This is one of the best episodes of This American Life that I’ve listened to in a long time. I’m kind of a Sarah Vowell addict and like to search for episodes she contributes to, so I stumbled upon it that way even though it’s not new. (side note: she’s barely in the epsidode)
I guarantee you will say “whoa” at the end of the first act. For real.
Here’s a taste:
“It’s the late 1960s, and in the new technology of cryonics, a California TV repairman named Bob sees an opportunity to help people cheat death. But freezing dead people so scientists can reanimate them in the future is a lot harder than it sounds. Harder still was admitting to the family members of people Bob had frozen that he’d screwed up. Badly.”
I know, right?