Sep 24, 2010
Crybabies are annoying. They whine, they complain, sometimes they ruin it for the rest of us. But being a crybaby can be a really effective tactic. We have stories of crybabies in sports, in politics, on Wall Street, on the streets of California, including a new story by David Sedaris.
Correction: In the original broadcast of this episode, Adam Davidson incorrectly stated that Stephen Schwarzman’s company, the Blackstone Group, benefited from Treasury Department contracts related to the bailout of Wall Street. They did not. Blackstone did directly benefit from the bailout in several ways — including a $107 million commitment to a bank they own, BankUnited. The audio and transcript have edited with this correction. We regret the error.
- Ira with This American Life producer Alex Blumberg, about a kind of institutionalized crybabying in pro basketball called "the flop." Alex started to wonder if the story basketball fans tell themselves about the origins of the flop is true, and turned to Tommy Craggs at the sports blog Deadspin.com. (11 minutes)