Playlist: O'Dark 30 Episode 10
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 10 pieces include Seating Mr. Pacino...Music and The Mouse...Learning To Live: James' Story...(the moon in the sun)...Grandpa...Deep in Our Hearts...Ovaltine: USA versus Canada...Let's Talk to a Professor from our own EP Rebecca McInroy...Guardian of the Murder House...Besides Life Here
From Eric Winick | 07:21
It's his second week on the job as house manager at a major American regional theater, and an icon of the modern cinema is paying a visit.
That's when the embarrassing incident occurs, one which the house manager must clean up -- quickly, quietly, and literally -- putting every one of his newfound skills to the test.
Story by John Morogiello, from the files of Yarn AudioWorks.
John Morogiello is a Playwright in Residence with the Maryland State Arts Council. For more on his work, click here.
From Eric Molinsky | 06:54
Disney uses music to build an empire
From Snow White to Hannah Montana, the Walt Disney Company knows how to use music to capture the hearts (and cash) of generations of kids. And those songs lead to theme park ride and Broadway shows. Eric Molinsky looks into how Disney used music to build its empire.
The story of an ex-felon's transition from prison to the free world. James, who narrates, is 38 and has been in and out of prison all his adult life (Winner: the Edward R. Murrow Award; the Third Coast International Audio Festival Public Service Award; and the 2002 Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award)
"Learning to Live: James' Story" is the story of an ex-felon's transition from prison to the free world. James, who narrates, is 38 and has been in and out of prison all his adult life. After completing a seven-year prison term for burglary, James comes to live at St. Leonard's halfway house for ex-offenders on Chicago's West side. Over three months, James goes through a rigorous education process that includes job training, drug counseling and twelve-step support meetings. His recovery is tested when his eighteen-year-old son, whom he hadn't seen in fourteen years, is arrested on a drug charge. After landing his "dream job" in customer service for a cable company, James leaves the halfway house having begun to "learn how to live." "Learning to Live: James' Story" won the Edward R. Murrow Award; the Third Coast International Audio Festival Public Service Award; and the 2002 Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award. Judges in the latter competition called it "a tightly straightforward report that skillfully wove actuality and narration, James telling his story as only he could. It was clear, concise and remarkably comprehensive." The story was originally broadcast on Chicago Public Radio and All Things Considered in 2001.
in which we learn of a series of articles that appeared in the New York Sun in 1835 that purported to tell a true account of recent discoveries of fantastic wildlife on the moon. SPOILER ALERT: it's a hoax. Sorry to ruin the surprise.
From Lu Olkowski | 08:47
A father and son have a contest to take the best pictures of their dying grandpa, the result is an up-close portrait of death.
How do we deal with dying? Most of us look away. But in the case of the Zagar family, they look closer. A father and son have a contest to take the best photos of their dying grandpa, and the result is an up-close portrait of death. Winner of a Bronze Award at the 2007 Third Coast Festivals Competition. Judges at Third Coast called the piece, “tense, loving, risky, provocative and profound. The pacing, story craft and character development make this a truly moving and memorable story."
From Sandra Sleight-Brennan | 58:57
Deep In Our Hearts is an award winning hour-long documentary about four white women who defied the color line to work in the southern Civil Rights Movement.
Deep In Our Hearts is an award winning hour-long documentary about four white women who defied the color line to work in the southern Civil Rights Movement. But it's more than that, it's a story of how acting on your ideals can shape your life and effect society as a whole. This special takes us into the lives of four women who came of age during the civil rights movement, participated actively in it, and were transformed by it. Their strong voices contradict the simple one-dimensional profile often presented of whites in the movement. They came from different backgrounds; one grew up in poverty, others in the affluence, some were raised to treat blacks as subordinates, while another saw her family work for social justice. Why did they defy the color line to join the Southern Freedom Movement? These voices aren't often heard. By sharing them, Deep in Our Hearts not only explores the events of the 1960s, it illuminates how people can choose to live their ideals. Created by award winning producer Sandra Sleight-Brennan and based on the book of the same name, Deep in Our Hearts brings those turbulent times to life. In doing so, it affirms the enduring significance of the moral conviction that shaped the lives of these four courageous women. Winner of a 2005 Clarion Award, 2005Press Club of Cleveland, 2005 Gracie Award, 2005 National Headliner Award.
From Shana Sheehy | 03:35
Old-time Ovaltine lovers, never fear! The Canadian variety is here... Just over the border, anyway
Believe it or not, there are some people in this world who REALLY care about Ovaltine. Yep, that malty stuff you disolve in milk. My uncle is one of this rare breed. Rif Rafson (otherwise known as my uncle Ron) lives in Fairbanks, Alaska and his love of Ovaltime... ahem, the REAL stuff, has taken him over the border many a time. And he has some good stories to tell...
From Michael Paul Mason | 22:29
A riveting and haunting journey into one of America's most sensational murder mysteries.
The small town of Villisca, Iowa isn't the setting you would expect for one of America's most sensational murder mysteries, but listeners are immediately swept into this century-old story as they tour the town with Darwin Linn, owner of the Villisca Axe Murder House. Not only is the house the site of the grisly murders, but it's also ranked as one of the 50 most paranormal homes in America--and yes, a paranormal moment is caught on tape.
On June 10, 1912, an entire family and their two overnight guests were brutally murdered with an axe, and the crime was never solved. In this suspenseful narrative, we encounter Darwin in a sleepy storefront, and then take a ride with him through the town. We visit the homes of various suspects, including a traveling minister and an Iowa State Senator. As we approach the scene of the murders, we're pulled a hundred years back in time.
Inside the Villisca Axe Murder House, we retrace the tragic killings and its bizarre aftermath. At the same time, we develop an odd fascination with our guide, who confesses that owning the place has changed his world view. Finally, we're brought face-to-face with an eerie, supernatural moment that occurs inside the house, during the interview itself.
The Guardian of the Murder House is an unforgettable retelling of a terrible Midwestern crime, but it also acts as profile of a man whose life is intimately affected by his ownership of the home.
From Salt Institute for Documentary Studies | 08:32
What happens when the most important event in your whole life is something no one believes?