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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 169 (4-13)

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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 169 (4-13) includes The Sunshine Hotel...The Harmonica...The Decisions Project - 28 - Stepping Up...The Butterflies of Michoacan (A Postcard from Mexico)...KUT's Views and Brews: Depression and Creativity...Nights of Edith Piaf...Bonjour Chanson Series 11 Episode 55...Night Radio

The Sunshine Hotel

From Sound Portraits | 36:19

This is an audio portrait of one of the final vestiges of the Bowery, New York's notorious skid row.

Thesunshinehotel1_small This is an audio portrait of one of the final vestiges of the Bowery, New York's notorious skid row. In the first half of the century, the mile-long Bowery's bars, missions and cheap hotels (or flophouses) were home to an estimated 35,000 down-and-out men each night. Today, only a handful of flophouses, virtually unchanged for half a century, are all that remain of this once teeming world. For several months in 1998, David Isay and Stacy Abramson had unprecedented 24-hour access to the Sunshine Hotel, one of the last of the no-frills establishments. "It was like stepping into King Tut's Tomb," Isay says. "The Sunshine is this fascinating, self-contained society full of unbelievable characters. While it's a profoundly sad place, it is, at the same time, home to men with powerful and poetic stories." The Sunshine Hotel was awarded the Prix Italia, Europe's oldest and most prestigious broadcasting award, in 1999.

The Harmonica

From Stories from Deep in the Heart, a project of Texas Folklife | 05:02

Akins High School youth producers wanted to learn about New Orleans blues from their geography teacher and blues harmonica player Greg Izor. But when the conversation turned to Hurricane Katrina, something deeper happened. They got to witness something students rarely see in their teachers, vulnerability.

Greg_izor_small Akins High School youth producers wanted to learn about New Orleans blues from their geography teacher and blues harmonica player Greg Izor. But when the conversation turned to Hurricane Katrina, something deeper happened. They got to witness something students rarely see in their teachers, vulnerability.

The Decisions Project - 28 - Stepping Up

From Aengus Anderson | Part of the The Decisions Project series | 05:10

A man learns that he is a father but, two weeks before his daughter's birth, his paternity is called into question.

Cover_small During the summer of 2010, producer Aengus Anderson rode his motorcycle around North America and interviewed 220 people about the hardest decisions they had ever made. A cross-section of their conversations are presented here as The Decisions Project.

Butterfiles of Michoacan (A Postcard from Mexico)

From Jay Allison | Part of the Stories From Carmen series | 03:17

Carmen Delzell tells about Michoacan and the Day of the Dead and the monarch butterflies. Like all Carmen's pieces, it's very personal, but reaches out with a delicate hand. This was produced back in 1999, and holds up.

Phpthumb_generated_thumbnailjpg_small Carmen Delzell tells about Michoacan and the Day of the Dead and the monarch butterflies. Like all Carmen's pieces, it's very personal, but reaches out with a delicate hand. This was produced back in 1999, and holds up.

Nights of Edith Piaf

From The Kitchen Sisters | 28:17

She rose every day at dusk and sang, rehearsed, performed, ate and drank until dawn, then slept all day and began to create and unravel again as the sun went down. Nearly every song Piaf sang was a moment of her life from the streets of Paris. She would tell her composer and musician lovers a story, or describe a feeling or show them a gesture. And they would put music and words to her pain and passion, giving her back her own musical autobiography. Charles Aznavour, Francis Lai, Georges Moustaki, Henri Contet -- some of France's greatest musicians and composers recall their nights with the "the Little Sparrow".

Edith-piaf_small She rose every day at dusk and sang, rehearsed, performed, ate and drank until dawn, then slept all day and began to create and unravel again as the sun went down. Nearly every song Piaf sang was a moment of her life from the streets of Paris. She would tell her composer and musician lovers a story, or describe a feeling or show them a gesture. And they would put music and words to her pain and passion, giving her back her own musical autobiography. Charles Aznavour, Francis Lai, Georges Moustaki, Henri Contet -- some of France's greatest musicians and composers recall their nights with the "the Little Sparrow".

Bonjour Chanson Series 11 Episode 55

From Charles Spira | Part of the Bonjour Chanson Series 11 series | 27:08

Tenderness, sarcasm, heartache and longing. All these emotions are present in the French language songs we'll introduce in English in this episode. The songs are from yesterday and today. In fact they are timeless.

Sete_harbor_small The songs in this episode of Bonjour Chanson run from 1963 to 2012. The melodies are beautiful and we introduce the artists and songs in English.  Here is the lineup:
Bourvil, (France). La Tendresse
Clarika, (France), Bien Merité
Patrick Fiori, (France), 4 Mots Sur un Piano
Chimène Badi, (France), Parlez-moi de Lui
Brassens, (France), Il N'y A Pas D'Amour Heureux
Berry, (France), Si Souvent
 

Night Radio

From Cristina Marras | 04:27

A young, suggestible girl, infatuated with the speaker of the night program.

Micro_small A young girl feels different from the people her age. The only one who seems to understand what she feels like is the middle age speaker of a night program who radiates stories and emotions through the night. Voices: Bailey Castle and Darren Kleven