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 Subscribe on Spotify Subscribe in Apple Podcasts Transcript Adam Maida Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION. Prologue Prologue Ira remembers the contentious family gatherings of holidays past - and how things have changed. (4 minutes) ByIra Glass Act One 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) ByScaachi Koul 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 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) ByKevin Sieff Song:“Too Close to Home” by Rhonda Funk Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 159: Mother’s Day May 12, 2000 Act Three: Mom Music Beau O'Reilly and his mother Winifred, who had 14 children, discuss her secret feelings about Johnny Cash and other matters on Mother's Day. 79: Stuck in the Wrong Decade Oct. 10, 1997 Act One: The Wedding Game Karl T. 313: Parental Guidance Suggested May 19, 2006 Act Two: The Grandma Letters Will Seymour reads letters he and his grandmother exchanged when he was in high school. Staff RecommendationsView all 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. 504 Sept. 6, 2013 How I Got Into College How a stolen library book got one man into his dream school and changed his life forever. Or at least that's the story he tells himself.