Producer Lina Misitzis travels to Greece with her family to exhume the bones of her dead grandmother. (20 minutes)
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After his mother passes, a man unearths her book collection… and is surprised. (6 1/2 minutes)
A teenage girl decides the only way forward is to tear something down and rebuild from the ground up. Elna Baker explains.
Shamyla always loved books. Like lots of other eleven-year-olds back in 1989, she loved The Babysitters Club.
Parents try to shape who we are in their own image. Producer Neil Drumming spoke to Adam Mansbach, who tried to make his daughter fall in love with hip-hop.
Producer Ben Calhoun recalls a weighty moment from childhood and thinks about how the words from that encounter have come up again.
Eleven adult siblings need to divide their dead parents' stuff. But they don’t all get along.
When a small town loses 100 people in just a few hours, kids come home to find their parents missing. Producer Lilly Sullivan talks to people trying to make sense of where they went and if they’ll come back.
Host Ira Glass gets his grandmother Frieda’s college files, which reveal a whole other side of this person he thought he knew so well.
Daniel Alarcón’s dad was obsessed with soccer when he was growing up, but he was only average at soccer. But those who can’t do...find something else to do.
Veronica Chater explains the conflict in her house between her love for her pet macaw—a kind of parrot—and her love for her husband and three kids. The macaw wreaks a sort of low-level chaos in the house, because it wants Veronica all to itself.
Writer Brady Udall with another story about what animals can take the place of, in our lives and in our homes—this one involving an armadillo. This work of fiction originally appeared in the Autumn 1999 issue of Story magazine.
Ira discusses James Comey’s Senate testimony this week, testimony that called the president a liar. And producer Sean Cole talks with Theo Greenly about a lie that bothered him for a while, a lie involving his cousin, an artist named Kenny Scharf.
Journalist Reya El-Salahi tells the story of learning something very surprising about her mother’s past, involving a fake marriage, guns and guerrillas.
We searched for a parent who had a question for their kid...that they could only ask them after their kid was an adult. Then we found Ken Gethard, comedian Chris Gethard's dad, who had some really meaningful questions he wanted to ask his son.
Producer Miki Meek tells the story of a phone booth in Japan that attracts thousands of people who lost loved ones in the 2011 tsunami and earthquake. A Japanese TV crew from NHK Sendai filmed people inside the phone booth, whose phone is not connected to anything at all.
Jonathan Goldstein tries to convince his uncle and his father to get into the same room and have a conversation for the first time in decades, before it’s too late and one of them dies. This story comes from Jonathan’s podcast Heavyweight, from Gimlet Media.
Producer Neil Drumming tells the story of his dad and his family’s timeshare in Orlando, Florida.
Nema and Neda Semnani have extraordinarily similar first names – and completely opposite ways of dealing with what happened to their dad when they were little.
Ira relays advice from a staffer’s family on what to do if you’re thinking about something you don’t want to think about.
Lulu Wang tells the story of an elaborate attempt to keep someone ignorant — her grandmother — and how her family pulled it off.
Comedian Sasheer Zamata does this joke about her mom in her standup act. About how her mom hates white people.
Anthony DeVito recently observed his grandmother go through a metamorphosis no one in the family ever imagined they'd see.
It's not just that deciding to change your life completely can be momentous. Telling people about the decision can be a big deal too.