Monday, 25 July 2011

Song from "This American Life" 218: "Act V"

I've just been listening to a podcast of This American Life and I was wondering what the song was from the end of episode 218: "Act V" (at 56:11 of the 58:33-length podcast; originally aired on 9 August 2002; recently aired on 1 July 2011).

I searched around on the TAL website, but couldn't find a track listing. Then I remembered I could use Shazam on my iPad. Turns out it's "Desperado" by The Langley Schools Music Project on their album "Innocence & Despair".

Stream episode
Skip to 56:59 to hear the song in context.

Listen to the song on Grooveshark.


  1. Thank you, I was just looking for this exact thing.

  2. You're welcome! I figured you'd be out there so I wanted to make it easier for you to find than it was for me.

  3. Recently heard the episode and the song - very glad to track it down. Thanks.

  4. Do you know what song is at the very opening?

    1. Hi Evan. It's "Nights Interlude" by Nightmares On Wax. See for details.