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  • 279: Auto Show 12.10.2004

    Stories about people who love their cars, for better or for worse.

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  • 278: Spies Like Us 11.19.2004

    Stories about amateur spies—regular people who spy on other regular people, and the consequences of their spying.

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  • 277: Apology 11.05.2004

    It's rare that a successful apology happens. One where you apologize to someone, not for selfish reasons, but because you're really sorry and you want them to know that, and when the person you're ...

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  • 276: Swing Set 10.29.2004

    A journey through the minds of undecided voters. For months—through the Swift Boat ads, the convention speeches, the debates—we tracked a few of these voters to find out why they just can't make ...

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  • 275: Two Steps Back 10.15.2004

    Ten years ago, when he was still a reporter for NPR's All Things Considered, host Ira Glass did a year-long series on a Chicago public school where things were getting better. Test scores were ...

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  • 274: Enemy Camp '04 10.08.2004

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  • 273: Put Your Heart In It 09.24.2004

    Stories about people deciding whether to give it their all. There's one story about a person who hasn't, one story about someone who has—in a situation where success seems very unlikely—and one ...

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  • 272: Big Tent 09.10.2004

    Stories of the Republican Party, America's new majority party. Yes, they're still just barely the majority in the Senate...and in the last Presidential race...and in state legislatures around the ...

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  • 271: Best Interests 08.20.2004

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  • 270: Family Legend 08.06.2004

    How, one might wonder, could a simple hunk of cheese drive a wedge between an aging aunt and her devoted niece? Sure, every family has its share of grudges, secrets and bad behavior.

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  • 269: Someone to Watch Over Me 07.16.2004

    Letting someone else take care of you can change everything. Three stories of couples in which one partner is trying to take care of the other, sometimes with more resistance, sometimes with less.

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  • 268: My Experimental Phase 06.25.2004

    Three stories about people who decide to try out a new life—the kind of life their parents never wanted for them.

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  • 267: Propriety 06.11.2004

    Perhaps there was a time when the rules of polite society were clear. No longer. This week, we bring you stories of people forced to try to figure out how to maintain their dignity—and decency—in ...

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  • 266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    Today's show is devoted to just one story. Contributing editor Nancy Updike went to Iraq to try to figure out what it's like to be a private citizen working in the middle of a war zone.

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  • 265: Fake Science 05.21.2004

    Stories of people trying to drag science where it doesn't belong.

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  • 264: Special Treatment 05.07.2004

    We love it when we get it, but is it ever really fair? A defense of special treatment, by people who receive it and people who give it.

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  • 263: Desperate Measures 04.16.2004

    Stories of people stuck in unfixable situations who try desperate measures. Sometimes these are inventive, sometimes they're ingenious, sometimes they even work.

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  • 262: Miracle Cures 04.02.2004

    People looking for miracle cures, some from above, others from abroad. A son tries to help his mom in a faraway place defy the laws of medical science. A daughter tries to help her dad by going to ...

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  • 261: The Sanctity of Marriage 03.26.2004

    Stories trying to understand what actually happens in marriages during this time when the definition of marriage is up in the air. Music throughout the hour by a real wedding band, a good one: The ...

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  • 260: The Facts Don't Matter 03.12.2004

    There's what happened, and there's the story that gets told about what happened. Sometimes the two things don't match up very well. This week, two case examples—ripped, as they say, from today's ...

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  • 259: Promised Land 02.20.2004

    For millennia, people have tried to reach a spiritual promised land by fasting. Jesus did it. The Buddha did it. Monks and saints and new age gurus have done it. And now, on the radio, This ...

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  • 258: Leaving the Fold 01.30.2004

    A popular, progressive politician becomes...a talk show host. One you've probably heard of. A group of nuns leave the Catholic Church...only to find themselves essentially, remaining nuns. These ...

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  • 257: What I Should've Said 01.16.2004

    People return to the scene of the crime where they should have spoken clearly, plainly, forcefully...to review what the hell went wrong, and in a few cases, to fix it. Jonathan Goldstein tries to ...

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  • 256: Living Without 01.09.2004

    Stories of people living without. Nubar Alexanian explains what fish can do for him that his own ears cannot. Sarah Vowell explains the cheerful journalism of deprivation. And other stories.

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