Captivating Stories Unleashed: The Art of Radio Documentary with Aaron Henkin

Captivating Stories Unleashed: The Art of Radio Documentary with Aaron Henkin

Aaron Henkin is an accomplished radio producer and creator known for his exceptional work at WYPR. With over 20 years of experience, Aaron began his journey as a volunteer and climbed the ranks to produce and develop original radio programs and podcasts. Notably, he is the mastermind behind the critically acclaimed neighborhood documentary series " Out of the Blocks," which received the prestigious 2018 National Edward R. Murrow Award. His past contributions include the long-running cultural program "The Signal" and the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings series "Tapestry of the Times." Aaron's compelling stories have reached a wide audience, airing nationally on renowned platforms such as NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, PRI’s Studio 360, and The World.

In this podcast:

  • Discover the captivating world of "Out of the Blocks," a groundbreaking neighborhood documentary series that uncovers the rich tapestry of lives through intimate interviews with individuals residing on the same city block.
  • Delve into the essence of storytelling as we explore how "Out of the Blocks" provides a platform for ordinary individuals to share their stories, offering a mosaic of diverse experiences that shape a community.
  • Join us in a conversation about the art of building connections and trust with strangers, and the transformative power that arises when these connections lead to authentic and profound conversations.
  • Uncover the harmonious fusion of sound and narrative as we explore the collaborative journey of integrating a unique musical score with the spoken stories of "Out of the Blocks," creating an immersive podcast experience.

Aaron Henkin, a producer and creator of original radio programs and podcasts, joins the podcast to discuss his current project, "Out of the Blocks." He shares his background in radio and how he got started in the industry. Aaron explains the concept behind "Out of the Blocks," which involves going to one city block and interviewing everyone on the block about their lives. He talks about the importance of giving a voice to everyday people and the challenges of building trust with strangers. Aaron also discusses the collaborative process of working with musician Wendell Patrick to create a unique musical score for each episode.

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Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Aaron Henkin
Aaron Henkin
An accomplished radio producer and creator known for his exceptional work at WYPR.