Radio Archive by Date

  • 482: Lights, Camera, Christmas! 12.21.2012

    This holiday season we bring you a show filled with stories of people going to great lengths to throw a special Christmas for their families. Including tales of Luna the guinea pig (pictured), ...

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  • 481: This Week 12.07.2012

    This week we take on ... this week. Stories united by one thing: They all happened in the seven days prior to broadcast. We try our hand reporting the global stories in Egypt and Afghanistan; ...

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  • 480: Animal Sacrifice 11.30.2012

    What animals sacrifice for us, and what we sacrifice for them. Including a story from Susan Orlean about dogs in World War II, and the This American Life staff confronts Ira about his dog, ...

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  • 479: Little War on the Prairie 11.23.2012

    Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen says, nobody ever talked about the most important historical event ever to happen there: in 1862, it was the site of the largest mass execution in ...

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  • 478: Red State Blue State 11.02.2012

    Everyone knows that politics is now so divided in our country that not only do the 2 sides disagree on the solutions to the country’s problems, they don’t even agree on what the problems are. It’s ...

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  • 477: Getting Away With It 10.19.2012

    Stories of people breaking the rules fully, completely and with no bad consequences. Some justify this by saying they’re doing it for others, or for a greater good. Some really don’t care. ...

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  • 476: What Doesn't Kill You 10.05.2012

    Stories of how people cope after brushes with death. Sometimes death comes as a disease. Sometimes it swims up and bites you. And sometimes it's a pen or pencil, sitting there, just waiting for ...

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  • 475: Send a Message 09.28.2012

    This week people reach out in all kinds of ways to try to get their point across. And the recipients of those messages try to decipher what they mean. Messages in code, over the phone, and from ...

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  • 474: Back to School 09.14.2012

    As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more ...

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  • 473: Loopholes 08.24.2012

    Only the clever need apply. This week, stories of people acting on a technicality in the face of some of life's toughest regulators: financial regulators, parents and God.

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  • 472: Our Friend David 08.17.2012

    Favorite stories by our longtime contributor and friend David Rakoff. Note that the podcast and streaming versions contain unbeeped words that could not play on radio.

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  • 471: The Convert 08.10.2012

    In 2006, a new convert showed up at a mosque in Orange County, California, eager to study the Koran and make new friends. But when he started acting odd and saying strange things, those friends ...

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  • 470: Show Me The Way 07.27.2012

    Stories about people in trouble, who look for help in mystifying places. A 15-year-old boy travels more than 1,000 miles, alone, to seek out his hero, whom he's never met.

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  • 469: Hiding in Plain Sight 07.13.2012

    Sometimes when something is happening right under your nose, it becomes even harder to notice than if it were happening in secret. Stories of people of using that to their advantage, including one ...

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  • 468: Switcheroo 06.29.2012

    People pretending to be people they're not: sometimes it's harmless, sometimes it's harmful and sometimes it's hard to tell. From world-famous artists to mail-order brides to a practice that ...

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  • 467: Americans in China 06.22.2012

    It used to be that the American expats in China were the big shots. They had the money, the status, the know-how. But that's changed. What's it like to be an American living in China now? And what ...

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  • 466: Blackjack 06.08.2012

    Stories about the casino game everyone thinks they can beat. In one, a woman gambles away her inheritance and then sues the casino, saying they're to blame. In another, Christians join forces to ...

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  • 465: What Happened At Dos Erres 05.25.2012

    In 1982, the Guatemalan military massacred the villagers of Dos Erres, killing more than 200 people. Thirty years later, a Guatemalan living in the US got a phone call from a woman who told him ...

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  • 464: Invisible Made Visible 05.18.2012

    The radio version of an episode we did live on stage and beamed to movie theaters all over the country. David Sedaris, Tig Notaro and Ryan Knighton perform stories. Plus the late David Rakoff, in ...

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  • 463: Mortal Vs. Venial 04.27.2012

    Religion makes it pretty clear what differentiates mortal sins from venial ones. Mortal are the really bad sins and venial the lesser ones. But in our everyday lives, it can be really difficult to ...

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  • 462: Own Worst Enemy 04.13.2012

    Stories of people who can’t seem to stop getting in their own way — sabotaging everything from their romantic relationships to their physical health. Featuring a new radio drama by Jonathan ...

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  • 461: Take the Money and Run for Office 03.30.2012

    For anyone who has ever heard the term "Washington insider" and felt outside — we are with you. So this week, we go inside the rooms where the deals get made, to the actual moment that the ...

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  • 460: Retraction 03.16.2012

    We've discovered that one of our most popular episodes contained numerous fabrications. This week, we detail the errors in Mike Daisey's story about visiting Foxconn, which makes iPads and other ...

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  • 459: What Kind of Country 03.02.2012

    All across the country right now, local and state governments are finding they can't pay their bills. Schools are losing teachers, street lights are going dark, garbage is piling up in public ...

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  • 458: Play the Part 02.17.2012

    Stories of people who decide to flip their personalities and do the exact opposite of what they normally do. Pictured: Louis Ortiz, Obama impersonator. He is the subject of the documentary film ...

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  • 457: What I Did For Love 02.10.2012

    Love makes us do crazy things. But not this crazy. This week for Valentine's Day we have stories of people going to extremes as they fall in love, chase love down, and try to make sense of ...

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  • 456: Reap What You Sow 01.27.2012

    Alabama's new immigration law aims to make life so difficult for illegal immigrants that they will "self-deport." And in a way it's working. Immigrants are fleeing Alabama...but not just the ...

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  • 455: Continental Breakup 01.20.2012

    If you're like us, when the words "European debt crisis" pop up in the news you feel a little worried, and a little like taking a nap. Turns out, there's a story behind this story. One that's ...

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  • 454: Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory 01.06.2012

    NOTE: This American Life has retracted this story because we learned that many of Mike Daisey's experiences in China were fabricated.

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