259: Promised Land

259: Promised Land

Feb 20, 2004
For millennia, people have tried to reach a spiritual promised land by fasting. Jesus did it. The Buddha did it. Monks and saints and new age gurus have done it. And now, on the radio, This American Life contributor David Rakoff tries it. He does a 20-day fast, to find out if it brings him any form of enlightenment.
Also, contributor Starlee Kine tells a story about getting as close to one promised land as you possibly can, without actually going in.
  • Fans of movie musicals might know about something called the "I Wish" number. In many movies and Broadway shows, it's the main character's first song, in which they express the hope that will set the story in motion. Host Ira Glass explains it, and plays a few examples. (7 minutes) Film/Film MakingMusic

    Embed

    Copy and paste the HTML below to embed this story into your web page or blog.

    pixels
  • Contributor Starlee Kine tells a story about getting as close to one promised land—Disneyland—as you possibly can, without actually going in. (14 minutes) ChildhoodFilm/Film Making

    Embed

    Copy and paste the HTML below to embed this story into your web page or blog.

    pixels
  • For millennia, people have tried to reach a spiritual promised land by fasting. Jesus did it. The Buddha did it. Monks and saints and new age gurus have done it. And now, on the radio, This American Life contributor David Rakoff tries it. He does a 20-day fast, to find out if it brings him any form of enlightenment. (25 minutes)Food/Drinks/CookingReligion

    Embed

    Copy and paste the HTML below to embed this story into your web page or blog.

    pixels
  • Hillary Frank with a story of a train ride, an overheard conversation, and two people seeking two different promised lands. (7 minutes)TeenagersTravel

    Embed

    Copy and paste the HTML below to embed this story into your web page or blog.

    pixels

Embed

Copy and paste the HTML below to embed this episode into your web page or blog.

pixels