Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION.
For years, producer Lilly Sullivan has wondered what goes on beneath the surface in the mind of one of her good friends and co-workers, Diane. This week, she tries to get to the bottom of it. (11 minutes)
This was the story director Greta Gerwig gave to Margot Robbie, while Robbie was trying to figure out how to play Barbie. According to Vogue: "Gerwig sent Robbie an episode of This American Life, about a woman who doesn’t introspect. 'You know how you have a voice in your head all the time?' Robbie says. 'This woman, she doesn’t have that voice in her head.'"
Lots of things go unspoken between family members, sometimes for years. We searched for a parent who had a question for their kid that they’d never been able to ask before. We found Ken Gethard, comedian Chris Gethard's dad, who had one particularly meaningful question he wanted to ask his son. This is their conversation. (6 minutes)