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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 127 (3-23)

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KUT's O’Dark 30 is all about two wheels this week as we bring you 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 127 (3-23) Too Curvy and Not Enough Shoulder...Two Wheels to Nowhere - Episode 1...Keep Honking. I'm Re...cording...In a Cornfield in Iowa...Two Wheels to Nowhere - Episode 2...How to fix a flat bicycle tire...Two Wheels to Nowhere - Episode 4...Take a Seat...Two Wheels to Nowhere - Episode 7

Too Curvy and Not Enough Shoulder

From Julia DeBruicker | 06:04

Wilma and her son on bicycling

Default-piece-image-2 "Like I said, you know, a lotta people in the cities rides bicycles all the time. It's just, here, you don't really see that many people on bicycles." Cycling in Kentucky's Appalachian coalfields: treacherous, but, for this family, worthwhile. "Bikin's so simple. You don't have to concentrate much, except for traffic and dogs and birds and bugs." A metaphor and a story. A young mother and her son, set to music by Gillian Welch.

Two Wheels to Nowhere - Episode 1

From Aengus Anderson | Part of the Two Wheels to Nowhere series | 30:20

From San Francisco, California to Kanab, Utah by way of the Salton Sea.

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.

Ep1_copy_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.

Keep Honking. I'm Re . . . cording

From Tennessee Watson | 08:27

A sound exploration of car horn linguistics and biker/driver communication inspired by best-selling author and linguist Deborah Tannen.

Tnframedbybike_small I ride my bike in New York City an average of 15 miles a day. I don’t think I’ve gone anywhere on my bike without being honked at. I hear your honking but what are you really trying to say to me? 'Cause all i hear is hostility and aggression, and you scare the crap out of me every time.

It could be a courtesy hello. Or it could be: hey baby you look good. Or it could be: get the #@*% off the road. It happens so fast and I’m focused on the road, so it’s not like I get the chance to look over to get a read on the honkers corresponding facial expression. It would make my ride more pleasant if I was never honked at again, but according to Deborah Tannen asking people to change their communication style may not be the key. She suggests that "knowing what conversational style is and how it works gives you a revolutionary new way of understanding what goes on when you talk to others- and that understanding gives you tools you can use when you're not happy with the way a conversation, or a relationships, is going.”

The honkers have a big piece of metal and a loud ass horn on their side, which is no match for my 10 pounds of 80s vintage road bike and wimpy bicycle bell, but I still think Deborah’s got some sound advice and so I strapped an audio recorder to my backpack, pushed my grudge against honkers aside and set off on my bike in an attempt to revolutionize biker/driver communication.

 

In a Cornfield in Iowa

From KBOO Youth Collective | 10:27

Stuart Schussel bicycles across the country and, contrary to expectation, does not find himself.

Iowawelcome_small Stuart Schussel is not someone you'd expect to bike across the country: he doesn't know how to ride a road bike, he has never pedaled more than 20 miles, and he eschews the Livestrong bracelet. Yet, this summer Stuart set off with hopes of finding himself on the open road. "In a Cornfield in Iowa" investigates the expectations and realities of discovering America on two wheels.

Two Wheels to Nowhere - Episode 2

From Aengus Anderson | Part of the Two Wheels to Nowhere series | 33:11

From Kanab, Utah to Portland, Oregon. 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.

Ep1_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.

How to fix a flat bicycle tire

From Vermont Public Radio | Part of the Cool How-Tos series | 03:08

Repairing a flat tire on a bicycle is a skill that comes in handy when you're a long way from anywhere and your tire goes flat.

Flat_tire_small Repairing a flat tire on a bicycle is a skill that comes in handy when you're a long way from anywhere and your tire goes flat - assuming you had the foresight to bring along a tire repair kit and a hand pump. Bike mechanic Harris Bucklin at the Old Spokes Home in Burlington, Vermont, gives us a lesson in fixing a flat.

Two Wheels to Nowhere - Episode 4

From Aengus Anderson | Part of the Two Wheels to Nowhere series | 26:06

Chicago, Illinois to Lake Oneida, New York. 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.

Ep4_small Chicago, Illinois to Lake Oneida, New York. 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.

Take A Seat

From James Mills | Part of the The Joy Trip Project series | 15:18

An interview with adventure filmmaker Dominic Gill and his journey riding a tandem bicycle 22,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina while inviting complete strangers to ride along on the back seat.

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In 2008 Adventure filmmaker Dominic Gill road a tandem bicycle from Alaska to the tip of Argentina. A journey of 22,000 miles for two years he peddled the length of two continents on a bicycle built for two. But here's the catch, he kept the back seat empty and invited random strangers he met along the way to join his adventure and peddle behind for as long as they liked, some for a few hours one person came along for six weeks.

Two Wheels to Nowhere - Episode 7

From Aengus Anderson | Part of the Two Wheels to Nowhere series | 24:22

Eastern Tennessee to Tucson, Arizona. 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.

Ep7_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.