Radio Archive by Tag

Travel

  • Prologue.

    494: Hit the Road 05.03.2013

    Andrew Forsthoefel sets out to do something that usually doesn't work as a radio story. After ...Travel

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  • The Slowest Distance Between Two Points.

    494: Hit the Road 05.03.2013

    Andrew Forsthoefel's story continues. (30 min) Andrew produced the radio story with Jay ...Travel

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  • Is that a Compass, a Map, a Toothbrush and a Bottle of Purell in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

    483: Self-Improvement Kick 01.04.2013

    Elna Baker tells a story about her friend Daryl Watson. Daryl was a talented playwright working ...Travel

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  • Prologue.

    477: Getting Away With It 10.19.2012

    Ira takes a flight with travel writer Ken Hegan, to witness Ken deploying a travel gadget that ...Travel

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  • Crime and Tutus.

    477: Getting Away With It 10.19.2012

    Molly Shannon tells the story of when she and a friend evaded a whole lot of adults to travel ...ChildrenTravel

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  • Benny Takes a Jet.

    450: So Crazy It Just Might Work 11.11.2011

    Ira Glass speaks with a guy named Benny, who came up with a crazy idea for how to deal with a ...HeartbreakTravel

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  • Chinese Checkmate.

    448: Adventure! 10.07.2011

    Some adventures you seek out on purpose, and others hunt you down. Producer Alex Blumberg tells ...CrimeCriminal JusticeJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    439: A House Divided 06.24.2011

    A few years back, when he and his family were driving home from a vacation in Texas, John Nova ...FamilyFunnyPolice

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  • Prologue.

    438: Father's Day 2011 06.17.2011

    Host Ira Glass plays clips of interviews with several people whose dads have tried reach out to ...AutomobilesChildhoodFathers

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  • Prologue.

    434: This Week 05.06.2011

    Ira tells what happened this week to Dan Curry in Odessa Texas on Wednesday, to eight-year-old ...9/11ChildrenFunny

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  • Bar Car Prophesy.

    426: Tough Room 2011 02.04.2011

    Writer Rosie Schaap tells the story of how she ingratiated herself into the adult society of the ...ChildhoodMental HealthTravel

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  • Contrails Of My Tears.

    426: Tough Room 2011 02.04.2011

    Brett Martin documents a previously unnoticed human phenomenon, one that involves ...Film/Film MakingFunnyTravel

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  • The Fight Before Christmas.

    422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    Stand-up comedian Julian McCullough tells this story about heading to someone else's home for ...FunnyHolidaysLive Performance

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  • Prologue.

    413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    Ira Glass speaks with Charles Salter, the original Georgia Rambler, about his column from the ...JournalismTravel

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  • Haiti is Destiny.

    408: Island Time 05.21.2010

    Short story writer Ben Fountain tours Port au Prince with his best friend—one of the few ...Natural DisastersTravel

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  • The Answer To The Riddle Is Me.

    399: Contents Unknown 01.22.2010

    On October 13, 2002, David MacLean woke up in India with no memory of who he was or how he got ...Mental HealthTravel

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  • Act One.

    388: Rest Stop 09.04.2009

    Host Ira Glass describes scenes from a rest stop on the New York State Thruway, the Plattekill ...Jobs/EmploymentTravel

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  • Act Two.

    388: Rest Stop 09.04.2009

    More stories of travelers and workers at highway rest stop. The competition between Plattekill ...Jobs/EmploymentTravel

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  • Where’s King Solomon When You Need Him?

    380: No Map 05.15.2009

    Reporter Ted Gesing interviews Mike Nyberg about adopting a little girl from Samoa, only to ...AdoptionParentingTravel

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  • It’s Not Over Til The Fat Man Sings.

    374: Somewhere Out There 02.13.2009

    When Eric Hayot was 23, he went on an exchange program to China one summer. He took an opera ...MusicRomanceTheater

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  • Disturbing The Peace Train.

    370: Ruining It for the Rest of Us 12.19.2008

    There's this haven on the U.S. railroad—the Amtrak Quiet Car. You can't yammer on your cell ...FunnyTravel

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  • Stereotypes Uber Alles.

    362: Got You Pegged 08.22.2008

    When writer Chuck Klosterman got back from a trip to Germany, friends asked him what Germans ...TravelWriting

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  • Paradise Lost.

    362: Got You Pegged 08.22.2008

    Shalom Auslander tells the story of the time he went on vacation, pegged the guest in the room ...Travel

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  • The Over-protective Kind.

    349: Valentine's Day 2008 02.15.2008

    Veronica Chater's mother wants to go to a resort in Mexico with a friend. Her father, a former ...FamilyRomanceTravel

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  • The Thin Gray Line.

    307: In the Shadow of the City 02.03.2006

    In New Orleans now, visitors to that city are taking a new bus tour called "HURRICANE KATRINA: ...Natural DisastersTravel

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  • Not Just Tourists, Tourists Who Care.

    302: Strangers in a Strange Land 11.18.2005

    Chris Tenove had this idea he thought could really make a difference for people in the ...DevelopmentTravel

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  • Prologue And Act One. In the Event of An Emergency.

    299: Back from the Dead 10.07.2005

    In the middle of the news coverage of Hurricane Rita, newscasts broke into their coverage to ...DeathTravel

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  • Romance Languages.

    288: Not What I Meant 05.06.2005

    Ben Karlin talks about how a foreign language can come in handy when it comes to smoothing over ...SportsTravel

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  • Don't Drive Like My Brother.

    287: Backed Into A Corner 04.15.2005

    Charles Johnson was living in St. Louis, married with a young daughter, and he had no job. He ...Jobs/EmploymentTravel

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  • Contrails Of My Tears.

    273: Put Your Heart In It 09.24.2004

    Brett Martin documents a previously unnoticed human phenomenon, one that involves ...Film/Film MakingTravel

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  • The Over-protective Kind.

    269: Someone to Watch Over Me 07.16.2004

    Veronica Chater's mother wants to go to a resort in Mexico with a friend. Her father, a former ...ParentsTravel

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  • Airport.

    266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    The private security guys (from a company called Custer Battles) who guard Baghdad International ...BusinessIraqMilitary

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  • Karen.

    266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    Karen Hahn, who works for Custer Battles at the airport, started out there screening women ...BusinessIraqJobs/Employment

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  • Changing The Channeler.

    262: Miracle Cures 04.02.2004

    This American Life contributor Davy Rothbart goes to Brazil with his deaf mother to try and get ...Health Care/MedicineReligionTravel

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  • Mystery Train.

    259: Promised Land 02.20.2004

    Hillary Frank with a story of a train ride, an overheard conversation, and two people seeking ...TeenagersTravel

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  • Nuns Amok.

    258: Leaving the Fold 01.30.2004

    Susan Drury reports on a group of Glenmary Sisters who chose to leave the Catholic Church in the ...ReligionTravel

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  • Freeze Frame.

    257: What I Should've Said 01.16.2004

    Jonathan Goldstein, for once in his life, gets to suspend time itself. He gets to freeze the ...Mental HealthTravel

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  • Stuck Inside Of Memphis.

    224: Middlemen 10.25.2002

    Sal Princiatta is a New York fireman whose unit lost a lot of men on September 11th. Beth Landau ...9/11Jobs/EmploymentTravel

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  • Learning To Shut Up.

    220: Testosterone 08.30.2002

    Novelist Miriam Toews, author of The X Letters (which appeared in an earlier episode of the ...MotherssiblingsTeenagers

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  • Don't They Know It's Christmas After All.

    201: Them 12.07.2001

    David Sedaris reads a new story about what "they" do at Christmas. And by "they" of course, we ...FunnyHolidaysLive Performance

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  • People Like You If You Put A Lot Of Time Into Your Appearance.

    198: How to Win Friends and Influence People 11.02.2001

    To prove this simple point—a familiar one to readers of any women's magazines—we have this true ...FunnyTravel

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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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  • Notes From The Underground.

    194: Before and After 09.21.2001

    In our search for events that might illuminate what we've seen in New York this week, we hear ...CityDeathTravel

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  • Just Three Thousand More Miles To The Beach.

    191: I Know What You Did This Summer 08.17.2001

    Like many summer stories, this one from Scott Carrier begins with a whim and ends with a ...AutomobilesTravel

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  • You Can Have Your Cave And Eat It Too.

    191: I Know What You Did This Summer 08.17.2001

    Sarah Vowell brings us the story of a national dispute involving Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, ...EnvironmentTravel

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  • Mr. Rothbart's Neighborhood.

    184: Neighbors 05.11.2001

    When he was just a kid, Davy Rothbart and his family visited the most famous neighbor in ...ChildhoodTelevisionTravel

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  • Prologue.

    181: The Friendly Man 04.06.2001

    Ira tells the story about how Scott first got into radio. He was listening to a story on the ...JournalismRadioTravel

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  • What's French For "Steeee-rike Three?"

    177: American Limbo 02.09.2001

    Adam Gopnik reads a story from his book Paris to the Moon, about living in Paris with his family ...ChildrenParentingSports

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  • Pilgrim's Progress.

    174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones 12.29.2000

    Regular TAL contributor Sarah Vowell takes over the family Thanksgiving dinner by bringing ...FamilyFunnyHolidays

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  • Accidental Deception.

    173: Three Kinds of Deception 12.15.2000

    David Sedaris tells the story of a subway ride he took in Paris. Two American tourists mistake ...FunnyLive PerformanceTravel

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  • When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.

    169: Pursuit of Happiness 09.29.2000

    Every year, the Emerald Society, an association of Irish Chicago police officers, flies in ...AlcoholCityFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Prologue.

    165: Americans In Paris 07.28.2000

    Host Ira Glass talks with writer David Sedaris at the Louvre in Paris. David's never set foot ...ArtCityTravel

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  • Him Talk Pretty Three Days.

    165: Americans In Paris 07.28.2000

    David Sedaris takes Ira on a tour of his favorite spots in Paris. He moved to France with no ...Travel

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  • Notes From A Native Daughter.

    165: Americans In Paris 07.28.2000

    Is Paris still the racially tolerant place that Richard Wright and James Baldwin discovered in ...RaceTravel

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  • Among The Thugs.

    158: Mob Mentality 05.05.2000

    Writer Bill Buford reads from his book Among the Thugs. In it he sets out to try and understand ...CrimeSportsTravel

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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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  • Househusband At 12.

    150: Kids As Adults 01.21.2000

    When Anh Tuan Hoang was 12 and living in Vietnam back in 1980, his cousin was scheming up a way ...BoatsChildhoodMothers

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  • The Red Velvet Underground.

    148: The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Suit 12.24.1999

    We begin our show with the most idealistic notion of Santa. Mike Paterniti heads on a quest ...ChildhoodHolidaysTravel

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  • Santa Claus Vs. The Easter Bunny.

    148: The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Suit 12.24.1999

    Students in a French language class in Paris try to explain holiday customs to a woman from ...EducationFunnyHolidays

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  • Exodus.

    147: A Teenager's Guide to God 12.17.1999

    These teenagers are the children the Christian right has in mind when it holds conferences on ...MusicReligionTeenagers

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  • Unto The Uttermost Part Of The Earth.

    147: A Teenager's Guide to God 12.17.1999

    The teenagers arrive in West Virginia and take a look around. (4 minutes)ReligionTeenagersTravel

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  • Wise As Serpents And Harmless As Doves.

    147: A Teenager's Guide to God 12.17.1999

    Hardships begin. Their leader gets sick. One of their projects fails. (6 minutes)Health Care/MedicineReligionTeenagers

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  • Waiting For The End Of The World.

    146: Urban Nature 12.10.1999

    We end our show with a story of city life and the natural world co-existing peacefully. Iggy ...CityEnvironmentJobs/Employment

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  • Little Sod Houses For You And Me.

    137: The Book That Changed Your Life 08.20.1999

    Writer Meghan Daum goes to DeSmet, South Dakota, where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived and where many ...LiteratureTheaterTravel

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  • Prologue.

    136: You Are Here 08.06.1999

    Amy McGuiness flies tourists to the North Pole who pay thousands of dollars for the privilege. ...TechnologyTravel

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  • Ishtar Days, Arabian Nights.

    136: You Are Here 08.06.1999

    John Bowe decided to visit a friend of his who was in the peace corp in Mali, in West Africa. ...AutomobilesTravel

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  • The Game.

    136: You Are Here 08.06.1999

    It can be frightening to get lost, but what if you could adapt the thrill of being lost, the ...Travel

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  • Prologue.

    132: Father's Day '99 06.18.1999

    The story of the lengths a father will go to to retrieve a lost teddy bear, and why—after he's ...ChildrenFathersParenting

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  • A Trip Down Memory Lane.

    132: Father's Day '99 06.18.1999

    Photographer Joel Meyerowitz decided to go on a last big trip with his father Hy, who has ...ChildhoodFathersFunny

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  • Prologue.

    130: Away From Home 05.21.1999

    Host Ira Glass with Eddy Harris. The first time Eddie set foot in a black nation in Africa, a ...RaceTravel

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  • Prologue.

    128: Four Corners 04.30.1999

    Host Ira Glass talks about the Four Corners tourist monument where Arizona, Colorado, Utah and ...Travel

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  • Cowboys Of The Apocalypse.

    125: Apocalypse 04.02.1999

    How fundamentalist Christians and Orthodox Jews are combining forces to breed a perfect red cow ...AnimalsReligionTravel

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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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  • Prologue.

    123: High Cost of Living 02.26.1999

    Host Ira Glass with Robert Lundin, who talks about a time in his life when he felt too alive, ...AnimalsMental HealthReligion

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  • Climb Every Mountain.

    118: What You Lookin' At? 12.18.1998

    Writer David Rakoff travels to a place where everyone seems to be looking at him, a place where ...FunnyJournalismLive Performance

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  • Black Box.

    114: Last Words 10.23.1998

    We go through transcripts from those black box flight recorders recovered from airplane crashes ...DeathTravel

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  • Act One.

    111: Adventures in the Simple Life 09.11.1998

    Two brothers set out with a friend to cross America on horseback. They take a tape recorder with ...AnimalssiblingsTravel

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  • Act Two.

    107: Trail of Tears 07.03.1998

    Sarah Vowell's story continues. She and Amy visit the home of President Andrew Jackson, the ...FamilyHistoryPresidents

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  • Knockin' On Heaven's Door.

    104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

    Writer Anne Lamott presents an example of what we can learn from music outside of formal ...FunnyLive PerformanceMusic

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  • Prologue.

    102: Road Trip! 05.22.1998

    Host Ira Glass talks with a guy who hit the road after his mother's death, hoping for some ...AutomobilesDeathMothers

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  • Busman's Holiday.

    102: Road Trip! 05.22.1998

    Dishwasher Pete, an itinerant dishwasher and author of the book Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to ...Jobs/EmploymentTravel

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  • Merci.

    102: Road Trip! 05.22.1998

    A road trip can be a profound test of any relationship. It can save a marriage or destroy it. We ...FunnyLive PerformanceMarriage

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  • Road Trip In A Tuxedo.

    102: Road Trip! 05.22.1998

    What happens when being on the road is your job — and has been your job for decades? Reporter ...Jobs/EmploymentJournalismTravel

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  • Paw Paw for Jesus.

    102: Road Trip! 05.22.1998

    What we want on the road — many of us — is adventure. And what is adventure but a moment you ...Travel

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  • The Invisible Leading The Blind.

    100: Radio 04.24.1998

    Jack Hitt talks about a radio station he chanced upon while on a long drive. The station seems ...RadioTravel

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  • Strength In Numbers.

    99: I Enjoy Being A Girl, Sort Of 04.10.1998

    Ira with "The Hens," a group of nine middle-aged women who've known each other since girlhood. ...AutomobilesChildhoodFriendship

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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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  • The Freshman.

    76: Mob 09.19.1997

    Writer Sarah Vowell explains why she watched The Godfather every day while she was in college. ...Film/Film MakingTravel

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  • Prologue.

    75: Kindness of Strangers 09.12.1997

    Brett Leveridge was standing on the subway. A guy comes walking down the platform, stopping in ...CityFunnyTravel

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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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  • A Trip Down Memory Lane.

    71: Defying Sickness 08.01.1997

    Photographer Joel Meyerowitz decided to go on a last big trip with his father, Hy, who has ...AutomobilesFamilyFathers

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  • Meema's Adventure.

    69: Dream House 07.18.1997

    A family dreams of life in rural Maine, moves there, and then things get really complicated. (36 ...ChildhoodFamilyHousing

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  • Blue Sky Dream.

    69: Dream House 07.18.1997

    David Beers explains the gorgeous, modern vision that drew his family, and tons of other ...ChildhoodFamilyParents

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  • Noise.

    67: Your Dream, My Nightmare 06.27.1997

    Writer Sarah Vowell goes to Rock-n-Roll Fantasy Camp in Miami Beach. (16 minutes)MusicTravel

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  • Color.

    67: Your Dream, My Nightmare 06.27.1997

    An interracial couple takes a plantation tour. (13 minutes)HistoryRaceTravel

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  • Who's Canadian?

    65: Who's Canadian? 05.30.1997

    A tale of two siblings — separated, but not at birth. Reporter Paul Tough and his sister grew up ...FamilyImmigrationsiblings

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  • Prologue.

    64: Summer 05.23.1997

    Julie throws up. (6 minutes)AutomobilesChildhoodFamily

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  • On The Green River.

    64: Summer 05.23.1997

    We begin to hear a story by Scott Carrier. And Ron Carlson's story continues.FictionJobs/EmploymentTeenagers

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  • Quitting Quitting.

    63: One Thing 05.09.1997

    This American Life gets a return visit from Evan Harris, the woman who used to believe that ...Travel

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  • Country Mouse, City Mouse.

    58: Small Towns 04.04.1997

    Sarah Vowell and her family. (14 minutes)FamilyParentssiblings

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  • Prologue.

    57: Delivery 03.14.1997

    Host Ira Glass goes to the Federal Express hub at Memphis to watch 1.2 million pieces of ...Travel

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  • Die In Six Months.

    50: Shoulda Been Dead 01.17.1997

    Kevin Kelly is interviewed. (15 minutes)DeathReligionTravel

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  • Maybe Six Months.

    50: Shoulda Been Dead 01.17.1997

    The day Lawrence Steger left the AIDS clinic for the big road trip. (10 minutes)AutomobilesFilm/Film MakingHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous.

    45: Media Fringe 12.06.1996

    Chicago writer Cheryl Trykv on her own close encounter with Hollywood, the media, and a famous ...FamilyFunnyJournalism

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  • National Tour.

    38: Simulated Worlds 10.11.1996

    Host Ira Glass uses Italian author Umberto Eco's essay Travels in Hyperreality as a guidebook ...ArtFamilyHistory

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  • In the Nude.

    35: Fall Clearance Sale 09.06.1996

    David Sedaris reads from his story "Naked." (21 minutes)FunnyTravel

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  • Fast Food Heart.

    33: A Night at the Wiener Circle 08.23.1996

    Cassandra Smith has temptation in Kyoto.Food/Drinks/CookingTravel

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  • Prologue.

    4: Vacations 12.08.1995

    Host Ira Glass shares photos (on the radio) of his family vacation in Hawaii. He poses the ...FamilyParentsTravel

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  • Act One.

    4: Vacations 12.08.1995

    Writer/singer/performer Sandra Tsing Loh reads a story about a family vacation arranged by her ...ChildhoodFamilyMothers

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  • Act Two.

    4: Vacations 12.08.1995

    Contributor David Sedaris tells a story about discovering the possibilities—and pitfalls—of ...ChildhoodFamilyFilm/Film Making

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  • Act One.

    1: New Beginnings 11.17.1995

    After he goes to Jerusalem and sleeps on what is supposedly the very spot where Jesus was ...ReligionTravel

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  • Act Three.

    1: New Beginnings 11.17.1995

    When filmmaker and performance artist Lawrence Steger found out he was HIV positive, he was just ...Health Care/MedicineTravel

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