Who Do You Think You Are?

Continuing on the Great Depression theme from yesterday’s post: the current episode of This American Life, #368 which was titled, “Who Do You Think You Are?” is outstanding, featuring old interviews of people who’d survived the Hoovervilles of the Great Depression, the horrors of the Second World War, and all the chaos that followed on that time. Parts are very moving.

And then there’s a discussion of what it’s like to see a black president from the point of view of a man who remembers explicit segregation and unrepentantly open racism against him as a black American — as a soldier, no less.

The podcast ends with a truly hilarious story from a point of view you’ve probably never considered: what’s it like when you’re a kid and your dad is the jerk who embezzled money, or, well, more specifically, defrauded a mentally handicapped kid out of his legal-recompense trust fund.

All in all, a great show. Download it if you’re seeing this in time, or listen online if you’re a bit behind. Worth it, well worth it…

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