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Saturday, March 7, 2015 Permalink

Amateur Hour

Prologue: When Miles and Katie are burglarized by a few teenaged criminals, Katie decides to use her rookie sleuthing skills to take them down.

 

Act 1 - Theatre Of War: Fort Bragg army base was suffering a number of unnecessary deaths — so they decided to attempt to save soldiers’ lives through the art of musical theater. Jack Hitt investigates, and tells the story of how this strange phenomenon began. Jack's most recent book is Bunch of Amateurs

 

Act 2 - An Baby Makes 0011: Some schools make kids take care of eggs in order to teach them about the responsibilities of rearing a child. But at Glen Ridge High, kids are asked to take care of robotic babies. Hilary Frank, host of the podcast The Longest Shortest Time, follows around two teenage “moms" to see how realistic the experience is. 

 

Act 3 - Commander In Brief: Producer Stephanie Foo tells us the story of amateurs who for one night get thrown into a very, very big job — perhaps the biggest. President of the United States of America. 

 

Episode on ThisAmericanLife.org