241: 20 Acts in 60 Minutes

241: 20 Acts in 60 Minutes

Jul 11, 2003
Instead of the usual "each week we choose a theme, and bring you 3 or 4 stories on that theme" business, we throw all that away and bring you 20 stories—yes, 20—in 60 minutes.

Inspiration for this week's show came from the Neo-Futurists, whose long-running Chicago show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind promises 30 Plays in 60 Minutes every single weekend.

  • Contributor Starlee Kine talks to actor Tate Donovan about the day he felt he was being exactly the kind of celebrity he'd wanted to be: when suddenly, he was approached by a kid with a camera.

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  • Writer and producer Scott Carrier recognizes a woman he sees in a restaurant.

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  • Susan Drury talks about "Swap and Shop," a local radio classifieds show that has become a low-tech, personable sort of Ebay.

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  • From Patty Martin: a one minute, four second vacation on Nantucket Island, involving a lot of waving.

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  • From Vicki Merrick, Eric Kipp, and Jay Allison at Transom: scallops on Martha's Vineyard.

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  • From Blunt Youth Radio: a story of a possibly bad "food situation" at the cafeteria in juvenile detention.

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  • Jonathan Goldstein, host of Wiretap, brings us this story about The Penguin as a young man.

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  • Two brothers, ages 12 and 13, have very different ideas for their dog's name.

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  • Elaine Boehm overhears a couple in her pet shop, trying to choose a dog collar.

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  • A two minute play written and performed by the Chicago group, The Neo-Futurists.

    Statement. Statement. Statement. Question? Aggressive childish insult!

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  • Author David Sedaris on cell phone usage in restrooms.

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  • Brent Runyon reports from the kids' section at the public library.

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  • Catherine and John, two college undergrads, do a babysitting gig together. After the kids are asleep and the two of them get hungry, John doesn't think they should eat any of the food in the house; they settle on a compromise.

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  • Mystery and missing flavor at the hot dog plant.

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  • Author David Rakoff worked at an advertising agency, and could see exactly where its technology was going.

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  • Someone sits next to the printer. You see him forty times a day. What's his name? What does he do?

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  • Richard Kerry has an impressive ability: he can recreate the sound of a whole swamp.

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  • Author Chuck Klosterman and his friends make a party game out of comparing television shows to rock bands. They call it "Monkees Equals Monkees."

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  • Every year 1,200 new army cadets arrive at West Point. Once they say a single sentence correctly, they can go to their barracks. But not until then. David Lipsky reports. He's the author of Absolutely American.

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  • Teenage girls from a detention center perform a song for their parents.

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