This American Life Episode Guides
Reality Check (Pilot)
Host Ira Glass presents three stories of people who found the way they imagined an event wasn't actually the reality.
The stories of three people who were unhappy with where they were in their lives and did something to change it. This episode profiles a widow, a screenwriter trying to break into the business and a 13-year old girl.
A look at what happens when the faithful meet the non-faithful. People go to the Mojave Desert to be closer to God. An artist, a Jesus model, the model's girlfriend and her religious father argue about The Last Supper.
A look at stubbornness and the consequences it can have. One story about a man who refuses to acknowledge big events in his wife's life. Another story about a teenage boy who decides to never fall in love. A politician tries to campaign without telling a single lie and a man continues to do his job during an emergency.
Three stories of unexpected results from trying new things. A scientist figures out how to erase memories, pig researchers end up creating more problems with every attempted improvement and some hot dog stand owners try some new business practices that end up creating different reactions than they'd expected.
The Camera Man
Chris Ware shows the perils of watching life explode from behind a camera lens in his animated short film. Also a young filmmaker wants to expose his alcoholic step father, but ends up capturing an endearing picture of his flawed family.
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