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Prologue

In families with sisters, every sister has their role to play. And whatever your role is, it sort of becomes your identity: the sweet one, the diva, the rebel.

Act One: Cindy and Dayana

Cindy and Dayana Carcamo are close. But recently, they’ve been struggling with this thing that happened when they were very young.

Act Two: Megan and Sybil

The first act of our show was about someone who has spent decades trying to close the gap with her sister because they were apart until she was eight years old. This next story is the reverse.

Act One: How Do I Say This?

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)

Act Three: Pigeons on a Plane

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)

Act Two: Next of Kindle

After his mother passes, a man unearths her book collection… and is surprised. (6 1/2 minutes)

Act Two: Daddy Lessons

Parents try to shape who we are in their own image. Producer Neil Drumming spoke to Adam Mansbach, who tried to make his daughter fall in love with hip-hop.

Act Three: Where I Came From

Producer Ben Calhoun recalls a weighty moment from childhood and thinks about how the words from that encounter have come up again.

Act One: The Sudden Departure

When a small town loses 100 people in just a few hours, kids come home to find their parents missing. Producer Lilly Sullivan talks to people trying to make sense of where they went and if they’ll come back.

Act Four: Resurrection

Writer Brady Udall with another story about what animals can take the place of, in our lives and in our homes—this one involving an armadillo. This work of fiction originally appeared in the Autumn 1999 issue of Story magazine.