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. Download 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 675: I’m on TV?? May 17, 2019 Act Two: Born to Play the Part One of our producers Bim Adewunmi explains her obsession with a certain baby on television. 404: Enemy Camp (2010) Apr. 2, 2010 Act One: Confession Patrick Wall was a special kind of monk. 518: Except For That One Thing Feb. 14, 2014 Act Two: Not Okay Cupid A piece of fiction by BJ Novak called "Julie and the Warlord" that with his help, we’ve turned into a radio drama. Staff RecommendationsView all 560 July 3, 2015 Abdi and the Golden Ticket A story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American. 443 Aug. 12, 2011 Amusement Park We head to some of the happiest places on earth: amusement parks!