Steph and her sister Alexis were at one point discussing great single act episodes of the great radio program This American Life. An uninterrupted hour of radio programming is increasingly rare, and not just any topic can withstand 60 minutes of dissection by microphone. These are sprawling and in-depth masterpieces of radio reportage.
Here are some of our favorites. See here for details on how to download each episode or click the name of each episode to stream is from TAL's site. Donate to TAL here.
#84: Harold - A story of Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington.
#121 Twentieth Century Man - Perhaps MY favorite episode, it's like Mad Men, all crammed into on man's life and shattered across his many families and every cultural shift that occurred in the US from the 50s to the 80s.