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  • 227: Why We Fight 12.20.2002

    Stories about why we should go to war versus stories of why we shouldn't.

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  • 226: Reruns 12.06.2002

    Stories of people stuck in their own personal reruns—moments or episodes that they revisit over and over again. You can watch an animated version of Robert Krulwich's Jackie O story from this ...

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  • 225: Home Movies 11.08.2002

    Home movies are often all the same—kids on the beach, people getting married, birthday parties—so why do we make and watch so many of them? Maybe it's because the story they show and the story ...

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  • 224: Middlemen 10.25.2002

    In this week's show, we celebrate the oft-beleaguered and misrepresented middleman. "Cut out the middleman! Death to the middleman!" the angry hordes cry. Not us. We say, "Hi, middleman. Here are ...

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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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  • 222: Suckers 09.27.2002

    Some people have a rather dark worldview that divides people into two groups: Suckers and non-suckers. We hear their stories.

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  • 221: Fake I.D. 09.20.2002

    Stories of people traveling under fake papers, false identities, not for power or personal gain, but for their own deeper personal reasons.

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  • 220: Testosterone 08.30.2002

    Stories of people getting more testosterone and coming to regret it. And of people losing it and coming to appreciate life without it. The pros and cons of the hormone of desire.

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  • 219: High Speed Chase 08.16.2002

    Stories of innocent people fleeing from dangerous men in cars who shoot at them. Unlike in the movies, the pursuers aren't foreign agents or rogue CIA agents, but drunk off-duty policemen and ...

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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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  • 216: Give the People What They Want 07.12.2002

    Stories of people who go to great lengths to give people what they want, and how they're rewarded sometimes, misguided other times.

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  • 215: Ask An Expert 06.14.2002

    Stories about people who turned to the experts and got horrible advice. One story is about people who went to therapists who made them sicker. Another is about how the hosts of Car Talk ...

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  • 214: Family Physics 05.31.2002

    We take the stately laws of physics—laws which mathematicians and scientists have spent centuries discovering and verifying—and apply them to the realm of human relationships, to see if they shed ...

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  • 213: Devil on My Shoulder 05.24.2002

    Stories of people who are trying to convince you that the Devil is there, whispering in your ear...and stories of people who try to deny he's there, against some very heavy evidence.

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  • 212: The Other Man 05.10.2002

    Stories about what happens when a new guy comes on the scene, and changes the way everyone who was already there relates to each other.

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  • 211: Naming Names 05.03.2002

    Stories about what happens when you name names. When you turn someone over to the authorities, it can set into motion lots of huge, unintended consequences. A reporter turns over an interviewee to ...

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  • 210: Perfect Evidence 04.19.2002

    After a decade in which DNA evidence has freed over 100 people nationwide, it's become clear that DNA evidence isn't just proving wrongdoing by criminals, it's proving wrongdoing by police and ...

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  • 209: Didn't Ask to Be Born 03.29.2002

    Two stories that are worst case scenarios for any parent. In each story, when you take apart what happened and how it happened, it's hard to see how anyone could've prevented things from going bad.

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  • 208: Office Politics 03.15.2002

    Stories of high drama from our nation's workplaces. They turn out to be surprising, emotional places, with all the greed, jealousy, and ambition of real politics.

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  • 207: Special Ed 03.08.2002

    Stories about people who were told that they're different. Some of them were comfortable with it. Some didn't understand it. And some understood, but didn't like it.

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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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  • 205: Plan B 02.01.2002

    There's the thing you plan to do, and then there's the thing you end up doing. Most of us start off our lives with some Plan A which we abandon...switching to a Plan B, which becomes our life.

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  • 204: 81 Words 01.18.2002

    The story of how the American Psychiatric Association decided in 1973 that homosexuality was no longer a mental illness.

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  • 203: Recordings for Someone 01.11.2002

    All the stories in this week's show center on personal recordings that one person made for just one other person.

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