December 11, 2020


To commemorate our show’s 25th year, we have a program about people who were born the year our show went on the air.

Alvaro Dominguez

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


Host Ira Glass plays a recording of a rookie, try-hard, 25-year-old radio reporter. Himself. (7 minutes)

25 vs. 19

We send one of the youngest people on our staff, 26-year-old Noor Gill, to report on a 25-year-old whose job took over her life earlier this year. Here’s the original article that Noor read about Stephanie Giordano. (12 minutes)

The Rest of His Life

Mitchell S. Jackson profiles Ahmaud Arbery, who was 25 years old when he was shot to death by three white men in Georgia earlier this year. This essay was adapted from an essay in Runner’s World. (16 minutes)


“Make It Home” by Tobe Nwigwe

Bachelorette in Arlington

Turning 25 has always been a very specific deadline for Linah Mohammad: a deadline to get married. Single and facing down this birthday, she gets help from the last place she usually would go — her parents. (10 minutes) 


“25” by Robby Grote, performed by The Districts with Katherine Lample