692 January 31, 2020 The Show of Delights In these dark, combative times, we attempt the most radical counterprogramming we could imagine: a show made up entirely of stories about delight. Download Share a clip Transcript Valero Doval Prologue Prologue ByIra GlassBim Adewunmi Ira Glass talks to Bim Adewunmi about her understanding of delight through American pop culture and the summer she spent in the US as a 19-year-old. Ira then hands the show over to Bim as guest host. (10 minutes) Act One The Job Of Delight ByBim Adewunmi Bim talks to poet Ross Gay, whose book inspired today’s show, about the discipline and rigor of seeking and holding onto delight. (8 minutes) Act Two The Squeals On The Bus ByRobyn Semien Producer Robyn Semien captures a special morning for her five-year-old son, Cole, who is doing something delightful for the very first time: he’s getting to ride the school bus. (4 minutes) Act Three Mrs. Meek Shall Inherit The Earth ByMiki Meek Producer Miki Meek speaks to Noriko Meek, her 72-year-old mother, about discovering delight late in life. (8 minutes) Act Four The Elephant In The Bedroom ByDana Chivvis Producer Dana Chivvis follows the night zookeeper at the Denver Zoo as she doles out snacks and tucks the animals in. (9 minutes) Act Five Delight At The End Of The Tunnel ByBim Adewunmi What happens when a dealer of delight gets depressed? Podcast host Tracy Clayton talks to Bim Adewunmi about the road back. (17 minutes) Song:“Searching for a New Day” by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 389: Frenemies Sept. 11, 2009 Act Four: Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace David Rakoff demonstrates—in rhyme—how to make a wedding toast for people you never wanted to see married in the first place. 193: Stories of Loss Sept. 14, 2001 Act One: The Disappearance Genevieve Jurgensen and her husband Laurent lost their two daughters—Elise and Mathilde—at the ages of 4 and 7. 594: My Summer Self Aug. 12, 2016 Act One: Grapes of Wrath Producer Dana Chivvis explores the case of a 66-year-old working lifeguard who is suing New York State for age discrimination after refusing to wear a Speedo on the job. Staff RecommendationsView all 560 July 3, 2015 Abdi and the Golden Ticket A story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American. 165 July 28, 2000 Americans In Paris David Sedaris takes Ira on a tour of his favorite spots in Paris.