A radio show and podcast telling intergenerational stories of place and memory in Baltimore City. Produced in partnership with WEAA 88.9 and AIR's Localore: Finding America project.
Episode 19: Rise + Shine Waverly
Have you ever wished that a band of roving podcasters would visit your community to collect stories of uplift, history, and hope, then broadcast those stories for you and your neighbors in a space right near your block? For months, the Rise of Charm City team did just that in Baltimore’s storied neighborhood of Waverly, one of the city’s hubs of 1960s and ‘70s activism and counterculture. Episode 19, “Rise + Shine Waverly,” was produced in partnership with the local business development initiative, Waverly Main Street, for Neighborhood Lights, an annual community artist-in-residence program produced by Light City, a festival of light, music, and innovation held in downtown Baltimore.
Episode 18: Beach Your Bottom Dollar
Episode 18, "Beach Your Bottom Dollar," tells the story of three of Maryland's historically Black beaches, Carr's and Sparrow's Beaches and Highland Beach. Hear all about the heyday of beachside concerts at Carr's Beach and the enduring civil rights legacies of Frederick Douglass, Mary Church Terrell, and their descendants and Highland Beach. Voices include Dr. Andrew Kahrl, author of The Land was Ours: How Black Beaches Became White Wealth in the Coastal South, Annapolis historian and tour guide Janice Hayes-Williams, and Highland Beach City Commissioner Raymond Langston.
Bonus Episode: Never Monument to Hurt You
In the middle of an August night, the City of Baltimore removed four Confederate monuments from parks and public squares. A few people bore witness, and almost everyone in town had an opinion. In this bonus mini-episode, we talk to a few of them, not just about the statues but also about the quiet removal of the city's African American landmarks and resources.
Episode 17: A Series Of Burial Plot Twists
Episode 17 of the Rise of Charm City takes listeners to two of the city's most historically significant cemeteries: Mount Auburn, the oldest Black cemetery in the city, and Green Mount Cemetery, final resting place of many of Baltimore's 19th and early 20th century philanthropists. We also hear from Mr. Victor March Sr., President and CEO of March Funeral Homes, the largest independent funeral home on the East Coast, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
Episode 16: Lacrosse My Heart and Hope to Slide
Episode 16 of the Rise of Charm City features the history of lacrosse in Baltimore city's various communities. Hear indigenous lacrosse history professor Dr. Allan Downey; Dr. Miles G. Harrison Jr, author of Ten Bears, the story of Morgan State's historic 1970s lacrosse team; and voices from The Boys' Latin School of Maryland, Charm City Youth Lacrosse, and more.
Episode 15: Queer's Looking at You, Cis
Episode 15 of the Rise of Charm City explores the history of Baltimore's LGBTQ+ communities. Hear historians, activists, and artists talk about their memories of clubs, bookstores, bars, and resource centers around the city and how they're dealing with the disappearance of those queer-friendly spaces.
What a cool find!
Great storytelling, interviews, what a cool look into Baltimore. Highly recommend, thank you for sharing these stories!
Best way to learn about Baltimore
Excellent writing and good stories well told.
As a Baltimorean I appreciate the history lessons. Such fascinating storytelling! Keep it up!