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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 29

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O’Dark 30 is KUT's adventure through the world of independent radio production. Every Sundays at midnight on KUT 90.5 Austin we present 3 hours of a little bit of everything from the world of independent radio production.

Episode 29 is our Father's Day edition and includes Father's Day...Life Stories--Families: Fathers, Sons, and Brothers...episode 28 (babysitting)...A Tip For Tired Mothers...Hearing Voices--Talking Dads...Dad & Daws (Father's Day)...Dad to Dad: A Preparation...Danny Boy...The Ground We Lived On

Father's Day

From Jake Warga | 05:25

Going through my parents' stuff 10 years after their deaths, I found a box of cassettes of my father interviewing me when I was a kid. Simple and sweet.

Father's Day
Jake Warga

Jakeandfather_small Clearing out stuff of my parent's 10yrs after their death, I found a box of cassettes of my Father interviewing me when I was a kid. Aired "Public Radio Weekend America Whathaeyou" Winner "Silver Reel" NFCB

Life Stories - Families: Fathers, Sons & Brothers

From Jay Allison | Part of the The Life Stories Collection series | 59:04

Four stories of men and family

Lifestories These are public radio stories made over many years, by producer Jay Allison -- working together with Christina Egloff, and friends, colleagues, neighbors, strangers and whoever would take the loan of one of his tape recorders. They are are stories about life as we find it, and record it. Dad's Moving Out (11:56) There was a moment when Dan knew for sure his parents we?re splitting up. He remembers it clearly. His parents remember it clearly too, but differently. Produced with Dan Robb. My Brother, Tom Jones (20:56) Alex is a Tom Jones impersonator, a dedicated one. This portrait of him and his work was made by his younger brother who has always admired him. Produced with Dan Gediman. Dad and Sam (4:45) Love and Brotherhood. "Every year my father would go get Uncle Sam from the Delaware State Mental Hospital and bring him home for Christmas..." Descended from the Holocaust (19:52) A physician in central Massachusetts borrows a tape recorder and accompanies his parents to the Holocaust Museum to talk to them about something they've never talked about before: their experience in the Nazi concentration camps. Produced with Dr. Alan Berkenwald


From Nate DiMeo | Part of the the memory palace series | 04:53

In which we hear the story of Don Hornig. A 25 year old scientist asked to babysit the A-Bomb during the night before the Trinity test changed everything.

Nate DiMeo


This is an episode of the memory palace podcast.  Listen to the whole series at www.thememorypalace.us
Each episode is a short (between 1:30 and 5:30) water-coolery story of the past, with an emphasis on American History.

A Tip For Tired Mothers

From The humble Farmer | 01:26

Never Again Clean Up After A Child's Birthday Party.

Humbleoats_small Save labor by employing science.

Dad & Daws (Father's Day)

From Joe Bevilacqua | Part of the Joe Bevilacqua Short Features series | 10:47

PERFECT FOR FATHER'S DAY! A personal essay on how a volatile father's gift led to a career

Daddawssm_small Joe Bevilacqua uses audio he recorded as a child to recount how his volatile father's gift of a tape recorder led him to another father figure (Daws Butler) and an eventual career in radio. Check out my latest review: Dad & Daws (Father's Day) Joe Bevilacqua , 10:46 ***** Engaging, Intimate, Real What a wonderfully crafted piece for Father's Day. Joe brings us a captivating, intimate, sound rich story. He does it with simple writing and without being overly dramatic. The story has a steady tone that keeps listeners engaged, definitely a candidate for a driveway moment. The story also has a flowing narrative with good visual imagery. I also love hearing that the correspondence with Daws was done via letter and cassette, especially now in the era of e-mail, blogs etc. The story of Joe's father is disturbing and troubling. However, Joe's writing and use of tape makes it an element of a story and shines the light on the good that came out of his work with Daws and the career that grew from his love for cartoon characters. He leaves the listener feeling good for him and sharing the same wonder about his father's purchase of a stereo tape recorder. Kudos for saving all this tape and weaving into a sound-rich, personal essay. (Reviewer) (Editorial Board) Arvid Hokanson , KUOW May 31, 2007 First broadcast June 13, 2003 (Father's Day) on Weekend Edition Sunday. Can be rebroadcast anytime. This version includes the Weekend Edition intro, which should be cut if run on a date other than Father's Day. Please credit NPR's Weekend Edition if you use. Joe Bevilacqua is willing to remix the piece if needed. You can also run these FREE programs that are discussed in the piece with it: http://www.prx.org/pieces/18822

Daws Butler the voice behind some of our most beloved cartoon characters. He was the voice of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss and many more. He worked at Hanna Barbera studios from 1957 till 1988 as well as working for Warner Bros., MGM, Jay Ward and Walter Lantz. He also wrote and performed on the Stan Freberg show and the original live version of Time for Beanie (Einstein and Harpo Marx's favorite show) as well as acting in radio and voicing TV commercials. 

"Is there any question the name Daws is plural? No single human being could have created so many amusingly convincing voices as did the talented, singularly plural Daws Butler. For Daws, the term 'genius' must perforce be exponentially multiplied: voices times voices times voices, and so on. I am flattered and honored that he based Fibber Fox on me."
-Shelley Berman Actor ("Curb Your Enthusiasm'), Standup Comedy Pioneer and Founding Member of Chicago's "Second City" 

Dad to Dad: A Preparation

From Eric Winick | 13:46

In Fall 2009, as my wife entered the late stage of pregnancy, I asked several friends of mine who are recent or long-time dads for advice on becoming a father myself.


I interviewed all six over the phone, requesting two pieces of advice, one for first time dads in general and one for me specifically. I'd worked out a precise timeline for transcription, editing, and publication of the piece.

But life doesn't happen according to your schedule.

Featuring the voices of P.J. Escobio, Tom Foley, Jeff Golick, Jason Kravits, Jeremy J. Lee, and David Markus.

From the files of Yarn AudioWorks.

P.J. Escobio is an actor and producer who lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughterTom Foley is a filmmaker who lives in Marblehead, MA with his wife and son. Jeff Golick is pro-Brooklyn, pro-jazz, pro-friends, and anti-oxidant. Jeremy J. Lee lives with his wife Maggie and son Lucas in Sunnyside, NY; Lucas made his Broadway debut about a month before he took his first breath. Jason Kravits is an actor/writer/director, and especially father, living in NYC. In addition to David Markus’ work as a model for Conde Naste Traveler and the New York Times, he is a hedge fund manager, husband and father of two pretty wonderful kids, Nicholas and Nora.

Danny Boy

From Maeve Conran | 05:10

A daughter visits with her Irish father and while he doesn't remember her, they share a favorite old Irish song.

Danny Boy
Maeve Conran

Dad_small As a father with Alzheimer's forgets his youngest daughter, there is still intimacy and remembering together over his favorite song... Danny Boy.  An intimate portrait of a visit by a daughter to her father in an Alzheimer's nursing home.  While he can't remember her name, he remembers his favorite song from years gone by.

The Ground We Lived On

From Sound Portraits | 11:33

Journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc faces mortality and loss in recordings she made during the last months of her father's life.

Glasses_small The Ground We Lived On documents the loving relationship between journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc and her father, Adrian Leon LeBlanc, in the last months of his life. Using recordings she made of her father, namesake and inspiration from his hospital bed in the family living room, The Ground We Lived On is an ode to the ordinary ways we continue loving even as we are letting go.

In January 2003, Adrian Leon LeBlanc was 85 years old and the father of four. He was in the final stages of lung cancer and had just entered hospice care. He spent his days in his house in Leominster, Massachusetts, a working-class town near Boston, in the company of his family. During this time, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc regularly drove in from her home in New York City to visit her father. Each time she visited, Adrian Nicole taped her conversations with her father. She wanted to preserve a record of their relationship and capture her father's voice.

Adrian Leon LeBlanc had been a labor activist and World War II veteran; as such, he had always been outspoken on behalf of others' interests but was reluctant to talk about himself and his personal feelings. Still, he welcomed his daughter's recorder, believing that documenting the last months of his life might help other families who were going through similar experiences. The Ground We Lived On is a story of loving and losing a parent and the record of a father's final gift to his daughter: helping her to conceive of a world without him.