Yes, There Is a Baby

In the 1940s, when he was 16 years old, Myron Jones was allowed to stay up late any night of the week and hang out at bars or wherever he pleased, but his mother barely let his older sister Carol out of the house at all. So the siblings devised a plan.

2002 / Alex Blumberg / Ira Glass / Jonathan Goldstein / This American Life, USA


In the 1940s, when he was 16 years old, Myron Jones was allowed to stay up late any night of the week and hang out at bars or wherever he pleased, but his mother barely let his older sister Carol out of the house at all. So the siblings devised a plan.

They invented an imaginary family that required Carol's babysitting services late into the night and sometimes for entire weekends. Through the sibling's remembrances of this time in their lives, it becomes clear that the imaginary family is everything that their actual family was not: happy, whole, and innocent of the layers of deception that separated the children from their mother.

Yes, There Is a Baby won the Best Documentary: Gold Award in the 2002 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.


produced by

Ira Glass

Ira Glass started working in public radio when he was 19, as an intern at National Public Radio.


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