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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 41

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O’Dark 30 is KUT's wildly poetic adventure through the world of independent radio production. Every Sunday at midnight on KUT 90.5 Austin we present 3 hours of a little bit of everything from the world of independent radio production.

Episode 41 includes Navajo Pentecostal...Walkthrough Haunted House...The Mikie Show #9 Joseph...Damsel, Distressed...Dime Stories: Clowns read by author Emil Wilson...Still Singing the Blues: New Orleans and South Louisiana...My Lobotomy...Spontaneous Hooplas...Eat a Salad Every Day...Pursuing the Elusive "Bingo"...What a Girl Wants

Navajo Pentacostal

From Hearing Voices | Part of the Scott Carrier stories series | 09:25

Holy ghosts and electric guitars.

Scott150_small A native service in New Mexico. Broadcast in 1984 on NPR All Things Considered.

Walkthrough Haunted House

From Jake Warga | 05:32

Is this house Haunted?

Walk_small Commentary: Halloween? Asking owners why they think their house is haunted, and concluding... Aired ATC 7-14-04

The Mikie Show #9 Joseph

From Michael Carroll | Part of the The Mikie Show series | 28:02

We interview Joseph Benevidez. He does something I’ve always dreamed about doing but you’ll have to listen to find out, it’s better that way. Plus, Tom the Scot stops in to tell us a riddle. There’s some news and more. A note about the sound play in this episode. Listen carefully to the music at the end. Hmm, that’s the same music used in Episode Three’s sound play. Yes, this is the next chapter of the story we started in Episode Three. She’s made her way to the desert but is still being followed, I think. Or is she doing the following now?

Truck_small We take a trip up to the Acerco open pit copper mine and speak with one of their drivers, Joseph Benevidez. We discuss the life of a miner but also get to sit in and record (wasn't possible to ride in one) the sounds of those huge mining dump trucks used today. They can carry the equivalent weight of a 747 jumbo jet with each load. Plus they stand between 20 and 32 feet tall, depending on the truck's load rating (240 tons or 400 tons). Also, the usual characters and features round out another shining episode of The Mikie Show!. Yay!

Damsel, Distressed

From Eric Winick | 13:10

You're locked in your bathroom. Who will save you?

Annie1_small A painting mishap tests the limits of one young writer's sanity when, newly-relocated to NYC, she becomes locked in her bathroom, with a tiny, 1' x 1' window her only means of communication with the outside world.

Story by Annie Lalla.

Presented by Yarn AudioWorks (http://www.yarnaudioworks.com).

"Clowns" read by author Emil Wilson

From Amy Wallen | Part of the DimeStories series | 04:00

A clown commercial reeks havoc on an advertising executive.

Clowns_small When an advertising agency creates a new television commercial using clowns, things get crazy when the client begins to nitpick the ethinic diversity. A satire on taking political correctness too far.  Laugh out loud funny.

Still Singing the Blues: New Orleans and South Louisiana

From Richard Ziglar | Part of the Still Singing the Blues series | 55:00

Still Singing the Blues: New Orleans and South Louisiana features musicians in New Orleans and South Louisiana who continue to perform the blues—often despite poverty, ill health, and the impacts of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina. We have included two versions, one with a billboard and one without a billboard. The billboard version is 55 minutes long. The one without the billboard is 53 minutes and 59 seconds long. Timing and cues are given for the billboard version.

Franprx_small Still Singing the Blues features musicians in New Orleans and South Louisiana who continue to perform both traditional blues and rhythm-and-blues—often despite poverty, ill health, and the impacts of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina. The hour-long, music-rich documentary burrows into the lives of three outstanding older performers: Carol Fran of Lafayette, Harvey Knox of Baton Rouge, and Little Freddie King of New Orleans. Listeners will travel with these musicians to recording sessions, street corners, birthday celebrations, and neighborhood taverns.

Also interviewed are blues pianist and singer Marcia Ball; blues-and-funk guitarist Ernie Vincent; and Bethany Bultman, president of the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.

Producers Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman have been interviewing older Southern blues and R&B musicians for the past 18 months. Their last documentary, Truckin' My Blues Away, was commissioned and distributed by AARP's Prime Time Radio and broadcast on 325 stations. The current, independently-produced project, Still Singing the Blues, is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative and funded, in part, by a generous grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Accompanying this documentary is a web site, http://stillsingingtheblues.org, which features additional audio clips, photographs, a blog, and links for readers who want to obtain CDs, find music venues, and learn more about non-profit organizations that promote Louisiana's music and support its musicians. The producers will add audio and photos to the site throughout the coming year.

Project director Richard Ziglar is an audio documentarian whose credits include Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions; AARP’s Prime Time Radio; American Public Media’s “The Story”; and the North Carolina Arts Council. Reporter Barry Yeoman, a former Louisianan, is a freelance journalist who writes for O, The Oprah Magazine; AARP The Magazine; Audubon Magazine; and Good Housekeeping. His radio program Picking Up the Pieces, about the parents of injured veterans, won the 2009 Gracie Allen award for outstanding mid-length documentary. Ziglar and Yeoman can be reached at info@stillsingingtheblues.org.

This is the first of a two-part series about the blues in New Orleans and South Louisiana. Part 2 will be released later this summer, but the two hours can be broadcast separately and independently. 

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.

Spontaneous Hooplas

From Salt Institute for Documentary Studies | 05:36

Tracy Tingley is a hula hooper in Portland, Maine. She found hooping just before leaving her job as a financial advisor.

Hooping_small She has spent the past summer making and selling hoops and is venturing out on her own to spread her love of hoops.

Eat A Salad Every Day

From The humble Farmer | 01:01

We are impressed by people who eat health food

Humbleoats_small Salads are good for you