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Unlocking a Musical Mind, Letitia VanSant’s “Parts & Labor,” and Jason Tinney’s “Ripple Meets the De

James Burrows and Max Bent have created a catalogue of songs that offer insights into an autistic mind; music and conversation with LetitiaVanSant; and Jason Tinney shares from his collection of short fiction,  “Ripple Meets the Deep”

This is a story about what happens when an autistic boy crosses paths with an electronic music producer.  Two unlikely collaborators, James Burrows and Max Bent, have created something together that neither one of them could have achieved alone.  They’ve composed a library of songs that offer up a window into James’ mind.   Producer Aaron Henkin brings us the story.

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

Some people are natural-born storytellers, and Jason Tinney is one of them.  Fellow writer Dave Sheinin says of him:  “Tinney writes with a journalist’s eye for detail, a musician’s ear for dialogue, and a poet’s feel for the space in between what we aspire to be and what we are.” Jason Tinney’s new collection of short fiction is called Ripple Meets the Deep, and he visits with producer Aaron Henkin.

Jason Tinney shares from his book, "Ripple Meets the Deep"

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.