Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City

The Rise of Charm City


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.

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Episode 19: Rise + Shine Waverly

30:03 | Apr 16th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Episode 18: Beach Your Bottom Dollar

29:49 | Sep 22nd, 2017

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 ...Show More

Bonus Episode: Never Monument to Hurt You

17:50 | Aug 24th, 2017

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...Show More

Episode 17: A Series Of Burial Plot Twists

36:00 | Jun 2nd, 2017

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 ear...Show More

Episode 16: Lacrosse My Heart and Hope to Slide

32:00 | May 12th, 2017

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 his...Show More

Episode 15: Queer's Looking at You, Cis

37:47 | Apr 14th, 2017

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 wi...Show More

EpIsode 14: A Modern Study of Morganic Chemistry

29:14 | Mar 17th, 2017

Part 2 of The Rise of Charm City's exploration of Morgan State University's 150-year history continues in Episode 14: "A Modern Study of Morganic Chemistry." You'll hear the familiar voices of University President Dr. David Wilson and University Chai...Show More

Episode 13: Protect Your Vital Morgan

30:00 | Mar 3rd, 2017

Celebrating its sesquicentennial celebration in 2017, Morgan State is the oldest and largest African American college in Maryland. This week we explore the founding of the institution, its long legacy of social activism, and the fond memories of alum...Show More

Bonus Episode: Dressed and Highly Favored

27:36 | Jan 20th, 2017

The Rise of Charm City's new, bonus episode, "Dressed and Highly Favored," provides listeners with a brief window into Black Baltimore's history of fashion merchandising and design. You'll hear from local designers Jody Davis and Carlous Palmer, as w...Show More

Episode Twelve: Glow in the Park

29:00 | Aug 5th, 2016

The 12th — and final — episode of our first season, "Glow in the Park," presents a history of Druid Hill Park, the third oldest public urban park in the country. Hear from Kalman "Buzzy" Hettleman and Mitzi Swan, local tennis players who made strid...Show More

Episode 11: The Rise of Charm City - LIVE!

57:20 | Jul 22nd, 2016

Episode 11, "The Rise of Charm City: LIVE!" is a broadcast of our very first live performance event, held on July 14 at the historic Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum. Sound engineering by Mark Gunnery for the Center for Emerging Media. ...Show More

Ep 10: Can't We All Just Get Islam?

28:20 | Jul 1st, 2016

"Can't We All Just Get Islam?" explores the history of Muslim presence in Baltimore City and the relationship of the city's predominantly black Muslim population and South Asian Muslims in suburbs outside the city. Featured voices in this episode in...Show More

Episode 9: Banks for the Memories

31:43 | May 27th, 2016

Episode 9: "Banks for the Memories" tells the story of black banking -- both traditional and nontraditional -- in Baltimore City. With the presence of pawn shops, private lenders, and the city's last black-owned bank left standing, Baltimore City's b...Show More

Episode 8: Where There's a Mill, There's a Way

31:05 | May 6th, 2016

This episode takes us to one of Baltimore City's last remaining predominantly white communities: Hampden. We visit Hampden's milling history, its 1950s thriving business district, and its current gentrification.

Episode 7: Mall's Fair in Love and War (or Mall's Well That Ends Well)

30:02 | Apr 22nd, 2016

Episode 7: Mall's Fair in Love and War (or Mall's Well that Ends Well!) tells the story of Mondawmin Mall, the first enclosed mall in the country and one of the first presumably black, inner city malls in the U.S. We talk to developers, longtime resi...Show More

Episode 6: Whistlestop in the Name of Love

31:19 | Apr 8th, 2016

This episode takes us first to Baltimore Penn Station, where we talk to some Amtrak and station employees about the unique features of one of the city’s most vital transportation hubs. Then, we wander out to the streets around the train station to e...Show More

Episode 5: Livin' on a Mayor

26:00 | Mar 18th, 2016

This week's episode of "Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City" takes listeners to City Hall where we take a look at mayoral administrations past and what's at stake for the future mayor of Baltimore.

Episode 4: Don't Start Nuns, Won't Be None

30:05 | Mar 4th, 2016

This week, Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City visits a 188-year-old order of African American nuns, the Oblate Sisters of Providence, and St. Frances Academy, the still-thriving school they founded in 1828.

Episode 3: Be Real Black (in Wax) for Me

30:51 | Feb 19th, 2016

This week's episode of "Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City" takes listeners to The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. You'll hear from its co-founder Dr. Joanne Martin and longtime workers from and visitors to the museum.

Episode 2: Eddie-AFRO!

28:58 | Feb 5th, 2016

Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City takes you to the offices of the legendary Afro-American Newspapers at 2519 N. Charles Street. We talk to current and former employees of the paper and explore nearly 125 years of black press history.

Teaser: Outtakes and an Ep. 2 Preview

03:21 | Feb 1st, 2016

A new full episode of Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City is coming on Friday, Feb. 5. Until then, here's more on the making of the show, outtakes from Episode 1, and a teaser of what's to come in Episode 2.

Episode I: Keep Shaking and Baking

28:15 | Jan 25th, 2016

A history of Shake & Bake Family Fun Center in Upton. From Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City. A new documentary series on WEAA-FM. Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City is a new show that visits various historic locations around the city, interviewing p...Show More