Host Ira Glass talks to Amanda, who's 16 and lives with her mom in a Christian commune in Chicago.
Julie throws 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.
Hilton Als reads an excerpt from his book The Women. (12 minutes)
An excerpt from Your Radio is Haunted. (6 minutes)
Julie Showalter, on a costume she wore as a kid.
Writer David Sedaris remembers the days his mother and sister played armchair detective, and the odd crime wave that hit their own home. This story, titled "True Detective," appears in David's book Naked.
Ira's mom is invited to speak to a group of Jewish mothers who only discuss one topic: their relationships with their adult children.
Ira continues the story about his conversation with his mom. Then he calls her up on the air.
A Midwestern family records a "letter on tape" to their son, who is in medical school in California. Three decades later, the recording somehow ends up in a thrift store.
Sketches from the neo-futurists on the subject of double lives.
Former Harpers magazine editor and TAL contributor Jack Hitt wrote an editorial about Susan Smith, who murdered her two children in South Carolina. The editorial redirected the rage from Smith toward Hitt.
Writer/singer/performer Sandra Tsing Loh reads a story about a family vacation arranged by her mother, who believed that vacations couldn't be merely for leisure—they had to be educational. Which is how the family ended up vacationing in...Ethiopia.
Ira calls his parents Shirley Glass and Barry Glass in Baltimore to ask them for advice about his new radio show.