680 July 26, 2019 The Weight Of Words Words mean things, but some words are especially meaningful — whether in a survival manual, a song lyric, or a slur. Download Share a clip Transcript Jennifer Heuer Prologue Prologue ByIra Glass What does God get out of us praising him? Or is it actually for us? (7 minutes) Act One Go To The Mattresses ByElna Baker Shamyla always loved books. Like lots of other eleven-year-olds back in 1989, she loved The Babysitters Club. And then, something happened, changing what she read, and how. Producer Elna Baker tells the story. (25 minutes) Act Two Daddy Lessons ByNeil Drumming Parents try to shape who we are in their own image. Producer Neil Drumming spoke to Adam Mansbach, who tried to make his daughter fall in love with hip-hop. (19 minutes) Act Three Where I Came From ByBen Calhoun Producer Ben Calhoun recalls a weighty moment from childhood and thinks about how the words from that encounter have come up again. (6 minutes) Song:“If It Weren’t For The Words” by Edith Frost Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 167: Memo to the People of the Future Sept. 8, 2000 Act Two: One And One Don't Make Two What if you're remembered in ways that you don't like? What if you're remembered for something someone else did? In this act, we consider the case of Marguerite Oswald, mother of Lee Harvey Oswald. 19: Rich Guys Apr. 12, 1996 Act One: A Candidate, A Voter, And A Room Full Of Pigs Michael Lewis continues readings from his diaries of Morry Taylor's Presidential campaign. 61: Fiasco! (1997) Apr. 25, 1997 Act Four: Fiascos As A Force For Good Journalist Margy Rochlin on her first big assignment to do a celebrity interview. Staff RecommendationsView all 261 Mar. 26, 2004 The Sanctity of Marriage A generation of researchers has revolutionized the way we see marriage. 489 Mar. 1, 2013 No Coincidence, No Story! We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions!