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Crimebusters + Crossed Wires: Stories From This American Life Most talk-radio babble fades from memory the moment you lose the signal in a tunnel, but the quirky stories on Ira Glass' mesmerizing showcase can be...Crimebusters + Crossed Wires: Stories From This American Life Most talk-radio babble fades from memory the moment you lose the signal in a tunnel, but the quirky stories on Ira Glass' mesmerizing showcase can be...2003-12-12
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Crimebusters + Crossed Wires: Stories From This American Life

Lead Performer: Various Artists; Producer (group): Shout; Status: In Season

Most talk-radio babble fades from memory the moment you lose the signal in a tunnel, but the quirky stories on Ira Glass’ mesmerizing showcase can be haunting. This double-disc greatest-hits set contains the requisite (previously published) readings from public-radio all-stars David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell, but it’s the produced segments – an epiphanic interview with a slacker teen who discovered his dad was bugging his phone; Jonathan Goldstein hilariously excavating a cult-classic answering-machine message forwarded to everyone in Columbia University in the early ’90s – that make you look at your American life differently, long after you’re out of range.

Originally posted December 12 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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