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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 107 (3-03)

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KUT's O’Dark 30 gets you ready for Christmas with more of the very best from the world of independent radio production this week. 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 107 (3-03) includes The Hay-Adams Hotel...Clever Apes: Biological Weapons...A Christmas Carol: Redux...At the Edge of the Gulf Du-Lac Relearns Resilience...Right Between the Ears Christmas Special...Hungry: Julia Child Presents "A Dickens Holiday Feast"...Christmas in the Trenches

The Hay-Adams Hotel

From WHRV | Part of the Halloween Haunts series | 02:01

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Halloweenhauntspodcast_small A story of one hotel in Washington, D.C where some guests have checked in...but never checked out.

Clever Apes: Biological weapons

From WBEZ | Part of the WBEZ's Clever Apes series | 08:35

After the anthrax attacks of 2001 the government chartered 13 high-security labs to study some of the world's most dangerous germs. Clever Apes got inside one.

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Just a week after the September 11th attacks, nerves still raw, America was hit with its worst-ever biological attack. The anthrax letters set off a new wave of panic, and reminded scientists how little we understand some of the world’s most dangerous germs. So the government chartered 13 labs to study these pathogens, as well as aggressive infectious disease agents. Given that the anthrax strain sent through the mail was thought to have been stolen from a lab, it’s no surprise that the new labs are highly secure. But Clever Apes got inside one.

The Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory is run by the University of Chicago, and located on the campus of Argonne National Laboratory. In the latest installment of Clever Apes, we largely skip over the science, and consider instead what it’s like to work at a place like the Ricketts lab. How do you take a coffee break when you’re in containment? How does your pizza delivery guy get through multiple layers of security? Do you worry about bringing plague home to your kids?

 

For another take on biological warfare, we head to the “wet lab” at the Field Museum, where Leo Smith specializes in venomous fish. It turns out there are many, many more of them than there are venomous snakes or scorpions, and yet we know next to nothing about them. Smith says the ever-growing catalog of known venomous fish could be a treasure trove for developing new drugs.

 

A Christmas Carol: REDUX

From Charles Ketchabaw | 54:00

"A Christmas Carol: Redux” retells the Charles Dickens classic in the present day, giving it a satirical comedic spin. Amidst a crumbling economy, skyrocketing unemployment, and mass protests on Wall Street, cheapskate Scrooge (the 1%) refuses to share his wealth with those less fortunate (the 99%). Join our narrator, Russell Thomas, as he recounts this classic Christmas tale with visits by The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future (all while he battles his own ghosts due to a recent divorce).

Christmascarolredux_small "A Christmas Carol: Redux” retells the Charles Dickens classic in the present day, giving it a satirical comedic spin. Amidst a crumbling economy, skyrocketing unemployment, and mass protests on Wall Street, cheapskate Scrooge (the 1%) refuses to share his wealth with those less fortunate (the 99%).  Join our narrator, Russell Thomas, as he recounts this classic Christmas tale with visits by The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future (all while he battles his own ghosts due to a recent divorce).

Jon Smith – Russell Thomas (narrator)

Charles Ketchabaw – Ron (audio engineer)

Rob Fulton – Scrooge

Aviva Armour- Ostroff – Ghost of Christmas Present

Lisa Marie DiLiberto - Ghost of Christmas Past

Eric Toth – Ghost of Christmas Future

Samantha Espie – Belle

Andre Arruda – Tiny Tim

Evanne Ketchabaw – Susan Scrooge

Nesh Abadjian – Jacob Marley

Mark De Angelis – Bob Crachit

Written by: Andrew De Angelis, Mark De Angelis, Charles Ketchabaw

Produced and directed by: Ready Set Panic (panicsociety.com)

Mixed and Edited by: Charles Ketchabaw

At the Edge of the Gulf, Dulac Re-learns Resilience

From Richard Ziglar | Part of the GulfWatch: Stories about the ongoing effects of the BP Oil Spill from KRVS series | 11:05

The Houma Indians and Cajuns who live in in this Terrebonne Parish fishing village have watched its population drop by more than 50 percent since 1990. Now they're calling upon their traditional survival skills to help them weather some 21st-century disasters.

Dulac_small The Houma Indians and Cajuns who live in in this Terrebonne Parish fishing village have watched its population drop by more than 50 percent since 1990. Now they're calling upon their traditional survival skills to help them weather some 21st-century disasters.

Right Between the Ears Christmas Special

From Darrell Brogdon | 58:56

Sketch comedy with a Yuletide flavor, featuring the award-winning show Right Between the Ears.

Rbtelogo_verysmall_small Right Between the Ears serves up an hour of sketch comedy for the holiday season in a live performance at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS.  The RBTE Yuletide show includes a spoof of the classic It's a Wonderful Life, updated for our economically-challenged times, plus commercials for Jiffy Pants ("the popcorn you make in your pants") and Mournful Christmas, featuring Gregorian monk-ified Christmas carols.  Also, the hosts of Pimp My Turkey outfit their Christmas turkey with a 500 horsepower police interceptor engine (and a cup holder), the Broadway Boys sings over-the-top Christmas songs and Sarah Palin hosts her first Christmas special.

Right Between the Ears is a four-time winner of the Gold Medal as Best Comedy Show at the New York Festivals, and is broadcast every week on Laugh USA, Sirius-XM 96 and on the stations of Kansas Public Radio. 

HUNGRY: Julia Child Presents "A Dickens Holiday Feast"

From Leet and Litwin | Part of the HUNGRY: The Literary Julia Child series | 25:44

Julia says, "'A Christmas Carol' is a lovely story to read during the holidays, because it has a happy ending." The actor Peter Donat takes us to Victorian England -- and chef Mary Risley takes us into her modern kitchen to make the figgy pudding.

Charles-dickens_web_small "A Dickens Holiday Feast" is a gift from the Julia Child Foundation.

After Julia's brief introduction, horseshoes ring on the cobblestones, Big Ben strikes three, and Peter Donat reads of Scrooge, who is busy making people unhappy. The Cratchits are merry, cooking the goose and the Christmas pudding. Old Scrooge has been invited but says Bah! Humbug. Mary Risley shows us how to do the pudding, and behold! Scrooge shows up for the happy ending. Peter Donat, of San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, has had leading roles in movies like "Chinatown" and TV shows like Julia's favorite, "Murder She Wrote."

Christmas in the Trenches

From Scott Gurian | 05:51

Folksinger John McCutcheon describes a lesser-known chapter in world history, a 1914 Christmas Eve truce between British and German soldiers in the midst of World War I.

Soldiers_small Folksinger John McCutcheon describes a lesser-known chapter in world history, a 1914 Christmas Eve truce between British and German soldiers in the midst of World War I. McCutcheon's song about the event, "Christmas in the Trenches," plays in the background. Aired on Pacifica Radio on 12/24/02.