Friday, March 14, 2008

Storytelling At Its Best

As I prepare for a 22 hour (not exaggerating, that's what my itinerary says) flight coming up in a few hours, I thought I would grab the latest free podcast from This American Life.

If you've never heard TAL - you're really missing out. It's absolutely fantastic story telling - it really shows how powerful radio can be.

Tonight I was delighted to find their Best Of page, which lists their most popular shows. It's got show descriptions like:

Somewhere in the Arabian Sea. Arguably the funniest hour ever produced about the War on Terror. This show's about life onboard an aircraft carrier fighting the U.S. war in Afghanistan. One woman is risking her life, living in a war zone, to stock vending machines with candy for twelve hours a day.

There's a convenient play button next to each of the descriptions, which provides instant playback of the show - so definitely give it a try.

Unfortunately, I don't have a way to grab them for long journey tomorrow - but still, I'm glad I found them.

I'm a big fan of This American Life, as I find it to be among the best story telling in any medium available. I was delighted to find:

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