October 23, 2020

The Walls Close In

People finding themselves stuck in small spaces—an elevator, an attic, an orchestra pit—trying to make sense of their new surroundings. 

Gracia Lam

Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION.



Host Ira Glass talks to Jay Van Bavel, who recently found himself trapped in an elevator (in a very 2020 predicament). (7 minutes)

Act One

The People Up the Stairs

A few weeks ago, Jessica and Moisés found themselves hiding in an attic. Reporter Kevin Sieff talks to them about how they got there. (26 minutes)