Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 66 (2-14)
Compiled By: KUT
KUT's O’Dark 30 raises loads 'o cash in the membership drive edition of the show 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 66 (2-14) includes Killer Whales, You're Still My Favorite Color...Funny Thing, Being Mugged...KUT's Portrait of an Artist: Maggie Steber...Snap Judgment #201: Hungry...The Giant Blueberry Bush...Sun Tunnels...Big Time Baseball in a Small Texas Town...How Jen Met Her Husband...Zelda Kaplan on Dancing and Living at 87
The whale seduces the wife
A brief sound essay on: a) the derivation of this whale's name, b) its seductive behavior toward the producer's wife, and c) its penchant for making repulsive noises. (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.)
Love is so much more than just being in love.
From Jake Warga | 19:00
A personal story of being violently mugged
Snap Judgment churns your stomach, tempts you with a phat dessert, then leads you to the brink of starvation with stories of hunger, thirst, cruelty and largess.
Buffet of Atonement
“It ain’t good ‘till yer hungry.” Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington brings us face to face with the the world’s most satisfying buffet.
When Ricky Megee emerges from a shallow grave in the harsh Australian outback, fate forces him to redefine “food” as he struggles for survival.
Storyteller Joel ben Izzy recalls a conversation he had with an older gent who describes the true beauty of a piece of fruit.
Lost at Sea
It’s not always the smartest idea to lie about your previous experience. Especially not when it involves sailing across the Atlantic to Europe. Donna Salter learns her lesson in the middle of the ocean.
Produced by Stephanie Foo and Scott Gurian
In Soviet-era Russia, “Refuseniks” trying to escape the country were often denied their basic human rights by the Russian government. Debra Salan traveled to the Ukraine to help them, but encountered some KGB trouble of her own.
Thank You Jesus
Host Glynn Washington explains the worst trip to the grocery store of his young life.
From Robert Karl Skoglund | 01:17
Get four pints of juicy blueberries every day
Marking the solstice with concrete desert art.
Sun Tunnels in the Utah Desert: The summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and the official beginning of summer, is makred by an obscure art installation called the Sun Tunnels in a very remote part of the Utah desert. Concrete drain pipes -- are aligned to channel the sun's rays at precise celestial moments.
From Marfa Public Radio | 28:59
The real life version of "Field Of Dreams" takes place in Alpine, Texas in the 1940s and 50s. This is a story about a man, his baseball field and a town that loved both, in Far West Texas.
Mention the “Cowboys” in almost any other town in Texas and you’d likely be talking about a football team from Dallas, but here in the rural town of Alpine, the cowboys are the local baseball team, and the field they play on is the stuff of legends. Built in the 1940’s by a local rancher, at a cost of more than a million dollars, this Wrigley field replica has seen baseball greats like Satchel Paige, Norm Cash and Gaylord Perry pitch, hit and score in the shadows of its imposing red rock walls.
It’s amazing that in this cow & college town of Far West Texas, with a population of less than 6000, the local baseball team could draw such loyal and enthusiastic crowds. Even more incredible is the story of how that town came to have such a beautiful baseball park, named by sports illustrated as “the best little ball park in Texas”. This piece tells the story of Mr. Herbert Kokernot Jr and how he came to build what Sports Illustrated magazine would call “the best little ball park in Texas.”
This piece features interviews with Big Bend Cowboys General Manager JR SMITH; grandson of Mr Herbert Kokernot CHRIS LACY; son of Alpine Cowboys pitcher DJ STOUT; former Alpine Cowboys player CHARLIE DAVIS; owner & founder of Big Bend Cowboys FRANK SNYDER; Big Bend Cowboys coach Donnie Randell; and son of Alpine Cowboys short stop TIM PARSONS.
This is a KRTS Marfa Public Radio production written, produced, & edited by Sam Griffin; with sound recording by Dave Leonnig. Production assistance from Peter McCrady.
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.
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.
87-year old Zelda Kaplan:"I am very interested in fashion. I like to look nice. I still love to dance. My friends are dead. ... So with whom should I go out? If I don’t go out with young people, who else is there?"
Zelda Kaplan was 87 when we met at a bar in Manhattan. It was around 6PM. But her day wasn't ending. Her night was just beginning. After we met for a drink she was off to a fashion show. Then dinner. And dancing at a hot nightclub after that. Its the legend of Zelda. She’ll make you smile.
- The Date: Spring 2003
- The Scene: Irish pub, New York City
- The Source: Minidisc recorder
- The Story: Profile originally ran in The L Magazine.