I don't really watch a whole lot of TV, but I am rather fond of a few radio programs. This American Life is among my favorites. I love that the This American Life website has an archive of every episode, so I thought I would a few of my favorites with you.
Paul Tough reports on the Harlem Children's Zone, and its CEO and president, Geoffrey Canada. Among the project's many facets is Baby College, an 8-week program where young parents and parents-to-be learn how to help their children get the education they need to be successful. Tough';s just-published book about Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem's Children Zone is called Whatever It Takes. You can see a slideshow of more photographs from the project here.
The Harlem Children Zone's Jeffrey Canada was also prominately featured in a recent education documentary: Waiting for Superman, which was rather interesting as well.
My Pen Pal
The story of a ten-year-old girl from small town Michigan named Sarah York, and how she became pen pals with a man who was considered an enemy of the United States, a dictator, a drug trafficker, and a murderer: Manuel Noriega.
In the wake of a break-up, writer Starlee Kine finds so much comfort in break-up songs that she decides to try and write one herself—even though she has no musical ability whatsoever. For some help, she goes to a rather surprising expert on the subject: Phil Collins.
Stories pitched by our parents
After listening to this episode, I was endlessly amused by saying, "She was a good lay........dy."
Fear of Sleep
Mike Birbiglia is a really entertaining story teller and the science is rather interesting. I was fascinated by the fact that normal bodies produce a chemical which paralyzes us during sleep, preventing us from acting out our dreams.
What are your favorite radio programs?