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. Download 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 421: Last Man Standing Dec. 3, 2010 Act Two: Last Man Stand-Up Producer Sarah Koenig tells the story of Duke Fightmaster, who refused to give up his simple dream: to replace Conan O'Brien. 54: Sinatra Feb. 21, 1997 Act Five: How Sinatra Affects Us New York writer Camden Joy tells what happened when in a greasy spoon restaurant filled with cabbies and club kids when Frank's film The Manchurian Candidate came on television. 266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help June 4, 2004 Act Five: Karen Karen Hahn, who works for Custer Battles at the airport, started out there screening women passengers—and learned a lot from their handbags. Staff RecommendationsView all 192 Aug. 31, 2001 Meet the Pros The story of one man's journey from obscurity to international professional celebrity. 513 Dec. 13, 2013 129 Cars One car dealership tries to make its monthly quota: 129 cars. It is way more chaotic than we expected.