Listener Photos Archive

Every so often we feature a listener photo in our newsletter. There aren't any guidelines, really, beyond "related to the show." Maybe it's you and your friends at one of our live events. Maybe it's a cloud that looked kind of like Jonathan Goldstein. Maybe it's your spouse intently reading our Radio comic book or building their very own weight-lifting snowman or purchasing a toxic asset.

Submit your photo, along with a brief description, to [email protected]!

Sarah writes: "This week ... "The Right to Remain Silent" ... there was a piece about the sounds of the earth, and how they are disappearing. In Brule County South Dakota on Saturday afternoon, I could hear the corn rustling in the wind. I heard the sounds of hundreds of birds taking flight. I heard crickets. Lots of crickets. I didn't see another car for more than 2 hours. It was great to listen to the show as well as I looked for new birds.

This is what it looked like.

Image by Sarah.

Wendy West writes: "I'm moving and found my treasured stash of your show. I was such a TAL nut I would save up to order your cassettes."

Image by Wendy West.

Dylan Glynn writes, in response to our 500th episode illustrations: "[Here's] an illustration I did based on 'Notes on Camp.'"

Illustration by Dylan Glynn

Meredith Strandquist writes: "Here's a little drawing I made as thanks for all your hard work. I was inspired by the fabulous art you commissioned for last week's episode."

Illustration by Meredith Strandquist

Zak Gezon writes: "Great episode on climate change! I am a PhD student studying the potential effects of climate change on plant reproduction and I do my fieldwork in Colorado. Last year was a super weird year, indeed. I thought this photo of my research meadow might interest you since it offers a pretty dramatic view of how weird things were. Both of these photos were taken when Potentilla pulcherrima (Rosaceae, the yellow wildflower visible in the 2011 photo) were at peak abundance. The red spots that you see in the 2012 photo are the flags I use to mark my plots, not flowers. The wildflowers basically just didn't flower last year, and many of them completely failed to reproduce. There are about 10 times lower Potentilla flowers per square meter in 2012 than 2011. Incredible."

Images by Zak Gezon.

Artist Jeremy Bondy writes: "I'm a huge fan of TAL and listen to it a lot while a work, so thank you. And for this past Fan Art Friday I did a little piece of This American Life."

Drawing by Jeremy Bondy.

Artist Kota Ezawa writes: "Thank you for your story on Anthony in Act 2 of your program. I'm an artist living in San Francisco and also received fan mail from Anthony and his father. They sent me drawings and also a box of chocolates. Hearing this story for some reason makes me even more proud to be part of Anthony's collection. It seems like he and his parents have really good taste." (You can see more of Kota's work here and here.)

Photo from Kota Ezawa.

Dane Cardiel created this image for a post he wrote on Manor House Quarterly, which you can read here. He adds: "In Chattanooga for unrelated reasons, I didn't hear about this event until a few hours before! So, as you can imaging, having a front row seat was something special."

Image by Dane Cardiel.

Samantha King's mom saw this on her daughter's blog and sent this to us; we sent Samantha a note asking for permission to share it. She responded: "Oh wow! Yeah, that's a Post-it note drawing I did back for Hourly Comic Day!"

Drawing by Samantha King.

Submitted by Patamus Warmer to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for our "Starting From Scratch" episode.

Image by Patamus Warmer.

Nathan Michael writes: "A few month's back I shot a feature for Design Bureau Magazine coving Englewood. The issue was released this month and I was finally able to put up the images online. I thought they might give a raw visual reference to pair with your recent coverage of Harper High School.

You can view the story and larger photos here."

Image by Nathan Michael.

Submitted by Doug Churchill to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for our "Valentine's Day 2013" episode. He writes: "This upside down car has been the 'advertisement' for a local used car dealer for a number of years. The message on the car changes from time to time."

Image by Doug Churchill.

Jaime Anderson writes: "Being the NPR nerd (enthusiast) that I am, I thought it would be a fun challenge to develop a concept for This American Life. I wanted the illustration to capture little pieces of America which come together in a folk-art inspired, stacked landscape.

These little pockets of life include a looming big city, a pancake flippin’ lumberjack cabin, a bustling apartment complex, a cookie cutter suburb, a bonafide hippie camp, and a black sheep farm." (See more detail from the drawing here.)

Illustration by Jaime Anderson.

Submitted by Allison Sidders to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Doppelgängers"

Image by Allison Sidders.

Lloyd Smith writes: "I am a twin so really enjoyed the twin principals and the twin girls. Twin code is correct. We are 72 years old and have put together a Web album of twin photos of us growing up and up to present. I have not heard of any other twins that have over 700 photos of them growing up. Luckily my folks started taking photos of us early on. "

Image from Lloyd Smith.

Mark Greene writes: "Story tonight on This American Life about pig bung being sold as fake calimari inspired my seven year old son Gus to draw this pic of 'pig bung dressed as calimari...'"

Image sent by Mark Greene.

Eben E. B. Burgoon writes: "I had a great dose of Doppelganger over the holidays! This gentleman and I sat next to each other on the plane ride from Indianapolis to Denver this winter. We both are in creative industries, we both ordered ginger ale, we both wrote in our journals when fiddling with our respective Apple products weren't an option."

Image by Jessica Fearnow.

Submitted by Carla Mowell to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Heretics"

Image by Carla Mowell.

Submitted by Lahar Legar to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Lights, Camera, Christmas!"

Image by Lahar Legar.

Alex MacDonald writes: "Working at my desk the other day, I turned to check on my nine-month-old son Jay and found that he had pulled Radio: An Illustrated Guide off of the bookshelf and was giving it a look."

Image by Alex MacDonald.

Ella Schwab writes: "I grew up in New Ulm, Minnesota, a small town not far from Mankato. While we were cleaning out my grandfather's house we found a plaque — it was an advertisement for a brewery featuring the mass hanging in Mankato. Attached are photographs taken before we gave it away. I thought I'd pass them along."

Image by Ella Schwab.

Eileen Melinda Bridgetts writes: "Seemed appropriate for today's show. Love it."

Image by Eileen Melinda Bridgetts.

Abigail Kay writes: "I just wanted to show you want a sold-out movie, Sleepwalk With Me, looks like. At the point I took this picture, couples gave up trying to sit together and were looking for random open seats. Thank you for an awesome movie!"

Image by Abigail Kay.

W. Ryan Hatch writes: "This was a quick sketch while listening to This American Life. The idea and concept came from a child's reoccurring ...nightmare? Imagination? Delusions? Anyway, not to make light of those things, I just thought it made for a great character."

Drawing by W. Ryan Hatch.

Lisa Sanford writes: "We went to see Sleepwalk With Me, then ate at Elat Burger, where the Avengers get shawarma at the end of the film (post-credits sequence). [We brought our stuffed pink rabbit with us]. Just our way to bridge the divide between This American Life and Joss Whedon!"

Image by Lisa Sanford.

Shannon Orcutt writes: I just finished listening to your podcast on "Fear of Sleep." This hit home for me, hard, because I was always terrified of sleep when I was a kid. I was scared of the dark, scared of things I made up in my head, and read about. I would stay up as late as I could reading, because it was the only thing that could take my mind off of what I was afraid was hiding under my bed or in the dark corners I couldn't see. I also had a profound terrifying realization when I was about 8 when I realized what death was. I never connected with the idea of an afterlife or a god, so one night when I was alone in my room it hit me what death actually was, and that was nothingness, forever. I was hysterical, and there was no comfort to be had, I knew this. My grandma tried to talk to me and make me feel better but I don't remember a thing she said, all I remember was the comfort of her sitting at the end of my bed, and this is what helped me to finally fall asleep.

Anyway, I'm an illustrator and a graphic designer, and when I was in school I made a series of paintings based on phobias.

Illustration from Shannon Orcutt.

Submitted by Carla Mowell to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "The Convert."

Image by Carla Mowell.

Shane Kennedy writes: "Yep....a tattoo of the bench-pressing snowman from "The Super"...that story really stuck with me."

Image from Shane Kennedy.

Riva Lehrer writes: "I had the opportunity to draw David Rakoff at his reading at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago in 2010. I meant to give him the piece after scanning it. Condolences on losing an amazing friend. We will miss his unique sweet sharpness."

Drawing by Riva Lehrer.

Submitted by Clarkmaxwell to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Amusement Park."

Image by Clarkmaxwell.

Submitted by You're U.S. to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Hiding in Plain Sight." They write: "Small Town Diner. Lake Okeechobee, FL."

Image by You're U.S.

Submitted by SHOTbySUSAN to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Hiding in Plain Sight." She writes: "That window has a crack in it...(sorry mom, couldn't resist). Grand Avenue, Williamsburg."

Image by SHOTbySUSAN.

Submitted by Jefka to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Switcheroo." He writes: "fair warning."

Image by Jefka.

Submitted by Christine Ammirati to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Americans in China." She writes: "visiting ZhongShan Park while studying at Beijing University through CIEE."

Image by Christine Ammirati.

In response to "Americans In China," listener Malkah Bird writes: "This is our daughter playing on one of the many 'adult playgrounds' that are located throughout Beijing."

Image by Malkah Bird.

Submitted by Mary to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Go Ask Your Father." "Go ask your father. I did. He said yes. I became the proud owner of Sunny the cutting horse at age 12."

Image by Mary.

Submitted by Tyler Sparks to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Invisible Made Visible."

Image by Tyler Sparks.

Submitted by Carla Weir to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "The Psychopath Test." "Only cherries were injured for this photo. Taken two years ago on our drive up to Wyoming, at Natural Arch State Park (or something like that) where we stopped for a picnic."

Image by Carla Weir.

Submitted by Clarkmaxwell to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Invisible Made Visible."

Image by Clarkmaxwell.

Submitted by Tim Schreier to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Mortal Vs. Venial."

Image by Tim Schreier.

Submitted by Aliluyya to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "The Ten Commandments."

Image by Aliluyya.

Submitted by Anthony Posey to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "The Ten Commandments."

Image by Anthony Posey.

Shortly after we reran "Switched at Birth", Sara Schmidt Boldon wrote: "I am a little sleep-deprived, so this is probably more entertaining to me than it would be to the world at large...but just in case, here you go, TAL."

Image by Sara Schmidt Boldon.

Julie Mangin writes: "This is a photo I took of Granny D, a remarkable protestor for campaign financing reform." (Regarding: "Take The Money and Run For Office."

Image by Julie Mangin.

Submitted by Richard Rhee to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Retraction". "Andy Schleck is the de facto 2010 Tour de France champion after Alberto Contador was stripped of his win as a result of a positive doping test."

Image by Richard Rhee.

Submitted by Jeremy Oswald to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Play The Part." "At a four year old's birthday party, everyone gets to play a part!"

Image by Jeremy Oswald.

Submitted by Bobby Plasencia to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Play the Part."

Image by Bobby Plasencia.

Submitted by Suresh Rao to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Conventions."

Image by Suresh Rao.

H~green writes: "Russellville, the county seat of Franklin County Alabama, has a Hispanic population of nearly 30%. Many of the locals dislike the Hispanics. However, one African-American resident told me, 'The Mexicans are the best thing that ever happened to the blacks around here. When they moved in, we were no longer the lowest on the totem pole.'" Submitted to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Reap What You Sow."

Image by h~green.

Stacie Barton writes: "The last time tuna casserole was ever served in this house. What would happen if kids ruled the menu?" Submitted to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Kid Politics."

Image by Stacie Barton.

Mofo writes: "My virtual world. By the light of the silvery screen..." Submitted to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory."

Image by Mofo.

Submitted by David Levine to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Neighborhood Watch."

Image by Daniel S. Levine.

Walter Petrichyn writes: "This picture wasn't taken around new years (actually taken in February 10') but I thought it was appropriate with Act Four of "Christmas and Commerce." Not with to deal with the imperfections of Christmas, or any other notable holiday, but the perfected image of what everyone expects that day to be. Perhaps if this photo had some audio accompaniment, then we would be getting used to the undesirable features of loud traffic sounds, and people too devoted to their busy schedules." Submitted to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Christmas and Commerce."

Image by Walter Petrichyn.

Submitted by Doug Churchill to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "How to Create a Job."

Image by Doug Churchill.

Noir Imp writes: "Fragile ladder, head in a hole. Hiding from the family 'round the holidays, or finally—finally—getting the necessary vantage point on all those crazy people you're supposed to love?" Submitted to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Nobody's Family is Going to Change."

Image by Noir Imp.

Submitted by Mary to our Flickr Theme of the Week group, for "Nobody's Family is Going to Change."

"My Family." Image by Mary.

Erica Penton writes: "I made this page after spending months at a horrible data-entry job in a grey conference room full of grey cubicles and Cathy cartoons. That fall I filled the long days by working my way through the TAL archives one hour at a time. I got some strange looks when my co-workers would catch me disrupting the sounds of keyboards clacking by either laughing or crying in my cubicle, but I felt so grateful to be reminded of all the humanity outside those fake walls."

Collage by Erica Penton.

Zachary Sigelko writes: "Hope you don't think this is too weird, but I figured I'd send this to you in the spirit of Halloween. My girlfriend and I decided to do a joint costume for the first time, and went with a horror/news mashup theme. I went as WereWolf Blitzer. She went as VampIra Glass."

Images from Zachary Sigelko.

Burning Toters writes: "Dig your show! From what I've seen, so do some graff kids in the Bay Area."

Image by Burning Toters.

Colin Dunn writes: "I am currently finishing my undergrad degree in the Graphic Design program at MICA. [Editor's note: this may be especially of interest for listeners familiar with Colin's story in our episode "Best Interests".] One of my assignments was to redesign an album cover, and I chose This American Life. I photographed iconic American food with their guts exposed as a visual translation of the show's ethos. " You can read more about Colin's project here.

Design by Colin Dunn.

Fiona Bearclaw writes: "I borrowed the idea from a comic/zine colleague Olivia Horvath. I'm pretty sure universally every illustrator listens to This American Life when it comes to inking their work. Here's my homage to that!"

Illustration by Fiona Bearclaw.

Robbie Short writes: "Taken as part of my biweekly challenge group: This American Life Theme of The Week. This week's theme: Kid Politics."

Image by Robbie Short.

Meredith writes, from 2007: "Entirely nerd-star-struck being in the same room with Ira Glass. The documentary was amazing too. Also, it doesn't matter if they were free, yerba mate + vodka = bad-idea."

"'Frank & Cindy' screening and panel" image by Meredith.

Lori Keller writes: "On the first anniversary of This American Life, a party was thrown at the Flat Iron building in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. The evening was very informal and fun—Dan Savage and Ira's mom provided sex advice to those who had submitted questions and the Waco Brothers ended the evening with a fabulous set. I'm not sure that TAL would hand out matches these days and tapes are likely no longer available."

Image by Lori Keller.

This one comes to us via Facebook from KUER: "Cleaning out the closet and found some This American Life kites! Who wants one?!"

David Joel writes: "Hi there, I am an artist living in Seattle. I took a photo of my friend, Somerset Fetter, wearing a This American Life shirt. We are great fans of the show."

Image by David Joel.

Maarten Rutgers writes: "I noticed this on the way home tonight at the chase bank down the street. An omen?"

Image by Maarten Rutgers.

Mia Winn writes: "I have been embroidering since I was a little girl, probably 5 years old. For the past few years, I have been embroidering a lot of pop culture pieces, which are inspired by people/things that I love. I mostly work while listening to podcasts (like This American Life) or watching TV (like This American Life!). This piece was made just before the 2009 live show. I had just purchased my tickets and I was so excited that I decided to embroider an image of Ira Glass. I used a loose chain stitch, which allows for more space between the threads and gives it that 'sketchy' look. It should be noted, however, that the words "Ira Glass" are in my own free-hand handwriting and it is NOT a replica of Ira's signature (something I get asked a lot). The piece is now hanging in a friend's home in Los Angeles, CA."

Image by Mia Winn.

Andy Carl Valentin writes: "I love TAL and Ira. I try to expose everyone I know to the show and get them to download the phone app. Basically, I was just trying to tell more people by way of illustration."

Image by Andy Carl Valentin.

Submitted to the This American Life Theme of the Week group for the episode "Know When To Fold 'Em" by Mary Gordon. She writes: "I took this photo along Highway 120 West in Hot Springs County, Wyoming when I was pulled over for speeding. As it turned out, the Deputy that stopped me was someone I used to work with when I worked at the Thermopolis Police Department."

Image by Mary Gordon.

Submitted to the This American Life Theme of the Week group on Flickr for the episode "Old Boys Network", by Rich Rhee.

Illustration by Rich Rhee.

Cheryl Collins writes: "Here is a little (2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches) painting I did while listening to TAL. The only way I can get any real painting done is to listen to your show. It keeps my critical mind entertained so that the creative part can relax and get to work."

Image by Cheryl Collins.

Angus MacLane writes: "I'm an Animator and Short Film Director at Pixar Animation Studios and Lego building is my hobby. I created the CubeDude™ building format a couple of years ago as a way to celebrate people and characters that are iconic, funny or personally inspirational to me. Since then I have ended up making over 300 different figures. When Ira came to speak at work, I gave him this piece as a gift."

Image by Scott Clark, creation by Angus MacLane

Janeanne Rockwell-Kincanon writes: "Meet Ira, our Jack Russell Terrier. Kerry Kincanon and I adopted him immediately after our road trip last summer during which we listened to hours upon hours of TAL podcasts. He is obsessed with tennis balls and not nearly as introspective as his namesake. We love him anyway, and hope you are not offended."

Image from Janeanne Rockwell-Kincanon.

Ellen Sebastian Chang and Cynthia Burgess write: "This was on 7th Street in West Oakland last year — it has since been painted over. I saw it when riding BART and started laughing so hard."

Image from Ellen Sebastian Chang.

David McGreevy writes: "This is a paint-by-number picture based on an episode of This American Life. It was my first paint-by-number project. I enjoyed doing the paint-by-numbers but since doing these two I have not been able to find any other kits that are not completely lame."

Image from David McGreevy.

Randy Illum writes: "The bottom [of the tattoo] is actually tall pines trees growing out of the microphone because I grew up in the pine barrens of New Jersey (playing off the first person narrative of This American Life)."

Image from Randy Illum.

Chase Chesnutt writes: "I had the opportunity to see Ira speak at the Paramount in Austin, Texas. I waited around hoping to meet him and just when I had given up hope and was walking away I caught him walking out of the back alley. We talked for a bit, and I even got this awesome photo with him!"

Image from Chase Chesnutt.

Greg Williams writes: "In Episode 293 ("A Little Bit of Knowledge"), Nancy Updike talked with Ira Glass about an imaginary magazine called "Modern Jackass"—in which contributors would write expertly about something they know absolutely nothing about. I adapted the segment for this installment of my "Blogjam" comic for The Tampa Tribune."

Image from Greg Williams.

Liz Sher writes: "We booksellers at Washington DC’s Politics and Prose Bookstore love This American Life! Recently, we’ve featured your show in our weekly email and displayed TAL-related books in our store. Thank you so much for enlightening us each week!"

Image from Liz Sher.

Deborah Peart writes: "As an newbie Canadian fanatic to This American Life, I need to catch up on old shows via radio archives online at work in Toronto. Welcome to Canada and the CBC Ira! Turn the tables and give us an hour to discuss our true thoughts on Americans."

Image from Deborah Peart.

Jenny Salita writes: "My boyfriend's family is from a small town in Southern Minnesota. We drive down there a lot always stocking the iPod with This American Life podcasts. I don't think I'd make the drive so often if we didn't have this show to listen to—it's the greatest piece of art being made today if you ask me. This is a lonely barn we pass every time we make the trip somewhere in the middle of no-where and no-where."

Image from Jenny Salita.

Heidi Chapman writes: "I am pretty sure I was listening to the "Who's Canadian" episode when I decided Ira had to be immortalized via the Wobbly Wineglass of Twoof."

Image from Heidi Chapman.

Beth Lacey Gill writes: "I took this shot the first night I got a tiny, colorful kitten. A bunch of names—all based on inspiring female artists—hit me, but after listening to a back episode of Break-Up, I dubbed this dilute little calico Starlee. She has totally started to grow into her name, too. Her voice is entirely distinctive, she adores The Magnetic Fields and Phil Collins, and she makes me laugh all the time. "

Image from Beth Lacey Gill.

Britni Thompson writes: "Since my boyfriend and I live in No Man's Land, South Dakota, our chances of meeting Ira Glass are slim to none. Therefore, we did the next best thing and put a picture of him on our refrigerator. Ever since Ira's kitchen debut, our nine month old son, Igby, has been mysteriously drawn to his photo. Whenever Igby sees Ira, he frantically waves, reaches out, and grasps for him. Meet This American Life's youngest fan."

Image from Britni Thompson.

Erin Handley writes: "Whether he knows it or not, Ira walks to campus with me at least once a week, rain or shine."

Image from Erin Handley.

Sari Cohen writes: "The first page from my final project—an illustrated story about the island of Nauru (from The Middle of Nowhere)."

Graphic by Sari Cohen.

Rob Chodos writes: "So there are a few things about this:

1. my mom doesn't understand me or it.
2. the older people ask me if it's Steve Allen, others ask if it's Elvis Costello, I think it could very well be Kim Jong II though.
3. the most amazing thing was this summer in LA, I was staying at a hostel across from a gay/lesbian alliance building and there was a reporter taping a segment. When I passed by, he cut the take to come see his journalistic hero on my arm.

Now let me add that I know very little about Ira as a person and while I do love the show (and am working on a pitch about Nicknames), this tattoo is really a 'symbol' of follow through, if there HAS to be a reason for getting a tattoo. The way I look at it, had I not gotten Ira on my arm, I could have ended up with the moon on my lower back."

Image by Rob Chodos.

Flickr user Makeitabigbox writes: "My hedgehog, named Pasta Batman after a This American Life reference (so the shirt is appropriate, although unintentional). She likes burrowing into clothes and napping on people. Very cute. She had been contentedly hiding in my boyfriend's sweatshirt before we took this picture."

Image by Makeitabigbox.

Farrah Khan writes: "My cat, Tyler, is soothed by the sounds of Ira Glass's voice streaming on the laptop in the background."

Image by Farrah Khan.

Jen Tabb writes: "One of my favorites parts of the weekend is making dinner on sunday nights while I listen to This American Life on the radio. I had just received this cookbook for Christmas, I believe, and was making chive risotto cakes from The Barefoot Contessa, which reminds me that I need to make those again!"

Image by Jen Tabb.

John St. Denis writes: "Hospitals don't close for holidays so the staff, and in particular we nurses, take turns. Christmas was mine to work this year. Christmas eve and the night of were fairly calm nights in our surgical recovery unit. Which is to say that the sugar-high from treats ebbed quickly, and just one patient coded. Here I am on my lunch break re-listening to Julian McCullough's great story from the 'Comedians of Christmas Comedy' episode. On the way home, 'The SantaLand Diaries.'"

Image by John St. Denis.

Doug Munson writes: "It's snowing. I have nothing to do today and am gearing up for the start of the new job tomorrow morning. I've decided to work on some drawings and listen to non stop episodes of This American Life online, the best radio program ever!"

"This Chicagoan Life." Image by Doug Munson.

Doug Churchill writes: "Ira Glass of This American Life at the KCHO reception for his show. Here he poses with Amanda Leveroni the owner of Bacio Catering, while I make an image of her taking the photo. It was great to meet Ira in person, he's very personable and spent most of his time talking with the guests."

Image by Doug Churchill.

Heather Dowd writes: "My friend Mary and I laughed and cried at the This American Life show live in Chicago...just like I do when listening while running or in my car. It was nice to look around the theater and see that it is not only me! (We also giggled at the many Ira Glass look-alikes in the audience.)"

Image by Heather Dowd.

Gary Ward writes: "My girlfriend was following me home and we had both tuned in and when we pulled up to my house, we just sat in our cars for more than 5 minutes waiting for the other to get out, not realizing we were both listening to This American Life. The game of chicken ended when I texted her to see if she was listening, which I found she was, and at the break, she ran up to my car and joined me for the rest of the program."

Image by Becki Pang.