690 December 27, 2019 Too Close to Home For the holidays, stories of families finally addressing the thorny thing they’ve never really talked about. Download Control-click (or right-click) Tap and hold to download Share a clip Transcript Adam Maida Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION. Prologue Prologue ByIra Glass Ira remembers the contentious family gatherings of holidays past - and how things have changed. (4 minutes) Act One How Do I Say This? ByScaachi Koul Scaachi Koul is trying to learn a language native to her parents, and heads back to Calgary to ask why they never taught it to her in the first place. (21 minutes) Song:“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by Nina Simone Act Two You Probably Think This Song is About You Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III asked his ex-partner Suzzy Roche and their daughter Lucy to perform at his wedding party. The song they picked was…surprising. (11 minutes) Song:“What Are Families For” by Loudon Wainwright III Act Three Pigeons on a Plane ByKevin Sieff Reporter Kevin Sieff travels from Mexico to Chicago with a group of seniors reuiniting with their undocumented kids in the U.S., some for the first time in decades. (18 minutes) Song:“Too Close to Home” by Rhonda Funk Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 107: Trail of Tears (1998) July 3, 1998 Act One Sarah Vowell and her twin sister Amy re-trace the Trail of Tears. 234: Say Anything Mar. 14, 2003 Act Four: Wedding Bells And Door Bells Two stories of communication where the words really don't matter: Elizabeth Gilbert tells the story of the worst wedding toast she's ever heard of. 175: Babysitting Jan. 5, 2001 Act Two: In The Event Of An Emergency, Put Your Sister In An Upright Position The story of several huge companies that accidentally got put into the babysitting business in a big, big way because of snow on December 26, 1988. Staff RecommendationsView all 492 Apr. 12, 2013 Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde Did a beloved family doctor with no criminal history suddenly up and strangle his own father? 565 Aug. 28, 2015 Lower 9 + 10 We go to the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans to talk to residents about what matters most to them ten years after the hurricane.