I simply adore This American Life. This week was “Fear of Sleep”. Yes, quite literally stories from people who are/were afraid to go to sleep for various reasons. The producers decided to enter this land mine of psychological and infestational (oh yeah, skip the infestations act if you don’t like listening about roaches and bed bugs) problems by playing a recording of comedian Mike Birbiglia at The Moth discussing his sleepwalking disorder that caused him to jump out the closed window of a hotel room “like the Hulk”. I might be a bit biased because Mike’s a Georgetown alumnus and so I saw him perform quite a few times on campus (Craker, what?), but it was a hilarious story. And put me in a good mood which allowed me to listen to the other, more serious acts with an open mindset.
To begin Wait Wait Don’t Tell me with the line, “First off I’d like to welcome Corey Flintoff, filling in for Carl Kasell this week,” is usually enough reason not to listen. Not because there’s anything wrong with Corey Flintoff, but because, well – what’s Wait Wait without Carl? But, nonetheless, they pulled off an excellent show, and made fun of French Canadians, so I’m pretty pleased. PS Wait for the Cindy McCain bit – it’s priceless.
This week The News From Lake Wobegon (indeed, all of A Prairie Home Companion), was a repeat from an old State Fair show in order to gear us all up for the Rhubarb Tour that is starting up. This repeat was all about Bob, fast ball pitcher for the Whippets who hit a player with a pitch and ended his career. Funny and poignant and wonderful as always.
For information on writers and poems this week, visit The Writer’s Almanac Website for the show transcripts.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.™