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  • 536: The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra 09.26.2014

    This week, an unprecedented look inside one of the most powerful, secretive institutions in the country. The NY Federal Reserve is supposed to monitor big banks and prevent another financial ...
  • 535: Origin Story 2014 09.19.2014

    This week we bring you little-known and surprising stories of how all sorts of institutions began. An updated version of a 2009 episode.

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  • 534: A Not-So-Simple Majority 09.12.2014

    We take it for granted that the majority calls the shots. But in one NY school district, that idea — majority rules — has led to an all-out war. School board disputes are pretty ...

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  • 533: It's Not the Product, It's the Person 09.05.2014

    Starting a business is not for the self-doubting. Or even usually the self-deprecating. The first thing you have to sell is yourself — like dating, but with a greater chance of landing in ...

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  • 532: Magic Words 08.15.2014

    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 ...

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  • 531: Got Your Back 07.25.2014

    There is a special comfort that comes from knowing someone's got your back. You can do things that just weren't possible before. You take huge risks, including some that aren't necessarily ...

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  • 530: Mind Your Own Business 07.18.2014

    Stories of meddling, snooping, and just getting way, way up in other people's business. A cellphone hidden in a bag of chips starts a messy turf war between the FBI and a local sheriff; and a ...

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  • 529: Human Spectacle 06.27.2014

    Gladiators in the Colosseum. Sideshow performers. Reality television. We've always loved to gawk at the misery or majesty of others. But this week, we ask the question: What's it like when the ...

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  • 528: The Radio Drama Episode 06.20.2014

    Our most ambitious live show ever! (get the video!) We pulled together a massive team of theater pros at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House – nearly 50 singers, actors, dancers and ...

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  • 527: 180 Degrees 06.13.2014

    Flipflops, u-turns, changes of heart, about faces. Completely changing our position — sometimes it can be our best move, sometimes it can be our worst. Either way, it's usually complicated. ...

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  • 526: Is That What I Look Like? 05.23.2014

    You've been seeing yourself, getting to know what you look like, your whole life. So why is does it often take an outsider to see things about you that are obvious, and set you straight?

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  • 525: Call For Help 05.09.2014

    Stories of people coming to terms with being in serious trouble. They need help. Figuring out how to get it, that's another problem.

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  • 524: I Was So High 05.02.2014

    Your waitress. Your colleagues at work. Your doctor. Maybe even your parents. They’re all high. All the time. That’s what it feels like anyway. This week, stories in which drug use and daily life ...

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  • 523: Death and Taxes 04.25.2014

    It is a peculiar feeling to know with certainty that something big is about to happen to you. This week we watch people go right up to the edge of inevitable change. We hear from preteens about ...

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  • 522: Tarred and Feathered 04.11.2014

    This week, stories of people being threatened and punished with public shame. Including the story of someone who was literally tarred and feathered. It happened a lot more recently than you'd guess.

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  • 521: Bad Baby 03.28.2014

    They're small. And they're cuddly. But sometimes it feels as though our babies were replaced with demon replicas — controlling, demanding, or just downright awful. This week, stories of ...

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  • 520: No Place Like Home 03.14.2014

    There are lots of ways we define where we're from. And whether we're proud of it, or ashamed of it, love it, hate it, miss it or are trying desperately to get back to it — where we're from ...

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  • 519: Dead Men Tell No Tales 03.07.2014

    Last May, a weird story made the news: the FBI killed a guy in Florida who was loosely linked to the Boston Marathon bombings. He was shot seven times in his living room by a federal agent. What ...

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  • 518: Except For That One Thing 02.14.2014

    Mike Anderson was 36 years old, married, a suburban father of four. He owned a contracting business and built his family’s modest, three-bedroom house in St. Louis from the ground up. He ...

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  • 517: Day At The Beach 01.31.2014

    It's January, and freezing outside. This week 5 stories from the sunny beach! Including David Sedaris telling us how losing a sister in 2013 prompted a family reunion, and an impulse buy of a ...

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  • 516: Stuck In The Middle 01.17.2014

    Jan Brady is not the only one who hated being in the middle. This week we have stories about how it sucks to be in limbo or be the mediator, but we also hear from a man who absolutely loves being ...

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  • 515: Good Guys 01.10.2014

    Lots of men think of themselves as "good guys." But what does it actually take to be one? To be a truly good guy. Stories of valiant men attempting to do good in challenging circumstances: in war ...

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