People pretending to be people they’re not

People pretending to be people they're not
No one will ever know
who this is.

Here are four stories from the radio program This American Life about people pretending to be people they’re not. You can listen or read the transcript. Listening is better.


"…we went to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City to see this exhibit by this artist named Cindy Sherman. And this very strange thing happened that we didn’t know what to make of it. It was truly a mystery…"

Act One: Healthy Start

"Etgar Keret… writes short fiction here in the program. And he’s thought a lot about this subject, about the pleasure of pretending to be someone else…"

Act Two: Forgive us our Press Passes

"…what other jobs can we possibly outsource to people far away at this point? Well Sarah Koenig tells this story of a fairly recent addition to the list of jobs."

Act Three: Runaway Groom

"We close our show today with parents who are pretending to be parents, though as you’ll hear sometimes not pretending very hard."

– Switcheroo, This American Life, WBEZ>>
– Transcript of Switcheroo, This American Life, WBEZ>>
– Image from Archie McPhee>>

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