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11/16/11: Homesickness - An American History


By Doug Fabrizio

11/16/11: Homesickness - An American History

Salt Lake City, Utah – Susan Matt, a professor at Weber State University, laughed when she first read of someone actually dying of homesickness. Nowadays, homesickness is regarded as a childish affliction that Americans, with our penchant for frequent relocation, are immune from. But as Matt writes, nostalgia has long distressed Americans--we leave to college, move for a new job, or migrate to a new country. She'll join us on Wednesday to talk about homesickness and how we've managed to cope with it.

  • Hear a modern account of somebody suffering from acute nostalgia. This American Life producer Sarah Koenig tells the story of "Leo," a kid forced by his parents to leave his beloved Rochester, NY, resigning him to a grim fate: being the new kid at middle school in a foreign locale.
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