I have to review an episode of This American Life
Episode: 295 Not What I Signed UpFor
This episode of “This American Life” surrounds people who have been tricked into doing something that they didn’t know would happen. Todd Bachmann the production manager tells how he was lured in by a nun and how she got him to invest in a charity. In the end he ended up getting tricked by a catholic nun. A woman, Marian Fontana, lost her husband during 9/11. He was a firefighter and after he died the city was going to shut down his fire station, but she wanted to keep it up. She was trying to get people to sign a petition and she was doing it by doing small interviews, appearances, and many other public appearances. She was going to make another appearance on E Hollywood when actually it was a show called Elayne and she was known as the Late Nigh Oprah. The theme of the show was actually called “People who have been to hell and back.” Mrs. Fontana did not expect this and had no idea that this is where she was going to end up. She did not what to say, she fumbled through her words, and just improvised the whole time in a very uncomfortable state.
The second half of the episode stars famous British author Nick Horny of books known as Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, and many more. This story is all false, it is from one of his books. It’s about a boy who never knew about where he grew up. When he was in class one day his teacher showed a map of Europe and he asked where his country was, the county known as Chompina. Everyone laughed at him. He went home and talked to his mother about it. He asked, “Well who is the leader of Chompina?” and his mom looked at him and responded, “Me.” He was completely surprised. He was talking about how he had to play soccer because there weren’t enough people in the country of Chompina to play, because it was such a small place. He was needed to play to save his country. In the end he was forced to play soccer for his country. He was the worst player on the team and his team was horrible. His team started to figure out how to stop the opponents from scoring. The second half losing 3-0 was the countries best half ever in international soccer. Even though they lost horribly, the country cheered them all on.