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 19: Rich Guys Apr. 12, 1996 Act Two: Citizen Kane Jack Hitt reviews the strange case of William Kane, his mistress, his family, and fifteen vials of frozen sperm. 114: Last Words Oct. 23, 1998 Act Three: How The Living Use The Dead Writer Greil Marcus explains what rock fans use dead rock stars for. 72: Trek Aug. 8, 1997 Act Two Josh Seftel and Rich Robinson's trek across South Africa continues. Staff RecommendationsView all 562 July 31, 2015 The Problem We All Live With - Part One There’s one thing that has been proven to cut the achievement gap between black and white students by half: integration. 563 Aug. 7, 2015 The Problem We All Live With - Part Two A city goes all out to integrate its schools.