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 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 41: Politics Nov. 8, 1996 Act Two: Television Man Campaign diarist Michael Lewis, on his transformation into a television reporter, and on an inspiring moment in American politics between two supposed political enemies from the 1960's. 231: Time to Save the World Feb. 7, 2003 Act One: The Rundown The story of one girl's mission to bring people together everywhere by eliminating small talk forever. This American Life producer Starlee Kine has been going around lecturing audiences on the subject. 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. Staff RecommendationsView all 513 Dec. 13, 2013 129 Cars One car dealership tries to sell 129 cars. It is way more chaotic than we expected. 565 Aug. 28, 2015 Lower 9 + 10 We go to the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans to talk to residents about what matters most to them ten years after the hurricane.