Radio Archive by Tag

Music

  • Start Me Up.

    518: Except For That One Thing 02.14.2014

    Comedian Tig Notaro tells an audience at the club Largo in Los Angeles about the day she tried ...Music

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  • Do You Hear What I Hear?

    516: Stuck In The Middle 01.17.2014

    Sara Corbett's father-in-law Dick is 81. And he's become obsessed with a limbo most of us hate – ...MusicTelephone

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  • Why Do You Have to Go and Make Things So Complicated?

    467: Americans in China 06.22.2012

    There are about seventy thousand Americans living in mainland China today, according to the ...GovernmentJournalismMusic

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  • Groundhog Dayne.

    464: Invisible Made Visible 05.18.2012

    Famous people are supposed to be somewhere else, invisible to us. Comedian Tig Notaro tells ...FunnyLive PerformanceMusic

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  • Prologue.

    457: What I Did For Love 02.10.2012

    Host Ira Glass speaks with musician Kristy Kruger about the unique way she dealt with a recent ...HeartbreakMusicPranks

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  • Do You Hear What I Hear?

    446: Living Without (2011) 09.16.2011

    Nubar Alexanian was forced to give up one thing—and then gave up another thing by choice. This ...ChildrenFathersHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    433: Fine Print 2011 04.15.2011

    Host Ira Glass talks about the infamous line in the band Van Halen's contract insisting that the ...BusinessMusic

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  • The Best Christmas Song Ever, By Dave Hill.

    422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    We end our program with an original song by comedian Dave Hill. Dave is backed up on guitar by ...HolidaysLive PerformanceMusic

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  • Coffee County and Bacon County.

    413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    Producer Jane Feltes speaks with Adam Vickers, one of the owners of Vickers Music in the town of ...BusinessMusic

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  • Eat My Shorts.

    405: Inside Job 04.09.2010

    A hedge fund named Magnetar comes up with an elaborate plan to make money. It sponsors the ...EconomicsHousingMusic

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  • Nancy's Dad's Story.

    400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    The Erie Canal. (6 minutes.) Web bonus: Click here to download the song that Nancy and Dave sing.FathersHistoryMusic

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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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  • Prologue.

    386: Fine Print 07.24.2009

    Host Ira Glass talks about the infamous line in the band Van Halen's contract insisting that the ...BusinessMusic

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  • Return To The Scene Of The Scene.

    379: Return To The Scene Of The Crime 05.01.2009

    Ira invites Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon to perform a song from his Dr. ...Film/Film MakingFunnyLive Performance

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  • It’s Not Over Til The Fat Man Sings.

    374: Somewhere Out There 02.13.2009

    When Eric Hayot was 23, he went on an exchange program to China one summer. He took an opera ...MusicRomanceTheater

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  • Prologue.

    369: Poultry Slam 2008 11.28.2008

    Host Ira Glass point out that it's not enough this time of year that we eat millions of turkeys. ...AnimalsMusic

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  • Lonely Hearts Club Band...Of One.

    364: Going Big 09.26.2008

    Musician David Berkeley has gotten a lot of requests in his life, but none quite like the offer ...MusicRomance

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  • Punk In A Grey Flannel Suit.

    351: Return to Childhood 2008 03.07.2008

    A mortgage broker named David Philp discovers that his old punk band from the 1970s is hot in ...MusicTeenagers

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  • Chicken Diva.

    343: Poultry Slam 2007 11.23.2007

    Yet another testimony to the power chickens have over our hearts and minds. Contributing editor ...AnimalsMusicTheater

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  • Dr. Phil.

    339: Break-Up 08.24.2007

    In the wake of a break-up, writer Starlee Kine finds so much comfort in break-up songs that she ...DivorceMusicRomance

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  • Turkeys In Pilgrim Clothing.

    328: What I Learned from Television 03.16.2007

    Sarah Vowell examines what happens when TV takes on a subject it really has no business ...FunnyLive PerformanceMusic

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  • Radio On The Tv.

    328: What I Learned from Television 03.16.2007

    Ira says a few words about what he learned from working on a television show himself and about ...EducationFunnyLive Performance

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  • Prologue.

    316: The Cat Came Back 08.18.2006

    Host Ira Glass talks with producer Alex Blumberg and his parents about a bad dog they once had, ...AnimalsFunnyMusic

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  • Christmas At Valley Forge.

    305: The This American Life Holiday Spectacular 12.23.2005

    A brand new Christmas carol gets its world premiere: A song about both Christmas and American ...FunnyHistoryHolidays

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  • Dewey Decibel System.

    294: Image Makers 08.05.2005

    Alex Blumberg tells the story of an audacious act of rebranding done by a group of people who ...Advertising/MarketingMusicTeenagers

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  • Prologue.

    291: Reunited (And It Feels So Good) 07.01.2005

    Host Ira Glass talks about some truths contained in the 1970s hit "Reunited" by Peaches and ...Music

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  • The Spy Who Loved Everyone.

    286: Mind Games 04.08.2005

    A group called Improv Everywhere decides that an unknown band, Ghosts of Pasha, playing their ...Live PerformanceMusic

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  • I Am Curious, Jello.

    285: Know Your Enemy 03.25.2005

    About 20 years ago, a Los Angeles prosecutor named Michael Guarino thought he'd make a name for ...Legal SystemMusic

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  • Marine Life.

    280: In Country 01.07.2005

    Rob Miller is a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps commanding a weapons platoon in "Charlie ...IraqMilitaryMusic

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  • Crunk In The Trunk.

    279: Auto Show 12.10.2004

    David Segal of the Washington Post investigates the competitive world of db drag racing ("db" ...AutomobilesMusic

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  • That's Funny, You Don't Look Jewish.

    268: My Experimental Phase 06.25.2004

    Chaim and Billy both lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just blocks away from each other, in ...MusicReligion

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  • Prologue.

    259: Promised Land 02.20.2004

    Fans of movie musicals might know about something called the "I Wish" number. In many movies and ...Film/Film MakingMusic

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  • Do You Hear What I Hear?

    256: Living Without 01.09.2004

    Nubar Alexanian was forced to give up one thing—and then gave up another thing by choice. This ...Mental HealthMusic

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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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  • Chicken Diva.

    252: Poultry Slam 2003 11.28.2003

    Yet another testimony to the power chickens have over our hearts and minds. Jack Hitt reports on ...AnimalsMusicTheater

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  • Prologue.

    247: What Is This Thing? 09.19.2003

    We hear Billie Holliday, Keely Smith and Leo Reisman (with Anita Boyer) asking the musical ...DivorceMarriageMusic

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  • A Love Story.

    247: What Is This Thing? 09.19.2003

    Sarah Vowell tells "The Greatest Love Story of the 20th Century," Johnny Cash and June Carter ...MusicRomance

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  • Teacher Hit Me With A Ruler.

    239: Lost in America 06.06.2003

    Sarah Vowell tells the lost story behind a patriotic song, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." ...HistoryLive PerformanceMusic

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  • The Chasm Between Comedy And Music.

    238: Lost in Translation 05.30.2003

    Why is it that karaoke machines only have songs on them? If what they do is take a version of a ...Live PerformanceMusic

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  • Musicians Classifieds.

    223: Classifieds 10.11.2002

    Sometimes in the classified ads one person will be seeking something that another person will ...Music

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  • Prologue.

    190: Living the Dream 08.03.2001

    An 18-year-old named Tito talks about how he didn't have a choice about certain things in his ...Criminal JusticeMusicSexuality

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  • Bowing Before The Famous.

    185: Golden Calf 05.25.2001

    One way to measure the faith—the good old-fashioned faith—that people put in celebrities is to ...Music

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  • Punk In A Grey Flannel Suit.

    180: Return to Childhood 03.23.2001

    A mortgage broker named David Philp discovers that his old punk band from the 1970s is hot in ...BusinessChildhoodJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    175: Babysitting 01.05.2001

    We listen in on a ritual that happens in millions of families every week: kids getting dropped ...ChildrenFilm/Film MakingFunny

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  • Prologue.

    169: Pursuit of Happiness 09.29.2000

    Ira talks with producer Blue Chevigny about how a prank caller taught her that when it comes to ...CityMusicPolice

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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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  • The Miseducation Of Josh Frank.

    150: Kids As Adults 01.21.2000

    This is another story of a young person making a huge, life-changing decision about his own fate ...ChildhoodMusicsiblings

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  • If This Sleigh Is A-rockin', Don't Come A-knockin'.

    148: The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Suit 12.24.1999

    Sarah Vowell explains why so many popular songs portray Santa as a ladies man. (8 minutes)HolidaysMusicRomance

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  • Exodus.

    147: A Teenager's Guide to God 12.17.1999

    These teenagers are the children the Christian right has in mind when it holds conferences on ...MusicReligionTeenagers

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  • Chicken Diva.

    145: Poultry Slam 1999 11.26.1999

    Yet another testimony to the power chickens have over our hearts and minds. Jack Hitt reports on ...AnimalsFunnyMusic

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  • Same Time Next Year.

    134: We Didn't 07.09.1999

    Writer/Comedian Amanda Marks shares the story of a couple that didn't fall in love, didn't get ...CityMusicRomance

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  • When Czechs Bounce.

    131: The Kids Are Alright 06.04.1999

    If part of the impulse behind the Tiananmen Square uprising was the pure desire to feel like ...ChildhoodHistoryMusic

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  • Mucho Corazon.

    122: Valentine's Day '99 02.12.1999

    A man in Amsterdam and a woman in Cuba fall in love, even though their governments don't want ...GovernmentMusicRomance

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  • Prologue.

    119: Lockup 01.08.1999

    Host Ira Glass with jazz musician Ed Ryder, who was in prison in Pennsylvania for twenty years ...Criminal JusticeMurderMusic

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  • When Businesses Act Like Humans.

    115: First Day 11.13.1998

    Then Chicago-radio-listener and writer Alex Blumberg (he's now one of our producers) tells the ...BusinessMusic

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  • How The Living Use The Dead.

    114: Last Words 10.23.1998

    Writer Greil Marcus explains what rock fans use dead rock stars for. (4 minutes)DeathMusic

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  • Prologue.

    104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

    Durrell was a professional musician. He toured Asia, Brazil, Canada, gigs in Paris. Now he ...ChildrenEducationFunny

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  • Papa Was Not A Rolling Stone.

    104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

    A case study of how children are asked to live the unlived lives of their parents. Author David ...ChildhoodFathersFunny

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  • Toccata and Fugue In Me, a Minor.

    104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

    As a teenager, Sarah Vowell was not casual about music lessons — music became her life. She was ...ChildhoodFunnyLive Performance

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  • Knockin' On Heaven's Door.

    104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

    Writer Anne Lamott presents an example of what we can learn from music outside of formal ...FunnyLive PerformanceMusic

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  • Dr. Jeckyl And Mr. Wacky.

    97: Death to Wacky 03.20.1998

    Sarah Vowell with Jim Nayder, host of Magnificent Obsession and The Annoying Music Show, who ...DrugsJobs/EmploymentMusic

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  • When The Telephone Is Your Medium.

    90: Telephone 01.16.1998

    Sure you can try to get your pop songs onto records, or on the radio, or onto MTV. But what ...BusinessMusicTelephone

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  • Drama Of The Gifted Child — And Her Sister.

    89: Sibling Rivalry 01.09.1998

    Tamar Brott, on growing up with two music prodigies, and Sandra Tsing Loh's sister Kaitlin, a ...FamilyMusicsiblings

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  • Paint By Numbers.

    88: Numbers 01.02.1998

    Alex Melamid and Vitaly Komar hired a polling firm to investigate what people want to see in ...ArtBusinessMusic

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  • Chicken Diva.

    85: Poultry Slam 1997 12.05.1997

    Jack Hitt reports on one woman's opera about Chicken Little. (15 minutes)AnimalsMusicTheater

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  • Prologue.

    83: One of Us 11.14.1997

    Host Ira Glass talks with "Jim Steel," who tells a story about the social rules at his high ...MusicTeenagers

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  • Prologue.

    79: Stuck in the Wrong Decade 10.10.1997

    A communist, the filmmaker Marcel Ophuls, the band Camper Van Beethoven, and other people who ...HistoryMusicPolitics

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  • Stuck As A Teenager.

    79: Stuck in the Wrong Decade 10.10.1997

    A former addict and a former prisoner discuss the developmental retardation their experiences ...Criminal JusticeDrugsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Chairman Of The Block.

    75: Kindness of Strangers 09.12.1997

    An odd occurrence at 124 East Fourth Street in Manhattan's East Village. For the last five ...CityMusicNeighbors/Neighborhoods

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  • When Worlds Collide.

    74: Conventions 08.29.1997

    John Perry Barlow, a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and former rancher and ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentMusic

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  • Reverb.

    73: Blame It on Art 08.22.1997

    Ellery Eskelin never met his father but always heard he was a musical genius. Years after his ...DeathFamilyFathers

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  • Grace Note.

    73: Blame It on Art 08.22.1997

    After all this doom and gloom about the difficult lives of artists, we end the show with a more ...Jobs/EmploymentMusic

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  • Act Two.

    72: Trek 08.08.1997

    Josh Seftel and Rich Robinson's trek across South Africa continues. They head to the "South ...FamilyMusicPolitics

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  • Noise.

    67: Your Dream, My Nightmare 06.27.1997

    Writer Sarah Vowell goes to Rock-n-Roll Fantasy Camp in Miami Beach. (16 minutes)MusicTravel

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  • Fiascos As A Force Of Good In The World.

    61: Fiasco! 04.25.1997

    Journalist Margy Rochlin on her first big assignment to do a celebrity interview. It was 1982. ...FunnyJournalismMusic

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  • The Fire Within.

    59: Fire 04.11.1997

    Rennie Sparks from the band The Handsome Family. (1 minute)Music

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  • Nom De Plume, Nom De Guerre.

    56: Name Change 03.07.1997

    How a guy named Tom became Camden Joy — and what he gained and what he lost. With Sarah Vowell. ...Jobs/EmploymentJournalismMusic

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  • Prologue.

    54: Sinatra 02.21.1997

    Host Ira Glass, with a recording of a 1962 Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., ...Live PerformanceMusicRace

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  • The Death Of Frank Sinatra.

    54: Sinatra 02.21.1997

    Michael Ventura, who grew up Sicilian in New York, says that as a kid he thought Sinatra was in ...LiteratureMusic

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  • One Sinatra Fan ... Versus All Of Network TV.

    54: Sinatra 02.21.1997

    Before Sinatra died, Sarah Vowell appeared on this radio program and made a prediction about how ...DeathJournalismMusic

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  • History Lesson.

    54: Sinatra 02.21.1997

    Ira and music contributor John Conners on Sinatra's worst songs. And a brief history of what ...FunnyJournalismMusic

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  • Sinatra Has A Cold.

    54: Sinatra 02.21.1997

    Gay Talese reads from his classic 1966 Esquire article, in which he followed around Sinatra at ...Health Care/MedicineJournalismMusic

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  • Doing A Personal Act For Money.

    45: Media Fringe 12.06.1996

    Sarah Vowell on the joy of making mix tapes of your favorite songs to send to loved ones. She ...Jobs/EmploymentMusicRomance

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  • Voyager.

    43: Faustian Bargains 11.22.1996

    Alix Spiegel tells the story of her friend Jayna, who made a Faustian bargain at 11 years old. ...ChildhoodFamilyFriendship

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  • Grandma and Easy.

    35: Fall Clearance Sale 09.06.1996

    Carmen Delzell/Jay Allison's story on a guitar player. (10 minutes)ChildhoodDeathFamily

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  • When You Talk Music.

    31: When You Talk About Music 08.09.1996

    Dael Orlandersmith's funny, moving story from her Obie-award winning show Beauty's Daughters. ...FunnyLive PerformanceMusic

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  • My Brother, Tom Jones.

    31: When You Talk About Music 08.09.1996

    Radio producer Dan Gediman's story about his older brother, "Alex Jones," who he idolized when ...ChildhoodJobs/EmploymentMusic

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  • Choosing Fandom.

    31: When You Talk About Music 08.09.1996

    A reading from the zine Motorbooty about the crisis of World Band Overpopulation. Then, This ...Music

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  • No Fame, No Fortune, Just Music.

    31: When You Talk About Music 08.09.1996

    Ira with Sam Franco, a 72-year-old Chicagoan who spent his life playing and teaching accordion. ...EducationJobs/EmploymentMusic

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  • Act One.

    26: Father's Day '96 06.14.1996

    LA writer/performer Sandra Tsing Loh discovers that a local rock band has recorded a song about ...FamilyFathersMusic

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  • Act Two.

    26: Father's Day '96 06.14.1996

    Sherman Alexie's story "Because My Father was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play the Star ...ActivismFathersMusic

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  • One More Dream.

    25: Basketball 06.07.1996

    A Bulls dream from Chicagoan Brett Grossman, and an acoustic guitar cover of Bulls theme music ...MusicSports

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  • Texas Girl.

    24: Teenaged Girls 05.24.1996

    Jo Carol Pierce released a CD, Bad Girls Upset by the Truth, which documents in part her teenage ...DeathMusicTeenagers

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  • Suburban Girl.

    24: Teenaged Girls 05.24.1996

    Chicago writer/musician Rennie Sparks, a member of the independent band The Handsome Family, ...FamilyFriendshipMusic

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  • Befriending Your Hero.

    20: From A Distance 04.19.1996

    Writer Quincy Troupe talks about how, as a boy, he idolized Miles Davis, and how, as a man, he ...FriendshipMusic

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  • 1000 Women Become Selena.

    20: From A Distance 04.19.1996

    Eighteen-year-old correspondent Claudia Perez goes to an audition where a thousand Mexican women ...Film/Film MakingMusic

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  • Baltimore, Circa 1956.

    14: Accidental Documentaries 02.21.1996

    Ira plays tapes of his own father, Barry, who was a radio deejay in the mid-1950s. Barry gave up ...FathersJobs/EmploymentMusic

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  • Prologue.

    8: New Year 01.03.1996

    Host Ira Glass talks about recently released archival television interviews with the Beatles, ...MusicTelevision

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  • Act One.

    7: Quitting 12.29.1995

    A story about quitting by Sandra Tsing Loh. (10 minutes) AnimalsFictionMusic

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  • Act Three.

    7: Quitting 12.29.1995

    Lisa Buscani reads a two-part story about not being able to quit something or someone. The piece ...FictionJobs/EmploymentMusic

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    6: Christmas 12.22.1995

    A Christmas radio play by David Sedaris and the Pinetree Gang (28 minutes).HolidaysMusicTheater

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  • Act Three.

    6: Christmas 12.22.1995

    Peter Clowney reports on Christmas at the Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church. Music from Faith ...HolidaysMusicReligion

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  • Act Four.

    1: New Beginnings 11.17.1995

    Ira talks with Ed Ryder, who was wrongly imprisoned for twenty years and recently released. The ...Criminal JusticeMusic

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