Ira tells us about a short-term therapy for trauma called CPT. Cognitive processing therapy was designed for survivors of sexual assault and is also used for veterans with PTSD symptoms.
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Ira questions the motives of overly ambitious scientists and inventors. (2 minutes)
What does God get out of us praising him? Or is it actually for us? (7 minutes)
Lina Misitzis tells Ira Glass about this one video game character from the 90s who consistently brings men to tears.
Host Ira Glass follows presidential hopeful Julián Castro as he prepares for the first debate of the Democratic primary. His goal is just to let people know he’s in the race! By, possibly, interrupting somebody onstage.
Host Ira talks with comedian Gary Gulman about his transformation from high school nobody to football star.
Gary puts on a tough guy costume, but will it turn him into a tough guy? Ira continues Gary Gulman’s story.
Ira follows Yankee Stadium cameraman Eric Capstick as he puts fans on the Jumbotron. (5 minutes)
Ira goes to a crowded singles bar where it wasn’t hard to find serial ghosters — people who kiss and disappear. (8 minutes)
Eleven adult siblings need to divide their dead parents' stuff. But they don’t all get along.
Ira tells the story of a guy, Lenny Pozner, who strikes up a conversation with a stranger in a bar, only to learn the guy already knows who Lenny is. And the stranger is furious with him.
Mike Wise tells Ira about a run he went on one winter night with his dog, years ago along the C&O Canal in DC. It was late.
Host Ira Glass plays recordings from the Satanic Prayer Line, and speaks to the line’s creator, Chris Allert.
Religion professor Elaine Pagels explains the roots and evolution of Satan in religious texts.
Host Ira Glass gets his grandmother Frieda’s college files, which reveal a whole other side of this person he thought he knew so well.