For the first time since before Christmas, I had the opportunity this past Saturday to listen to This American Life and Car Talk. And let me say that TAL was pretty fantastic. Occasionally the theme they use to unify all the stories doesn't necessarily work. But here it di. The theme? My Big Break.
The first part, regarding a comedian couple who gets their break on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 is both comical and surprising. The second part about the guys who made a mint by creating the "Yankees Suck" t-shirt that all of Boston wears, and then go off to make a difference in Iraq, naturally had me in tears. And the final piece about the little boy who gets a chance to please his mom and get rid of his abusive father is both laugh-out-loud funny and poignant.
Oh, This American Life. How I missed you. And Ira Glass? You are so my NPR boyfriend.