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Life after Russian Roulette; The Flying Eyes in South America; and Prince’s Rally for Peace Concert

Former undercover narcotics officer Michael B Kaminski talks about the moral perils of his career;  a radio postcard from Baltimore rock band, The Flying Eyes; and an essay from Marion Winik about Prince’s Rally For Peace concert in Baltimore.

These days, Michael B. Kaminski is an ordained minister, but his path took him through some dark spiritual territory along the way.  Alcoholism, depression, and suicidal thoughts plagued him during his previous career.  He worked as a policeman – an undercover narcotics officer – in the 1970s, and he’s chronicled the morally hazardous experience in his book, Life after Russian Roulette:  Game Over.  Kaminski spoke with The Signal’s Aaron Henkin.

This past March, the Baltimore rock band, The Flying Eyes, took off on a two week tour through Brazil & Argentina.  The band has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe but this jaunt was the group’s first time playing in South America.  Band member Elias Schutzman brought along a portable recorder and chronicled the experience for us.  

a radio postcard from The Flying Eyes in South America

After enduring the death of Freddie Gray and the ensuing riots and protests, Baltimore music fans rejoiced when they learned that Prince would be coming to town to perform a Rally for Peace concert. The event was billed as an opportunity for unity and healing, and, by all accounts, Prince put on an amazing show, but for Marion Winik, the evening became an almost spiritual event. 

Marion Winik on Prince's 'Rally for Peace' concert in Baltimore

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.