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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 112 (3-08)

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KUT's O’Dark 30 flies right by the Ides of January with more of the very best from the world of independent radio production this week. 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 112 (3-08) includes How Are You Who You Are?...An Oystering Community Contemplates Life Without Oysters...Six...ThoughtCast: The Impact of the Written Word...Bonjour Chanson Series 10, Episode 46...Unpredictable Business...Mosque opens doors to Tourists...How Jen Met Her Husband...Dog's Dreams

How Are You Who You Are?

From Eric Winick | 21:13

A disinhibited love story.

62003_small In 1995, Douglas A. Nadeau of Marblehead, Massachusetts underwent a pallidotomy at Mass. General Hospital, an operation designed to eradicate neurons in his brain that no longer responded to dopamine, the naturally-created chemical that facilitates movement. Nine years earlier, while on a business trip, Doug had been bitten by an insect and developed strange Parkinsonian symptoms, such as the inability to keep his eyes open while talking. These caused numerous problems for Doug, a high-powered corporate lawyer in Boston. Over time, the symptoms worsened until Doug lost his mobility at night and was reduced to a hospital bed. Following the procedure, in which Doug practically walked off the operating table, he found he was unable to inhibit certain antisocial tendencies that, prior to the surgery, he'd kept repressed. To make matters worse, his surgery turned out to be a failure, and his symptoms returned one by one. The next nine years tested the boundaries and limits of love, marriage, and tolerance, both within the family and in the Nadeaus' wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

An Oystering Community Contemplates Life Without Oysters

From Richard Ziglar | Part of the GulfWatch: Stories about the ongoing effects of the BP Oil Spill from KRVS series | 07:23

In Pointe-a-la-Hache, Louisiana, the oyster harvest feeds widows, sustains relationships, and keeps the rural economy humming. But the BP oil spill shut down the oyster industry in this predominantly African-American community, and residents say it will take years to return.

Pointealahache_small In Pointe-a-la-Hache, Louisiana, the oyster harvest feeds widows, sustains relationships, and keeps the rural economy humming. But the BP oil spill shut down the oyster industry in this predominantly African-American community, and residents say it will take years to return.


From Chatterbox Audio Theater | 21:36

An underground society offers the ultimate thrill: a deadly game of chance. But their world of strict probabilities is shaken by the intrusion of the impossible.


It is human nature to take a stance in your beliefs.

It is also human nature to become drunk on your own beliefs, to fight for them... die for them even.

But what if you’re wrong?

What if -- for all your heart and conviction -- you are dead wrong?

What if what you knew to be true was false? Do you transcend and evolve? Do you collapse and devolve?

Or do you shut down and die?

Six is an extreme look at how we put our beliefs into practice... and then watch them fail us.

Only Connect,

--Kyle Hatley

ThoughtCast: The Impact of the Written Word

From Jenny Attiyeh | 57:55

This new ThoughtCast series explores the impact of the written word. It examines a specific piece of writing — be it a poem, play, novel, short story, work of non-fiction or scrap of papyrus — that’s had a significant influence on the interviewee. And the interviewees featured in this ThoughtCast hour are: the author Tom Perrotta, the poetry critic Helen Vendler and the esteemed classicist Gregory Nagy. (Note: this piece is 58 minutes, not 57:52...)

Reading_small We kick off the hour with Tom Perrotta, the author of Little Children, Election, The Abstinence Teacher and his most recent novel, The Leftovers. He speaks with ThoughtCast about a writer who fascinates, irritates and inspires him: Flannery O’Connor. His relationship with her borders on kinship, and he admires and admonishes her as he would a family member, with whom he shares a bond both genetic and cultural.

The program continues with Helen Vendler, the esteemed poetry critic and University Professor at Harvard. When Helen was only 13, she memorized several poems by the elusive Emily Dickinson. They’ve stayed with her over the years, and today she talks about one poem in particular that’s haunted her all this time.

And to round off this ThoughtCast hour, we turn to the subject of honor and fair play in Homer’s Iliad -- the epic story of the siege of Troy.  In this fifth installment of Faculty Insight, produced in partnership with Harvard Extension School, the distinguished classicist Gregory Nagy dissects the final, fatal battle between Hector and Achilles.

Bonjour Chanson Series 10, Episode 46.

From Charles Spira | Part of the Bonjour Chanson Series 10 series | 29:21

This Episode of "Bonjour Chanson" runs the gamut from a fantastic world where kids solve mysteries hidden in iron masks and stone sarcophagi, to a wronged woman who takes a rival who wants to steal her man to task.

Finis_terrae_small We find the best of French Language Popular Music and bring it to you with English commentary.  Jacques Brel recreates the scary times of 20th Century World Wars when young men were taken to the front by steam trains, to become fodder for artillery and machine guns.  A Breton woman living in Paris tells her lover that she'll never be the Parisian beauty he imagines her to be because her heart is where the land ends and the raging sea begins under the vast skies of her Breton coastal town. Experience what the French feel  and how they think without having to know French.  Here is the lineup:
Cyril Mokaiesh, (France), Le Sens du Manege
La Boite a Ooti, (France), L'interpretation des Signes
Antoine, Bleck, (USA, France), Un Tunnel
Nolwenn Leroy, (France), Je ne Serai Jamais ta Parisienne
Jacques Brel, (Belgium), La Colombe)
Brigitte, (France), La Vengeance d'Une Louve.

An Unpredictable Business

From Graham Shelby | 06:20

An itinerant worker reflects on the ups and downs of his chosen profession: Teaching writing workshops in elementary schools.

Graham_svisit009_small An itinerant worker reflects on the ups and downs of his chosen profession: Teaching writing workshops in elementary schools.

Mosque opens doors to Tourists

From Jake Warga | 02:53

Jumeirah Mosque in the United Arab Emirate of Dubai invites tourists in to help de-mystify Islam.

Jumeirah-mosque_small http://www.dubaicity.com/what_to_see_in_dubai/jumeirah-mosque.htm

How Jen Met Her Husband

From Matt Miller | 15:56

Jennifer Bosworth had to go crazy in L.A. before she could discover that the man she was looking for was in her home town all along.

Strait_jacket_small As a producer I'm always trying to find a new way of telling a story. The story of How Jen Met Her Husband isn't just a normal telling of boy-meets-girl. 

Jennifer Bosworth told me her story in an hour long recorded interview over Coffee one afternoon.  I turned the recorded interview over to novelist Stephanie Kuehnert (I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone) (Ballads Of Suburbia) to rewrite as a narrative short story, and then asked Chicago actress Jennifer Reese Wilson to read Kuehnert's short story version of Jennifer Bosworth's interview.

The piece runs 15:56, but four minutes of the end is a song by Chicago singer/song writer Rebecca Rego, who lent her single "The Best Thing You Ever Gave Me" to the score of the narrative piece.

This story is an interpretation of three different women - the song lending a perfect reflection of the story read by the actress, written by the novelist, and lived by the girl who fell in love after hitting bottom.

Dog's Dreams

From Jay Allison | Part of the Animals and Other Stories series | 07:42

The long relationship between man and dog

Dog's Dreams
Jay Allison

Animals Another vintage meditation on the long relationship between man and dog. What are our dreams about each other...and our nightmares? (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.)