Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 09
Compiled By: KUT
O’Dark 30 is an exploration of the world of independent radio production. It airs Sundays at midnight on KUT 90.5 Austin. Every week we present 3 hours of a little bit of everything from the world of independent radio production We’ve got one rule… if it’s good, we’re gonna try to bring it to Austin.
Episode 9 pieces include dam!...The Lord God Bird...Inside the Glore...Bonjour Chanson Episode 31...A Shortcut Through The 21st Century--The First Decade Part 3...Angel's Landing...Subtext: Communicating With Horses...How Are You Who You Are...The Body Secrets Project...Mr. Snuffleupagus is God...Goodbye to JD
in which we hear about a beautiful and sort of ridiculous monument at the Hoover Dam that goes to astronomical lengths to commemorate the makers of the dam.
An innovative story about the rediscovery of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker in Brinkley, Arkansas that blends interviews and an original song by Sufjan Stevens.
Brinkley, Arkansas, is located just a few miles from where the Ivory Billed Woodpecker recently was rediscovered. The Ivory Bill had been thought to be extinct… in fact, the previous confirmed sighting of the bird in the United States was in Louisiana back in 1944, in what was known as the Singer Tract, an area which was clear-cut to make sewing machine boxes, and then ammunition cases and caskets during World War Two. The rediscovery of the Ivory Bill was big news, and brought a ray of hope to the residents of Brinkley. Producers Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister spoke with people in the town, then shared the interviews with singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. Collison and Meister were curious about how Stevens writes his songs, which, much like their own work, are filled with stories of places and people. He wrote a song about the Ivory Bill, known as the 'lord god or 'great god' bird. Together, they offer this portrait of Brinkley--and the bird.
From Michael Paul Mason | 13:48
An otherworldly visit to one of America's most bizarre museums, the Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph, MO.
It's been called "one of the 50 most unusual museums in the country," but the word unusual doesn't cut it. The Glore Psychiatric Museum is a testament to man's failed attempts to understand mental illness.
Inside the Glore, we're taken on a bizarre yet vivid ride into the history of psychiatric treatment. We bear witness to unusual treatment protocols, ranging from restraint cages to human-sized gerbil wheels. In the terrible contraptions, we also sense an oddly persistent theme--man's terrible failure to adequately care for the mentally ill.
After venturing into the Glore, we meet Rolf Gainer, a psychologist, who discusses our current system of mental health treatment, and speculates about the future of treating mental disorders.
Whether you speak French or not, you might enjoy listening to a program where we discuss 6 French Language Musical Artists in English and then listen to them perform one of their songs (of which we paraphrase part of the lyrics in English.) It may grow on you!
The 6 Artists we present may be young and upcoming or they may have been legends in their own time. You'll enjoy learning about their lives in English and when you listen to them sing a song, you will know what it is about, because we'll have interpreted part of the lyrics in English. In this episode we feature:
Carole Fredericks (USA/France), Respire
Michel Rivard (Canada), Bille de Verre
Najoua Belyzel (France), Au Feminin
Charles Aznavour (France), Hier Encore
Carla Bruni (France), Deranger les Pierres
Guy Philippe Wells (Canada), L'Aventure Humaine
A review of the past ten years, from January 2000 through December 31st 2009. Mixing words, music and sounds from all the major events of the 21st Century...so far.
A three hour-long retrospective of the entire decade, beginning with the 2000 election and recounts, featuring Al Gore, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and other candidates, through 911, Homeland Security, into the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions, right through the arrival of Barack Obama, the death of Michael Jackson and the Miracle on the Hudson, this Shortcut through the first decade of the 21st century mixes up the emotional highs and lows; the elections and the resulting political turmoil, the ongoing war and the struggles for peace, the growing concern over global warming and the environment, the changes in science & technology, the perfume & the poison, the shocking scandals and bad behavior, Britney, Brad & Angelina, Miss USA, You Tube, and the continuing decline of western civilization---its all here!
A trek along the Grotto trailhead.
Utah's Zion National Park draws 2.7 million visitors a year, and a major attraction for hearty hikers is a trek along the Grotto trailhead to Angel's Landing. From the banks of the Virgin River, the yellow-and-red sandstone sides of Zion Canyon rise 2,000 feet. It feels like being inside a huge body. The canyon walls are the rib cage spread open and Angel's Landing is like the heart. Aired on NPR Day to Day.
The source of one horse's ennui
An animal psychologist searches for the source of one horse's ennui. The horse responds with his story of dislocation and lost youth. (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.)
From Eric Winick | 21:13
A disinhibited love story.
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.
From Ross Chambless | 06:13
An anonymous 'Body Secrets' project reveals deep insecurities about a community.
When the Body Worlds 3 exhibition came to Salt Lake City in late 2008 I managed an unusual project at The Leonardo museum. I began collecting private and anonymous revelations, written by museum visitors on colorful index cards, and taped them to the inside of windows on the building’s ground floor. As this project progressed some curious things were revealed about people living in Utah and how they see their own bodies.