Thursday, November 30, 2006

"This American Life", or "Ira Glass rocks!"

So, I received this tiny little ipod for my birthday. You know, so I could listen to things when I go and do all of my "exercise". (notify me when I have time for that!) Well, I have fallen in love with podcasts!!!

Hooray for them!

I really like Ira Glass and "This American Life". It is just so real, so surreal for that very same reason. To be really nerdy, I like the pacing of the stories, the added musical parts and the flow of the stories told by regular people, in their own way. Different people's stories are brought together in a "theme", but in ways that I don't find immediately obvious, but that is what makes it so good.

I used to be very intent on how each person is so "unique". I guess people really are literally "unique", but the experience of "being a person" is so much the same between individuals. We all have love, loss, struggle and heartache. I like hearing stories about people and what they do.

The most recent installment talked about "Babysitting". This broad theme encompassed stories of fun, divorce, freedom, and people trying to do the best that they can, even if that is not very good. (Looking back on that list all I can think is--- JMB, you are some kind of weird and need more sleep.)

(That said, you should check out an episode...It is through NPR.)


On Halloween, listeners sent in their scariest true stories. There was one about a rabid raccoon that still gives me chills!


David Sedaris is a regular contributor....I just love him, can't get enough....but that is another blog....


Yaz and Rob said...

I don't know about podcasts, but now you've turned me on to another cool thing! I will listen on the bus going to class. I love Ira Glass as well (Really, who doesn't)!

Anonymous said...

i L-o-v-e the babysitting one
especially the one about the made up kids
that the brother & sister always had to go babysit...
good stuff
& oh that ira glass...
great voice...
love how he starts laughing during interviews...
& how could you not love someone
under the age of 92
who's name is ira?

thanks, JMB
as always
you are wonderful