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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 168 (4-12)

Compiled By: KUT

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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 168 (4-12) includes The French Connection from KUT's Texas Music Matters...The Decisions Project -10- The Breakthrough Gig...The Devil You Know...Love the French Way 6 - Nathalie...Two Wheels to Nowhere - Episode 5...Latitude News Podcast #7 — From War on Drugs to legal weed, where will the U.S. lead the world next?...Love For Sale

The Decisions Project - 10 - The Breakthrough Gig

From Aengus Anderson | Part of the The Decisions Project series | 03:32

A musician talks about his decision to skip an audition in Nashville.

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.

The Devil You Know

From The Truth | 58:59

Just in time for Halloween and this year's Election, The Truth offers a special hour of horror stories that take place within the world of electoral politics.


From PRX and The Truth, it's The Devil You Know, a collection of Election Horror stories. 

Just in time for Halloween and this year's Election, The Truth offers a special hour of horror stories that take place within the world of electoral politics. The Truth is a podcast that makes movies for your ears (http://www.thetruthapm.com). The stories are entirely fictional, created with rich sound and professional-level acting, from Peabody-award winning producers Jonathan Michell (Radiolab, Studio 360) and Kerrie Hillman (Fair Game, Studio 360).

The stories...

Do You Have a Minute for Equality?
A canvasser gets the donation she needs, but it will cost her.
written by Chet Siegel
produced & directed by Jonathan Mitchell
performed by Chet Siegel and Tom Ligon, with Matt J. Weir, Quentin Loder, and Melanie Hoopes
with sound design help from Brendan Baker (of Love & Radio)

Third Party
Mike Coleman is an independent candidate running for Congress, and he's finally getting some attention... from a serial killer. 
written by Ed Herbstman
produced & directed by Jonathan Mitchell 
performed by Ed Herbstman, Chet Siegel, Rick Andrews, Nick Kanellis, Louis Kornfeld, Amy Warren, and Bryn Magnus.

The Death of Poe
The last days of Edgar Allen Poe have always been shrouded in mystery. This story imagines how he may have died.
based on a true listener-submitted story from Matthew Mercier
produced & directed by Jonathan Mitchell 
performed by Christian Paluck, Ed Herbstman, Chet Siegel, and Louis Kornfeld.

Love the French Way 6 - Nathalie

From Charles Spira | Part of the Love the French Way series | 05:43

A young Frenchman visits the Red Square in Moscow. His guide is a pretty Russian girl. Romance blossoms, notwithstanding Cold War politics.

Red_square_small Gilbert Bécaud was a childhood prodigy. He entered the Conservatory in Nice, France, at age 9.  He later became one of France's beloved singers/songwriters.  One of his great successes was Nathalie, the story of a blossoming romance between a young  female Russian guide and a Frenchman.   Gilbert's nickname was Mr. 100,000 Volt because of his boundless energy on stage.

Two Wheels to Nowhere - Episode 5

From Aengus Anderson | Part of the Two Wheels to Nowhere series | 29:05

Keene Valley, New York to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Two Wheels to Nowhere is a seven-part series that weaves together the story of one man's motorcycle journey around the United States with the voices of people he met along the way. It is a conversation about people's greatest sources of excitement and concern--a conversation that ultimately explores how different Americans face the unknown.

Ep5_small This is a story of America told through snapshots of excitement and fear. Over the course of three months, Aengus Anderson rode his motorcycle around the United States and asked 166 random Americans the same two questions: what is the most exciting thing in your life? What is the most concerning thing? From beauty shop owners in Cairo, IL to contractors in rural South Carolina, a common theme emerged, one that spanned a cultural divide. From the left to the right, Americans expressed an uncomfortable feeling that something fundamental was off balance. Some worried about an environmental collapse, others a spiritual one, but their underlying disquiet was the same.

Two Wheels to Nowhere is a mix of interviews with a first-person travel narrative, a story that winds its way across American landscapes, both physical and cultural. It explores ideas through counterpoint and finds common ground in unlikely places. It is a story of choices, changes, and facing the unknown.

Latitude News Podcast #7 — From War on Drugs to legal weed, where will the U.S. lead the world next?

From Latitude News | 15:06

A short, strange history of marijuana in the U.S., Mexico and everywhere else


When it comes to marijuana laws, the United States is a basket case.

Creator of the "War on Drugs," the U.S. is also home to two states — Colorado and Washington — whose voters recently approved the world's most liberal marijuana policies. In both places, under state guidelines, residents can now grow, smoke, buy, sell and traffic cannabis; that's a few steps farther than even the Netherlands has gone.

This month's Latitude News podcast explores the global implications of Colorado and Washington's new laws — prepare for a sea change in relations between the U.S. and Latin America, but with no country more so than Mexico. As it turns out, the U.S. and Mexico have a shared marijuana history. We may have created the War on Drugs, but Mexico started Reefer Madness.

Love for Sale

From Michelle Legro | Part of the Storyville series | 09:58

A young woman with a failing ovary searches for sperm among friends.


Faced with a dud ovary, Abby Rabinowitz had to find some sperm, any sperm, from the male population of greater New York. Rather than go to a sperm bank, she decided it would be better to ask those she loved, and had loved, if they would consider starting an unconventional family.