October 23, 2020

The Walls Close In

Stories of people who find themselves stuck in small spaces—an elevator, an attic, an orchestra pit—trying to make sense of their new surroundings. 

Gracia Lam

Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION.



Host Ira Glass talks to Jay Van Bavel, who recently found himself trapped in an elevator (in a very 2020 predicament). (7 minutes)

Act One

The People Up the Stairs

A few weeks ago, Jessica and Moisés found themselves hiding in an attic. Reporter Kevin Sieff talks to them about how they got there. (26 minutes)