Coming of age stories are always heartwarming, nostalgic reminders of what it is that shaped who we are today. The term itself, coming of age, means that we become adults in some mental sense based on trials and tribulations encountered during our youth. What if, however, the term coming of age meant something a little more literal? Today on the show you’re going to hear a story that’s been locked away for decades, meant to never see the light of day… a tale so embarrassing, so wrought with failures and triumphs, that we thought we’d never tell it. We realized that the inspiration that this story provides, with a resounding message to never give up, trumps the potential embarrassment at some of the more ridiculous aspects of this story. Risking everything, Ben tells the story of an adventure he went on one night in his teen years that changed the course of his life. This is no ordinary coming of age story, because this tale is literally a quest to come of age. Are you following? If not, then it’s probably best if you just listen.
Co-host Josh described this story as “the most epic story we’ve ever told on the podcast.” Does it live up to the hype? You’ll have to listen to find out, but to try and entice you, here are a few random details from the story: the story takes place in the mid 90s (picture a soundtrack of 90s alternative music) in a dark and seedy underworld in a town full of meth; a video tape containing content that will change the course of history; a legendary non-extinct KFC buffet; a secret plot to pull off a crime of passion; a daring escape; a stealth-based caper doomed for disaster; and perhaps the most exciting part of the story, VCR repair.
You’ve never heard a story like this before, and it is 100% true. If you’ve ever been curious to hear what a podcast is truly capable of, this is the one. This theater of the mind story entertain with passion, comedy, intrigue, mystery, suspense, lust, and unbridled enthusiasm. The Tapes of Wrath truly is a cumming of age story that may become the great American novel… or at least the great American porno.