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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 163 (4-07)

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KUT's O’Dark 30 is now in semi-prime time with more of the very best from the world of independent radio production. Sunday nights at 10 on Austin's KUT 90.5 we present 3 hours of a little bit of everything from the world of independent radio production.

Episode 163 (4-07) includes Shadows in Gold...99% Invisible #64- Derelict Dome (Director's Cut)...Funny Thing Being Mugged...Snakes...Dark Lady...#3- The Five Percent Rule...Tape Delay...The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt (CENSORED VERSION)...Episode 45 (Heard, Once)...Love The French Way 5 - Simple As "Good Morning"...Tales From The South 082: Winners of Arkansas Literary Festival Contest...I Love You Wile Coyote

Shadows in Gold

From Will Rogers | 07:58

When he first came to America, Professor Nicholas Jenkins rented a car and set out on a leisurely drive through the hills of California. But then, a car accident initiated a very different kind of journey for Dr Jenkins - into the shadowy reality of California's highways. - Produced for Stanford Storytelling Project.

407story1_small When he first came to America, Professor Nicholas Jenkins rented a car and set out on a leisurely drive through the hills of California. But then, a car accident initiated a very different kind of journey for Dr Jenkins - into the shadowy reality of California's highways. - Produced for Stanford Storytelling Project.

99% Invisible #64- Derelict Dome (Director's Cut)

From Roman Mars | Part of the 99% Invisible (Director's Cut) series | 13:47

A dome, a zither, and the American Dream.

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[We currently do not have a standard 4:30 length version of this episode, but we will upload one soon]

In the Cape Cod town of Woods Hole, buildings are not usually dome-shaped.   Producer Katie Klocksin was pretty surprised when she came across one.  

Katie started asking around about the dome.  She found it was built by the late Buckminster Fuller, who called himself a "comprehensive anticipatory design scientist," out to solve the problems confronting "Starship Earth" by changing the way we make buildings.  "Bucky" Fuller invented and patented the geodesic dome, a spherical structure made from small triangles.  The design is based on a lot of complicated math, but the idea is that by relying on the strength of of the triangle, these buildings could be made from cheaper materials, like plastic and aluminum instead of steel and concrete. 

 

In 1953, Fuller was commissioned to build a dome in Woods Hole by architect (and aspiring restauranteur) Gunnar Peterson.  The dome would become the posh Dome Restaurant.  Diners could gaze through the building's triangular windows out on onto the sea.  A zither player named Ruth Welcome entertained guests.

Despite its Utopian aspirations, the building had some structural problems.  The glass windows heated the restaurant up like a greenhouse, so the owner installed fiberglass over most of the dome, blocking the ocean views.  It leaked constantly, and was difficult to maintain.  Even though the Woods Hole dome did not radically change the world, Bucky Fuller would go on to become one of the most influential thinkers in design and architecture of the 20th Century. 

Today, the Dome Restaurant lies vacant. A new development project could lead to the dome's restoration, but for now, it remains a decaying curiosity, inviting exploration from microphone-wielding out-of-towners.

Funny Thing, Being Mugged

From Jake Warga | 19:00

A personal story of being violently mugged

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Aired KUOW Seattle and HearingVoices.com Crime Special

Snakes

From Jay Allison | Part of the Animals and Other Stories series | 11:04

The worth, or worthlessness, of the legless reptile

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Animals A vintage montage meditating on the worth, or worthlessness, of the legless reptile. Civilized and primitive man collide...in discussing the snake, the human is revealed. (NOTE TO STATIONS: Be sure to frame this piece as "vintage," produced in the 1980s. While the content holds up fine, you need to note the fact that this story was made about 20 years old, so that you don't unintentionally mislead your listeners into thinking these are contemporary voices.)

Dark Lady (2005) (Audio Drama)

From Emon Hassan | Part of the Audio Drama Festival (2005) series | 10:16

Written by Luiza Carol, this is a fictional account of the mysterious dark lady. With Sarah Stephens as Dark Lady Graham Stevens as Young Man.

Directed, produced and edited by Emon Hassan of Hassberry Theatre Company for The Big Apple Short Radio Drama Festival on WNYE FM 91.5.

Audiodramafestivalprx_small Written by Luiza Carol, this is a fictional account of the mysterious dark lady. With Sarah Stephens as Dark Lady Graham Stevens as Young Man. Directed, produced and edited by Emon Hassan of Hassberry Theatre Company for The Big Apple Short Radio Drama Festival on WNYE FM 91.5.

#3 - The Five Percent Rule

From HowSound | Part of the HowSound series | 15:19

The amount of effort Sally Herships put into her first investigative journalism piece….. well, it’s enough to drive you to smoke!

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The amount of effort Sally Herships put into her first investigative journalism piece….. well, it’s enough to drive you to smoke!

“The Five Percent Rule” is Sally’s 10-month-long foray into investigative reporting, a story on the under-pricing of tobacco on military bases. The piece aired on Marketplace in June of 2011 as part of a series on tobacco.

On this edition of HowSound, Sally talks about some of her behind-the-scenes work on the project. It’s a bit startling, actually. Huge spreadsheets, hundreds of phone calls…. even a new pair of special glasses to prevent the headaches she was getting from looking at a computer screen too long.

Sally says she received assistance from I.R.E. — Investigative Reporters and Editors. They were a tremendous help for this kind of deep reporting and exacting work.

Have a listen then let us know about your investigative work.

Ciao, Rob

PS – Here’s Sally’s blog for “The Five Percent Rule.” And, no, Sally doesn’t smoke.

PPS – This edition of HowSound was produced on Hindenburg software rather than ProTools, my usual audio editor of choice for a good dozen years. I haven’t switched to Hindenburg, but I sure like it a lot.

Tape Delay

From The Truth | 14:15

The recording doesn't lie.

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A story about a man who makes an unexpected discovery when he accidentally records a phone call.

Ed Herbstman as Ben

Tami Sagher as Erica

Libby Geroge as Mom

Christian Paluck as the Bartender

Produced & directed by Jonathan Mitchell

Written by Jonathan Mitchell, Ed Herbstman, and Melanie Hoopes

Editors: Ira Glass, Peter Clowney, Kerrie Hillman, Lisa Pollack, and Jonathan Menjivar

Recorded at WNYC, Magnet Theater, and on location in New York City

Originally produced for This American Life

The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt (CENSORED VERSION)

From Love + Radio | Part of the Love + Radio - (CENSORED VERSIONS) series | 28:02

Jay Thunderbolt's business card is a little mysterious. It reads, "Thunderbolt - Party Naked" and gives a phone number.
(Uncensored version available here: http://www.prx.org/pieces/61863)

Thunderbolt200_medium_small Original music composed and arranged by Brendan Baker. Produced and edited by Nick van der Kolk, Brendan Baker, and Nick Williams. Special thanks to Noah Morrison, John Notarianni, and Beth Taylor.

An extra-clean edit is also avalible under Additional Files.

Heard, Once

From Nate DiMeo | Part of the the memory palace series | 08:04

In which we ponder life before the advent of recorded sound and here the story of 19th Century Opera star, Jenny Lind's unlikely American tour.

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Love the French Way 5 - Simple as "Good Morning"

From Charles Spira | Part of the Love the French Way series | 04:10

A poem by Jacques Prévert, "As Simple as 'Good Morning'" has become a song that celebrates a serene and contented love. Vanina Michel interprets it.

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The beloved 20th Century poet Jacques Prévert wrote in a simple and direct language. Several of his poems have been put to music and are among the most celebrated songs in the French repertoire. Jean Chavot composed the music for "Simple comme Bonjour" or "As Simple as ’Good Morning'” which celebrates a love that is serene and contented. We hear an interpretation by Vanina Michel, a French artist who is an  admirer of Prevert. Her album of songs based on poems by Prevert was published in 2006.

Tales from the South 082: Winners of Arkansas Literary Festival Contest

From Paula Morell | Part of the Tales from the South 2012 Spring Season series | 29:00

Here they are, the winners of annual Telling Tales Contest, in conjunction with the Arkansas Literary Festival. Stories by Eric Van Meter, Sarah Mitchell, and George Mader. True stories told by the Southerners who lived them.

Tales_logo_small Here they are, the winners of annual Telling Tales Contest, in conjunction with the Arkansas Literary Festival. Stories by Eric Van Meter, Sarah Mitchell, and George Mader. True stories told by the Southerners who lived them. Tales from the South is recorded weekly in front of a live audience during dinner and a show at Starving Artist Cafe' in the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock, Arkansas.

I love you Wile Coyote

From Cristina Marras | 04:50

Why doesn't the Road Runner just leave? Why does he (or is it a 'she'?) keep on hanging around, being part of what appears to be a staged ritual? Maybe the ritual hides the saddest love story you ever heard.

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Wile Coyote is predictable and I know everyone loves him. But no one seems to like The Road Runner. I have always been fascinated by the Road Runner: it appears so exotic and meaningless in that landscape. I started imagining its story and the more I wrote, the more I realised that bits and pieces of my own story were appearing everywhere, like the surprise of leaving a very cold country to arrive somewhere very hot, which is what happened when I left Berlin in the middle of winter and landed in Melbourne in the middle of summer. Or the difficulties of having a degree recognised in a different country. It’s all part of my story, together with being the breadwinner of the family while supporting a struggling artist who gets depressed when his art is not recognised. 

But still there was no meaning in the Road Runner’s presence, apart from being chased. That’s when I started thinking, what kind of person would stay in a place just to be chased. The only parallel I could think of was the one with women in a violent relasionship. This is not part of my story, but one only needs a little bit of imagination to describe the interdependence of love and hate. 

And here it is, a Road Runner who is human, vulnerable, someone we can like. Because everybody loves Wile Coyote, but the Road Runner deserves to be loved too.