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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 05

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O'Dark 30 is an exploration of the world of independent radio production. A brand new program on KUT 90.5 Austin that airs Sunday nights at midnight. Every week we look forward to presenting 3 hours of a little bit of everything from the world of independent radio production We’ve got one rule… if it’s good, we’re gonna try to bring it to Austin.

Episode 5 pieces include Surf School...New Year's: A Reflection...Praying for Peace in the New Year...Overcoming Appalachian Stereotypes from For Good Reason...Young Drivers...Raymond Carver: Tell Me a Story...Projectiles: A Poem by Raymond Carver...The first piece in our own Rebecca McInroy's new Portraits series...My New Year's Eve LAN Party.

Surf School

From Hearing Voices | Part of the Scott Carrier stories series | 16:03

The water and the culture of Hawaii.

Sc_surf_small An uneasy transition from liking surf music to taking surf lessons, with no board, no place to stay, except a tent on the beach and a big, bad Hawaiian teacher -- part of a native culture that doesn't trust white men as far as they can throw 'em. Begging the question: How far will the producer get thrown?

New Years: A Reflection

From Western Folklife Center Media | 57:03

A meditation on New Years as a time of reflection and healing.

Default-piece-image-2 Join in a New Year journey with host Hal Cannon to an ancient Gaelic ritual of bringing in the year with fiddler Alasdair Frazier. Then join Jean Redpath for the original ?Auld Lang Syne.? From the Isles back to the States we travel to delve into the Native American way of marking time with a heartfelt story from Lakota elder, Leonard Littlefinger telling how ritual can help us transform a brutal history into a new story of hope. We end with the hope of a healthy land from the Grand Canyon. Join us

Young Drivers

From SpiritHouse Inc/Youth Noise Network | 10:46

This piece investigates the experiences of teen drivers and the adults who support them.

Default-piece-image-1 In Durham, North Carolina, like elsewhere around the country, teens get into accidents which often result in fatalities. Roll on a journey with Riverside High School junior Emmanuel Watson as he talks to brand new drivers. They tell him what they learned in drivers' ed, how their parents feel about them driving, stereotypes of teen drivers, and what are the main problems with teens driving. Everybody has something to say about this, including a member of law enforcement, a drivers' ed teacher, and parents of teen drivers, including his own mother, who tells Emmanuel, "I'm going to have faith that you can drive."

Raymond Carver Reads What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

From Leet and Litwin | Part of the Tell Me A Story series | 29:43

The 2015 Best Picture has drawn from Raymond Carver's WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE, his most famous story; he reads it in his own voice.

Carver_2_small The New York Times Book Review says that Raymond Carver is "surely the most influential writer of American short stories in the second half of the 20th century." Surely Raymond Carver's signature story is WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE. This program presents the story, told in his voice: his own interpretation of his work. In 1983, we meet him at dawn, in a motel in Palo Alto. After a short conversation, philosophical and sometimes funny, the story begins.


Originally, the story had a different title: BEGINNERS. The original tale had been different, too: longer, more complex, more nuanced, with more significant characters. At the time Carver's editor was Gordon Lish, who whittled the story, adding violent actions and offensive language. And Lish renamed the story from BEGINNERS to WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE.

When in 1983, we recorded Carver in Palo Alto, he was working on a Broadway play; this would be entitled to be BEGINNERS. Decades later, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarrita made the story-inspired, play-inspired into a movie called BIRDMAN; he hired four writers; the director also wrote. The result: the highest award for the 2015 Oscars.

This background is not included in this program, but stations may find useful some extra information to present the show.

ALSO! We suggest to CHOP OFF AT 29:00! The last 43 seconds are NOT RELEVANT now.


Projectiles, a poem by Raymond Carver

From Teresa Goff | 03:53

"Projectiles", a poem written by American short story writer Raymond Carver, is read by poet Tess Gallagher, Carver's widow. The poem was written for Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.

Carver_small Raymond Carver is most famous for his short stories yet the detail in each story is even more condensed when Carver writes in verse. Carver's widow, Tess Gallagher reads "Projectiles", a poem written for Japanese contemporary writer Haruki Murakami. Carver married poet Tess Gallagher shortly before his death in 1988. "Projectiles" was written in the late '80s, after Carver's Japanese translator Haruki Murakami visited Carver and Gallagher is their Port Angeles home.

Haruki Murakami, a writer now known for his novels The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka On the Shore, had yet to come to prominence in the States. The meeting between the Carvers and the Murakamis went so well that Haruki and wife Yoko had an extra-large bed installed in their Tokyo apartment for Carver. But Carver never made it to Japan. He died of cancer in 1988. In this reading.

My New Year's Eve LAN Party

From Blunt Youth Radio Project | 03:11

Delve deep into the world of teen geeks gone wild on energy drinks and networked gaming.

Default-piece-image-2 What did you do on New Year's eve? Youth reporter and self-described geek, Ethan Jud, takes listeners on a lively, sound-rich voyage to the world of a LAN (Local Area Network) party Delve deep into the world of teen geeks gone wild on energy drinks, junk food, and networked gaming. This piece originally aired on the Blunt episode, "Geeks", at WMPG in Portland, ME.