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Thursday, September 10th, 2009
8:27 pm
hey all,

i'm looking for an old episode i've only heard once, and all i remember from is a long story by a female writer about taking her ornery, nirvana-loving adolescent son on a cross-country road trip with her husband/boyfriend. anyone know what i'm talking about? i've searched but nothing comes of it.

Monday, July 13th, 2009
11:51 am
Friday, June 26th, 2009
1:06 pm
#5 and #118 (Uncut)
Forgive me if this has been asked before (especially if it was recently) but does anyone have a way to access episode #5, or the uncut (90 minutes) version of #118? I know they're not "available" on the website, and Google searches have come up fruitless, so I thought I'd ask here. Appreciate it, EB

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
6:31 pm
Ira Glass, Nerd Man of the Month
A distinguished honor if ever there was one...

Nerd Man of the Month: Ira Glass
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
10:53 pm
Did anyone see the show tonight? And if so, does anyone know where David Rackoff went? I spent the majority of the show bouncing like a over-sugared toddler on Christmas eve. 

"Is this the part where the starky gay Canadian with the faux-British accent pontificates on a previously unexplored aspect of American life? How about now? Now?"


Other than that, great show. I laughed. I cried. I bonded with my mother without the aid of a wiffle bat.

Current Mood: bouncy
Monday, January 5th, 2009
2:31 pm
Help out the station!
In response to Ira's weekly pleas, I just remembered to donate some money to the show to help with the streaming costs. If you've got a couple bucks to spare, consider doing the same!

Sunday, August 31st, 2008
12:03 am

I was going in to pay my Brighthouse bill and while waiting for the lady I turned around to look at the place & I saw the poster and squee'd, "!! I want a big This American Life poster in my room!" so she took it down and gave it to me. =D

Even though I haven't watched the show yet T_T
Sunday, August 24th, 2008
2:42 pm
Multi-Level Marketing/Pyramid Schemes?
Hey guys,

I remember an episode of TAL with a story about a woman who joined one of the various multi level marketing scams and her horrible experience.

I'm trying to find this story to help a friend warn off a family member from the same path but couldn't get anything from searching the TAL archive.

Does anyone remember which episode this was from?
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
10:57 pm
I'm sure we can all think of some worthy candidates
The latest update post from the This Life website:

Turn in a Friend

Hi there. Ira Glass writing this. A few weeks ago, I met this listener who had an idea for the pledge drive. He said he had a close friend who listens to public radio every day, but never pledges. He said I should call the friend and record the conversation as I try to talk him into pledging. He said I should get other listeners to turn in their non-pledging friends.

I'll admit, I'm not totally sure if this is a smart idea or not. But it seems worth a few phone calls to find out. So I'm turning to you.

I'm writing to ask you to turn in a friend. If you know someone who listens to public radio avidly, several days a week or more, talks about stuff they hear on Morning Edition or Car Talk or our show, but they never pledge...I'd like to give them a call. I'll be nice, I swear. But I will ask them why they don't pledge. And I'll try to talk them into pledging. And I'll record the whole thing and—if it works—I'll put it on the radio.

So...if you know someone like that...send me their names and a sentence or two about how much public radio they seem to listen to...and their phone numbers. Don't warn them that I might call. And send me your number too. I might want to begin these little pledge segments with the person who's turning in the deadbeat listener.

Send all the info to radio@thislife.org with the subject "Turning in a Friend."

One more thing. This whole scheme probably only makes sense if the person turning in their friend is someone who pledges. So if you don't pledge, please know a) we're still friends b) you're in the majority; most people who hear our show never pledge and c) this little scheme I'm cooking up for the show is probably one for you to sit out.

Okay. I think that's everything. Thanks for your time.

Ira Glass

Current Mood: scheming
Thursday, July 17th, 2008
1:17 pm
on television
am I the only one that thought the first season of TAL on Showtime was better than this season? I dunno... the stories this season weren't as interesting maybe. or they didn't feel as developed. I was a bit disappointed. though it was still better than 90% of everything else on tv, and I have yet to see the last episode.
Friday, July 11th, 2008
5:29 pm
Movie based on story covered in TAL #324: My Brilliant Plan
I was reading this story in the Hartford Courant:

STORRS — - Imagine picking up the phone and Spike Lee’s on the line and he’s telling you he wants to make a movie about your life. Not just a small, arty film, but a major motion picture.

That’s exactly what happened to Ron Mallett, a University of Connecticut physics professor who has developed a theory for time travel that could be a blueprint for a real time machine.

It seems the award-winning filmmaker read Mallett’s memoir and was captivated by the tale of an African American boy so traumatized by the death of his father that he was driven to try to build a time machine so he could go back and save his father’s life.

Yes it’s Ron Mallet from Act Two. Tragedy Minus Time Equals Happily Ever After

it’s such a great segment. Lee is a little wacky but IMHO a brilliant filmmaker, it’ll be interesting to see his take on the story.
Sunday, June 29th, 2008
2:53 am
345: Ties that Bind
does anyone have episode 345: Ties that Bind they could upload? if so i would greatly appreciate it. it's got one of the most beautiful stories i've heard from TAL.
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
2:51 pm
New David Sedaris book is out today! FYI.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
3:55 pm
Episode 4 - Underdogs
Thoughts on this week's episode? About boxing. For some reason I didn't dig it at all. It was beautifully made though.

Also, where the hell is episode 2? Has anybody found it yet? I think it's virtually non-existent on the interweb.

Friday, May 9th, 2008
8:00 pm
Poor Ira, he sounded terrible this week. Great show, though, really interesting, enough that I didn't even mind hearing part once on ATC then again on TAL.
Monday, May 5th, 2008
10:53 pm
Does anyone know where I can stream/download the season premire? A torrent has yet to appear and I'm not seeing it on itunes or amazon yet. I need my new TAL fix.
Sunday, May 4th, 2008
8:46 pm
Season 2 starts tonight!
I'm soooooooooooooooooooooo excited to see This American Life tonight on Showtime!

Season 2, Episode 1 - "Escape"
People escaping home without going very far away. In Philadelphia, teenage boys find ways to impress girls and break out of the confines of their families, using a mode of transport that's been obsolete in their neighborhood since the 19th century. A young man’s fight for independence from his mother would be a normal and healthy step for any kid, were it not for some very specialized circumstances.
Friday, May 2nd, 2008
10:38 pm
I am so overwhelmed by last night's show! This American Life just touches me in this indescribable way. I can't even articulate it. It just makes me want to laugh and cry and scream all at once. I feel like I could have stayed in that theater for the rest of my life...

I love feeling like I am part of a TAL family. I love understanding all the references that Ira makes to old shows.

Does anyone wonder, with the radio show and the TV show, how Ira does it? The show last night really underscored for me the amount of time and dedication needed to produce both shows.

I was also reminded that the quality of the show has NEVER been compromised. That is amazing to me. Over 300 shows and it is STILL amazing every time.

I also loved the bit on Tory Malatia! I've always wondered what was up with that myself....

And all those men are so adorable. I love Ira's voice. His inflection is so....appealing. And Rakoff's voice is beautiful as well.
11:45 am
good for whales, bad for us
The show last night was remarkable. I got there a little past 7, and it was PACKED. I had to sit in one of the first few rows, but it didn't matter because it was AMAZING. [went to the eden prairie, MN showing]

It was really cool seeing the radio aspect + the television show aspect. The outtakes of the interview with the bull guy were hilarious. ask an Iraqi was really moving, and funny at times. I feel like I've heard about this story before, it wasn't on the radio, was it? I assume it's gonna be a story on the new season. The waving story was great. Jonathan Goldstein's bit about being funny/popular was brilliant. One of my favorite parts was the story Ira talked about with that one person who has no control over their body, and he almost died in a car when they got pulled over. And that amazing email that Ira read about it. I hope that story gets resurrected for the radio medium, because they said it wouldn't work for tv.

and the Q&A was remarkable.

Sorry, that was kinda incoherent rambling. Any other thoughts on last night?

And yeah! I really hope this show will be released on dvd or something. Maybe an extra disc with the major release of season 1? or maybe season 2?
8:29 am
The show last night was so awesome - Austin's technical difficulties not withstanding... but a couple quick questions for the general audience. 1) Does anyone know if the girl who was proposed to accepted? 2) Do you think that this event might have been recorded and perhaps might be offered via Showtime or on iTunes? Speculate amongst yourselves....
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