257: What I Should've Said

257: What I Should've Said

Jan 16, 2004
People return to the scene of the crime where they should have spoken clearly, plainly, forcefully...to review what the hell went wrong, and in a few cases, to fix it. Jonathan Goldstein tries to stop time. Charles Monroe tries to figure out how to teach a lesson to the President of the United States.
  • Host Ira Glass talks about trying to figure out what to say to his dying mom. He's sure that someday he'll wish he said something different than what he actually said. (5 minutes) DeathMothers

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  • Jonathan Goldstein, for once in his life, gets to suspend time itself. He gets to freeze the hands of time, and finally come up with the right thing to say in all sorts of situations. Jonathan's a contributing editor and author of the novel Lenny Bruce is Dead. (16 minutes)Mental HealthTravel

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  • The true story of a young activist, Charles Monroe-Kane (now a producer at WPR's To the Best of Our Knowledge), who, in his very first political action, heckled the leader of the free world...and failed horribly...leaving him mulling it over late at night, for years. (16 minutes) ActivismPolitics

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  • David Sedaris wishes he could take back a wish. He's the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and other books. (9 minutes)Food/Drinks/CookingLive PerformanceWriting

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  • The President of the Maryland State Senate, Mike Miller, a veteran political operator, talks about the off-the-cuff remark in 1989 that many people say changed his life forever. (7 minutes) DeathPolitics

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