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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 73 (2-21)

Compiled By: KUT

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KUT's O’Dark 30 continues the tradition of national Frog Month 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 73 (2-21) includes Gualala Frogs...Survivors: Solitary Confinement in America's Prisons...Tell Me the Future (FCC Friendly)...Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair: A Granddaughter's Search for the Truth...Depressed and Don't Know It?...Cars, Scars, and Handlebars...Doomed Island...What's The Word? Mystical Poets...M-A 170 A Mystic's Halloween...Cracking Open the Kabocha Squash

Gualala Frogs

From Ed Herrmann | Part of the Wake Up and Hear the Roses series | 02:20

frogs along the Pacific Coast in Northern California

Gualala Frogs
Ed Herrmann

Default-piece-image-1 A natural soundscape. Gualala is a small town perched on the Pacific Coast of northern California near the border of Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Visitors come to admire the rugged coastline, hike in the nearby redwoods, watch for migrating whales, and dive for abalone. I came to relax and explore, and one night heard these frogs.

SURVIVORS: Solitary Confinement in America's Prisons

From Claire Schoen | 29:00

In this half-hour radio documentary, "survivors" of solitary confinement paint a picture of what it looks, sounds and feels like to live for years - and even decades - in total isolation in American prisons.
(A companion multimedia piece is also available for station websites.)

Dsf_0308_1_small Tens of thousands of inmates live in total isolation in America's jails and prisons today. And the number is rapidly growing. Often prisoners spend years – even decades – by themselves in a cell the size of a small bathroom. They don't see anyone. They don't talk to anyone. They don't touch anyone. They are completely alone.

In this half-hour radio documentary, "survivors" of solitary paint a picture of what solitary confinement looks, sounds and feels like. These are the voices of both men and women; Black, White and Latino; old and young.
The effects of sensory deprivation experienced in solitary confinement have been well documented. They include depression, panic attacks, insomnia, paranoia, hypersensitivity, hallucination and psychosis. These psychological effects can be permanent. And often prisoners are released directly from solitary back into society.
U.N. conventions and treaties define this sort of treatment as torture. If we, as a people, continue to brutalize others in this fashion, what does that do to us all as a society?

Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair: A Granddaughter's Search for the Truth

From Radio Diaries | 22:59

In 1951, Willie McGee was executed in Mississippi's traveling electric chair for raping a white woman. Six decades later, his granddaughter is on a quest to unearth everything she can about his life - and his death.

Photo_b-wprx_small 30 Minute special also available on PRX: http://www.prx.org/pieces/111157-untitled-february-13-2014

Depressed and Don't Know It?

From The humble Farmer | :24

A commentary on email

Humbleoats_small If I am depressed and happy because I don't know it, why should I open this email so I could be depressed and unhappy because I do know it?

Cars, Scars and Handlebars

From Sarah Lange | 09:03

The Life of a Bike Messenger

21932prev_small What is it like to be a bike messenger in the hectic city? How does the public view them? What are the hazards and why would someone want to spend their days navigating the busy streets?..... i wanted to find out. This is my take on the life of a bike messenger, or otherwise known as.......Cars, Scars and Handlebars!

Doomed Island

From peter stock | 23:02

The heart-wrenching true tale of a South Pacific island paradise that commits ecological suicide.

Doomed Island
peter stock

Index_small Nauru is a teeny speck of an island in the middle of the Southpacific. Once a bountiful habitat for 1,000 residents, in the past 150 years Nauru has been reduced to a lunar landscape of rubble. Novelist David Kendall tells the whipsaw tale of greed and shortsightedness, how phosphates made these islanders among the richest people in the world and how its subsquent depletion -- by their own hands -- has left them bankrupt and hopeless.

What's the Word? Mystical Poets

From Modern Language Association | Part of the What's the Word? Celebrating National Poetry Month in April series | 29:00

How do those who have experienced the direct presence of God capture this heightened state in words?


In often surprising language, the mystical poets Rumi, Teresa of Ávila, and Richard Crashaw expressed their devotion by drawing parallels between love of God and romantic love.


Fifteen- and thirty-second promos available.

MA-170 A Mystic's Halloween

From KVNF | Part of the Mystics Almanac series | 05:12

Like the ancient Celts, Halloween is a time for me to experiment with new forms and ways of being.

Judith_medium_small My boys are eager to buy Halloween costumes and take on pre-made roles. Among the ancient Celts, and some Native American nations, Halloween was a time to shed what was no longer needed and experiment with new forms. As our world careens toward major transformation, I can use this holiday to shape-shift into new forms: the crone who mediates at the crossroads, the evolutionary artist painting with light, the energy healing making others whole with my head, heart, and hands. Please fill my trick-or-treat bag with the holiest of treats: relics of saints, gems and pearls, dreams and inspired visions. I can't wait to count my booty!

Cracking Open the Kabocha Squash

From KUOW | 12:01

The kabocha squash looks like a small green pumpkin. And with its warty texture, the kabocha isn't terribly inviting to the uninitiated. But food writer Jess Thomson cracks open its nutrition, flavor and aphrodisiac qualities.

Jessandkabocha_small The kabocha squash looks like a small green pumpkin. It's not as popular as the acorn squash or the butternut squash. And with its warty texture, the kabocha isn't terribly inviting to the uninitiated. But the kabocha is nutritious and tasty, and it is revered as an aphrodisiac in some cultures. Jess Thomson is a Seattle food writer and recipe developer. She took on the kabocha and figured out how to make it work with a minimum of work. KUOW's Megan Sukys joined Jess in her kitchen to learn the tricks.