Radio Archive by Contributor

Jack Hitt

Jack has done some of the funniest stories we've ever run and also some of our best investigative stories. In the funniest camp: 61, 145. On the investigative side: 218, 310, 331, 15, 38, 229. Both: 253.
  • Prologue.

    510: Fiasco! 11.01.2013

    Jack Hitt tells the story of a small town production of Peter Pan in which the flying apparatus ...FunnyTheater

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  • Opening Night.

    510: Fiasco! 11.01.2013

    Jack Hitt's Peter Pan story continues. Jack is the author of several books, including Bunch of ...FunnyTheater

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  • Act Two.

    500: 500! 07.12.2013

    Several producers talked about the first stories they ever heard on the show, before they worked ...MilestonesRadio

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  • Render Unto Caesar's Palace What Is Due To Caesar's Palace.

    466: Blackjack 06.08.2012

    Jack Hitt tells the story of the Christian card counting team featured in the documentary Holy ...GamblingReligion

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  • Alien Experiment.

    456: Reap What You Sow 01.27.2012

    Last Summer, Alabama passed HB56, the most sweeping immigration bill in the country. It's an ...ImmigrationPolitics

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  • Mr. Hitt Goes To Washington.

    417: This Party Sucks 10.29.2010

    Jack Hitt has spent the last two years watching the Obama administration lose the news cycle and ...PoliticsPresidents

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  • This American Wife.

    353: The Audacity of Government 03.28.2008

    This American Life contributor Jack Hitt uncovers a strange practice within the U.S. Citizenship ...GovernmentImmigrationLegal System

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  • Chicken Diva.

    343: Poultry Slam 2007 11.23.2007

    Yet another testimony to the power chickens have over our hearts and minds. Contributing editor ...AnimalsMusicTheater

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  • Commandment Five. Honor Your Father And Your Mother.

    332: The Ten Commandments 05.04.2007

    When Jack Hitt was 11, he did the worst thing his father could have imagined. Neither Jack nor ...ChildhoodFathers

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  • There's No U.s. In Habeas.

    331: Habeas Schmabeas 2007 04.27.2007

    Jack Hitt explains how President Bush's War on Terror changed the rules for prisoners of war and ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • We Interrogate The Detainees.

    331: Habeas Schmabeas 2007 04.27.2007

    Although more than 200 prisoners from the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay have been released, ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • The Super Always Rings Twice.

    323: The Super 01.05.2007

    Reporter Jack Hitt tells the story of how he helped organize tenants and threaten a rent strike ...CrimeHousing

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  • There's No U.s. In Habeas.

    310: Habeas Schmabeas 03.10.2006

    Jack Hitt explains how President Bush's War on Terror changed the rules for prisoners of war and ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • We Interrogate The Detainees.

    310: Habeas Schmabeas 03.10.2006

    Although more than 200 prisoners from the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay have been released, ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • Prologue.

    283: Remember Me 02.25.2005

    Host Ira Glass talks to Laura Mayer, editor of the New Trier Township High School yearbook, ...JournalismTeenagers

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  • Marine Life.

    280: In Country 01.07.2005

    Rob Miller is a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps commanding a weapons platoon in "Charlie ...IraqMilitaryMusic

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  • Prologue.

    278: Spies Like Us 11.19.2004

    Host Ira Glass talks to This American Life contributing editor Jack Hitt about the time he ...Jobs/EmploymentJournalism

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  • Cold-cock The Vote.

    276: Swing Set 10.29.2004

    Jack Hitt tells tales of voter sabotage so outrageous that we swear will get you yelling at your ...CrimePolitics

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  • No Island Is An Island.

    253: The Middle of Nowhere 12.05.2003

    Nauru is a tiny island, population 12,000, a third of the size of Manhattan and far from ...EconomicsTerrorismTheater

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  • Chicken Diva.

    252: Poultry Slam 2003 11.28.2003

    Yet another testimony to the power chickens have over our hearts and minds. Jack Hitt reports on ...AnimalsMusicTheater

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  • Rock, Paper, Computer.

    250: The Annoying Gap Between Theory...and Practice 11.07.2003

    Reporter Jack Hitt explains the alarming difference between theory and practice when it comes to ...PoliticsTechnology

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  • Until The End Of The War.

    229: Secret Government 01.10.2003

    There are at least two American citizens being held without charges, unable to see lawyers, in ...9/11Criminal JusticeGovernment

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  • Act V, Scene 1.

    218: Act V 08.09.2002

    Jack Hitt begins his story about a group of prisoners at the Missouri Eastern Correctional ...Criminal JusticeTheater

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  • Act V, Scene 2.

    218: Act V 08.09.2002

    Jack Hitt's story about a prison production of Hamlet continues. He discovers that almost all ...CrimeCriminal JusticeTheater

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  • God Shed His Grace On Thee.

    216: Give the People What They Want 07.12.2002

    A fable of how America got its name, and how it was named after someone who was a fraud, but the ...History

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  • Fools Rush In.

    171: Election 11.03.2000

    A Michigan millionaire tries to swing his swing state, using only his voice, his millions, and ...GovernmentJournalismPolitics

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  • Chicken Diva.

    145: Poultry Slam 1999 11.26.1999

    Yet another testimony to the power chickens have over our hearts and minds. Jack Hitt reports on ...AnimalsFunnyMusic

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  • How To Avoid The Everyday Irritations Of Everyday Life.

    123: High Cost of Living 02.26.1999

    Jack Hitt tells the story of Charlene Riling, who nearly died, and who explains how life near to ...AlcoholDeathDrugs

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  • Psychobabble, Qu'est-ce Que C'est.

    120: Be Careful Who You Pretend to Be 01.22.1999

    There's the pretending we do as individuals, and there's the organized pretending that happens ...ChildhoodRaceReligion

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  • Prologue.

    115: First Day 11.13.1998

    Writer Jack Hitt talks about his daughter Tarpeley's first day in her new school. It was her ...ChildrenEducationMilestones

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  • Hearing.

    110: Mapping 09.04.1998

    Jack Hitt visits Toby Lester, who has mapped all the ambient sounds in his world: the hum of the ...Jobs/EmploymentTechnology

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  • The Invisible Leading The Blind.

    100: Radio 04.24.1998

    Jack Hitt talks about a radio station he chanced upon while on a long drive. The station seems ...RadioTravel

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  • Chicken Diva.

    85: Poultry Slam 1997 12.05.1997

    Jack Hitt reports on one woman's opera about Chicken Little. (15 minutes)AnimalsMusicTheater

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  • Politics.

    68: Lincoln's Second Inaugural 07.04.1997

    South Carolina native Jack Hitt discusses the Confederate Flag's prominent place over the ...GovernmentHistory

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  • Outing.

    65: Who's Canadian? 05.30.1997

    Or is that "Ooting?" 90210 expert Danny Drennan on the pro-Canadian bias in the hit TV show ...Television

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  • Opening Night.

    61: Fiasco! 04.25.1997

    Writer Jack Hitt tells the story of a small town production of Peter Pan, in which the flying ...ChildrenFunnyTheater

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  • Baby Remember My Name.

    56: Name Change 03.07.1997

    A 17 year old tricks an entire resort town into believing he is someone he is not. By Jack Hitt ...FriendshipFunnyLiterature

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  • Dinosaur Exhibit.

    38: Simulated Worlds 10.11.1996

    Writer Jack Hitt discovers that the world of dinosaurs is a man-made creation, a simulated world ...AnimalsHistoryScience

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  • Citizen Kane.

    19: Rich Guys 04.12.1996

    Jack Hitt reviews the strange case of William Kane, his mistress, his family, and fifteen vials ...DeathFamilyFathers

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  • Dawn.

    15: Dawn 02.28.1996

    Jack Hitt's quest to find out the truth about the man who lived down the street from him 30 ...ChildhoodJournalismNeighbors/Neighborhoods

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  • Dawn Again.

    15: Dawn 02.28.1996

    Two-and-a-half years after Jack Hitt wrote the story that makes up Act One of our show, he ...JournalismNeighbors/NeighborhoodsSexuality

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  • Act One.

    5: Anger and Forgiveness 12.15.1995

    Former Harpers magazine editor and TAL contributor Jack Hitt wrote an editorial about Susan ...ChildrenCrimeJournalism

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