Full episode 58: Small Towns Act One City Mouse, Country Mouse Share a clip BySarah Vowell Sarah Vowell and her family. (14 minutes) More in FamilyView all 648: Unteachable Moment June 8, 2018 Act Three: Those Who Can’t Play Daniel Alarcón’s dad was obsessed with soccer when he was growing up, but he was only average at soccer. 639: In Dog We Trust Feb. 23, 2018 Act Four: Resurrection Writer Brady Udall with another story about what animals can take the place of, in our lives and in our homes—this one involving an armadillo. 639: In Dog We Trust Feb. 23, 2018 Act Two: Polly Wants More Than A Cracker Veronica Chater explains the conflict in her house between her love for her pet macaw—a kind of parrot—and her love for her husband and three kids. More by Sarah VowellView all 574: Sinatra’s 100th Birthday Dec. 11, 2015 Act Two: One Sinatra Fan ... Versus All Of Network TV. Before Sinatra died, Sarah Vowell appeared on this radio program and made a prediction about how network news would cover Sinatra's death ... and she made a simple plea. 354: Mistakes Were Made Apr. 18, 2008 Act Two: You’re Willing To Sacrifice Our Love There's a famous William Carlos Williams poem called "This is Just to Say". 329: Nice Work If You Can Get It Apr. 6, 2007 Act Three: The Homesick Explorer This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell tells the story of a mapmaker named Charles Preuss who charted the Western Territories with two of American history's legendary explorers—John Charles Fremont and Kit Carson.