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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 94 (2-42)

Compiled By: KUT

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KUT's O’Dark 30 is still dying for a vacation but that won't stop us from bringing you 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 94 (2-42) includes Do You Need a Money Manager?...Destination DIY: Cycling...Worry Worry Worry...KUT's Portrait of an Artist with Allison Orr...Squeezebox Stories...The Mikie Show #25, Bill...What Were YOU Doing in 1986?...Las Vegas...Snowbird Etiquette...Clever Apes: Deep Listening...Death and Religion...Walkthrough Haunted House

Do You Need A Money Manager?

From The humble Farmer | :18

There is a substitute for a money manager

Humbleoats_small I don't need a money manager --- I just need some money to manage

Destination DIY: Cycling

From Destination DIY | 27:58

An exploration of human-powered transportation.

Destdiy2c_small In this installment of the monthly show Destination DIY, you'll hear about the recycled bikes, unicycling, commuting on two wheels and other quirky stories from Portland's cycling community.

Worry Worry Worry

From Sarah Boothroyd | 01:00

A meditation on anxiety and machines in modern life.

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This is a meditation on anxiety and machines in modern life. It includes narration from the 1957 public domain infomercial, The Relaxed Wife.

Squeezebox Stories

From Julie Caine | 54:00

Squeezebox Stories, a sound-rich, narrative-driven public radio documentary hosted by Marco Werman of PRI's The World, explores the rich musical worlds and diverse social history of the accordion--one of the first global instruments.

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Squeezebox Stories, a sound-rich, narrative-driven public radio documentary hosted by Marco Werman of PRI's The World, explores the rich musical worlds and diverse social history of the accordion.

The accordion is about much more than the Polka; it's one of the first global instruments. Played all over the world, from Italy to China to Zanzibar, the squeezebox is a great vehicle for telling immigration stories.

In this hour-long special, listeners go on an accordion tour, visiting Zydeco dance halls and Mexican Norteño clubs, punk rock apprentices and Arabic master musicians-all to discover what's behind the surprisingly wide appeal of this ultimate people's instrument.

The Mikie Show #25, Bill

From Michael Carroll | Part of the The Mikie Show series | 28:03

We have a chat with arborist Bill Eck. He grew up in the forest, like a little elf or something! Seriously, he’s a great guy and he really knows his trees. Find out the do’s and don’t’s of caring for your trees. (Don’t worry, hugging them is fine). Hmm, what else? Well, Señor Glow returns, Mikie tries to learn a new language, I think there’s news, and, wait, yes, the whole darn show is just a blast!

Tree_small We have a chat with arborist Bill Eck. He grew up in the forest, like a little elf or something! Seriously, he’s a great guy and he really knows his trees. Find out the do’s and don’t’s of caring for your trees. (Don’t worry, hugging them is fine). Hmm, what else? Well, Señor Glow returns, Mikie tries to learn a new language, I think there’s news, and, wait, yes, the whole darn show is just a blast!

Las Vegas

From Hearing Voices | Part of the Scott Carrier stories series | 06:58

The Night of the Living Gamblers.

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Scott150_small Up all night, in and out of the casinos, talking to the folk trying their luck. NOTE: this piece is part of The Plan- Gamble http://prx.org/pieces/7594 Aired: NPR All Things Considered 1989.

Snowbird Etiquette

From Susan Gray | 04:39

Every January thousands of retirees from the north will migrate south to escape the cruelest months of winter. Minneapolis Producer Susan Gray spoke with a Alabama native who had some suggestions for northerners on how to be a better snowbird.

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Thousands of retirees from the north will begin their annual migration south this week to escape the cruelest months of winter..  According to the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Bureau, 15,000 snowbirds from the Midwest and Canada contributed 28.2 million dollars to the economy last winter.  But the annual melding of the two cultures can sometimes be a little tricky.  Susan Gray, spoke with a Alabama native who had some suggestions on how to be a better snowbird.

Clever Apes: Deep listening

From WBEZ | Part of the WBEZ's Clever Apes series | 08:22

Believe it or not, with just two little ears, humans hear in 3-D, and Clever Apes has captured it on tape.

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We may not think of it this way, but we hear in 3-D. Good thing, too. It’s how we know what direction to turn when we hear footsteps or where to look for our kid in a crowded playground. But this depth of field is almost impossible to capture on tape. That’s where we come in.

On this episode of Clever Apes, we experience the mind-bending world of binaural recording. It’s an episode best enjoyed with headphones – preferably good quality over-the-ear headphones (though earbuds will work OK). The surround sound effect we demonstrate is lost when you listen through speakers.

The magic of binaural recording gets back to why we have two ears in the first place. When you hear a sound, the sound waves hit each ear at slightly different times, with minute differences in intensity and wave phase. Specific populations of neurons in the brainstem are finely tuned to each of these variables. They can also interpret the disruptions in the sound waves caused by your head and your ear flaps. All this data gets plugged into the superior olivary complex, where the brain computes the sound’s source and location.

You can replicate this effect by imitating the orientation of the human ears with special mics. Often this is done with something called a kunstkopf (German for “art head"), which is simply a dummy head with mics tucked into the ears. They look awesome and creepy. For our purposes, two human subjects – Bob Schulein and Don White – volunteered their own heads for this duty. The results sound unlike any other audio you’re likely to hear. It may be the best facsimile of what it’s like to experience live sound – it is a record of what the ears actually hear.

And have you heard about this? There’s still time to enter the contest to win a Clever Apes lab coat! Submit a science question for us to answer or suggest a name for our little purple ape friend. You can leave a comment here, enter on Twitter of Facebook, or call our hotline at 312-893-2935. 

Death & Religion

From KVNF | 03:31

The fear of death is a major motivation to get religious.

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Bwheadcopysmooth_small I saw a friend die abruptly when I was in junior high, and that summer got religious for the first time. In retrospect, there almost has to be a connection. Later in life, when I left a fundamentalist cult, it was probably because I came to terms with death by watching my father die slowly from complications after a stroke. My own stroke and other brushes with death were also a factor.

Walkthrough Haunted House

From Jake Warga | 05:32

Is this house Haunted?

Walk_small Commentary: Halloween? Asking owners why they think their house is haunted, and concluding... Aired ATC 7-14-04