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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 83 (2-31)

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KUT's O’Dark 30 celebrates a holiday by working again this week with the 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 83 (2-31) includes Margaret Love and Two-Teeth Nancy...I Made That! Destination DIY...The Violin Prodigy...Humankind: Passengers (Hour One)...The Emperor's New Onesie...Got Milk?...B-Side: Summer Fun

I Made That!

From Rendered | Part of the Destination DIY series | 59:09

Inventors, builders, butchers, artists talk about the projects that inspire them to point and say with pride, “I made that!”

***This show aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting as part of a series of 5 episodes in a twice-weekly time slot rotating with The Moth and Radio Lab Saturdays at noon and Wednesdays at 8pm.***

I Made That!


Whether it’s a new invention, a delicious meal or a crafty project, making something can inspire a unique sense of pride. You’ll hear about an elaborate doghouse that took over one man’s life for a while. An inventor who tackled the limitations of the egg timer in the early days of digital gadgets. And how a knitting project kept one woman grounded over the course of two years.

Segment A:
Building a living wall, creating a "sound cave" (a two ton instrument that resembles a pillow fort made from piano parts) and perhaps the most elaborate doghouse in the world.

Segment B: An interview with Etsy success story Emily Martin of "The Black Apple," how building a bed can be like giving birth and the story of an epic knitting project. 

Segment C: DIY butchering and inventing a new kitchen timer in the pre-digital age.

Host name: Julie Sabatier (suh-BAH-tee-ay)

The Violin Prodigy

From The humble Farmer | :42

One must be focused to excel

Humbleoats_small Next year the child might learn to walk and feed himself.

Humankind: Passengers (Hour One)

From Humankind | 59:02

With transportation jobs on the line, this sound-rich series (two one-hour documentaries) examines how our personal transportation choices - private cars vs. public transit - can have a significant impact on climate change. And with rising gas prices here at home, and instability in the Middle East, what effect do our choices have on America’s dependence upon foreign oil? What is the experience of drivers battling congested traffic (perhaps while listening to public radio)? Why are so many young people now flocking to trains and buses, instead of cars? And what is the potential of public transit to stimulate economic growth by providing jobs, and increasing property values along transit routes? Hear stories of passengers in many venues (from train stations to gas stations), plus diverse experts in fascinating new transportation trends. Two one-hour documentaries by David Freudberg, produced in association with WGBH/Boston.

Passengers_small Our love affair with the car has dramatically shaped the American landscape. But along with personal mobility, we endure high gas prices, lengthy stop-and-go commutes, urban sprawl, smog and greenhouse emissions. In two sound-rich hours presented by award-winning documentary producer David Freudberg, listeners will learn the emerging role public transportation may play in alleviating these problems, now and in the future.

Segment 1: The story of a Virginia man who accepted his county's "challenge" to go car-free for a month; plus voices of motorists filling up at the pump; bus riders in a low-income neighborhood and others.
Segment 2: Business people and environmentalists come together: improved public transportation helps to grow the economy, for lots of reasons. Bankers and the Sierra Club on the same side. Also: why many young people are flocking to public transit.
A former Shell Oil executive recently told NPR he expects gas prices to top $5/gallon by the end of 2011. The last time oil prices spiked (2008), ridership on public transit surged all over the United States because commuting by car had become too costly. At the same time, a new wave of young people are now flocking to transit, many citing environmental reasons and a desire to read, write, listen and watch on portable technology -- instead of fighting traffic behind the wheel.

But transit faces an uphill battle. In many systems, the recession has inflicted both service reductions and fare increases. In Chicago, for example, nearly 20% of service was cut in 2010, yet ridership declined less than 1%. Many people depend on buses and trains. A third of us, including low-income and elderly Americans, lack access to a car. Will federal aid come to the rescue, or will transit be trimmed further in budgetary belt-tightening?

Note the final episode of this series, see Humankind: Passengers (Hour Two).

The Emperor's New Onesie

From Hillary Frank | Part of the The Longest Shortest Time series | 14:16

A woman spends a month at home with her naked two-year-old daughter, trying to figure out why she won't wear clothes.

Joyce2_small When she was pregnant, Joyce Slaton fantasized about dressing her daughter in little vintage dresses and clothing she’d sewn herself. But even as an infant, Violet refused to wear what Joyce picked out for her. Or, it seemed, anything. Joyce winds up spending a month at home with Violet while Violet goes about her day naked. Turns out, there was a good reason for this: a little known condition called Sensory Processing Disorder.

Got Milk?

From Joseph Dougherty | Part of the Story Salon Live series | 02:57

Moira Quirk shares her experiences with mammary malfunctions and melt-downs during breast-feeding.

Salonlogob_small Story Salon regular Moira Quirk gets up close and personal with her breasts and the fluid hi-jinks due to over-lactating. Aspects of Motherhood they don't talk about in Hallmark Cards. Story Salon began in a North Hollywood coffee house in 1996. The rules of the show are simple: Five to seven minutes of original material performed by the writer. This open policy, embracing a sort of "free-range" writing, results in one of the most eclectic hours of performance available. The stories in this series, recorded in front of a live audience, are a sampling of Story Salon's wide range of performers. The result is a unique blend of memoir and observation; sometimes funny, sometimes confessional, often controversial, always unique. Story Salon Live pieces are perfect as free-standing drop-ins or as part of any program focusing on the art of storytelling. Learn more at: www.storysalon.com

B-Side: Summer Fun

From B-Side Radio | 23:00

A cure for the dog days of summer, this edition of B-Side bring you the best of the season of watermelon and warm nights.

Rob_vacation_small Nothing says summer like a daytime baseball game in the middle of the week. On this edition of B-Side, Tamara Keith goes to an A's game with friends. We explore summer love, summer camp, the air conditioner repair business and one very long road trip. Liner Notes "Summer Lovin'" Shawn Wen: You've seen it in a million teen movies and TV specials. In fact, you've probably been there before. A few times. Now, B-Side Producer Shawn Wen takes a look back. As far back as the 8th grade. To tell the story of her string of summer romances. "Camp Winnarainbow" Tamara Keith: Wavy Gravy famously said at Woodstock: ?What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000!" He was also the guy who warned Woodstock attendees not to use the brown acid because it was bad. Has been operating a summer camp called camp Winnarainbow since 1974. "AC Repairman" Rene Gutel: Next we have a story about the unsung heroes of summer. We're talking about air conditioner repairmen. You don't think of them until your A/C unit breaks and the temperature in your house keeps on rising. The hottest city in the country to be an A/C tech has to be Phoenix, Arizona. B-Side's Rene Gutel went out the rounds one recent morning with an A/C serviceman to learn more about the job. "Cross Country in a Minivan" Tamara Keith: This story is about the ultimate family vacation ? a cross-country drive in a minivan. When Tamara Keith was 15 her family drove thousands of miles, through 32 states ? on a quest to discover America. At the time, Tamara was a columnist for the local newspaper in the small California farm town where they lived.