692 January 31, 2020 The Show of Delights In these dark, combative times, we attempt the most radical counterprogramming we could imagine: a show made up entirely of stories about delight. Download Share a clip Transcript Valero Doval Prologue Prologue ByIra GlassBim Adewunmi Ira Glass talks to Bim Adewunmi about her understanding of delight through American pop culture and the summer she spent in the US as a 19-year-old. Ira then hands the show over to Bim as guest host. (10 minutes) Act One The Job Of Delight ByBim Adewunmi Bim talks to poet Ross Gay, whose book inspired today’s show, about the discipline and rigor of seeking and holding onto delight. (8 minutes) Act Two The Squeals On The Bus ByRobyn Semien Producer Robyn Semien captures a special morning for her five-year-old son, Cole, who is doing something delightful for the very first time: he’s getting to ride the school bus. (4 minutes) Act Three Mrs. Meek Shall Inherit The Earth ByMiki Meek Producer Miki Meek speaks to Noriko Meek, her 72-year-old mother, about discovering delight late in life. (8 minutes) Act Four The Elephant In The Bedroom ByDana Chivvis Producer Dana Chivvis follows the night zookeeper at the Denver Zoo as she doles out snacks and tucks the animals in. (9 minutes) Act Five Delight At The End Of The Tunnel ByBim Adewunmi What happens when a dealer of delight gets depressed? Podcast host Tracy Clayton talks to Bim Adewunmi about the road back. (17 minutes) Song:“Whatever Makes You Happy” by The Miracles Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 305: The This American Life Holiday Spectacular Dec. 23, 2005 Act One: Twas The Morning After A Christmas poem from David Rakoff, about holidays in The Big City. 147: A Teenager's Guide to God Dec. 17, 1999 Act Five: The Substance Of Things Hoped For The teenagers try to get to know the locals, without a lot of success. 594: My Summer Self Aug. 12, 2016 Act One: Grapes of Wrath Producer Dana Chivvis explores the case of a 66-year-old working lifeguard who is suing New York State for age discrimination after refusing to wear a Speedo on the job. Staff RecommendationsView all 589 June 17, 2016 Tell Me I’m Fat Maybe it’s time to rethink the way we see being fat. 562 July 31, 2015 The Problem We All Live With - Part One There’s one thing that has been proven to cut the achievement gap between black and white students by half: integration.