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    565: Lower 9 + 10

    Aug 28, 2015
    Katrina bus tours go all over New Orleans, but it’s illegal for them to go into the Lower 9th Ward, the area that's been the slowest to rebuild. This week we go around talking to residents there about what matters the most to them (and what doesn't) ten years after the hurricane. The episode we did in 2005 the week of the storm is here.

    Pictured: map of Katrina-related fatalities.

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  • This Week

    532: Magic Words

    Sep 4, 2015
    When Jonathan Goldstein was a kid, his father gave him a book that promised to teach you how to shoot mental laser beams, win the lottery, move solid objects with your mind, make others obey your command – all through the use of mental power and magic words. This week, he revisits the book to try to unlock the secrets within. And we have other stories where people recite words that have the power to change their lives, with no magic or mumbo jumbo at all.

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    566: The Land of Make Believe

    Sep 11, 2015
    A father constructs an elaborate fantasy to occupy his 12 children, and filmmakers get unprecedented access to an FBI informant while he's undercover on a counterterrorism investigation. This week, stories of make believe.

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  • 149: Bedside Diplomacy

    Jan 14, 2000
    In the hospital, we give up our normal schedule and sleep patterns; we give up our normal food and clothing; we're in a place that has its own rules and its own language and its own customs.