This American Life

713: Made to Be Broken

59:51 | Aug 9th

12 recommendations

From the moment we wake up in the morning there are a trillion rules — big and little — governing our lives. But sometimes, we encounter one we just can't abide by. In a pitched moment of rule-questio...Show More


Recommendations

jennx recommended:Sep 5th

There’s a name for breaking rules governing uber 💥

I thought this episode was:

😲 Fascinating
😂 Funny

gustborges recommended:Sep 7th

Loved Jerome's story in the first part !

I thought this episode was:

🤔 Thought-provoking

danny recommended:Aug 10th

This feels like its gonna a classic. Loved the Mrs Jefferson story.

I thought this episode was:

😊 Delightful

bkxb recommended:Oct 5th

I thought this episode was:

🌅 A beautiful story
😢 Moving
😂 Funny

mijustin recommended:Aug 21st

Holy shit. The first story (about musician and poet Jerome) is so beautifully presented. I cried at the end.

I thought this episode was:

🌅 A beautiful story

oiamandina recommended:Aug 22nd

A fascinating and timely collection of stories that will put you face to face with 3 big questions. How do humans respond to inequality? What is fairness? And perhaps the most intriguing question, How do you win?

dannyAug 22nd

@oiamandina well said!

mm recommended:Aug 23rd

NATASHAAA!!! 🤣🤣🤣

I thought this episode was:

🌅 A beautiful story
🤣 Absolutely hilarious
💯 A must listen
🤔 Thought-provoking

jvaill recommended:Aug 23rd

I thought this episode was:

🤣 Absolutely hilarious
🤔 Thought-provoking

phocks recommended:Aug 25th

I love this format of 3 little stories all touching on the same issue. This episode is so well produced and they all fit together so nicely, like a little jigsaw puzzle, just like life.

I thought this episode was:

🌅 A beautiful story
💛 Honest
🤔 Thought-provoking
👍 Well-produced

mmAug 25th

@phocks Ok but what’s was Natasha supposed to represent in the parable tho?

phocksAug 25th

@mm haha my guess is "the unattainable" perhaps what do you think?

mmAug 25th

@phocks that hush money though! She’s the real thief!!! 🤣

phocksAug 25th

@mm true, never pay heed to the unattainable 😅