Radio Archive by Tag

Mothers

  • How Do You Slow This Thing Down. (Podcast Only)

    528: The Radio Drama Episode 06.20.2014

    Joshuah Bearman tells a story that’s a sequel to his memorable episode about his mother and ...FamilyLive PerformanceMothers

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  • Let's See How Fast This Baby Will Go.

    494: Hit the Road 05.03.2013

    Gloria Harrison was pregnant and in labor when she decided that the thing she needed to do ...AdoptionAutomobilesBirth

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  • The Motherhood of the Traveling Pants.

    475: Send a Message 09.28.2012

    For generations, the gender of babies born into one family have all been determined in advance. ...FamilyMothers

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  • Not My First Time at the Rodeo.

    475: Send a Message 09.28.2012

    A man has a very clear vision of how he always stood up to his father, protected his mother and ...FamilyFathersMothers

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  • Prologue.

    447: The Incredible Case of the P.I. Moms 09.23.2011

    Ira explains how a man named Chris Butler created a private detective agency where the ...CrimeMothers

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  • A Pretty Dame Walks In.

    447: The Incredible Case of the P.I. Moms 09.23.2011

    Joshuah Bearman tells the story of Pete's ridealong with the PI Moms, and how strange things ...CrimeDrugsJournalism

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  • Occupancy May Be Revoked Without Notice.

    433: Fine Print 2011 04.15.2011

    David Rakoff tells the story of a contract between a son and his visiting mother. David Rakoff ...BusinessHousingMothers

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  • Blood Brothers.

    431: See No Evil 04.01.2011

    When he was a kid, Josh Martin's mother Nancy told him that if anything ever happened to her, ...Criminal JusticeMothersMurder

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  • Jesus Has Prison.

    422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    Wyatt Cenac tells this story about spreading Christmas cheer in Texas. Wyatt is a correspondent ...HolidaysLive PerformanceMothers

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  • The Fight Before Christmas.

    422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    Stand-up comedian Julian McCullough tells this story about heading to someone else's home for ...FunnyHolidaysLive Performance

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  • Prologue.

    401: Parent Trap 02.19.2010

    When Dave Hill was in his late 20s and still basically living at home, he hung out with his mom ...MothersReligion

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  • Letter Day Saint.

    401: Parent Trap 02.19.2010

    Rebecca was 16 years old when her mother Elizabeth died of cancer. But before she died, she ...CancerDeathFathers

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  • Lisa's Mom's Story.

    400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    Funny Funerals. (11 minutes.) DeathFunnyMothers

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  • Alissa's Mom And Sarah's Mom.

    400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    Two short ideas that didn't work out so well as full stories. (3 minutes.) Web bonus: all ...ChildrenFunnyMothers

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  • Nostra-mom-us.

    397: 2010 01.01.2010

    When it comes to predictions, Etgar Keret only trusts one person in his family: His mom. She's ...FamilyMothers

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  • Occupancy May Be Revoked Without Notice.

    386: Fine Print 07.24.2009

    David Rakoff tells the story of a contract between a son and his visiting mother. David Rakoff ...FamilyFictionFunny

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  • Prisoner Of The Heart.

    364: Going Big 09.26.2008

    Writer Doug McGray tells the story of a daughter who wanted to be closer to her mom, and went to ...FamilyMothersMurder

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  • Prologue.

    357: The Truth Will Out 06.13.2008

    Host Ira Glass talks with a high school senior about the lies she tells her mom, and if she'll ...MothersTeenagers

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  • The Man Who Came To Dinner.

    346: Home Alone 12.21.2007

    When she was in kindergarten, Jennifer, along with her brother and mother, was held hostage by ...CrimeMothers

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  • The Good Son.

    342: How to Rest in Peace 11.02.2007

    A story about a mother who wants to commit suicide and a son who dutifully helps her do it—even ...DeathMothers

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  • Commandment Nine. You Shall Not Bear False Witness.

    332: The Ten Commandments 05.04.2007

    Chaya Lipschutz wanted to donate one of her kidneys to a stranger. But to save a stranger's ...Health Care/MedicineMothers

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  • Prologue.

    313: Parental Guidance Suggested 05.19.2006

    We play excerpts from the documentary film Troop 1500. In the film, girl scouts from an Austin, ...Criminal JusticeFilm/Film MakingMothers

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  • Two Possibilities, Both Bad.

    313: Parental Guidance Suggested 05.19.2006

    When Gene Cheek was ten years old, his mother began dating a black man. It was 1961, in North ...DivorceFamilyMothers

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  • Mother Of Invention.

    311: A Better Mousetrap 04.14.2006

    Karen Sosnoski's one-year-old son, Anton, was born with what's known as Mosaic Down Syndrome, a ...ChildrenEducationHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Function Of The Heart.

    306: Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time 01.13.2006

    When Elspeth was a girl, she wanted nothing more than her father's attention. He was busy, a ...ChildhoodFathersMothers

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  • Small Fish, Smaller Pond.

    295: Not What I Signed Up For 08.26.2005

    Nick Hornby's new story about a country so tiny, it's just a field, a few houses, a shop, and a ...ChildrenFictionMothers

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  • Thinking Inside The Box.

    283: Remember Me 02.25.2005

    David Wilcox tells the story of how his mother, who was dying of lung cancer, made a short ...MothersTelevision

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  • Life With The Haters.

    278: Spies Like Us 11.19.2004

    Writer Beth Lisick decides to try a new strategy to get her infant to sleep better, and buys a ...ChildrenMothers

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  • Mommie's Psychic Helper.

    264: Special Treatment 05.07.2004

    When Aimee Phan and her brother were babies, her mother had horoscopes predicting their futures ...Motherssiblings

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  • Prologue.

    257: What I Should've Said 01.16.2004

    Host Ira Glass talks about trying to figure out what to say to his dying mom. He's sure that ...DeathMothers

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  • Make A Joyous Noise Unto Your Mom.

    255: This American's Life's Holiday Gift-Giving Guide 12.19.2003

    Ian Brown tries, after decades of failure, to give his mother the perfect Christmas gift. He and ...HolidaysMothersMusic

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  • Scrapbook, The Verb.

    243: Later That Same Day 07.25.2003

    A Houston woman tries to document every day of her four-year-old daughter's life...in ...FamilyMothers

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  • No Receipt, No Surrender.

    222: Suckers 09.27.2002

    Jen's mom Sheila does things like this: She buys a brand name at a discount store, and then ...MothersPersonal FinanceRetail/Commerce

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  • Mother Sucker.

    222: Suckers 09.27.2002

    Writer Heather O'Neill tells the story of how she became a foster mother at 18—to a 16 year-old. ...MothersTeenagers

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  • Learning To Shut Up.

    220: Testosterone 08.30.2002

    Novelist Miriam Toews, author of The X Letters (which appeared in an earlier episode of the ...MotherssiblingsTeenagers

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  • Psychic Buddha, Qu'est-ce Que C'est.

    212: The Other Man 05.10.2002

    The story of what happens to an average American family, when a perfectly normal, rational and ...Mental HealthMothersReligion

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  • Act One.

    209: Didn't Ask to Be Born 03.29.2002

    The chronicle of a family that unravelled. Debra Gwartney loved her two oldest daughters like ...DivorceFamilyMothers

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  • Black Hole Son.

    207: Special Ed 03.08.2002

    We hear from a mother and her son. By age seven, he'd had heart failure and been diagnosed as ...Health Care/MedicineMothers

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  • Buddy Picture.

    203: Recordings for Someone 01.11.2002

    Producer Jonathan Goldstein with a story about friendship, mothers and sons, and what some have ...FriendshipFunnyMothers

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  • A Bad Day For Plates.

    197: Before It Had A Name 10.26.2001

    The story about what happens when you discover the medical reason your mother was such a bad ...ChildhoodFamilyMental Health

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  • The Disappearance.

    193: Stories of Loss 09.14.2001

    Genevieve Jurgensen and her husband Laurent lost their two daughters—Elise and Mathilde—at the ...ChildrenDeathMothers

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  • One Brain Shrinks, Another Brain Grows.

    188: Kid Logic 06.22.2001

    Julie Hill with a story about her six-year-old son, and how he tries to make sense of his ...ChildrenFamilyFathers

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  • Prologue.

    183: The Missing Parents Bureau 04.20.2001

    Host Ira Glass talks with Cate, a white woman with a black, adopted, seven-year-old son, Glen. ...AdoptionChildrenMothers

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  • Case Two. Tell It To The Void.

    183: The Missing Parents Bureau 04.20.2001

    We hear a series of letters that originally appeared on the brief-lived, little-known, but ...ChildrenDivorceFathers

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  • Once More, With Feeling.

    180: Return to Childhood 03.23.2001

    Jonathan Katz listens to old tapes of his family; then travels back to the neighborhood in ...ChildhoodFamilyHousing

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  • Yes There Is A Baby.

    175: Babysitting 01.05.2001

    Myron Jones and his sister Carol Bove explain what happened when they were teenagers, and they ...ChildrenMental HealthMothers

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  • One And One Don't Make Two.

    167: Memo to the People of the Future 09.08.2000

    What if you're remembered in ways that you don't like? What if you're remembered for something ...ChildrenFamilyHistory

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  • Prologue.

    159: Mother's Day 05.12.2000

    Tillie Olsen reads from her short story "I Stand Here Ironing," from her collection Tell Me A ...FictionMothersParenting

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  • She Said, She Said.

    159: Mother's Day 05.12.2000

    Producer Alex Blumberg conducts an investigation, perhaps the first ever, into this American ...ChildrenFamilyMothers

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  • Are You My Mommy?

    159: Mother's Day 05.12.2000

    When Jessica Robinson was sent to adult prison at the age of 14, the state did such a terrible ...CrimeCriminal JusticeLegal System

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  • Mom Music.

    159: Mother's Day 05.12.2000

    Beau O'Reilly and his mother Winifred, who had 14 children, discuss her secret feelings about ...ChildrenHolidaysMothers

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  • Househusband At 12.

    150: Kids As Adults 01.21.2000

    When Anh Tuan Hoang was 12 and living in Vietnam back in 1980, his cousin was scheming up a way ...BoatsChildhoodMothers

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  • Prologue.

    142: Barbara 10.15.1999

    Host Ira Glass describes the moment when black single mothers became a national political ...HistoryMothersPolitics

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  • Act One.

    142: Barbara 10.15.1999

    Barbara Clinkscales grew up in Chicago's public housing projects, had her first child when she ...ChildrenEducationFamily

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  • Act Two.

    142: Barbara 10.15.1999

    Barbara's story continues, as she hears some terrible news about her son. (18 minutes)ChildrenMothersParenting

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  • Brothers Of Different Mothers.

    130: Away From Home 05.21.1999

    In this act we hear two stories of people who stumbled upon a place where they instantly and ...AdoptionChildhoodFamily

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  • Sleepless In Seattle.

    129: Advice 05.14.1999

    What if you asked people for advice and actually took all the advice that everyone gave you? As ...ChildhoodFood/Drinks/CookingFunny

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  • Advise And Consent.

    129: Advice 05.14.1999

    Host Ira Glass talks with his mom—a clinical psychologist—about why people seem to rarely take ...FunnyJournalismLive Performance

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  • Mother's Day.

    119: Lockup 01.08.1999

    As the number of female prisoners climbs, visiting rooms are packed on Mother's Day. Eighty ...Criminal JusticeHolidaysMothers

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  • American Goth.

    118: What You Lookin' At? 12.18.1998

    There are the people who take two hours to get dressed every day, who dress primarily to be ...ChildhoodFunnyLive Performance

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  • Breakfast.

    117: You Gonna Eat That? 12.11.1998

    A story by Jay Allison and Annie Cheney, from Jay's Life Stories series. Annie tells a story of ...ChildhoodFamilyFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Prologue.

    102: Road Trip! 05.22.1998

    Host Ira Glass talks with a guy who hit the road after his mother's death, hoping for some ...AutomobilesDeathMothers

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  • Destiny.

    89: Sibling Rivalry 01.09.1998

    Deb Monroe's two daughters as they fight. (6 minutes)MothersParentingParents

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  • Prologue.

    82: Haunted 10.31.1997

    Ira reads an excerpt from James Ellroy's memoir My Dark Places. (4 minutes)CrimeMothersMurder

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  • Ashes.

    82: Haunted 10.31.1997

    David Sedaris, on his mother's lung cancer. (11 minutes)CancerFamilyHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue. Commune Dream House.

    69: Dream House 07.18.1997

    Host Ira Glass talks to Amanda, who's 16 and lives with her mom in a Christian commune in ...FamilyHousingMothers

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  • Prologue.

    64: Summer 05.23.1997

    Julie throws up. (6 minutes)AutomobilesChildhoodFamily

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  • Men My Mother Dated.

    53: Valentine's Day '97 02.07.1997

    Brett Leveridge reads from his column for Might magazine, which he turned into the book Men My ...MothersParentsRomance

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  • Negress.

    53: Valentine's Day '97 02.07.1997

    Hilton Als reads an excerpt from his book The Women. (12 minutes)ChildhoodFamilyMothers

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  • Scientists in a Haunted House.

    39: Halloween 10.25.1996

    An excerpt from Your Radio is Haunted. (6 minutes)ChildrenFamilyHousing

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  • Discovering Evil

    39: Halloween 10.25.1996

    Julie Showalter, on a costume she wore as a kid. (11 minutes)ChildhoodEducationFamily

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  • Act One.

    28: Detectives 07.12.1996

    Writer David Sedaris remembers the days his mother and sister played armchair detective, and the ...ChildhoodCrimeFamily

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  • Prologue.

    22: Adult Children 05.03.1996

    Ira's mom is invited to speak to a group of Jewish mothers who only discuss one topic: their ...MothersParents

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  • Me and My Mom

    22: Adult Children 05.03.1996

    Ira continues the story about his conversation with his mom. Then he calls her up on the air ...MothersParentssiblings

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  • Berrien Springs, Michigan, Circa 1967.

    14: Accidental Documentaries 02.21.1996

    A Midwestern family records a "letter on tape" to their son, who is in medical school in ...ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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  • Act Three.

    10: Double Lives 01.17.1996

    Sketches from the neo-futurists on the subject of double lives. Then, host Ira Glass discovers ...FunnyMothersParenting

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  • Act One.

    5: Anger and Forgiveness 12.15.1995

    Former Harpers magazine editor and TAL contributor Jack Hitt wrote an editorial about Susan ...ChildrenCrimeJournalism

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  • Act One.

    4: Vacations 12.08.1995

    Writer/singer/performer Sandra Tsing Loh reads a story about a family vacation arranged by her ...ChildhoodFamilyMothers

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  • Act Two.

    1: New Beginnings 11.17.1995

    Ira calls his parents Shirley Glass and Barry Glass in Baltimore to ask them for advice about ...FathersMothersParents

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