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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 35

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O’Dark 30 is KUT's wildly discerning adventure through the world of independent radio production. Every Sunday 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 35 includes John Pierson's Master Class with Spike Jonze...Dagwood's Hairstyle Now in Vogue...Dump Start...Malort...The Mikie Show #7 John...the world within the world...Dime Stories: Sleeping read by author Katherine Weber...Open Source: Talking Poetry in our Time with Nicholson Baker and Franz Wright...Surf School...This I Believe: Theresa MacPhail

Dagwood's Hairstyle Now In Vogue

From The humble Farmer | 01:30

All men on TV have cowlicks

Humbleoats_small I finally fit in.

Dump start

From Matt Larson | 14:21

We explore the San Francisco Dump and discover what working artists, a falconer, and school children already know: trash can be just the beginning.

Dump start
Matt Larson

Bench_curl_small The San Francisco dump processes 12-14 hundred tons of trash each day. It's a problem of such great scale that they needed more than just scientists and engineers thinking about how to deal with waste. In 1990, the dump turned to local artists to answer the question: what else can we do with trash? Rebecca Pfiffner and Matt Larson get a guided tour of the dump from employee Micah Gibson, and talk to former artist in residence Scott Oliver about the nature of trash.


From Robin Amer | 10:05

You might say that Malort is Chicago's signature drink. Which would be fine, if it weren't so disgusting. For the uninitiated, here is the story of my friends’ fond obsession with this two-fisted liquor.

Robin Amer


If you’ve never tried Malort, I don’t know how to recommend it to you. On one hand, if you’ve never had it, you’re missing out on something authentically Chicago. On the other hand, it’s disgusting. It’s a liquor that’s a Chicago tradition, as robust and unique as it is nasty.

When I first moved to Chicago and didn’t really know anyone, my new Chicago friends decided they were going to adopt me and show me what this town was all about. High on their list of priorities was introducing me to Malort. This piece is a guide for the uninitiated, and tells the story of my friends’ fond obsession with this two-fisted liquor.

The Mikie Show #7 John

From Michael Carroll | Part of the The Mikie Show series | 28:02

Find out what life is like in the orchestra pit on Broadway. John Moses, veteran of twenty-six shows gives us the inside story and also shares the joys of a musician's life. What's this, a new character arrives? Yes, we have a new friend on The Mikie Show, Claude. As usual, there's a whole lot more!

Broadway_small Virtuoso clarinetist John Moses muses about playing in the orchestra pit Broadway—he's played in the pit for most of the giant hits on the Great White Way and a couple of flops as well. Plus a charming outlook on the life of a career musician. Join us for that and our usual cast of unusual and funny characters on The Mikie Show! Yay!

"Sleeping" read by author Katharine Weber

From Amy Wallen | Part of the DimeStories series | 03:30

A young girl never sees the child she's babysitting.

Sleeping_small When a young girl babysits a sleeping baby, she's instructed to not disturb him.  She begins to wonder why.

This I Believe - Theresa MacPhail

From This I Believe | Part of the This I Believe series | 03:57

Theresa MacPhail believes in being courageous, despite all the scary things life has presented her.

Tiblogosmall_small HOST: Today's This I Believe essay comes from Theresa McPhail [pron: mac-FAIL], a medical anthropologist at the University California, Berkeley, doing fieldwork in China and specializing in bird flu. Her work requires a certain amount of courage, a quality sustained by her belief. Here's Theresa MacPhail with her essay for This I Believe. MACPHAIL: I believe that embracing fear produces courage. After my brother died in an accident, my mother was inconsolable. I was only four-years old at the time but I still understood the seismic shift in my mom's attitude toward safety. Suddenly everything around us was potentially dangerous. Overnight, the world had gone from a playground to a hazardous zone. I grew up with a lot of restrictions and rules that were meant to protect me. I couldn't walk home from school by myself, even though everyone I knew already did. I couldn't attend pajama parties or go to summer camp because what if something happened to me? As I got older, the list of things to fear got longer. My entire life was divided into "things you should avoid," and "things you needed to do in order to have a good, long life." I know my mom was only trying to protect me. She worried about me because after my brother died, I was her only child and what if something happened to me? What if? I became a natural worrier. I worry about things like getting cancer, losing my wallet, car accidents, earthquakes, having a brain aneurysm, losing my job and my plane crashing-disasters big and small, real and imagined. The funny part is you'd never know it by looking at my life because I'm constantly forcing myself to do the things that frighten or worry me. In fact, I've developed a rule for myself: If it scares me, then I have to do it at least once. I've done lots of things that my mom would have worried about: I've ridden a motorcycle, I've traveled-a lot. In fact, I've lived in China. I've performed stand-up comedy and I'm planning my second wedding. I still travel to China often, chasing bird flu as a medical anthropologist. There's something else I don't usually talk about, but it's a cornerstone in my belief: When I was 14, my mother died suddenly in a car accident. That loss on top of my brother's unnatural death could have paralyzed me, but at my mom's funeral I remember making a choice. I could either live out the rest of my life trying to be "safe" or I could be brave enough to live out a fulfilling, exciting and, yes, sometimes dangerous life. I worry that I may have betrayed my mother by writing about her in this light, but she has been a driving force in my life and in the end I think she would have been proud of me. Courage isn't a natural attribute of human beings. I believe that we have to practice being courageous; using courage is like developing a muscle. The more often I do things that scare me or that make me uncomfortable, the more I realize that I can do a lot more than I originally thought I could do. Even though I inherited my mother's cautious nature, I've also come to believe that fear can be a good thing, if we face it. Believing that has made my world a less scary place.

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?