This American Life

Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. In a lot of ways, TAL has set the stage for the golden age of podcasting.  Ira Glass’s innovations in genre have made it clear that there are endless ways to use audio to craft fantastic stories.

Especially teachable episode

    Tell me I’m Fat:  this is a particularly evocative episode for teaching feminist philosophy, queer and crip theory, and critical approaches to “health” and “gender.”

    Here’s a sample lesson plan that brings the episode together with two texts in disability studies (Alison Kafer’s Feminist Queer Crip and a chapter by Stephanie Jenkins in Feminist Philosophies of Life).