Full episode 582: When the Beasts Come Marching In Prologue Share a clip ByIra Glass Ira visits an 83-year-old man named Dick Paterniti who’s been waging a long and lonely war against a woodpecker. (5 minutes) More in AnimalsView all 711: How to Be Alone July 17, 2020 Act Two: A Notion Apart Producer Lilly Sullivan used to feel such a strong kinship with “the loneliest creature on earth” that one of her first radio pieces seven years ago was about him. (9 minutes) You can read Lilly's 2013 report about this whale. 692: The Show of Delights Jan. 31, 2020 Act Four: The Elephant In The Bedroom Producer Dana Chivvis follows the night zookeeper at the Denver Zoo as she doles out snacks and tucks the animals in. 674: Get a Spine! May 10, 2019 Act Two: Because You’re Spine, I Walk the Line We turn to those who are truly spineless, and I mean literally, they are creatures that have no spines. More by Ira GlassView all 734: The Campus Tour Has Been Cancelled Mar. 19, 2021 Act One Reporter Paul Tough and Host Ira Glass look at the biggest change in admissions this year: colleges no longer requiring the SATs. 731: What Lies Beneath Feb. 12, 2021 Act Four: Boiling Under Lots of things go unspoken between family members, sometimes for years. 730: The Empty Chair Jan. 22, 2021 Act Three: There’s a German Word for That Ira Glass talks to journalist Jochen Bittner about a political lie from 1920s Germany and the lessons it holds for 2020s America.