Please recommend specific episodes of podcasts that make a clear, logical, and sustained argument. I'm looking for podcasts in the This American Life
, and 99% Invisible
genre that attempt to persuade, rather than just inform. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker
on Oct 19, 2013 -
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]
posted by Cheese Monster
on Oct 6, 2012 -
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
posted by laptolain
on Sep 9, 2012 -
Song ID request: This American Life episode "Special Ed," roughly at the 51:00 mark. Instrumental, post-rock maybe? Link inside. [more inside]
posted by mnemonic
on Aug 27, 2012 -
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.
posted by tatiana wishbone
on May 9, 2012 -
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.
posted by l33tpolicywonk
on Jan 24, 2011 -
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]
posted by millipede
on Dec 16, 2010 -
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!
posted by yfatah
on Dec 6, 2010 -
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?
posted by mmascolino
on Nov 14, 2010 -
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]
posted by so_gracefully
on Jun 26, 2010 -
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:
posted by psyckboy
on May 15, 2010 -
This American Life music identification needed: I've looked in all the usual places. [more inside]
posted by cheeken
on Mar 18, 2010 -
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?
posted by judybxxx
on Feb 24, 2010 -
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?
posted by elvissinatra
on Jan 13, 2010 -
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]
posted by mateuslee
on Jul 1, 2009 -
Musicfilter: Does anyone know the name of the music used in a specific epsiode of This American Life, the radio podcast? [more inside]
posted by Heliochrome85
on Jun 28, 2009 -
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?)
posted by scottreynen
on Feb 4, 2009 -
This American Life episode with a story about a dog named "Pasta-Batman"? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny
on Jan 23, 2009 -
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]
posted by NoraReed
on Jan 12, 2009 -
How can I become less ignorant regarding current events, without having to read dry, third-person-omniscient points of view? [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem
on Jan 4, 2009 -
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]
posted by missjamielynn
on Aug 5, 2008 -
Two songs from "This American Life" have been gnawing at my brain for a week now. Help me find them! [more inside]
posted by aheckler
on Apr 11, 2008 -
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?
posted by DarwinianDan
on Mar 15, 2008 -
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]
posted by Wroksie
on Jun 12, 2007 -
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]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed
on Mar 21, 2007 -
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.
posted by parmanparman
on Feb 9, 2007 -
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]
posted by maniabug
on Dec 5, 2006 -
"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.
posted by Araucaria
on Oct 16, 2006 -
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?
posted by jbradley
on Jun 14, 2006 -
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.
posted by callmejay
on Oct 3, 2004 -