56: Name Change

56: Name Change

Mar 7, 1997
Stories of people changing their name — some to create a new identity, some to con people. Name changes are particularly American stories: they're the dream of starting over with a clean slate. They're Ellis Island and 12-step programs, the move westward and self help, Marilyn Monroe and Malcolm X and the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, all rolled up in one.
  • Ira Glass's grandmother. (2 minutes)FamilyHealth Care/Medicine

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  • A story by Margy Rochlin. (7 minutes)Legal System

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  • A 17 year old tricks an entire resort town into believing he is someone he is not. By Jack Hitt and Christopher Cerf. (17 minutes)FriendshipFunnyLiteratureTeenagers

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  • Dishwasher Pete on Letterman. (17 minutes)FriendshipLiteratureTelevision

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  • How a guy named Tom became Camden Joy — and what he gained and what he lost. With Sarah Vowell. (13 minutes)Jobs/EmploymentJournalismMusicWriting

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Illustration by Chris Ware

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