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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 118 (3-14)

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KUT's O’Dark 30 heads into the two weeks of Texas spring 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 118 (3-14) includes 99% Invisible #39- Darth Vader Family Courthouse...Snap Judgment #218: Adaptation...Carmen's Grandmother...Remixing Grandma's Voice...Dan, the Oil and the Law...The Story of Black America: From Slavery to Civil Rights and the Modern Era...#59- Powered by Laughter...Rabble Rousers...Women Rising 19: Masters of the Spoken Word

99% Invisible #39- Darth Vader Family Courthouse (Standard 4:30 Version)

From Roman Mars | Part of the 99% Invisible (Standard Length) series | 04:30

Not the kind of place that makes your divorce or custody battle any easier.

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Carmen's Grandmother

From Jay Allison | Part of the Stories From Carmen series | 10:50

Produced in 1992 and originally aired on All Things Considered, this evergreen story chronicles Carmen Delzell's visit to her grandmother in the nursing home. It's a complicated story about love in the face of racism.

This would be followed well by another story from the series, called "EZ Malone." Both reference relationships between black and white in the south, with Carmen's grandmother as the through-line.

Phpthumb_generated_thumbnailjpg_small Produced in 1992 and originally aired on All Things Considered, this evergreen story chronicles Carmen Delzell's visit to her grandmother in the nursing home. It's a complicated story about love in the face of racism. This would be followed well by another story from the series, called "EZ Malone." Both reference relationships between black and white in the south, with Carmen's grandmother as the through-line.

Remixing Grandma's Voice

From Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs | 02:12

When Afi Scruggs digitized an interview with her late grandmother, she recalled truism about technology: every time a format changes, important information risks loss. This essay reflects on capturing and keeping memories - and what happens when original sources are lost.

Elizabeth_and_grandmother_forprx_small Conversations about data transference or archiving usually veer into discussions of technology and software. That was the mindset I was in when I digitized an interview I'd taped with my grandmother in Nashville, Tenn. on July 4, 1990.

 As I listened to the interview, though, I recalled a lesson I'd learned from teaching Mass Communications: every time a format changes, important information risks loss. When I talked to my grandmother, I thought I was preserving a dying style of African-American singing. Instead I'd created an audio portrait that could bring ancestral voices to future generations - if they could access it.

My grandmother passed away in October, 2011, a few months after I created this essay. It  is a meditation on transferring and archiving memories in the 21st century.

Dan, the Oil and the Law

From Paul Flahive | Part of the Arctic Entries series | 09:05

Dan fights the good fight and ends up in the slammer

Default-piece-image-0 While working for Greenpeace, Dan Ritzman, goes to the Arctic to stop offshore wells from being built and finds out that Oil is pretty important to Alaska.

The Story of Black America: From Slavery to Civil Rights and the Modern Era

From N Lorde | 17:23

In-depth documentary on the Story of Black America - from slavery to the civil rights movement. It’s fast-paced with a great original musical score and more importantly – it’s educational without being ‘preachy’!

Martin-luther-king_small The Story of Black America: From Slavery to Civil Rights and the Modern Era includes narratives of fugitive slaves who escaped to Canada, how and why slavery was abolished as well as stories of the people who made a major impact in the civil rights movement.  It’s fast-paced with a great original musical score and more importantly – it’s educational without being ‘preachy’!

#59 - Powered By Laughter

From Salt Institute for Documentary Studies | Part of the SaltCast: the Backstory to Great Radio Storytelling series | 13:11

At Salt we say "Music is emotional fascism." It's a bit tongue-in-cheek. But, the idea is that you want to be VERY careful when you choose to use music for scoring a story.

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Radio producer Avery Moore heard the following mantra for *four* years at journalism school: DON’T USE MUSIC!

Over and over, DON’T USE MUSIC was beaten into her.

Journalistically speaking, the logic is simple — don’t use music unless it’s part of the story. If it’s not part of the story, then the music is not germane and it shouldn’t be in the piece. Secondly, the argument continues, music can be emotionally manipulative — stick to the facts not manipulation.

That’s what Avery was taught and come hell or high water, she was going to stick with that philosophy… until late one night, sitting in front of her ProTools session at Salt, producing a profile, Avery did the unimaginable… and felt nauseous.

Rabble Rousers

From Sarah Boothroyd | 28:00

Touching on ethics, justice, democracy, and global citizenship, Rabble Rousers explores the notion of protest as a spontaneous installation of improvised 'music' in public space.

Rabble_rousers_-_credit_stan_jourdan_small "Protest, evasion, merry distrust, and a delight in mockery are symptoms of health; everything unconditional belongs in pathology."

- Friedrich Nietzsche


A crowd of dissenters claps, chants, cheers, and shouts into the open air. Their chance choral creations are at once jubilant and angry, orderly and chaotic, rhythmic and random, melodious and cacophonous. Touching on ethics, justice, democracy, and global citizenship, Rabble Rousers explores the notion of protest as a spontaneous installation of improvised 'music' in public space.


Rabble Rousers features field recordings of protests from around the globe – including many culled from the Occupy Movement – as well as Creative Commons contributions from Random Coil, Pleq, Papercutz, Carlos Lemosh, Marcus Fischer, Upsteria, Erstlaub, Aurastore, Aos Crowley (Matt Dean), Pocka (Brad Mitchell), Matthias Kispert, and the Prelinger Archives.

 

Recipient of a Silver Medal for Best Sound at the 2013 New York Festivals Radio Programming Awards.

 

VERSIONS AND EXCERPTS:

 

The original version of Rabble Rousers, featured on the first tab above, contains strong language at 1:38, 1:43, 6:03, 10:38 (muffled), and 16:17 (muffled).

 

A profanity-free version of Rabble Rousers is available on the second tab above.

 

The third tab above contains a 6-minute 45-second excerpt of the work, which could be broadcast as a standalone work or as a promo to the 28-minute piece. This excerpt contains strong language at 6:03. A profanity-free version of this excerpt is available at http://soundcloud.com/sarah-boothroyd/excerpt-of-rabble-rousers-6-45-censored

 

In addition, a 3-minute 38-second excerpt/promo is available for broadcast. You can preview the original version at http://soundcloud.com/sarah-boothroyd/excerpt-of-rabble-rousers There is also a profanity-free version of this short excerpt available here: http://soundcloud.com/sarah-boothroyd/excerpt-of-rabble-rousers-censored

 

SUGGESTED DATE PEGS:

 

February 20th - World Day of Social Justice

June 5 - World Environment Day

September 15 - International Day of Democracy

 

Please direct any requests or questions to me via my website: http://sarahboothroyd.com/contact.html

Women Rising 19: Masters of the Spoken Word

From Making Contact | Part of the Making Contact series | 29:00

Eve Ensler, playwright of the hit “Vagina Monologues” shares the work of her organization, V-Day, and storyteller, Diane Ferlatte, talks about using her art to bridge cultural divides.

Episode_pic_1_for__10-09_ferlatte_small Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment, and civil society. In this program, we profile two American masters of the spoken word, provoking, inspiring, and moving us to action. Eve Ensler, playwright of the hit “Vagina Monologues” shares the innovative work of her organization, V-Day, and renowned storyteller, Diane Ferlatte, talks with us about using her art as an international bridge over cultural divides.

Featuring:
Diane Ferlatte, storyteller; Eve Ensler, Vagina Monologues writer and V-Day founder