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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 67 (2-15)

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KUT's O’Dark 30 survived another membership drive and is back with the best from 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 67 (2-15) includes The Mikie Show #18, Linda...Where In The World Is Don Gamble?...Cameras At Stop Signs...Voice of the Troubles: Stories of the Irish Conflict...Dirty Balloons...Blue Collar Babysitter...Riddles From the Border Region 2/5/11...Clever Apes Sense Abilities

The Mikie Show #18, Linda

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

Science is good and fun. We decide to restate that through our conversation with Linda Leigh, botanist, naturalist, farmer. Or is it rancher? We're not sure. Tune in to find out. Plus Claude has a very mysterious appearance, the news goes local, the quiz is happening; oh, so much to enjoy, how can you resist! Did I use a semicolon just then? I did! Finally!

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Science is good and fun. We decide to restate that through our conversation with Linda Leigh, botanist, naturalist, farmer. Or is it rancher? We're not sure. Tune in to find out. Plus Claude has a very mysterious appearance, the news goes local, the quiz is happening; oh, so much to enjoy, how can you resist! Did I use a semicolon just then? I did! Finally!

Where in the World is Don Gamble?

From peter stock | 21:42

In the late 1990s, crack environmental consultant Don Gamble checked out of his comfortable east coast professional life...and disappeared. Ten years later, he resurfaced, as Swami Sivananda.

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"Haven't you ever just wanted to chuck it all in, and escape a daily routine that you felt was wearing you down? Just sell the house, the car, give up the electronic gadgetry, the monthly bills, the commute...

We all have. But few of us have the courage to just do it.

Top environmental consultant Don Gamble did find the courage to do just that back in the early 1990s.

Feeling disillusioned with the international environmental impact assessments he was working on, he bailed out, gave it all up, rediscovered yoga and meditation and found... peace."

Cameras At Stop Signs

From The humble Farmer | 02:44

Should cameras catch people who run stop signs?

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Voice of the Troubles: Stories from the Irish Conflict(52/59 minute versions)

From Charles Lane | 59:00

Exploring conflict in the modern world through the stories and experiences of the Irish Troubles

Vottourture_small For Americans watching current events in Iraq, the stories of the Troubles are haunting. And when the looking glass is pulled back we see eerie similarities between the two conflicts: warring factions on all sides with a foreign army caught in the middle trying desperately to keep the peace. What is it like to live in constant conflict? What does the brink of civil war sound like? Voice of the Troubles answers those questions for an American audience by entering the lives of those who lived in Ireland during the 70s and 80s, waking up each morning to find bodies on their doorstep and bombs under their kitchen window. The program begins with an intimate conversation with a hunger striker's brother who was with him on his last night alive. We then hear two starkly different interpretations of the riots and protests that followed. The second segment follows the earlier lives of two children growing up during the Troubles, the good times and the bad. The program concludes in a soundscape of wisdom on the effects of conflict, how it erodes even the most fundamental elements of society. It's history passed through the lens of today's headlines.

Dirty Balloons

From Love + Radio | 33:02

Amy H.: Artist, One-time Fetish Model

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Blue Collar Babysitter

From Eric Winick | 11:35

A portrait of Mike Butler: Irish-American tannery worker, avid gambler, and, in the eyes of three young boys growing up in suburban Massachusetts in the 1950s, the greatest babysitter ever.

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Story by Jim Perakis, from the files of Yarn AudioWorks.

Jim Perakis is the former CEO of Hyperion Software.

Riddles from the Border Regions, 2/5/11

From Joan VanBuskirk | Part of the Riddles from the Border Regions series | 01:30

ON THE STREET ARE MESSAGE BOARDS...

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Are message boards
My best friend reads
And then records.

The answer to this riddle is a dog and a fire hydrant.   So the most important clue, about man's best friend, isn't introduced until the second half of the riddle.   But once you get that part, you might recognize those stout, red hydrants as your dog's favorite social media.   Doesn't he charge ahead to read and record?   But we got some fine alternatives too -- like eyes and the brain, or a person with a map riding shot gun in the car, or even a game of Monopoly is a surprisingly good fit.

NEW RIDDLE:
Nearly weightless
Winter's gift
Vagrant, and inclined to drift.
(answer:  see 2/12/11 piece)

Clever Apes: Sense abilities

From WBEZ | Part of the WBEZ's Clever Apes series | 08:47

In this episode, host Gabriel Spitzer explores the realm of the senses, finding out how cochlear implants are opening up a world of sound for the hearing impaired, and learning about the roots of hallucinations.

Cleverapes_prx_small In this episode, host Gabriel Spitzer explores the realm of the senses, finding out how cochlear implants are opening up a world of sound for the hearing impaired, and learning about the roots of hallucinations.