Ira remembers the time when his older sister, Randi, asked his mother where babies come from.
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Host Ira Glass talks to Eyal Levin, who says his neighbor has been propagating a lie for years about one of the most contentious issues in New York: street parking.
Chase Friedman was in an accident that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Ira Glass talks to him about the unusual goal he set for his recovery.
What does God get out of us praising him? Or is it actually for us? (7 minutes)
Ira Glass talks to Sam Ashner, whose debilitating fear of spiders was ruining his life. So he opted for an extraordinary treatment — the nuclear option — to deal with it.
Ira talks with comedian Rob Delany, who suffered the worst kind of loss a parent can endure — the death of his two-year-old son, Henry. Rob describes what his grief has been like and what he’s learned from it.
Host Ira Glass goes to a block in New York City where, over a year into the pandemic, neighbors are still clapping for health care workers every night at 7 p.m. (7 minutes)
Host Ira Glass with the last piece in today’s show, inspired by the New York Times podcast, The Daily. (3 minutes)
You can’t get herd immunity until you deal with the herd, and get enough of them moving together in the same direction. That’s been difficult this past year, in a way it’s never been during any other epidemic in our history.
Host Ira Glass talks to writer Mitchell S.
Host Ira Glass takes us on a tour of the various ways the pandemic has affected going to college this year.
Reporter Paul Tough and Host Ira Glass look at the biggest change in admissions this year: colleges no longer requiring the SATs. Paul speaks to a student whose SAT score determined her future.
A beloved drawing goes missing from Mr. Ablao’s third grade classroom.
Lots of things go unspoken between family members, sometimes for years. We searched for a parent who had a question for their kid that they’d never been able to ask before.
A woman’s dog has an unexpected reaction to the pandemic, and a mother has to re-think how to teach her son to drive.
Ira Glass talks to journalist Jochen Bittner about a political lie from 1920s Germany and the lessons it holds for 2020s America. His op-ed about this ran in the New York Times. Bittner’s one of the people who runs the Opinion section of the German newspaper Die Zeit.
Linda Lutton and her eleven year old daughter Pirecua explain what happened the year Pirecua begged for a gift that she turned out to be allergic to. Linda is a reporter at our home station, WBEZ Chicago.
Ira talks with Connie Rex about the deer she and her sisters kidnapped and ended up putting into their school’s Christmas pageant in Woodruff, Utah, in a starring role.
Host Ira Glass plays a recording of a rookie, try-hard, 25-year-old radio reporter.
Vertamae Grosvenor, shows Ira how to tell a chicken is done simply by listening to the sound of the grease.
There is a lot of disinformation surrounding the 2020 presidential election. A few conspiracy theories in particular have gained traction.
Host Ira Glass talks with Georgia Democrats who went out to “cure” ballots in a state with some of the closest results in the country.
Ira gives us a recent shortlist of things that feel almost too unreal to believe as we head into the national election.