Over the last several years, I have become an avid podcast listener. One of my favorite podcasts is This American Life. This is a weekly public radio program that is also broadcast as a podcast. I could listen to Ira Glass speak all day, and sometimes I do. I am a little behind, and while working on catching up, found an episode from November 2, 2018 that I really enjoy. The episode is entitled, “Hoaxing Yourself”. There are three segments, all of which are good, but the third segment was my favorite. Here’s a little taste:

Listen to the full episode here.

One of my favorite radio segments of all time—David Sedaris reading from his essay “The Santaland Diaries”, runs on This American Life each year during the holidays. Sedaris is one of my favorite writers, and hearing him read his own essays makes the experience so much more enjoyable. Enjoy this clip (meant to entice you to listen to the full segment).

Listen to the full segment here.

When I was growing up we didn’t have podcasts, and the old-time radio programs weren’t on very much anymore. What we did have were cassette tapes with recordings of some of my mom’s favorite radio broadcasts. We would listen to these on family road trips. One of my favorites, Sorry, Wrong Number, was usually played while we travelled on long empty highways at night. It helped set the mood. No matter how many times we heard this recording, it always seemed to scare me—in a good way.

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