174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones

174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones

Dec 29, 2000
Birthdays, anniversaries, and milestones of all sorts...and how they mean something whether we want them to or not. A live show taped for our fifth anniversary, back in 2000, when we went on the road to Boston, New York, Chicago, and L.A. Featuring house band OK Go.
A co-production with public radio stations WBUR, WNYC, WBEZ, and KCRW.
  • We hear the story of a disastrous birthday party and how it's hard not to see these kinds of moments as symbolic of something bad. (5 minutes) ChildhoodChildrenFriendshipFunnyHolidaysLive Performance

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  • Regular TAL contributor Sarah Vowell takes over the family Thanksgiving dinner by bringing everyone to New York. What results is a series of milestones and family firsts. Everyone in the family is the kind of person who prefers to be alone, so the very thing that binds them together as a family actually makes it hard for them to spend time together. (14 minutes)FamilyFunnyHolidaysLive PerformanceParentsTravel

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  • The story of Tyler Cassity and how he's trying to remake one of our oldest rituals of commemoration.

    Tyler is one of the owners of a cemetery called Hollywood Forever, and he's been introducing 20th-Century technology to American funerals, which haven't changed much since the Civil War. At Hollywood Forever, the cost of a burial includes a video of your life: to be shown at your funeral, to be viewable at kiosks on the cemetery grounds, and to be posted—for eternity—on the Internet. (16 minutes)

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  • Long-time Fresh Air host Terry Gross offers her congratulations... and some words of wisdom to This American Life to help commemorate the show's fifth anniversary. (2 minutes)

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  • On a commemorative day, it can be hard to feel a real sense of the past and of how time has moved forward. Russell Banks has a story demonstrating what it might take to do just that. He reads "The Moor," from his collection of short fiction The Angel on the Roof. (19 minutes)FictionHolidaysLive PerformanceRomanceTheater

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Host Ira Glass.

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