680 July 26, 2019 The Weight Of Words Words mean things, but some words are especially meaningful — whether in a survival manual, a song lyric, or a slur. Download Share a clip Transcript Jennifer Heuer Prologue Prologue ByIra Glass What does God get out of us praising him? Or is it actually for us? (7 minutes) Act One Go To The Mattresses ByElna Baker Shamyla always loved books. Like lots of other eleven-year-olds back in 1989, she loved The Babysitters Club. And then, something happened, changing what she read, and how. Producer Elna Baker tells the story. (25 minutes) Act Two Daddy Lessons ByNeil Drumming Parents try to shape who we are in their own image. Producer Neil Drumming spoke to Adam Mansbach, who tried to make his daughter fall in love with hip-hop. (19 minutes) Act Three Where I Came From ByBen Calhoun Producer Ben Calhoun recalls a weighty moment from childhood and thinks about how the words from that encounter have come up again. (6 minutes) Song:“If It Weren’t For The Words” by Edith Frost Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 313: Parental Guidance Suggested May 19, 2006 Act Three: My Angel's In The Centerfolds When Emily Helfgot was ten, her dad was a sex therapist on a call-in radio show, which thoroughly embarrassed her. 588: Mind Games (2016) June 3, 2016 Act Two: The Spy Who Loved Everyone A group called Improv Everywhere decides that an unknown band, Ghosts of Pasha, playing their first ever tour in New York, ought to think they're a smash hit. 630: Things I Mean to Know Oct. 27, 2017 Act Two: Flake News Producer Zoe Chace has been following Arizona Sen. Staff RecommendationsView all 429 Mar. 11, 2011 Will They Know Me Back Home? Stories of people who've grown so accustomed to wartime that the lives they've left behind no longer make sense. 110 Sept. 4, 1998 Mapping The world redrawn by the five senses.