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 146: Urban Nature Dec. 10, 1999 Act Three: Church Of Latter Day Snakes Scott Carrier tells the story of trying to bring a part of the outside world inside the house when he was a boy. 627: Suitable for Children Oct. 6, 2017 Act One: Stars & Bars & Bars Producer Neil Drumming talks with the rapper Breeze Brewin about a toy car they both loved playing with as kids: The General Lee from the hit TV show The Dukes of Hazzard. 629: Expect Delays Oct. 20, 2017 Act One: The Most Expected Delay in Northern Ohio Linndale, Ohio, is a town known almost entirely for its speed trap. Staff RecommendationsView all 490 Mar. 22, 2013 Trends With Benefits The startling rise of the number of people on disability in America. 110 Sept. 4, 1998 Mapping The world redrawn by the five senses.