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Help me find a very specific episode of This American Life.

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!
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on May 12, 2015 - 4 answers

What are some weird podcasts for late at night?

What are some podcasts with strange stories (fiction & non-) that sound good late at night?
Some Examples: [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 6, 2015 - 21 answers

What's the name of the music used in This American Life episode 379?

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]
posted by Megnusin on Jan 11, 2015 - 1 answer

Looking for an old This American Life episode

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]
posted by amycup on Nov 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Podcasts that Persuade

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]
posted by Hoenikker on Oct 19, 2013 - 11 answers

I will hug it and squeeze it and call it George.

This American Life music question, episode #449: Middle School. [more inside]
posted by cooker girl on Nov 10, 2012 - 5 answers

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]
posted by Cheese Monster on Oct 6, 2012 - 3 answers

What TAL episode is this?

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 - 4 answers

Acoustic guitar song from This American Life's David Rakoff feature?

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]
posted by misformargaret on Aug 29, 2012 - 5 answers

This American Life Song ID Request

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 - 1 answer

Where are all the cool lady podcasts?

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 - 35 answers

There's a world where I can go...

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 - 7 answers

My radio show won't stream. I am miserable.

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 - 2 answers

This American Life Episode?

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 - 5 answers

Do I still not believe in love?

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 - 4 answers

Song ID from This American Life tv show

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 - 5 answers

What's the name of this song from This American Life #405 "Inside Job"?

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
posted by psyckboy on May 15, 2010 - 2 answers

Sax version of Danny Boy on This American Life, by whom?

This American Life music identification needed: I've looked in all the usual places. [more inside]
posted by cheeken on Mar 18, 2010 - 2 answers

Professional jack-of-all-trades?

How does one become a "professional jack-of-all-trades", like David Sedaris or John Hodgman? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Mar 10, 2010 - 20 answers

This American Life episode assisted suicide story?

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 - 5 answers

President Conan Kills Dude's Future

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 - 15 answers

Let's do this right, shall we?

I want to get a story on This American Life. I would like some help. [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Jul 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Tips for making a great audio documentary?

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 - 7 answers

How to find music used in This American Life?

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 - 4 answers

Those wacky 70's...I think???

Rememberfilter: can you hope me? I think I heard it on the radio... [more inside]
posted by hecho de la basura on Apr 3, 2009 - 4 answers

Is the desk on This American Life's TV show really there?

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 - 8 answers

Pasta-Batman, where are you?

This American Life episode with a story about a dog named "Pasta-Batman"? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Jan 23, 2009 - 9 answers

Name this This American Life story

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 - 15 answers

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]
posted by surenoproblem on Jan 4, 2009 - 25 answers

Help me find this facility!

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 - 2 answers

Best episode to introduce someone to This American Life?

Best episode to introduce someone to This American Life? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on May 4, 2008 - 45 answers

Must get songs out of head

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 - 11 answers

Looking for an episode of This American Life

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 - 1 answer

Which TAL episodes should I download?

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 - 31 answers

Mosh-up, Mash-up, Mesh-up, Mish-up, Mush-up

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 - 8 answers

This American Life was Bad This Week

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 - 47 answers

Song from Liars episode of This American Life?

Can you identify this song used in This American Life? Starts at 19:18 and continues for the entire segment. [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Feb 7, 2007 - 6 answers

Is the mixtape episode of This American Life available anywhere online?

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 - 15 answers

Peruvian bug swarm on This American Life

"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]
posted by Araucaria on Oct 16, 2006 - 13 answers

What should I listen to?

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]
posted by serazin on Jul 26, 2006 - 41 answers

This American Life - Taking the kids

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 - 16 answers

Where online can I find open-minded debates?

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 - 3 answers

Dishwasher Pete

Did Dishwasher Pete ever reach his goal of washing dishes in all fifty states?
posted by drezdn on May 25, 2004 - 2 answers

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