691 January 10, 2020 Gardens of Branching Paths Other universes that are just like our own, but with one small difference. Download Control-click (or right-click) Tap and hold to download Share a clip Transcript Keith Negley Prologue Prologue Host Ira Glass talks with David Kestenbaum about a phone app that can create alternate universes with the press of a button. (8 minutes) ByIra GlassDavid Kestenbaum Act One Dreams From My Father Writer Etgar Keret tells a story about his father, who was constantly imagining parallel universes. In a way, they saved him. (12 minutes) ByEtgar Keret Act Two Sorry/Not Sorry David Kestenbaum finds out about a speech that, in another world, President Clinton gave on August 17, 1998. (13 minutes) ByDavid Kestenbaum Act Three Sklar-Crossed Brothers Being an identical twin is kind of like having a parallel world right on top of ours, one in which there is another version of you running around. Dana Chivvis has the story of the Sklar twins, and a 48-year-old mystery. (19 minutes) ByDana Chivvis Act Four If I Lived Here, I’d Be Home Now Diane Wu has the story of a woman who goes to South Korea to meet her birth mother, a trip that lets her visit one of the other worlds in which she almost lived. (9 minutes) ByDiane Wu Song:“Alternate Universe” by Sue Fink Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 245: Allure of the Mean Friend Sept. 5, 2003 Act Four: Keeping It In The Family An excerpt of Bernard Cooper's story about the bill he got from his own father, for the entire cost of his childhood. 680: The Weight Of Words (2019) July 26, 2019 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. 81: Guns Oct. 24, 1997 Act One: Nra Vs Nea Sarah Vowell goes home to Montana to try and understand her gunsmith dad a little better. Staff RecommendationsView all 75 Sept. 12, 1997 Kindness of Strangers A locksmith tells the story of an act of kindness he committed, hoping for a small reward. That, and other stories of kindness in New York City. 560 July 3, 2015 Abdi and the Golden Ticket A story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American.