Anxious Machine

Rob McGinley Myers

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True stories about modern humans

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Electric Torture Device

42:49 | May 25th, 2017

A year ago, I launched the first of a three-part series about starting a new kind of podcast company. Then I went silent. This is long-delayed follow up, a story I’m almost reluctant to tell, about what it’s like to walk the fine line between an ambi...Show More

New Show Announcement

49:19 | Nov 8th, 2018

I'm announcing a whole new podcast, and giving you a listen to the first episode. The podcast is called Before It Had a Theme, and on it, Britta Greene an I discuss and deconstruct old episodes of This American Life. On this episode, we discuss the v...Show More

If You Could Do Anything?

36:40 | May 11th, 2016

Sometimes in your life, you reach a crossroads, go on a men’s weekend, spend too much time alone in the forest, have a mid-life crisis, and start thinking you can change the world with your podcast. This episode is about that happening to me. Part on...Show More

Pay Attention All the Time

24:05 | Sep 28th, 2015

Parents of young children have an especially fraught relationship with their smartphones. On the one hand, these devices are indispensable tools for getting things done and staying connected to the adult world while in the midst of childcare. On the ...Show More

Do You Feel More Like Gods?

20:32 | Sep 14th, 2015

This past week, my kids went back to school. Summer vacation has come and gone. And that’s gotten me thinking about the very idea of summer vacation because every summer, for the past several years, my wife, her sisters and our families have had this...Show More

Bringing Wes Home

16:52 | Aug 31st, 2015

Since the wide-spread adoption of embalming in the United States, most Americans have turned the process of handling the deceased over to experts in the undertaking business. On this episode, the story of one family who decided that they wanted to be...Show More

A Horrible Experience

28:42 | Aug 17th, 2015

My older brother Scott lives almost completely outside the network of modern life: he has no internet, no email address, no cable TV or satellite, not even an antenna for his television. Until recently, he didn’t even have a bank account or a telepho...Show More

Teleportation Device

30:05 | Aug 3rd, 2015

Humans have been reading for thousands of years, but ever since the invention of television, people have been worried that reading is in decline. The latest worry is that, even if the Internet has caused an uptick in the quantity of our reading, we'r...Show More

These Things Is Miracles

22:07 | Jul 19th, 2015

When she was growing up, Adrienne didn’t want to believe she was losing her hearing, and she didn’t want to wear hearing aids. This is the story of how she decided to embrace the technology that restored her hearing, and what happened when she did. S...Show More

A Piece of Paper (S2: E4)

18:24 | Jul 6th, 2015

When I heard the news of the recent Supreme Court ruling on marriage between same sex couples, I wanted to go back to an interview I did in 2009 with two women who decided to get married before it was legal in their state. It’s easy to forget what co...Show More

Looking at the Wall (S2: E3)

23:17 | Jun 29th, 2015

Amelia’s childhood was largely devoid of technology. But when she got a computer and the internet in her own bedroom, she found the new mode of communication through chatrooms and email utterly addictive. She’s struggled ever since with how much tech...Show More

All My Days Have Been Guns (S2: E2)

31:30 | Jun 15th, 2015

Bernard did not get along with his father, who expected him to work like a full-time employee in the family gas station starting when Bernard was just eight years old. But then Bernard went off to the army, and when he came home, an incident with a g...Show More

Didn't Want to Be Conscious (S2: E1)

29:08 | Jun 1st, 2015

Humans have been getting intoxicated, and finding new ways to get intoxicated, for thousands of years. On this episode, I explore the history of intoxication, and how that history played out in the life of one young woman. Subscribe (or write a revi...Show More

The Question is Ridiculous (Interim Episode 4)

09:18 | May 25th, 2015

I recently decided to ask a big question at a cocktail party. This episode is about asking the question, some of the answers I got, and how that question is shaping the stories I’m trying to tell in the second season of this show. Subscribe in iTune...Show More

Every Other Fight (Interim Episode 3)

11:14 | May 11th, 2015

I’ve always loved telling the story of the first (and only) time I got punched in the face, and not because I won the fight. I lost, by a long shot. But it’s a story about standing up to one of the toughest scariest guys in my high school, and it mad...Show More

Completely Clueless and Completely Paranoid (Interim Episode 2)

10:01 | Apr 27th, 2015

Sara thought she knew her son, but then a medical diagnosis left her questioning everything. This is the story of how she coped when the medical treatment turned him into a completely different child. Subscribe (or write a review) in iTunes Music: ...Show More

The Letter (Interim Episode 1)

06:19 | Apr 13th, 2015

Fewer and fewer people writes letters anymore, especially by hand. It’s a dying technology. But for this episode, I have a story from the 20th century about how a single, handwritten letter changed the course of a life. Subscribe (or write a review)...Show More

Inbox Time Machine (S1: E6)

24:13 | Mar 30th, 2015

Sarah’s parents got divorced when she was little. She and her siblings stayed with their mom, even though Sarah preferred her father’s company. She only saw her father for dinner once a week and stayed with him every other weekend. When she got to ta...Show More

The Window Seat (S1: E5)

14:32 | Mar 16th, 2015

Mohamed fell in love with air travel at a young age. He lived in Kuwait, but he would fly with his family back to Egypt at the end of every school year, so air travel was imbued with the pleasure of summer, vacation, family, and fun. Then he grew up...Show More

I Had No Instinct (S1: E4)

20:16 | Mar 2nd, 2015

Kate Hopper had dreamed of a totally natural birth, with no drugs and no medical interventions. But when her baby was born two months early, Kate had to enter the unnatural world of the neonatal intensive care unit, where incubators, tubes, and monit...Show More

I Was Deprived (S1: E3)

23:19 | Feb 16th, 2015

Tanya grew up in a home with only one approved hour of television a week. She had no music in her bedroom, no cellphone, and no computer access, unless her mother was watching over her shoulder. In Krystyna’s house, on the other hand, the TV was alw...Show More

Not a Phone Person (S1: E2)

24:56 | Jan 19th, 2015

Andria Williams met her husband Dave when they were in their first year of high school. They’ve been together now for almost two decades, but they’ve also spent a significant portion of that time living apart, conducting their relationship over a lon...Show More

Protect My Family (S1: E1)

30:32 | Jan 4th, 2015

On this episode, my guest is Stephen Hackett, who publishes the website 512 Pixels and co-hosts the podcast Connected. We talk about what it’s like to put the life of someone you love, someone you would protect with your own life, in the hands of med...Show More