690 December 27, 2019 Too Close to Home For the holidays, stories of families finally addressing the thorny thing they’ve never really talked about. Download Control-click (or right-click) Tap and hold to download Share a clip Transcript Adam Maida Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION. Prologue Prologue ByIra Glass Ira remembers the contentious family gatherings of holidays past - and how things have changed. (4 minutes) Act One How Do I Say This? ByScaachi Koul 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) Song:“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by Nina Simone Act Two 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) Song:“What Are Families For” by Loudon Wainwright III Act Three Pigeons on a Plane ByKevin Sieff 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) Song:“Too Close to Home” by Rhonda Funk Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 270: Family Legend Aug. 6, 2004 Act Two: We Don't Talk About That Some family legends are most notable for their absence. 389: Frenemies Sept. 11, 2009 Act Four: Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace David Rakoff demonstrates—in rhyme—how to make a wedding toast for people you never wanted to see married in the first place. 560: Abdi and the Golden Ticket July 3, 2015 Act One It turns out winning the lottery is only the first step in trying to come to America. Staff RecommendationsView all 487 Feb. 15, 2013 Harper High School - Part One We spent five months at a high school in Chicago where in the last year 29 current and recent students were shot. 488 Feb. 22, 2013 Harper High School - Part Two Part two of our program on Harper High School in Chicago, where in the last year 29 current and recent students were shot.