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… 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… 2003-11-18 Various Artists
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Crimebusters + Crossed Wires: Stories From This American Life (2003)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Nov 18, 2003; Lead Performance: Various Artists

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 Dec 12, 2003 Published in issue #741 Dec 12, 2003 Order article reprints