74 August 29, 1997 Conventions What happens when people with one common interest gather in monstrous, fluorescent-lit halls for the weekend? Sometimes they drive each other crazy, sometimes they fall in love. DownloadAmazon iTunes Share a clip Transcript Elan Ruskin Convention worker ByIra Glass Andrea worked at a bakery under a convention hotel in Chicago. The conventioneers used to drive her crazy because people act so different when they're in a crowd of their own kind. (3 minutes) Act One Dark Shadows ByJohn Connors John Connors has very mixed emotions about attending a convention for viewers of the TV program Dark Shadows. (18 minutes) Act Two Dish Out Of Water ByDishwasher Pete Dishwasher Pete, author of the book Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States, went to the National Restaurant Association convention on assignment from This American Life. (15 minutes) Act Three When Worlds Collide ByIra Glass John Perry Barlow, a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and former rancher and Grateful Dead lyricist, on an experience that began at the boundary of two conventions. (20 minutes) Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 405: Inside Job Apr. 9, 2010 Act Two: Taking a Big Pink Eraser to the Thin Blue Line Michael May tells the story of Barry Cooper, a former crooked narcotics cop who has turned his interest elsewhere...to busting crooked narcotics cops. 668: The Long Fuse Feb. 15, 2019 Act One: Humor Is Not The Best Medicine Producer Lilly Sullivan reports out that voicemail. (13 minutes) 496: When Patents Attack... Part Two! May 31, 2013 Act One: 2011 NPR reporter Laura Sydell and This American Life producer/Planet Money co-host Alex Blumberg tell the story of Intellectual Ventures, which is accused of being the largest of the patent trolls. Staff RecommendationsView all 354 Apr. 18, 2008 Mistakes Were Made Freezing dead people so scientists can reanimate them in the future is a lot harder than it sounds. 387 Aug. 7, 2009 Arms Trader (2009) The U.S. government spent two years on a sting operation trapping an Indian man suspected of being an illegal arms dealer.