Choose Your Own Adventure, This American Life Style
Radar makes funny at the expense of Ira Glass' popular franchise
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2008 8:50 AM CDT
"Now, your dreams of Ira narrating some touching yet inoffensive slice of your middle- to upper-class existence can become a reality," Radar promises of its "This American Life" story generator.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) This American Life, providing "a valuable census of liberal America's cultural consciousness since 1996," comes in for a little ribbing from Walker Boyd in Radar. Boyd  spoofs Ira Glass's radio and TV narratives with a Mad Libs-type story generator. Now "your dreams of Ira narrating some touching yet inoffensive slice of your middle- to upper-class existence can become a reality," he writes. Some slices thereof:

(Words in italics are Newser's contribution)

  • William, an expatriate insurance salesman and regular This American Life contributor, finds out he has salmonella when he's about to go on a road trip to Winslow, Ariz. He takes the road trip anyway.
  • … Ira talks about vacuuming when he was a kid, and how the experience taught him the importance of trusting one's instincts. Years later, this lesson comes in handy, as it figures prominently in a commencement speech he gives at Brown.
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