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And Amy wonders, does he think that she is one of the developmentally disabled kids who are wandering all over the museum? From Chicago Public Radio, it's This American Life. Today's show "I've Got You Pegged," stories of people assuming all kinds of things about other people, usually in error. He told this story on stage at The Moth in New York. And I'm sort of hopping in between the two conversations at this point.
But at the same time, Amy thought it was completely obvious that she wasn't-- the way she moved, the way she expressed herself. So I'm thinking, I can type in 21, and he'll realize that I can't be a student. Both of them, she says, clutching their own hearts as they do this. Our show today in four acts, and it is quite a lineup. He describes it as a tale taken from real life and dramatized. And the black guy tries to follow the white kid, and the other cop puts his hand on his chest.
And the guy's manner, his tone of voice, was unmistakable. I mean, I almost wonder if maybe that was why I was almost paralyzed with confusion. And we can just both pretend like we understood what was going on this whole time. And he looks at me, and he looks at the age, and he says, oh, Amy, you know, if your age is a number that ends in teen, then that number starts with a one. I mean, I thought, how many more questions could there possibly be? He puts his hand on my back, and he says, your parents must be so proud of you.[LAUGHTER]So as you might imagine, I'm working really hard to skim through these questions quickly. I'm just trying to get through these questions so I can get out of this room and escape. There begins a flurrying of apologizing on all sides. Turns out he's so careful not to talk down to developmentally disabled students because he himself had a learning disability. But just as often, people meet and walk away and never straighten this stuff out. Richard Price, Chuck Klosterman, Shalom Auslander, and Nancy Updike. Act 1, "The Fat Blue Line." We begin today with a story about something that happens all the time in all kinds of places, something that is so common that it's not even big enough to make it on the local news. In the last novel I wrote, I spent a lot of time on the Lower East Side.
It's really rare to meet people who don't use some kind of special voice with the mentally disabled-- this slightly higher pitched, slightly "I know you're a special person" kind of voice. I've already told them everything about myself-- how much I weigh. And as I'm working through these questions as fast as I can, I see my brother's teacher walking towards me. And so she had misread what he was doing and why he spoke the way he did. Richard Price tells the story, the novelist and screenwriter. And as is my wont, I wound up in the back of police cars a lot.
is produced for the ear and designed to be heard, not read. He makes the guy sit on the curb with his feet in the gutter. At which point, I leave those two, and I go over to Noah and the other cop. And the kid says, yes, and for the millionth time, I don't have an ark.[LAUGHTER]And the cop says, boy, you must get that a lot. I mean, you're really kind of vulnerable when you're pregnant. People are very prone to, once you say what you're doing, they tell you what they would do and not do. I kind of have these unusual kind of circumstances that I was engaged, and my fiance passed away. When I came in, she already had her beach bag packed and was pulling a t-shirt over our son's head. Oh, 25 years, at least, he said, maybe more-- such a long time ago. Yeah, the first time I came here was in, oh, let's see, 1980, I believe.
We strongly encourage you to listen to the audio, which includes emotion and emphasis that's not on the page. The kid says, oh, my god, you have no idea.[LAUGHTER]And he says, so Noah, how old are you? And they want to be like, oh, I think you're going to be really upset, and I think this. The baby's father told me that he thought that-- I don't know why he said this. And after that, I kind of think I was lonely and looking for someone. And I still miss my fiance and think about him all the time, and I just I don't feel like I'm emotionally ready to raise a child. Each week on our show, of course, we choose a theme, bring you a variety of different kinds of stories on that theme. In Greece, I was sure the hotel had stuck us with the worst room in the building, even though every room was identical. And so last year when my wife informed me that she had booked us a six-day vacation in Anguilla, a remote island in the British West Indies, I decided that this time would be different.
Like, for example, Amy was back home in Indiana on a break from college, and she was accompanying her brother's high school class on a trip to this health and science museum they have in South Bend called the Health Works Kids Museum.
And just to give you a sense of who the characters are in this story, Amy's brother is autistic, and he is developmentally disabled.
As for Amy, aside from the fact that she's very close to her brother, you can get a good sense of who she is by the conversation that she had with Ben's teacher on the bus with all the developmentally disabled kids, driving to this museum.
Amy was talking to the teacher about her schoolwork, which frankly seems very, very hard.
Amy was majoring in physics and studying in Germany.