Radio Archive by Contributor

Paul Tough

Paul and his friend Jack Hitt were the two people Ira first turned to for help in creating This American Life. Paul was the show's editor for a while. He now writes for the New York Times Magazine and did a book about the Harlem Children’s Zone.
  • Harlem Renaissance.

    364: Going Big 09.26.2008

    Paul Tough reports on the Harlem Children's Zone, and its CEO and president, Geoffrey Canada. ...ActivismChildrenCity

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  • My Favorite Martian.

    289: Go Ask Your Father 05.13.2005

    Paul Tough's father was a mild-mannered professor. And then one day he left his family and went ...FathersScience

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  • When Attacks Really Count.

    160: Character Assassination 05.19.2000

    There's little in adult life that can hurt as much as a character assassination attack when it ...ChildhoodEducationFriendship

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  • Round One. I'd Probably Slug Jesus.

    98: Throwing the First Punch 03.27.1998

    Manny Howard talks with Paul Tough about why he loved fighting in bars and on the street, and ...AutomobilesCity

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  • Unkindness Of Strangers.

    75: Kindness of Strangers 09.12.1997

    How two next-door neighbors start treating each other badly, and how, once they start, they ...CityHousingNeighbors/Neighborhoods

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  • Life In A Bubble.

    73: Blame It on Art 08.22.1997

    Reporter Paul Tough talks with Aaron Hsu-Flanders, an acknowledged master in the field of animal ...ArtJobs/Employment

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  • Saviors.

    70: Other People's Mail 07.25.1997

    If you work for the post office and read other people's mail, you can lose your job or go to ...GovernmentJobs/Employment

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  • Who's Canadian?

    65: Who's Canadian? 05.30.1997

    A tale of two siblings — separated, but not at birth. Reporter Paul Tough and his sister grew up ...FamilyImmigrationsiblings

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  • More than One Thing.

    63: One Thing 05.09.1997

    How journalist Philip Weiss came to agree with some Clinton conspiracy theorists but not to ...JournalismPoliticsPresidents

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  • Firestarter.

    59: Fire 04.11.1997

    Why one teenager set fires and then stopped setting them. Paul Tough interview. (7 minutes)CrimeTeenagers

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  • Speed.

    57: Delivery 03.14.1997

    Tony Starbucks, interviewed by Dierdre Dolan and Paul Tough. (7 minutes)Jobs/Employment

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  • Food Chain In A New York Apartment.

    49: Animals 01.10.1997

    Paul Tough visits Catherine Chalmers. She raises small animals and insects in her apartment, ...AnimalsArtHousing

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  • Act One.

    30: Obsession 07.26.1996

    A woman obsessed with the number 2. (11 minutes)ChildhoodMental Health

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  • Act Two.

    30: Obsession 07.26.1996

    A story by Lauren Slater about getting obsessive compulsive disorder. (19 minutes)ChildhoodMental Health

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  • Food Chain In A New York Apartment.

    12: Animals 01.31.1996

    This American Life contributor Paul Tough visits Catherine Chalmers. She raises small animals ...AnimalsArtHousing

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