Radio Archive by Tag

Science

  • Act Five.

    497: This Week 06.14.2013

    Science teacher Jason Pittman, who teaches pre-school through sixth grade at a school in Fairfax ...EducationScience

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  • Prologue.

    486: Valentine's Day 02.08.2013

    NPR reporter David Kestenbaum tells Ira about the time, when he was doing graduate work in ...Science

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  • Prologue.

    475: Send a Message 09.28.2012

    Reporter Josh Bearman tells Ira a story about two coded messages that Galileo sent to fellow ...Science

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  • Prologue.

    448: Adventure! 10.07.2011

    We sent a reporter named Dan Grech to the Hundred Year Starship Public Symposium, which aims to ...ScienceTechnology

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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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  • Witness for the Poo-secution.

    420: Neighborhood Watch 11.19.2010

    Ira Glass tells the story of how science is being used to fight the ultimate neighborhood ...AnimalsNeighbors/NeighborhoodsScience

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  • Sleeper Cell.

    406: True Urban Legends 04.23.2010

    Do cell phones give people brain tumors? Ira speaks with Christopher Ketcham, who wrote an ...CancerHealth Care/MedicineScience

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  • Blood Agent.

    404: Enemy Camp 2010 04.02.2010

    You can divide all living creatures into two camps. We humans are in one camp, along with lots ...Science

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  • As The Worm Turns.

    404: Enemy Camp 2010 04.02.2010

    Another story about parasites. When Jasper Lawrence learned that hookworms might lessen the ...Health Care/MedicineScience

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  • Prologue.

    374: Somewhere Out There 02.13.2009

    NPR reporter David Kestenbaum tells host Ira Glass about the time, when he was doing graduate ...RomanceScience

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  • Prologue.

    370: Ruining It for the Rest of Us 12.19.2008

    A bad apple, at least at work, can spoil the whole barrel. And there's research to prove it. ...Jobs/EmploymentScience

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  • Twistery Mystery.

    369: Poultry Slam 2008 11.28.2008

    Wayne Curtis has been puzzling over an unexplained meteorological phenomenon involving ...AnimalsNatural DisastersScience

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  • You’re As Cold As Ice.

    354: Mistakes Were Made 04.18.2008

    In the late 1960s, a California TV repairman named Bob Nelson joined a group of enthusiasts who ...BusinessDeathScience

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  • Kill One, Save Five.

    336: Who Can You Save? 07.06.2007

    Say there's a group of five people standing on a train track, and you're on a train coming ...Science

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  • Tragedy Minus Time Equals Happily Ever After.

    324: My Brilliant Plan 01.26.2007

    Ron Mallett was ten years old when his father died unexpectedly of a heart attack. A year later, ...DeathFamilyFathers

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  • Prologue.

    319: And the Call Was Coming from the Basement 10.27.2006

    Host Ira Glass and Albert Donnay read a true ghost story that appeared in a medical journal in ...EnvironmentHealth Care/MedicineScience

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  • Prologue.

    317: Unconditional Love 09.15.2006

    Hard as it is to believe, during the early Twentieth Century, a whole school of mental health ...ChildrenHealth Care/MedicineParenting

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  • Sucker Mc-squared.

    293: A Little Bit of Knowledge 07.22.2005

    Bob Berenz had a good job as an electrician. But he wanted to do something bigger. He came up ...Jobs/EmploymentScience

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  • If By Chance We Meet Again.

    291: Reunited (And It Feels So Good) 07.01.2005

    Ralph and Sandra Fisher, who run a show-animal business in Texas, had a beloved Brahman bull ...AnimalsScience

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  • My Favorite Martian.

    289: Go Ask Your Father 05.13.2005

    Paul Tough's father was a mild-mannered professor. And then one day he left his family and went ...FathersScience

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  • Blood Agent.

    274: Enemy Camp '04 10.08.2004

    You can divide all living creatures into two camps. We humans are in one camp, along with lots ...Science

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  • Prologue.

    265: Fake Science 05.21.2004

    Host Ira Glass visits Arlington Racetrack on opening day with four regulars who explain their ...GamblingScience

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  • Spook Science.

    265: Fake Science 05.21.2004

    Jake Warga heads out with AGHOST, a Seattle group that's using whatever scientific principles ...Science

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  • Government Science.

    265: Fake Science 05.21.2004

    The Union of Concerned Scientists has issued a report condemning the Bush Administration for ...GovernmentScience

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  • Beauty Science.

    265: Fake Science 05.21.2004

    Adam Sternbergh, the co-editor and co-founder of Fametracker.com, dissects the issue of People ...JournalismScience

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  • Radio Science.

    265: Fake Science 05.21.2004

    Fake science can be fun. Fake science can make people happy. Brent Runyon has heard it happen on ...RadioScience

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  • What Really Happens In Marriage.

    261: The Sanctity of Marriage 03.26.2004

    Ira visits marital researcher John Gottman, who's part of a generation of researchers that have ...MarriageScience

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  • Prologue.

    244: MacGyver 08.15.2003

    Host Ira Glass reminds the audience about the old TV series MacGyver, about the guy who stops ...ScienceTelevision

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  • Files In Cakes, Ha!

    244: MacGyver 08.15.2003

    There's a book called Prisoners' Inventions, by a California inmate who publishes under the ...Criminal JusticeScience

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  • Blood Agent.

    242: Enemy Camp 07.18.2003

    You can divide all living creatures into two camps. We humans are in one camp, along with lots ...AnimalsScience

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  • The Science Of Good And Evil.

    231: Time to Save the World 02.07.2003

    Susan Drury reports from Tennessee on a test that provides sudden truth from a stranger. It's ...Science

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  • Prologue.

    220: Testosterone 08.30.2002

    This American Life producer Alex Blumberg explains that he wanted to do this show because of his ...Health Care/MedicineScience

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  • Life At Zero.

    220: Testosterone 08.30.2002

    The interview with a man who lost his testosterone continues. He explains that life without ...Health Care/MedicineScience

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  • Prologue.

    214: Family Physics 05.31.2002

    We hear two stories of everyday life which are more easily understood if one knows some of the ...Science

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  • Baby Scientists With Faulty Data.

    188: Kid Logic 06.22.2001

    More stories like the one in the prologue, where kids look at something going on around them, ...ChildrenScience

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  • Prologue.

    167: Memo to the People of the Future 09.08.2000

    Host Ira Glass tells the story of a time capsule project designed to document our lives so that ...HistoryScience

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  • You Don't Have To Be An Einstein.

    167: Memo to the People of the Future 09.08.2000

    After he died, Albert Einstein became a figure of international kitsch: Appearing in computer ...Health Care/MedicineHistoryScience

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  • Exile On Main Street.

    156: What Remains 03.31.2000

    Keith Gessen, a young Russian emigre, revisits the heroes of his youth: the brave Soviet ...ActivismHistoryImmigration

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  • Act Four.

    141: Invisible Worlds 10.01.1999

    Producer Nancy Updike tells the story of scientists who simply made up an invisible, weightless ...Science

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  • Corporate Culture.

    88: Numbers 01.02.1998

    D. Travers Scott and his boyfriend spent six months gathering data on their own relationship and ...RomanceScience

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  • Running After Antelope.

    80: Running After Antelope 10.17.1997

    Scott Carrier in Salt Lake City with the latest installment in his 12-year quest to chase down ...AnimalsHistoryScience

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  • Working In Another Decade. [Retracted]

    79: Stuck in the Wrong Decade 10.10.1997

    This episode originally included a story by reporter Stephen Glass (no relation to Ira) about an ...FictionHistoryScience

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  • Guinea Pig Zero.

    62: Something for Nothing 05.02.1997

    Ira interviews Bob Helms, creator of the zine Guinea Pig Zero, which is about people who make ...Health Care/MedicineJobs/EmploymentScience

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  • The Moment Humans Stopped Being Animals.

    49: Animals 01.10.1997

    Anthropologists agree that humans stopped being animals when they started walking upright, on ...AnimalsHistoryScience

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  • Dinosaur Exhibit.

    38: Simulated Worlds 10.11.1996

    Writer Jack Hitt discovers that the world of dinosaurs is a man-made creation, a simulated world ...AnimalsHistoryScience

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  • Food Chain In A New York Apartment.

    12: Animals 01.31.1996

    This American Life contributor Paul Tough visits Catherine Chalmers. She raises small animals ...AnimalsArtHousing

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  • The Moment Humans Stopped Being Animals.

    12: Animals 01.31.1996

    Anthropologists agree that humans stopped being animals when they started walking upright, on ...AnimalsScience

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