Three weeks ago, Abdi Nor became a U.S. citizen, in a ceremony in Maine. We go to the ceremony, and then head back in time to 2013, when he won a visa under the Diversity Visa Lottery.
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Ira Glass talks to Bim Adewunmi about her understanding of delight through American pop culture and the summer she spent in the US as a 19-year-old.
Host Ira Glass talks with David Kestenbaum about a phone app that can create alternate universes with the press of a button.
Ira remembers the contentious family gatherings of holidays past - and how things have changed.
Host Ira Glass visits refugee camps we don’t call refugee camps—right on our country’s doorstep.
Host Ira Glass talks about our fascination with small things.
Katherine has been going to protest in Hong Kong for over 4 months. She’s got packing her bag for a protest down to a science.
A bunch of 22-year-olds from Hong Kong explain why they are cursed and what that means for their and Hong Kong’s future. (17 minutes)
Katherine, Ira and Emanuele go to a protest and get tear gassed in front of a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. (6 minutes)
Our regular host Ira Glass talks to some Hasidic Jews who also live in the neighborhood to get a different take on the parade. (10 minutes)
Ira and producer Robyn Semien go behind the scenes with some of the Obama staffers to hear what it felt like in the days leading up to the infamous Beer Summit of 2009.
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.
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.