If you know me, I mean really know me, you know that I have an intense love of National Public Radio. I used to annoy my college roommates because I played it day and night. Out of all the shows I listened to there was one that I am the most found of: This American Life (TAL). According to Wikipedia (I know it is not always the most reliable source, but since I am such a TAL fan
stan I know it all checks out),
This American Life (TAL) is a weekly hour-long radio program produced by Chicago Public Radio (CHICAGO REPRESENT!) and hosted by Ira Glass…
“Primarily a journalistic non-fiction program, it has also features essays, memoirs, field recordings, short fiction, and found footage. The first episode aired on November 17, 1995. Each week’s show loosely centers on a particular theme. The theme of the show is explored in several “acts,” usually two to five. On occasion, an entire program will consist of a single act. Each act is produced using a combination of staff and freelance contributors.”
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One of my favorite shows, is #110 entitled “Mapping”. I can’t even remember how many times I have listened to it. The show aired in September 4, 1998. The show is split into five acts. The whole show is amazing, but the one segment that sticks out the most is ACT FIVE. TASTE.
LA Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold goes to the places on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles that he visited back in the early 1980s. He tells the story of how he decided to map an entire street using his sense of taste, and how doing this changed his life. (35 minutes)
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