May 23, 2014

Is That What I Look Like?

You've been seeing yourself, getting to know what you look like, your whole life. So why does it often take an outsider to see things about you that are obvious, and set you straight?


Guest host Nancy Updike talks about learning something new, and unpleasant, about herself in — where else — a makeup store. She also talks with other people about moments where someone made an observation about them that was shocking. Not because it was intended as an insult, but because it was true, and they'd never thought about it that way before. (8 minutes)
Act One

Blunt Force

Writer Domingo Martinez tells a story from his memoir The Boy Kings of Texas, about when he was forced to face how he might look in 20 years, if he kept doing what he was doing.


“Wrong Crowd” by Prince George
Act Two

One Life To Live

Producer Miki Meek spent a week with a family in the midst of a difficult situation. A woman who got in a car accident and then was in a coma for 52 days, woke up having forgotten the last two years of her life — during which she'd divorced her husband. Once her family members reminded her that she was divorced, all she wanted was to get back together with her ex-husband, even though he, their kids, and everyone else in the family, weren't sure it was a good idea. They want to tell her who she was before the accident, and all the reasons why she divorced her husband in the first place, but she also has to figure out for herself who she is now. (14 minutes)
Act Three

The Blunder Years

Nancy hears from Producer Ben Calhoun about the moment when the cool teacher in school told the girls they should pay attention to Ben, and they did. Also, Ira Glass interviews actress Molly Ringwald about what happened when she watched one of her own movies, The Breakfast Club with her daughter. Ringwald talks about how for the first time, she saw the movie from the parents' point of view, not the kids'. (22 minutes)