Radio Archive by Contributor

Lisa Pollak

Before becoming a producer at This American Life, Lisa was a print reporter at the Baltimore Sun, where she won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. Her story about an Iraq War veteran in episode 340 is a must-hear.
  • You Don't Say.

    507: Confessions 10.11.2013

    A person is accused of a murder he didn't commit. But in this story there is no false ...ChildhoodCrimeCriminal Justice

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  • Tucson, Arizona.

    481: This Week 12.07.2012

    Lisa Pollak goes to the Enchanted Snowfall at La Encantada Mall, where the snow is "98 percent ...Holidays

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  • I Know You Are, But What Am I?

    478: Red State Blue State 11.02.2012

    We surveyed hundreds of people around the country, from every part of the political spectrum, ...PoliticsPresidents

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  • Stutter Step.

    449: Middle School 10.28.2011

    We sent several correspondents straight to the epicenters of middle school awkwardness: School ...Teenagers

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  • This Story Might Be Recorded for Training and Quality Assurance.

    435: How To Create a Job 05.13.2011

    In this terrible economy, we wanted to hear the sound of someone actually getting a job, and ...BusinessJobs/Employment

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  • Blood Brothers.

    431: See No Evil 04.01.2011

    When he was a kid, Josh Martin's mother Nancy told him that if anything ever happened to her, ...Criminal JusticeMothersMurder

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  • Chattooga County

    413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    Producer Lisa Pollak learns some of the things people in Chattooga are talking about, thanks to ...Journalism

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  • Lisa's Mom's Story.

    400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    Funny Funerals. (11 minutes.) DeathFunnyMothers

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  • I'm Not As Think As You Drunk I Am.

    396: #1 Party School 12.18.2009

    Most of the This American Life production staff spent the weekend at Penn State, and found that ...AlcoholEducation

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  • Every Cat Scan Has Nine Lives.

    391: More Is Less 10.09.2009

    Or is the problem the patients? Producer Lisa Pollak reports. (13 minutes) BusinessHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Act One.

    388: Rest Stop 09.04.2009

    Host Ira Glass describes scenes from a rest stop on the New York State Thruway, the Plattekill ...Jobs/EmploymentTravel

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  • Prologue.

    379: Return To The Scene Of The Crime 05.01.2009

    There's a town in Florida where if you shoplift, and get caught, a judge will send you back to ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemLive Performance

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  • Punching the Clock in the Enthusiasm Factory.

    372: The Inauguration Show 01.16.2009

    Well over two years ago, long before the country chose Barack Obama...a company called Tigereye ...BusinessPoliticsRetail/Commerce

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  • Union Halls.

    367: Ground Game 10.24.2008

    No one much likes to talk about it out loud, but everyone knows it's true: There are a lot of ...LaborPoliticsRace

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  • And So We Meet Again.

    340: The Devil in Me 09.07.2007

    Sam Slaven is an Iraq War veteran who came home from the War plagued by feelings of hate and ...EducationIraqMilitary

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  • Dire Enigmas For Elite Fans.

    326: Quiz Show 02.16.2007

    Every winter, some of the world's best puzzle solvers gather in Boston for the MIT mystery hunt, ...Funny

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  • Dreams Of Distant Factories.

    303: David and Goliath 12.02.2005

    Rachel Louise Snyder reports on the struggle to save the Cambodian economy. Right now, Cambodia ...DevelopmentLaborPolitics

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  • Friday Night Floodlights.

    299: Back from the Dead 10.07.2005

    About fifteen miles from Pearlington, Bay St. Louis and Waveland are other communities ...HomelessnessNatural DisastersSports

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  • Land Grab.

    297: This Is Not My Beautiful House 09.16.2005

    As a half-dozen families—including a pregnant woman having contractions and another with a ...HomelessnessHousingNatural Disasters

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  • Displaced Persons Camp.

    296: After the Flood 09.09.2005

    In August 2004, Hurricane Charley devastated parts of Florida. Afterwards, FEMA built a trailer ...HomelessnessHousingNatural Disasters

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  • End Of The Road.

    279: Auto Show 12.10.2004

    People don't want to stop driving, no matter how old they get. This American Life producer Lisa ...AutomobilesMental Health

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  • Mystery Shoppers.

    278: Spies Like Us 11.19.2004

    They are ordinary people who go undercover in coffee shops and chain stores, spying for The ...Jobs/EmploymentRetail/Commerce

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  • He's Got Legs.

    276: Swing Set 10.29.2004

    This American Life producer Lisa Pollak goes canvassing with her friend Andy in Ohio. He's a ...ActivismPolitics

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