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 149: Bedside Diplomacy Jan. 14, 2000 Act One: Is That Your Final Answer? When Terry Shine's father was in the hospital, Terry and his brothers spent weeks trying to do whatever they could to help. 148: The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Suit Dec. 24, 1999 Act Two: If This Sleigh Is A-rockin', Don't Come A-knockin' Sarah Vowell explains why so many popular songs portray Santa as a ladies man. 250: The Annoying Gap Between Theory...and Practice Nov. 7, 2003 Act Two: Detroit Is In The House Alex Blumberg spends three days with Michigan state representative Steve Tobocman. Staff RecommendationsView all 77 Sept. 26, 1997 Pray Can the secular world and the religious world understand each other? 266 June 4, 2004 I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help Nancy Updike goes to Iraq to try to figure out what it's like to be a private citizen working in the middle of a war zone.