Caption: PRX default Piece image
PRX default Piece image 

Matching Outfits Not Included

From: Hillary Frank
Length: 10:24

Embed_button
Two elderly sisters, who are not twins, dress exactly the same, eat all the same food, and go everywhere together. Read the full description.

Default-piece-image-1 Honey and Dusty are sisters in their seventies. Ever since they were teenagers, Honey and Dusty have been dressing exactly alike, from wigs to glasses to purses. In every way possible, the sisters seem to have preserved the relationship they had as girls. Still, like any grown couple that's lived together successfully, what they fear most is that one will die before the other. This piece first aired on This American Life.

More from Hillary Frank

Caption: Joanne at 32 weeks, Credit: Jason Reblando

What YOU Expect When You're Expecting (22:54)
From: Hillary Frank

A mom-to-be lays out her fears and expectations of having her first child at the age of 40.
Caption: Like a lot of kids with Tourette's, Finn also has severe ADHD. The flip side of that, Amanda says, is that his high energy makes him a ton of fun., Credit: Amanda Morgan

Making Noise to Prevent More Noise (14:00)
From: Hillary Frank

A toddler sniffs all of his Christmas presents before opening them and his mom realizes something is really wrong. What Tourette’s, OCD, and ADHD look like in a young child.
Caption: Tom and his daughter, Ellen, in his Navy hat, Credit: Heidi Kecskemethy

I've Got News (25:01)
From: Hillary Frank

A newly married guy finds out his wife is pregnant while he’s at sea and just a few years later, to his surprise, becomes a stay-at-home dad.
Caption: Kate at her "battle station," with Adelle at 4 months, Credit: Kate Bowman-Johnston

Nap Boot Camp (16:20)
From: Hillary Frank

An exasperated mom decides that her daughter WILL nap in her crib by the end of the week.
Caption: For many months, this is the only dress Violet would wear. Joyce washed it every night in the sink., Credit: Joyce Slaton

The Emperor's New Onesie (14:16)
From: Hillary Frank

A woman spends a month at home with her naked two-year-old daughter, trying to figure out why she won't wear clothes.
Caption: Cherlyn and her mom

Would've Been the Mean Mommy (12:03)
From: Hillary Frank

A woman becomes a mom at the precise moment that her own mother decides to stop being a mother.
Caption: One of the photos my dad snapped with his contraband camera, Credit: Richard Frank

Nurse, Get the Handcuffs (14:24)
From: Hillary Frank

A mother unexpectedly breaks down and apologizes to her 34-year-old daughter for not being able to breastfeed her.
Caption: Max, back in his grunting days

Endangered Sea Turtle, Yum (11:33)
From: Hillary Frank

A vegetarian of 22 years decides that the way to fix her son’s constant discomfort is to start eating meat.
Piece image

Kittens Can Do it, So Why Can't We? (11:53)
From: Hillary Frank

A mom who finds breastfeeding stressful discovers that a machine helps her feel closer to her son.
Caption: Owen, the miracle baby, with colic and reflux

Don't Make Me Be Your Miracle (13:44)
From: Hillary Frank

After having her first child, a woman experiences heart failure and is told she has less than a 50 percent chance of surviving another pregnancy. Through a surrogate, she ...

Piece Description

Honey and Dusty are sisters in their seventies. Ever since they were teenagers, Honey and Dusty have been dressing exactly alike, from wigs to glasses to purses. In every way possible, the sisters seem to have preserved the relationship they had as girls. Still, like any grown couple that's lived together successfully, what they fear most is that one will die before the other. This piece first aired on This American Life.

3 Comments Atom Feed

Caption: PRX default User image

Review of Matching Outfits Not Included

I was driving home with an exhausted heart when I heard this story on the radio. It was so sweet and tender that I forgot my case of the blues, and smiled at the image of these two sisters falling to sleep at night in they're respective twin beds, with a cross on the wall and a picture of Frank Sinatra.

Thanks for an extra interesting story on the human condition, it made my own condition, that of a broken spirit, feel light again. ~ Amber

User image

Review of Matching Outfits Not Included

Okay, so I'm to review something Ira Glass co-produced, something already aired on TAL? Umm, It's good.

User image

Review of Matching Outfits Not Included

This is an engaging study of character, family, relationship, trust, acceptance, and grace in a community…of two.
Would be good to air on Valentine’s Day, as part of a compilation on any of the above-mentioned topics, or as a break from the big news of the day. sl

Timing and Cues

story: 9:50
(+ :33 end music)