josh (joshc) wrote,

endorsement: running after antelope

O.K. So I know it's a lot to ask, but you really should set aside about an hour for a This American Life episode from several years ago. If you're in a big hurry you can probably skip the prologue and last act. The part that you need to hear is called "Running After Antelope" (5:49 - 48:50) and it is the best thing that I've heard in a really long time. As you might guess, it's a story about running, but it's also about biology, evolution, becoming human, history, family, and trying really hard to do something incredible and impossible.

I want to type part of it for you, but it's long and I'm not a good transcriptionist and and it's well past my bedtime -- I was listening to fall asleep, but couldn't because of how great the story is -- so you'll just have to take my word on it for now. Maybe you can download it to your iPod and listen on the way to school or work. [tal]
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