewing machine.  It’s set up in the kitchen of her retirement home in Silver Spring, Maryland.  One day recently, when Ben was visiting, conversation rolled around to the old sewing machine.  So his mom fired it up and gave him a lesson.

The Sewing Lesson

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.