Radio Archive by Tag

Marriage

  • Two Can Be as Sad as One.

    617: Fermi’s Paradox 05.19.2017

    We turn now to one of the loneliest experiences a person can have: marriage. Ira listens to two ...MarriageRelationships

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  • Prologue.

    590: Choosing Wrong 06.24.2016

    Host Ira Glass interviews author Alain de Botton about why so many of us choose the wrong ...BreakupDivorceLove

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  • One Life To Live.

    526: Is That What I Look Like? 05.23.2014

    Producer Miki Meek spent a week with a family in the midst of a difficult situation. A woman who ...BreakupDivorceFamily

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  • Sunrise, Sun-Get.

    516: Stuck In The Middle 01.17.2014

    Mark Oppenheimer reports on agunah in the Orthodox Jewish community. An agunah is a woman whose ...BreakupCrimeDivorce

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  • In God We Trust.

    489: No Coincidence, No Story! 03.01.2013

    When it comes to love, coincidences tend to loom extra-large. Stephen Lee tells about the time ...FamilyMarriageRelationships

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  • Prologue.

    470: Show Me the Way 07.27.2012

    A man discovers that his wife is cheating on him, and turns for advice to someone he's sure ...BreakupDivorceMarriage

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  • Wife Lessons.

    458: Play the Part 02.17.2012

    Kristen Finch was a speech therapist who sometimes worked with kids with Asperger Syndrome, ...MarriageMental HealthRelationships

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  • Best Laid Plans.

    457: What I Did For Love 02.10.2012

    Kurt Braunohler and his girlfriend had been together for thirteen years, and they were only ...BreakupMarriageRelationships

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  • Prologue.

    444: Gossip 08.26.2011

    Senior producer Julie Snyder and her husband Jeff talk to guest host Sarah Koenig about gossip ...FriendshipFunnyMarriage

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  • Don't Make Me Separate You.

    439: A House Divided 06.24.2011

    Jeanne Darst was 16 when her parents split up. But it turned out they just weren't too skilled ...BreakupDivorceFamily

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  • May Be Hazardous To Children.

    433: Fine Print 2011 04.15.2011

    Susan Burton rereads her parents' divorce papers—the fine print that changed her life forever. ...ChildhoodDivorceFamily

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  • Denying the Invisible.

    431: See No Evil 04.01.2011

    In the wake of the tsunami and nuclear disaster at Fukushima, some people suspected that ...EnvironmentHealth Care/MedicineMarriage

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  • I've Fallen In Love and I Can't Get Up.

    409: Held Hostage 06.04.2010

    Four years ago, Matt Frerking started having attacks where he simply couldn't move his body. ...Health Care/MedicineJournalismMarriage

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  • Prologue.

    393: Infidelity 10.30.2009

    Ira talks with Jessica Pressler, who writes the Daily Intel blog for NewYork Magazine, about a ...LoveMarriageRelationships

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  • May Be Hazardous To Children.

    386: Fine Print 07.24.2009

    Susan Burton rereads her parents' divorce papers—the fine print that changed her life forever. ...ChildhoodDivorceFamily

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  • But Why?

    339: Break-Up 08.24.2007

    Eight-year-old Betsy Walter goes on a campaign to understand her parents' divorce. A campaign ...ChildrenDivorceFamily

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  • Let No Court Put Asunder.

    339: Break-Up 08.24.2007

    Ira talks with divorce mediator Barry Berkman about why it's bad when the justice system gets ...BreakupDivorceLegal System

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  • Divorce Is Rrruuffff!

    339: Break-Up 08.24.2007

    What divorce looks like from the dog's point of view. This monologue was performed by Merrill ...AnimalsDivorceFiction

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  • Two Possibilities, Both Bad.

    313: Parental Guidance Suggested 05.19.2006

    When Gene Cheek was ten years old, his mother began dating a black man. It was 1961, in North ...DivorceFamilyMarriage

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  • The Grandma Letters.

    313: Parental Guidance Suggested 05.19.2006

    Will Seymour reads letters he and his grandmother exchanged when he was in high school. He was ...DivorceFamilyFunny

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  • My Angel's In The Centerfolds.

    313: Parental Guidance Suggested 05.19.2006

    When Emily Helfgot was ten, her dad was a sex therapist on a call-in radio show, which ...ChildhoodDivorceFamily

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  • Not Your Parents' Parent Trap.

    291: Reunited (And It Feels So Good) 07.01.2005

    The story of an Iranian couple who were unhappily married for 27 years. He had a temper. She ...FamilyMarriageRelationships

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  • Eight Percent Of Nothing.

    285: Know Your Enemy 03.25.2005

    Our program ends with a story of knowing your enemy in a more domestic setting: In a marriage. ...FictionMarriageRelationships

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  • What Really Happens In Marriage.

    261: The Sanctity of Marriage 03.26.2004

    Ira visits marital researcher John Gottman, who's part of a generation of researchers that have ...MarriageRelationshipsScience

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  • The Defense Of Marriage Act.

    261: The Sanctity of Marriage 03.26.2004

    Adam Felber explains how legalized gay marriage are ruining his marriage with his wife. (His ...MarriagePoliticsSexuality

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  • I Want To Be A Statistic.

    261: The Sanctity of Marriage 03.26.2004

    Starlee Kine gets answers about her parents marriage from her dad...after a lifetime of mystery. ...ChildhoodDivorceFathers

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  • Prologue.

    247: What Is This Thing? 09.19.2003

    We hear Billie Holliday, Keely Smith and Leo Reisman (with Anita Boyer) asking the musical ...DivorceLoveMarriage

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  • Pen Pal Husband.

    246: My Pen Pal 09.12.2003

    When Janice Powell's husband went to prison, he wrote her a letter every day for eight years. ...MarriageRelationshipsWriting

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  • Prologue.

    237: Regime Change 04.18.2003

    Host Ira Glass talks with This American Life producer Julie Snyder about a personal regime ...ChildhoodDivorceMarriage

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  • Marriage As Rerun.

    226: Reruns 12.06.2002

    Many couples eventually encounter this problem: One person in the couple trots out the same ...MarriageRelationships

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  • For Sale.

    223: Classifieds 10.11.2002

    The classifieds are populated by people in flux. People selling stuff from old lives in ...DivorceMarriageRelationships

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  • The Day Mom And Dad Fell In Love.

    181: The Friendly Man 04.06.2001

    Scott interviews his 11-year-old daughter about his marriage. She sheds light on the previous ...ChildrenFamilyFathers

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  • Bedroom Politics.

    176: Two Nations, One President 01.26.2001

    When it comes to political fighting, there's no more intimate a space than a marriage, where you ...MarriagePoliticsRelationships

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  • Kiss.

    152: Crush 02.11.2000

    So what if you held onto a high-school crush? Under what conditions would it never go away? ...ChildhoodDeathFamily

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  • The Disappearance.

    144: Where Words Fail 11.05.1999

    Genevieve Jurgensen and her husband Laurent lost their two daughters, Elise and Mathilde, at the ...ChildrenDeathFamily

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  • Drawl.

    138: The Real Thing 08.27.1999

    What does it mean to talk like a real Southerner—and why a multimillion industry can't seem to ...Film/Film MakingMarriageTelevision

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  • How To Become An American.

    128: Four Corners 04.30.1999

    Writer Achy Obejas reads a piece of short fiction from her book, We Came All the Way from Cuba ...FictionImmigrationJobs/Employment

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  • You Can't Go Home Again.

    126: Do-Gooders 04.09.1999

    Jackie and Kenny Wharton were kids in the tiny town of Canalou, Missouri, off of old Highway 61. ...ChildhoodHistoryMarriage

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  • How To Avoid Everything.

    123: High Cost of Living 02.26.1999

    It's possible to turn off your emotions and go on autopilot for brief periods with the people ...FamilyMarriageMental Health

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  • Prologue.

    121: Twentieth Century Man 01.29.1999

    The tendency toward self-reinvention is so deep in American culture that we have an entire ...ChildrenDeathDivorce

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  • Act One.

    121: Twentieth Century Man 01.29.1999

    Over the course of his life, Keith Aldrich was a child of the Depression in Oklahoma; a ...ChildrenDivorceFamily

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  • Actions Speak Louder.

    114: Last Words 10.23.1998

    Sarah Vowell tells the story of Page Smith and Eloise Pickard Smith. They were married for over ...DeathMarriageRelationships

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  • Money Is Good.

    113: Windfall 10.16.1998

    How one woman learned to stop worrying and start spending. Liz Gilbert and her husband Michael ...EconomicsFamilyMarriage

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  • Touch.

    110: Mapping 09.04.1998

    Deb Monroe reports on how she has been mapping her own body through her sense of touch. (10 ...CancerHealth Care/MedicineMarriage

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  • Prologue.

    106: Father's Day '98 06.19.1998

    We ask 18-year-old Chana Wiliford and her father in Texas if they'd be willing to have a ...FathersHolidaysMarriage

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  • Interracial Marriage.

    105: Take A Negro Home 06.12.1998

    Rich Robinson's father is black, his mother is white. They married during the civil rights ...DivorceFamilyMarriage

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  • Merci.

    102: Road Trip! 05.22.1998

    A road trip can be a profound test of any relationship. It can save a marriage or destroy it. We ...FunnyLive PerformanceMarriage

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  • Taking Sisterhood One Step Further.

    99: I Enjoy Being A Girl, Sort Of 04.10.1998

    Ira with Elizabeth Joseph, who is in a polygamous marriage with eight wives and one husband. She ...Jobs/EmploymentMarriageRelationships

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  • Prologue.

    95: Monogamy 03.06.1998

    In the early stages of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, there was a period when one of the questions ...LoveMarriagePolitics

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  • Scientific Experiment.

    95: Monogamy 03.06.1998

    Chris and Sylvere, and how they tried to contain a marriage-threatening crush, and how difficult ...LoveMarriageRelationships

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  • Istanbul.

    95: Monogamy 03.06.1998

    Ian Brown of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on the normal struggle most people experience ...LoveMarriageNeighbors/Neighborhoods

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  • Before And After.

    93: Valentine's Day '98 02.13.1998

    Richard Bausch reads his story Letter to the Lady of the House. (25 minutes)FamilyFictionMarriage

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  • I Met Him In The Yogurt Store, And Now He Is Not My Leader Of The Pack.

    93: Valentine's Day '98 02.13.1998

    Linda Howard and Richard Bloom, in Boca Raton Florida, had been married years when she started ...FunnyLoveMarriage

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  • Without.

    93: Valentine's Day '98 02.13.1998

    Poet Donald Hall reads about his wife Jane Kenyon, who contracted leukemia, went through ...CancerDeathHealth Care/Medicine

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  • The Salesman.

    88: Numbers 01.02.1998

    Will Powers — his real name — decided to try to use all the tools of modern brand marketing to ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentMarriage

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  • Prologue.

    77: Pray 09.26.1997

    Mary and Manfred Rauer have been married 22 years. He's a devout Christian, goes to church every ...FamilyMarriageRelationships

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  • Prologue.

    58: Small Towns 04.04.1997

    The small town dilemma. (3 minutes)MarriageRelationships

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  • It's Not the Heat.

    53: Valentine's Day '97 02.07.1997

    Writer Julie Showalter on her parents' romance. More Men My Mother Dated stories from Brett ...FamilyLoveMarriage

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  • Voyager.

    43: Faustian Bargains 11.22.1996

    Alix Spiegel tells the story of her friend Jayna, who made a Faustian bargain at 11 years old. ...ChildhoodFamilyFriendship

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  • Wishing For Amnesia.

    42: Get Over It! 11.15.1996

    Fiction writer George Saunders reads his story "Offloading for Mrs Schwartz," from his book ...DeathFictionMarriage

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  • Swimming Lesson.

    40: Lessons 11.01.1996

    Scott Carrier's wife and mother-in-law insist that Scott's three-and-a-half year old daughter ...ChildrenFamilyFathers

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  • The Moment Dad Left.

    26: Father's Day '96 06.14.1996

    Audio artist Jay Allison and writer Dan Robb present an audio montage on the moment Robb's ...BreakupDivorceFamily

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  • My Father's Chinese Wives.

    22: Adult Children 05.03.1996

    Sandra's father decides, at age 70, to take a Chinese wife. (27 minutes) FamilyFathersMarriage

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  • Lies.

    18: Liars 03.28.1996

    The story of a woman whose husband lies to her compulsively. At some point, she starts to ask ...LyingMarriageMental Health

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  • The Book Tour.

    10: Double Lives 01.17.1996

    When Susan Bergman wrote a book about her family's experience, other gay men tried to explain ...FamilyFathersMarriage

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  • Dad In The Closet.

    10: Double Lives 01.17.1996

    A talk with a father who's deceiving his own children. (15 minutes)ChildrenFathersMarriage

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  • Sins Of The Fathers.

    10: Double Lives 01.17.1996

    Susan Bergman returns to read an excerpt from her book. (8 minutes)MarriageRelationshipsSexuality

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