#449: Middle School →
This American Life This week, at the suggestion of a 14-year-old listener, we bring you stories from the awkward, confusing, hormonally charged world of middle school. Including a teacher who transforms peer pressure into a force for good, and reports from the frontlines of the middle school dance.
#414: Right to Remain Silent →
This American Life Stories about people who have the right to remain silent… but choose not to exercise that right—including police officer Adrian Schoolcraft, who secretly recorded his supervisors telling officers to manipulate crime statistics and make illegal arrests. The Village Voice series that broke Schoolcraft’s story, written by Graham Rayman, is here. Schoolcraft’s...
Amon v. MTA
It begins. So I’ve decided to fight the ticket I got late last Friday night (read the story here). Here is the law I’ve allegedly violated: SECTION 1050.7 - No person on or in any facility or conveyance shall: (1) occupy more than one seat on a station, platform or conveyance when to do so would interfere or tend to interfere with the operation of the Authority’s transit...
Deltones' Sing-Off Elimination →
From my talented friend, Jess: Thank you EVERYONE for all of the support you’ve given to me and to the Deltones these past few weeks for “The Sing-Off.” We had an incredible time on the show and despite its competitive nature, we made a lot of unforgettable friends and learned many, oh sooo many lessons. Though I’m back here singing and writing in NYC, most of the Deltones will...
Video Blog/Recap from last week’s episode of The Sing Off Aww. We’re the funniest! Also - check out a preview for tonight’s ‘Guilty Pleasure’ episode! As if a cappella music wasn’t cheesy enough….
#279: Auto Show →
This American Life Stories about people who love their cars, for better or for worse.
Found some band's playlist last night at Smash...
You get to fill in the blanks, because I don’t feel comfortable typing them here: Hack _____ & Kill Bastards…. Die Pig Die Maggot ________ Stabbed in the _______ _______ Your Face Gunfire n Sodomy I think track 8 is the name of the band. Look them up, I think you’ll enjoy!
You Can’t Hurry Love - Diana Ross & The Supremes (As performed by the Deltones on The Sing-Off!) Arranged by Avi Amon Way to go, Jess! This was such a fun episode. I remember it being a really stressful week while filming (which was, of course, over-dramatized on TV), BUT I think the two-song challenge was great. Also. Shawn Stockman said my name.
#448: Adventure! →
This American Life Sometimes you choose the adventure and sometimes the adventure chooses you. This week, stories that pinpoint when people’s boring old lives turn into something wildly unfamiliar. Including a story of one young man’s time served in a Chinese prison, and a handful of adventure stories from some of our favorite writers.
My sister is volunteering in Guatemala right now.
She’s building schools and things like that. You know, NBD. This is from an e-mail she sent out to the family recently: “…The building walls are made out of pounded tires (tires rammed with dirt), and bottles filled with inorganic trash (packed very tightly, they weigh about two pounds). The spaces are often filled with concrete, and then covered with a layer of cob. There...
It's almost my birthday.
In lieu of presents, please make the leaves change colors immediately. Many thanks, Avi
Totally moving into my new place in Brooklyn...
We’ve decided to call it ‘The Wilmington of Brooklyn’ because it is a place to be somebody. Somebody awesome.