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  • 174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones 12.29.2000

    Birthdays, anniversaries, and milestones of all sorts...and how they mean something whether we want them to or not. A live show taped for our fifth anniversary, back in 2000, when we went on the ...

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  • 173: Three Kinds of Deception 12.15.2000

    A story of self-deception, a story about deceiving others, and a story about accidental deception. And how one type of deception can easily turn into another.

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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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  • 171: Election 11.03.2000

    Stories for the eve of the Presidential election, in which we try to evade, sidestep or look beneath the candidates' soundbites.

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  • 170: Immigration 10.13.2000

    We live in a big enough country that there are lots of laws too obscure for most of us to have heard of...but which actually affect tens of thousands of lives in huge ways. This show deals with ...

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  • 169: Pursuit of Happiness 09.29.2000

    We as a nation declared our independence based on, among other things, the right to pursue our happiness. But what does it mean, over two centuries later, to grow up in a country with an ...

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  • 168: The Fix Is In 09.15.2000

    There are all sorts of situations in which we suspect the fix is in, but we almost never find out for certain. On today's show, for once, we find out.

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  • 167: Memo to the People of the Future 09.08.2000

    Stories of people who are engaged in something that's both difficult and probably futile: Trying to control how they'll be seen by generations to come.

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  • 166: Nobody's Family Is Going to Change 08.11.2000

    Three stories that consider the question: Does anyone's family ever change?

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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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  • 164: Crime Scene 07.07.2000

    Every crime scene hides a story. In this week's show, we hear about crime scenes and the stories they tell.

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  • 163: Can You Fight City Hall…If You Are City Hall? 06.30.2000

    Stories of a typically American kind of hero: The person who decides to fight city hall, who stands up alone for what's right, and damn the consequences.

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  • 162: Moving 06.23.2000

    Stories of people who did not want to move but circumstance forced their hands, and so they tried to move without really moving.

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  • 161: Million Bubbles 06.02.2000

    Imagine that you could somehow look down from above, onto all the streets and avenues and country roads and highways of this nation...each car below its own tiny subculture on wheels...glass and ...

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  • 160: Character Assassination 05.19.2000

    In context of the Presidential contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore, we hear stories of character assassination...political and non-political.

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  • 159: Mother's Day 05.12.2000

    Stories of moms: How they treat us, how we treat them.

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  • 158: Mob Mentality 05.05.2000

    The pleasure of being in a rampaging, angry mob...and the terror of being in a rampaging, angry mob.

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  • 157: Secret Life of Daytime 04.14.2000

    All those people you see in the middle of the workday, in coffee shops and bookstores? Who are they? Why aren't they at work?

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  • 156: What Remains 03.31.2000

    Usually This American Life brings you stories of people in the middle of big experiences. But sometimes these moments of dramatic change are only half the story. The other half ...

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  • 155: Hoaxing Yourself 03.17.2000

    Stories of people who tell a lie and then believe the lie more than anyone else does. In other words: Stories about people pulling hoaxes...on themselves.

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  • 154: In Dog We Trust 03.10.2000

    Stories of dogs and cats and other animals that live in our homes. Exactly how much are they caught up in everyday family dynamics? We answer this question and others.

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  • 153: Dolls 03.03.2000

    Stories of what people are playing at when they play with dolls.

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  • 152: Crush 02.11.2000

    Stories of love in its earliest stage. Crushes: what's terrible about them, what's great about them and how they can overshadow real love for some people.

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  • 151: Primary 01.28.2000

    Today's program is made all of stories from the New Hampshire primary. Voters want to find a candidate who inspires them. Candidates want to inspire. So where's the system failing? Why do most of ...

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  • 150: Kids As Adults 01.21.2000

    Stories of kids trying to act like adults—some by choice—some because they're forced to.

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  • 149: Bedside Diplomacy 01.14.2000

    In the hospital, we give up our normal schedule and sleep patterns; we give up our normal food and clothing; we're in a place that has its own rules and its own language and its own customs.

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