Friday, January 23, 2015

My Favorite This American Life Shows

Now that the Serial craze is over what are we going to listen to? I started listening to This American Life about a year ago and I've made it all the way back to 2008 in the archives. If you didn't know, Serial is a spin off of This American Life, so if you haven't tried either, do!

I love listening to it at work as I'm doing mindless tasks.

This American Life
Ep 544: Batman
Why I loved this episode: This is the newest episode from this year and I was blown away. TAL tells a lot of really interesting stories, but this was so captivating that it inspired me to do this entire post. It's about a blind man who can "see" by clicking his tongue. If you're going to listen to only one episode, listen to this one.

Ep 534: Not So Simple Majority
Why I loved this episode: I like that TAL reports on so many different areas and subjects and this one really got my blood boiling. It's about an area of New York where Hasidic Jews took over the school board so they could make policy, but they don't actually send their children to the public schools.

Ep 529: Human Spectacle
Why I loved this episode: I think this was the first TAL episode Hal ever heard. We heard part of it on the radio while we were driving out to a hike and we were both laughing and captivated by this episode. It's about a man who lives in an apartment naked and alone for a Japanese game show where he has to win everything he eats, wears, or owns.

Ep 489: No Coincidence , No Story
Why I loved this episode: This episode doesn't follow the typical format of TAL episodes. in this episode they called out for coincidence stories and people just called in, and they followed up on some of the stories.

Ep 492: Dr. Gilmer & Mr. Hyde
Why I loved this episode: This story is crazy. Like you can't believe what you're hearing crazy. This is about a small town doctor that commits murder and is sent to jail. A doctor with the same name replaces him (what are the odds?!) and gets interested in the other Drs story and digs more into it.

Ep 460: Retraction
First listen to: Mr. Daisy and the Apple Factory
Why I loved these episodes: This is the first time TAL has had to retract a story and I loved that they admitted their part, but they didn't let the guy off scott free, they interview him for the retraction story and ask really uncomfortable questions, and it's amazing.

Ep 413: Georgia Rambler
Why I loved this episode: This episode is just fun. A guy from Georgia used to have a newspaper article called the Georgia Rambler where he drove all over the state just finding random local stories. The reporters on TAL spread out over Georgia and do another Georgia Rambler

Ep 393: Infidelity
Why I loved this episode: This episode has stuck in my mind for a long time, mainly because of act 1. It's compelling and so real. It's about a woman who left her husband for his best friend; but it doesn't end up like you think it would.

And last but not least
                                        484: Doppelgängers
Ep 484: Dopplegangers
Why I loved this episode: This was the very first episode that introduced me to TAL. My home teacher had me over for dinner and was wearing a shirt with the above picture on it. He proceeded to tell the story of act one, and told it just as well as the actual recording. Seriously, listen to act one. I'm not giving anything away.

Now you know what to do with your weekend!

1 comment:

sydni said...

i have never even heard of this,
but now i think i'm going to have a new show to binge on instead of doing homework ;)

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