The second season ends with a look at the lives of a number of people named John Smith, including an 11-week-old baby who was expected to be born a girl, and a 23-year-old Wyoming man facing trouble with the law. Also, a 46-year-old Texas father awaiting his oldest son's return from Iraq. Ira Glass is the host.
Segments focus on two different kinds of fighters, including two boxers from Tennessee who square off in a bout that means a lot to both, and a group of New York youngsters who learn how to deal with bullies by confronting them with humor.
Profiling two Wisconsin convicts who attempt an escape using a common medicine-cabinet object, and a man with a 30-year obsession for a certain aviary critter. Also: high-school students' yearbook photos mask the tragedy and drama in their young lives.
The second season begins in Philadelphia, where teenage boys find ways to impress girls and break away from the confines of their families, using a mode of transport that has been obsolete in their neighborhood since the 19th century. Also: a young man's fight for independence from his mother would be a normal and healthy step for any kid, were it not for some very specialized circumstances.