We're very excited to bring you an encore presentation of episode 181, because it's our first palindromic episode since way back in the days when we brought you episode 171. I don't even know how long ago that was, but it must've been a really long time ago. What do we got this week? Tons of stuff! We got Polk Street Stories from the fine folks at Transom.org, The Bike Ride of '76 from producer Hugh Duncan, Four Seconds: Suicide Off the Golden Gate Bridge from our pal Jake Warga, and lots of...
Tuesday Podcast 5/21/13
It's nothing but O'Dark Hall-of-Famers on today's podcast, so you're gonna love it. You're gonna love it so much you leave it on your iPod forever, and burn copies of it on cd to mail to your friends. That's the current technology, right? Batting leadoff today is Nate DiMeo with his show The Memory Palace, and the "Giants in Those Days" episode. In the two spot, it's our Brooklyn buddy Eric Winnick with Beyond the Rope: A Captivity's Aftermath. And in the three hole, we've got heavy hitter...
Friday Podcast 5/17/13
Hey, it's the weekend, almost! Time to get your relaxation on with a little podcast action. So pour yourself a nice cool glass of lemonade, settle into your hammock, and blast this 'cast into your earholes. We'll start off with a little "theater of the mind" from Joseph Dougherty and the fine folks at Handwritten Theatre. And if that's not enough for you, we'll bring you a new edition of KUT's own Views & Brews Remix from O'Dark alum Rebecca McInroy. It's a very compelling look at the...
Episode # 180
You know, around here at the O'Dark office complex, we get lots of phone calls and postcards with the same question: "Can you please, please, air the show twice in a row on Sundays, and then again at least once every night of the week?" Well, in a word, no. We asked our program director if we could dedicate 24 hours or more of airtime to O'Dark every week, and he was strangely reluctant. So we make do with the next best thing, which is to put the show up on the interwebs so you can listen to...
Tuesday Podcast 11/6/12
Well, here it is, election day already. Seems like we just started talking about the 2012 presidential election in 2009 or so, and then, bam, suddenly, after a few years, the big day is here! We here at O'Dark aren't part of KUT's fine newsroom, and we're not the observant or that bright, so we're only vaguely aware of what's going on. I know there's that one guy who's already president and he wants to be president again, or to keep presidenting, I guess. Then there's some other guy who's...
Friday Podcast 11/2/12
On Tuesday, we brought you a big, whopping, nearly-three-hour 'cast that kept to a theme (Halloween, our host's favoriteist of favorite themes). Having a through line that was not only consistent but timely felt weird to us, so we're going the other way today, with three pieces that have nothing in common whatsoever. First off, it's a new show called Fresh Talk. Or at least we think it's new. This is its first time on O'Dark, so it's new to us (and you), and that's all that really matters....
Tuesday Podcast 10/30/12
Holy mackerel! This is a whopper of a podcast, folks. In honor of our host's favorite holiday, we're bringing you the biggest podcast in O'Dark history. Instead of the typical, bite-size highlight version of the big show, we're just going to go ahead and bring you the whole darn thing (almost)! As you may or may not know, we're only allowed to podcast some of the material we use on O'Dark, because some producers have politely asked that we not make their material available for download....
Friday Podcast 10/26/12
Happy Friday, good people of the interwebs! We're enjoying the crisp fall winter around here, and we hope you are too. Today's podcast has nothing to do with the fall, and it's surprisingly ghost-free for a late October O'Dark event. So it's not spooky and ghoulish, but it is a darn fine podcast if we do say so ourselves. We're starting things off with a little something from O'Dark hall-of-famer Jake Warga, Namibia Road Trip. This little piece of audio goodness is about exactly what the...
Tuesday Podcast 10/23/12
We've got two pretty interesting pieces of radio for you and/or your ears today, as we do our best to provide you with the quality O'Dark programming you love even as the fall membership drive wages all around us. The big pod is surprisingly Halloween-free today, despite being cast in October. We're nothing if not mysterious around here. First up is Life Without Parole: The Case of Charles Lewis Jr., which looks at the sentencing of Lewis, who was found guilty of a murder committed when he...
Friday Podcast 10/19/12
With only twelve days to go before Halloween, O'Dark host Hawk Mendenhall is in full holiday mode. He's spending his days eating candy and trying on costumes in his office (his Spock outfit was pretty good except for the ears, but we didn't buy him as Wolverine at all). But despite that busy schedule, he's still found a few minutes here and there to work on the big big show, even if he does insist on filling it with Halloween content. That's why we're leading off the big 'cast with the...
Tuesday Podcast 10/16/12
Well, it's that time of year again. Membership drive time, when we ask you and folks like you to pitch in and send a little money down KUT way, in exchange for a coffee mug or something. We kicked off the fall drive a little earlier this morning, and even though we're all super busy this week, we still found time to put together a lovely little podcast for you. We'll start off with an award-winning piece from the fine folks at Radio Diaries. Teen Contender is the story of female teen boxer...
Tuesday Podcast 10/9/12
All right folks, you know and I know that Halloween is over three weeks away and that there's no real reason why we should be bringing you Halloween content on this podcast. But have you ever tried to explain to Hawk Mendenhall that there's an appropriate time for spooky stuff and that that appropriate time is not "every week of the year?" I have, and it did not go well. So it's Halloween time on the podcast! Put on your costume, grab a sack of fun size candy bars, and settle in for the...
Friday Podcast 10/5/12
Well, here it is, Friday. Almost the weekend, which is (if Loverboy is to be believed) what everybody's working for. I'm not one to question the wisdom of The Boys Who Love, so I'm going to trust their judgement on this one and assume that you and everyone like you is, in fact, working for the weekend. And also, by extension, that you want a little romance and are goin' off the deep end. And is there a better way to kick off said weekend than with a brand new O'Dark podcast? Almost...
Tuesday Podcast 10/2/12
Wow, is it October already? Seems like just a few days ago it was all warm and sunny and now here it is almost Columbus Day. The time, she does fly. And how better to celebrate the changing of the months than with a fancy new podcast? We'll start things off today with a fresh installment of one of our favorite new shows, Sounds Familiar. Each time out, producer Blake Cooper tackles a different aspect of pop culture, taking a look at a theme or trend that others might overlook. This time,...
Friday Podcast 9/28/12
The weather reports we've been seeing tell us that it's going to rain tonight and tomorrow, so you might want to plan ahead for a rainy weekend. Get a couple of dvds ready, stock up on snacks, and most importantly, download this podcast so you can listen to it over and over again for the next few days. We've got two pieces for you on today's 'cast, one from an O'Dark veteran and one from a new friend. We'll jump in the wayback machine to bring you the very first radio piece ever produced...
Tuesday Podcast 9/25/12
We've got a really great podcast cooking up for you guys today. To start things off, we've got a new episode of The Plan from the Hearing Voices folks. This one's all about Elvis (Presley, not Costello), and it's a cool and interesting take on the King of Rock. It's a hunk o' hunk o' burning public radio. And then it's the new edition of How Sound, the show that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the radio production world. This show is always interesting, but today's episode is a...
Friday Podcast 9/21/12
Happy September 21, loyal podcast fans! Did you know that today's the 75th anniversary of the publishing J.R.R. Tokien's The Hobbit? I learned that recently, when I looked up "September 21" on wikipedia searching for something to write about in this space. I've never read The Hobbit, but when I was a kid I loved the Rankin/Bass cartoon version; if the book is half as good as that cartoon, it must be pretty good. And how about this for a segue into the podcast: today's 'cast is actually...
Tuesday Podcast 9/18/12
Hello, our interweb friends. We've gathered you all here to today for one very important reason: to bring you a new podcast. Of course, that happens every Tuesday and Friday except when we forget, so that's not really surprising or earth-shattering news. Still, it's free audio for your ears, so that's pretty cool, right? Right. We're gonna start things off with a really nice but kind of heartbreaking piece from producer Jane O'Connor. Get your hankies ready for Groundhog and Mirror. Then...
Friday Podcast 9/14/12
If there's one phrase that comes up more than any other when our listeners or KUT management talk about O'Dark, it's "series in decline." So when we saw that episode six of the show Sounds Familiar used that exact phrase as its title, we had to take a listen. And believe it or not, they don't mention O'Dark even once! We're kind of relieved but also kind of disappointed to be left out. It's a complicated feeling. But even though they don't mention us at all, it's still a great and compelling...
Tuesday Podcast 9/11/12
We're starting off today's podcast with Visiting Ground Zero, 2001 from producer Jake Warga. Jake's an old friend of the show, and he's produced lots of great stuff over the years. We brought you this moving piece about a year ago on the big show, and it seems appropriate to bring it back again for today's podcast. Then we'll move on to a couple of more recent pieces. Up second on today's show is Couscous and Cultural Diplomacy from producer Andrea Wenzel, a great bit of audio from WAMU...
Friday Podcast 9/7/12
Have we ever mentioned how much we enjoy Al Letson and his show State of the ReUnion? Probably so, but we're gonna do it again. State of the ReUnion is a cool show that examines a different place every week, always finding surprising and fascinating stories along the way. This week, we're bringing you their new episode "Wyoming: The New Old West." Great stuff. And that's not all! We're also bringing you an installment of a podcast we've just discovered called Random Tape. To further the...
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