Your shoes were wet from the rain. Act 1: Takes One to Know One Act 2: Heels on the Bus Act 3: No Man Left Behind Act 4: Deep Dark Open Secret Episode 516 – "Stuck in the Middle" . But when it starts, I can't stop it. He said things like if you don't want to get AIDS, don't have gay sex. The reason there's some debate is that way down at the subatomic level, there does seem to be a little wellspring of randomness. It's The Rush Limbaugh Program. You know, he and I ended up at this fancy party at the Kardashians' last week. He moved into the office held by Jim Wright and Tip O'Neil before him. He thinks it'll rally the Republicans in the House. With Ira Glass, Milo Finch, Chris Partyka, Barbara Beneville. And I said to her, you know you have our bag. And then she asked to speak with that person's superior. This American Life … And I think, even a couple of years earlier with Tip O'Neill, that would have happened. That was not done. And Gingrich starts claiming these special order speeches that were 10 o'clock at night, 11 o'clock at night. Act 1: Brooklyn Archipelago – Brett Martin Act 2: The Thin Gray Line – Cheryl Wagner I don't see how those atoms can truly have any will. This American Life. And she said to him, what are you doing? Gingrich got it immediately. In one case that sticks with me measured and confirmed to an astounding 12 decimal places. And now, as a special treat, I would like to ask two of our leaders from Congress. And thanks to the Frontline documentary, The Long March of Newt Gingrich, our website, ThisAmericanLife.org, where you can listen to our archive of over 600 episodes for absolutely free. But Newt Gingrich, that's the nerve of politics that Newt Gingrich is just conditioned to look for. Newt gets it right away. Wright defends himself petulantly on the House floor. Gee, isn't it great to be together here tonight? Stay with us. People somehow weren't syncing up their Republican votes into one Republican ticket. And it's very difficult to deal with anything during the war, because everybody is hysterical and crazy. The nation can't be run by an angry 2-year-old. George McGovern was sort of the Bernie Sanders of his day. To commemorate This American Life's 25th year, Ira Glass collected a few of his favorite episodes. Years ago, I went to grad school in physics. And then they feel the pressure. Case in point, a couple of years ago, he and his wife Shira and their then 8-year-old son, Lev, were traveling, and they left a backpack on an airplane. 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. It's a lot, and they're intense. That it was split into two clear camps. As somebody who knows Etgar, I'll just say, wrong move. 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. It was an issue they cared about. But I'm good at living with contradictions. Here's what happens. When we got Etgar's mom, she said, sure, whatever Etgar says. air date: 2017-02-03; External links. Republicans were responsible, balanced, budget-promoting, normal, regular Americans. And, oh, now, I read in the paper that you said--. And Nancy and I had Tip and his wife over for dinner. But it turns out that there are people who take issue with that premise. It's just such a crazy-making idea, you know? She says to Etgar, she needs a letter from the airline saying he was on the same flight as the backpack. If the partisans in either of their parties heard they were working together, the deal would fall apart. The award-winning This American Life is broadcast weekly from WBEZ and syndicated on numerous public radio stations, as well digitally as a free podcast. And we're supposed to take it, and we're going to fly really soon. He sees something he needs to fix, he needs to take care of, he needs to make it right. And she went and said, yeah, there are crackers in it. Going into the 1994 midterm elections, hundreds of Republican candidates signed on to this thing-- the Contract with America. It wasn't just the majority they'd gotten. The people buying it were like the local Teamsters in his district and supporters at rallies. 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. In 2014, there were 29 new This American Life episodes.. Do as I say. I do not see how free will can exist. Etgar explained her strategy was simple. And so on and on and on and on. Etgar says his brother was coming home every month. He assumed some family member died or something, Etgar says. One afternoon, I'm in the middle of a big fight here. And she said, yeah, you're Rafael Eitan, the war hero. air date: 2017-01-20; Episode 609 – "It’s Working Out Very Nicely" . He's now the Pied Piper, and other Republicans start rallying to his causes. They're really adorable. With resignation, but with resolve, I hereby end 40 years of democratic rule of this House. He is, in many ways, the quintessential American. When Cooperation Doesn’t Get You What You Want, 511: The Seven Things You’re Not Supposed to Talk About. Now, she only makes $660,000. This American Life (TAL) is an American weekly hour-long radio program produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media and hosted by Ira Glass. Shut up now. Morning Edition Weekend Edition Saturday Weekend Edition Sunday All Things Considered What should we do? It's kind of, yes, I had a private email server, but it wasn't that big a deal. That doesn't faze me anymore. With that kind of money, she could hire Mary Poppins. This American Life is delivered to public radio stations by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. Join me in welcoming a man who is creating the 21st century-- Rush Limbaugh. People signed up for red or signed up for blue. That's where he develops these audiotapes, little by-mail cassette tapes that teach potential candidates how to do Newt's divisive brand of politics. And they called the airline. Because I'm a very good liar. What an honor. Half my brain tied behind my back just to make it fair. When I came here, we didn't question each other's honor. They're on their way home. From his teenage years, he thought this way. And you really don't want that. A tiny man at the bottom of the screen gestures wildly from a podium as though he's speaking to a big crowd, but he's surrounded by empty chairs. And he took us to the lost and found place, where there was this really, really nasty woman. And of course-- wait, I have it right here-- widely imitated. You should vote. That's the standard formula. Just shut up. He ran for Congress twice in West Georgia, lost, and then finally won a seat in the House in 1978 with a 1778 attitude, like there was a revolution on, and the country's very existence was at stake. They wanted to cement their legacies as great men of history. He came and took a shower, slept for 16 hours. Daily. 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. And there is no such neuron. It's nice to be with like-minded souls, who want to starve our children and get our old folks sick and dying in the gutter. And I said, better not. For instance, all those decisions you've made because you're a good person, all those things you're proud of-- don't be so proud. It'll be a branding exercise for the new aggressive Republican Party Newt was selling. Newt sees an opening to take Wright down. Think of it as though he's standing on his tiptoes, shouting over the heads of Congress to the American people-- drain the swamp. They're never even going to hear about this-- most of them. Well, today, on our program, we have a story about somebody else who can't help himself. Thank you. And I said to her, but you understand that my son is here, and his game is here. And ask them why. In other words, we've arrived at today. You know him from Fox News. Run. People seem to be signing on to their vision of the country. From WBEZ Chicago, it's This American Life. Newt wasn't just stirring the pot with divisive politics. It seems like we have free will. So what do you think? The whole party, everyone in the party was, more or less, a socialist. Jennings said the voters had a temper tantrum. Act 2: Sunrise, Sun-Get Act 3: They Love a Man in a Uniform Episode 517 – "Day at the Beach" . I'm Ira Glass. I see in so many hearts and faces the desire to poison the water and the air. Somehow, someday, this country has got to learn to live with revolution in the third world. I'm making choices all day long. rational explanation about what Tide does to their strawberry stains on their shirts. Etgar Keret 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. This is all I think about these days. Surely, that's unworthy of our institution. Still, it was an epic showdown. Elna Baker is the author of the highly acclaimed The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance: A Memoir. Wright gives a speech on the House floor that reminded me of Jeff Flake retiring from the Senate last year. That's not how you want to leave the ice. For me, it is the one scientific fact about the world that I am just not OK with. And of course, people fight back. The friendship between Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill is one of the most famous friendships in American politics. She was the only other Zoe I'd ever heard of. Please check the corresponding audio before quoting in print. But at the same time, I'll say to myself, I'm this asshole, who just keep arguing and doesn't move on. September 6, 2020 • For the holiday weekend, a roadtrip through history. Thank you, Mr. President. Here's Newt Gingrich introducing him at a training event for Republican candidates in 1995. If I stop and really think about it, I get slightly panicked. But at 6:00 PM, we dropped the mask and make it work. Created by Adam Beckman, Alex Blumberg, Ira Glass. I want people to notice this around the country. Newt Gingrich, when he got to Congress-- same thing. It is true, I think, the people on my staff were eager to sell these books. That's the idea. Here's a fine poem by Fleda Brown, from her book No Need of Sympathy. He said, yes. That's definitely how Gingrich saw it. (14 minutes). But it was new back then. He went ice skating, and he fell and hit his head, which gave him some temporary amnesia. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. Some podcasts, like NPR's Up First , … She said, no, sir, I won't give it to you, unless you give me this letter. I'm fine with the big bang and that all of existence came from a tiny point. My personal opinion is that you deliberately stood in that well before an empty House and challenged these people, and you challenged their Americanism. 729. Gingrich talked about saving America from liberal politicians. To be fair, O'Neill had been known to call Reagan a real Ebenezer Scrooge. He explained that Newt arrived in Congress determined to turn the place upside down. Producer Zoe Chace tells the story of the man who either reinvented politics or broke it. Etgar is the same way in certain situations. And the chief of staff is the head of the army? A muscle did something. His book is called The Red and The Blue The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism. There was a time she threatened a mugger so effectively that he abandoned the idea of mugging her in the middle of the mugging. Now, that was gone. That we all have the ability to decide something and take action in the world. At the bottom, just cells and chemicals acting like they would in the lab. They get to the airport. And they're now significantly more likely to say Tide. What is the connection between This American Life and Matt Damon? I think I was basically trying to be polite there and sort of a good house guest. So lefty, he even freaked out a lot of Democrats in '72-- the counterculture, anti-war candidate. Yeah. And he got his break. I don't see how free will can exist. The code of the House is you don't do this. 1,770 talking about this. This means that would Tip O'Neill just said to Gingrich is so offensive, so toxic that he wants the wrongness of it officially acknowledged, perhaps even struck from the historical record as though it had never been said. There's always someone whose job it is to decide if you measure up. And Shira said, let's go. This is Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Yeah. Do you think of it as, if you rewind the clock, it would all unfold the same way? So my mother said, yeah, but I don't think you had many chance to fight with elderly Holocaust survivors, who are 5 foot tall and weigh 82 pounds. Share a clip; By. But once the camera's there, most members, they just kind of ignore it. And I think, if you haven't had the experience of actually doing something like that, it's easy to be like, oh, science. Jan. 8, 2021. My wife said to me, OK, let's go, so we won't miss the flight. Note: This American Life is produced for the ear and designed to be heard. How often do you find yourself thinking about it? Newt Gingrich and a couple of the other guys, Gingrich acolytes, are talking smack about specific congressmen. It was gridlock politics. People called it the permanent Democratic Congress. His arrival in the House coincides with a historic moment in the house, and that is the first television camera is placed in the chamber in 1979-- his first year there. There's nothing more or less than the mechanics. And she decided that she should get my brother back home. Special thanks today to Rob Long, Kelefa Sanneh, Stu Greenberg, Sean Carroll, Jim Naureckas, Charlie Schaupp, Stephen Talbot. But Limbaugh sharpened the Us vs. This American Life is a weekly public radio program and podcast. When Timothy McVeigh blew up a federal office building in Oklahoma City, Clinton gives a speech blaming, in part, talk radio for spreading hate. Be kind. Did you know that the White House drug test is a multiple choice test? The second, crudely speaking, powers the sun. He was in Congress for decades and by the time he was Speaker, he was a living legend type. Here, I want to lay out for you one theory of the case as to how we got from there to here. You deliberately stood on that well before an emptied House and challenged these people. You could explain what happened in different ways. So I was asking one of my colleagues today, do you believe in free will? A human is not just a machine. And she said, yes, I'm a parent. And then I said, so how do you reconcile those two things? Shut up. We are machines that don't know it, but don't want to deal with it. And every audience I say it to nods yes and understands. And I said to her, but don't you understand, as a human being, there will be one day when you die, and you look back at your life, and you think about this day. I'm somewhat embarrassed to be saying all this. If you believe what I'm saying, no one really could have decided to choose differently. He is a liar. Enter your location to see which movie theaters are playing This American Life (2008) near you. American Life in Poetry: Column 662 BY TED KOOSER, U.S. Harsh personal attacks on one another's motives and one another's character drown out the quiet logic of serious debate on important issues. Stephen Gillon reported the story years later in his book, The Pact. But you know what I'm talking about. I'm Ira Glass. And with that, Newt Gingrich, of course, got his majority, like he'd always dreamed, and became Speaker of the House in 1995. It's not like Gingrich launched the campaign, and the entire Republican Party signed the letter, and that's it. Any parent knows what I'm talking about. He got people to unite under it. This American Life is an American weekly hour-long radio program produced by WBEZ and hosted by Ira Glass. And when you think about this day, you'll think about this father who came with a child. And in the end, she found herself speaking to the head general, Rafael Eitan, who is one of Israel's most famous kind of war heroes. He just wanted to make the greatest radio show ever. And Rush went straight into talking about it. Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, my distinguished colleagues in government, this is indeed a happy day. And she started calling--. Time is getting short. I hope I can convey this in a way that you can really feel. Do the same thing, and there's a picture of the ocean in the room on the wall. Just trace that thing back. The light above the table was just so, and so you picked the salad. This American Life is produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago and delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange. Now, I have a couple of points about this I want to make that I don't think anybody else has made, except me in other places. In 2006, there were 17 This American Life episodes.. But Gingrich knows there are people all across America, who've got these new cable boxes in their house, who are scanning the dial and seeing what's out there. That's his intention. Sit somebody down in the room and ask them to name their favorite detergent. Lev was really messed up about it. Melissa is actually OK with the idea of not having free will. I said to her, I just ask you to please do it. So that's a lot. He's a con man. But Rush was outrageous and exciting. And its C-Span. She says, yeah, this is your bag. I'm Ira Glass. It was sort of his version of all Democrats want open borders, but less punchy. And he takes great umbrage when this happens. Act 1: Do You Hear What I Hear? Yeah, I know. It's like shooting the general. They're not listening to this. These things happen so often that Etgar's wife, Shira, worries that someday, somebody is just going to go nuts on Etgar or something, hurt him. As it happened, he was staring at his bookshelf. The wars that Gingrich dreamed of are starting to materialize. Oh, I don't know, maybe four or five times an hour. I think the last time I did was in high school. 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. He won 49 out of the 50 states. I think that there's no evidence that we have free will. No, the point is that operationally, we appear to have free will. This American Life is produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago and delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange. From the moment Gingrich becomes Speaker, things get pretty red versus blue. One of the reasons I believe in the end we'll win is the person who's about to talk to you. The mom who yells at the army general couldn't have done it any other way. 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. Thanks, as always, to our program's co-founder Mr. Torey Malatia. For five full minutes, everyone shuffles around, clutching their pearls about Newt, about the Speaker's behavior, how do we preserve the dignity of the House. With Monica Bill Barnes & Company, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass, Mike Birbiglia. Sapolsky is a professor at Stanford, Genius Grant recipient. This is from Rush's TV show. It wasn't always so zero sum like it's become. They're so cute, though. 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. And there is an audience that starts to tune in. Raise hell all the time. Probably also, he says, we should try to rethink the entire justice system, which, of course, is a weird thing to say since there is no trying. 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