Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Today's best news

Summer: Who was that? It sounded like a girl.
Seth: Did it? Yeah. Well, sure. Because I'm listening to the radio. And This American Life is on. And so there's a girl talking.
Summer: Is that that show where those hipster know-it-alls talk about how fascinating ordinary people are? Geez.

I'm sure exactly 10 people in "The OC" audience laughed at that joke but I was one of them. I looooove This American Life and was thus completely delighted to hear that my favorite radio show is coming to television.

Summer's assessement isn't totally wrong-This American Life tells great stories about regular folks. A few weeks ago on an episode about Reruns, they had three couples who had been married for about 25 years talk about the story their spouse loves to tell over and over and over. Regular people telling stories of varying levels of interesting but it was absolutely fascinating to hear these comfortable couples interact with each other. There was an episode years ago about the word "fiasco" complete with a hilarious story about a high school play gone terribly, horribly wrong, a really inspiring segment on girls in a juvenile detention center singing an apology to their parents-stories that are infinitely more interesting and enriching than anything Paris Hilton could ever dream of contributing to the world.

If you have never heard This American Life, go to the
website and check it out. You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes-a move that has made long plane rides infinitely more exciting for me.

I can't WAIT to see it in pictures...


tom said...

and then on there are three previews for the show. premieres this week!!

Kelly said...

Love the show! I record the podcasts and listen to them on my way down to Providence. That and "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" the funny NPR gameshow.