238: Lost in Translation

238: Lost in Translation

May 30, 2003
Stories of what can and cannot be translated. A short, non-athletic, bespectacled East Asian studies major who couldn't make his high school basketball team finds himself in the NBA as the personal translator for the first-ever Chinese pro basketball superstar, Yao Ming. Plus, a Palestinian man teaches Hebrew classes in the Gaza strip to Palestinians eager to learn news from the other side of the checkpoint.
  • Host Ira Glass talks with producer Alex Blumberg about going on a date with a woman from Russia. Even though she spoke perfect English, the night was a misunderstanding, because they each had different ideas of what is meant by the words "good date." (7 minutes) Romance

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