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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 149 (3-45)

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KUT's O’Dark 30 launches into our favorite month of the year with 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 149 (3-45) includes Haunted Cabin...99% Invisible #05- 99% Forgotten...Commentary: Haunted Santa...My Lobotomy...Logan Square's Brown Bread Underground...Teen Contender...KUT's Views and Brews: Smart Thinking...Tales From the South 053: Scaredy Tales...Highway Homicide

Haunted Cabin

From Jake Warga | 19:52

Ever wonder what it would be like to spend the night in haunted cabin with a group of ghost hunters? No electricity, no phones, but lots of strange noises.

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Cabinweb_small This story explores why people believe in ghosts and what they're really looking for.
A full documentary in the narrative style, a fun romp with a passionate group of people, some who believe, some who want to.

Aired: "This American Life"

99% Invisible #05- 99% Forgotten (Standard 4:30 Version Only)

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

At the top of Mt. Olympus in San Francisco, on what was once thought to be the geographic center of the city, is a pedestal for a statue that isn’t there.

99logoprx_small At the top of Mt. Olympus in San Francisco, on what was once thought to be the geographic center of the city, is a pedestal for a statue that isn’t there. There’s no marker. You can just make out the word “erected” on the stone surface, but there’s nothing that lets anyone know that this was once the site of San Francisco’s own (much, much smaller) statue of liberty and light. It is now surrounded by 1950’s condos, and even though it offers some of the best views of the city, I’ve only met two people who have even heard of it (and I asked around a lot). CCA architecture historian Bill Littmann (seen above) shows us around. What does it mean when an object representing light and liberty is neglected and mysteriously disappears?

Commentary: Haunted Santa

From KRCC-FM | 04:16

The lure of a mechanical Santa

Westernskieslogoprx_small Commentator Pat Kent Gulya has some thoughts about the Santa Claus that haunts her house year round.

My Lobotomy

From Sound Portraits | 28:33

One man's quest to uncover the hidden story behind the lobotomy he received as a 12-year-old child.

Howardduring_small On January 17, 1946 a psychiatrist named Walter Freeman launched a radical new era in the treatment of mental illness in this country. On that day he performed the first-ever transorbital -- or "ice pick" -- lobotomy in his Washington, D.C. office. Freeman believed that mental illness was related to overactive emotions, and that by cutting the brain he cut away these feelings.  

Freeman was equal part physician and showman and became a barnstorming crusader for the procedure. Before his death in 1972, he performed ice pick lobotomies on no less than 2,500 patients in 23 states.

One of Freemen's youngest patients is a 56-year-old bus driver living in California. Over two years he has embarked on a quest to discover the story behind the procedure he received as a 12-year-old.

Logan Square's Brown Bread Underground

From Third Coast International Audio Festival | Part of the 2012 ShortDocs: Neighbor Stories series | 03:00

On one block in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, an unnamed baker whips up artisan sourdoughs to sell to his neighbors.

Sd12_brown_minoff_small On one block in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, an unnamed baker whips up artisan sourdoughs to sell to his neighbors.

"Logan Square's Brown Bread Underground" was produced by Annie Minoff for the 2012 Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge, a collaboration with EveryBlock, which invited anyone and everyone to produce short audio works featuring at least two neighbors, a color in the title, and three consecutive seconds of narrative silence. 

Teen Contender

From Radio Diaries | Part of the Teenage Diaries series | 15:53

Boxing has been an Olympic sport since the time of the ancient Greeks. But only men have taken part. This year, that changes. For the first time ever, women will step into the ring at the 2012 summer Olympics in London. One of them is 16-year old Claressa Shields.

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Boxing has been an Olympic sport since the time of the ancient Greeks. But only men have taken part. This year, that changes. For the first time ever, women will step into the ring at the 2012 summer Olympics in London.

One of the Olympic contenders is 16-year old Claressa Shields, a junior at Northwestern High School in Flint, Michigan.

Sue Jaye Johnson and Joe Richman of Radio Diaries followed Claressa as she prepared for the Olympic trials. They also gave her a tape recorder to keep an audio diary of her life. This is her story.

This piece was produced by Joe Richman, Samara Freemark and Sue Jaye Johnson of Radio Diaries, with editors Deborah George and Ben Shapiro.

It’s a collaboration with WNYC’s Women Box Project. You can find photos and more about Claressa Shields – and many other women boxers –  at womenbox.com and radiodiaries.org.

Update: Claressa Shields is currently ranked #2 in the world in her wieght class! Her first Olympic fight will be August 5th.

For more updates follow us on twitter @radiodiaries

 

KUT's Views and Brews: Smart Thinking

From KUT | Part of the KUT's Views and Brews Remix series | 59:37

Join us for a discussion on developing strategies for becoming more efficient and effective thinkers for a changing world.

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Sometimes “thinking smarter” is less about learning and more about re-thinking the way we think and why. In this intimate discussion at the Cactus Cafe UT Psychology Professor and author of Smart Think along with UT Music Professor, Dr. Bob Duke explored modes of study and changing perspectives that can help all of us be more effective and efficient thinkers and teachers.

We hope you enjoy listening back to our conversation about smart thinking, and be sure to check out all the upcoming Views and Brews events at KUT.ORG.

Tales from the South 053: Scaredy Tales

From Paula Morell | Part of the Tales from the South 2011 Fall Season series | 29:00

True GHOST stories told by the Southerners who lived them. From a haunted night in a hotel, to a stage ghost calling people by name, to a ghostly choir singing, these true ghost stories are sure to send chills up your spine. Told in front of a live audience at Starving Artist Cafe' in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Haunted_church_small True GHOST stories told by the Southerners who lived them. From a haunted night in a hotel, to a stage ghost calling people by name, to a ghostly choir singing, these true ghost stories are sure to send chills up your spine. Told in front of a live audience at Starving Artist Cafe' in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Tales from the South is a weekly show that has been on UALR Public radio for 7 years. We feature everyday Southerns reading their own true stories in front of a live audience during dinner.

Highway Homicide

From This Land Press | Part of the The Sound of Our Land series | 04:12

Terry Turner, the Intelligence Analyst Supervisor with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, discusses the investigation of the serial murders of truck stop prostitutes throughout the south, and how the anonymity of the open road is conducive to destructive, violent behavior.

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