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259: Promised Land
Act Two

Life In The Fast Lane

For millennia, people have tried to reach a spiritual promised land by fasting. Jesus did it. Buddha did it. Monks and saints and new age gurus have done it. And, for for this episode, David Rakoff tried it. He did a 20-day fast, to find out if it would bring him any form of enlightenment. David died in 2012, eight years after reporting this story. We devoted an episode to him and his stories. (25 minutes)