Radio Archive by Date

  • 422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    The holidays are stressful so we booked a seasonal pick-me-up: an hour of comedy. Including comedians Wyatt Cenac, Mike Birbiglia, Julian McCullough, Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman and Edith ...

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  • 421: Last Man Standing 12.03.2010

    Is it stubbornness? Tenacity? Survival of the fittest? This week, stories about people who feel compelled to keep going, especially when everyone else has given up.

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  • 420: Neighborhood Watch 11.19.2010

    It’s amazing just how much drama can take place in the mini-universe of a neighborhood. This week we bring you stories of neighbors watching out for each other, for better and worse, including a ...

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  • 419: Petty Tyrant 11.12.2010

    In Schenectady, NY, a school maintenance man named Steve Raucci works his way up the ranks for 30 years, until finally he's in charge of the maintenance department. That's when he starts messing ...

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  • 418: Toxie 11.05.2010

    In January 2010, reporters from Planet Money bought a toxic asset—you know, the things that blew up wall street banks, sank the economy and brought the global financial system to a ...

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  • 417: This Party Sucks 10.29.2010

    A show for this year's midterm elections. Two best friends in Michigan, both political novices, get tired of yelling at their TVs and take matters into their own hands. They form a Tea Party ...

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  • 416: Iraq After Us 10.15.2010

    Operation Iraqi Freedom is over. And the next chapter of Iraq is being written now. But what actually happened there the last seven years? Producer Nancy Updike and reporter Larry Kaplow spent a ...

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  • 415: Crybabies 09.24.2010

    Crybabies are annoying. They whine, they complain, sometimes they ruin it for the rest of us. But being a crybaby can be a really effective tactic. We have stories of crybabies in sports, in ...

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  • 414: Right to Remain Silent 09.10.2010

    Stories about people who have the right to remain silent... but choose not to exercise that right—including police officer Adrian Schoolcraft, who secretly recorded his supervisors telling ...

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  • 413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    In the 1970s a reporter named Charles Salter wrote a column for the Atlanta Journal called "Georgia Rambler." He'd get into his car, head out to some small town, and ask around until he found a ...

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  • 412: Million Dollar Idea 07.16.2010

    Back in the 1980s Michael Larson made the most money ever on the game show Press Your Luck. And it was no accident—Larson had a plan to get rich that surprised everyone: The home viewers, ...

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  • 411: First Contact 06.25.2010

    Stories of first encounters with unknown and distant beings: Girls, foreigners and perhaps even aliens. Including a story by comedian Mike Birbiglia about his first kiss.

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  • 410: Social Contract 06.18.2010

    Richard Ravitch has helped fix three governmental crises, including when New York City nearly went bankrupt in 1975. What's changed, to make it so much harder for him to solve the state's current ...

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  • 409: Held Hostage 06.04.2010

    A kidnapping victim in Colombia spends his nights listening to a radio station that plays messages from the families of the kidnapped. That and other stories of people held captive—by ...

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  • 408: Island Time 05.21.2010

    Unprecedented amounts of money have been pledged to Haitian relief in the last few months. American households have given over $1 billion and in March, 120 countries pledged over $9 billion(!) to ...

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  • 407: The Bridge 05.07.2010

    We bring you stories of bridges from three different countries, including one in China that's famous for its massive size and its high suicide rate. One takes it upon himself to patrol the bridge, ...

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  • 406: True Urban Legends 04.23.2010

    Can a rat crawl through your plumbing and end up in your toilet? Can your cell phone give you a brain tumor? Download a transcript or read much more information about our Steve ...

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  • 405: Inside Job 04.09.2010

    For seven months a team of investigative journalists from ProPublica looked into a story for us, the inside story of one company that made hundreds of millions of dollars for itself while ...

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  • 404: Enemy Camp 2010 04.02.2010

    Living behind enemy lines, among the enemy, it's sometimes hard to remember why you're fighting in the first place.

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  • 403: NUMMI 03.26.2010

    A car plant in Fremont California that might have saved the U.S. car industry. In 1984, General Motors and Toyota opened NUMMI as a joint venture. Toyota showed GM the secrets of its production ...

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  • 402: Save the Day 03.12.2010

    Stories about one person single-handedly taking charge of a situation gone wrong—including one man's mission to rescue two kids who were kidnapped by alleged murderers and taken to Mexico, ...

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  • 401: Parent Trap 02.19.2010

    Stories about parents setting accidental traps for their children, and sometimes for themselves, including a story from WNYC's Radiolab about a chimp raised twice—once as a human child, and again ...

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  • 400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    For our 400th show, we try something harder than anything we've ever tried in the previous 399. We take the random ideas that members of our own families have told us at weddings and family ...

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  • 399: Contents Unknown 01.22.2010

    A man named David Maclean finds himself in a train station in India, with no idea how he got there or who he is. His memory gone, he has no choice but to let other people—police, doctors, friends, ...

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  • 398: Long Shot 01.08.2010

    Stories of people betting on something with very bad odds, mostly because they have no other choice.

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  • 397: 2010 01.01.2010

    At the start of a new year, journalistic outfits put out lots of mealy "perhaps oil prices will rise or perhaps they won't" predictions for the coming year. Instead of that, we asked our ...

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