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Guerilla Furniture Design; Clash by Night; Blind Driver Challenge; and Poetry for Social Change

We talk with Will Holman, author of, Guerilla Furniture Design; We meet the minds behind the Lo-Fi Poetry series and Clash by Night; Marc Maurer tells about how rented the Daytona Speedway for a ‘blind driver challenge’; plus, poetry from Abdul Ali and ShahemMcLaurin.

Will Holman is trained as an architect, but he prefers a much more humble title:  Maker.  He’s just published a book called, Guerilla Furniture Design: How to Build Lean, Modern Furniture with Salvaged Materials.  The Signal’s Aaron Henkin recently spent some time with Holman, and he brings us this story.

The Clash was an English band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British Punk. In 1979, they released London Calling, a two record set (yes, on vinyl) that made quite an impression on new music enthusiasts in the UK and here in the States. Producer Lisa Morgan recently spoke with two lifelong fans who say the record changed their lives, and she brings us their story. 

the poets of "Clash by Night"

Marc Maurer at The Stoop

Marc Maurer was born blind, but he always had a taste for adventure.  During his twenty years as president of the National Federation for the Blind, he celebrated the abilities and accomplishments of blind people, but he always felt certain that there was one thing a blind person could never do:  Drive a car.  Then one day, he changed his mind.  Marc told this story to a live audience at the Stoop Storytelling series at Centerstage. 

Marc Maurer at The Stoop

Abdul Ali a writing teacher at Towson University, he’s just published a poetry book titled, Trouble Sleeping, and he joins us, along with one of his students, Shahem McLaurin, to talk with Aaron Henkin about poetry’s potential to be a catalyst for justice.

poets Abdul Ali & Shaheem McLaurin


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.