690 December 27, 2019 Too Close to Home For the holidays, stories of families finally addressing the thorny thing they’ve never really talked about. Download Control-click (or right-click) Tap and hold to download Share a clip Transcript Adam Maida Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION. Prologue Prologue ByIra Glass Ira remembers the contentious family gatherings of holidays past - and how things have changed. (4 minutes) Act One How Do I Say This? ByScaachi Koul Scaachi Koul is trying to learn a language native to her parents, and heads back to Calgary to ask why they never taught it to her in the first place. (21 minutes) Song:“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by Nina Simone Act Two You Probably Think This Song is About You Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III asked his ex-partner Suzzy Roche and their daughter Lucy to perform at his wedding party. The song they picked was…surprising. (11 minutes) Song:“What Are Families For” by Loudon Wainwright III Act Three Pigeons on a Plane ByKevin Sieff Reporter Kevin Sieff travels from Mexico to Chicago with a group of seniors reuiniting with their undocumented kids in the U.S., some for the first time in decades. (18 minutes) Song:“Too Close to Home” by Rhonda Funk Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 47: Christmas and Commerce Dec. 20, 1996 Act Four Tapes recorded in a Chicago home Christmas morning, more than 50 years ago. 13: Love Feb. 7, 1996 Act Three: A Wedding Ira describes a wedding held in the dingy basement room of the City of Chicago's Marriage Court. 270: Family Legend Aug. 6, 2004 Act Three: Admissions The story of a prank that the family was building up to for years. Staff RecommendationsView all 472 Aug. 17, 2012 Our Friend David Favorite stories by our longtime contributor and friend David Rakoff. 513 Dec. 13, 2013 129 Cars One car dealership tries to make its monthly quota: 129 cars. It is way more chaotic than we expected.