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Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of ‘This American Life’ With Our Favorite 20 Episodes—Abbey Stone
Serial should re-launch in the next few days. If you need some good podcasts to listen to in between each week of Serial, listen to these 20 TAL episodes. “129 Cars” is my favorite one ever.
To celebrate this milestone moment, we’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite This American Lifeepisodes. Your commute just got a heck of a lot more interesting.
Since we’re a little over a week away from Thanksgiving, we thought we’d kick this list off with the very first edition of what would become a near-annual tradition for This American Life: The Poultry Slam. In Glass’s own words, this episode consists of “an odd variety of stories and things you would not hear elsewhere about turkeys, chickens, ducks, fowl of all kind, and their mysterious hold over us.” Stories in this hour include tales of familial traditions, a poultry-themed poem, and a story about taxidermy from David Sedaris.
In this Valentine’s Day-themed episode from 2012, we’re treated to stories of people willing to go to extremes for love. The opening act introduces us to a couple who decided, after 13 years of dating, that they wanted to sleep with other people before getting married—their revelations about love and monogamy will stay with you long after the episode is over. But the most memorable segment, called “21 Chump Street,” tells the story of an 18-year-old Florida boy who falls for the new girl at school. The catch? She’s an undercover cop.
New report: 52 percent of dads say they don’t get enough time with their kids—Danielle Paquette
Over the past half-century, the number of American mothers who stay home to raise their children has split in half. Only 26 percent of women in two-parent households now fit this description, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.
The resulting challenge, of course, has launched an entire self-help genre: How can you be both a great parent and employee?
Pew’s survey of more than 1,800 parents across the country, conducted this fall, found both men and women struggle to balance job responsibilities with family life. Sixty percent of mothers say they have trouble juggling roles, while 52 percent of fathers report the same.
The message for employers who want to attract and retain top talent: Work-life balance is a genderless issue, said Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Pew Research Center’s associate director of research.
A Church Welcome for the Tired, the Poor—Mark Galli
Where CT stands on the refugee crisis. Good stuff here.
The global refugee crisis reveals not only the dangerous plight of millions of men and women, boys and girls, but also the troubling moral plight of America. It also provides an opportunity for Christians to shine the light of Christ’s love brighter than ever.
As for our country’s moral plight: We once prided ourselves on endorsing the words of poet Emma Lazarus, who wrote the famous sonnet inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp! . . . Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Because it’s been too long.