691 January 10, 2020 Gardens of Branching Paths Other universes that are just like our own, but with one small difference. Download Share a clip Transcript Keith Negley Prologue Prologue ByIra GlassDavid Kestenbaum Host Ira Glass talks with David Kestenbaum about a phone app that can create alternate universes with the press of a button. (8 minutes) Act One Dreams From My Father ByEtgar Keret Writer Etgar Keret tells a story about his father, who was constantly imagining parallel universes. In a way, they saved him. (12 minutes) Act Two Sorry/Not Sorry ByDavid Kestenbaum David Kestenbaum finds out about a speech that, in another world, President Clinton gave on August 17, 1998. (13 minutes) Act Three Sklar-Crossed Brothers ByDana Chivvis Being an identical twin is kind of like having a parallel world right on top of ours, one in which there is another version of you running around. Dana Chivvis has the story of the Sklar twins, and a 48-year-old mystery. (19 minutes) Act Four If I Lived Here, I’d Be Home Now ByDiane Wu Diane Wu has the story of a woman who goes to South Korea to meet her birth mother, a trip that lets her visit one of the other worlds in which she almost lived. (9 minutes) Song:“Alternate Universe” by Sue Fink Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 104: Music Lessons June 5, 1998 Act One: Papa Was Not A Rolling Stone A case study of how children are asked to live the unlived lives of their parents. 663: How I Read It Dec. 7, 2018 Act Three: Bladen Runner What one professor saw in voter registrations that others didn’t. 67: Your Dream, My Nightmare June 27, 1997 Act Four: Blood Writer David Sedaris on parents' dreams and children's nightmares. Staff RecommendationsView all 46 Dec. 13, 1996 Sissies A family where the father was one kind of sissy and the son was another kind, and how the family was destroyed despite the fact that no one wanted it to be. 266 June 4, 2004 I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help Nancy Updike goes to Iraq to try to figure out what it's like to be a private citizen working in the middle of a war zone.