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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 27

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O’Dark 30 is KUT's adventure through the world of independent radio production. Every Sundays at midnight on KUT 90.5 Austin we present 3 hours of a little bit of everything from the world of independent radio production.

Episode 27 includes "Bohemian Rhapsody" Major James Lockridge...Travels With Mom...KUT's Portrait of an Artist with Filmmaker Geoff Marslett...Talking With The Wind: The Mystery of Opal Whiteley...plummeting approval...The Moth Radio Hour 204...Latchkey Children Raised by Pets...The Urban Chicken...New Orleans Band Director, Willbert Rawlins Jr...New Orleans Brass Band...Eating Close to Home

“Bohemian Rhapsody” Major James Lockridge

From Jake Warga | Part of the Soldiers Soundtracks to War--IRAQ series | 03:05

To Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Major James Lockridge tells us, “The United States Army can go anywhere at anytime or anyplace. I learned that during the first war. I wouldn’t want to be anybody that had to face the United States.”

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To Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Major James Lockridge tells us, “The United States Army can go anywhere at anytime or anyplace. I learned that during the first war. I wouldn’t want to be anybody that had to face the United States.”
And this happened:

Travels with Mom

From Hearing Voices | Part of the Larry Massett stories series | 12:23

A trip to Tybee through time: a mother's p.o.v.

Lmmom_small These days, taking mom for out for a day-trip doesn't involve going as far in distance, as it does back in time. Tybee Island, Georgia, now and in the 1920s, as seen by Mrs. Massett. (Premiered 2001 on Savvy Traveler.)

Talking With The Wind: The Mystery of Opal Whiteley

From Dmae Lo Roberts | 28:21

"Talking With The Wind: The Mystery of Opal Whiteley," a half-hour documentary about Opal Whiteley who caused an international scandal in 1920 when she published a childhood diary that was later decried a hoax.


Talking With The Wind: The Mystery of Opal Whiteley, a half-hour documentary on Opal Whiteley, of a young woman from Cottage Grove, Oregon. In 1920 she published a childhood diary about her time in the woods and her love of nature. It became wildly popular and then was later condemned as a hoax. This diary created an international controversy that led to her eventual decline in mental health. 

Dmae Roberts co-produced this with Playwright Dorothy Velasco in 1988 with music by John Doan. It also contains a clip from the only known recording of Opal Whiteley before she died in 1992.

This piece originally produced in 1988 contains the only known recording of Opal Whiteley.  


Latchkey Children Raised by Pets

From The humble Farmer | 03:01

Ten million American children now come home from school to lonely empty houses. With both parents working, care of the child is now left up to the pets.

Humbleoats_small Years ago, only Tarzan could claim to be raised by animals. But animal role models now go a long way to explaining the hairstyles and behavior displayed by many young people today. People who once asked why Johnny can’t read can now wonder about his sudden fascination for fire hydrants.

New Orleans Band Director, Willbert Rawlins Jr.

From David Weinberg | Part of the WWOZ- Street Talk series | 04:49

One night High School band director Willbert Rawlins Jr. was walking through the French Quarter with his wife when he came across a group of his students hustling tourists. He felt like he had failed as a teacher to keep his students out of trouble so he helped them become professional musicians and today they are the TBC Brass band.

Will_rawlins_small In the recent book Nine Lives by Dan Baum, Willbert Rawlins Jr is one of the characters who takes us through life in New orleans before and after hurricane katrina. Rawlins was instrumental in helping a group of kids leave the hustle of the streets and start their own brass band. They became TBC Brass band, one of New Orleans hottest bands.

New Orleans Brass Band

From Richard Paul | 08:14

New Orleans Brass Band described

Tremebandalbumcover_small Musicologist Charles Chamberlain and Benny Jones of the Treme Brass band talk about the unique New Orleans tradition of brass street bands. This segment was produced for ArtsEdge, a program of the Education Department of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Eating Close to Home

From Atlantic Public Media | 07:42

Bill McKibben decides to eat only food grown locally. In the winter. In Vermont.

Dsc4486_small Author and enviromentalist Bill McKibben goes an entire winter eating only foods from the Lake Champlain valley in Vermont -- and learns lessions about the global food system. EXCERPT: TOP OF PIECE McKIBBEN: The apples in my market annoy me. They're from China and New Zealand and Washington state, and I live in Vermont's Champlain Valley, one of the world's great apple-growing regions. So, what an annoying waste of energy to fly these Red Delicious in from halfway around the planet. And what a waste of taste?these things have been bred for just one purpose-- endurance. Mostly, though, they're annoying because they don't come with connections, with stories. They've been grown on ten thousand-acre plantations with the latest industrial methods and the highest possible efficiency. They're cheap, I give you that. But they're so dull. [HUMMING SOUND OF CIDER PRESS] McKIBBEN: The roar you hear is a cider press. It belongs to my neighbor, Bill Suhr. His fifty-acre orchard produced a million pounds of apples last year, so he's not a backyard hobbyist. SUHR: This time of year we're putting six varieties in: the Macintosh, Empire, Cortland, Macoun, Northern Spy, and Jonagold. McKIBBEN: I drank a lot of Bill Suhr's cider this past winter because I'd asked the editors at Gourmet magazine if I could perform an experiment: could I make it through the winter feeding myself entirely on the food of this northern New England valley where I live. Up until 75 years ago or so, everyone who lived here obviously ate close to home?an orange or a banana was a Christmas-time treat. And that's still how most people on the planet eat. But I knew that most of the infrastructure that once made that possible was now missing. Our food system operates on the principle that it's always summer somewhere, so it's forgotten how to get through winter. How many houses have a root cellar? Not mine. If I was going to make it, I would need to make connections with my neighbors. ...continued in Eating Local Food