Undesirable talents

On the This American Life podcast:

San Francisco’s Spider-Man burglar was remarkable. He dropped into buildings from skylights, leapt 10 feet from one roof to another. But mostly, his talent got him into trouble. This week, his story, and stories of other undesirable talents.

Also, Zora Bikangaga is an all-American African-American who grew up in a lily-white suburb of Fresno, California. When he started college, he decided to prank his roommate by pretending to be an African immigrant, using an accent borrowed from Eddie Murphy in “Coming To America,” and stories from his parents, who are Ugandan immigrants. He figured he’d give it up after a few minutes. But the roommate bought the prank, as did the new friends he met in college, so he just kept doing it.

And ballet dancer Wendy Whelan explains the undesirable part of having a talent for dance — or athletics too for that matter. You have to give it up young.

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