Sudan Stories: The Story of M – Sell a Kidney or Make Bombs

M is a Sudanese activist living in Cairo. As a young man in Sudan M was kidnapped, forced to join the military, and punished for refusing to learn bomb-making tactics. Years later M was released and built a life in Sudan. Yet he was seized again and tortured by the government. He bribed his way to freedom, sold his house, and fled to Cairo. Now he’s running out of money. M faces a choice between selling a kidney and becoming a suicide bomber.

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Pipe Dreams | Digital Flotsam

Pipe Dreams | Digital Flotsam

Consummate storyteller PW Fenton nostalgically rewinds to the sex, drugs, and rocknroll of his youth in the 1960s. Or, at least the sex and rocknroll…

“Pipe Dreams is the true story of a breakthrough of sorts in my early efforts to get “high” on marijuana. It’s the story of failure and success and failure.

The picture you see above was taken of me at the very time this episode takes place. In fact…. the door you see behind me (yes that’s me) belongs to our friend Peter, mentioned in the show.”

There was some great music in this episode. Roughly in order of first appearance:

“Digital Flotsam Theme” by 3 Blind Mice
“I Wish I Was Stoned” by Stoat
“Rinel Rilke” by Santare
“Boody Call” by Antonin Bastian
“Aguamala” by Carne Cruda
“What! Not Anther Greasy Spoon” by Hank Marr
Movie clip from obscure late 30s movie.
“Sly Bone” by Larry Seyer
“Too Stoned” by The Undercover Hippy
Tiny excerpt from “In C” by Terry Riley

Learn more about PW Fenton.

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Audio Enclosure

‘Dagon’ by H.P. Lovecraft

‘Dagon’ explores the early foundations of H.P. Lovecraft’s notorious ‘Cthulhu Mythos’. with another episode in KoPoint’s H.P. Lovecraft short stories. Read by friend of anthropologist and KoPoint, Quentin Lewis

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Happy Halloween!

“Dagon is an early Lovecraft story, where he’s feelling out the Cthulhu Mythos, but hasn’t quite articulated it out yet. It’s also a nice companion piece to last week’s “The Temple”. Both are last testaments of dying men, and both have WWI naval combat as the central plot device, and both rely on the ocean and it’s mysteries for their crowning horror.

It also has some of the great literary tics that Lovecraft would become known for—particularly the suicide note feverishly scrawled and cut off in the last sentance. This has been parodied many times, but perhaps not so well as Patton Oswalt’s Onion AV Club review of KFC’s Famous Bowl.

Have a great Halloween!”