Radio Archive by Tag

Death

  • I’m the One Who Knocks.

    527: 180 Degrees 06.13.2014

    Writer Ben Loory has a short story about the 180 none of us can escape. It’s from his ...DeathFiction

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  • Death.

    523: Death and Taxes 04.25.2014

    This American Life producer Nancy Updike takes some personal questions about death and dying ...DeathFamilyHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Now We Are Five.

    517: Day At The Beach 01.31.2014

    David Sedaris comes from a big family, who for many years growing up, took annual vacations to ...DeathFamily

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  • Act Four.

    489: No Coincidence, No Story! 03.01.2013

    More stories of dazzling coincidences: An old boyfriend is conjured in Morocco; a jazz singer ...DeathFathersRomance

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  • The Eyewitness.

    488: Harper High School, Part Two 02.22.2013

    Most murders in Chicago happen in public places — parks, alleyways, cars. Scores of Harper ...CrimeDeathTeenagers

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  • Your Name Written On Me.

    488: Harper High School, Part Two 02.22.2013

    Reporter Ben Calhoun tells the story of Terrance Green, a 16-year-old who was killed three years ...CrimeDeathTeenagers

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  • Devonte, Part Two.

    488: Harper High School, Part Two 02.22.2013

    In the first hour of our Harper High School shows, Alex Kotlowitz talked to a junior named ...DeathTeenagers

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  • Prologue.

    487: Harper High School, Part One 02.15.2013

    At the first day assembly, the freshman seem confused and nervous while the seniors are ...DeathEducation

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  • A Tiny Office on the Second Floor.

    487: Harper High School, Part One 02.15.2013

    Reporter Alex Kotlowitz spends time in the social work office, where the effects of gun violence ...DeathTeenagers

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  • Prologue.

    473: Loopholes 08.24.2012

    Ira talks with UC Davis Professor Kathy Stuart about a macabre trend that dates back to 17th ...DeathReligion

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  • Death Takes a Policy.

    473: Loopholes 08.24.2012

    An estate attorney in Rhode Island discovers the investor's Holy Grail: a financial scheme that ...DeathEconomicsLegal System

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  • Prologue.

    445: Ten Years In 09.09.2011

    Host Ira Glass talks to someone who escaped from the twin towers with a minute to spare and ...9/11DeathTerrorism

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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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  • Astro Boy Meet Robot Dad.

    438: Father's Day 2011 06.17.2011

    Michael Ian Black reads an excerpt from his forthcoming book You're Not Doing It Right, about ...ChildhoodDeathFathers

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  • Act Four.

    428: Oh You Shouldn't Have 03.04.2011

    Actor Michael Chernus reads Etgar Keret's short story "What Of This Goldfish Would You Wish?" ...DeathFictionMurder

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  • Pickens County.

    413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    Allen Wigington, former Chief Deputy at the Pickens County Sheriff's department, now magistrate ...DeathIraqWar

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  • Get Rich or Die Trying.

    412: Million Dollar Idea 07.16.2010

    Planet Money's Chana Joffe-Walt has this story about a really ambitious million dollar idea: ...DeathDrugsEconomics

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  • Troubled Bridge Over Water.

    407: The Bridge 05.07.2010

    There is a four mile long bridge in Naan-jing China, famous for how many people jump off to ...DeathHeroismJournalism

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  • Bridge and Tunnel.

    407: The Bridge 05.07.2010

    In the Middle East, hundreds and hundreds of tunnels connect the Gaza strip and Egypt, allowing ...DeathRetail/Commerce

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  • Letter Day Saint.

    401: Parent Trap 02.19.2010

    Rebecca was 16 years old when her mother Elizabeth died of cancer. But before she died, she ...CancerDeathFathers

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  • Lisa's Mom's Story.

    400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    Funny Funerals. (11 minutes.) DeathFunnyMothers

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  • Chronicle Of A Death Foretold.

    397: 2010 01.01.2010

    Shalom Auslander knows his next door neighbor will die in 2010. He's the author, most recently, ...Death

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  • Our Man Of Perpetual Sorrow.

    379: Return To The Scene Of The Crime 05.01.2009

    Dan Savage points a finger at the Catholic Church for being the kind of criminal organization ...DeathLive PerformanceReligion

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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 Small Taste Of The Big Sleep.

    361: Fear of Sleep 08.08.2008

    For some people, the fear of sleep is linked to the fear of death. We hear from some of them. In ...DeathHealth Care/MedicinePoetry

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  • Prologue.

    359: Life After Death 07.18.2008

    One day at church camp, David Maxon challenged the devil to show himself. Just then, a huge ...DeathNatural DisastersReligion

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  • Guilty As Not Charged.

    359: Life After Death 07.18.2008

    Everyone told Darin Strauss that there would have been no way to avoid hitting the bicyclist who ...AutomobilesCyclingDeath

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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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  • Lucas And Sarah.

    345: Ties That Bind 12.14.2007

    When Sarah was 10 years old, she got a heart transplant. Soon after, her mother decided to find ...ChildrenCrimeDeath

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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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  • The Good Son.

    342: How to Rest in Peace 11.02.2007

    A story about a mother who wants to commit suicide and a son who dutifully helps her do it—even ...DeathMothers

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  • Prologue.

    324: My Brilliant Plan 01.26.2007

    Host Ira Glass talks to an expert stone cutter who makes headstones. One day he got a call from ...DeathFamilyJobs/Employment

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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.

    320: What's In A Number? — 2006 Edition 11.03.2006

    Host Ira Glass talks to ordinary Iraqis about life in their country since the U.S. invasion. ...DeathFamilyIraq

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  • Truth, Damn Truth And Statistics.

    320: What's In A Number? — 2006 Edition 11.03.2006

    Two years ago, a John Hopkins University study published in The Lancet estimated the number of ...DeathFamilyIraq

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  • Not Just A Number.

    320: What's In A Number? — 2006 Edition 11.03.2006

    Captain Ryan Gist was given a particularly tough assignment in Iraq: To build relationships with ...DeathFamilyIraq

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  • The War This Time.

    320: What's In A Number? — 2006 Edition 11.03.2006

    The Lancet's new study of deaths in Iraq, by the same research team that did the earlier study, ...DeathFamilyIraq

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  • Graveyard Shift.

    319: And the Call Was Coming from the Basement 10.27.2006

    One Halloween, David Sedaris decided to skip all the fake monsters and ghosts and zombies and ...DeathFunnyLive Performance

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  • Baby Cat.

    316: The Cat Came Back 08.18.2006

    Michael Beaumier tells a story about a family member who keeps vanishing and returning. This is ...DeathFamilysiblings

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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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  • Giving Up The Ghosts.

    283: Remember Me 02.25.2005

    Writer Shalom Auslander reads his short story about how he decided to start forgetting the dead, ...DeathHistoryWriting

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  • The Rocks At Rock Bottom.

    263: Desperate Measures 04.16.2004

    Hillary Frank speaks with a man who figured out how to get over heartbreak, using only your ...Death

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  • Prologue.

    257: What I Should've Said 01.16.2004

    Host Ira Glass talks about trying to figure out what to say to his dying mom. He's sure that ...DeathMothers

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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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  • Don't Just Stand There.

    248: Like It or Not 10.24.2003

    When you get to know someone, really know them, you can almost predict their behavior. It's ...DeathFamilyHealth Care/Medicine

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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.

    218: Act V 08.09.2002

    Host Ira Glass surveys various productions of Hamlet being staged around the country: At ...DeathTheater

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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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  • Watching From The River's Edge.

    194: Before and After 09.21.2001

    David Rakoff tells the story of the day that used to hold the record as the worst disaster in ...BoatsDeathHistory

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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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  • Prologue.

    193: Stories of Loss 09.14.2001

    Reporter Mark Arax spent three years investigating the murder of his father and yet he's still ...ChildhoodCrimeDeath

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  • The Disappearance.

    193: Stories of Loss 09.14.2001

    Genevieve Jurgensen and her husband Laurent lost their two daughters—Elise and Mathilde—at the ...ChildrenDeathMothers

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  • Look For The Union Label.

    193: Stories of Loss 09.14.2001

    A father and daughter (Adrian LeBlanc and his daughter Adrian Le Blanc) decide to write his ...ChildrenDeathFathers

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  • Kodak Moments Of The Dead.

    174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones 12.29.2000

    The story of Tyler Cassity and how he's trying to remake one of our oldest rituals of ...DeathFamilyFilm/Film Making

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  • Deal Of A Lifetime.

    162: Moving 06.23.2000

    Sarah Koenig tells the story of how her stepsister Rue bought a house and moved in—but the ...DeathHealth Care/MedicineHousing

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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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  • Kiss.

    152: Crush 02.11.2000

    So what if you held onto a high-school crush? Under what conditions would it never go away? ...ChildhoodDeathFamily

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  • Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places.

    149: Bedside Diplomacy 01.14.2000

    Wendy Dorr, an assistant producer at Radio Diaries, has this story of what happens to you if you ...CancerDeathHealth Care/Medicine

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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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  • Prologue.

    144: Where Words Fail 11.05.1999

    Reporter Mark Arax spent three years investigating the murder of his father and yet he's still ...ChildrenDeathFathers

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  • The Disappearance.

    144: Where Words Fail 11.05.1999

    Genevieve Jurgensen and her husband Laurent lost their two daughters, Elise and Mathilde, at the ...ChildrenDeathFamily

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  • Look For The Union Label.

    144: Where Words Fail 11.05.1999

    A father and daughter (Adrian LeBlank and his daughter Adrian Le Blank) decide to write his ...DeathFamilyFathers

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  • Take My Wife, Please.

    144: Where Words Fail 11.05.1999

    Some of us have tragedy thrust upon us. Some of us allow ourselves a few moments to contemplate ...DeathFamilyParents

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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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  • Silent Partner.

    140: Family Business 09.24.1999

    Sean Cole visits Chad's Trading Post in Southampton, Massachussetts. One person who works there ...BusinessDeathFamily

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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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  • The Cost Of Misunderstanding.

    125: Apocalypse 04.02.1999

    The story of how an understanding of Bible prophecy by the FBI could have prevented the tragedy ...DeathGovernmentReligion

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  • How To Avoid The Everyday Irritations Of Everyday Life.

    123: High Cost of Living 02.26.1999

    Jack Hitt tells the story of Charlene Riling, who nearly died, and who explains how life near to ...AlcoholDeathDrugs

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  • Act One.

    121: Twentieth Century Man 01.29.1999

    The first part of Gillian's story. (33 minutes) ChildrenDeathDivorce

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  • Prologue.

    114: Last Words 10.23.1998

    Host Ira Glass reads famous last words from Bing Crosby, Oscar Wilde, W.C. Fields, and talks ...DeathHistory

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  • Actions Speak Louder.

    114: Last Words 10.23.1998

    Sarah Vowell tells the story of Page Smith and Eloise Pickard Smith. They were married for over ...DeathMarriage

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  • The Unknown Soldier.

    114: Last Words 10.23.1998

    Forty-five people read Luc Sante's story The Unknown Soldier, in which we hear about people's ...DeathMilitary

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  • How The Living Use The Dead.

    114: Last Words 10.23.1998

    Writer Greil Marcus explains what rock fans use dead rock stars for. (4 minutes)DeathMusic

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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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  • What Goes Through Your Head.

    114: Last Words 10.23.1998

    Writer Tobias Wolff reads his story "Bullet in the Brain" from his collection of stories The ...CrimeDeathFiction

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  • The Conqueror Germ.

    112: Ladies and Germs 10.02.1998

    Sean Collins on the germs within us, the germs that can kill us, and the germs that do kill us. ...DeathFriendshipHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Truth or Consequences.

    108: Truth and Lies at Age Ten 08.07.1998

    Mary J. Pruka tells her story about the lies she told herself to deal with cystic fibrosis. (19 ...ChildhoodDeathFriendship

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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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  • 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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  • Without.

    93: Valentine's Day '98 02.13.1998

    Poet Donald Hall reads about his wife Jane Kenyon, who contracted leukemia, went through ...CancerDeathHealth Care/Medicine

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Reverb.

    73: Blame It on Art 08.22.1997

    Ellery Eskelin never met his father but always heard he was a musical genius. Years after his ...DeathFamilyFathers

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  • Prologue. Kaddish.

    60: Business of Death 04.18.1997

    An Allen Ginsberg poem and Ira Glass. (2 minutes)DeathPoetry

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  • The Undertaking.

    60: Business of Death 04.18.1997

    Thomas Lynch reads from his book The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade. (14 minutes)DeathJobs/Employment

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  • The Forbidden Zone.

    60: Business of Death 04.18.1997

    Michael Lesy reads. (13 minutes)DeathHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Fireman.

    60: Business of Death 04.18.1997

    Actor Michael Stumm reads from fireman and fiction writer Larry Brown's book On Fire. (4 minutes)DeathFiction

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  • The Happiest Death Worker.

    60: Business of Death 04.18.1997

    Meema Spadola with Lou Zeidberg. (10 minutes)DeathHealth Care/MedicineJobs/Employment

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  • One Sinatra Fan ... Versus All Of Network TV.

    54: Sinatra 02.21.1997

    Before Sinatra died, Sarah Vowell appeared on this radio program and made a prediction about how ...DeathJournalismMusic

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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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  • Prologue.

    50: Shoulda Been Dead 01.17.1997

    Ira with a girl gang member about the day she nearly died. (4 minutes)CrimeDeathTeenagers

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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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  • Act Three.

    50: Shoulda Been Dead 01.17.1997

    Claudia Perez talks about how her 21-year-old brother was shot and the family thought he'd die. ...CrimeDeathFamily

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  • Desiring Amnesia.

    42: Get Over It! 11.15.1996

    Fiction writer George Saunders reads his story "Offloading for Mrs Schwartz," from his book ...DeathFictionMarriage

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  • Grandma and Easy.

    35: Fall Clearance Sale 09.06.1996

    Carmen Delzell/Jay Allison's story on a guitar player. (10 minutes)ChildhoodDeathFamily

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  • Texas Girl.

    24: Teenaged Girls 05.24.1996

    Jo Carol Pierce released a CD, Bad Girls Upset by the Truth, which documents in part her teenage ...DeathMusicTeenagers

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  • In Search Of The Miraculous.

    20: From A Distance 04.19.1996

    Erika Yeomans sees a young man's photo in an art magazine and decides to track him down. Problem ...ArtDeath

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  • Citizen Kane.

    19: Rich Guys 04.12.1996

    Jack Hitt reviews the strange case of William Kane, his mistress, his family, and fifteen vials ...DeathFamilyFathers

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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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  • Another Dave.

    11: Enemies 01.24.1996

    Sarah Thyre reads author David Sedaris' "The Last Time You'll Ever Hear from Me," a story of the ...DeathFictionFriendship

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