Full episode 449: Middle School Prologue Share a clip ByIra Glass Host Ira Glass interviews a 14-year old named Annie, who emailed us asking if we would do a show about middle school. She explains why exactly the middle school years can be so daunting. (4 1/2 minutes) More in EducationView all 730: The Empty Chair Jan. 22, 2021 Act Four: Quarantweening Producer Chana Joffe-Walt talks to a seventh grader who doesn’t have a seventh grade, or an eighth grade. (11 minutes) 715: Long-Awaited Asteroid Finally Hits Earth Aug. 28, 2020 Act Five: The Leftovers A week after starting classes, a Covid outbreak forces a university to send students back home. 715: Long-Awaited Asteroid Finally Hits Earth Aug. 28, 2020 Act One: Masked Crusaders Two teachers find themselves thrown into a heated and ugly fight with parents right before school opens back up. More by Ira GlassView all 730: The Empty Chair Jan. 22, 2021 Act Three: There’s a German Word for That Ira Glass talks to journalist Jochen Bittner about a political lie from 1920s Germany and the lessons it holds for 2020s America. 728: Lights, Camera, Christmas! Dec. 25, 2020 Act Two: Deer in the Footlights Ira talks with Connie Rex about the deer she and her sisters kidnapped and ended up putting into their school’s Christmas pageant in Woodruff, Utah, in a starring role. 717: Audience of One Sept. 11, 2020 Act Four: The Kid Namastays in the Picture Jaime Amor does yoga storytelling for kids.