Friday, July 26, 2013
The 500th episode and clip show for This American Life made me remember my first memory of my favorite NPR show. I was still in high school, and I realize now it was one of the first This American Life shows. Back then, I wasn't even aware of NPR's existence (a little sad given that I've listened to it obsessively ever since I discovered it), radio meant music, and the only alternative to music was conservative talk radio. I guess the local NPR stations were always staticy in my home town so it was only when I was driving somewhere, and happened to flip to to This American Life, and I had that moment, that this was something transcendent. The show was backstage at some high school musical. And it was so lovingly reported, taking such great care to listen hard to the stories of the everyday, of the mundane, somehow elevating it, like a Hopper, to the sublime. I've been an addict ever since.