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30 August 2007 @ 09:39 am
This American Life: Break-Up  
This week's episode of Chicago Public Radio's This American Life was really great. I laughed, I cried, I downloaded the mp3s. No seriously, I did all those things. And I even listened to it twice. So far.

If you've never heard the show, each week they choose a theme and tell a variety of stories, some true, some fiction. The theme this week was breakups, which was suggested by one of their listeners who couldn't believe they hadn't already done covered it. The highlight (for me) was frequent contributer Starlee Kine talking about the breakup she had just gone through and how important breakup songs had become to her. So important, in fact, that she decided she had to write her own. Despite having no songwriting or musical experience.

Kine was hilarious and heartwrenching and the song she wrote with the help of musicians Joe McGinty and Julia Greenberg was really good. You can listen to the song here

The other segments were very good as well. You can listen to the entire episode here (for free).

Listening to: Beth Orton - "Ooh Child"
Koubankouban on August 30th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
Personally, I've always found TAL to be soul-crushingly depressing. Perhaps it's the stories they tell, perhaps it's the choice of background music, perhaps it's Ira Glass's voice.
I am that rough man standing ready in the nightwarpedpuppy on August 30th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
that's a fuckin AWESOME show.
(Anonymous) on August 30th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
I love This American Life. Looove it. Listened to several shows back to back recently when my girlfriend and I were painting the kitchen. But for some reason, I couldn't get very far into the breakup episode. Not that I didn't find it and the idea for the show fascinating, which I do, but because all of a sudden I was reminded of just how tenuous I feel at times, about my relationship. Does that make any sense? It's just that there have been one or two times (and we've been together almost two years) when I've thought to myself, Damn, Alex. You are one lucky, lucky son of a bitch. You really are.

I never, ever understood what it meant those times I heard a guy say, I don't know what a shmuck like me did to deserve her. And now, well, I do understand, completely. So I guess I got a bit weirded out at the part when Lauren was pointing out how it seemed she didn't know anyone whose relationship *hadn't* ended, or something like that.

I'm not *insecure* about our relationship by any means, we're definitely planning on getting married, but there was just something about that show which brought back all those times I'd been blindsided by a breakup, and I just didn't feel like listening any more.

Great ass shot today, btw!