Binjamin Wilkomirski and New York writer Blake Eskin try and figure out if they are related. NOTE: A few years after this interview aired, Binjamin Wilkomirski and his Holocaust memoir Fragments were shown to be fabrications. Blake Eskin chronicled this story in his 2002 book A Life In Pieces: The Making and Unmaking of Binjamin Wilkomirski.
"Edison, New Jersey," a story about delivering pool tables from Junot Diaz's book Drown.
Paul Tough visits Catherine Chalmers. She raises small animals and insects in her apartment, feeds them to each other, and photographs them eating each other.
The small town dilemma.
Dishwasher Pete on Letterman.
Jeff Dorchen reads Italo Calvino's short story All At One Point from Calvino's book Cosmicomics.
Ira Glass's grandmother.
Host Ira Glass talks to Amanda, who's 16 and lives with her mom in a Christian commune in Chicago.
A medieval village, a 1900-pound brass kettle, marauding visigoths, and a plan to drench invaders with boiling oil that goes awry. From Ron Carlson's book The Hotel Eden, read by Chicago actor Jeff Dorchen.
Ron Carlson's short story.
Ira with an expert in medieval manuscripts, Sandy Hindman.
Susan Bergman and the Christian convention. Susan is the author of Anonymity.
South Carolina native Jack Hitt discusses the Confederate Flag's prominent place over the statehouse.
Sandy Tolan interviewed Susan's friends and family to make an unusual and powerful documentary about who she was and about the world she inhabited.
We begin to hear a story by Scott Carrier.
Reporter Paul Tough talks with Aaron Hsu-Flanders, an acknowledged master in the field of animal balloons, who says that artistic jealousies have ruined his life. Even in the world of latex giraffes and doggies, there are artistic rivalries and bitterness.
A 17 year old tricks an entire resort town into believing he is someone he is not. By Jack Hitt and Christopher Cerf.
The first part of Josh Seftel and Rich Robinson's documentary about South Africa. Josh meets people who may be distant South African relatives.
Photographer Joel Meyerowitz decided to go on a last big trip with his father, Hy, who has Alzheimer's. Joel also brought his own son.