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August 10, 2007


[Burlesque Story] Dolly Diamonds

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Tracey Oliveto works from her home in Carrboro, N.C., where temperatures this week have topped 100 degrees. Tracey grew up in Minnesota, so she's used to dealing with difficult weather conditions, but this summer has been a particular challenge: Tracey vowed not to use her air conditioner for the entire summer to reduce her carbon footprint. Tracey talks with guest host Aaron Henkin about how she is staying cool - and whether or not she is keeping her promise.

Guest host Aaron Henkin also checks in with Richard Adkins, who works as a TV news photographer in North Carolina. In the summer months, not only does Richard have to lug around 75 pounds of equipment, he also has to do it in extreme heat. But that's never kept him from covering a story.

The Flip Side Of Burlesque

The word "burlesque" means "in an upside down style" - something that turns social conventions on their head.

The nearly extinct art form is seeing a revival - a campy and retro style known as neo-burlesque. But it's not just in nightclubs. Health clubs now offer pole dancing classes. There's a recent revival of Gypsy on Broadway, and the Independent Film Channel has a documentary series about sex in the movies hosted by burlesque icon Dita Von Teese.

Angel Walker, also known as "Satan's Angel", is a burlesque queen who has been performing since the early 1960s. She has seen the good and the bad of life on the road across the United States and around the world.  And as time has passed, she's seen old style burlesque turn into just plain stripping. 

Angel teases, she says, but she never just 'strips.' She talks with guest host Aaron Henkin about her legacy and what she defends as her art. Angel also introduces her newest protégé, Dolly Diamonds, who performed for the first time on Saturday night. 


Too Darn Hot by Cole Porter; Burlesque Uncensored; You Gotta Have a Gimmick (From Gypsy) by Faith Dane

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