Inventing the Self

On This American Life

September 7th, 2013 by Jason Tougaw · No Comments

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This week’s episode of This American Life (entitled “How I Got Into College”) features a story about economist Emir Kamenica–which resonates pretty strongly with our reading for this week. Kamenica tells Ira Glass a story about a teacher who changed his life as a child. Glass hires an investigator to find this teacher, and she tells her version of the story. Then the staff of the show does some fact-checking. I don’t want to give away any details, but it’s pretty interesting to hear what happens when Glass confronts Kamenica with alternate versions of the story of his own life. The episode is airing on various NPR affiliates this weekend. It will be available online after 7 pm on Sunday.

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