Radio Archive by Tag

Fathers

  • Happy Accident.

    518: Except For That One Thing 02.14.2014

    Etgar Keret always had a good relationship with his dad, except for one thing. This was read for ...Fathers

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  • Route Talk.

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

    Chris Garcia and his dad were driving home, listening to oldies, sharing a bag of chips. A ...FamilyFathers

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  • Act Four.

    489: No Coincidence, No Story! 03.01.2013

    More stories of dazzling coincidences: An old boyfriend is conjured in Morocco; a jazz singer ...DeathFathersRomance

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  • Maul in the Family.

    485: Surrogates 01.25.2013

    Amity Bitzel was a teenager when her parents decided to adopt a 27 year old man. And that wasn't ...AdoptionAlcoholFathers

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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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  • Does a Bear Hit in the Woods?

    464: Invisible Made Visible 05.18.2012

    Ryan Knighton, who was interviewed in the prologue, tells this story about trying to get his ...FathersLive PerformanceParenting

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  • The Audacity of Louis Ortiz.

    458: Play the Part 02.17.2012

    2008 was a hard year for Louis Ortiz. He had lost his job and was playing in pool tournaments ...Advertising/MarketingFathersFilm/Film Making

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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.

    438: Father's Day 2011 06.17.2011

    Host Ira Glass plays clips of interviews with several people whose dads have tried reach out to ...AutomobilesChildhoodFathers

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  • Astro Boy Meet Robot Dad.

    438: Father's Day 2011 06.17.2011

    Michael Ian Black reads an excerpt from his forthcoming book You're Not Doing It Right, about ...ChildhoodDeathFathers

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  • I Just Called To Say—Something That's Hard to Say, That I Really Should Say More Often...

    438: Father's Day 2011 06.17.2011

    Producer Jonathan Menjivar tells this story about Naomi Azar and her father Shaul. Shaul had ...ChildhoodFathersTelephone

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  • Mister Baby Monitor.

    438: Father's Day 2011 06.17.2011

    Ira Glass speaks with a woman named Angie, who never understood why her dad got so excited about ...ChildrenFathersFilm/Film Making

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  • Bring Your Child to Work Detail.

    438: Father's Day 2011 06.17.2011

    Michael May tells this story about two prison inmates in Texas—Daniel Johnson and Jesse ...Criminal JusticeFathersFriendship

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  • Is This War or Is This Hearts?

    432: Know When To Fold 'Em 04.08.2011

    David Ellis Dickerson tells the story of heading home to Tucson after six years away, having ...FathersReligion

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  • Wary Home Companions.

    420: Neighborhood Watch 11.19.2010

    Reporter Ruth Padawer tells the story of a woman goes to her neighbors with an incredible ...FathersNeighbors/NeighborhoodsParenting

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  • Elbert County.

    413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    Chuck Salter, son of Georgia Rambler Charles Salter, Sr., visits a man named Windell Cleveland, ...FamilyFathersHistory

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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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  • 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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  • Alex's Dad's Story.

    400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    Corporate Personhood. (6 minutes) Web bonus: in the broadcast, we interrupt Alex's story in the ...BusinessFathers

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  • Robyn's Dad's Story.

    400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    One Switch. (7 minutes.)AutomobilesFamilyFathers

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  • Jane's Dad's Story.

    400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    Harry Brakeman University. (16 minutes.) Here is a gallery of photos from this story.EducationFathersNatural Disasters

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  • House Dutiful.

    398: Long Shot 01.08.2010

    When Wells Tower started to try to fix up and save his dad's house, he knew it'd be incredibly ...FathersHousing

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  • Mad Man.

    383: Origin Story 06.19.2009

    TAL producer Sarah Koenig tells the story of her father, Julian Koenig, the legendary ...Advertising/MarketingFathersWriting

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  • Prologue. Madoff.

    376: Wrong Side of History 03.13.2009

    Host Ira Glass speaks with Harold Wilshinsky about a piece of advice he gave to his daughter and ...FathersPersonal Finance

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  • Take My Bike...please.

    358: Social Engineering 06.27.2008

    When David Ellis Dickerson was 12, he got a new bike, and his father decided to use the occasion ...CyclingEducationFathers

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  • Commandment Five. Honor Your Father And Your Mother.

    332: The Ten Commandments 05.04.2007

    When Jack Hitt was 11, he did the worst thing his father could have imagined. Neither Jack nor ...ChildhoodFathers

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  • My Other Dog's A German Shepherd.

    328: What I Learned from Television 03.16.2007

    Regular This American Life contributor Dan Savage, a syndicated sex columnist with possibly the ...FathersParentingPolice

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  • Tragedy Minus Time Equals Happily Ever After.

    324: My Brilliant Plan 01.26.2007

    Ron Mallett was ten years old when his father died unexpectedly of a heart attack. A year later, ...DeathFamilyFathers

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  • Please Re-lease Me.

    323: The Super 01.05.2007

    A man we're calling "Dennis" inherits his father's job as a landlord of a big apartment ...BusinessFathersHousing

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  • Objects In Side View Mirror Are Truer Than They Appear.

    318: With Great Power 10.06.2006

    Alex Kotlowitz reports on a woman with the power to change two people's lives...and at the ...Criminal JusticeFathersHeroism

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  • My Angel's In The Centerfolds.

    313: Parental Guidance Suggested 05.19.2006

    When Emily Helfgot was ten, her dad was a sex therapist on a call-in radio show, which ...DivorceFathersSexuality

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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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  • Goldstein On Goldstein.

    294: Image Makers 08.05.2005

    Jonathan Goldstein decides to find out—once and for all—if his dad Buzz thinks he's manly ...ChildhoodFathers

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  • Heart Shaped Box.

    294: Image Makers 08.05.2005

    Julie Hill explains how she's going to remake all the ideas her son has about his father, using ...ChildrenFathers

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  • Prologue.

    289: Go Ask Your Father 05.13.2005

    When Aric Knuth was a little kid, his dad would leave for six months at a time. He was a ...ChildhoodFathersJobs/Employment

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  • Make Him Say Uncle.

    289: Go Ask Your Father 05.13.2005

    Lennard Davis grew up hearing from his parents that he should, at all costs, avoid being like ...FamilyFathers

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  • My Favorite Martian.

    289: Go Ask Your Father 05.13.2005

    Paul Tough's father was a mild-mannered professor. And then one day he left his family and went ...FathersScience

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  • Keeping It In The Family.

    245: Allure of the Mean Friend 09.05.2003

    An excerpt of Bernard Cooper's story about the bill he got from his own father, for the entire ...FathersPersonal Finance

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  • Bombs Over Baghdad.

    196: Rashomon 10.05.2001

    We hear the story of the Persian Gulf war, as told by Issam Shukri, a family man from Bagdad who ...ChildrenFathersHistory

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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.

    193: Stories of Loss 09.14.2001

    Reporter Mark Arax spent three years investigating the murder of his father and yet he's still ...ChildhoodCrimeDeath

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  • Look For The Union Label.

    193: Stories of Loss 09.14.2001

    A father and daughter (Adrian LeBlanc and his daughter Adrian Le Blanc) decide to write his ...ChildrenDeathFathers

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  • Prologue.

    188: Kid Logic 06.22.2001

    Host Ira Glass talks with Rebecca, who, using perfectly valid evidence, arrived at the perfectly ...ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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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.

    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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  • And If That Diamond Ring Don't Shine.

    187: Father's Day '01 06.15.2001

    Ian Brown explains the lengths a normal dad will go to give his daughter a memorable birthday ...ChildrenFathersFunny

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  • Legend Of A Bankrobber's Son.

    187: Father's Day '01 06.15.2001

    Nick Flynn tells the story of his father, who was never on a pedestal. His father abandoned the ...CrimeFathersHomelessness

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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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  • Case Four. Runaway Mom.

    183: The Missing Parents Bureau 04.20.2001

    In Seattle, Dan Savage and his boyfriend adopted a son, DJ. It was an open adoption, so the ...AdoptionChildrenFamily

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  • The Day Mom And Dad Fell In Love.

    181: The Friendly Man 04.06.2001

    Scott interviews his 11-year-old daughter about his marriage. She sheds light on the previous ...ChildrenFamilyFathers

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  • The Artist Formerly Known As Dr. Sarkin.

    166: Nobody's Family Is Going to Change 08.11.2000

    What happens when you want your dad to change—and he wants to change, too—but there's literally ...ArtChildrenFamily

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  • Bubble Two. Emerald Green Peugeot.

    161: Million Bubbles 06.02.2000

    Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity and About a Boy, explains the travails of driving his ...AutomobilesChildrenFathers

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  • Bubble Three. Leased Volvo Sedan.

    161: Million Bubbles 06.02.2000

    Jay Allison and his 12-year-old daughter discuss what radio station to listen to. She wants ...ChildrenFathersParenting

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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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  • Is That Your Final Answer?

    149: Bedside Diplomacy 01.14.2000

    When Terry Shine's father was in the hospital, Terry and his brothers spent weeks trying to do ...FamilyFathersHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    144: Where Words Fail 11.05.1999

    Reporter Mark Arax spent three years investigating the murder of his father and yet he's still ...ChildrenDeathFathers

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  • Look For The Union Label.

    144: Where Words Fail 11.05.1999

    A father and daughter (Adrian LeBlank and his daughter Adrian Le Blank) decide to write his ...DeathFamilyFathers

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  • More Powerful Than A Locomotive.

    141: Invisible Worlds 10.01.1999

    One of the most powerful forces in a room can be the thing that is unspoken between people. Five ...ChildrenFamilyFathers

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  • Prologue.

    140: Family Business 09.24.1999

    Host Ira Glass with Rory Evans, who describes the day her father fired his own mother from their ...BusinessFamilyFathers

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  • Prologue.

    132: Father's Day '99 06.18.1999

    The story of the lengths a father will go to to retrieve a lost teddy bear, and why—after he's ...ChildrenFathersParenting

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  • Paddington's Day At The Dump.

    132: Father's Day '99 06.18.1999

    The story begun in the Prologue continues. As it continues, it takes on the exact narrative ...FathersHeroismParenting

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  • A Trip Down Memory Lane.

    132: Father's Day '99 06.18.1999

    Photographer Joel Meyerowitz decided to go on a last big trip with his father Hy, who has ...ChildhoodFathersFunny

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  • Age Of Enchantment.

    132: Father's Day '99 06.18.1999

    What happens when a dad tries too hard to protect his child from disappointment and instead ...ChildrenFathersLiterature

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  • Are Movies Stronger Than Communism?

    124: Welcome to America 03.19.1999

    This is a story of a father and son—told by the son, Juan Zaldivar, who was born in Cuba. Juan ...ChildhoodFathersFilm/Film Making

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  • How To Avoid The Everyday Irritations Of Everyday Life.

    123: High Cost of Living 02.26.1999

    Jack Hitt tells the story of Charlene Riling, who nearly died, and who explains how life near to ...AlcoholDeathDrugs

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  • Act One.

    121: Twentieth Century Man 01.29.1999

    The first part of Gillian's story. (33 minutes) ChildrenDeathDivorce

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  • Act Two.

    121: Twentieth Century Man 01.29.1999

    Gillian's story continues. (25 minutes) ChildrenDivorceFamily

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  • Prologue.

    106: Father's Day '98 06.19.1998

    We ask 18-year-old Chana Wiliford and her father in Texas if they'd be willing to have a ...FathersHolidaysMarriage

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  • Pandora's Box.

    106: Father's Day '98 06.19.1998

    More tape of Chana and her father Bob Wiliford discussing all the things they've never talked ...FathersTeenagers

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  • Mack Daddies.

    106: Father's Day '98 06.19.1998

    In this part of the show, stories about fathers who haven't gotten quite so close with their ...ChildrenFathers

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  • Bond, Dammit, Bond.

    106: Father's Day '98 06.19.1998

    Another case study of a dad who's waiting to feel closer to his kid. Writer Dan Savage writes ...ChildrenFathers

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  • Age Of Enchantment.

    106: Father's Day '98 06.19.1998

    This is a story about an odd breach of trust between father and child, done unintentionally, and ...ChildrenFathersLiterature

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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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  • Fatty Suit.

    99: I Enjoy Being A Girl, Sort Of 04.10.1998

    David Sedaris with a parable of the pressures on modern women, and how one woman — his sister — ...FamilyFatherssiblings

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  • Prologue.

    92: Leave the Mask On 02.06.1998

    Margy's a reporter. When she told her dad that she wanted to write a story about him, he said ...FamilyFathers

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  • Father's Day.

    92: Leave the Mask On 02.06.1998

    Margy Rochlin sees a new side of her father when, in his seventies, he becomes a monologist like ...FamilyFathersMilitary

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  • Telephone As History.

    90: Telephone 01.16.1998

    We think of our phone calls and phone messages as so transient. We have another example of ...FamilyFathersTelephone

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  • Duck Warrior.

    85: Poultry Slam 1997 12.05.1997

    Michael Lewis on duck hunting. (7 minutes)AnimalsFamilyFathers

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  • Nra Vs Nea.

    81: Guns 10.24.1997

    Sarah Vowell goes home to Montana to try and understand her gunsmith dad a little better. (11 ...ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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  • Mobster Daughter.

    76: Mob 09.19.1997

    Susan Berman, author of the memoir Easy Street, the True Story of a Gangster's Daugher, reads ...ChildhoodCityCrime

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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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  • A Trip Down Memory Lane.

    71: Defying Sickness 08.01.1997

    Photographer Joel Meyerowitz decided to go on a last big trip with his father, Hy, who has ...AutomobilesFamilyFathers

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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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  • Prologue.

    53: Valentine's Day '97 02.07.1997

    Ira reads from In Dreams Begin Responsibilities. (7 minutes)FathersFilm/Film MakingRomance

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  • Parent And Child.

    53: Valentine's Day '97 02.07.1997

    Reporter Scott Carrier and his eleven-year-old daughter Jesse. Scott wrote Running After ...ChildrenFathersParenting

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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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  • Swimming Lesson.

    40: Lessons 11.01.1996

    Scott Carrier's wife and mother-in-law insist that Scott's three-and-a-half year old daughter ...ChildrenFamilyFathers

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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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  • Act Four.

    26: Father's Day '96 06.14.1996

    Chicago playwright Beau O'Reilly talks about how he reconciled with his estranged father years ...AlcoholChildhoodFathers

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  • Sandra Tsing Loh and Her Father

    22: Adult Children 05.03.1996

    A story about how the adult children in Sandra Tsing Loh's family deal with her father. This ...FamilyFatherssiblings

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  • Sandra Tsing Loh, Her Father, and His Mail-Order Chinese Wives

    22: Adult Children 05.03.1996

    Sandra's father decides, at age 70, to take a Chinese wife. (27 minutes) FamilyFathersMarriage

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  • Citizen Kane.

    19: Rich Guys 04.12.1996

    Jack Hitt reviews the strange case of William Kane, his mistress, his family, and fifteen vials ...DeathFamilyFathers

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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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  • 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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  • Act One.

    10: Double Lives 01.17.1996

    When Susan Bergman wrote a book about her family's experience, other gay men tried to explain ...FamilyFathersMarriage

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  • Act Two.

    10: Double Lives 01.17.1996

    A talk with a father who's deceiving his own children. (15 minutes)ChildrenFathersMarriage

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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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