This American Life

Year: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Wilcha

Written by: Ira Glass

Music by: Jane Feltes

Narrated by: Johnny Depp

Runtime: 30 minutes

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Plot

In the second season premiere of the TV show “This American Life”, hosted by Ira Glass, escaping is the main theme. People who try escaping from a place, people who try living independently. Mike Phillips, a 27-year-old suffering from spinal muscular atrophy, a disease which has eliminated his ability to move his limbs, has the same wish. He wants to have own life, a life like anyone else has a chance to have, as he states. Because he lost his ability to speak, due to a breathing tube inserted in his neck, he communicates typing out the words on a 17-inch Macbook Pro laptop suspended above his bed. He types words letter-by-letter with his thumb across a cylindrical switch connected to a CD-sized box on his bed, sending the completed sentence through a voice simulator. In the beggining of the episode, the host asks Mike who he would like to read his e-mails in the story, replacing the voice simulator. Mike says that he would like Johnny Depp or Edward Norton, because either way, they are both badasses. And, by his request, because Edward Norton was not available, the kind and always willing to help – the one and only Johnny Depp, served as his voice, reading e-mails in which Mike wrote about his personal experiences. Despite his illness, Mike is ambitious, living and trying to live as a normal human being, along his girlfriend Sara, with whom he has lots of fun, going to movies, clubs, restaurants – things any couple does. He has no time for fear

Source:
Mike’s blog

Johnny Depp
Narrator


Ira Glass
Host of the show


Mike Phillips
the 27-year old suffering from SPA


Karen
Mike’s Mother


Sara Rosenbaum,
Mike’s Girlfriend


Celeste
Mike’s Former Assistant


George McGovern
US Senator/Presidential Candidate


Tom Wolfe
Writer/Journalist


Directed by
Christopher Wilch


Writing by
Ira Glass


Produced By
Kevin Wargas


Producers
Jane Feltes


Producers
Sarah Koenig


Producers
Jon Jetter


Producers
Lisa Pollak


Producers
Robyn Semien


Producers
Alissa Shipp


Executive Producers
Julie Snyder


Executive Producers
Alex Blumberg


Executive Producers
Nancy Updike


Executive Producers
Ira Glass


Executive Producers
Banks Tarver


Executive Producers
Ken Druckerman


Executive Producers
Christine Vachon


Executive Producers
Jocelyn Hayes Simpson


Co-Executive Producer
Christopher Wilcha


Edited by
Joe Beshenkovsky


Director of Photography
Adam Beckman


Narrated by
JOHNNY DEPP


Original Music
Jane Feltesc


Production Companies
Chicago Public Radio


Other Companies
Killer FilmsShowtime Networks Inc.



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