This American Life: Slow to React

This American Life: Slow to React

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 9:00pm

People with slow reaction times. Very, very slow.

Quick. What's 789 times 267? Do the math in your head. This week we have stories where people's reactions move even slower than yours are now. Including the story of a wedding 17 years in the making and what it's like when you have a terminal illness that's supposed to kill you in a year or two, and it decides to take its time. This American Life: Slow to React encores Thursday, January 27 at 9 p.m. on AM1370/FM-HD 91.5-2.

About This American Life:

Each episode has a theme. That's mostly because a theme makes it seem like there's a reason to sit and listen to a story about a contest where everyone stands around a truck for days until only one person is left on their feet...or a grown man trying to convince a skeptical friend that not only has he heard the world's greatest phone message, but that it's about the Little Mermaid...or a man who's obsessed with Niagara Falls, lives minutes from the Falls, writes and thinks about the Falls all the time, but can't bring himself to actually visit the Falls because, as he says, "they've ruined the Falls." If you're not doing stories about the news, or celebrities, or things people have ever heard of elsewhere, you have to give people a reason to keep listening. The themes make it seem like you should.

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