691 January 10, 2020 Gardens of Branching Paths Stories of other universes that are just like our own, but with one small difference. Download Share a clip Transcript Keith Negley Prologue Prologue ByIra GlassDavid Kestenbaum 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 ByEtgar Keret 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 ByDavid Kestenbaum 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 ByDana Chivvis 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) Act Four If I Lived Here, I’d Be Home Now ByDiane Wu Diane Wu has the story of someone who tries to visit one of the other worlds in which she almost lived. (9 minutes) Song:“Alternate Universe” by Sue Fink Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 349: Valentine’s Day 2008 Feb. 15, 2008 Act Two: The Over-Protective Kind Veronica Chater's mother wants to go to a resort in Mexico with a friend. 179: Cicero Mar. 16, 2001 Act Three: War By Other Means Despite the town's resistance, Hispanics now make up three quarters of the population. 53: Valentine’s Day ‘97 Feb. 7, 1997 Act One: Lighten Up Brett Leveridge reads from his column for Might magazine, which he turned into the book Men My Mother Dated and Other Mostly True Tales. Staff RecommendationsView all 334 June 1, 2007 Duty Calls Josh's family didn't play much of a role in his daily life—until duty called, and they took over his life. 355 May 9, 2008 The Giant Pool of Money The surprisingly entertaining story of how the U.S. got itself into a housing crisis.