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City

  • Heels On The Bus.

    515: Good Guys 01.10.2014

    Mike Birbiglia has this story about a time his good guy-ness was called into question. Mike is ...CityFunnyLive Performance

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  • Mission: Impossible.

    426: Tough Room 2011 02.04.2011

    Producer Jane Feltes spends a day with two young Mormons, on mission to possibly the least ...CityReligion

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  • Prologue.

    364: Going Big 09.26.2008

    Host Ira Glass introduces a story on the most ambitious and hopeful solution to urban poverty in ...ActivismChildrenCity

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  • Harlem Renaissance.

    364: Going Big 09.26.2008

    Paul Tough reports on the Harlem Children's Zone, and its CEO and president, Geoffrey Canada. ...ActivismChildrenCity

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  • The Plan.

    350: Human Resources 02.29.2008

    American cities have gone through a massive wave of gentrification in the last few decades. To ...CityEconomicsHousing

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  • Prologue.

    307: In the Shadow of the City 02.03.2006

    Every city's got a place like this: that weird no man's land on the outskirts of town, with junk ...ArtCityHistory

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  • Prologue.

    249: Garbage 10.31.2003

    Every day each American produces 4.8 pounds of garbage. Where does it all go? Ira talks with ...City

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  • Oh, Mr. San Man.

    249: Garbage 10.31.2003

    The people who pick up our trash don't call themselves garbagemen. They're san men ("san" being ...CityJobs/Employment

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  • "I'm A Legitimate Businessman...Waste Management."

    249: Garbage 10.31.2003

    We hear the secret recordings that ended mob control of New York garbage collection, and talk to ...CityCrimePolice

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  • Prologue.

    194: Before and After 09.21.2001

    Ira talks with two New Yorkers on their reactions to seeing something they could never have ...9/11CityFamily

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  • In The After Of Before And After.

    194: Before and After 09.21.2001

    Lynn Simpson worked on the 89th floor of the World Trade Center. She escaped, along with the ...9/11CityTerrorism

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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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  • Far From Home.

    194: Before and After 09.21.2001

    David Sedaris talks about American and French reaction to the recent news in Paris, where he ...9/11CityTerrorism

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  • Girls Girls Girls.

    190: Living the Dream 08.03.2001

    Over the last ten years in Los Angeles, there's been a noticeable increase in the number of ...ChildrenCitySexuality

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  • Prologue.

    177: American Limbo 02.09.2001

    Ira talks with Lee Qi, who came to America from China. He worked in Chinese restaurants in small ...CityFood/Drinks/CookingImmigration

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  • Prologue.

    169: Pursuit of Happiness 09.29.2000

    Ira talks with producer Blue Chevigny about how a prank caller taught her that when it comes to ...CityMusicPolice

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  • One Man's Treasure Is Another Man's Trash.

    169: Pursuit of Happiness 09.29.2000

    David Rakoff tells a story about an actual pursuit—a scavenger hunt—that takes hundreds of ...City

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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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  • Prologue.

    157: Secret Life of Daytime 04.14.2000

    Host Ira Glass stands at the corner of Diversey and Broadway in Chicago and describes all the ...City

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  • Why Aren't You At Work?

    157: Secret Life of Daytime 04.14.2000

    All those people you see in the middle of the workday, in coffee shops and bookstores? Who are ...CityJobs/Employment

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  • Outperforming The Performers.

    155: Hoaxing Yourself 03.17.2000

    A story about the Broadway show Rent, the thrill of sitting close to the stage...and the evil it ...CityFriendshipTeenagers

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  • Prologue.

    148: The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Suit 12.24.1999

    Host Ira Glass talks with Stephen Nissenbaum, author of a history called The Battle for ...CityHistoryHolidays

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  • It Takes A Nation Of Santas To Hold Us Back.

    148: The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Suit 12.24.1999

    Riz Rollins tells a story about himself, his brother, his grandmother and a guy in a Chicago ...CityFamilyHolidays

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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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  • Interpretation Of Dreams.

    146: Urban Nature 12.10.1999

    Building everything that comprises modern life—constructing cities and suburbs both—means ...City

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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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  • 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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  • Able To Leap Tall Buildings.

    141: Invisible Worlds 10.01.1999

    The publisher of the zine Infiltration talks about the pleasure and importance of going behind ...CityWriting

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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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  • Same Time Next Year.

    134: We Didn't 07.09.1999

    Writer/Comedian Amanda Marks shares the story of a couple that didn't fall in love, didn't get ...CityMusicRomance

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  • What Do Arnold Schwarzenegger And Sigmund Freud Have In Common?

    124: Welcome to America 03.19.1999

    Because of a shortage of math and science teachers, New York City decided to import instructors ...CityEducationJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    110: Mapping 09.04.1998

    Ralph Gentles and five other people spent each summer creating a map of every crack, every ...City

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  • Sight.

    110: Mapping 09.04.1998

    Denis Wood talks with host Ira Glass about the maps he's made of his own neighborhood, Boylan ...CityHistory

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  • Round One. I'd Probably Slug Jesus.

    98: Throwing the First Punch 03.27.1998

    Manny Howard talks with Paul Tough about why he loved fighting in bars and on the street, and ...AutomobilesCity

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  • Round Two. Where No Woman Has Gone Before.

    98: Throwing the First Punch 03.27.1998

    Meema Spadola follows Maritza, a New Yorker who loves to box and has the skill to go pro, but ...CitySports

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  • Saint Nick.

    86: How to Take Money from Strangers 12.12.1997

    A con man named Nick Ward who's so good he's thanked. (24 minutes)CityCrime

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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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  • Fist And Gun.

    81: Guns 10.24.1997

    Geoffrey Canada, author of the book Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in ...ChildhoodCityFamily

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  • Perv Walk.

    79: Stuck in the Wrong Decade 10.10.1997

    New York writer Sarah Miller talks about two men she knows. (9 minutes)CitySexuality

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  • Mobster Daughter.

    76: Mob 09.19.1997

    Susan Berman, author of the memoir Easy Street, the True Story of a Gangster's Daugher, reads ...ChildhoodCityCrime

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  • Act Three.

    76: Mob 09.19.1997

    Jerry Capeci, dean of the New York reporters who cover organized crime, on the decline of the ...CityCrimeFamily

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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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  • Tarzan Finds A Mate.

    75: Kindness of Strangers 09.12.1997

    New York City locksmith Joel Kostman tells the story of an act of kindess he committed, hoping ...CityJobs/Employment

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  • Unkindness Of Strangers.

    75: Kindness of Strangers 09.12.1997

    How two next-door neighbors start treating each other badly, and how, once they start, they ...CityHousingNeighbors/Neighborhoods

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  • Chairman Of The Block.

    75: Kindness of Strangers 09.12.1997

    An odd occurrence at 124 East Fourth Street in Manhattan's East Village. For the last five ...CityMusicNeighbors/Neighborhoods

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  • White Like Me.

    65: Who's Canadian? 05.30.1997

    David Rakoff on how he tried to pass as a local once he moved from Toronto to New York. He ...CityImmigration

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  • 4120.

    58: Small Towns 04.04.1997

    Paul Johnson, Carlos Appleby, and Sanantonio Brooks talk about how their housing project is like ...CityHousingNeighbors/Neighborhoods

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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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  • Act Two.

    28: Detectives 07.12.1996

    Ira went out on surveillance with a real private eye in Chicago expecting it to be drudge work ...CityJobs/Employment

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  • Bulls in a Barber Shop.

    25: Basketball 06.07.1996

    Documentary story about a South Side Chicago barbershop where men gather to watch basketball. ...CityNeighbors/NeighborhoodsSports

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  • Pier Pressure.

    17: Name Change / No Theme 03.21.1996

    Navy Pier's renovation was presented as a success in last week's show, but recent press reveals ...BusinessChildrenCity

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