Radio Archive by Tag

Animals

  • Out of the Woods.

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

    Ben Loory reads his short story about an unlikely friendship that forms between a moose and a ...AnimalsFiction

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  • Prologue.

    480: Animal Sacrifice 11.30.2012

    Ira admits there is a question he’s wanted to know the answer to since he was a kid in Hebrew ...AnimalsReligion

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  • Semper Fido.

    480: Animal Sacrifice 11.30.2012

    Susan Orlean tells us about the moment America asked untrained household canines to make the ...AnimalsMilestonesWar

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  • Run Rabbit. No, Really, Run!

    480: Animal Sacrifice 11.30.2012

    Camas Davis tells a true story about a rabbit kidnapping that saves some rabbits' lives, kills ...ActivismAnimalsFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Human Sacrifice.

    480: Animal Sacrifice 11.30.2012

    This American Life producer Nancy Updike reveals to Ira the staff’s concern about his dog, ...Animals

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  • Cold Stone Dreamery.

    457: What I Did For Love 02.10.2012

    Ben Loory wrote and tells this story, which begins with a duck falling in love with a rock. It's ...AnimalsFiction

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  • Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens.

    456: Reap What You Sow 01.27.2012

    Comedian Danny Lobell tells this story about the unintended consequences of bringing new ...AnimalsNeighbors/Neighborhoods

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  • Prologue.

    452: Poultry Slam 2011 12.02.2011

    Ira Glass talks with Scharlette Holdman, who works with defense teams on high profile death row ...Animals

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  • Witness for the Barbecue-tion.

    452: Poultry Slam 2011 12.02.2011

    Scharlette Holdman's story continues, in which she and the rest of a legal defense team try to ...AnimalsCriminal Justice

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  • Murder Most Fowl.

    452: Poultry Slam 2011 12.02.2011

    The number of wild turkeys in the United States has risen from 30,000 at the beginning of the ...Animals

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  • Latin Liver.

    452: Poultry Slam 2011 12.02.2011

    In order to make foie gras — goose liver — the birds have to be treated inhumanely, ...AnimalsFood/Drinks/Cooking

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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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  • Prologue.

    406: True Urban Legends 04.23.2010

    Host Ira Glass investigates two urban legends—alligators in the sewer, rats in the ...Animals

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  • Prologue.

    402: Save the Day 03.12.2010

    When Luke Davies was 11 years old in Australia, his family moved from the boring suburbs to an ...AnimalsChildhoodHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Opposite Of Tarzan.

    401: Parent Trap 02.19.2010

    Lucy was a chimpanzee raised in captivity, who adopted a surprising number of human traits. But ...AdoptionAnimals

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  • Insurance? Ruh Roh!

    392: Someone Else's Money 10.16.2009

    Planet Money correspondent David Kestenbaum investigates the growing popularity of pet ...AnimalsBusinessHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    380: No Map 05.15.2009

    Host Ira Glass talks a veteran police officer about a time in his 20s when he gets sent to a car ...AnimalsPolice

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  • Prologue.

    369: Poultry Slam 2008 11.28.2008

    Host Ira Glass point out that it's not enough this time of year that we eat millions of turkeys. ...AnimalsMusic

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  • You Gotta Ask Yourself One Question: Do You Feel Clucky? Well...do Ya, Punk?

    369: Poultry Slam 2008 11.28.2008

    Greg Warner was living in Pakistan, on the border of Afghanistan, when he met a man—a tough guy, ...AnimalsReligion

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  • Winged Migration.

    369: Poultry Slam 2008 11.28.2008

    Kathie Russo's husband was Spalding Gray, who was best known for delivering monologues ...AnimalsDeath

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  • A Pastor And His Flock.

    369: Poultry Slam 2008 11.28.2008

    Working in a poultry processing plant is one of the most unpleasant jobs you can get in this ...ActivismAnimalsLabor

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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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  • Sleep's Tiniest Enemies.

    361: Fear of Sleep 08.08.2008

    This American Life producers Nancy Updike and Robyn Semien report on critters that can kill ...AnimalsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Almost Human Resources.

    350: Human Resources 02.29.2008

    Reporter Charles Siebert talks with Ira about retirement homes for Chimpanzees. Yes, retirement ...AnimalsHousing

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  • Prologue.

    343: Poultry Slam 2007 11.23.2007

    When is a chicken your friend? When is he your dinner? TAL's former webmeister Elizabeth Meister ...AnimalsFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Still Life With Chicken.

    343: Poultry Slam 2007 11.23.2007

    Food writer Jonathan Gold tells what it's like to panfry a chicken—with a live chicken watching ...AnimalsArtFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Last Meal.

    343: Poultry Slam 2007 11.23.2007

    When Francois Mitterand knew he was about to die, he decided that the last food to cross his ...AnimalsDeathFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Chicken Diva.

    343: Poultry Slam 2007 11.23.2007

    Yet another testimony to the power chickens have over our hearts and minds. Contributing editor ...AnimalsMusicTheater

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  • The Meaning Of A Bird.

    343: Poultry Slam 2007 11.23.2007

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

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  • Divorce Is Rrruuffff!

    339: Break-Up 08.24.2007

    What divorce looks like from the dog's point of view. This monologue was performed by Merrill ...AnimalsDivorceFiction

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  • The Hills Have Eyes.

    319: And the Call Was Coming from the Basement 10.27.2006

    Some of the scariest stories happen when fluffy, innocent creatures turn murderously evil. This ...AnimalsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    316: The Cat Came Back 08.18.2006

    Host Ira Glass talks with producer Alex Blumberg and his parents about a bad dog they once had, ...AnimalsFunnyMusic

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  • Prologue.

    315: The Parrot and the Potbellied Pig 07.21.2006

    Host Ira Glass talks with Rosie Schaap about an unlikely love affair between a dog and a parrot, ...Animals

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  • Parrot.

    315: The Parrot and the Potbellied Pig 07.21.2006

    This parrot story began as a journalism school assignment. Then, for reporters Alex Lane and ...AlcoholAnimalsCrime

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  • Pig.

    315: The Parrot and the Potbellied Pig 07.21.2006

    A friend tells Jonathan Goldstein how a trip with a pot-bellied pig ended up revealing his ...AnimalsMilestones

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  • Combo Platter.

    315: The Parrot and the Potbellied Pig 07.21.2006

    David Sedaris reads a new story that explores the age-old question: Can a parrot and a ...AnimalsFictionFunny

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  • Prologue.

    311: A Better Mousetrap 04.14.2006

    Host Ira Glass talks with Andy Woolworth, an executive vice president in charge of new product ...AnimalsTechnology

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  • Hello Kitty.

    309: Cat and Mouse 02.24.2006

    A story by David Sedaris about what happens when natural enemies meet, in an Alcoholics ...AlcoholAnimalsFiction

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  • So A Squirrel And A Chipmunk Walk Into A Bar.

    308: Star-Crossed Love 02.10.2006

    David Sedaris reads his new fable about a squirrel, a chipmunk, and a love that could never be. ...AnimalsFictionFunny

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  • An Animal Farm Christmas.

    305: The This American Life Holiday Spectacular 12.23.2005

    The great Christmas classics are all like fables. David Sedaris contributes his own, about ...AnimalsFictionFunny

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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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  • Cat Got Your Tongue.

    288: Not What I Meant 05.06.2005

    A fable about gossip and the service industry involving a cat and a baboon, by David Sedaris. ...AnimalsLive PerformanceRetail/Commerce

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  • Repeat After Me.

    277: Apology 11.05.2004

    A story by regular contributor David Sedaris involving his sister Lisa, a secret, and her very ...AnimalsLive Performancesiblings

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  • Duki.

    252: Poultry Slam 2003 11.28.2003

    The story of a typical American family, and how their family dynamic has re-organized itself ...AnimalsFamily

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  • Chicken Diva.

    252: Poultry Slam 2003 11.28.2003

    Yet another testimony to the power chickens have over our hearts and minds. Jack Hitt reports on ...AnimalsMusicTheater

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  • Trying To Respect The Chicken.

    252: Poultry Slam 2003 11.28.2003

    Ira accompanies photographer Tamara Staples as she attempts to photograph chickens in the style ...Animals

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  • And On The Eighth Day, God Created Tartar Sauce.

    248: Like It or Not 10.24.2003

    A few times every summer, for complicated scientific reasons, thousands of live fish, crab and ...Animals

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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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  • Polly Wants More Than A Cracker.

    228: You Are So Beautiful…To Me 01.03.2003

    Veronica Chater explains the conflict in her house between her love for her pet macaw—a kind of ...AnimalsFamily

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  • Lost And Found Ads.

    223: Classifieds 10.11.2002

    "Stolen Dog, black, toy poodle named Isis." Producer Todd Bachmann interviews a man named Leo, ...AnimalsCrime

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  • Mr. Boder Vanishes.

    197: Before It Had A Name 10.26.2001

    In 1946, a man named David Boder started to investigate the Holocaust before it was known as the ...AnimalsDeathHistory

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  • The Ratman Cometh.

    184: Neighbors 05.11.2001

    What happens when a good neighbor goes bad. Katie Davis lives on a block where everyone wants to ...AnimalsHousing

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  • Prologue.

    154: In Dog We Trust 03.10.2000

    Heather and her girlfriend lived with a cat named Sid. The girlfriend showed all sorts of ...AnimalsFunnyRomance

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  • The Youth In Asia.

    154: In Dog We Trust 03.10.2000

    When a pet dies, to what degree can it be replaced by another? And to what degree can pets ...AnimalsDeathFunny

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  • If Cats Ran Hollywood.

    154: In Dog We Trust 03.10.2000

    What do cats want to see on television? Steve Malarky, creator of the world's best-selling home ...AnimalsRetail/CommerceTelevision

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  • Resurrection.

    154: In Dog We Trust 03.10.2000

    Writer Brady Udall with another story about what animals can take the place of, in our lives and ...AnimalsChildhoodFamily

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  • Prologue.

    146: Urban Nature 12.10.1999

    Stories about rats in the city, from Kate Aurthur (former rat columnist for New York magazine), ...AnimalsCityJournalism

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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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  • Church Of Latter Day Snakes.

    146: Urban Nature 12.10.1999

    Scott Carrier tells the story of trying to bring a part of the outside world inside the house ...AnimalsChildhoodFamily

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  • God Bless The Hamster Who Has His Own.

    146: Urban Nature 12.10.1999

    True stories of what happens when children are allowed to bring nature's own creatures into the ...AnimalsChildrenDeath

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  • Duki.

    145: Poultry Slam 1999 11.26.1999

    The story of a typical American family—imaginary poultry—and a handpuppet. (17 minutes)AnimalsChildrenFamily

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  • Still Life With Chicken.

    145: Poultry Slam 1999 11.26.1999

    What happens when a chicken crosses the thin yellow line that divides the animals we eat from ...AnimalsFood/Drinks/CookingTheater

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  • How To Do The Funky Chicken.

    145: Poultry Slam 1999 11.26.1999

    The true story of how a multinational chicken company turned a white man into a black man. The ...AnimalsFood/Drinks/CookingRace

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  • Chicken Diva.

    145: Poultry Slam 1999 11.26.1999

    Yet another testimony to the power chickens have over our hearts and minds. Jack Hitt reports on ...AnimalsFunnyMusic

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  • Neighbors.

    128: Four Corners 04.30.1999

    Writer Mike Paterniti tells a story of dogs and a community of dogwalkers that formed on the ...AnimalsFriendship

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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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  • 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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  • Prologue.

    116: Poultry Slam 1998 11.27.1998

    When is a chicken your friend? When is he your dinner? This American Life's former webmeister ...AnimalsChildrenFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Still Life With Chicken.

    116: Poultry Slam 1998 11.27.1998

    Food writer Jonathan Gold tells what it's like to panfry a chicken—with a live chicken watching ...AnimalsFood/Drinks/CookingFunny

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  • People Who Love Chickens And Hate This American Life.

    116: Poultry Slam 1998 11.27.1998

    Last year, a woman named Karen Davis started a national letter writing campaign to try to get ...AnimalsHolidays

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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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  • Squirrel Cop.

    115: First Day 11.13.1998

    The first day inevitably means mistakes, mishaps, fiascos. A true story, told by a former rookie ...AnimalsFunnyPolice

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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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  • Prologue.

    85: Poultry Slam 1997 12.05.1997

    Host Ira Glass reads from a letter Benjamin Franklin wrote, and discusses it with Jack Hitt. (5 ...AnimalsHistory

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  • Chicken Diva.

    85: Poultry Slam 1997 12.05.1997

    Jack Hitt reports on one woman's opera about Chicken Little. (15 minutes)AnimalsMusicTheater

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  • Headless Chicken In Topless Bar.

    85: Poultry Slam 1997 12.05.1997

    Ira with Lloyd Natoff, on killing chickens. (9 minutes)AnimalsDeathJobs/Employment

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  • Duck Warrior.

    85: Poultry Slam 1997 12.05.1997

    Michael Lewis on duck hunting. (7 minutes)AnimalsFamilyFathers

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  • Trying To Respect A Chicken.

    85: Poultry Slam 1997 12.05.1997

    Ira with chicken photographer Tamara Staples. (20 minutes)AnimalsArt

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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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  • Mom, Dad & Bats

    53: Valentine's Day '97 02.07.1997

    A story by Bia Lowe. (12 minutes) AnimalsChildhoodParents

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  • Prologue.

    51: Animals Die, People Ponder 01.24.1997

    Ira with an expert in medieval manuscripts, Sandy Hindman. (5 minutes)AnimalsArtHistory

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  • I'm Ferdinand. I'm Glad to be Your Steak Tonight.

    51: Animals Die, People Ponder 01.24.1997

    Jay Allison presents a woman who "talks" to animals and a slaughterhouse owner. (5 minutes)AnimalsFood/Drinks/CookingJobs/Employment

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  • The 400 Pound CEO.

    51: Animals Die, People Ponder 01.24.1997

    Short fiction by George Saunders. (31 minutes)AnimalsFiction

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  • Dead Animal Man.

    51: Animals Die, People Ponder 01.24.1997

    Ira with Clarence Hicks, who picks up dead animals for a living. (9 minutes)AnimalsDeathJobs/Employment

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  • Redemption.

    51: Animals Die, People Ponder 01.24.1997

    Jay Allison's story about Leo Brillo in Los Angeles who saves animals. (5 minutes)Animals

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  • Prologue.

    49: Animals 01.10.1997

    Samantha Martin trains raccoons to play basketball and rats to bowl. She says that what we want ...AnimalsJobs/EmploymentSports

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  • Food Chain In A New York Apartment.

    49: Animals 01.10.1997

    Paul Tough visits Catherine Chalmers. She raises small animals and insects in her apartment, ...AnimalsArtHousing

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  • More Animals Eating Other Animals.

    49: Animals 01.10.1997

    An original radio drama called "Kathleen on the Carpet," in which animals talk and hold their ...AnimalsFunnyLegal System

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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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  • Turkey.

    44: Poultry Slam 1996 11.29.1996

    Julie Showalter, who grew up on a turkey farm, tells the story of the night 3,000 turkeys died. ...AnimalsChildhoodFamily

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  • Act Three.

    44: Poultry Slam 1996 11.29.1996

    Writer David Sedaris tells of the giddiness he felt when he purchased a taxidermy's turkey head— ...Animals

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  • South African Chicken Blood.

    44: Poultry Slam 1996 11.29.1996

    Michael Stumm on the uses of chickens in South African sangoma (witch doctor) culture. (9 minutes)AnimalsHealth Care/Medicine

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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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  • Animal Lover.

    35: Fall Clearance Sale 09.06.1996

    Found zoophilia letters read. (7 minutes)AnimalsSexuality

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  • Prologue.

    12: Animals 01.31.1996

    Samantha Martin trains raccoons to play basketball and rats to bowl. She says that what we want ...AnimalsSports

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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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  • More Animals Eating Other Animals.

    12: Animals 01.31.1996

    An original radio drama called "Kathleen on the Carpet," in which animals talk and hold their ...AnimalsChildrenTheater

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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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  • Act One.

    7: Quitting 12.29.1995

    A story about quitting by Sandra Tsing Loh. (10 minutes) AnimalsFictionMusic

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  • Act Two.

    3: Poultry Slam 1995 12.01.1995

    Julie Showalter, who grew up on a turkey farm, tells the story of the night 3,000 turkeys died. ...AnimalsChildhoodFamily

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  • Act Three.

    3: Poultry Slam 1995 12.01.1995

    A poultry-themed poem by Luis Rodriguez. (4 minutes) AnimalsPoetry

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  • Act Five.

    3: Poultry Slam 1995 12.01.1995

    Writer David Sedaris tells of the giddiness he felt when he purchased a taxidermy turkey head — ...Animals

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