October 31, 2003 Commentator Craig Childs has faced mountain lions and fires, but none of them scared him as much as an encounter in the Grand Canyon. He describes the ghostly aura of a national landmark.
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October 31, 2002 Let your ears perk up and your hair stand on end. NPR's Bob Mondello and four Talk of the Nation guests try to send chills up your spine with their favorite spooky stories.
September 2, 2002 Tavis Smiley reads some comical one-liners to help workers deal with office dissatisfaction.
February 14, 2001 On this Valentine's Day, Commentator Ethan Herberman offers a love story from his trip to the Vancouver Zoo.
August 1, 2000 Most Americans come to France expecting to see the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower. Commentator David Sedaris describes his experiences in the City of Lights from his preferred venue: the inside of a movie theater.
May 7, 2000 Annie Cheney reports from New York on a legendary elevator operator, who's outfitted his place of work with plants, mood lighting and a sound system. His goal? To encourage passengers to start up a conversation.
April 9, 1999 As part of ALL THINGS CONSIDERED's year-long Friday series, we travel to the world of the Carnival Talker. Many call them "Barkers," but they dislike that term. There's a talent and skill that these sideshow pitchmen use as they try to lure people into shows to spend their money. The Talkers use language to amuse and raise curiosity; but they never give their audience time to think. We learn that the pitches are carefully constructed, and made up of distinct sections, designed to catch people's attention. (12:30).
May 19, 1997 Scott Adams, creator of the popular Dilbert comic strip talks about his book, The Dilbert Future. The forward-thinking tome offers a graphic vision of the future in which newly-developed gadgets help workers goof off and still get paid.
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