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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 97 (2-45)

Compiled By: KUT

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KUT's O’Dark 30 is fresh off the Membership Drive and ready to bring 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 97 (2-45) includes A Family Affair...Home Brewing...Alex Caldiero- Poet?...KUT's Portrait of an Artist with Graham Wilkinson...Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering...Bold New City...#38 Josh--Growing up With Tourette's...the Great Snowstorm of '78...Michi Belle White and the Birds...Listening to Northern Lights

Home Brewing

From Rendered | Part of the Destination DIY series | 07:34

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Beer1_small This sound-rich piece guides the listener through the process of brewing beer at home with amateur brewer and hops-grower Nate Hersey in Portland, Oregon. This piece was originally part of an episode of the radio show/podcast Destination DIY. Please credit Julie Sabatier (Sah-bah-tee-ay) as the host and producer of Destination DIY.

Alex Caldiero- Poet?

From Hearing Voices | Part of the Scott Carrier stories series | 05:47

Profile of Utah poet/performer Alex Caldiero

Scott150_small When is a poet not a poet? And when should he just say he is? A profile of Alex Caldiero, who is a poet, a writer and a performance artist -- but thinks of himself as none of the above. Premiered on NPR Day to Day. (Also included: "Poetry Wanted here" (2:57), a poem by Alex.)

Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering (Audio)

From The Kitchen Sisters | 29:10

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Chez Panisse, we present an excerpt from "The Power of Gathering (Audio)." Alice Waters, Calvin Trillin, Ruth Reichl, Gilbert Pilgram, Fanny Singer, Scott Peacock, Fritz Streif and Michael Pollan take us through four decades of food and fellowship at the revolutionary restaurant.

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This week, Chez Panisse, the revolutionary restaurant in Berkeley, celebrates it's 40th anniversary. And Alice Waters' new book, "40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering," comes out. Along with Alice, some 90 collaborators: chefs, farmers, foragers, gardeners, teachers, filmmakers, artists and others contributed passages to this book. 
 
A few months back, Alice read us a chapter aloud. And then another and another. Suddenly it started becoming "radio." We asked Alice if she would read the whole book aloud, as a "book on tape." She said yes, and did. And then she asked us to record all 90 of the contributors. 
 
In honor of the 40th anniversary of a kitchen that is far from hidden, we present an excerpt of this work-in-progress. We call it "The Power of Gathering (Audio)."
 
Alice Waters, Calvin Trillin, Ruth Reichl, Gilbert Pilgram, Fanny Singer, Scott Peacock, Fritz Streif and Michael Pollan take us through four decades of food and fellowship.

#38 - Josh: Growing Up With Tourrette's

From Salt Institute for Documentary Studies | Part of the SaltCast: the Backstory to Great Radio Storytelling series | 36:00

Joe Richman has made some of the best documentaries on public radio. His work is stellar — sound rich, dramatic, personal. On this Saltcast, Joe joins me and we sift through, scene by scene, a story he produced in 1996 called "Josh: Growing Up With Tourrette's."

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Just over a year ago, I dissected “Dead Animal Man” by Ira Glass for the Saltcast. I think that episode got more responses than any other Saltcast. Since then, I’ve been meaning to dissect a piece in a similar way. It only took a year (!) but I’ve finally gotten around to it. This time, Joe Richman joins me and we sift through, scene by scene, a story he produced in 1996 called “Josh: Growing Up With Tourrette’s.”

Joe Richman has made some of the best documentaries on public radio. His work is stellar — sound rich, dramatic, personal.

Joe may be best known for his radio diaries, stories where an individual is given a tape deck to document their lives. In fact, that’s the name of Joe’s company —Radio Diaries. Much of his work is available to listen to at the Radio Diaries website. But, before you zing off to his website and get lost in all the stories, take a listen to this podcast. Joe gives us the back story on producing “Josh” and he offers great insight on radio storytelling.

This is a long Saltcast so get comfy. And, please post your thoughts and questions here at the blog.

PS – Joe says he was inspired to produce audio diaries by “Ghetto Life 101″ by Dave Isay as well as “Life Stories: First Person Portraits” by Jay Allison. Click and listen. 

The Great Snowstorm of '78

From Emily Corwin | 02:23

Ed Doyle is a retired Boston Police Officer. In this short, non-narrated story, he recalls his experiences on-duty during the great snowstorm of '78.

Snow_tremont_small Ed Doyle is a retired Boston Police Officer. In this short, non-narrated story, he recalls his experiences on-duty during the great snowstorm of '78.

Michi Belle White and the Birds

From Jay Allison | Part of the Animals and Other Stories series | 05:35

Taking care of sick wild birds

Animals A portrait of a california woman who takes in sick wild birds, And fills her house with them. (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.)

Listening to Northern Lights

From Hearing Voices | Part of the Wandering Jew stories series | 07:31

Recordist Steve McGreevey captures the solar sounds of space weather, the northern lights, aka, Natural Radio.

Bg_sunsong_small [Note: this is the same piece Lost and Found Sound posted, but without the NPR host, and with lots of out ambi.]

Natural Radio recordist Steve McGreevy was in Canada last year for the Northern Lights: not to see them, but to hear them. You can do that, if you have the right equipment. And Steve's got a van full. Producer Barrett Golding introduces us to Natural Radio -- the sound of earth's magnetic field. Like the auroral lights, Natural Radio effects tend to be stronger around the spring and fall equinox, and near the earth's poles. So whenever Steve gets a chance, he heads north, into the wilderness, away from electrical interference, where the listening is best.