pulseCzar wrote:The Missing Parent Bureau - Several case studies about absentee parents. One segment featured Dan Savage describing his relationship with the girl who gave up her child to Dan and his partner. This one had me a little bit choked up.
It seems almost like the TAL formula requires each hour to have one truly heartbreaking segment.
The best one I've heard lately was a rebroadcast on the "Kid Logic" program in March:
One Brain Shrinks, Another Brain Grows.
Julie Hill with a story about her six-year-old son, and how he tries to make sense of his father's terminal illness.
I've seen the installment of the TV show they offered for free on their web site, and it's good (and they adapted to a visual medium better than I thought they would.) The main thing I didn't like is their habit of putting Ira Glass, in a jacket and tie, behind a desk in odd locations to introduce segments. Every time he opened his mouth, I expected to hear him say, "And now for something completely different."
And I have to admit, I resented the crossover to TV a little, because to me, TAL is
radio. If it isn't the pinnacle of what one can achieve with the medium, it's close enough for me.