December 27, 2019

Too Close to Home

For the holidays, stories of families finally addressing the thorny thing they’ve never really talked about.

Adam Maida

Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION.


Ira remembers the contentious family gatherings of holidays past - and how things have changed. (4 minutes)

How Do I Say This?

Scaachi Koul is trying to learn a language native to her parents, and heads back to Calgary to ask why they never taught it to her in the first place.  (21 minutes)


“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by Nina Simone 

You Probably Think This Song is About You

Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III asked his ex-partner Suzzy Roche and their daughter Lucy to perform at his wedding party. The song they picked was…surprising.  (11 minutes)


“What Are Families For” by Loudon Wainwright III 

Pigeons on a Plane

Reporter Kevin Sieff travels from Mexico to Chicago with a group of seniors reuiniting with their undocumented kids in the U.S., some for the first time in decades. (18 minutes)


“Too Close to Home” by Rhonda Funk