Ira Glass introduces the concept of the episode.
Baby John Smith is 11 weeks old, in South Carolina, and his parents are still reeling from the sonograms that all predicted he would be a girl. By the time he's 23, John Smith in Laramie, Wyoming, has made some mistakes and is appearing in front of a judge. At 46, he's in Texas, welcoming his oldest son back from Iraq. These and other in-depth portraits of people growing up, growing old, and figuring out how to be fathers, husbands, and men in America today.
Joe Beshenkovsky won a 2009 Emmy Award for editing this episode.