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 ByIra GlassDavid Kestenbaum Host Ira Glass talks with David Kestenbaum about a phone app that can create alternate universes with the press of a button. (8 minutes) Act One Dreams From My Father ByEtgar Keret Writer Etgar Keret tells a story about his father, who was constantly imagining parallel universes. In a way, they saved him. (12 minutes) Act Two Sorry/Not Sorry ByDavid Kestenbaum David Kestenbaum finds out about a speech that, in another world, President Clinton gave on August 17, 1998. (13 minutes) Act Three Sklar-Crossed Brothers ByDana Chivvis 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) Act Four If I Lived Here, I’d Be Home Now ByDiane Wu 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) Song:“Alternate Universe” by Sue Fink Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 289: Go Ask Your Father May 13, 2005 Act Two: My Favorite Martian Paul Tough's father was a mild-mannered professor. 723: Squeaker Nov. 6, 2020 Act Two: New York and Germany Stephanie Foo talks with two Army officers with very different political views about the week’s results. 470: Show Me the Way July 27, 2012 Act One: Just South of the Unicorns A teenager runs away from home to move in with someone he's never met, his idol, the person he respects most of all — a fantasy writer named Piers Anthony. Staff RecommendationsView all 744 Aug. 13, 2021 Essential The pandemic forced jobs to change, but then the workers changed, too. 429 Mar. 11, 2011 Will They Know Me Back Home? Stories of people who've grown so accustomed to wartime that the lives they've left behind no longer make sense.