Radio Archive by Tag

Education

  • Unsafety Exit.

    527: 180 Degrees 06.13.2014

    Chana Joffe-Walt tells the story of a teenager named Michael. Like a lot of teenagers Michael ...EducationTeenagers

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  • Prologue.

    512: House Rules 11.22.2013

    Ira talks to 15 year old Jada who, when she was in third grade, moved from Akron Public Schools ...EducationParenting

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  • Prologue.

    504: How I Got Into College 09.06.2013

    Students all over are starting college this month, and some of them still have a nagging ...CollegeEducation

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  • My Ames is True.

    504: How I Got Into College 09.06.2013

    Writer Michael Lewis tells the story of a man named Emir Kamenica, whose path to college ...CollegeEducationWar

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  • Act Three.

    504: How I Got Into College 09.06.2013

    Michael Lewis’ story continues, and he figures out why Emir Kamenica insists on remembering, ...EducationJournalism

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  • 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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  • Act One.

    490: Trends With Benefits 03.22.2013

    Chana Joffe-Walt spent six months reporting on the rise in people on disability. She spends ...EconomicsEducation

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  • Prologue.

    488: Harper High School, Part Two 02.22.2013

    Principal Leonetta Sanders is worried that in the wake of a recent shooting, some of her ...EducationTeenagers

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  • Reverse Turnaround Backflip.

    488: Harper High School, Part Two 02.22.2013

    Late in the semester, Principal Sanders takes a look at her budget. It doesn't look good. She ...EducationTeenagers

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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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  • Game Day.

    487: Harper High School, Part One 02.15.2013

    By early October, it's been pretty quiet at Harper, as far as gun violence goes. But on the day ...CrimeEducationTeenagers

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  • Prologue.

    485: Surrogates 01.25.2013

    Host Ira Glass visits Claremont Middle School in Oakland, CA — a school with two ...EducationFamily

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  • Pre K-O.

    477: Getting Away With It 10.19.2012

    Producer Alex Blumberg tells the story of how Oklahoma, against huge odds, came to have the ...EconomicsEducation

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  • Soul Sister.

    475: Send a Message 09.28.2012

    Sonari Glinton tells the story of how a Catholic nun teaches an entire school on Chicago's ...Education

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  • Prologue.

    449: Middle School 10.28.2011

    Host Ira Glass interviews a 14-year old named Annie, who emailed us asking if we would do a show ...EducationTeenagers

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  • Life in the Middle Ages.

    449: Middle School 10.28.2011

    In an effort to understand the physical and emotional changes middle school kids experience, Ira ...EducationTeenagers

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  • Mimis in the Middle.

    449: Middle School 10.28.2011

    When Domingo Martinez was growing up in a Mexican-American family in Texas, Domingo's two middle ...EducationRaceTeenagers

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  • Anchor Babies.

    449: Middle School 10.28.2011

    We realized that there are already reporters on the ground, embedded inside middle schools: The ...EducationJournalismTeenagers

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  • Blue Kid on the Block.

    449: Middle School 10.28.2011

    Producer Sarah Koenig reports on a kid we'll call Leo, whose family recently moved away from ...EducationTeenagers

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  • Grande with Sugar.

    449: Middle School 10.28.2011

    Ira speaks with Shannon Grande, a teacher at Rise Academy in Newark, about a seventh grader who ...EducationTeenagers

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  • Bad Teacher.

    445: Ten Years In 09.09.2011

    Alix Spiegel revisits a story she reported in 2006 - which caused more listeners to email us ...9/11ChildrenEducation

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  • Act One.

    444: Gossip 08.26.2011

    In Malawi, in southeast Africa, not gossiping can be worse than gossiping. Sarah interviews a ...EducationHealth Care/MedicineSexuality

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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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  • You've Got Shale.

    440: Game Changer 07.08.2011

    Producer Sarah Koenig continues the story Terry Engelder and Dan Volz, their rival calculations ...ActivismEducationEnvironment

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  • Be Cool, Stay in School.

    435: How To Create a Job 05.13.2011

    Unemployment is 9 percent, but it's worst among high school dropouts and people with only a ...EducationJobs/Employment

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  • Monday, Tucson AZ.

    434: This Week 05.06.2011

    Ira plays a recorded example of American-style democracy, a school board meeting in Tucson, ...EducationPolitics

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  • Trickle Down History.

    424: Kid Politics 01.14.2011

    Reporter Starlee Kine observes what would have happened if the U.S.-led invasion of Grenada in ...ChildrenEducationHistory

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  • Climate Changes. People Don't.

    424: Kid Politics 01.14.2011

    As adults battle over how climate change should be taught in school, we try an experiment. We ...ChildrenEducationEnvironment

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  • Minor Authorities.

    424: Kid Politics 01.14.2011

    Jyllian Gunther visits The Brooklyn Free School, where there are no courses, no tests and no ...ChildrenEducationPolitics

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  • Twiggs County.

    413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    Sarah Koenig drives to Jeffersonville, a town of about 1200, and when she asks who is the most ...EducationPoliticsRace

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  • Going Up?

    412: Million Dollar Idea 07.16.2010

    In the world of engineers and investors, there's something called the "elevator pitch." It's ...Education

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  • What's That Smell?

    406: True Urban Legends 04.23.2010

    A retired millionaire tries to understand the reality of a tough, seedy, inner city ...EducationPolitics

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  • I'd Like To Spank The Academy.

    402: Save the Day 03.12.2010

    For the last 13 years, the University of Montevallo in Alabama has held an event called The Life ...EducationFunny

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  • Jane's Dad's Story.

    400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    Harry Brakeman University. (16 minutes.) Here is a gallery of photos from this story.EducationFathersNatural Disasters

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  • Lewis Time.

    397: 2010 01.01.2010

    Ira with teachers Shraddha Subramaniam and Samantha Cato, and their 2010 predictions for their ...ChildrenEducation

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  • Prologue.

    396: #1 Party School 12.18.2009

    Host Ira Glass visits This American Life producer Sarah Koenig at her house in State College PA, ...AlcoholEducation

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  • I'm Not As Think As You Drunk I Am.

    396: #1 Party School 12.18.2009

    Most of the This American Life production staff spent the weekend at Penn State, and found that ...AlcoholEducation

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  • A Drinking School With A Football Problem.

    396: #1 Party School 12.18.2009

    Administrators have tried everything to curb drinking at Penn State, and nothing has worked. ...AlcoholEducation

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  • Swak Down.

    385: Pro Se 07.10.2009

    Jeff Simmermon tells a story from his days as a student teacher, about a time when he decided to ...EducationLive Performance

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  • Prologue.

    378: This I Used to Believe 04.17.2009

    Host Ira Glass talks to Jay Allison, who is in charge of the team at This I Believe, an essay ...EducationRadio

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  • Hey Mister Dj.

    376: Wrong Side of History 03.13.2009

    For NPR's Adam Davidson, dropping out of college is the worst thing any young person can do in ...EconomicsEducationJobs/Employment

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  • Mother Of Invention.

    366: A Better Mousetrap 2008 10.10.2008

    Karen Sosnoski's one-year-old son, Anton, was born with what's known as Mosaic Down Syndrome, a ...ChildrenEducationMental Health

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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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  • Prologue.

    362: Got You Pegged 08.22.2008

    Amy Roberts thought it was obvious that she was an adult, not a kid, and she assumed the ...Education

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  • Hollywood-induced Nightmare.

    361: Fear of Sleep 08.08.2008

    This American Life production manager Seth Lind explains how he ended up watching Stanley ...ChildhoodEducationFilm/Film Making

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  • Take My Bike...please.

    358: Social Engineering 06.27.2008

    When David Ellis Dickerson was 12, he got a new bike, and his father decided to use the occasion ...CyclingEducationFathers

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  • Educated Guess.

    358: Social Engineering 06.27.2008

    When Amy Silverman's daughter was born with Down syndrome, she followed the advice of all the ...EducationHealth Care/MedicineMental Health

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  • Prologue.

    351: Return to Childhood 2008 03.07.2008

    Host Ira Glass talks with Kayla Hernandez, a seventh-grader who likes to reminisce about when ...ChildhoodEducationTeenagers

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  • When We Were Angels.

    351: Return to Childhood 2008 03.07.2008

    The most innocent possible student uprising imaginable...documented by an actual student, ...ArtEducationFunny

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  • Rubber Room.

    350: Human Resources 02.29.2008

    We hear from New York City school teachers about a secret room in the New York City Board of ...EducationJobs/Employment

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  • Bar Car Prophesy.

    348: Tough Room 02.08.2008

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

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  • Tough News Room.

    348: Tough Room 02.08.2008

    Malcolm Gladwell is a best-selling author and famous journalist at the New Yorker magazine. But ...EducationJournalismLive Performance

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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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  • Prologue.

    340: The Devil in Me 09.07.2007

    Host Ira Glass talks about not being able to admit when he's wrong, as well as other traits he's ...Education

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  • And So We Meet Again.

    340: The Devil in Me 09.07.2007

    Sam Slaven is an Iraq War veteran who came home from the War plagued by feelings of hate and ...EducationIraqMilitary

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  • The Devil Wears Birkenstocks.

    340: The Devil in Me 09.07.2007

    Some people battle inner demons, but contributor David Ellis Dickerson went one step further. ...EducationReligion

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  • Rescue You, Rescue Me.

    336: Who Can You Save? 07.06.2007

    When the U.S. government sent out a call for volunteers—regular, non-military people—to go to ...DevelopmentEducationIraq

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  • Prologue.

    335: Big Wide World 06.15.2007

    Host Ira Glass tells a story about how, when he was in seventh grade, he was over at his best ...Education

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  • Teen Wolf...blitzer.

    335: Big Wide World 06.15.2007

    When he was a teenager, Haider Hamza worked in the Iraqi Ministry of Information. He was ...EducationIraq

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  • Act One, Continued.

    335: Big Wide World 06.15.2007

    Haider's story continues. (17 minutes) EducationIraq

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  • A Sense Of Place.

    335: Big Wide World 06.15.2007

    Filmmaker Tony Hill took his friend Sally Goode, who was born blind, to a place she'd never been ...EducationRadio

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  • Prologue.

    333: The Center for Lessons Learned 05.25.2007

    There's a 200-person operation based out of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas called the Center for Army ...EducationIraqMilitary

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  • Cassandra.

    333: The Center for Lessons Learned 05.25.2007

    This American Life producer Nancy Updike tells the story of Conrad Crane, the head of the U.S. ...EducationGovernmentIraq

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  • Second Half Prologue.

    333: The Center for Lessons Learned 05.25.2007

    Ira speaks with Milt Hileman of the Center for Army Lessons Learned about the single ...EducationIraqMilitary

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  • The Lessons Of Tomorrow, Today.

    333: The Center for Lessons Learned 05.25.2007

    For all the discussion in Congress about withdrawing troops, there seems to be very little ...EducationGovernmentIraq

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  • Just One Thing Missing.

    329: Nice Work If You Can Get It 04.06.2007

    Reporter Douglas McGray interviews a college student in California with good grades, an ...EducationImmigration

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  • Radio On The Tv.

    328: What I Learned from Television 03.16.2007

    Ira says a few words about what he learned from working on a television show himself and about ...EducationFunnyLive Performance

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  • Redemption By Proxy.

    327: By Proxy 03.09.2007

    Robert (pictured) had a bad reputation as a kid who didn't do his schoolwork and had little ...EducationFriendship

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  • Round I. Gamester Of Ireland Is Fine.

    326: Quiz Show 02.16.2007

    Roger Dowds won several hundred thousand pounds on the Irish version of Who Wants to be a ...EducationTelevision

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  • Round III. Girls In Need Of A Safer Time.

    326: Quiz Show 02.16.2007

    Robin Epstein talks about her old job, as producer and chief question writer on a game show for ...ChildhoodEducationTelevision

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  • The Crisco Kid.

    325: Houses of Ill Repute 02.02.2007

    When David Wilcox was eighteen, he set about looking for an apartment in Houston. He had no ...DrugsEducationHousing

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  • Prologue.

    321: Sink or Swim 12.01.2006

    Host Ira Glass talks to Scott Shrake, who got hired for a job he was utterly unqualified for ...EducationJobs/Employment

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  • Mr. Central High.

    321: Sink or Swim 12.01.2006

    Susan Drury tells the story of Chauncey Julius, who ended up in over his head completely by ...Education

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  • Prologue.

    318: With Great Power 10.06.2006

    Ira tells the story of two friends of his who were like superheroes. They had this incredible ...ActivismEducationHeroism

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  • Prologue.

    314: It's Never Over 06.23.2006

    Host Ira Glass talks to Jonathan Gold about the bully in high school who knocked Jonathan and ...ChildhoodEducationFunny

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  • Who Takes The Class Out Of Class Reunion.

    314: It's Never Over 06.23.2006

    Jon Ronson goes to his high school reunion to try to figure out why his schoolmates—his ...ChildhoodEducation

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  • Mother Of Invention.

    311: A Better Mousetrap 04.14.2006

    Karen Sosnoski's one-year-old son, Anton, was born with what's known as Mosaic Down Syndrome, a ...ChildrenEducationHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    309: Cat and Mouse 02.24.2006

    Host Ira Glass talks to Adam Stein about the very real cat-and-mouse game between his friends ...ChildhoodEducationFunny

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  • Prologue.

    294: Image Makers 08.05.2005

    Kristy Kruger realized in college just how bad her high school education had been. She was ...Education

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  • The Karachi Kid.

    284: Should I Stay or Should I Go? 03.11.2005

    When Muhammad Kamran's Pakistani parents sent him off to college in Philadelphia, it was ...EducationFamilyImmigration

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  • Prologue.

    281: My Big Break 01.21.2005

    Host Ira Glass tells the story of Marisela and Yadira, who were honors students in high school. ...EducationImmigration

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  • Prologue.

    275: Two Steps Back 10.15.2004

    When Ira heard that Cathy La Luz, the best public school teacher he'd met during all his years ...EducationJobs/Employment

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  • 1994.

    275: Two Steps Back 10.15.2004

    Washington Irving Elementary School became a model of school reform in Chicago a decade ago. The ...DevelopmentEducation

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  • 2004.

    275: Two Steps Back 10.15.2004

    We continue with the story of Irving Elementary, and hear what's happened to make Cathy La Luz ...EducationJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    271: Best Interests 08.20.2004

    Colin Dunn had an A average as an eighth grader, and he was in a program for gifted kids. But he ...EducationTeenagers

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  • I'd Rather Not.

    271: Best Interests 08.20.2004

    The story of Colin's truancy continues. The whole thing was especially awkward for his dad, ...EducationTeenagers

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  • Admissions.

    270: Family Legend 08.06.2004

    The story of a prank that the family was building up to for years. But when the youngest sister ...EducationFamily

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  • Prologue.

    267: Propriety 06.11.2004

    It seems apples for the teacher is a bygone tradition. Host Ira Glass talks to Mindy, a ...EducationFunnyHolidays

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  • Prologue.

    263: Desperate Measures 04.16.2004

    Host Ira Glass visits the Richard E. Byrd Community Academy, a public elementary school in ...EconomicsEducation

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  • Not Stella Adler, Just Stellllaaah.

    215: Ask An Expert 06.14.2002

    Sure, those who can't do, teach. But what about those who can do? Marlon Brando has created a ...EducationTheater

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  • Act Two.

    209: Didn't Ask to Be Born 03.29.2002

    Brent Runyon tells the story of the day in eighth grade that he set himself on fire...and what ...EducationFamilyMental Health

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  • Prologue.

    207: Special Ed 03.08.2002

    Host Ira Glass talks with a bunch of special ed students. By and large, they thought of ...ChildhoodEducation

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  • Prologue.

    186: Prom 06.08.2001

    A high school boy explains how prom is the culmination of his effort to get in with a cool group ...EducationTeenagers

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  • Only Two Things Are Certain In Life: Death And Tuxes.

    186: Prom 06.08.2001

    For a more typical view of prom night, we hear prom night at Chicago's Taft High School. This ...EducationTeenagers

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  • Prologue.

    180: Return to Childhood 03.23.2001

    Host Ira Glass talks with Kayla Hernandez, a seventh-grader who likes to reminisce about when ...ChildhoodEducation

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  • It's Julie Andrews' World, Sylvia Just Lives In It.

    177: American Limbo 02.09.2001

    Sylvia becomes the first person in her Mexican-American family to go away to college, at a ...EducationFamilyImmigration

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  • Prologue.

    171: Election 11.03.2000

    Host Ira Glass talks with Bennett Miller and Matt Futterman about a campaign for student ...EducationGovernmentPolitics

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  • What We Talk About When We Talk About The Issues.

    171: Election 11.03.2000

    The 2000 election season was strange in that many of the issues that the candidates debated most ...EducationGovernmentHealth Care/Medicine

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  • When Attacks Really Count.

    160: Character Assassination 05.19.2000

    There's little in adult life that can hurt as much as a character assassination attack when it ...ChildhoodEducationFriendship

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  • One Tin Soldier Rides Away.

    158: Mob Mentality 05.05.2000

    What happens when seventh graders become an angry mob? Karen Bernstein reports on her own ...ActivismChildrenEducation

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  • The Boy Who Would Be A Helicopter.

    153: Dolls 03.03.2000

    Kindergarten teacher and "Genius Grant" recipient Vivian Paley is the author of many books about ...ChildrenEducationJobs/Employment

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    151: Primary 01.28.2000

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    148: The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Suit 12.24.1999

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  • Act One.

    142: Barbara 10.15.1999

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    137: The Book That Changed Your Life 08.20.1999

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  • When We Were Animals.

    131: The Kids Are Alright 06.04.1999

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    131: The Kids Are Alright 06.04.1999

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

    124: Welcome to America 03.19.1999

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    115: First Day 11.13.1998

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    107: Trail of Tears 07.03.1998

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  • Economic Integration.

    105: Take A Negro Home 06.12.1998

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    104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

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    94: How To 02.27.1998

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  • My Crap Life.

    83: One of Us 11.14.1997

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  • Plague Of Tics.

    52: Edge of Sanity 01.31.1997

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  • The Pansy Kings Sing Songs Of Love.

    46: Sissies 12.13.1996

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  • Dangerous Minds.

    43: Faustian Bargains 11.22.1996

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  • Discovering Evil

    39: Halloween 10.25.1996

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    38: Simulated Worlds 10.11.1996

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    31: When You Talk About Music 08.09.1996

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    27: The Cruelty of Children 06.21.1996

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    27: The Cruelty of Children 06.21.1996

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    23: Drama Bug 05.10.1996

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    15: Dawn 02.28.1996

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    8: New Year 01.03.1996

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    6: Christmas 12.22.1995

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