74 August 29, 1997 Conventions What happens when people with one common interest gather in monstrous, fluorescent-lit halls for the weekend? Sometimes they drive each other crazy, sometimes they fall in love. DownloadAmazon iTunes Share a clip Transcript Elan Ruskin Convention worker ByIra Glass Andrea worked at a bakery under a convention hotel in Chicago. The conventioneers used to drive her crazy because people act so different when they're in a crowd of their own kind. (3 minutes) Act One Dark Shadows ByJohn Connors John Connors has very mixed emotions about attending a convention for viewers of the TV program Dark Shadows. (18 minutes) Act Two Dish Out Of Water ByDishwasher Pete Dishwasher Pete, author of the book Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States, went to the National Restaurant Association convention on assignment from This American Life. (15 minutes) Act Three When Worlds Collide ByIra Glass John Perry Barlow, a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and former rancher and Grateful Dead lyricist, on an experience that began at the boundary of two conventions. (20 minutes) Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 20: From A Distance Apr. 19, 1996 Act Three: Snuggles A man in New York runs an apology line. 259: Promised Land Feb. 20, 2004 Act Two: Life In The Fast Lane For millennia, people have tried to reach a spiritual promised land by fasting. 122: Valentine’s Day ’99 Feb. 12, 1999 Act Two: Mucho Corazon A man in Amsterdam and a woman in Cuba fall in love, even though their governments don't want them to live together. Staff RecommendationsView all 84 Nov. 21, 1997 Harold The story of Harold Washington and the white backlash that was set off when he became Chicago's first black mayor. 355 May 9, 2008 The Giant Pool of Money The surprisingly entertaining story of how the U.S. got itself into a housing crisis.