Radio Archive by Date

  • 305: The This American Life Holiday Spectacular 12.23.2005

    A full-throttle, show-stopping, no-holds-barred Christmas Spectacular! Shedding the crusty old Christmas stories of yore, we bring you new holiday classics. With special musical guest Marah!

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  • 304: Heretics 12.16.2005

    The story of Reverend Carlton Pearson, a renowned evangelical pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who cast aside the idea of Hell, and with it everything he'd worked for over his entire life.

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  • 303: David and Goliath 12.02.2005

    Variations on an old tale, with very modern consequences. Cambodia is competing with other nations for the business of big clothing companies all over the world...but they've vowed to follow fair ...

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  • 302: Strangers in a Strange Land 11.18.2005

    Someone once said, "If you're not willing to be changed by a place, there's no point in going." This week, stories about what happens when you land in a whole new world.

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  • 301: Settling the Score 11.11.2005

    Stories about the lengths we go to make things right, and about what money can and cannot fix.

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  • 300: What's In A Number? 10.28.2005

    About a year ago, a study estimated the number of Iraqi casualties since the war began at 100,000 dead—higher than any other estimate. The study was mostly ignored. Alex Blumberg revisits that ...

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  • 299: Back from the Dead 10.07.2005

    Stories about people and places that have come back to life after everything seemed lost.

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  • 298: Getting and Spending 09.23.2005

    How far will we go to get money? And once we've got it, what should we spend it on? The first half of this show is on making money, and the second half on spending it.

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  • 297: This Is Not My Beautiful House 09.16.2005

    It's the largest mass resettlement that America has seen since the Civil War, as over 400,000 people—victims of Hurricane Katrina—try to find a new place to live. From the Houston Astrodome to an ...

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  • 296: After the Flood 09.09.2005

    Surprising stories from survivors in New Orleans. We give people who were in the storm more time than daily news coverage can to tell their stories and talk about what they're thinking. This leads ...

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  • 295: Not What I Signed Up For 08.26.2005

    Stories about being sucked into something against your will. In one story, a 9/11 widow finds herself having to comfort another distraught woman on national TV. And in a story by Nick Hornby, a ...

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  • 294: Image Makers 08.05.2005

    Stories of people and institutions who are worried about what the world thinks of them, and who take action...decisive action.

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  • 293: A Little Bit of Knowledge 07.22.2005

    Stories about the pitfalls of knowing just a little bit too little.

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  • 292: The Arms Trader 07.08.2005

    The U.S. government spent two years on a sting operation trapping an Indian man named Hemant Lakhani, whom they suspected of being an illegal arms dealer. It's one of the few cases that has gone ...

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  • 291: Reunited (And It Feels So Good) 07.01.2005

    Stories about getting back together with your spouse, your country, your...Brahman bull. And how it never goes the way you think it's going to.

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  • 290: Godless America 06.03.2005

    At a time when House Majority Leader Tom Delay calls for enacting a "Biblical world view" in government, when Christians are asserting their ideals in the selection of judges, in public school ...

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  • 289: Go Ask Your Father 05.13.2005

    In this show, sons and daughters get to find out the one thing they've always wanted to know about their father. The answers aren't always what they hope for.

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  • 288: Not What I Meant 05.06.2005

    Stories about how easy it is for communication to go awry, and what the consequences can be after it does.

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  • 287: Backed Into A Corner 04.15.2005

    Stories about people who end up making choices they'd rather not make, when their options begin to run out. Sometimes this works out great; sometimes not so great.

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  • 286: Mind Games 04.08.2005

    Stories of people who try simple mind games on others, and then find themselves way in over their heads.

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  • 285: Know Your Enemy 03.25.2005

    Stories about trying to understand who's on your side. The defense minister of Israel visits would-be suicide bombers in prison, only to find out that in at least one case, he feels sorry for the ...

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  • 284: Should I Stay or Should I Go? 03.11.2005

    Stories about people teetering on the edge of this question: Should they stay or go? A software writer loses his job, but refuses to go away. He continues to show up at work, sneaking in the door ...

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  • 283: Remember Me 02.25.2005

    Stories about people who are remembered very differently than they'd wished. The ghost of a kindly, distinguished philanthropist supposedly plays pranks on guests at a Ramada hotel in Fond du Lac, ...

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  • 282: DIY 02.11.2005

    After four lawyers fail to get an innocent man out of prison, his friend takes on the case himself. He becomes a do-it-yourself investigator. He learns to read court records, he tracks down ...

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  • 281: My Big Break 01.21.2005

    Sometimes, getting your big break isn't all it's cracked up to be. A comedy duo lands the gig that can make them famous—the Ed Sullivan Show at the height of Sullivan's popularity—and they bomb. A ...

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  • 280: In Country 01.07.2005

    What life is like for American soldiers in Iraq.

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