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Ira Glass talks to This American Life Producer Jane Feltes abouta recent date she was set up on by a friend. The date was awful—the guyseemed stoned the whole time.

Act One: A Good Year For Grand Gestures

Miriam and her husband were development workers in Afghanistan. They'd hada whirlwind romance themselves, so when they heard that their driver wasin love, but didn't have enough money to propose to the girl, they made agrand romantic gesture: They gave him $10,000 to pay for the dowry and thewedding.