Saturday, October 28, 2006

(10.28.06) Recommends:

This American Life's website.

Second only to baseball, This American Life might very well be America's greatest contribution to radio. It is, without a doubt, one of our culture's most important voices. It is just about the only thing around which I've regularly set my Saturday morning: get up, get in the car, grab a donut (or three) and drive around aimlessly listening to yet another life-affirming episode of This American Life. And while baseball's internet arm must be run by short-sighted, money hungry assheads bent on alienating every last baseball fan on the planet, TAL's internet arm is run by gods. You can freely listen to every episode ever aired. If you wish, you can purchase CD's with episodes, such being delivered to you with a reproduction of a little Chris Ware drawing. You can get TAL as a podcast. You can sign up for a weekly email. You can get info on the shows, contributors to the shows, and episode recommendations from the show's producers. Everything you want is here. You can get lost for hours on this webpage. And if everybody spent just one hour on this webpage every week, we would live in a far more reasonable country.

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