Tapes recorded in a Chicago home Christmas morning, more than 50 years ago.
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This American Life producer Nancy Updike on a family where the father was one kind of sissy and the son was another kind, and how the family was destroyed despite the fact that no one wanted it to be.
Chicago writer Cheryl Trykv on her own close encounter with Hollywood, the media, and a famous maid.
When Danielle's family serves poultry at their dinner table, no one utters the word "chicken." Instead, it is always called "fish." Danielle explains why with the help of her friend "Duki." (16 minutes)
Julie Showalter, who grew up on a turkey farm, tells the story of the night 3,000 turkeys died.
Alix Spiegel tells the story of her friend Jayna, who made a Faustian bargain at 11 years old.
Scott Carrier's wife and mother-in-law insist that Scott's three-and-a-half year old daughter enroll in swimming classes.
Kitty Felde explores the mystic link between boys and guns when her cousin's husband, a liberal in Berkeley, gives her lessons in his newest toy: a gun that shoots potatoes 450 feet in the air. The "spud gun" has a special property: Any man who sees it instantly wants one.
An excerpt from Your Radio is Haunted. (6 minutes)
Julie Showalter, on a costume she wore as a kid.
Host Ira Glass uses Italian author Umberto Eco's essay Travels in Hyperreality as a guidebook to American simulated worlds. Eco says that the urge to create these miniature simulated worlds is a very American impulse — a significant American aesthetic — and one that's not often discussed.
Radio producer Scott Carrier quit his job at a low moment in his life. His wife left him and took the kids.
Carmen Delzell/Jay Allison's story on a guitar player.
Radio producer Dan Gediman's story about his older brother, "Alex Jones," who he idolized when they were kids. After many unsuccessful attempts to become a rock star, he finally made it in music, as a Tom Jones impersonator.
Writer David Sedaris remembers the days his mother and sister played armchair detective, and the odd crime wave that hit their own home. This story, titled "True Detective," appears in David's book Naked.
LA writer/performer Sandra Tsing Loh discovers that a local rock band has recorded a song about her own father, wildly misinterpreting who he is. They think he's a free spirit; she believes he's a worried, miserly grump.
Audio artist Jay Allison and writer Dan Robb present an audio montage on the moment Robb's parents divorced.
Chicago writer/musician Rennie Sparks, a member of the independent band The Handsome Family, reads "Skanks," a story of a girl struggling in a situation where some rules are strict, but other rules are up for grabs.
Ira's mom is invited to speak to a group of Jewish mothers who only discuss one topic: their relationships with their adult children.
Ira continues the story about his conversation with his mom. Then he calls her up on the air.
A story about how the adult children in Sandra Tsing Loh's family deal with her father.
Sandra's father decides, at age 70, to take a Chinese wife.
Jack Hitt reviews the strange case of William Kane, his mistress, his family, and fifteen vials of frozen sperm.
A girl who adored her father tries to figure out what to think after he takes some of her college money and lies to her about it. Also, a woman whose fiancé runs up $10,000 in credit card charges on her Visa card and vanishes.