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True stories about modern humans

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True stories about modern humans

    New Show Announcement

    New Show Announcement

    I'm announcing a whole new podcast, and giving you a listen to the first episode. The podcast is called Before It Had a Theme, and on it, Britta Greene an I discuss and deconstruct old episodes of This American Life. On this episode, we discuss the very first episode of that show, as well as why the show is worth discussing, how we and others became fans of the show, and why we love Ira Glass’s mother.
    Clips from following were used in this episode:
    Coffaro’s Theme by Bill Frisell
    Episode of Tape with Jonathan Mejivar
    Episode of Tape with Ben Calhoun
    Ira’s talk at the Third Coast Audio Festival
    Longform Podcast, Episode 159: Ira Glass
    This American Life, Episode 1: New Beginnings
    Ira’s talk at the Gel Conference
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    Britta's Twitter
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    • 49 min
    If You Could Do Anything?

    If You Could Do Anything?

    Sometimes in your life, you reach a crossroads, go on a men’s weekend, spend too much time alone in the forest, have a mid-life crisis, and start thinking you can change the world with your podcast. This episode is about that happening to me. Part one of a three-part series.
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    Links: Startup
    Music: Opening Credits by johnny_ripper
    Divider by Chris Zabriskie
    Audrey by johnny_ripper
    Mario Bava Sleeps in a Little Later Than He Expected To by Chris Zabriskie
    Black Book by johnny_ripper
    The Dark Glow of the Mountains by Chris Zabriskie
    A Void by johnny_ripper
    Program Reverie by Podington Bear
    Massive by Podington Bear

    • 36 min
    Pay Attention All the Time

    Pay Attention All the Time

    Parents of young children have an especially fraught relationship with their smartphones. On the one hand, these devices are indispensable tools for getting things done and staying connected to the adult world while in the midst of childcare. On the other hand, the culture is constantly telling parents, and particularly mothers, that they’re too distracted by these devices, that smartphones are stealing precious attention away from our kids.
    But the idea that parents should be focusing so much attention on their kids is itself a modern invention. In fact, our current understanding of parenthood and childhood is, in a very real way, the product of technology.
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    Links: Moms, Let Go of Your Smartphone Guilt
    Siobhan Adcock’s website
    Amy Shearn’s website
    Music: Opening Credits by johnny_ripper
    Spring Solstice by Podington Bear
    Cylinder Three by Chris Zabriskie
    The Dark Glow of the Mountain by Chris Zabriskie
    Walkin Flags by Sealadder
    Button Mushrooms by Podington Bear
    Stuck Dream by Podington Bear
    88 by Podington Bear
    What True Self? Feels Bogus, Lets Watch Jason X by Chris Zabriskie

    • 24 min
    Do You Feel More Like Gods?

    Do You Feel More Like Gods?

    This past week, my kids went back to school. Summer vacation has come and gone. And that’s gotten me thinking about the very idea of summer vacation because every summer, for the past several years, my wife, her sisters and our families have had this tradition of going to a cabin for a few days to get out of the city. We don’t own a cabin. We have to rent one. And this year, the process of finding it, looking at pictures of all the possible cabins on all the possible lakes, made me wonder about this particular, middle-class American ritual of going into the wilderness for vacation, where that ritual came from, and what it says about our relationship to modern life.
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    Links: Where Was the Birthplace of the American Vacation?
    Thoreau Leaves Walden Pond
    Why Fire Makes Us Human
    Working At Play: A History of Vacations in the United States
    Music: Gentle Chase by Podington Bear
    Arrival by North Hive
    Tam by LJ Kruzer
    Electron by Podington Bear
    Halflight by Podington Bear
    Tamz by LJ Kruzer
    88 by Podington Bear

    • 20 min
    Bringing Wes Home

    Bringing Wes Home

    Since the wide-spread adoption of embalming in the United States, most Americans have turned the process of handling the deceased over to experts in the undertaking business. On this episode, the story of one family who decided that they wanted to be the ones to wash and prepare the body of the son and brother they’d lost.
    This episode was previously aired on the podcast Neighbors, one of the podcasts in The Heard.
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    Music: Cylinder Five by Chris Zabrinskie
    88 by Podington Bear

    • 16 min
    A Horrible Experience

    A Horrible Experience

    My older brother Scott lives almost completely outside the network of modern life: he has no internet, no email address, no cable TV or satellite, not even an antenna for his television. Until recently, he didn’t even have a bank account or a telephone. In this episode, I try to get to the bottom of why he hates computers, and especially the internet, even though the internet helped him solve a question he’s had since the day he was born.
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    Music: Heavy Flutter by Podington Bear
    I Am Running with Temporary Success from a Monstrous Vacuum in Pursuit by Chris Zabriskie
    The Sun Is Scheduled to Come Out Tomorrow by Chris Zabriskie
    The House Glows with Almost No Help by Chris Zabriskie
    The Theatrical Poster for Potergeist III by Podington Bear
    The Dark Glow of the Mountains by Podington Bear
    88 by Podington Bear
    Patrons: Special thanks to Eric Keys, Cam Hudson, Bradley Dunham, and Gordon Delp for their support of this podcast.

    • 28 min

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