Radio Archive by Date

  • 118: What You Lookin' At? 12.18.1998

    Stories about seeing and being seen. Taped before a live audience in Town Hall in New York City in December 1998, this was a co-production with WNYC New York, featuring live music by the pop band ...

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  • 117: You Gonna Eat That? 12.11.1998

    The family table is stage on which many family dramas are played out. We hear three stories...of three families...at three meals.

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  • 116: Poultry Slam 1998 11.27.1998

    For Thanksgiving, the time of year when poultry consumption is highest, it's our annual program about turkeys, chickens, and fowl of all types.

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  • 115: First Day 11.13.1998

    Stories of the first day on the job, the first day in a relationship, the first day in school. On the first day, any first day, we're expected to live by the rules and customs of the culture we're ...

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  • 114: Last Words 10.23.1998

    Stories of people's last words before death. Their one last shot at figuring things out, summing things up. One last moment of asserting the fact of our existence, at the moment of our annihilation.

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  • 113: Windfall 10.16.1998

    What happens when you suddenly strike it rich. And the power money has over our lives, for good and bad.

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  • 112: Ladies and Germs 10.02.1998

    Germs, and how they make us leave the world of rational thinking.

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  • 111: Adventures in the Simple Life 09.11.1998

    I thought this was supposed to be easy. Tales from the simple life.

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  • 110: Mapping 09.04.1998

    Five ways of mapping the world. One story about people who make maps the traditional way — by drawing things we can see. And other stories about people who map the world using smell, sound, touch, ...

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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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  • 108: Truth and Lies at Age Ten 08.07.1998

    Two stories of children lying to themselves and others. A woman who'd been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis talks about the lies she told herself as a child. And Dan Gediman tells the story of how ...

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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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  • 106: Father's Day '98 06.19.1998

    For this Father's Day, stories in which fathers and their kids sit down and try to have an honest moment together. And stories about fathers who aren't close with their kids.

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  • 105: Take A Negro Home 06.12.1998

    Two stories of people who try to cross the color line — and why it's still so hard. We hear the story of a failed interracial marriage and the story of a teenager from a poor inner city ...

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  • 104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

    What's frustrating about music lessons, what's miraculous about them, and what they actually teach us. This show was recorded in front of a live audience at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in ...

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  • 103: Scenes from A Transplant 05.29.1998

    An NPR reporter leaves her three-year-old son and heads to Omaha—for cancer treatment—a last chance to save her life. After years of covering stories about medicine, Rebecca Perl enters the ...

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  • 102: Road Trip! 05.22.1998

    With all the American movies and songs and books about the joy of the open road, it's hard for an American to take just a normal road trip without huge expectations.

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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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  • 100: Radio 04.24.1998

    For the 100th episode of This American Life, a radio show about the pleasures of radio. About what makes radio so great ... and what makes it so terrible.

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  • 99: I Enjoy Being A Girl, Sort Of 04.10.1998

    Variations on what it means to be a girl and what it means to be a woman.

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  • 98: Throwing the First Punch 03.27.1998

    Stories about what it means to be a person who throws the first punch ... and how hard it is to give up.

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  • 97: Death to Wacky 03.20.1998

    An assault on the idea of wackiness. And then, an appreciation of wackiness, and an analysis of wackiness in American culture. Thirteen ways to describe wackiness.

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  • 96: Pinned by History 03.13.1998

    People who left their private lives and were seized by some huge historical moment.

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  • 95: Monogamy 03.06.1998

    How should we react to people who are in non-monogamous relationships? What should we think of these struggles with monogamy?

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  • 94: How To 02.27.1998

    What happens during a "how-to," and what our how-to's say about us. Most how-to's promise that you'll not only learn skills, you'll be transformed.

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  • 93: Valentine's Day '98 02.13.1998

    Stories about couples that all take place decades after that moment their eyes first meet.

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  • 92: Leave the Mask On 02.06.1998

    Stories about those moments when someone tries to tell you a little bit more about themselves than you'd really rather know.

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  • 91: Escape the Box 01.30.1998

    Stories of people trying to escape the box of their own lives, and create new lives.

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  • 90: Telephone 01.16.1998

    Stories of who we are on the phone, of things we learn on the phone, and of things that happen on the phone that don't happen anywhere else.

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  • 89: Sibling Rivalry 01.09.1998

    Stories about people who are destined to fight: brothers and sisters.

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  • 88: Numbers 01.02.1998

    Numbers lie. Numbers cover over complicated feelings and ambiguous situations. In this week's show, stories of people trying to use numbers to describe things that should not be quantified.

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