Good Morning, Ira Glass

And a good Friday morning to you, too.

You might remember that I'm a big fan of Fresh Air on NPR. I'm also a big fan of This American Life which is why I was so pleased to see this video on Rookie Mag, which features the one and only Ira Glass making some balloon animals.

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Aside from a the general "good" feeling I got from this video, I also got a series of other feelings that, um, varied in depth and scope.


Anybody else?


From here!

Top 5 Fresh Air interviews to listen to this weekend

If you know me or anyone in my family, you'll know that we are big, fat, giant Fresh Air* fans.


When I lived in Atlanta, I'd listen to Fresh Air in the car while driving to and from class.

When I lived in New York, I'd listen to a replay of Fresh Air on my laptop while I was getting ready for work.

Now that I live in London, I make a habit of streaming the Fresh Air podcast so that I can listen while I'm tidying up our flat or walking around town.


So much of my daily conversation stems from this show that Derrick, who has never lived in the U.S. and therefore never really listened to NPR, knows Terry Gross by first name.

Whether you're a lifelong fan or have never heard the show, here are my top five favorite Fresh Air interviews in no particular order:

Second Floor Flat—Top 5 Favorite Episodes of Fresh Air

The Fresh Air Dream Team

1. Joan Rivers "I was smart enough to go through any door that opened."

2. Phyllis Diller  "He got up to go to the toilet; when he came back the bed was made."

3. Jay-Z "I would run into the corner store, the bodega, and just grab a paper bag or buy juice — anything just to get a paper bag... And I'd write the words on the paper bag and stuff these ideas in my pocket until I got back."

4. Maurice Sendak "There's something I'm finding out as I'm ageing...that I am in love with the world."

5. Jimmy Fallon "I interviewed my mom. ... She was an awful guest. She kept wanting to cut to a clip. And we have no clip. She's not in a movie. She's my mother."


*If you're not familiar, Fresh Air is a radio program on NPR where host Terry Gross interviews a variety of people—celebrities, non-celebrities, authors, critics, etc.—about a variety of topics. It's about an hour every day, and it's wonderful. It's also where we got all of the photos used in this post!