680 July 26, 2019 The Weight Of Words (2019) 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 3: Poultry Slam 1995 Dec. 1, 1995 Act Two Julie Showalter, who grew up on a turkey farm, tells the story of the night 3,000 turkeys died. 88: Numbers Jan. 2, 1998 Act Two: Paint By Numbers Alex Melamid and Vitaly Komar hired a polling firm to investigate what people want to see in paintings. 723: Squeaker Nov. 6, 2020 Act Three: Louisiana Ben Calhoun talks to a man in ICE detention in Louisiana about how he and people around him are following the election. Staff RecommendationsView all 266 June 4, 2004 I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help Nancy Updike goes to Iraq to try to figure out what it's like to be a private citizen working in the middle of a war zone. 387 Aug. 7, 2009 Arms Trader (2009) The U.S. government spent two years on a sting operation trapping an Indian man suspected of being an illegal arms dealer.