Lately, I fear I have been slacking in the Internet department. And that can be blamed entirely on one reason: This American Life. It’s all I pay mind to all day (besides work, of course). And I can’t seem to get enough of it. As a matter of fact, when the bell rings at the end of the day, I just can’t seem to interrupt whatever show it is I’m in the middle of. So I stick around working on whatever it is I can in order to finish the show. Otherwise, I’d feel as though I’m interrupting the person’s story.
I’m only half-way through the 2005 archive. Each and every day I get to meet new people and hear their tragic, or wonderfully funny stories. I feel privileged for being there even though they have no idea I am even listening. The one called Mind Games features an hilarious bunch of stories about mind games gone bad. Know Your Enemy features a reunion between Jello from the Dead Kennedys and Michael Guarino, the prosecutor who took him to court on obscenity charges. That had me laughing out loud. Which looks pretty damn silly when you’re at work and wearing headphones. Godless American was probably my favorite thus far. Although, Little Bit of Knowledge proved the funniest. (A woman actually believed until very late in life that Unicorns were actually alive once and merely facing extinction or actually extinct.) Reunited and it Feels So Good is captivating especially the part about cloning a pet bull. Remember Me brought tears to my eyes. Hell, they really are all wonderful. You really can’t go wrong. Thus far, I have loved every broadcast in some way. And each one brings me a little more respect, admiration and awe for my kind. We could all use a little bit of that, couldn’t we?
I wish everyone in America had to listen to this at least once a week. Each broadcast is filled with stories told by ordinary and not so ordinary people and each time I hear them I find I care a little more. But it has my wondering, what do other people busy themselves with during the day? If not blogs, what passes the time?
I think I will make reality radio the wave of my future.