An Allen Ginsberg poem and Ira Glass.
Thomas Lynch reads from his book The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade.
Michael Lesy reads.
Actor Michael Stumm reads from fireman and fiction writer Larry Brown's book On Fire.
Meema Spadola with Lou Zeidberg.
Before Sinatra died, Sarah Vowell appeared on this radio program and made a prediction about how network news would cover Sinatra's death ... and she made a simple plea. We hear whether her prediction came true.
Ira with Clarence Hicks, who picks up dead animals for a living.
Ira with a girl gang member about the day she nearly died.
Kevin Kelly is interviewed.
Claudia Perez talks about how her 21-year-old brother was shot and the family thought he'd die.
Fiction writer George Saunders reads his story "Offloading for Mrs Schwartz," from his book CivilWarLand in Bad Decline. It's the story of someone who can't get over the death of his ex-wife.
Carmen Delzell/Jay Allison's story on a guitar player.
Jo Carol Pierce released a CD, Bad Girls Upset by the Truth, which documents in part her teenage years. Host Ira Glass shares a couple of songs from the CD and some of the stories behind them.
Erika Yeomans sees a young man's photo in an art magazine and decides to track him down. Problem is: he's Dutch, he's a performance artist, and he's dead.
Jack Hitt reviews the strange case of William Kane, his mistress, his family, and fifteen vials of frozen sperm.
The late Ron Brown, the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, could have had an easy life, but chose instead to take on stressful, difficult tasks.
Sarah Thyre reads author David Sedaris' "The Last Time You'll Ever Hear from Me," a story of the ultimate Machiavellian scheming.