Full episode 449: Middle School Prologue Share a clip Transcript ByIra Glass Host Ira Glass interviews a 14-year old named Annie, who emailed us asking if we would do a show about middle school. She explains why exactly the middle school years can be so daunting. (4 1/2 minutes) More in EducationView all 764: School's Out Forever Mar. 11, 2022 Act One: Big Mother Is Watching When school closed and threw routines into disarray, one mom and daughter figured out a new way to make it work. 764: School's Out Forever Mar. 11, 2022 Act Two: The Case of The Vanishing Sixth Grader The pandemic moved lots of families around, and many children simply vanished from school, in person, and online. 758: Talking While Black Jan. 7, 2022 Act Two: The Farce Awakens After the murder of George Floyd, sales of books by Black authors skyrocketed. More by Ira GlassView all 765: Off Course Mar. 18, 2022 Act One: The Audition Ira’s story of Yibin Li continues. 763: The Other Mr. President Feb. 25, 2022 Act Three: Maybe Pay Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain Disinformation and propaganda works differently in Putin’s Russia than it did during the Soviet Union. 763: The Other Mr. President Feb. 25, 2022 Act Four: A Matter of Principal (podcast only) Protestors came out across Russia after the Ukraine invasion.