Radio Archive by Tag

Parents

  • Prologue.

    511: The Seven Things You're Not Supposed to Talk About 11.08.2013

    Sarah's mom, Mrs. Matthiessen, doubts that the staff of This American Life can find great ...Parents

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  • Just Keep Breathing.

    476: What Doesn't Kill You 10.05.2012

    A teenage girl gets bitten by a shark, rushed to the doctor's office, stitched up, and told ...Health Care/MedicineParents

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  • Don't Make Me Separate You.

    439: A House Divided 06.24.2011

    Jeanne Darst was 16 when her parents split up. But it turned out they just weren't too skilled ...DivorceFamilyHolidays

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  • Saturday to Wednesday: CA, NY, WI, ME.

    434: This Week 05.06.2011

    Ira tells what happened this week to Shirley Everett-Dicko in Oakland on Sunday, to Gabe and ...HousingJobs/EmploymentParents

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  • Saturday and Sunday, Gainesville and Coral Springs FL.

    434: This Week 05.06.2011

    On Saturday, Laura Hucke graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville. The next day ...ChildrenParents

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  • May Be Hazardous To Children.

    433: Fine Print 2011 04.15.2011

    Susan Burton rereads her parents' divorce papers—the fine print that changed her life forever. ...ChildhoodDivorceParents

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  • Prologue.

    400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    Host Ira Glass talks to his dad and stepmom about a story his dad thought might be good for the ...FamilyParents

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  • May Be Hazardous To Children.

    386: Fine Print 07.24.2009

    Susan Burton rereads her parents' divorce papers—the fine print that changed her life forever. ...DivorceLegal SystemParents

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  • Putting The Cart Before The Porsche.

    368: Who Do You Think You Are? 11.07.2008

    Sara was raised in a fancy suburban neighborhood with strict parents who liked to flaunt their ...ActivismChildhoodLive Performance

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  • But Why?

    339: Break-Up 08.24.2007

    Eight-year-old Betsy Walter goes on a campaign to understand her parents' divorce. A campaign ...ChildrenDivorceJournalism

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  • And The Call Was Coming From...the Listeners!

    319: And the Call Was Coming from the Basement 10.27.2006

    Weeks ago, we set up a special 800 number for listeners to call with their true-life scary ...Parents

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  • What Would Joseph Do?

    305: The This American Life Holiday Spectacular 12.23.2005

    Jonathan Goldstein retells the classic Christmas story, trying to understand what exactly goes ...BirthFictionHolidays

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  • And Daddy Makes Three.

    293: A Little Bit of Knowledge 07.22.2005

    Six-year-old DJ has two dads, Dan Savage and Terry Miller. DJ is being raised by two gay men, ...ChildrenParentsSexuality

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  • Not Your Parents' Parent Trap.

    291: Reunited (And It Feels So Good) 07.01.2005

    The story of an Iranian couple who were unhappily married for 27 years. He had a temper. She ...MarriageParents

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  • Take My Cheese, Please.

    270: Family Legend 08.06.2004

    We continue with the story of Eddie Schmidt and his parents, Josie and Bob, who tell the ...FamilyFood/Drinks/CookingParents

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  • The Over-protective Kind.

    269: Someone to Watch Over Me 07.16.2004

    Veronica Chater's mother wants to go to a resort in Mexico with a friend. Her father, a former ...ParentsTravel

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  • Prologue.

    194: Before and After 09.21.2001

    Ira talks with two New Yorkers on their reactions to seeing something they could never have ...9/11CityFamily

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  • Prologue.

    187: Father's Day '01 06.15.2001

    Leah remembers when her parents got divorced and her dad, a farmer in North Dakota, moved to an ...ChildhoodDivorceFathers

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  • Driving The Divorcemobile.

    187: Father's Day '01 06.15.2001

    A collection of small stories, all on the the theme introduced in the prologue—the first few ...ChildrenDivorceParents

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  • Case Three. I'm An Orphan; Don't Tell My Mom.

    183: The Missing Parents Bureau 04.20.2001

    When Starlee Kine was a kid, she wanted to be a child star so badly that she signed up for an ...AdoptionChildhoodParents

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  • The Family That Flees Together, Trees Together.

    177: American Limbo 02.09.2001

    The Jarvis family, a group of eight, goes on the run from the law—for seven years. They live on ...ChildrenCrimeDrugs

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  • In The Event Of An Emergency, Put Your Sister In An Upright Position.

    175: Babysitting 01.05.2001

    The story of several huge companies that accidentally got put into the babysitting business in a ...ChildrenDivorceHolidays

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  • Pilgrim's Progress.

    174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones 12.29.2000

    Regular TAL contributor Sarah Vowell takes over the family Thanksgiving dinner by bringing ...FamilyFunnyHolidays

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  • Bubble Five.

    161: Million Bubbles 06.02.2000

    David Sedaris, author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, explains how the most important moments of your ...AutomobilesFathersParents

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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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  • Take My Wife, Please.

    144: Where Words Fail 11.05.1999

    Some of us have tragedy thrust upon us. Some of us allow ourselves a few moments to contemplate ...DeathFamilyParents

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  • How To Avoid Everything.

    123: High Cost of Living 02.26.1999

    It's possible to turn off your emotions and go on autopilot for brief periods with the people ...MarriageMental HealthParents

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  • Interracial Marriage.

    105: Take A Negro Home 06.12.1998

    Rich Robinson's father is black, his mother is white. They married during the civil rights ...DivorceFamilyMarriage

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  • When The Wall Came Tumbling Down.

    90: Telephone 01.16.1998

    The story of a teenager, illegal drug use, lying, stealing, and a kid's life changed completely ...CrimeDrugsParents

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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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  • My Crap Life.

    83: One of Us 11.14.1997

    Writer Tim Melley. (23 minutes)ChildhoodEducationFamily

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  • Act One.

    82: Haunted 10.31.1997

    Ira with Lynnette Nyman, who, as a girl, recorded her parents fighting with a cassette recorder ...ChildhoodFamilyParents

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  • Potato Potahto.

    81: Guns 10.24.1997

    Two people who've nearly died in gun battles describe what it's like, getting shot at. ...CrimeGuns/Gun ControlHealth Care/Medicine

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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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  • Meema's Adventure.

    69: Dream House 07.18.1997

    A family dreams of life in rural Maine, moves there, and then things get really complicated. (36 ...ChildhoodFamilyHousing

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  • Blue Sky Dream.

    69: Dream House 07.18.1997

    David Beers explains the gorgeous, modern vision that drew his family, and tons of other ...ChildhoodFamilyParents

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  • Blood.

    67: Your Dream, My Nightmare 06.27.1997

    Writer David Sedaris on parents' dreams and children's nightmares. (13 minutes)ChildhoodChildrenFamily

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  • Tao Of The Dumpster.

    62: Something for Nothing 05.02.1997

    Writer Dirk Jamison, who gave up a 9-to-5 job and succeeded in getting something for nothing: he ...ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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  • Country Mouse, City Mouse.

    58: Small Towns 04.04.1997

    Sarah Vowell and her family. (14 minutes)FamilyParentssiblings

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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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  • Mom, Dad & Bats

    53: Valentine's Day '97 02.07.1997

    A story by Bia Lowe. (12 minutes) AnimalsChildhoodParents

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  • It's Not the Heat.

    53: Valentine's Day '97 02.07.1997

    Writer Julie Showalter on her parents' romance. More Men My Mother Dated stories from Brett ...FamilyParentsRomance

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  • Act Four.

    47: Christmas and Commerce 12.20.1996

    John Connors's family tape from the 1960s. (3 minutes)ChildhoodFamilyHolidays

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  • Anti-oedipus.

    46: Sissies 12.13.1996

    This American Life producer Nancy Updike on a family where the father was one kind of sissy and ...ChildhoodDivorceFamily

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  • Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous.

    45: Media Fringe 12.06.1996

    Chicago writer Cheryl Trykv on her own close encounter with Hollywood, the media, and a famous ...FamilyFunnyJournalism

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  • Act Three.

    26: Father's Day '96 06.14.1996

    Audio artist Jay Allison and writer Dan Robb present an audio montage on the moment Robb's ...DivorceMarriageParents

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  • Bulls in Our Hearts

    25: Basketball 06.07.1996

    Chicagoans' dreams of the Bulls, including interviews with Chicagoans. (8 minutes)ParentsSports

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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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  • 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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  • More Lies.

    18: Liars 03.28.1996

    A girl who adored her father tries to figure out what to think after he takes some of her ...CrimeFamilyFathers

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  • Fan Dance.

    17: Name Change / No Theme 03.21.1996

    Barbara Adams, a former member of the Whitewater trial jury, showed up for jury duty wearing a ...ChildhoodLegal SystemParents

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  • Dad.

    16: Economy 03.14.1996

    Poet/performer Lisa Buscani tells a story about her father. (8 minutes)ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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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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  • 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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  • Chicago, In The 1960s.

    14: Accidental Documentaries 02.21.1996

    Nora Moreno with tapes of her father, a pioneer in Spanish-language broadcasting in America. Her ...FathersParentsPoetry

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  • Prologue.

    10: Double Lives 01.17.1996

    Susan Bergman's father was a family man, head of the church choir, and, secretly, having sex ...ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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  • Julia's Brother Gets Cancer.

    9: Julia Sweeney 01.10.1996

    Julia talks about her brother Michael's cancer. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, ...CancerFamilyFunny

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  • Julia Gets Cancer.

    9: Julia Sweeney 01.10.1996

    In the second half of the show, she talks about her own cancer — cervical cancer that was ...CancerFamilyFunny

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  • Prologue.

    4: Vacations 12.08.1995

    Host Ira Glass shares photos (on the radio) of his family vacation in Hawaii. He poses the ...FamilyParentsTravel

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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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