74 August 29, 1997 Conventions What happens when people with one common interest gather in monstrous, fluorescent-lit halls for the weekend? Sometimes they drive each other crazy, sometimes they fall in love. DownloadAmazon iTunes Share a clip Transcript Elan Ruskin Convention worker ByIra Glass Andrea worked at a bakery under a convention hotel in Chicago. The conventioneers used to drive her crazy because people act so different when they're in a crowd of their own kind. (3 minutes) Act One Dark Shadows ByJohn Connors John Connors has very mixed emotions about attending a convention for viewers of the TV program Dark Shadows. (18 minutes) Act Two Dish Out Of Water ByDishwasher Pete Dishwasher Pete, author of the book Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States, went to the National Restaurant Association convention on assignment from This American Life. (15 minutes) Act Three When Worlds Collide ByIra Glass John Perry Barlow, a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and former rancher and Grateful Dead lyricist, on an experience that began at the boundary of two conventions. (20 minutes) Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 160: Character Assassination May 19, 2000 Act One: Those Who Ignore History Are Condemned To Repeat It—But Those Who Pay Attention To History Are Also Condemned To Repeat It Dirty political attacks go back to the very beginning of the American Republic. 99: I Enjoy Being A Girl, Sort Of Apr. 10, 1998 Act Four: Taking Sisterhood One Step Further Ira with Elizabeth Joseph, who is in a polygamous marriage with eight wives and one husband. 245: Allure of the Mean Friend Sept. 5, 2003 Act Two: Does Niceness Pay? In which we conduct a little scientific experiment—on tape, with hidden microphones—about whether niceness pays. Staff RecommendationsView all 550 Mar. 13, 2015 Three Miles What happens when of a group of public school students in the Bronx goes to visit an elite private school three miles away. 192 Aug. 31, 2001 Meet the Pros The story of one man's journey from obscurity to international professional celebrity.