559: Captain's Log
Jun 26, 2015
A captain’s log is a simple thing: the date, the time, maybe the weather — and the current status of a long journey. You wouldn’t know from the cryptic notations what weird worlds lurk beneath. On this week's show, stories behind those cryptic notations — including a concentration camp in China that housed groups of Girl Scouts. Also, Aziz Ansari explains the significance of a Thanksgiving text message, and Etgar Keret destroys a marriage piece by piece.
NOTE: The Internet version of this episode contains a story that was not on the radio. It's Act Four, a short story by writer Etgar Keret.
- PJ Vogt’s friend plays a trick on some girl scouts. The trick doesn’t work. The girl scouts don’t realize they’re being pranked. And in trying to figure out why, PJ comes across a logbook that tells him a secret history about the power of the girl scouts’ unrelenting cheerfulness. PJ co-hosts the podcast Reply All. (21 1/2 minutes)
- Comedian Aziz Ansari has been touring the country collecting people’s text messages from when they first say hi, and ask each other out. Sociologist Eric Klinenberg wanted to study this raw data of the initial approach a man makes to a woman over text. So the two of them did a focus group at a comedy club in New York. Jonathan Menjivar tells what happened. Aziz and Eric co-wrote a book called Modern Romance. (12 1/2 minutes)