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Our first show as This American Life.
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  • Barbara Adams, a former member of the Whitewater trial jury, showed up for jury duty wearing a full-scale costume from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Ira dissects a discussion on an Internet mailing list about fandom, inspired by Adams' celebrity. Also: Temple University professor Cindy Patton's childhood infatuation with G.I. Joe dolls concerned her mother, who wanted her daughter doing more traditionally "girly" things. As an adult, she decided she wanted her toys back. Her parents were reluctant to give them back to her. She discusses her struggle to recover her "childhood as a boy."

    Ira Glass


    • "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home", artist unknown