Friday, July 23, 2010

Mother's Day

I know it's not Mother's Day! (that's Linda Jansky up there)

You may have noticed that I listen to This American Life everyday. In fact, I've gone through just over 10 years of This American Life episodes and I wish there were 50 more ready for me now. Anyway, most of them are awesome. Some are weak. Some make me LOL and some cause me to tear up and even cry. Some do that in the same g'damn episode. This one did that. There are many better episodes, but for whatever reason this one pushed me to share it with you. It's an hour long, so I understand if you can't devote the time.

The Prologue is sad and thoughtful. I will be considering the book it was excerpted from for my book club pick.

If all you can listen to is part of it, listen to the first act because that was hilarious. I love the way Jonnifer (sp?) imitates the way her Mom woke her sister up and wish someone would wake me up in the same manner.

"Act One. She Said, She Said.

Producer Alex Blumberg conducts an investigation, perhaps the first ever, into this American subspecies: People who compulsively imitate their mother's voices in everyday conversation, well into adulthood. (18 minutes)"

The second act is heart-wrenching to hear, but rewarding at the same time.

"Act Two. Are You My Mommy?

When Jessica Robinson was sent to adult prison at the age of 14, the state did such a terrible job taking care of her that several women—an embezzler, a convicted murderer, and some thieves—stepped in to mother her. Alex Kotlowitz reports. Seven thousand young people like Jessica are now in adult prisons nationwide. (21 minutes)"
The third one was so very sweet. I want to record the Mother singing so I can fall asleep to it.

"Act Three. Mom Music.

Beau O'Reilly and his mother Winifred, who had 14 children, discuss her secret feelings about Johnny Cash and other matters on Mother's Day. (9 minutes)"

The episode is linked below. Free streaming!
This American Life

P.S. feel free to spam with mom pics!!! :) :) :) :) :) :)


  1. I promise I want to listen to this! Do you just download these and put them on your ipod? Or does this have something to do with having internet on your phone? I neeeed to know these these!! xo

  2. haha well you can stream it from that link. To the right of the pic you'll see the "stream episode" option. It streams directly from the site so you can listen at home while cleaning the dishes! It's sew fun. But yes I have a bunch downloaded that I listen to on my phone. If you want the file for your pod, lemme know! I can't wait to hear what you think!