Josh Wolk
December 12, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Crimebusters + Crossed Wires: Stories From This American Life

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
Shout

We gave it an A

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.

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