this american lifeHear an excerpt from a story from 1998, during the early days of the show. It’s about a teenager who’s doing drugs and selling drugs and realizes his dad has been tape recording his phone calls.

Also, Ira plays clips from a recent story by Miki Meek, in an episode about schools reopening during the pandemic.

Then, Ira plays a story from before coronavirus, when people could gather in theaters. It’s from one of our live shows – a story performed by Tig Notaro, about Taylor Dayne.

Finally, hear one of Ira’s favorite stories we’ve ever done, by David Wilcox, about his sister and his mom.

If you make a $60 donation, or just $5 a month, in support of This American Life and KRCB FM, you will get download access to 50 favorite episodes of This American Life as picked by Ira himself! He’ll tell you more about this exciting offer in the show.

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