I was chatting (ok, that's a lie...we were emailing) with a friend the other day about one of my most favorite things in the whole wide world: This American Life.
This American Life is a weekly radio show on NPR that is hosted by this witty and lovable man named Ira Glass (who is, by the way, my SECOND choice for a husband if Greg is ever unable to fulfill his husbandly duties). TAL has probably provided me with more joyful, laugh-out-loud, gut wrenchingly touching, and just plain wonderful entertainment than any other form of media in my life (and this is coming from the girl with two tivos, an ipod, two laptops and 32 magazine subscriptions).
On my most successful and productive days, I usually listen to 3 or 4 This American Life shows, and as much as I sometimes love me some Justin T or Nelly, these shows are just not to be missed.
It's difficult to describe their fabulosity and so I hope each of you will just take my word for it, go to the site pronto and check them out for yourself. Basically, each week the show picks a certain theme and then includes 3 acts worth of stories based around that theme. The stories are fantastic, the reporters are amazing and the people featured are all so interesting/compelling/real/touching/thought provoking, that you can actually feel your brain expanding as you listen. Trust me...TAL rocks.
Some of my faves:
*Notes on Camp
*My Big Break
(To find these shows, just go to above link and do a search).