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What Does It Mean to Change Your Name?

Stories of people changing their name, an excerpt from This American Life by Ira Glass, produced at WBEZ. Glass tells the story of his grandmother: when she was in her 30's, she was very ill and everyone thought she was going to die. So they changed her name. It was an old Jewish custom, to confuse the Angel of Death. And Margy Rochlin on the place you go to in Los Angeles if you want to change your name. It turns out to be surprisingly easy to change

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Other segments from the episode on March 17, 1997

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 17, 1997: Interview with Kate Bornstein; Commentary on name changes; Review of the television shows "Daria," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and "Spy Game."

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