Ira with Lloyd Natoff, on killing chickens.
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Susan Berman, author of the memoir Easy Street, the True Story of a Gangster's Daugher, reads from her book about her father Davie Berman, a Jewish gangster and one of the men — with Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel — who created modern Las Vegas. (7 minutes) Act Two continues after the break.
Ellery Eskelin never met his father but always heard he was a musical genius. Years after his father's death, Ellery started finding recordings of his musical output: he was the king of "song-poems." These are the songs that result when people answer those ads in the backs of magazines that say, "Send us your lyrics, and we'll write and record your song." Ellery's father's musical output was prodigious — and very odd.
An Allen Ginsberg poem and Ira Glass.
Thomas Lynch reads from his book The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade.
Michael Lesy reads.
Actor Michael Stumm reads from fireman and fiction writer Larry Brown's book On Fire.
Meema Spadola with Lou Zeidberg.
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. We hear whether her prediction came true.
Ira with Clarence Hicks, who picks up dead animals for a living.
Ira with a girl gang member about the day she nearly died.
Kevin Kelly is interviewed.
Claudia Perez talks about how her 21-year-old brother was shot and the family thought he'd die.