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Brian Reed on The Tonight Show

Brian Reed, host of S-Town, talked to Jimmy Fallon about how a chance email sent by a fascinating Alabama antique clock restorer led to the podcast.

Seriously

15 million people watched this on Facebook. Right before the 2016 election, we asked Sara Bareilles to imagine what President Obama might be thinking about Donald Trump, but couldn’t say publicly. Leslie Odom Jr. sang. 

Party Guy

The third song we commissioned on the eve of the 2016 election. Broadway composer Michael Friedman imagined what RNC Chairman Reince Priebus might be thinking, but not expressing publicly. John Ellison Conlee sang.

A Better Way

Just before the 2016 election, we asked the Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to imagine what Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was feeling, but couldn’t say publicly, about Donald Trump. Neil Patrick Harris sang the part of Paul Ryan.

Shortcut

Ira explains how to use our Shortcut app to share clips from This American Life  on social media.

Chris Ware: Animated New Yorker cover

Our collaboration with The New Yorker. This was the cover of their Dec 7, 2015, issue. Everyone who got the digital version of that issue on this iPad or phone could push “play” and the cover would come to life as an animated short. 

Tattoos

Episode 2 in our Videos 4 U series: We helped Maggie tell her parents that she had lots of tattoos, a fact she’d hidden for years. 

I Love You

Episode 1 in our Videos 4 U series: we helped Maia say three words to her boyfriend she’d never said before. This video won an Emmy!

The Radio Drama Episode

Our most ambitious live show ever! Nearly 50 actors, singers, dancers, musicians, and comedians onstage including Sasheer Zamata, Stephin Merritt, Mike Birbiglia, and an original mini-musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The Gap

Ira writes: “Several people have taken a quote from that Current TV interview and made short videos with it. This one, by Daniel Sax, is inventive and beautiful.”

Ira at Google

Google sometimes invites people in to give little talks or Q&As. Ira was asked, while he was visiting California. 

Sleepwalk With Me

When an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents.