Radio: Other People's Troubles

The alcoholic said: "The minute she saw me she'd give a scream, drop her bundles and start running . . ." The expectant father said: "You just have to wait, that's all, and wait and wait and be surprised later ..." A small boy suffering from rheumatic fever moaned: "I got pains, a little bit of pains on the bottom of my feet. . . ."

For the past three months, such fragmentary sentences have been fascinating Midwesterners who have been listening to them on a Chicago radio program called It's Your Life (weekdays, 11:15 a.m. C.S.T., WMAQ). The program lets real...

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