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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 54 (2-02)

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KUT's O’Dark 30 is festive to the max this week as it strolls through the world of independent radio production. Every Sunday at midnight on Austin's KUT 90.5 and also at 4pm on digital KUT2 we present 3 hours of a little bit of everything from the world of independent radio production.

Episode 54 (2-02) includes Christmas in Asakawa...Two Wheels to Nowhere: Episode 5...Sweden's Curious Christmas...Kristy Portrait...Schnartzenholler...The Day John Lennon Died...Christmas Kids...Why Santa Claus is Richer Than Daddy Warbucks...The Mikie Show #13 Sharon...Carols on the Carillon...Digging Up Bones...Episode 6 Behind the Scenes: The Nutcracker

Two Wheels to Nowhere - Episode 5

From Aengus Anderson | Part of the Two Wheels to Nowhere series | 29:05

Keene Valley, New York to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Two Wheels to Nowhere is a seven-part series that weaves together the story of one man's motorcycle journey around the United States with the voices of people he met along the way. It is a conversation about people's greatest sources of excitement and concern--a conversation that ultimately explores how different Americans face the unknown.

Ep5_small This is a story of America told through snapshots of excitement and fear. Over the course of three months, Aengus Anderson rode his motorcycle around the United States and asked 166 random Americans the same two questions: what is the most exciting thing in your life? What is the most concerning thing? From beauty shop owners in Cairo, IL to contractors in rural South Carolina, a common theme emerged, one that spanned a cultural divide. From the left to the right, Americans expressed an uncomfortable feeling that something fundamental was off balance. Some worried about an environmental collapse, others a spiritual one, but their underlying disquiet was the same.

Two Wheels to Nowhere is a mix of interviews with a first-person travel narrative, a story that winds its way across American landscapes, both physical and cultural. It explores ideas through counterpoint and finds common ground in unlikely places. It is a story of choices, changes, and facing the unknown.

Sweden's Curious Christmas

From Rachel Louise Snyder | Part of the Global Guru Radio series | 02:56

What's Donald Duck got to do with a Swedish Christmas?

Guru_logo1_small The Global Guru is a new weekly public radio show that seeks to celebrate global culture. Engaging and rich in sound, the 2:45 interstitial enriches our collective understanding of the vastness of human experience by uncovering the world one small mystery at a time. Presenting station is WAMU in Washington, DC and sponsored by American University in DC. Some of our favorite past shows include: How do Cambodians predict the harvest each year? How did Tanzania become the capitol of barbershops? How and why does Thailand categorize food? What is Iceland’s most feared culinary delight? How do you track a Tasmanian devil? 

Kristy Portrait

From Jamie Courville | 04:11

Kristy is about to have her first child. She is nervous and excited, and wants to be the perfect parent.

Couple_at_beach_small Kristy is about to have her first child. She is nervous and excited, and wants to be the perfect parent.

Schnartzenholler

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | Part of the CBC Radio's Outfront series | 13:20

It's not Christmas. It's not Hannukah. It's Schnartzenholler! When Emily Pearlman was a child her Jewish father and Christian mother created their own unique holiday celebration.

Prxoutfrontplain_small Schnartzenholler It's not Christmas. It's not Hannukah. It's Schnartzenholler! When Emily Pearlman was a child her Jewish father and Christian mother created their own unique holiday celebration to bridge the gap and give the family something to celebrate together. As Emily and her brother grew up Schnartzenholler lost its appeal. Now, as adults, can the family revive and reinvent it? by Emily Pearlman Producer: Steve Wadhams Outfront Opening and Closing Theme available - (see Timing and Cues section for more details) SEE ADDITIONAL LICENSE TERMS

The Day John Lennon Died (59:00 / 54:00)

From Paul Ingles | 58:56

Music fans recall how they heard the news of John Lennon's death in 1980, and what Lennon's music has meant to them. Also, excerpts from an interview John and Yoko gave on the morning of the day he died. Great Lennon music too.

John-lennon_8_small December 8, 1980, musician John Lennon was shot and killed outside of his apartment building in New York City by a deluded fan. Producer Paul Ingles asked various people to recall how they heard the news and what John Lennon's music meant to them. The program also includes excerpts from an interview John and Yoko Ono gave the morning of December 8, The Day John Lennon Died.

"...this guy comes running in and said 'John Lennon's been killed!' And I said, 'Yeah...right...' and he said 'no no it's true.' I looked more closely at him and saw that he was just ashen-faced. I went out into my car and turned the radio on. All the way across the dial, you heard Beatles songs. And it was as if...it was as if the world had stopped." - Martin Goldsmith

"...every time I would get off the subway at 72nd street and Central Park West...it's just like this...overwhelming sadness." - Shawn Colvin

"...the checkout lady said she'd heard John Lennon had been killed. She said it was either John Lennon or Jack Lemmon. And I remember going out to my car and wishing it was Jack Lemmon...but it was John Lennon." - Jim Palmer

"...I think about him, every time I do something political, every time I do something I beleive in or teach my child about what I belileve in. I don't want to put him up on a pedestal because he wasn't a perfect human. I just...I think about him." - Emily Zambello


Christmas Kids

From Hearing Voices | Part of the Wandering Jew stories series | 04:24

Story, myths and rumours of Christmas from a 2nd-graders POV.

Bgxmaskids_small The story, myths and rumours of Christmas, as understood (and misunderstood) by Mrs. Beasley's second-graders at Emerson School in Bozeman, Montana. In their uncertainty we hear the inherent strangeness of the holiday, as they mesh into one: Jesus, Santa, mangers, and buying presents "for your step-dad, if you have one." Note: this piece is part of The Plan- Carol http://prx.org/pieces/7595

Why Santa Claus Is Richer Than Daddy Warbucks

From The humble Farmer | 01:45

Their employees have different retirement programs

Humbleoats_small Santa Claus is richer than Daddy Warbucks because being immortal, the elf employees don’t require health insurance.

The Mikie Show #13, Sharon

From Michael Carroll | Part of the The Mikie Show series | 27:57

Who says 13 is unlucky? We’ve made it this far and are so thankful to have done so! For thirteen, we travel to just north of Tucson, AZ to interview Sharon Holnback. She owns and operates the historic Triangle L Ranch, a B&B/Art Gallery/Performance Space. Built as a cattle ranch in the 1890’s, it’s original buildings have all survived, including the bunk house, the foreman’s house and of course, the main house. Plus, the bloody thing is haunted (in spots) with friendly ghosts, ah, well, at least according to some guests. Press the little play arrow to find out all about it. Plus, you’ll get to hear from Tom the Scot, The Hi There’s and so much more! Plus, there's a lot of plus's in this description!

Main_house_small Who says 13 is unlucky? We’ve made it this far and are so thankful to have done so! For thirteen, we travel to just north of Tucson, AZ to interview Sharon Holnback. She owns and operates the historic Triangle L Ranch, a B&B/Art Gallery/Performance Space. Built as a cattle ranch in the 1890’s, it’s original buildings have all survived, including the bunk house, the foreman’s house and of course, the main house. Plus, the bloody thing is haunted (in spots) with friendly ghosts, ah, well, at least according to some guests. Press the little play arrow to find out all about it. We have a cool sound play this time. If you're not familiar, a sound play is a short story told using only sound and music. This one is a ghost story. Plus Mikie thinks about surprises. Plus, you’ll get to hear from Tom the Scot, The Hi There’s, there's some news and so much more! Plus, there's a lot of plus's in this description! 

Carols on the Carillon

From Dale Short | 07:09

Holiday thoughts and sounds from a blind musician in a college bell tower

Bells_small Broadcast on WBHM, Birmingham A brief carillon lesson and impromptu concert from a blind musician who plays his carols from an unlikely venue: the bell tower of a suburban university

Digging Up Bones

From WHRV | Part of the Halloween Haunts series | 02:00

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Halloweenhauntspodcast_small A story of how a graveyard caretaker believed in burying the dead in a strange manor, and how on his deathbed he changed his own name to fit in.

Episode 6: Behind the Scenes: The Nutcracker

From Louisa Jonas | Part of the Ascending: Baltimore School for the Arts series | 08:31

We drop in as some of the most talented teen dancers in the nation get ready for this holiday favorite: The Nutcracker.

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This month, dance troupes all across America prepare one the most beloved ballets in the country: The Nutcracker Ballet. At Baltimore School for the Arts, the young dancers do the same. But this isn’t any ordinary high school performance. BSA is one of the top arts high schools in the nation. The students here very well may one day be principal dancers in troupes across the country. Producer Louisa Jonas goes behind the scenes as the talented teens get ready for this holiday favorite.