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  • 513: 129 Cars 12.13.2013

    We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as ...

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  • 479: Little War on the Prairie 11.23.2012

    Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen says, nobody ever talked about the most important historical event ever to happen there: in 1862, it was the site of the largest mass execution in ...

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  • 451: Back to Penn State 11.18.2011

    In the wake of the recent news, listeners have contacted us and tweeted about the show we did two years ago at Penn State, #1 Party School.

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  • 447: The Incredible Case of the P.I. Moms 09.23.2011

    What do you get when you take a P.I. firm, then add in a bunch of sexy soccer moms, official sponsorship from Glock, a lying boss, and delusions of grandeur? This week's show.

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  • 419: Petty Tyrant 11.12.2010

    In Schenectady, NY, a school maintenance man named Steve Raucci works his way up the ranks for 30 years, until finally he's in charge of the maintenance department. That's when he starts messing ...

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  • 416: Iraq After Us 10.15.2010

    Operation Iraqi Freedom is over. And the next chapter of Iraq is being written now. But what actually happened there the last seven years? Producer Nancy Updike and reporter Larry Kaplow spent a ...

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  • 413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    In the 1970s a reporter named Charles Salter wrote a column for the Atlanta Journal called "Georgia Rambler." He'd get into his car, head out to some small town, and ask around until he found a ...

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  • 396: #1 Party School 12.18.2009

    This year, The Princeton Review named Penn State the #1 Party School in America. It's a rotating crown—last year it was University of Florida, before that it was West Virginia University. So we ...

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  • 388: Rest Stop 09.04.2009

    Nine radio producers. Two days. One rest stop on the New York State Thruway. In this show, we'll bring you stories of people who are just passing through, and people who are at the rest stop every ...

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  • 371: Scenes From a Mall 12.26.2008

    This American Life spends several days in a mall in suburban Tennessee, to document life in the mall during the run-up to Christmas. Also, a rift in a national association of professional ...

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  • 296: After the Flood 09.09.2005

    Surprising stories from survivors in New Orleans. We give people who were in the storm more time than daily news coverage can to tell their stories and talk about what they're thinking. This leads ...

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  • 254: Teenage Embed, Part Two 12.12.2003

    In early 2003, we brought you a special show about a California teenager, Hyder Akbar, who traveled to Afghanistan, his family's homeland, for the first time.

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  • 230: Come Back to Afghanistan 01.31.2003

    In January 2002, the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, spoke at Georgetown University. There he urged Afghan-Americans, especially young ones, to move back to Afghanistan.

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  • 223: Classifieds 10.11.2002

    In this show we take the classifieds from one Sunday edition of the Chicago Sun-Times and one edition of the local alternative weekly Chicago Reader, and fill a program with stories that come from ...

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  • 218: Act V 08.09.2002

    We devote this entire episode to one story: Over the course of six months, reporter and TAL contributor Jack Hitt followed a group of inmates at a high-security prison as they rehearsed and staged ...

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  • 217: Give It to Them 08.02.2002

    It's been two years since the Mideast peace process collapsed, two years in which each side has done terrible things to the other side. We wanted to understand what that has done to people living ...

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  • 206: Somewhere in the Arabian Sea 03.01.2002

    Life aboard the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier that was stationed in the Arabian Sea and supported bombing missions over Afghanistan. Only a few dozen people on board actually fly jets. ...

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  • 172: 24 Hours at the Golden Apple 11.17.2000

    The This American Life producers document one day in a Chicago diner called The Golden Apple, starting at 5 a.m. and going until 5 a.m. the next morning. We hear from the waitress who has worked ...

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  • 165: Americans In Paris 07.28.2000

    Many Americans have dreamy and romantic ideas about Paris, notions which probably trace back to the 1920s vision of Paris created by the expatriate Americans there. But what's it actually like in ...

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  • 109: Notes on Camp 08.28.1998

    Stories of summer camp. People who love camp say that non-camp people simply don't understand what's so amazing about camp. In this program, we attempt to bridge the gap of misunderstanding ...

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  • 107: Trail of Tears 07.03.1998

    For the July 4th holiday weekend, writer Sarah Vowell and her twin sister re-trace the "Trail of Tears" — the route their Cherokee ancestors took when expelled from their own land by President ...

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  • 101: Niagara 05.01.1998

    During this hour, a special edition of our show: Stories about Niagara Falls, half of them from documentary producer Alix Spiegel, who went to the Falls and interviewed people living there; and ...

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