March 14, 1996


Stories of politics, the economy, and the big picture.
Act Two

The Economy

Temporary employment agencies' business has exploded in the last few years as corporations lay off their full-time employees, especially technical workers. This American Life "hired" two temp workers, Lee and Tito, to document their experiences as temps. Ira invites Tito and Lee into the studio to spin some music "appropriate" for temp employees. (21 minutes)

Act Three


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

Act Four

Economic Development, Chicago Style

Ira takes a look at the remarkably successful $156 million renovation of Chicago's Navy Pier. He talks with seven employees working at the businesses on the pier. (13 minutes)