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 145: Poultry Slam 1999 Nov. 26, 1999 Act Two: Still Life With Chicken What happens when a chicken crosses the thin yellow line that divides the animals we eat from the animals we keep as pets. 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. 571: The Heart Wants What It Wants Oct. 30, 2015 Act Three: Unbreak My Heart Julia Lillis talks to Ira about the huge, romantic move she made after a break up, and how it was both crazy and worth doing. Staff RecommendationsView all 339 Aug. 24, 2007 Break-Up Starlee Kine tries to write the perfect break-up song with some help from Phil Collins. 77 Sept. 26, 1997 Pray Can the secular world and the religious world understand each other?