Out of the Blocks

56 EpisodesProduced by Aaron Henkin, Wendel Patrick

Out of the Blocks is a uniquely immersive listening experience that emerges from a mosaic of voices and soundscapes on the streets of Baltimore. A custom-tailored score colors and connects this tapestry of stories hidden in plain sight.

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700 Fallsway: Masterpiece in the Mire

March 12th, 2019

35:06

One man spent more than half his life in prison. Another fled his country to avoid religious persecution and ended up on the street. One was left to live alone at age 12. One relapsed after 18 years clean. And one …

Working behind the Wall: Conversations with Jailers

February 26th, 2019

17:34

If you heard the last episode of the podcast, you’ll remember we spent some time on the block where the release door of the Baltimore Jail lets out onto the street. We met some guys who’d been locked up in the jail …

300 E Eager St: I'm Fighting for Me

February 12th, 2019

22:18

The release door of the Baltimore City Jail opens out onto this otherwise abandoned block, empty except for the presence of a mobile medical office that posts up there 5 days a week. The PCARE Van, as it’s known, is …

Pine Ridge Reservation, part 2: One Heart, One Mind, One Prayer

January 29th, 2019

37:45

Our collaboration with Arlo Iron Cloud & KILI Radio continues this episode, as we travel through the Pine Ridge Reservation and visit with an …

Pine Ridge Reservation, part 1: Meeting a Prayer Halfway

January 15th, 2019

43:10

We team up with Arlo Iron Cloud of KILI Radio, Voice of the Lakota Nation, for this listening tour of The Pine Ridge Reservation, a 50 by 100 mile stretch of land in South Dakota that's home to the Oglala Lakota people. …

Pennsylvania Avenue, part 3: It Still Gets Still

December 31st, 2018

25:07

In its prime, Pennsylvania Avenue was the black entertainment hub of Baltimore, but there’s a whole generation that doesn’t know about that heyday. …

Pennsylvania Avenue, part 2: Born in a Tornado

December 18th, 2018

25:06

In this episode, businesses survive against the economic odds on the 1800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, where local entrepreneurs have established their niches with fashion boutiques, discount variety stores, jewelry …

Pennsylvania Avenue, part 1: Resurrection Intersection

December 4th, 2018

25:24

In 2015, circling helicopter footage showed West Baltimore in chaos. In the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, buildings burned, protesters and looters alike filled the streets, and entire neighborhoods were cordoned …

Love Stories

November 20th, 2018

29:20

A man returns from prison to renew his vows with his wife. Young fiancés try to convince immigration that their marriage plans are legit. Old acquaintances cross paths and get flirty. A woman pines for her ex, even …

Faith

November 6th, 2018

30:56

A street preacher pleads with passersby to heed the word of God, a Pentecostal pastor struggles with her calling, A Muslim father and son confront anti-Islamic sentiment, a man behind bars reinvents himself through …

American Dream

October 23rd, 2018

28:30

Stories about hope, sacrifice, home, and what happens when you come to America, as told by immigrants from Egypt, Nepal, Korea, Eritrea, Vietnam, El …

Fast Friends

October 9th, 2018

33:31

Two childhood friends go in on a shared dream and open up a beauty salon. At a tire shop, a tall guy and a short guy know how to make each other laugh. A crew of octogenarian pigeon racers trade tall tales. Two cousins …

This Isn't What I Used to Do

September 25th, 2018

28:51

Stories about surprising second acts, from the owner of a pinball museum, a Kashmiri journalist exiled to a snack counter, a washer repairman with a checkered past, a funeral director who stumbled into the job after he …

Strong Women

September 11th, 2018

30:34

Stories from a mixed-martial-arts fighter, the manager of a diner, a trainer of Doberman Pinschers, a child-abuse survivor, a fashion entrepreneur, a recovering drug addict, a performance artist, a mom who avoided …

Odd Jobs

August 28th, 2018

31:34

Conversations about work and life, with a fishmonger, a repo man, a fortune cookie maker, a cobbler, a spiritualist, a tag & title bureaucrat, a …

Atlanta, West End, Part 2: The Crossroads

August 14th, 2018

29:44

This episode begins on the historic spot where two dirt roads intersected and consequently gave rise to the city of Atlanta. Today, that crossroads is a busy intersection, and it anchors a residential neighborhood …

Atlanta, West End, Part 1: Meditations on Heritage

July 31st, 2018

29:07

There’s a room hidden behind a curtain at the Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Bookstore that houses shackles and hand-written slave …

When Aaron Met Wendel

July 17th, 2018

22:30

Curious about how the original seed got planted for Out of the Blocks?  This week marks the ten-year anniversary of Aaron Henkin & Wendel Patrick’s audio bro-mance, and on this episode the two friends unearth …

A Conversation with Mayor Catherine Pugh

July 3rd, 2018

44:51

Funny thing about making a podcast: You never know who’s listening. Turns out, Baltimore’s mayor, Catherine Pugh, is a fan of Out of the Blocks, and she invited producer Aaron Henkin to join her in front of a live …

Detroit: MorningSide, part 2. Slide, Ride or Die

June 19th, 2018

30:52

In this episode, we meet the founder of the Detroit Artists’ Test Lab, the head of an African American podcast network called Audiowave, neighborhood …

Detroit: MorningSide, part 1. Faith not tested can’t be trusted.

June 5th, 2018

28:38

On the east side of Detroit, the streets of MorningSide are lined with stately, brick Tudor-style houses.  But today, one in four of those houses is abandoned, boarded up, gutted, or burned out. The foreclosure crisis …

Steal This Podcast

May 22nd, 2018

35:00

Ever build one of those snap-together model kits when you were a kid? Think of this episode as a sort of snap-together *podcast *kit. It includes a …

200 W Read Street, part 3: Tomorrow’s Not Guaranteed

May 8th, 2018

20:51

The owner of a falafel stand gives a lesson in gratitude, a minimalist overcomes cerebral palsy by sheer force of will, a female boss takes the helm at a men’s barbershop, an apparel entrepreneur reflects on a family …

200 W Read St, part 2: Consistently Inconsistent

April 24th, 2018

21:48

The bartender at The Drinkery tells the history of the ‘gayborhood,’ a handyman-turned-comedian reflects on comedy as a flashlight in the dark, a pizza-maker from Pakistan shares words from the Koran about living with …

200 W Read St, part 1: The Greenwich Village of Baltimore

April 10th, 2018

20:36

The 200 block of W Read Street was Baltimore’s ground zero for hippies, head shops, gay nightlife, and wild fashion. In this episode, we explore the past and present of the neighborhood with a vintage clothier, a …

Chinatown ID, Seattle, part 2

March 27th, 2018

38:48

Devotion to family. That’s the overarching theme in this episode, as we return to Seattle’s Chinatown International District once more to visit with sons and daughters who are committed to honoring and preserving their …

Chinatown ID, Seattle, part 1

March 13th, 2018

42:25

Seattle’s Chinatown International District is a bustling, pan-Asian neighborhood of immigrants from China, Japan, Vietnam, and The Philippines.  It’s also a mix of generations, where Americanized children navigate a …

The Music of Out of the Blocks

February 27th, 2018

36:24

Wendel Patrick is the composer, producer and performer of the musical score for every episode of Out of the Blocks. In this special installment, he talks about some of his favorite compositions from the show and delves …

100 S Broadway, part 3

February 13th, 2018

22:06

If we’re truthful about it, most of us will admit it: There’s a gap between who we are and who we yearn to be.  In this episode, people confront the …

100 S Broadway, part 2

January 30th, 2018

23:58

This episode begins with a recovering addict who’s found peace, purpose, and a modest income folding paper flowers and peddling them to passersby on …

100 S Broadway, part 1

January 16th, 2018

25:01

Baltimore became a second home to members of North Carolina’s Lumbee tribe when they immigrated to the city after World War II, trading in farm work …

Station North

January 1st, 2018

33:40

A spectrum of stories exploring the creative impulse: from an emcee, a sculptor, a muralist, a florist, and others in Baltimore’s Station North …

Out of the Ville, part 2

December 19th, 2017

32:30

This episode kicks off with a barber who’s been cutting hair in The Ville for 60 years, and it ends with the story of a woman who just recently …

Out of the Ville, part 1

December 5th, 2017

33:24

We’re all taught that housing desegregation was a good thing, right? But if you talk to the old-timers in The Ville, they’ll give you a more nuanced …

3600 Falls Road, part 3

November 21st, 2017

30:43

In this episode, a group home is a haven for residents with mental and psychological challenges; a web-design CEO reveals his second life as an …

Out of the Blocks with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

November 7th, 2017

33:35

Out of the Blocks collaborated with the BSO for a special concert series called, “Baltimore Voices.” The concerts featured recordings of four …

3600 Falls Road, Part 2

October 25th, 2017

21:10

A boom in new, young residents is great for business, unless you’re the neighborhood funeral home.  In this episode, a funeral director looks toward an uncertain future, a yarn shop becomes a handicraft social hub, a …

3600 Falls Road, Part 1

October 10th, 2017

29:48

“I think the word we’re dancing around is gentrification.” So says Benn Ray of Atomic Books at the outset of this episode. What follows is a …

2400 Saint Paul St, Part 3

September 26th, 2017

23:22

Super-saturated sound-portraits of entrepreneurs and artists at work on the 2400 block of Saint Paul Street:  Whirring blenders, whispering crochet …

2400 Saint Paul St, Part 2

September 12th, 2017

23:52

In this episode: Portraits of irrepressible drive and determination.  A self-made cosmetics mogul opens up a school of makeup artistry, a local …

2400 Saint Paul St, Part 1

August 29th, 2017

28:10

The locals call it Black Wall Street, and it’s earned the nickname. 17 black-owned businesses operate on the 2400 block of Saint Paul Street, which …

1100 Ward Street, Part 3

August 15th, 2017

25:18

It’s hard to write a ‘spoiler-free’ description of this episode because these stories from 1100 Ward Street take so many surprise twists.  Let’s just …

1100 Ward Street, Part 2

August 1st, 2017

23:00

This episode is an unlikely triptych of redemption stories from the 1100 block of Ward Street. We meet Paul’s Place Peer Recovery Coach Dolly Miller, …

1100 Ward Street, Part 1

July 18th, 2017

21:40

Back in the 1800’s, they literally herded pigs through the streets of Southwest Baltimore’s Washington Village, from the terminus of the B & O Railroad to the neighborhood’s meat packing plants and butcher shops. …

7200 Harford Road

July 3rd, 2017

30:55

7200 Harford Road is about as far north and east as you can get and still be in Baltimore City.  It’s tucked just inside the county line, and downtown feels far-off when you’re out here.  On this block, MMA fighters …

600 Cherry Hill Road, Part II

June 19th, 2017

20:44

Out of the Blocks field producer Melissa Gerr takes us back to the 600 block of Cherry Hill Road to meet Mike Johnson of Delicia's Restaurant, Deacon Tim Gasque, convenience store owner Murad Aljaboobi, Amy Lee of …

600 Cherry Hill Road, Part I

June 5th, 2017

27:28

The South Baltimore neighborhood of Cherry Hill looks out across the Inner Harbor to the downtown skyline, but it’s a world unto itself.  The block at the heart of the neighborhood is 600 Cherry Hill Road, and Out of …

2100 Edmondson

January 4th, 2017

48:53

The corner diner, Soul Source, is the hub of the 2100 block  of Edmondson Avenue. The manager, Joyce, has been serving breakfast to the locals for 30 …

600 Deepdene Rd

September 18th, 2016

49:26

The 2016 season finale episode of Out of the Blocks takes a twist, as we travel to the 600 block of Deepdene Road in North Baltimore’s Tuxedo Park neighborhood.  The sounds of city traffic give way to the natural …

2100 E Monument

July 1st, 2016

49:22

The 2100 block of Monument Street is anchored by the Baltimore’s Northeast Market, a honeycomb of vendors selling fish, meat, fried chicken, …

200 W Saratoga

May 13th, 2016

49:18

The 200 block of West Saratoga Street is nestled in the frenetic bustle of downtown Baltimore.  Church bells ring in a duet with the clanging Light Rail, city buses rattle and hiss, and loud sidewalk conversations …

6300 Reisterstown Road

March 14th, 2016

49:04

The 6300 block of Reisterstown Road is tucked just inside the Northwest Baltimore city limit. Orthodox Jews from Russia and Iran operate kosher eateries, and Nepali Hindus run carry-outs and gas stations. Add to the mix …

4700 Eastern Avenue

December 18th, 2015

48:41

4700 Eastern Avenue is in Southeast Baltimore's Highlandtown neighborhood.  Over the past fifty years, the story of the American Dream has been written and rewritten in this community, as two distinct waves of …

4700 Liberty Heights Avenue

October 19th, 2015

48:40

The 4700 block of Liberty Heights Avenue is a portrait of survival and adaptability.  It's a self-governed, informal economy where the currency is respect.  Space is shared by merchants, churches, longtime residents, …

400 E Patapsco

July 7th, 2015

49:09

On the 400 block of E Patapsco Avenue, you'll meet octogenarian pigeon racers, evangelizing barbers, philosophical convenience-store clerks, reformed and not-so-reformed drug dealers, aspiring hip hop musicians, and …

3300 Greenmount

June 7th, 2015

47:53

On the 3300 block of Greenmount Avenue, you'll meet store clerks and restaurateurs from all over the globe - Pakistan, Mali, Korea, China, Thailand, Eritrea, and the Ukraine. You'll also meet born & bred Baltimore …

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