Julie Snyder talks about a favorite passage from Sarah Vowell's story in episode 107: Trail of Tears:
Then she talks about Alex Blumberg's interview with Griffin Hansbury in episode 220: Testosterone:
Producer Robyn Semien talks about Ira's interview with Denise Moore, who was trapped in the New Orleans Convention Center after Hurricane Katrina. That interview was in episode 296: After the Flood:
Nancy Updike picked John Hodgman's story about trying to write a screenplay for a movie that already existed, from episode 232: The Real Story:
Then Sarah Koenig talks about Nancy's writing in episode 266: I’m from the Private Sector and I’m Here to Help, about military contractors in Iraq:
Sarah also talks about Josh Bearman's story about his mom and brother, from episode 334: Duty Calls:
And about Ira's interview with Tami Sagher in episode 314: It’s Never Over:(29 minutes)
Jul 12, 2013
To celebrate our 500th episode, Ira asked the producers of This American Life to talk about their very favorite moments on the show. Some chose stories that've been more or less forgotten for years; others chose just one line of script, or a segment that secretly made them cry. So for our 500th, we bring you the best of This American Life — the way we've been hearing it, behind the scenes, all these years.
Web extras: we commissioned nine illustrations from different artists to mark our 500th episode. We also posted this list of potential show names from a meeting in 1996. Here is Ira's interview with Buzzfeed, and the Favorite Favorites List. Use the player above to hear the 500th episode. Use the players below to hear the full versions of stories excerpted in the show.