Three Miles and Angel

By Kay Gardiner
April 28, 2018
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  • I’m a HUGE fan of Ira Glass’ This American Life and The Moth. Thanks for your recommendation and endorsement,

  • I don’t know the 3 miles story, but I heard angel years ago and it has stuck with me.

  • I look forward to hearing Angel – 3 Miles makes me weep just to think of.

  • “The Moth” is great and I listen to the radio show in WNYC … but not all of the stories on the radio show are podcast-able. I still remember a hysterical one about “Kennedy sighting” on the Cape; and a very sad one about a father loosing his daughter to illness, it had me weeping while folding laundry. One day I will get my guts up and try to pitch a story about being caught in a riot in India ….
    “This American Life” is an institution … wrote the woman currently listening to “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” (RIP Carl Kassel).

  • Not at all the same genre, BBCA (BBC-America) has a great MI6 Show – 2 woman star — it’s called Killing Eve, because of course a spy intrigue starring women had to kill one in the title, at least. How come none of the others say that when it’s men? Sandra Oh is MI6.

  • I’m really glad you recommended this. I’m a big This American Life fan, but I had studiously avoided listening to Three Miles, because I feared the sense of despairing futility I knew it would produce. I live here in NYC, and I am already familiar with the locations and the characters. But this morning I decided to woman up, and I listened to it. It was staggeringly good, a brilliant piece of reporting and editing, such an assured use of the medium. I don’t want to give out any spoilers. Just listen to it. Then I sought out her other pieces and listened to the one about sexual harassment, Five Women, a recent episode with a #MeToo tie-in. Chana Joffe-Walt is a treasure.

  • I listened to the DMC story and Sarah M’s “Angel”. WOW! Thanks for sharing. I am sharing “these gifts” with a friend who gave her daughter up for adoption. Her daughter just found her but is struggling with her unspoken feelings. Maybe you shared this for an unforeseen reason! As the storytell said “Everything happens for a reason!”

  • Three miles is not an encouraging episode – but it sure is thought provoking and memorable. I listened to it when it first came out, and can still remember it. The recent episode, Damned if you do. . . is also worth a listen. Both are relevant to my work, but worth all our attention (the part of Damned about the woman in the refugee camp is heartbreaking).

  • I am a long time fan of This American Life. Favorite episodes include “Act V”, “Fiasco”, and “Music Lessons”.

  • As a companion piece to “Three Miles”, you might like the portraits of students from the two schools published in the NYT magazine at the time the show was first aired: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/05/04/magazine/tale-of-two-schools.html

  • Yes, that TAL is so hard to listen to and gets right at so many issues in American society. I love the work Ira and his team do to bring us face to face with our true selves and help us see others with such clarity.