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January 10, 2020

Gardens of Branching Paths

Other universes that are just like our own, but with one small difference.

Keith Negley

Prologue

Prologue

Host Ira Glass talks with David Kestenbaum about a phone app that can create alternate universes with the press of a button. (8 minutes)

Act One

Dreams From My Father

Writer Etgar Keret tells a story about his father, who was constantly imagining parallel universes. In a way, they saved him. (12 minutes)

Act Two

Sorry/Not Sorry

David Kestenbaum finds out about a speech that, in another world, President Clinton gave on August 17, 1998. (13 minutes)

Act Three

Sklar-Crossed Brothers

Being an identical twin is kind of like having a parallel world right on top of ours, one in which there is another version of you running around. Dana Chivvis has the story of the Sklar twins, and a 48-year-old mystery. (19 minutes)