this american life 662

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He made his listeners feel like they were part of a righteous underground movement, the only people who were still sane in a world gone crazy and stupid. Etgar says his brother was coming home every month. I mean, it's all subtext to all of this. Do you think of it as, if you rewind the clock, it would all unfold the same way? It's been on my mind because I was wondering if I should talk about it on the show today. It touched all of those nerves. They live lives of privilege you can't imagine. Melissa is actually OK with the idea of not having free will. As it happened, he was staring at his bookshelf. And he starts claiming there's this rule in the house that at the close of business and any day, any member can claim the floor for any reason they want for pretty much any amount of time they want. I want to say here, as tactical as Gingrich's attack on Wright was, from one perspective, this was an attack on corrupt, lazy Democrats that was long overdue. Episode 203 – "Recordings for Someone" . My personal opinion is that you deliberately stood in that well before an empty House and challenged these people, and you challenged their Americanism. And I said to her, so think about it. It's more of a pamphlet than a book, actually, but it's a way to give the congressman backdoor donations. That's his intention. The words free will don't even appear until page 580. Note: This American Life is produced for the ear and designed to be heard. And she said, yes, I'm a parent. You were looking at the menu. Sapolsky said, this was, in fact, the entire reason he had written the book. air date: 2017-01-20; Episode 609 – "It’s Working Out Very Nicely" . How often do you find yourself thinking about it? Because literally, in some places, their phones are so jammed, they couldn't use them. It was a new day in Congress. In case you haven't heard it, you should hear it, because it's brilliant points. I should say, there is some debate about whether no free will means that if you went back in time, and let your life unfold again, you would make all the same decisions exactly the same way. Act 1: Luck of the Irish – Ira Glass Act 2: Taxation Without Inebriation Act 3: Bad Morning America – Davy Rothbart Act 4: Function of the Heart Episode 307 – "In the Shadow of the City" . I mean, I guess it's possible. I see in so many hearts and faces the desire to poison the water and the air. And I called him, and I said, Tip, I thought we had a relationship here, where we could do business together. And thanks to the Frontline documentary, The Long March of Newt Gingrich, our website,, where you can listen to our archive of over 600 episodes for absolutely free. The Speaker of the House basically promotes Gingrich's late night program. You've got a Democratic president coming in. Republicans in Congress are galvanized by Wright's fall and Newt's tactics to get him out. Just like he worked really hard to make every Democrat into George McGovern, the campaign that the Republicans ran tried to make every Democrat into a caravan-loving, Kavanaugh-hating Nancy Pelosi. And you challenge their Americanism. Coming up-- now, I would say that one of our co-workers got the idea to do the story you're going to hear in a minute. Get answers to burning questions like: how close to disaster was the 2008 live show? I talked to her for the show when I was grappling with the possibility that we might be alone in the universe. People somehow weren't syncing up their Republican votes into one Republican ticket. Today's show-- where there's a will, stories of people who cannot stop themselves from trying to make things happen the way they think they should happen in this world. One Republican I talked to this week quoted to me from memory, indignant, something ABC News anchor Peter Jennings said on the air when Republicans finally took the House and installed Gingrich as Speaker. Often Gingrich or one of his few allies was explaining how the Democrats were fringy, communist radicals. Primarily a journalistic non-fiction program, it has also featured essays, memoirs, field recordings, short fiction, and found footage. But at 6:00 PM, we dropped the mask and make it work. My son didn't get a leave from the army for the past two months. Transcripts are generated using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and may contain errors. So what do you think? And of course, people fight back. If Republicans were able in 1972 to score that epic of a landslide running against the Democratic Party of George McGovern and the activists behind him, Newt Gingrich believed that's the key to the Republican Party winning everything. Mike Birbiglia - This American Life - Return to the Scene of the Crime - Duration: 15:48. You better go to your flight, because you're going to miss your flight. It's kind of, yes, I had a private email server, but it wasn't that big a deal. When I came here, we didn't question each other's honor. I said, no, just a moment. And Gingrich starts claiming these special order speeches that were 10 o'clock at night, 11 o'clock at night. Don't do that again. Lev had spent months on his games working his way up the levels of the games. He could also be cruel. But I don't think you directly come out and say what you think. After you quit the army, you either go to politics or you go to the free market. Producer Zoe Chace tells the story of the man who either reinvented politics or broke it. Divisive? You sign up for one issue-- the wall, the Mueller investigation, Colin Kaepernick, climate change-- you basically sign up for all of them. My personal opinion is this. And Newt does, knowing the Speaker is going to yell at him. And please excuse the lecturing quality of this. I said, Torey, we've got 30 seconds left in the program. There is this one moment, where I think Newt realized maybe he'd gone too far in pushing people apart. Lev was really messed up about it. And then I said, so how do you reconcile those two things? Democrats were about this. I remember it well. And he takes great umbrage when this happens. But it seems like we do, so why not just go with the flow? They get to the airport. I have been watching Trump rallies from the very first one. Are you a parent? And it is the lowest thing that I have ever seen in my 32 years in Congress. And one of them is one of our co-workers here at the radio show, David Kestenbaum. And those neurons only fired because they got inputs milliseconds before and back and back and back. He is a liar. And it is grievously hurtful to our society when vilification becomes an accepted form of political debate, negative campaigning becomes a full-time occupation, when members of each party become self-appointed vigilantes carrying out personal vendettas against members of the other party. Here's a fine poem by Fleda Brown, from her book No Need of Sympathy. Check out #662 - Where There Is a Will by This American Life on Amazon Music. In 2017, there were 28 new This American Life episodes.. That is evidently the work of a change in the pattern of rules around here. It gives me a weird lightness when I think about it that way. It's so nice to be with so many of you. I'm Ira Glass. He just wanted to make the greatest radio show ever. If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these. She isn't going to give it to you. Social security legislation, a major bipartisan compromise involving raising taxes and cutting spending to things that only go together when it's a bipartisan compromise. And she said, yeah, you're Rafael Eitan, the war hero. From his teenage years, he thought this way. Fix them once and for all so they'd be safe for generations to come. These four forces explain how atoms stick together, how every bit of matter moves, and yes, even the bits of matter that make up us and our brains. When Newt needed to communicate something to voters, he now had a direct line to millions of them listening to Rush every afternoon. In actuality, I don't think there is room for the slightest bit of free will out there. From the moment Gingrich becomes Speaker, things get pretty red versus blue. This American Life: Ira Glass, Johnny Depp, Ira Glass, Christopher Wilcha, Kevin Vargas, Ira Glass, Banks Tarver, Christine Vachon It's a storm of whitewater, Hillarycare, government shutdown, Vince Foster, impeachment proceedings. I think I was basically trying to be polite there and sort of a good house guest. He had to deal with ethics charges, like the Speaker he'd gone after 10 years earlier. Producer Zoe Chace and Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel spin through some greatest hits of their weekend in Iowa once more, and Weigel reflects on what’s about to come next in the presidential race. Newt becomes the second most powerful Republican in the House, and he starts making himself into a franchise in the mid '80s. Your emotions, consciousness-- same argument. At the bottom, just cells and chemicals acting like they would in the lab. He got people to unite under it. It was the mainstream media, what he called the liberal media. And I didn't want to put it in the subtext, because I know that you're busy. This happened over 30 years ago. Based on what they saw on C-Span, where over and over again, Newt brought up McGovern. But he never quite came out and said it. And I said to her, you know you have our bag. Host Ira Glass talks with Etgar Keret who tells the story of how his mother convinced an army general to send her son home for a day in the middle of a war. After, he said it was like opening up the hard drive of his mind and seeing inside. So one of them was saying, well, there could be some complex thing that comes in that actually gives us free will. So while it feels like we could choose this or maybe that, the truth is, some set of events mechanically led to our final decision. When I think I'm making a decision, what am I actually doing? When you think you're deciding, I'm going to wear this shirt today, you can't really have decided otherwise. That's from the documentary Rush Limbaugh's America. Truth is, their relationship was complicated. I don't know why I'm thinking about this now. Gingrich talked about saving America from liberal politicians. What should we do? And they called the airline. In the backpack was Etgar's iPad, which had all of his son's games on it. And he's replaced by Speaker Jim Wright. And you really don't want that. Shut up now. And it's the lowest thing that I've ever seen in my 32 years in Congress. Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States. He came and took a shower, slept for 16 hours. But Limbaugh sharpened the Us vs. Just trace that thing back. Stay with us. And we'd be making the kids' lunches for the next day. This American Life ' s radio archive for 2016 This article about a radio show or program in the United States is a stub. If you believe what I'm saying, no one really could have decided to choose differently. But it could be that if you rewound the film of life and played it forward again, you might get a different movie. Here, I want to lay out for you one theory of the case as to how we got from there to here. Speaking of which, did we all just go and vote? So I was asking one of my colleagues today, do you believe in free will? The political environment he'd willed into creation had spit him out. And my brother didn't come home for almost two months, and it drove my mother crazy. Bill Clinton's nominee for attorney general, Zoe Baird, hired an undocumented immigrant as a nanny for her kids, didn't pay social security taxes. And she said to him, what are you doing? That's when the second guy comes into this story, the guy that made Newt Gingrich's dreams finally come true. That's definitely how Gingrich saw it. This Republican's point was it wasn't just Rush Limbaugh who is stoking the fires of partisan warfare. I do not see how free will can exist. Thanks, as always, to our program's co-founder Mr. Torey Malatia. Final episode from the original Showtime run, although there's an extra episode from 2009 that I'll upload in a bit.Enjoy! They're not listening to this. He's giving his monologue on the decay of the Democratic Party, the decay of American culture, the promise of a Republican Party that embraces opportunity and responsibility, and all these things. And what they're hearing is he's not giving a dry speech about and now, if I can direct your attention to subsection 3 of the agriculture funding-- he's giving these grand speeches about American politics, and an American identity, and the corrupt Democrat machine. A few days later, Gingrich gets time on the floor. This American Life (TAL) is an American weekly hour-long radio program produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media and hosted by Ira Glass. Sapolsky is a professor at Stanford, Genius Grant recipient. But the rule doesn't say it was wrong. Back next week with more stories of This American Life. 1,716 talking about this. This American Life. 662: Where There Is a Will. And then through sheer force of will, he makes things happen boldly, heroically. People seem to be signing on to their vision of the country. With that kind of money, she could hire Mary Poppins. If you know what's good for you, he'll be back before tomorrow evening. I want to pick up where Mr. Walker left off on the document entitled What's the Matter with the Democratic Foreign Policy by Mr. Frank Gregorsky. Yeah, I know. He had a whole collection. As Speaker, Tip O'Neill controls the cameras. Zoe Chace is one of the producers of our program. And the gentleman, Mr. Walker, if they would express their opinion to the members of the floor, it would be fine. And I said to the woman, look, don't give me the bag, but just do this kind of thing. After an investigation, the most powerful man in the House, who had served for 34 years, is forced to resign. And he said to her, if you know anything about me, then you know that I'm not easily scared. As a teenager he saw himself as an historical figure, then that ended up becoming true. Are you threatening me? Them. Seems like the two sides couldn't stand each other. We now have a media giant who stands astride the entire of society. There isn't always someone in the audience. It's one of these things when you start to talk about things that you don't want to think about that you sort of hope that magic comes in some way. Again it's just the idea that here's this clubby, elite, arrogant institution that the corrupt Democrat machine is powering. And he said to her, I can't take it anymore. Politics is team sports, no compromises. And, oh, now, I read in the paper that you said--. 662: Where There Is a Will. I've got to accept some responsibility for that if it was wrong. And of course-- wait, I have it right here-- widely imitated. Wright is both cocky and dismissive of the minority party, with none of the hail buddy Tip O'Neill warmth. And he interrupted me and said, well, buddy, that's just politics. But look at him now. Producer Zoe Chace tells the story of the man who either reinvented politics or broke it. And we're supposed to take it, and we're going to fly really soon. I never get to see the bag. The Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill asking Gingrich to yield, so he can say something. This is how you think about it too, right, that we can't possibly have free will? He starts running this organization called GOPAC. George McGovern was sort of the Bernie Sanders of his day. This American Life (TAL) is an American weekly hour-long radio program produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media and hosted by Ira Glass. I give you 24 hours to send him back home. She'd call the guy's office, talk to whoever answered. He reads a story in the Washington Post about the new Speaker getting $0.50 on the dollar for every one of his books he's selling. They're on their way home. Now, she only makes $660,000. Stories of people who believe there is always a way. If you knew anything about Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, you know he was a bipartisan schmoozer, a big Muppety guy, who took up a lot of space in the room. I'm making choices all day long. Shut up. This is Melissa Franklin, professor of physics at Harvard. OK, not Twitter exactly. Directed by David Stern. Gingrich got it immediately. It turns out there is this one friend of our family-- hey, Stu-- who also does not see how free will can exist. She said, sir, I'm not going to give you the bag without the letter. I've come to think of my daily existence as kind of like being in a movie, where I'm just along for the ride. Newt sees an opening to take Wright down. I don't see how those atoms can truly have any will. Raise hell. This American Life is produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago and delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange. And some of them are going to pause when they see him. I have to feel that perhaps he is getting worried that some of the things that are being said in this chamber in these special orders are, in fact, influencing people out across the country to think that this body is something less than what the American people think it ought to be. What he needed to do was paint all the Democrats more clearly as the enemy to the voters. But then he kept asking what had happened and making the same joke, like, oh, I fell on the ice. And I called Rush Limbaugh's program director, and I said, here is exactly what's going on. First, to step forward for a few words is Speaker of the House of Representatives, the honorable Tip O'Neill. He's railing against this. She is also a contributor to the podcast This American Life.. As part of the 2016 New York City Mormon Transitions Retreat Elna shares experiences regarding … I was just talking to people backstage. Newt's striking at the top of the food chain. 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