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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 138 (3-34)

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KUT's O’Dark 30 has one more show from our old studios 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 138 (3-34) includes Splash...KUT's Views and Brews: The Making of Kind of Blue Part 2...Ernie Ranglin: In His Own Words...The Mikie Show #39, Whit...#15 - Chorus of Refuge...Love the French Way 1 - Hotel of the Caravelles...99% Invisible #50 - DeafSpace...Tales From the Secret Gardens of Oxton

Splash

From Rich Halten | 18:52

From a bridge famous for suicide jumps, the story of one lucky survivor and how a broken neck and collapsed lung made him a new man.

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Skyway_bridge_vignette_small The Sunshine Skyway bridge spans the mouth of Tampa Bay on the west coast of Florida. It carries thousands of cars everyday. It's also become one of the top ten places to end your life. This is the story of the many who jumped, one lucky guy who survived, and how broken bones and a collapsed lung made him a new man. "Splash" made its web debut on Transom.org.

Ernie Ranglin: In his own words

From David Schulman | Part of the Musicians in their own words series | 05:00

A portrait of the guitar-playing legend who helped create ska and reggae — turning 80 June 19, 2012!

Ernie_small Guitarist Ernie Ranglin made his career quietly, as a sideman and arranger. He certaintly doesn't have the name recognition of many lesser reggae or dancehall stars, but you could argue that Ranglin was as responsible as anyone for the emergence of the distinctive sounds of Jamaican music. His jazz-flavored guitar playing can be heard on many of Bob Marley's first hits with the Wailers. He was musical director for Jimmy Cliff's band in the '70s. And Ranglin is often credited with inventing the upbeat style known as ska. In recent years Ranglin has stepped out of his sideman role, and made a diverse series of records that blend jazz, Jamaican and African styles. As in all the pieces in David Schulman's CPB-supported Musicians in their own words series, the story is told through a mix of the performer's voice and music. There is no reporter's voice heard, allowing the feature to be seamlessly incorporated into station news, talk, or music programming. Two mixes are provided for programming flexibility. A short mix is provided that will fit the new ATC cutaway. Scripts for intro and outro are attached, and may be edited at will. This piece debuts on PRX.

The Mikie Show #39, Whit

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

Episode thirty-nine! Just had to say it, hope you don’t mind. We speak with Whit Patten, a man who grew up on a farm in the country (he had to board in town to attend high school) but went on to travel the world doing top secret work for the US in the cold war. Specifically, monitoring Soviet nuclear testing in the Arctic and Pacific. And then there’s the U-2 Flights and NASA, such a guy! There’s more: we have a couple of old friends stop by, you know the ones I’m talking about, they come by every now and then and do funny things. I can’t recall their names just now, however. You’ll have to listen to find out who! And we have a quiz and some news and just about everything you’d ever want in a radio variety show, including crisp, clean, fresh breath!

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Episode thirty-nine! Just had to say it, hope you don’t mind. We speak with Whit Patten, a man who grew up on a farm in the country (he had to board in town to attend high school) but went on to travel the world doing top secret work for the US in the cold war. Specifically, monitoring Soviet nuclear testing in the Arctic and Pacific. And then there’s the U-2 Flights and NASA, such a guy! There’s more: we have a couple of old friends stop by, you know the ones I’m talking about, they come by every now and then and do funny things. I can’t recall their names just now, however. You’ll have to listen to find out who! And we have a quiz and some news and just about everything you’d ever want in a radio variety show, including crisp, clean, fresh breath!

#15 - Chorus of Refuge

From HowSound | Part of the HowSound series | 15:06

Stretch your ears on the latest HowSound. We feature "Chorus of Refuge" by Ann Heppermann, Kara Oehler, and Jason Cady.

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Once you've finished producing a story, what are you supposed to do with all the tape? Just let it sit on a shelf?

Some producers will re-purpose their interviews -- turn them into a print piece or maybe fashion a new radio story. Producers Kara Oehler and Ann Heppermann, along with Jason Cady, a composer, created something very different. They re-purposed tape and made sound art. I'm sure someone's done that before, but, frankly, I can't think of it.

The piece they produced is "Chorus of Refuge" and it's a song comprised of interviews collected for Ann and Kara's series on Weekend America called "One Thing." Originally, "Chorus of Refuge" was intended for museum installations where six radios played six interviews broadcast from six transmitters at one time. HowSound doesn't have six-channel surround sound so we're featuring the stereo mix -- just two channels, left and right.

During a recent interview, Ann and Jason cited a handful of creative influences that inspired "Chorus of Refuge" most notably the groundbreaking radio documentary from Glenn Gould, "The Idea of North." Ann also named sound artist Janet Cardiff while Jason says he had Renaissance music like Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli, Gloria in mind as well as the poetry of Jackson Mac Low and Emmett Williams, both of whom wrote poems to be read by two or more people simultaneously.

So, be prepared. This HowSound will clearly stretch your ears. That's a good thing!

Love the French Way 1 - Hotel of the Caravelles

From Charles Spira | Part of the Love the French Way series | 04:42

A beautiful spring day, a small city, a man and a woman cross paths. They may have encountered each other before..., thus starts the beautiful love ballad "Hotel of the Caravelles".

Srreet_scene_colmar_small Julien Clerc has been singing and writing love ballads for many years.  His voice, with its unique vibrato, is immediately recognizable.  In 2011 he published the Album "Crazy, Maybe" and the song "Hotel des Caravelles" with its delicate romantic story, stands out. 

99% Invisible #50- DeafSpace (Standard 4:30 version)

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

The acoustics of a building are a big concern for architects. But for designers at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, it’s the absence of sound that defines the approach to architecture.

Gallaudet is a university dedicated to educating the deaf and hard of hearing, and since 2005, they’ve re-thought principles of architecture with one question at the forefront: how do deaf people communicate in space?

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Tales from the Secret Gardens of Oxton

From PhilipDavid Ellwand | 25:00

every year the hidden gems and secrets of an urban village in Northern England are on display to the public. There are many links to France, shipbuilding, uncles of all species and a view from the Twilight ....

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What is an urban village?

Oxton is one, a patchwork of different histories, a maze of tangled pathways through time and communities. It's part of a town on Merseyside that still shows signs of its past: a stopping-off place for mediaeval cattle drovers, part of a great Earl's estate, the grand homes of the shipbuilders, the mechanics and farm-workers cottages, plus the secret homes of the secret families, the garrets, hovels, studios and grand apartments of the intellectuals, artists and musicians.

Music and stories bring a quirky village fund-raising garden show to life