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Prologue

Host Ira Glass talks with a guy who hit the road after his mother's death, hoping for some experience that would change him and shed light on what had just happened. This never happens to him, or to most of us.

Act Three

Claudia Perez talks about how her 21-year-old brother was shot and the family thought he'd die.

Act Three: Another Mixed Legacy

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.