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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 136 (3-32)

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KUT's O’Dark 30 basks in the warm glow of triple temperature digits this week as we bring you more of the very 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 136 (3-32) includes Smuggling For Christmas (A Postcard From Mexico)...episode 42 (what they saw)...99% Invisible -#07 99% Alien...#19 - Show, Don't Tell...The Mikie Show #38, Erin...Go For It: Life Lessons From Girl Boxers

Smuggling For Christmas (A Postcard From Mexico)

From Jay Allison | Part of the Stories From Carmen series | 04:08

In this 1999 essay, Carmen Delzell talks about smuggling toys and gifts across the US border into Mexico to give to the people in the village where she lives. The piece is evergreen, like Christmas.

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What They Saw

From Nate DiMeo | Part of the the memory palace series | 05:26

Musings on the life of a civil war aeronaut, whose memories of the war were different than any other combatant.

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99% Invisible #07- 99% Alien (Standard 4:30 Version Only)

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

When it comes to designing livable habitats in outer space, engineers have long figured out how to provide astronauts with the basics. But how do you design a zero-gravity environment to keep astronauts mentally healthy?

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Humans need a few basic things to survive- air, water, food, heat, shelter- but just surviving isn’t really enough. We also need familiarity, a little comfort, interaction, a small place of our own. When it comes to designing space habitat modules, engineers have that first set of basic needs covered, but figuring out the how to incorporate those other things, that not only keep an astronaut alive, but also mentally healthy and happy, is a little more complicated. The funniest and coolest science writer in the world, Mary Roach guides us through the evolution of space habitat modules and how far design can be optimized for zero-g before astronauts start to lose it.

#19 - Show, Don't Tell

From HowSound | Part of the HowSound series | 14:36

This American Life producer Brian Reed employs, with great effect, the old writing maxim "show, don't tell" in his radio stories.

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Brian Reed's got a knack for visual radio. Brian employs, with great effect, the old writing maxim “show, don’t tell.”

On this HowSound, we listen to clips from Brian’s work that exemplify solid visual storytelling for radio — walking waste deep in ocean water for Climate Change and Faith Collide in Kiribati; recording a man in a wheel chair in a parking lot that doesn’t comply the American With Disabilities Act for This American Life; putting  bad tape to work to create visuals in an economics story; and some good-ole-fashion “shoe leather reporting” that yielded an excellent example of “show, don’t tell” for a piece on police lay-offs in Newark, New Jersey.

Have a look…. I mean…. Have a listen.

The Mikie Show #38, Erin

From Michael Carroll | Part of the The Mikie Show series | 28:03

Hurray, another show about language! Join us as we learn every curse word there ever was! That’s not true, we just talk about language, but it’s with linguistic anthropologist Erin Debenport, PhD. She is working to save the Tiwa language spoken in the San Antonio pueblo of New Mexico. Unique to this research is that Ms. Debenport has to agree to keep her knowledge of their language a secret (even the pueblo’s name is a pseudonym). Very interesting. There’s also a quiz: test your hearing-to-brain connection and win your very own teaspoon of self-esteem! And, we have some news, and some other guests come by, but I forget their names; okay, it’s a secret for now, alright? Oh, it’s going to be such a blast and don’t forget, The Mikie Show keeps colors from fading, even in hot water!

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Hurray, another show about language! Join us as we learn every curse word there ever was! That’s not true, we just talk about language, but it’s with linguistic anthropologist Erin Debenport, PhD. She is working to save the Tiwa language spoken in the San Antonio pueblo of New Mexico. Unique to this research is that Ms. Debenport has to agree to keep her knowledge of their language a secret (even the pueblo’s name is a pseudonym). Very interesting. There’s also a quiz: test your hearing-to-brain connection and win your very own teaspoon of self-esteem! And, we have some news, and some other guests come by, but I forget their names; okay, it’s a secret for now, alright? Oh, it’s going to be such a blast and don’t forget, The Mikie Show keeps colors from fading, even in hot water!

Go For It: Life Lessons From Girl Boxers

From WNYC | 57:00

This year women will enter the Olympic boxing ring for the first time. Hosted by actor Rosie Perez and producer Marianne McCune, "Go for It" explores why women fight and why we expect them not to. A compelling hour of radio that is perfect for airing before or during the Olympic Games. The opening ceremony is July 27 and the women's boxing competition begins on August 5th and runs through August 9th. This is sound rich and provocative sports reporting that you won't want public radio listeners to miss.

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If you box, by definition, you’re a risk-taker. If you’re a girl and you box, you’re a risk-taker and a rule-breaker. If you’re a girl and you box and your aim is to be the first to win an Olympic gold medal - that’s going for it. Who does that and why?

 Go For It: Life Lessons from Girl Boxers , is a one hour special that tells  the story of women for whom boxing is an expression of ambition, drive, strength and – yes – aggression, qualities often admired in men and sometimes discouraged in women. 

The special is the next logical step for Women Box, our series with photojournalist Sue Jaye Johnson (and in collaboration with the New York Times Magazine and Radio Diaries) chronicling the lives of a group of fighters who’ve spent the year competing to become the first women to box in the Olympic Games.

Go For It will take listeners inside the hearts and minds of girls and women who are not afraid to defy expectations, take chances and fight to become ‘the greatest.’ When Tyrieshia Douglas says, “It’s against the rules to have as many muscles as I have,” she’s daring the rules to stop her. And when Claressa Shields, at 16, asks members of a church in Flint, Michigan for a few hundred dollars so she can get to the next boxing tournament, her dream of an Olympic gold medal seems both impossible and inevitable.

We  follow the ever-confident Claressa, now 17, to Qinhuangdao, China where she fights to qualify for the Olympics.

Finally, there’s the sobering backdrop: brain scientists are finding increasingly stark evidence that repeated blows to the head cause a long list of problems later on, from death to memory loss and depression. Most boxers, men or women, will tell you, ‘it’s not going to happen to me.’ Go For It will look at the risks to women who are embracing a sport increasingly criticized for exposing participants to serious injury.

Whether you love or hate boxing, Go For It aims to draw you into a deeply compelling conversation about what it means to be a girl and what it takes to be a champion. 

Co-Produced by the award-winning reporter/producer of Living Nine Eleven , Marianne McCune has developed an intimate and powerful style of story telling you won't want to miss. 

Promo available now.  Embeddable slideshows on website.

Check out these websites for more details: 
http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news-2/2012/jul/12/go-for-it-life-lessons-girl-boxers/  

http://www.wnyc.org/series/women-box-fighting-make-history/