I'm looking for a segment from This American Life to have a friend listen to, because the story is oddly specific to her life. The segment is about a man and a woman who were at one point married, but then divorced, because the husband suffered from a type of delusional disorder where he believed his wife was sleeping around with just about everyone. The interview was from the perspective of the woman, since the man had moved on to a new woman, and presumably would take up the same course of actions with her (the wife's words [paraphrasing here]). I've looked through the tags on TAL's website and even searched by air date back, but I think that the part I'm looking for was fairly short within the context of the episode itself. IIRC, in the same episode, one of the presenters on TAL talked with a woman who was sort of a secret agent, maybe met her in a bar, and followed her around for a bit. I know for certain that that part was in the same episode. If anyone out there can hope me find this episode, I would forever be in your internet debt!
What are some podcasts with strange stories (fiction & non-) that sound good late at night? Some Examples:
- Getting On with James Urbaniak
- The surreal monologues of Joe Frank
- The musings & investigations of Jon Ronson and Scott Carrier on Jon Ronson On..., Home of the Brave, and This American Life
- Tales of the weird and conspiratorial on Coast To Coast AM
In the 379th episode of popular podcast, This American Life, titled "Return To The Scene Of The Crime", the prologue is dubbed with a jazzy instrumental that I've been unable to identify. Please take a look at the included track if you think you might be able to identify it. [more inside]
I'm trying to find an old episode of this american life about an US exchange student (I think?) going back to his school in Asia to find a girl he was in love with. Music or opera was involved. [more inside]
Please recommend specific episodes of podcasts that make a clear, logical, and sustained argument. I'm looking for podcasts in the This American Life, Radiolab, and 99% Invisible genre that attempt to persuade, rather than just inform. Thanks! [more inside]
This American Life music question, episode #449: Middle School. [more inside]
Where can I download video of OK Go's "Needing/Getting" video from This American Life's "The Invisible Made Visible" show?
Back in May I went to the This American Life live-recorded show "The Invisible Made Visible". I'm trying to find a place to download video of the segment with OK Go's "Needing/Getting" - the one with the DDR-style animation for the audience to play along with smartphone handbells. Does the video exist online? [more inside]
I'm looking for a This American Life episode about a bunch of adolescent geeks/nerds hanging out in NYC. They go around pulling simple scams and social engineering pranks. I tried searching all the titles and descriptions on the TAL website but nothing rings a bell. It might have been a short segment in one of their 3 part episodes
Name that tune? Background intro music for This American Life, the episode "Our Friend David." Slow acoustic guitar chords are the only key feature I can identify. [more inside]
Song ID request: This American Life episode "Special Ed," roughly at the 51:00 mark. Instrumental, post-rock maybe? Link inside. [more inside]
Where are all the cool lady podcasts? I listen to TAL, Wiretap, Radiolab, The Truth, etc., all of which I love, but I would like to hear some female perspectives in the mix as well. I prefer science-y content but comedy or just life in general works too. I'm open to anything, really, just want to hear some great female podcasting.
Name that song: from This American Life 149, about 29 minutes in. It sounds like an electric guitar cover of The Beach Boys' "In My Room", but it has no vocals, and doesn't sound like the cover by Grant Lee Buffalo.
I want to stream This American Life while I lay out a giant document. But alas, it won't work. Help me figure out why. This question is a very specific question. [more inside]
I can't remember the name of a This American Life episode and I've tried a variety of searches on their site to no avail. There was a segment about a girl whose family had no interest in her going to college. They wanted her to stay at home, get married and buy a home. She had been tops in her class in public school in the city (Chicago?) and wanted to go to college but then went to got there and was completely overwhelmed. I've been searching for two days and I just can't remember the episode. HELP!
In a first season episode of This American Life's TV show called My Way we meet a 14 year old boy who coolly and calmly rejects the notion of love. Seeing as this was filmed ~4 years ago, I am curious to know if any media outlet has circled back with this boy (now a young man) to see if his perspective has changed?
SongIDfilter: "This American Life" tv show, season 2 episode 2, "Two Wars": what is the song playing over the last 2.5 minutes or so, as the "Grassnost" story's family eats dinner? [more inside]
Trying to find the name of the song that was played in episode 405 "Inside Job" between the opening story about Ira's friend who was ripped off by her bookkeeper and act one. Tried to Shazam it, but to no avail. I made a clip of it, which can be downloaded here: http://sean.dwyer-personal.s3.amazonaws.com/TAL-Unknown-Song.mp3
This American Life music identification needed: I've looked in all the usual places. [more inside]
How does one become a "professional jack-of-all-trades", like David Sedaris or John Hodgman? [more inside]
This American Life filter - relatively recently, (maybe a rebroadcast?) heard part of story re man who assisted his mother to end her life and how he felt - I've searched their archives for mother and for son; can't find it. Also searched AskMefi some, too many hits. Can anyone help?
What's the name of the "This American Life" episode where a guy gets blackballed from the Harvard Lampoon -- despite the fact that all the members liked him -- because the president (Conan O'Brien) didn't think he was funny?
I want to get a story on This American Life. I would like some help. [more inside]
So this summer there is a big family reunion and, with my grandparents getting a bit older and more forgetful, I think it would be interesting to make some recordings. Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
Musicfilter: Does anyone know the name of the music used in a specific epsiode of This American Life, the radio podcast? [more inside]
Rememberfilter: can you hope me? I think I heard it on the radio... [more inside]
The opening of every episode of This American Life's TV show has Ira Glass at a desk in the middle of some unlikely location. (YouTube video of some examples.) Are they actually taking the desk to these locations, or is this some fancy video editing? (Or are some real and others faked?)
This American Life episode with a story about a dog named "Pasta-Batman"? [more inside]
NPR Filter: What is the story from This American Life about two newspaper journalists who compete to get a certain phrase in the newspaper? [more inside]
How can I become less ignorant regarding current events, without having to read dry, third-person-omniscient points of view?
How can I become less ignorant regarding current events, without having to read dry, third-person-omniscient points of view? [more inside]
Anyone watch This American Life? I'm trying to get information about a senior facility located in Southern California featured in the first season. [more inside]
Two songs from "This American Life" have been gnawing at my brain for a week now. Help me find them! [more inside]
In an episode of This American Life, a guy was interviewed who talked about the guilt he felt when he masturbated or thought of masturbating when he was an adolescent. Eventually, he spoke with a minister who told him just to do it because the guilt was making it impossible for him to have a relationship with God. I think it aired in 2007. Got a link?
I was recently given a 20$ itunes card, and I've decided to use it all on This American Life podcasts to listen to on my morning commute. Which episodes should I get? [more inside]
In this NYT article about the new This American Life TV show, the writer uses the term "mosh-up". It seems to be synonymous with how I think of "mash-up". Is this an invention of the writer? Is it just a play on "mash-up"? Is one term older than the other? [more inside]
I know there are a lot of This American Life fans here. But, have you ever listened and thought "Wow, this is awful." What are your least favorite TAL stories? I am working on putting together a class about good and bad "radical" radio and want some listener opinion besides my own.
Can you identify this song used in This American Life? Starts at 19:18 and continues for the entire segment. [more inside]
Is the mixtape episode of This American Life available anywhere online? I think it was done by Sarah Vowell, I remember hearing it sometime before 2003, and probably much before. But it doesn't appear on the show's archives. Am I going crazy? Maybe it wasn't TAL but I'm almost positive... Please help! [more inside]
"This American Life" filter: a story about traveling to a city in Peru or Ecuador, and being overwhelmed by swarms of horrible insects. I caught part of this broadcast a couple of years ago. It could have been any time between 2001 and 2005. I would like to find out the date of broadcast, the name of the city & country where the events occurred, and the kind of insect that caused the problem. [more inside]
I spend most of my work day listening to interview and essay type radio shows on the internet. My favorite, of course, is This American Life. I also love Fresh Air . I've checked out Radio 4 a little, and sometimes I listen to Democracy Now and even more rarely Air America. Keeping in mind what I already like, what else would you recommend I listen to? [more inside]
My kids like listening to the stories on TLA when we happen to catch it in the car. I was going to grab a few off of Audible.com for an upcoming road trip. Kind of a subset of this question (http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/20670). Any suggestions?
This episode (RealAudio) of This American Life (last segment) contains a debate where both sides seem to seek common ground and refrain from using cliches or insults. Is there anywhere else on the internet that I can find debates (text/audio/whatever) where both parties are reasonable, polite, and at least partially open-minded? Extra points if the parties are well-informed.
Did Dishwasher Pete ever reach his goal of washing dishes in all fifty states?