February 28, 2020

Everyone's a Critic

People squirming in a world where everything is rated and reviewed.

Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION.


Host Ira Glass talks with writer Michael Schulman about a book he wrote. Not about the book itself—about the reviews it gets on Amazon. (9 minutes)

Their Eyes Weren’t Watching God

On a friend’s recommendation, B.A. Parker decides to try attending First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem. Parker is black, much like the majority of the church’s congregation. But when she gets to FCBC, she notices a long line of white tourists waiting to get inside. (13 minutes)

Mr. Chen Goes to Wuhan

What happens when a Chinese man—just a guy, not a journalist or dissident—decides to go to Wuhan and investigate the country’s response to coronavirus? Reporter Jiayang Fan brings us the story of Chen Qiushi. (23 minutes)