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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 181 (4-25)

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KUT's O’Dark 30 features the very best from the world of independent radio that we can find here on PRX and elsewhere. Sunday nights at 10 on Austin's KUT 90.5 we present 3 hours of a bit of everything from the big wide world of independent radio production.

Episode 181 (4-25) includes Sex Slave: A Survivor's Story...Four Seconds: Suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge...Polk Street Stories...The Bike Ride of '76...Bonjour Chanson Series 12 Episode 57...From KUT's Views and Brews Liner Notes--Dizzy Gillespie

Sex Slave: A Survivor's Story

From Documentary on One - RTE, Ireland | 41:46

Iris is a 32yr old woman with a difficult past - a number of years ago, she was tricked and trafficked into the enforced world of prostitution.


In late 2010, the Medical Missionaries of Mary in Ireland invited a young woman, named Iris, to Ireland to speak with students at DKIT (Dundalk Institute of Technology) - and tell them her story. During her time in Ireland, the 'Documentary on One' was granted exclusive access to record with Iris.

In 2004 Iris was a student going through a troubled part of her life. Like many others, to her human trafficking was something that she came across from time to time through a news piece or newspaper article. The idea of being kidnapped during a job interview and forced to work as a prostitute was something she only saw in Hollywood movies. However, this was about to become her nightmare reality when she was betrayed by a friend and coaxed to a false interview, where her kidnappers pounced.

This documentary tells the story of how Iris was befriended and betrayed by a woman she had shared intimate details of her life with. Unbeknown to Iris this woman was working for a criminal gang and when she met Iris at a vulnerable stage in her life she saw an opportunity. To her Iris was profit and with this in mind she built her trust before selling her into slavery.

For three days Iris was beaten and raped before being forced to take heroin and left in a darkened room. She vividly remembers her first clients coming to her and the reality that faced her hit her hard. Regularly forced to phone her mother and tell her lies so as not to arouse suspicion, Iris lived as a slave until the day she saw her chance to escape.

This documentary is Iris telling her story as her brother sits next to her, hearing the intimate details of her enforced prostitution for the first time. Iris bravely recalls how she was kidnapped and what daily life was then like, how she was moved from house to house, how she never had any contact with anyone else and how she eventually escaped and regained her freedom.

Site with more information (RTE does not endorse external sites):

APT - Act To Prevent Trafficking

Medical Missionaries of Mary

'Sex slave: A Survivor's Story' was produced by Brian Kenny.
Sound Supervision by Anton Timoney.
Production Supervision by Ronan Kelly.

First broadcast Saturday 29th January 2011.

Four Seconds: Suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge

From Jake Warga | 13:38

Search for meaning of a friends suicide.

Ggbridgesmall_small A portrait of a friend, and a personal struggle for meaning. Opens: "It takes four seconds after jumping off the Golden Gate bridge to hit the ocean 220 feet below. Four long seconds. Last October my friend Phil was riding his bicycle over the bridge. Around mid-span, he stopped, took off his helmet?and jumped to his death. One-one thousand. Two-one thousand. Three-one thousand. Four-one thousand... 8min version aired 11/28/05 "AllThingsConsidered" This is the 12min version--all things considered (13:10 with out music). 8min available, but not encouraged. Brother of Phil: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1061

Polk Street Stories

From Atlantic Public Media | Part of the The Transom Radio Specials series | 54:00

An oral history of the Polk Street neighborhood in San Francisco, as told by those who have called it home.

River_small Public Historian Joey Plaster spent over a year gathering more than 70 interviews from people experiencing Polk Street's transition from a working class queer neighborhood to an upscale entertainment district.  This hour contains stories from the alleys and bars, churches, shelters and clubs.  It is an oral history of a place invented by those who had no other home.  

As Joey says in his introduction:

"The Polk Street scene predates the modern gay rights movement. In some ways, it was a visible manifestation of the stereotypes the movement has worked to scrub clean over the past forty years: queer people as mentally ill, criminal, licentious, and doomed to lonely lives. Instead of repudiating this history, I wanted to embrace and learn from it.

"I came to San Francisco in part to figure out what it means to be queer – I came to what my uncle called the land of fruit and nuts. If the famous gay Castro neighborhood was scrubbed clean and glossy, I was always more attracted to its black sheep sister, the queer world of Polk Street. It was a whole world to itself, just about ten blocks of low rent hotels, bars and liquor stores, all sandwiched in between the gritty Tenderloin, City Hall, and the upscale Nob Hill. But by the time I got there, that scene was receding, and luxury condos and posh clubs were taking its place. People said gentrification was displacing the down and out folks who had long made Polk Street their home. Young queer activist groups held protests. Drag queens led take back the Polk marches. The press chimed in – some called it a death, some a renaissance.

"For me, it felt like an enormous loss. Like I was losing part of the history I’d come to San Francisco to claim, to become part of. I knew the Polk Street scene predated the Castro and the Stonewall riots, that it reached back to the origins of the early gay movement. But I found that its marginal history wasn’t written down and hadn’t been recorded. I feared it too would disappear with the neighborhood. In a way, I started to think about Polk Street as this parent I never knew, now elderly and dying. And it became an obsession to save its history – its collective wisdom and secrets -- before they were gone completely.

"Some of the stories were painful to hear. They’re from people who are often out of sight and forgotten. In this hour, you won’t hear a full history of the neighborhood, you’ll hear stories from the extremes, about the rewards and perils of the freedom Polk Street offered."

This Transom Radio Special is produced by Joey Plaster with Jay Allison and Transom.org at Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

The Bike Ride of '76

From Hugh Duncan | 27:45

Two young children and their dad try to bike across the country before the Fourth of July.

The_bike_ride_of_76_small Midway through his career, a college professor decided to act on his lifelong desire to take a grand adventure.  His plans became more complex when his two young children joined him.  While trying to meet a summer deadline, they discovered some interesting things about family, freedom and the Fourth of July.

Bonjour Chanson Series 12 Episode 57

From Charles Spira | Part of the Bonjour Chanson Series 12 series | 28:09

6 Francophone Artists are introduced with one of their songs to English speaking audiences. They will dazzle with their charisma.

Canal_de_la_robine_narbonne_small We'll introduce 6 delightful Francophone artists with one of their songs.  Their charisma transcends language and will pull you in.  Knowledge of French is not required.  Here is the lineup:
Cali, (France), Une Femme se Repose
Olivia Ruiz, (France), Le Calme et la Tempête
Roch Voisine, (Canada), Décembre
Nolwenn Leroy,(France), Juste pour me Souvenir
Mickael Miro,(France), Mon Père
Lili Cros & Thierry Gazelle,(France), A la Radio


Dizzy Gillespie

From KUT | Part of the KUTX Liner Notes series | 03:00

In this short feature Rabbi Neil Blumofe explores what Gillespie's legacy can teach us about the revolutionary aspect of humor, and how we can live in accordance with an authentic self, while understanding what masks we wear and what they may represent.

Dizzy Gillespie

Jb_modern_dizzy_1_mprx_small With his conception of harmonics and driving tempos, Dizzy Gillespie was an architect of the modern sound (bebop), daring others to reach for the stars, alongside him. His virtuosity and creativity helped to define a whole new approach to improvisation and self-expression, as his career spanned more than 50 years. An entertainer as well as an accomplished artist, Dizzy brought intelligence and wit to his playing – an example of confidently showcasing what is possible.