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823: The Question Trap

823: The Question Trap

Update: 2024-02-0421
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An investigation of when and why people ask loaded questions that are a proxy for something else.

  • Prologue: Host Ira Glass talks with producer Tobin Low about the question he got asked after he and his husband moved in together, and what he thinks people were really asking. (4 minutes)
  • Act One: “What do you think about Beyoncé?” and other questions that are asked a lot, raised by people on first dates. (12 minutes)
  • Act Two: When a common, seemingly innocuous question goes wildly off the rails. (13 minutes)
  • Act Three: Why are people asking me if my mother recognizes me, when it’s totally beside the point? (14 minutes)
  • Act Four: Schools ask their students the strangest essay questions sometimes. The experience of tutoring anxious teenagers through how to answer them requires a balladier, singing their lived experience to a crowd as though it were the Middle Ages. (10 minutes)

Transcripts are available at thisamericanlife.org

Comments (28)

ladan

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Feb 13th
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ID3472205

BREAKING: ABC News poll - 86% of Americans believe Joe Briben is too incompetent for a second term.

Feb 11th
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ID3472205

Notice how the leftist bums have nothing to say now that the DOJ has basically told you Joe Briben' is unfit for office.

Feb 10th
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ID3472205

Question: who's running the country 'cuz it sure as hell isn't Joe Briben'. That much the DOJ has now proved.

Feb 9th
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ID3472205

Just in: Joe Briben' refers to Egyptian president El-Sisi as the "president of Mexico.". We're circling the drain, folks.

Feb 9th
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ID3472205

Joe Briben' "willfully retained highly classified documents" that he took as a SENATOR - with no executive privilege - and is not charged. President Donald Trump "willfully retained highly classified documents" that he took as PRESIDENT - WITH executive privilege and they throw the book at him. Are you paying attention yet?

Feb 8th
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ID3472205

What a glorious day today for President Donald J. Trump.

Feb 8th
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ID3472205

Seems like Joe Briben's main strategy going into the election is to blame President Trump for everything. At what point does a career politician take responsibility for their shortcomings? In Joe Briben's case, never.

Feb 7th
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John Doe 36 "likes them young"

Remember when ABC news did that poll that first showed President Trump beating the pants off Joe Briben'and they tried to disavow their own poll calling it an "outlier"? That was the point where even the most insane extremist far leftist America-hating Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferers realized they were in trouble.

Feb 5th
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John Doe 36 "likes them young"

“Can’t explain this I’m stuck maybe TRUMP is the answer.” - Rapper celebrity 50 Cent on NYC's decision to give $1000 TAXPAYER FUNDED credit cards to every illegal alien MONTHLY.

Feb 5th
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John Doe 36 "likes them young"

Joe Briben': "We've created a record 15 million new jobs." He is, of course, lying again. Most of those jobs were simply recovered from the pandemic, with Republican-led states dominating in job recovery. Don't let the demons gaslight you.

Feb 5th
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