700 April 10, 2020 Embiggening Sometimes a sketch of a thing needs filling in for its true significance to be known. Download Share a clip Transcript Juan Bernabeu Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION. Prologue Prologue ByIra Glass A nurse giving instructions to her partner in case she dies from COVID-19; a brother and sister talking every day, all of a sudden. (9 minutes) We first heard about nurse Elise Barrett in a story by Eric Boodman for STAT. Act One I Can’t Be Your Hero, Baby ByKarla Cornejo Villavicencio The stories of undocumented people so often sound cliche. Writer Karla Cornejo Villavicencio has heard all of them, and thought she could do better. (23 minutes) Song:“Separation Anxiety” by Mutts Act Two Popular Vote BySean Cole The discovery of new information casts a new light on a high school competition. Producer Sean Cole talks to some of the people involved, more than a decade later. (16 minutes) Song:“High School” by MC5 Act Three Tunnel Vision ByIra Glass A mysterious tunnel in Toronto leads to wild public speculation. Nick Kohler tells Ira the story behind the tunnel, which he wrote about for MacLean’s. (10 minutes) Song:“Tell me Everything” by Jim Liban & Joel Paterson Trio Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 457: What I Did For Love Feb. 10, 2012 Act Two: 21 Chump Street At three high schools in Palm Beach County, Florida, several young police officers were sent undercover to pose as students, tasked with making drug arrests. 116: Poultry Slam 1998 Nov. 27, 1998 Act One: Still Life With Chicken Food writer Jonathan Gold tells what it's like to panfry a chicken—with a live chicken watching you the entire time. 472: Our Friend David Aug. 17, 2012 Act Five: Sheetcakes In The Conference Room, Whiskey After Dark Recalling the years when he worked low-level publishing jobs, David describes the life of a writer who doesn’t actually write. Staff RecommendationsView all 77 Sept. 26, 1997 Pray Can the secular world and the religious world understand each other? 84 Nov. 21, 1997 Harold The story of Harold Washington and the white backlash that was set off when he became Chicago's first black mayor.