January 24, 1996


A story of a friendship between two adolescent boys that was destroyed through the manipulative acts of one of them.

Act One

Dave's Love

Bob and Dave were close childhood friends — until their relationship began to lead their peers to believe that it might be more than a friendship. The accusations led to Dave turning on Bob. (11 minutes)

Act Two

Dave's Hatred

The story of Dave and Bob continues. For reasons that Bob never fully understood, Dave successfully turned everyone in their school against his former friend, even forming clubs devoted to hating Bob. (13 minutes)

Act Three

Dave's Response

Ira reaches current-day Dave, who is a born-again Christian living with his parents. According to Dave, Bob was at fault for the breakdown in their relationship, because Bob had decided to become friends with someone else. He remembers very little of the fight that is so vivid in Bob's memory. (11 minutes)

Act Four

Another Dave

Sarah Thyre reads author David Sedaris' "The Last Time You'll Ever Hear from Me," a story of the ultimate Machiavellian scheming. (7 minutes)