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  • 514: Thought That Counts 12.20.2013

    It's the thought that counts. So true. Unfortunately, sometimes it's not always so clear what that thought was. And sometimes, when it is clear, we wish it wasn't. This week, during this, the ...

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  • 513: 129 Cars 12.13.2013

    We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as ...

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  • 512: House Rules 11.22.2013

    Where you live is important. It can dictate quality of schools and hospitals, as well as things like cancer rates, unemployment, or whether the city repairs roads in your neighborhood. On this ...

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  • 511: The Seven Things You're Not Supposed to Talk About 11.08.2013

    Producer Sarah Koenig's mother lives by a set of rules about conversation. She has an actual list of off-limits topics, including how you slept, your period, your health, your diet and more. You ...

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  • 510: Fiasco! 11.01.2013

    Stories of when things go wrong. Really wrong. When you leave the normal realm of human error, fumble, mishap, and mistake and enter the territory of really huge breakdowns. Fiascos. Things go so ...

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  • 509: It Says So Right Here 10.25.2013

    Everyone knows you can't always believe what you read, but sometimes even official documents aren't a path to the truth. This week we have stories of people whose lives are altered when seemingly ...

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  • 508: Superpowers 2013 10.18.2013

    This is an updated version of a classic episode, featuring a new story from Snap Judgment. We answer the following questions about superpowers: Can superheroes be real people? (No.) Can ...

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  • 507: Confessions 10.11.2013

    Two crime scenes, two murders. One crime is solved, the other case went cold. Both raise the question: What should a person suspected of murder say?

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  • 506: Secret Identity 10.04.2013

    A bank robber on an undercover mission. A teenage girl with the powers of a tiger. A vigilante seeking vengeance in Ciudad Juarez. All have secret identities. But not all of them chose those ...

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  • 505: Use Only as Directed 09.20.2013

    One of the country's most popular over-the-counter painkillers — acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol — also kills the most people, according to data from the federal government. Over ...

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  • 504: How I Got Into College 09.06.2013

    Students all over are starting college this month, and some of them still have a nagging question: what, exactly, got me in? An admissions officer tells us the most wrongheaded things applicants ...

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  • 503: I Was Just Trying To Help 08.16.2013

    Stories of people doing the noble thing and stepping up to help, only to find out that others think what they're doing isn't helping at all. Planet Money looks at a charity that's decided to just ...

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  • 502: This Call May Be Recorded... To Save Your Life 08.09.2013

    A journalist named Meron Estefanos gets a disturbing tip. She's given a phone number that supposedly belongs to a group of refugees being held hostage in the Sinai desert. She dials the number, ...

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  • 501: The View From In Here 07.26.2013

    It's so easy to lose perspective (or worry you've lost perspective) when you're deep inside some situation. For instance, an American woman who suddenly trades her life for one in a place most ...

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  • 500: 500! 07.12.2013

    To celebrate our 500th episode, Ira asked the producers of This American Life to talk about their very favorite moments on the show. Some chose stories that've been more or less forgotten for ...

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  • 499: Taking Names 06.28.2013

    The truly incredible story of a guy named Kirk Johnson who started a list of hundreds of Iraqis who needed to get out of their country. They were getting death threats, and he was their only hope. ...

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  • 498: The One Thing You're Not Supposed To Do 06.21.2013

    This week, stories about people who know something's a bad idea, but convince themselves to do that thing anyway. Including the story of a bunch of illegal immigrants who turn themselves in to ...

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  • 497: This Week 06.14.2013

    This week we return to one of our favorite themes: This Week! All of the stories in the show are things that have taken place in the last seven days. We've got our own take on the big, national ...

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  • 496: When Patents Attack... Part Two! 05.31.2013

    Two years ago, we did a program about a mysterious business in Texas that threatens companies with lawsuits for violating its patents. But the world of patent lawsuits is so secretive, there ...

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  • 495: Hot In My Backyard 05.17.2013

    After years of being stuck, the national conversation on climate change finally started to shift — just a little — last year, the hottest year on record in the U.S., with Hurricane ...

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  • 494: Hit the Road 05.03.2013

    It's spring, so we're opening windows and going places. This week we have stories of people who, for reasons that they can't always explain, feel compelled to get out and go somewhere. Including ...

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  • 493: Picture Show 04.19.2013

    This week, Israeli soldiers take snapshots of Palestinian boys, one house at a time, in the middle of the night. This and other stories where getting the picture gives you the upper hand.

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  • 492: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde 04.12.2013

    Dr. Benjamin Gilmer (left) gets a job at a rural clinic. He finds out he’s replaced someone — also named Dr. Gilmer (picture) — who went to prison after killing his own father. But the ...

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  • 491: Tribes 03.29.2013

    A Native American tribe is doing exactly the opposite of what you'd think they'd do: they're kicking people out of the tribe, huge numbers of them, including people whose ancestors without ...

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  • 490: Trends With Benefits 03.22.2013

    The number of Americans receiving federal disability payments has nearly doubled over the last 15 years. There are towns and counties around the nation where almost 1/4 of adults are on ...

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  • 489: No Coincidence, No Story! 03.01.2013

    We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions! There were so many good ones we decided to make a whole show about them. From a chance ...

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  • 488: Harper High School, Part Two 02.22.2013

    We pick up where we left off last week in our second hour from Harper High School in Chicago. We find out if a shooting in the neighborhood will derail the school's Homecoming game and dance. We ...

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  • 487: Harper High School, Part One 02.15.2013

    We spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29. We went to get a sense of what it means to live in the midst of all this ...

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  • 486: Valentine's Day 02.08.2013

    Love makes us do crazy things. But usually not this crazy. This week for Valentine's Day we have stories of people going to extremes to find and pursue their one true love.

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  • 485: Surrogates 01.25.2013

    This week we look at people who see themselves in others and try to live out their lives through stand-ins — including the story of what one father saw in the convicted murderer he decided ...

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  • 484: Doppelgängers 01.11.2013

    We got a tip about a meat plant selling pig intestines as fake calamari, wondered if it could be true, and decided to investigate. Doppelgängers, doubles, evil twins and not-so-evil twins, this ...

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  • 483: Self-Improvement Kick 01.04.2013

    A perfectly normal guy gets rid of everything he owns, changes his name, says goodbye to his friends — and begins walking. In the name of peace. And Honduran government officials try to heal their ...

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