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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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    • Documentary
    • 4.9 • 210 Ratings

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.

    Space Sonification

    Space Sonification

    They have access to the collected astronomical data of the world’s most powerful space telescopes, and they’re stuck at home in quarantine.  Here’s what they’re doing:  Scientists Jenn Kotler, Clara Brasseur, and Scott Fleming have been using their time in isolation to design a radically new way of understanding the dynamics of the cosmos.  Inspired by a blind colleague halfway around the planet, Australian astrophysicist Garry Foran, they’re pioneering a new method to study the motion of the universe, through sound.

    Curious to learn more about their work? Check out this link and this link

    • 21 min
    James' Block: An Outlier

    James' Block: An Outlier

    This episode is about a virtual block that makes up the current world of one fascinating and unusual young man. His name is James Burrows. He’s a musical genius, and he’s autistic. This week, he’s graduating from high school in the midst of a pandemic. What might James be able to teach the rest of us about living in the shared social isolation of the moment?

    NOTE:  All the music in this episode was composed and produced by James. Check him out on SoundCloud.

    • 25 min
    Lexington Market, part 3: On a Humble

    Lexington Market, part 3: On a Humble

    Well, this long-overdue episode wasn’t originally intended to be an audio time-capsule, but, you know… life.  Here’s a final look back at a venerable city market that’s now temporarily closed to the public, and partly demolished.

    • 26 min
    Um, Now What?

    Um, Now What?

    We’re working through how to best proceed on near-future episodes of the show, and we want to invite you into the conversation. Got an interesting online ‘block’? Hit us up on Instagram @outoftheblocks1 or on twitter @outoftheblocks1

    • 8 min
    Lexington Market, part 2: Engines of Change

    Lexington Market, part 2: Engines of Change

    Conversations with vendors & market-goers about the past & present of Lexington Market, a look at hopes for (and doubts about) the market’s future, and a talk with the idealistic developer responsible for the big changes that lay ahead.

    • 30 min
    Lexington Market, part 1: Survival of the Fittest

    Lexington Market, part 1: Survival of the Fittest

    Change is knocking on the door of Baltimore’s iconic Lexington Market. Ground has been broken on a new market building, and local vendors are wondering if they’ll have a place in the much-hyped new structure. In this episode, merchants, artisans, security officers, and custodians reflect on their lives and the uncertain future of the market they call home.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
210 Ratings

210 Ratings

xcmh ,

Very compelling

Such interesting vignettes, engage listener into other people’s lives as told by them. Producer is a thoughtful and sincere interviewer.

Jdjdjjeisoak ,

Can’t stop listening

I’ve been binge listening and I have no plans to stop. Love these stories.

MKMacNaughton ,

Inspiring

I love it! Out of the Blocks is a truly unique podcast. I feel like a participant as we walk through neighborhoods and meet people. Listening to this podcast has influenced me to pause and chat a little longer with people I encounter during the day. Aaron is a truly kind and genuine interviewer, and I love listening to Wendel’s musical illustrations of the interviews.

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