Radio Archive by Tag

Literature

  • My Own Private U.F.O.

    421: Last Man Standing 12.03.2010

    A story about God and extraterrestrials, told by Elna Baker. Elna is the author of a memoir ...ChildhoodLiteratureParanormal

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  • Prologue.

    349: Valentine's Day 2008 02.15.2008

    Richard Klein of Cornell University explains that the way we view love really began with love ...HistoryLiteratureRomance

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  • Twas The Morning After.

    305: The This American Life Holiday Spectacular 12.23.2005

    A Christmas poem from David Rakoff, about holidays in The Big City. Rakoff's the author of, most ...AlcoholFunnyHolidays

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  • God Said, Huh?

    290: Godless America 06.03.2005

    Julia Sweeney, a Catholic, tells the story of how her faith began to crack after reading a most ...LiteratureReligion

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  • The Lie That Binds.

    221: Fake I.D. 09.20.2002

    A story from David Sedaris about how the movie The End of the Affair almost ended his ...Film/Film MakingLiteratureRomance

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  • Conservation Of Energy And Matter.

    214: Family Physics 05.31.2002

    David Sedaris outlines an experiment he conducted with fluids and a tube and a bag. The result: ...FunnyLiteratureLive Performance

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  • One Crucible Leads To Another.

    211: Naming Names 05.03.2002

    We hear excerpts from two autobiographies which each describe the same moment, but in very ...GovernmentLiterature

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  • Prologue.

    202: Faith 12.21.2001

    A story of faith lost, thanks to a book about extraterrestrials and a Rabbi. (6 minutes) LiteratureReligion

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  • Save The Last Dance For Me...again.

    186: Prom 06.08.2001

    Host Ira Glass talks with Francine Pascal, who's written or invented the plot lines for over 700 ...LiteratureTeenagers

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  • The Green Team Of Boy Millionaires, Beppo The Amazing Supermonkey From Planet Krypton, And The Man From Sram.

    178: Superpowers 02.23.2001

    Ira talks with Jonathan Morris, the amazingly funny and charming editor of the website Gone and ...FunnyHeroismLiterature

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  • Dewey Decimal Beats Truman.

    167: Memo to the People of the Future 09.08.2000

    Sarah Vowell visits four Presidential libraries on a fact-finding tour for...President Clinton. ...GovernmentLiteraturePolitics

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  • Prologue.

    166: Nobody's Family Is Going to Change 08.11.2000

    Host Ira Glass describes a children's book from the 1970s called Nobody's Family Is Going to ...ChildrenFamilyFiction

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  • You Know What Mr Bear Would Say.

    153: Dolls 03.03.2000

    A truly remarkable children's book just came back in print: The Lonely Doll, by Dare Wright. ...ChildhoodLiteratureWriting

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  • The Boy Who Would Be A Helicopter.

    153: Dolls 03.03.2000

    Kindergarten teacher and "Genius Grant" recipient Vivian Paley is the author of many books about ...ChildrenEducationJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    137: The Book That Changed Your Life 08.20.1999

    When Alexa was seven, she started going through her grandfather's books. Her grandfather was a ...ChildhoodLiteratureTheater

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  • Act One.

    137: The Book That Changed Your Life 08.20.1999

    More of Alexa Junge and how Moss Hart's autobiography changed her life. She followed his path, ...ArtEducationJobs/Employment

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  • The Family That Reads Together.

    137: The Book That Changed Your Life 08.20.1999

    The story of a book that changed a family's life, but only temporarily and not for the better. ...ChildhoodLiteratureSexuality

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  • Roger And Me, Lewis And Clark.

    137: The Book That Changed Your Life 08.20.1999

    Reporter Jeremy Goldstein tells the story of a man who had many books change his life, even ...HistoryLiterature

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  • Little Sod Houses For You And Me.

    137: The Book That Changed Your Life 08.20.1999

    Writer Meghan Daum goes to DeSmet, South Dakota, where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived and where many ...LiteratureTheaterTravel

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  • Snatch The Pebble From My Hand, Grasshopper, And Then You Can Leave.

    136: You Are Here 08.06.1999

    Nicole Graev, an assistant to the editor at a publishing house, needs to know if her job as an ...Jobs/EmploymentLiterature

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  • You Come And Go, The Waiters Remain.

    134: We Didn't 07.09.1999

    This story is part memoir, part philosophical inquiry into the nature of not doing things. ...LiteratureWriting

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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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  • Who Deserves What.

    122: Valentine's Day '99 02.12.1999

    The story of The Arabian Nights is actually 350 or 400 stories, depending on how you count them. ...LiteratureRomanceTheater

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  • Prologue.

    118: What You Lookin' At? 12.18.1998

    Host Ira Glass with Cornell University Professor Richard Klein, on how seeing isn't just seeing. ...LiteratureLive Performance

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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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  • Negative.

    97: Death to Wacky 03.20.1998

    David Sedaris tells true stories of photographers who try to take pictures of him which will ...ArtBusinessLiterature

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  • Based On A True Story.

    87: A Very Special Sedaris Christmas 12.19.1997

    A Hollywood TV producer tries to convince a church of evangelical Christians to sell out a ...FunnyHolidaysLiterature

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  • Dead Letters.

    70: Other People's Mail 07.25.1997

    Richard Lyons, from the band Negativland, tells the story of a Xeroxed book he put together for ...AutomobilesLiterature

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  • Eddie The Nudist.

    63: One Thing 05.09.1997

    Beau O'Reilly tells the story of a man who tried to run for President as a utopian nudist. (24 ...Jobs/EmploymentLiteraturePolitics

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  • Baby Remember My Name.

    56: Name Change 03.07.1997

    A 17 year old tricks an entire resort town into believing he is someone he is not. By Jack Hitt ...FriendshipFunnyLiterature

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  • As Seen On Tv.

    56: Name Change 03.07.1997

    Dishwasher Pete on Letterman. (17 minutes)FriendshipLiteratureTelevision

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • First Contact.

    43: Faustian Bargains 11.22.1996

    Daniel Pinkwater reads his children's picture book Devil in the Drain. (4 minutes)ChildrenLiterature

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  • Prologue.

    27: The Cruelty of Children 06.21.1996

    A first-grader explains to host Ira Glass how bullies become bullies. His explanation: They read ...ChildrenEducationLiterature

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