This American Life

This American Life

Season One

DVD - 2008
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Join host Ira Glass and his company, as they bring a different theme to life each week, in the format of the popular Chicago radio show by the same name. In Reality check, we hear the stories of three people who hatched plans to make their dreams come true, only to be brought back to reality by unpleasant outcomes. Growth spurt introduces the viewer to three people who simply will themselves to the next stage of their lives, with mixed results. The Camera man introduces us to a young filmmaker who sets out to expose his alcoholic step-father, but instead creates a portrait of a flawed family; and animator Christopher Ward creates a piece about the perils of watching life explode from the safe distance of a camera lens. God's close up reveals stories where the faithful and not-so-faithful cross paths, trying to closer to God through pictures. My way explores the cost of stubbornness among four subjects. Pandora's box brings three stories of the unexpected consequences of trying new things.
Publisher: [United States] : Showtime Entertainment : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, [2008].
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9781415738009
1415738009
Branch Call Number: DVD TV THI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (168 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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BridgettM
Nov 30, 2016

There were only 2 seasons of the documentary TV series modeled after the This American Life radio program and podcast. I enjoyed the first season for the most part. There are a small number of segments that are difficult to watch, particularly the majority of the final Pandora's Box episode which shows life for pigs at a farm/factory in Iowa and the verbal exchange between customers and workers at The Wiener's Circle hot dog stand in Chicago (warning: very strong language in this segment). It's fitting that the episode is called Pandora's Box; you may want to avoid watching it, except for the shorter first segment on erasing memories which is very interesting.

BasilB Mar 05, 2012

Great stories! Wonderful, quirky format.

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