13: Love

13: Love

Feb 7, 1996
Explorations of the dream of true love ... and the difficulties with achieving and maintaining that dream.
  • Host Ira Glass explores a self-help cassette tape that promises to bring the listener peace about being single. The only problem is that it achieves this by having you envision your perfect romantic partner. (13 minutes)

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  • Artist Julie Laffin talks about the inspiration for her "kissing projects." Jessica Yu's film Breathing Lessons is about Mark O'Brien, a man using an "iron lung." In this excerpt, Mark talks about the yearning he tries to quell through the use of sex surrogates. Poet Luis Rodriguez reads his poem "Waiting." Writer Doris Wilbur tells a story of wanting love. (20 minutes)

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  • Audio artist Gregory Whitehead weaves a story of sexual discovery. And This American Life producer Nancy Updike makes an odd discovery about condom use ... or the lack thereof. (15 minutes)

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  • Ira describes a wedding held in the dingy basement room of the City of Chicago's Marriage Court. (10 minutes)

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