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 Control-click (or right-click) Tap and hold to download Subscribe on Spotify Subscribe in Apple Podcasts Transcript Jennifer Heuer Prologue Prologue What does God get out of us praising him? Or is it actually for us? (7 minutes) ByIra Glass Act One Go To The Mattresses 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) ByElna Baker Act Two Daddy Lessons 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) ByNeil Drumming Act Three Where I Came From Producer Ben Calhoun recalls a weighty moment from childhood and thinks about how the words from that encounter have come up again. (6 minutes) ByBen Calhoun Song:“If It Weren’t For The Words” by Edith Frost Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 324: My Brilliant Plan Jan. 26, 2007 Act Two: Tragedy Minus Time Equals Happily Ever After Ron Mallett was ten years old when his father died unexpectedly of a heart attack. 20: From A Distance Apr. 19, 1996 Act Four: 1000 Women Become Selena Eighteen-year-old correspondent Claudia Perez goes to an audition where a thousand Mexican women and girls dress up to play the slain Mexican pop star Selena in an upcoming film about her life. 372: The Inauguration Show Jan. 16, 2009 Act Three: Lions And Lambs When Barack Obama chose Rick Warren of Saddleback Church to give a prayer at his inauguration, gay and lesbian groups cried foul, because of Warren's past remarks about homosexuality and gay marriage. Staff RecommendationsView all 46 Dec. 13, 1996 Sissies A family where the father was one kind of sissy and the son was another kind, and how the family was destroyed despite the fact that no one wanted it to be. 38 Oct. 11, 1996 Simulated Worlds Civil War reenactments, wax museums, simulated coal mines, fake ethnic restaurants, an ersatz Medieval castle, and other re-created worlds that thrive all across America.