680 July 26, 2019 The Weight Of Words (2019) Words mean things, but some words are especially meaningful — whether in a survival manual, a song lyric, or a slur. Download Control-click (or right-click) Tap and hold to download Share a clip Transcript Jennifer Heuer Prologue Prologue What does God get out of us praising him? Or is it actually for us? (7 minutes) ByIra Glass Act One Go To The Mattresses 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) ByElna Baker Act Two Daddy Lessons 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) ByNeil Drumming Act Three Where I Came From Producer Ben Calhoun recalls a weighty moment from childhood and thinks about how the words from that encounter have come up again. (6 minutes) ByBen Calhoun Song:“If It Weren’t For The Words” by Edith Frost Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 221: Fake I.D. Sept. 20, 2002 Act One: Pole Vault Ira's conversation with Erin Einhorn continues. 602: The Sun Comes Up Nov. 11, 2016 Act One: South Florida Two police officers who voted for Obama in 2008 explain to Producer Miki Meek why they went for Trump this time around. 56: Name Change Mar. 7, 1997 Act Four: Nom De Plume, Nom De Guerre How a guy named Tom became Camden Joy — and what he gained and what he lost. Staff RecommendationsView all 513 Dec. 13, 2013 129 Cars One car dealership tries to make its monthly quota: 129 cars. It is way more chaotic than we expected. 241 July 11, 2003 20 Acts in 60 Minutes All kinds of little stories that we ordinarily can't use on the radio show because they are just too short.