I remember at my last job, I had to sit around in a filing room for hours alone, sorting through records of dead patients. I couldn't stand it, so I would sit around instead and listen to This American Life, passed the hours by really quickly. Sometimes I would laugh out loud and sometimes I would feel horribly depressed, but sure as hell, each story was memorable.
oh and you can stream every single past show on their website www.thislife.org and click on On the Radio"
if you like TAL, you'll like The Moth: http://www.themoth.org/ they're live storytelling performances. i actually found it through TAL. you can listen on the website and on itunes. just search "the Moth"
or you can purchase the showtime series on itunes...i'm sure they make a couple bucks from each sale & you get to watch the flippin' amazing show...each season is only like $11 for 6 episodes. can't get a better deal than that. if you like the radio show, you'll love the tv show. it's simply beautiful
There are some other ways of getting old episodes... Google can tell you. But here's the deal: Donate some cash to keep the show free, the podcast alone uses enough bandwidth. If there are 400k listeners, and it costs 150,000$ a year, we each owe 37 cents. Cough up a buck or two and you're a fantastic human being. You also get an email from "Ira" calling you a sweetheart.
Government funded which is a far cry better than privately owned corps which kowtow to their advertisers. I donate to This American Life annually to help keep it on the air and podcast-able. But this is all beside the point, if you feel that the government might have some involvement in what is being produced in this show then you need to listen to the episodes "Habeas Schmabeas", or "The Center for Lessons Learned", or "The Audacity of the Government". A complete archive can be found on their website at www.thislife.org You can stream full episodes. This is one of the only shows on the radio that make me sigh with relief.
I'm trying to identify a song that plays in episode 318 ("With great power"), starts just before the 26 minute mark. Sounds like Philip Glass to me (is it true that he and Ira are cousins? Complicates looking this up!)
Can anyone help to identify the music played at about 25:25 during the episode, Tales From the Net. Found here: http://thislife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=721.... Any help would be appreciated! Please! It's been killing me, not knowing.
BTW- Chicago Public Radio is what the podcast lists as an artist, thus it's not an inaccurate tag. CPR IS technically the artist and the specific program This American Life would translate to album; the specific episode -- track. It makes logical sense.
Can someone help identify one of the pieces music that plays underneath the 'Meaning of a Bird' segment of Poultry Slam '07? The one I'm thinking of sounds like it's from a film soundtrack, a bit Jon Brionish. I'm very familiar with the tune but can't place where I've heard it! Help!