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December 29, 1995

Quitting

Stories of people who quit everything in their lives that they hated—and what happened to them afterwards.

Prologue

Evan Harris was entrenched in her life, stalled and going nowhere both personally and professionally. A silly conversation with a co-worker about the letter "Q" led her to start a magazine called Quitter Quarterly. That one conversation changed her life completely. (22 minutes)

Act Two

Ira explores the question of when it's time to quit a relationship through rare recordings of bickering between roommates—recorded by the next-door neighbors. (9 minutes)

Act Three

Lisa Buscani reads a two-part story about not being able to quit something or someone. The piece was written for This American Life. (13 minutes)

Song:

“The Calendar Song” by Robert Metrick