On August 28th watch an encore performance of this popular episode of This American Life.
Three stories of people trying to forget the past and move on.
Act One. When You’re In Love, the Whole World is Jewish.
Host Ira Glass talks about the drama of trying to be “just friends” with an ex-girlfriend. The meaning of the title will be clear if you hear the piece. (17 minutes)
Act Two. Desiring Amnesia.
Fiction writer George Saunders reads his story “Offloading for Mrs Schwartz,” from his book CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella. It’s the story of someone who can’t get over the death of his ex-wife. (23 minutes).
Act Three. Finding Amnesia.
Who among us has not wanted amnesia to help get over someone or something? But the problem with amnesia is that it happens a lot more in TV shows and movies and novels than it does in real life. We send reporter Scott Carrier to find someone who really has had amnesia. It’s such a difficult assignment that at some point, he visits a hypnotist and asks her to take his memory away. (15 minutes)