Radio Archive by Tag

Politics

  • There's a Signed Line Between Love and Hate.

    509: It Says So Right Here 10.25.2013

    Producer Ben Calhoun tells the story of Josh Inglett. Josh was a college student from Portage, ...Politics

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  • Reluctant Sailor.

    499: Taking Names 06.28.2013

    Kirk sleepwalks through an open window and into a completely different life. He explains how he ...IraqPolitics

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  • Petticoats in a Twist.

    485: Surrogates 01.25.2013

    Producer Sarah Koenig talks with historian Nancy Tomes about a presidential scandal known as The ...Politics

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  • Some Like it Dot.

    483: Self-Improvement Kick 01.04.2013

    A young idealist named Octavio Sanchez is chief of staff to the president of Honduras. He gets ...EconomicsPolitics

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  • Cairo, Egypt.

    481: This Week 12.07.2012

    It's been a tumultuous week of protests and demonstrations in Egypt. Nancy Updike talks to two ...Politics

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  • Prologue.

    478: Red State Blue State 11.02.2012

    Ira Glass rides around with a man in the man's hometown...a man who doesn't want us to say his ...Neighbors/NeighborhoodsPolitics

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  • I Know You Are, But What Am I?

    478: Red State Blue State 11.02.2012

    We surveyed hundreds of people around the country, from every part of the political spectrum, ...PoliticsPresidents

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  • Nothing in Moderation.

    478: Red State Blue State 11.02.2012

    A portrait of what it looks like when politics gets polarized, and how hard it is for people in ...Politics

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  • Prologue.

    463: Mortal Vs. Venial 04.27.2012

    Host Ira Glass plays tape from a political rally in support of a Chicago politician named ...CrimeGovernmentPolitics

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  • The Postcard Always Rings Twice.

    463: Mortal Vs. Venial 04.27.2012

    Producer Alex Blumberg tells the story of Jeff Smith, a former Missouri State Senator who spent ...CrimeGovernmentPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    461: Take the Money and Run for Office 03.30.2012

    Host Ira Glass plays a voicemail containing something very common but very rare to hear: an ...GovernmentPolitics

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  • The Hamster Wheel.

    461: Take the Money and Run for Office 03.30.2012

    Planet Money's Alex Blumberg and NPR Congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook take a tour ...BusinessEconomicsGovernment

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  • PAC Men.

    461: Take the Money and Run for Office 03.30.2012

    Everything about political fundraising is changing right now, because of the 2010 Supreme Court ...EconomicsPolitics

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  • The O.G.s

    461: Take the Money and Run for Office 03.30.2012

    Ten years ago, Congress voted to reform campaign finance, after Senators John McCain and Russ ...EconomicsPolitics

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  • Dream Come True.

    459: What Kind of Country 03.02.2012

    Perhaps the biggest proponent of smaller government in the United States is lobbyist and ...EconomicsGovernmentPolitics

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  • Alien Experiment.

    456: Reap What You Sow 01.27.2012

    Last Summer, Alabama passed HB56, the most sweeping immigration bill in the country. It's an ...ImmigrationPolitics

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  • Mister Daisey Goes to China.

    454: Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory 01.06.2012

    Mike Daisey performs an excerpt that was adapted for radio from his one-man show "The Agony and ...BusinessLaborPolitics

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  • Act One.

    454: Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory 01.06.2012

    What should we make of what Mike Daisey saw in China? Our staff did weeks of fact checking to ...Criminal JusticeLaborPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    453: Nemeses 12.16.2011

    Host Ira Glass speaks with Columbia University professor Peter Coleman, who shares some ...Politics

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  • Solidarity For Never.

    453: Nemeses 12.16.2011

    After a 2010 plane crash killed dozens of Polish dignitaries, including the president, some ...GovernmentPoliticsPresidents

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  • In the Garden of the Unknown Unknowns.

    445: Ten Years In 09.09.2011

    Marian Fontana, whose husband was a firefighter who died on 9/11, originally appeared on our ...9/11DeathFunny

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  • Thug Me? No. Thug You.

    442: Thugs 07.29.2011

    "Thug" is a very imprecise word. And as producer Nancy Updike explains, the subjectivity of its ...CrimePolitics

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  • Prologue.

    440: Game Changer 07.08.2011

    Host Ira Glass tells the stories of two professors, each making a calculation that no one had ...EducationEnvironmentJobs/Employment

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  • You've Got Shale.

    440: Game Changer 07.08.2011

    Producer Sarah Koenig continues the story Terry Engelder and Dan Volz, their rival calculations ...ActivismEducationEnvironment

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  • Ground War.

    440: Game Changer 07.08.2011

    Sarah takes us to Mt. Pleasant, PA, where a gas exploration company called Range Resources has ...ActivismEconomicsEnvironment

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  • War of Northern Aggression.

    439: A House Divided 06.24.2011

    Producer Ben Calhoun heads to his home state of Wisconsin, a place currently turned against ...GovernmentPolitics

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  • Donkey See, Donkey Do.

    437: Old Boys Network 06.03.2011

    In this act: judge wannabes working with the old boys network. Ira talks with Chicago Sun-Times ...Legal SystemPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    435: How To Create a Job 05.13.2011

    Host Ira Glass talks to Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri on a press conference he held to announce ...Jobs/EmploymentPolitics

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  • Can the Government Move My Cheese?

    435: How To Create a Job 05.13.2011

    Chana Joffe-Walt visits a governor who first became famous for promising his state he'd create ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentPolitics

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  • Monday, Cairo Egypt.

    434: This Week 05.06.2011

    Nancy Updike reports from Cairo, Egypt about what people were doing there this week, namely: ...Politics

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  • Monday, Tucson AZ.

    434: This Week 05.06.2011

    Ira plays a recorded example of American-style democracy, a school board meeting in Tucson, ...EducationPolitics

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  • Thursday, Greenville SC.

    434: This Week 05.06.2011

    Thursday night was a make-or-break evening for candidate Herman Cain at the first Republican ...Politics

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  • Side Effects May Include...

    433: Fine Print 2011 04.15.2011

    In Tehran in 2004, Omid Memarian confessed to doing things he'd never done, meeting people he'd ...GovernmentPolicePolitics

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  • Prologue.

    432: Know When To Fold 'Em 04.08.2011

    Host Ira Glass speaks with Jim McManus, whose book Positively Fifth Street inspired Ira to start ...HistoryPoliticsPresidents

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  • Kings Do Not Fold.

    432: Know When To Fold 'Em 04.08.2011

    Producer Nancy Updike shares a pattern that she's noticed recently: eleven steps that Middle ...GovernmentPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    431: See No Evil 04.01.2011

    Ira speaks with Middle East specialist Michelle Dunne to answer this question: Before the ...GovernmentPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    424: Kid Politics 01.14.2011

    Ira Glass plays clips from a documentary film called Please Vote for Me, by Weijun Chen. It ...ChildrenFilm/Film MakingPolitics

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  • Trickle Down History.

    424: Kid Politics 01.14.2011

    Reporter Starlee Kine observes what would have happened if the U.S.-led invasion of Grenada in ...ChildrenEducationHistory

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  • Minor Authorities.

    424: Kid Politics 01.14.2011

    Jyllian Gunther visits The Brooklyn Free School, where there are no courses, no tests and no ...ChildrenEducationPolitics

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  • Prologue And Act One.

    421: Last Man Standing 12.03.2010

    Ira Glass speaks with JoAnn Chiakulas, the only Juror on the trial of former Illinois Governor ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    417: This Party Sucks 10.29.2010

    Republican Bill Jerke, a very conservative former Colorado State Legislator known as a tax ...GovernmentPolitics

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  • Patriot Games.

    417: This Party Sucks 10.29.2010

    Rich Carlson and Tom Swenor, two best friends in Michigan, got so fed up with the political ...FriendshipPolitics

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  • Mr. Hitt Goes To Washington.

    417: This Party Sucks 10.29.2010

    Jack Hitt has spent the last two years watching the Obama administration lose the news cycle and ...PoliticsPresidents

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  • Prologue.

    416: Iraq After Us 10.15.2010

    Host Ira Glass speaks with reporter Larry Kaplow and producer Nancy Updike, who spent a month in ...IraqPoliticsWar

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  • Politics as Usual.

    416: Iraq After Us 10.15.2010

    Larry and Nancy head to Diyala Province north of Baghdad, and meet with a mayor and a member of ...IraqPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    415: Crybabies 09.24.2010

    Host Ira Glass with Dave Weigel, political reporter for Slate.com, about manufactured outrage in ...PoliticsPresidents

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  • Meriwether County.

    413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    David Kestenbaum finds that the most unforgettable person in this county is a dead guy. A guy ...AlcoholPoliticsPresidents

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  • Twiggs County.

    413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    Sarah Koenig drives to Jeffersonville, a town of about 1200, and when she asks who is the most ...EducationPoliticsRace

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  • Prologue.

    410: Social Contract 06.18.2010

    We hear recordings from all over the country—and the world—of politicians arguing ...EconomicsPolitics

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  • Throw the Book at Them.

    407: The Bridge 05.07.2010

    Isaiah Thompson tells the story of the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami, a bridge that became home ...CrimeHomelessnessJournalism

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  • What's That Smell?

    406: True Urban Legends 04.23.2010

    A retired millionaire tries to understand the reality of a tough, seedy, inner city ...EducationPolitics

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  • Does This Suit Make Me Look Terrorist To You?

    376: Wrong Side of History 03.13.2009

    Rany Jazayerli was thrilled when one of his closest friends, Mazen, was hired by the Obama ...PoliticsReligionTerrorism

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  • The Other Guy.

    376: Wrong Side of History 03.13.2009

    When Bernie Epton ran for mayor of Chicago in 1983, he was a long shot—Chicago historically ...HistoryPoliticsRace

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  • All Your Base Are Belong To Him.

    372: The Inauguration Show 01.16.2009

    The newspaper Military Times did a survey of 2000 active duty servicemen and women, asking them ...GovernmentMilitaryPolitics

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  • Playground Politics

    372: The Inauguration Show 01.16.2009

    In this act, kids from the after-school literacy program "826" in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago ...ChildrenGovernmentPolitics

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  • Lions And Lambs.

    372: The Inauguration Show 01.16.2009

    When Barack Obama chose Rick Warren of Saddleback Church to give a prayer at his inauguration, ...PoliticsReligion

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  • Punching the Clock in the Enthusiasm Factory.

    372: The Inauguration Show 01.16.2009

    Well over two years ago, long before the country chose Barack Obama...a company called Tigereye ...BusinessPoliticsRetail/Commerce

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  • Prologue.

    367: Ground Game 10.24.2008

    Host Ira Glass goes to a McCain rally in Lehigh, PA, outside of Allentown. Obama has ...GovernmentPoliticsPresidents

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  • Scranton.

    367: Ground Game 10.24.2008

    In Scranton, there's a "Citizens for McCain" office. But really, it's a "Democrats for McCain" ...Politics

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  • State College.

    367: Ground Game 10.24.2008

    While McCain gathers stray Democrats, Obama is trying to find new ones—in the reddest part of ...Politics

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  • Union Halls.

    367: Ground Game 10.24.2008

    No one much likes to talk about it out loud, but everyone knows it's true: There are a lot of ...LaborPoliticsRace

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  • State College, Part Two.

    367: Ground Game 10.24.2008

    We continue our story about voter registration in State College, where there are only a few days ...Politics

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  • Scranton, Part Two.

    367: Ground Game 10.24.2008

    Nancy Updike's story about Democrats for McCain continues. (10 minutes) Politics

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  • Financial Mousetrap.

    366: A Better Mousetrap 2008 10.10.2008

    Looked at one way, the current flailing economy is a victim of invention—Wall Street invention. ...Advertising/MarketingBusinessEconomics

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  • Conviction.

    356: The Prosecutor 05.30.2008

    Reporter Petra Bartosiewicz tells the first half of Rick Convertino's story. The Detroit Sleeper ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    353: The Audacity of Government 03.28.2008

    Host Ira Glass talks with Yale law professor Jack Balkin about what he calls the Bush ...GovernmentLegal SystemPolitics

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  • The Prez Vs. The Commish.

    353: The Audacity of Government 03.28.2008

    Ira Glass tells the story of a little-known treaty dispute with far-reaching ramifications for ...GovernmentLegal SystemPolitics

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  • 44.

    353: The Audacity of Government 03.28.2008

    Ira Glass interviews Charlie Savage, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Boston Globe, ...GovernmentLegal SystemPolitics

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  • Not Everybody Loves Raymond.

    330: My Reputation 04.13.2007

    This American Life producer Sarah Koenig tells a story of the rise and fall of a politician's ...Politics

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  • Bully's Pulpit.

    325: Houses of Ill Repute 02.02.2007

    There's probably no house more famous for the bad behavior of its denizens than the U.S. House ...GovernmentPolitics

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  • Political Cat.

    316: The Cat Came Back 08.18.2006

    Ira talks about a specter who haunts the floor of the United States Senate and won't go away, ...Politics

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  • Dreams Of Distant Factories.

    303: David and Goliath 12.02.2005

    Rachel Louise Snyder reports on the struggle to save the Cambodian economy. Right now, Cambodia ...DevelopmentLaborPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    290: Godless America 06.03.2005

    Two stories about people who suddenly realize they're the only ones around who value the ...PoliticsReligion

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  • The Substance Of Things Hoped For...In Government.

    290: Godless America 06.03.2005

    We hear a quick rundown of all the ways that Christian conservatives are making headway in ...PoliticsReligion

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  • Prologue.

    276: Swing Set 10.29.2004

    Host Ira Glass asks how it's possible that some people still don't know what they think of ...Politics

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  • My Buddy, Hackett.

    276: Swing Set 10.29.2004

    Ira spends hours talking to James Hackett, known to his friends, and by the end of the story, to ...EconomicsPolitics

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  • Cold-cock The Vote.

    276: Swing Set 10.29.2004

    Jack Hitt tells tales of voter sabotage so outrageous that we swear will get you yelling at your ...CrimePolitics

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  • One Son, One Vote.

    276: Swing Set 10.29.2004

    Matthew Chasteen is 18 years old. He's joined the Navy, and he's voting for the first time. He ...MilitaryPolitics

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  • He's Got Legs.

    276: Swing Set 10.29.2004

    This American Life producer Lisa Pollak goes canvassing with her friend Andy in Ohio. He's a ...ActivismPolitics

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  • Our Own Worst Enemy?

    274: Enemy Camp '04 10.08.2004

    In this election year, one question is rarely asked in a very direct way: Is the Bush ...IraqMilitaryPolitics

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  • Diary Of A Longshot.

    273: Put Your Heart In It 09.24.2004

    When a 24-year-old runs for city council in Washington, D.C., he has to answer one question over ...Politics

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  • Prologue.

    272: Big Tent 09.10.2004

    Writer Thomas Frank went on the radio show On Point to talk about his book What's the Matter ...PoliticsRadio

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  • Pink Elephant.

    272: Big Tent 09.10.2004

    Patrick Howell, a gay Republican from Orlando, goes on what might seem like an ill-fated ...PoliticsSexuality

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  • Right And Righter.

    272: Big Tent 09.10.2004

    A visit to one of the many states where the GOP has been picking up strength, to see why and ...Politics

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  • Indecent Proposal.

    272: Big Tent 09.10.2004

    Mike is a Democrat, the yellow dog kind. The guys he works with—rich guys, like him—are mostly ...BusinessPolitics

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  • It's My Party.

    272: Big Tent 09.10.2004

    One of the most civil conversations you'll ever hear between GOP members on opposite sides of ...PoliticsSexuality

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  • Government Says The Darnedest Things.

    267: Propriety 06.11.2004

    The FCC says it just wants a little civility on the nation's airwaves. And by tightening the ...ActivismGovernmentPolitics

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  • Dems Gone Wild!

    267: Propriety 06.11.2004

    Ken Kurson, a Republican, runs for New Jersey State Assembly in a very, very Democratic ...Politics

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  • The Defense Of Marriage Act.

    261: The Sanctity of Marriage 03.26.2004

    Adam Felber explains how legalized gay marriage are ruining his marriage with his wife. (His ...MarriagePoliticsSexuality

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  • Mush Polling.

    260: The Facts Don't Matter 03.12.2004

    Producer Sarah Koenig talks to the people behind survey results—whose answers determine so ...GovernmentPolitics

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  • I've Got A Secret I've Been Hiding From You.

    258: Leaving the Fold 01.30.2004

    This American Life producer Alex Blumberg tells the true story of Jerry Springer's life before ...PoliticsTelevision

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  • In The Bush Leagues.

    257: What I Should've Said 01.16.2004

    The true story of a young activist, Charles Monroe-Kane (now a producer at WPR's To the Best of ...ActivismPolitics

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  • Life Sentence.

    257: What I Should've Said 01.16.2004

    The President of the Maryland State Senate, Mike Miller, a veteran political operator, talks ...DeathPolitics

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  • Part One.

    254: Teenage Embed, Part Two 12.12.2003

    Hyder notices changes in Kabul in the year since he visited Afghanistan. Then he heads to Kunar, ...9/11AfghanistanPolitics

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  • This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land. Or Maybe Not.

    251: Brother's Keeper 11.21.2003

    We hear the story of someone trying to help all sorts of people who absolutely do not want his ...ActivismPolitics

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  • Rock, Paper, Computer.

    250: The Annoying Gap Between Theory...and Practice 11.07.2003

    Reporter Jack Hitt explains the alarming difference between theory and practice when it comes to ...PoliticsTechnology

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  • Detroit Is In The House.

    250: The Annoying Gap Between Theory...and Practice 11.07.2003

    Alex Blumberg spends three days with Michigan state representative Steve Tobocman. He ran for ...EconomicsPolitics

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  • Who Put The "pistol" In "epistolary?"

    246: My Pen Pal 09.12.2003

    The story of a ten-year-old girl from small town Michigan named Sarah York, and how she became ...ChildrenFriendshipPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    243: Later That Same Day 07.25.2003

    Host Ira Glass plays parts of a speech by George Ryan, former Governor of Illinois. When he was ...CrimeDeathPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    242: Enemy Camp 07.18.2003

    Host Ira Glass tells the enemy camp story the way we like it to be told. (2 minutes) MilitaryPolitics

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  • Playing Clinton In The Bush Leagues.

    240: I'm In Charge Now 06.20.2003

    Katy Vine reports on yet another promising young person, Tye Thomas, and how he went through the ...Personal FinancePolitics

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  • Or Give Me Death.

    237: Regime Change 04.18.2003

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  • Act Three.

    235: The Balloon Goes Up 03.21.2003

    What's French for French Fries? David Sedaris has been following the diplomatic fiascoes of the ...Food/Drinks/CookingPolitics

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  • What's The Truth Good For, Anyway?

    232: The Real Story 02.14.2003

    For many years, Israeli citizens learned a sanitized version of what happened during their War ...HistoryPoliticsRace

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  • Prologue.

    217: Give It to Them 08.02.2002

    Ira visits the border where Israel meets the West Bank and finds it's more like Scottsdale, ...Politics

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  • Life Indoors.

    217: Give It to Them 08.02.2002

    Nancy Updike reports that life under curfew in Ramallah can be, among other things, intensely ...HousingPolitics

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  • Here And There In The Land Of Israel.

    217: Give It to Them 08.02.2002

    Ira Glass travels through Israel with Adam Davidson, who speaks Hebrew and has countless Israeli ...Politics

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  • What's A Moderate?

    217: Give It to Them 08.02.2002

    What if a new Palestinian leader came on the scene who was neither part of the corrupt autocracy ...Health Care/MedicinePolitics

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  • The Jackson Two.

    212: The Other Man 05.10.2002

    Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. already had one other man in his life who shared his name—his ...Politics

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  • Don't Believe Anything You Hear On The Radio.

    200: Hearts and Minds 11.30.2001

    The story of a clandestine radio station the CIA set up back in the good old, bad old days of ...GovernmentMilitaryPolitics

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  • Stay In Touch.

    198: How to Win Friends and Influence People 11.02.2001

    After the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, U.S. diplomats had ...9/11FunnyGovernment

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  • 1001 Arabian Nightly Newscasts.

    196: Rashomon 10.05.2001

    Producer Julie Snyder reports on a Palestinian teenager from Chicago who explains why everything ...9/11PoliticsTeenagers

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  • Bombs Over Baghdad.

    196: Rashomon 10.05.2001

    We hear the story of the Persian Gulf war, as told by Issam Shukri, a family man from Bagdad who ...ChildrenFathersHistory

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  • Prologue.

    195: War Stories 09.28.2001

    Host Ira Glass explains that if we're going to war—as the President keeps promising—it's hard to ...GovernmentPoliticsPresidents

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  • Are You Ready?

    195: War Stories 09.28.2001

    Scott Carrier drove 2,000 miles across the country from his home in Salt Lake City to Chicago, ...AutomobilesPoliticsTravel

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  • U.s.a., Me-s.a.

    194: Before and After 09.21.2001

    Ira talks with Chicago Public Radio reporter Shirley Jahad about white Chicagoans and ...9/11GovernmentPolitics

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  • Untouchables.

    179: Cicero 03.16.2001

    To understand how Cicero reacted when Hispanics started flooding into town, you have to ...CrimeGovernmentPolice

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  • War By Other Means.

    179: Cicero 03.16.2001

    Despite the town's resistance, Hispanics now make up three quarters of the population. And yet ...GovernmentLegal SystemPolice

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  • They Say Our Love Is Here To Stay.

    179: Cicero 03.16.2001

    Two stories about daily life in Cicero. First the tale of Dave Boyle, who stumbled into Cicero ...CrimeGovernmentMurder

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  • Prologue.

    176: Two Nations, One President 01.26.2001

    We got a new President, but after the recount mess in Florida in the fall of 2001 and the ...ActivismGovernmentPolitics

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  • You're Not The President Of Me.

    176: Two Nations, One President 01.26.2001

    Jonathan Chait of The New Republic and David Horowitz of Slate magazine each tell the story of ...GovernmentPoliticsPresidents

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  • A Brief History Of Republican Time.

    176: Two Nations, One President 01.26.2001

    Writer David Brock gives us the inside story of how we got to this point of bitterness. It is ...GovernmentLegal SystemPolitics

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  • Bedroom Politics.

    176: Two Nations, One President 01.26.2001

    When it comes to political fighting, there's no more intimate a space than a marriage, where you ...MarriagePolitics

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  • Let Us Reason Together.

    176: Two Nations, One President 01.26.2001

    We return to the Supreme Court case of Bush vs. Gore to try to better understand why the ...GovernmentLegal SystemPolitics

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  • What Would You-know-who Do?

    176: Two Nations, One President 01.26.2001

    A chat with Reverend Richard Harris, an African-American minister in Florida who's trying not to ...PoliticsRaceReligion

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  • Prologue.

    171: Election 11.03.2000

    Host Ira Glass talks with Bennett Miller and Matt Futterman about a campaign for student ...EducationGovernmentPolitics

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  • Fools Rush In.

    171: Election 11.03.2000

    A Michigan millionaire tries to swing his swing state, using only his voice, his millions, and ...GovernmentJournalismPolitics

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  • What We Talk About When We Talk About The Issues.

    171: Election 11.03.2000

    The 2000 election season was strange in that many of the issues that the candidates debated most ...EducationGovernmentHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Nepotism: A Beginner's Guide.

    171: Election 11.03.2000

    Reporter Adam Davidson is related to George W. Bush. You might be too. By some freak of ...FamilyHistoryPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    170: Immigration 10.13.2000

    Host Ira Glass goes to jail in Bristol County, Massachussetts, where there's a large Portuguese ...Criminal JusticeGovernmentImmigration

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  • Act One: Where Goes The Neighborhood.

    170: Immigration 10.13.2000

    Producer Blue Chevigny tells more of the story from Bristol County, where the immigration law of ...CrimeCriminal JusticeImmigration

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  • Act Two: Whose Idea Was This Anyway?

    170: Immigration 10.13.2000

    Immigration and Naturalization Service spokesman Bill Strassberger explains why INS opposes ...GovernmentImmigrationLegal System

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  • Prologue.

    168: The Fix Is In 09.15.2000

    Host Ira Glass speaks with two people who believe they've uncovered behind-the-scenes ...BusinessGovernmentPolitics

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  • Act One.

    168: The Fix Is In 09.15.2000

    We hear the first part of our story about Archer Daniels Midland and FBI informant Mark ...BusinessCrimeGovernment

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  • Dewey Decimal Beats Truman.

    167: Memo to the People of the Future 09.08.2000

    Sarah Vowell visits four Presidential libraries on a fact-finding tour for...President Clinton. ...GovernmentLiteraturePolitics

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  • One And One Don't Make Two.

    167: Memo to the People of the Future 09.08.2000

    What if you're remembered in ways that you don't like? What if you're remembered for something ...ChildrenFamilyHistory

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  • Money Versus Man.

    163: Can You Fight City Hall…If You Are City Hall? 06.30.2000

    A small-town mayor tries to keep a developer from building in his town...and it results in the ...BusinessGovernmentHousing

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  • Prologue.

    160: Character Assassination 05.19.2000

    Host Ira Glass talks with Jack E. Robinson, Republican candidate for Senate in Massachusetts. ...CrimeGovernmentJournalism

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  • Those Who Ignore History Are Condemned To Repeat It—But Those Who Pay Attention To History Are Also Condemned To Repeat It.

    160: Character Assassination 05.19.2000

    Dirty political attacks go back to the very beginning of the American Republic. What's different ...HistoryPoliticsPresidents

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  • Sonny Takes A Fall.

    160: Character Assassination 05.19.2000

    David Foster Wallace reports on a turning point in past Presidential primaries: The moment when ...PoliticsPresidents

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  • When Slime Is Good.

    160: Character Assassination 05.19.2000

    Former political consultant Ron Susskind says that when he began in politics, he thought there ...PoliticsPresidents

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  • Who You Gonna Call?

    160: Character Assassination 05.19.2000

    There is an entire class of consultant who does nothing but help people and companies that are ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentJournalism

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  • One Tin Soldier Rides Away.

    158: Mob Mentality 05.05.2000

    What happens when seventh graders become an angry mob? Karen Bernstein reports on her own ...ActivismChildrenEducation

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  • How A Bill Becomes — A President.

    152: Crush 02.11.2000

    Bill Bradley press secretary Julia Rothwax explains how a political crush works. This is a crush ...PoliticsPresidentsRomance

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  • Prologue.

    151: Primary 01.28.2000

    Three days into the beginning of the new millenium, Kahari Mosley and Garcia Suzinko left home ...PoliticsPresidentsTravel

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  • Eliminate The Middleman.

    151: Primary 01.28.2000

    Here in America, here's how we interact with our political candidates: We dispatch middlemen to ...EducationPoliticsTeenagers

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  • The Mask Behind The Mask.

    151: Primary 01.28.2000

    Usually it's difficult to get to know the front-runner in a Presidential race. With the most to ...JournalismPoliticsPresidents

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  • Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Mosh Pit.

    151: Primary 01.28.2000

    Alex Blumberg tells the story of citizens who feel perfectly connected to their candidate of ...PoliticsTeenagers

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  • One Brave Man Stands Up For What's Right.

    146: Urban Nature 12.10.1999

    Unlike Reykjavik, some cities don't coddle citizens in their idiosyncratic beliefs about nature. ...AnimalsCityGovernment

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  • Prologue.

    143: Sentencing 10.22.1999

    Host Ira Glass with former Congressman Daniel Rostenkowski. When Rostenkowski began a term in ...CrimeCriminal JusticeDrugs

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  • How We Got Here.

    143: Sentencing 10.22.1999

    We hear the history of why these drug laws were enacted from a firsthand witness. Eric Sterling ...DeathDrugsGovernment

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  • Who Watches The Watchmen?

    143: Sentencing 10.22.1999

    Judges give their opinions of the drug sentencing laws. Terry Hatter is the Chief U.S. District ...CrimeCriminal JusticeDrugs

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  • Prologue.

    142: Barbara 10.15.1999

    Host Ira Glass describes the moment when black single mothers became a national political ...HistoryMothersPolitics

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  • More Powerful Than A Locomotive.

    141: Invisible Worlds 10.01.1999

    One of the most powerful forces in a room can be the thing that is unspoken between people. Five ...ChildrenFamilyFathers

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  • Family Photo Opp.

    140: Family Business 09.24.1999

    Dave Eggers on what happens when politics suddenly becomes your family business. When his ...AutomobilesFamilyPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    139: Ghosts of Elections Past 09.03.1999

    Host Ira Glass with an idealistic would-be politician in California. The puzzle of American ...GovernmentPoliticsPresidents

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  • Upside Down World.

    139: Ghosts of Elections Past 09.03.1999

    A campaign diary from writer Michael Lewis from four years ago, about a politician you've heard ...GovernmentHistoryMilitary

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  • Kiss And Tell.

    139: Ghosts of Elections Past 09.03.1999

    A Walter Mondale-voting, gay-rights-supporting unrepentant liberal signs up as a Republican ...GovernmentPoliticsSexuality

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  • Pete And Repeat.

    139: Ghosts of Elections Past 09.03.1999

    How California Governor Pete Wilson's anti-immigrant policies found some supporters among ...GovernmentImmigrationPolitics

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  • Throwing Money At The Problem.

    139: Ghosts of Elections Past 09.03.1999

    A few years back Alex Kotlowitz wrote a book called There Are No Children Here, about two boys ...ChildrenCityEconomics

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  • Prologue.

    131: The Kids Are Alright 06.04.1999

    On the tenth anniversary of the crackdown at Tiananmen Square, we hear from Wen Huang, who was ...ActivismGovernmentPolitics

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  • Where The People Walk Around Upside Down.

    131: The Kids Are Alright 06.04.1999

    More stories from Wen Huang that contradict what you think you know about the 1989 student ...ActivismChildhoodGovernment

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  • When Czechs Bounce.

    131: The Kids Are Alright 06.04.1999

    If part of the impulse behind the Tiananmen Square uprising was the pure desire to feel like ...ChildhoodHistoryMusic

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  • Humanitarians.

    126: Do-Gooders 04.09.1999

    Modern-day fables of two different kinds of do-gooders during and after the 1994 genocide in ...DeathGovernmentHistory

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  • Are Movies Stronger Than Communism?

    124: Welcome to America 03.19.1999

    This is a story of a father and son—told by the son, Juan Zaldivar, who was born in Cuba. Juan ...ChildhoodFathersFilm/Film Making

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  • The Meaning Of A Bird.

    116: Poultry Slam 1998 11.27.1998

    Writer David Rakoff explains how his life was changed—in a single evening—in a room of 5000 ...AnimalsChildhoodPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    112: Ladies and Germs 10.02.1998

    The story of a White House scandal from the year 1881. President James Garfield lay dying of a ...Health Care/MedicineHistoryPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    105: Take A Negro Home 06.12.1998

    Ira reads from an editorial from a 1957 newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi. It tries to scare ...GovernmentJournalismPolitics

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  • Noble Calling.

    100: Radio 04.24.1998

    Now in exile, Jose Ramos Horta spent two decades as the leading international spokesman against ...FunnyHistoryPolitics

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  • The Politics Of Wacky.

    97: Death to Wacky 03.20.1998

    Ira with Michael Lewis, author of Losers: The Road to Everyplace but the White House and many ...GovernmentPolitics

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  • Book Of Job.

    96: Pinned by History 03.13.1998

    Reporter Scott Carrier does a story about Harvey "Job" Matusow. (38 minutes)Criminal JusticeDeathDivorce

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  • Prologue.

    95: Monogamy 03.06.1998

    In the early stages of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, there was a period when one of the questions ...MarriagePoliticsPresidents

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  • Prologue.

    90: Telephone 01.16.1998

    Host Ira Glass explains why some old answering machine messages from a decade ago have such ...HistoryPoliticsRomance

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  • Yesterday.

    84: Harold 11.21.1997

    A history of the brief mayoral career of Harold Washington, and its lessons for black and white ...CityGovernmentHistory

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  • The Present And The Future.

    84: Harold 11.21.1997

    Twenty years after Harold's death, we take up the question: has white Chicago changed?Host Ira ...CityDeathGovernment

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  • Prologue.

    79: Stuck in the Wrong Decade 10.10.1997

    A communist, the filmmaker Marcel Ophuls, the band Camper Van Beethoven, and other people who ...HistoryMusicPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    72: Trek 08.08.1997

    More than England, or Japan or Israel.... When we think of South Africa, it's a more interesting ...HistoryPoliticsRace

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  • Act One.

    72: Trek 08.08.1997

    The first part of Josh Seftel and Rich Robinson's documentary about South Africa. Josh meets ...CrimeFamilyPolitics

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  • Act Two.

    72: Trek 08.08.1997

    Josh Seftel and Rich Robinson's trek across South Africa continues. They head to the "South ...FamilyMusicPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    68: Lincoln's Second Inaugural 07.04.1997

    Host Ira Glass explains that today's show begins in 1865 and ends today. Ira reads briefly from ...HistoryPoliticsPresidents

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  • Nelson Mandela And Abraham Lincoln.

    68: Lincoln's Second Inaugural 07.04.1997

    Some stunning parallels between the political strategies of the two leaders, by John Matisonn. ...GovernmentJournalismPolitics

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  • Eddie The Nudist.

    63: One Thing 05.09.1997

    Beau O'Reilly tells the story of a man who tried to run for President as a utopian nudist. (24 ...Jobs/EmploymentLiteraturePolitics

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  • More than One Thing.

    63: One Thing 05.09.1997

    How journalist Philip Weiss came to agree with some Clinton conspiracy theorists but not to ...JournalismPoliticsPresidents

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  • Television Man.

    41: Politics 11.08.1996

    Campaign diarist Michael Lewis, on his transformation into a television reporter, and on an ...JournalismPoliticsTelevision

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  • Losers.

    41: Politics 11.08.1996

    Radical right wing Mexican-American activist Daniel D. Portado, on how Tuesday's results will ...ActivismImmigrationPolitics

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  • Inspiration.

    41: Politics 11.08.1996

    Michael Lewis, on McCain and Ifshin. (15 minutes)GovernmentPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    34: Democratic Convention 08.30.1996

    Host Ira Glass wonders what the Democrats stand for, and then goes in search of an answer. (4 ...Politics

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  • A Little Tour Inside the Message Machine.

    34: Democratic Convention 08.30.1996

    The secret games delegates play to amuse themselves, differences between Republican and ...PoliticsPresidents

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  • Campaign Diaries.

    34: Democratic Convention 08.30.1996

    The latest installment of Michael Lewis's campaign diaries. (7 minutes)GovernmentPolitics

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  • Neighbors.

    34: Democratic Convention 08.30.1996

    One of the boys from the book There Are No Children Here goes back to his old neighborhood ...CityPolitics

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  • TV Show.

    34: Democratic Convention 08.30.1996

    Webmaster and Beverly Hills 90210 expert Danny Drennan on the convention. Danny runs the site ...GovernmentPoliticsTelevision

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  • A Parable of Politics.

    33: A Night at the Wiener Circle 08.23.1996

    Reporter Shirley Jahad investigates the politics of the Chicago hot dog on Navy Pier. (11 minutes)Food/Drinks/CookingPolitics

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  • Normal Life In An Abnormal Setting.

    32: Republican Convention 08.16.1996

    Host Ira Glass follows a delegation to find out what people actually do at a convention. (14 ...Politics

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  • Act Two.

    32: Republican Convention 08.16.1996

    Sex advice columnist Dan Savage tells the odd story of how he became a Republican state ...GovernmentJournalismPolitics

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  • Campaign Diaries.

    32: Republican Convention 08.16.1996

    More campaign diaries from The New Republic's Michael Lewis. (25 minutes)GovernmentPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    29: Bob Dole 07.19.1996

    Ira wonders what the Dole campaign is thinking. Does this campaign really have the will to ...GovernmentPolitics

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  • Campaign Diaries.

    29: Bob Dole 07.19.1996

    We hear campaign diaries from author Michael Lewis, who is on the campaign trail for the New ...JournalismPolitics

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  • Instructions on How You Can Become Bob Dole.

    29: Bob Dole 07.19.1996

    Former Saturday Night Live writer Robert Smigel — who impersonates Dole on Late Night with Conan ...FunnyPoliticsPresidents

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  • TV Politics.

    29: Bob Dole 07.19.1996

    We give Danny Drennan, the writer behind the website Inquisitor Mediarama, a little assignment. ...FunnyPoliticsPresidents

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  • Political Faction.

    21: Factions 04.26.1996

    Chicago writer Beau O'Reilly writes about a group of close friends who formed an activist group ...ActivismFriendshipPolitics

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  • Racial Faction.

    21: Factions 04.26.1996

    Ira speaks with Professor Glenn Loury. Loury failed to stand up for a light-skinned friend at a ...ActivismFriendshipPolitics

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  • The Grizz.

    19: Rich Guys 04.12.1996

    Corporate CEO Maurice "Morry" Taylor, Jr. was a Republican candidate for President, and he ...GovernmentPoliticsPresidents

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  • Continuation Of Act One. A Candidate, A Voter, And A Room Full Of Pigs.

    19: Rich Guys 04.12.1996

    Michael Lewis continues readings from his diaries of Morry Taylor's Presidential campaign. (14 ...PoliticsPresidents

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  • Act Three Another Mixed Legacy.

    19: Rich Guys 04.12.1996

    The late Ron Brown, the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, could have had an easy life, but ...DeathGovernmentPolitics

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  • Fan, Not Fan.

    17: Name Change / No Theme 03.21.1996

    The first in a series of pieces in the coming months on This American Life: Non-journalists ...PoliticsPresidents

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  • Presumptiveness.

    16: Economy 03.14.1996

    Host Ira Glass brings together a panel of Republicans to discuss their lack of excitement about ...EconomicsGovernmentPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    5: Anger and Forgiveness 12.15.1995

    Host Ira Glass reads a list of words that former U.S. Representative Newt Gingrich had ...GovernmentPoliticsPresidents

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