Radio Archive by Tag

Family

  • Blunt Force.

    526: Is That What I Look Like? 05.23.2014

    Writer Domingo Martinez tells a story from his memoir The Boy Kings of Texas, about when he was ...DrugsFamilyTeenagers

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  • One Life To Live.

    526: Is That What I Look Like? 05.23.2014

    Producer Miki Meek spent a week with a family in the midst of a difficult situation. A woman who ...DivorceFamilyMarriage

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  • High on the Corporate Ladder.

    524: I Was So High 05.02.2014

    Producer Alex Blumberg introduces us to Richard, a former executive at a big time marketing firm ...DrugsFamilyMental Health

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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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  • Prologue.

    521: Bad Baby 03.28.2014

    Ira talks to "Cheryl," an anonymous blogger who's been documenting life with an 8-year-old son ...ChildrenFamily

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  • The Devil Went Down To Jersey.

    521: Bad Baby 03.28.2014

    Producer Jonathan Menjivar tells the story of a bad baby who stopped being bad. At two years ...ChildrenFamily

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  • This is Gonna Hurt Me a Lot More than It's Gonna Hurt You.

    521: Bad Baby 03.28.2014

    Producer Sean Cole tells the story of a former foster kid who was finally adopted in his ...AdoptionFamily

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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 Three.

    513: 129 Cars 12.13.2013

    Salesman Bob Tantillo has the fewest sales of anyone at Town and Country this month. Robyn ...AutomobilesBusinessFamily

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  • Health.

    511: The Seven Things You're Not Supposed to Talk About 11.08.2013

    Deborah Lott comes from a family that obsesses over health. And when they all get together for ...FamilyHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Route Talk.

    511: The Seven Things You're Not Supposed to Talk About 11.08.2013

    Chris Garcia and his dad were driving home, listening to oldies, sharing a bag of chips. A ...FamilyFathers

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  • What Are You Doing for the Test of Your Life?

    509: It Says So Right Here 10.25.2013

    Huntington's Disease is a progressive brain disorder. There's a wide range of symptoms, but in ...FamilyMental Health

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  • The Old College Try.

    504: How I Got Into College 09.06.2013

    Ira talks to Rick Clark, director of undergraduate admissions at the Georgia Institute of ...CollegeFamilyFunny

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  • Grandmas.

    489: No Coincidence, No Story! 03.01.2013

    A surprising number of coincidences involve grandmothers — that’s one of the things we ...Family

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  • In God We Trust.

    489: No Coincidence, No Story! 03.01.2013

    When it comes to love, coincidences tend to loom extra-large. Stephen Lee tells about the time ...FamilyRomance

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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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  • Prologue.

    481: This Week 12.07.2012

    A 17 year old Ethiopian girl who is just learning English goes with her teacher to face her ...Criminal JusticeEnvironmentFamily

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  • Take Your Kid to Work Day.

    477: Getting Away With It 10.19.2012

    A boy rides shotgun in a memorable car ride with his mother, and in the process learns how his ...ChildhoodFamily

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  • The Motherhood of the Traveling Pants.

    475: Send a Message 09.28.2012

    For generations, the gender of babies born into one family have all been determined in advance. ...FamilyMothers

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  • Not My First Time at the Rodeo.

    475: Send a Message 09.28.2012

    A man has a very clear vision of how he always stood up to his father, protected his mother and ...FamilyFathersMothers

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  • Just South of the Unicorns.

    470: Show Me The Way 07.27.2012

    A teenager runs away from home to move in with someone he's never met, his idol, the person he ...FamilyTeenagersWriting

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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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  • Don't Make Me Separate You.

    439: A House Divided 06.24.2011

    Jeanne Darst was 16 when her parents split up. But it turned out they just weren't too skilled ...DivorceFamilyHolidays

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  • Prologue.

    426: Tough Room 2011 02.04.2011

    Thanksgiving 2002, the Ohm family's dinner conversation turned to the recent terrorist attacks. ...FamilyFunnyTerrorism

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  • Isn't It Slow-Mantic.

    425: Slow To React 01.21.2011

    In Sean Lewis’ family, there is a legendarily romantic love story. It’s famous in his family ...FamilyRomance

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  • Elbert County.

    413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    Chuck Salter, son of Georgia Rambler Charles Salter, Sr., visits a man named Windell Cleveland, ...FamilyFathersHistory

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  • Prologue.

    400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    Host Ira Glass talks to his dad and stepmom about a story his dad thought might be good for the ...FamilyParents

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  • Robyn's Dad's Story.

    400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    One Switch. (7 minutes.)AutomobilesFamilyFathers

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  • Nostra-mom-us.

    397: 2010 01.01.2010

    When it comes to predictions, Etgar Keret only trusts one person in his family: His mom. She's ...FamilyMothers

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  • Chasing Amy.

    389: Frenemies 09.11.2009

    Family members can easily be frenemies. You're stuck with them. You love them. They sometimes do ...FamilyFriendship

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  • Occupancy May Be Revoked Without Notice.

    386: Fine Print 07.24.2009

    David Rakoff tells the story of a contract between a son and his visiting mother. David Rakoff ...FamilyFictionFunny

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  • Man In The Mirror.

    384: Fall Guy 06.26.2009

    In big families, there's often one kid who always gets blamed when something goes wrong. But ...FamilyFunny

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  • Prisoner Of The Heart.

    364: Going Big 09.26.2008

    Writer Doug McGray tells the story of a daughter who wanted to be closer to her mom, and went to ...FamilyMothersMurder

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  • Prologue.

    360: Switched At Birth 07.25.2008

    Host Ira Glass introduces four characters: Kay McDonald, who raised a daughter named Sue, and ...FamilyHistory

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  • Act One.

    360: Switched At Birth 07.25.2008

    Reporter Jake Halpern tells the story of Marti Miller and Sue McDonald, the daughters who were ...FamilyHistory

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  • Act Two.

    360: Switched At Birth 07.25.2008

    Jake Halpern tells the mothers' sides of the story. At 69, Kay McDonald had to cope not only ...FamilyHistory

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  • Prologue.

    352: The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar 03.14.2008

    Host Ira Glass plays the song "Mystery of the Dunbar's Child" by Richard "Rabbit" Brown. It ...CrimeFamilyHistory

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  • Part One.

    352: The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar 03.14.2008

    Reporter Tal McThenia tells the first half of Margaret's story. Everyone in her family knew the ...CrimeFamilyHistory

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  • Part Two.

    352: The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar 03.14.2008

    Tal McThenia's story continues. Margaret meets the living relatives of the kidnapper, William ...CrimeFamilyHistory

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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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  • Prologue.

    348: Tough Room 02.08.2008

    Thanksgiving 2002, the Ohm family's dinner conversation turned to the recent terrorist attacks. ...FamilyFunnyHolidays

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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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  • Mr. Successful.

    338: The Spokesman 08.10.2007

    Anthony Pico was a foster kid for most of his life. His mother was a crack addict who abandoned ...ActivismChildhoodFamily

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  • Act One.

    334: Duty Calls 06.01.2007

    Josh Bearman grew up in California with his dad, stepmom, and brother. But they're not his whole ...AddictionAlcoholCrime

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  • Act Two.

    334: Duty Calls 06.01.2007

    Josh Bearman continues his story by looking at how things got so bad for his mother and David in ...AddictionAlcoholCrime

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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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  • Which One Of These Is Not Like The Others?

    322: Shouting Across the Divide 12.15.2006

    Serry and her husband's love story began in a place not usually associated with romance: The ...FamilyRaceReligion

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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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  • 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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  • Deal Of A Lifetime.

    314: It's Never Over 06.23.2006

    This American Life producer Sarah Koenig tells the story of how her stepsister Rue bought a ...FamilyHousing

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  • Two Possibilities, Both Bad.

    313: Parental Guidance Suggested 05.19.2006

    When Gene Cheek was ten years old, his mother began dating a black man. It was 1961, in North ...DivorceFamilyMothers

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  • The Grandma Letters.

    313: Parental Guidance Suggested 05.19.2006

    Will Seymour reads letters he and his grandmother exchanged when he was in high school. He was ...DivorceFamilyFunny

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  • Prologue.

    301: Settling the Score 11.11.2005

    Erin Einhorn grew up begging her mother to tell her all about the remarkable story of how she ...FamilyHeroismHistory

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  • One Good Deed.

    301: Settling the Score 11.11.2005

    Erin Einhorn's story continues. She tells what happens once she arrives in Poland. Things start ...FamilyHeroismHistory

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  • Make Him Say Uncle.

    289: Go Ask Your Father 05.13.2005

    Lennard Davis grew up hearing from his parents that he should, at all costs, avoid being like ...FamilyFathers

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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.

    270: Family Legend 08.06.2004

    Host Ira Glass talks to Eddie Schmidt about his Aunt Mary, the source of the best stories in his ...FamilyPersonal Finance

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  • Take My Cheese, Please.

    270: Family Legend 08.06.2004

    We continue with the story of Eddie Schmidt and his parents, Josie and Bob, who tell the ...FamilyFood/Drinks/CookingParents

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  • We Don't Talk About That.

    270: Family Legend 08.06.2004

    Some family legends are most notable for their absence. They're too disturbing or scandalous to ...AlcoholFamilyMental Health

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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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  • Tin Man.

    256: Living Without 01.09.2004

    Sometimes it's hard to figure out if you're doing something of your own choice or because ...FamilyFictionWriting

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  • Secret Santa. Very Secret Santa.

    255: This American's Life's Holiday Gift-Giving Guide 12.19.2003

    Caitlin Shetterly reports on a true-life holiday fable from rural Maine, complete with a ...FamilyHolidays

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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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  • Zero Divided By Zero Is Still Zero.

    250: The Annoying Gap Between Theory...and Practice 11.07.2003

    What happens if you're poor, and do everything right, all your budgeting, all your choices...are ...FamilyPersonal Finance

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  • Except For The Smell, I Think I Have A Crush On You.

    249: Garbage 10.31.2003

    There are squatters who've built entire neighborhoods on top of rotting trash heaps in Mexico. ...ChildhoodFamilyWriting

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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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  • Scrapbook, The Verb.

    243: Later That Same Day 07.25.2003

    A Houston woman tries to document every day of her four-year-old daughter's life...in ...FamilyMothers

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  • Dave Knows.

    236: My Two Cents 04.11.2003

    The story of a man who might have a better grip on what's going on in the economy of ...FamilyPersonal FinanceRadio

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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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  • Prologue.

    225: Home Movies 11.08.2002

    Host Ira Glass talks with filmmaker Alan Berliner, who for six years collected old home movies ...FamilyFilm/Film Making

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  • The Big Night.

    225: Home Movies 11.08.2002

    Jonathan Goldstein made every girl he ever dated watch the home movie of his family's Rosh ...FamilyFilm/Film Making

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  • Act Five.

    225: Home Movies 11.08.2002

    David Sedaris tells a story about his mother who hated home movies, and how his brothers and ...FamilyFilm/Film Making

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  • Prologue.

    224: Middlemen 10.25.2002

    Host Ira Glass talks with Chris, who worked for a company that helped deaf people talk over the ...FamilyJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    221: Fake I.D. 09.20.2002

    Host Ira Glass talks with Erin Einhorn, a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, who went to ...FamilyReligion

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  • Pole Vault.

    221: Fake I.D. 09.20.2002

    Ira's conversation with Erin Einhorn continues. She talks about the possible reasons that, 50 ...FamilyReligion

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  • What Daddy Wants.

    216: Give the People What They Want 07.12.2002

    In any family, giving other people what they want becomes fantastically complicated, often ...FamilyFood/Drinks/CookingHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Occam's Razor.

    214: Family Physics 05.31.2002

    In Los Angeles, Cris Beam reports on a family named the Paladinos that had a theory that ...FamilyRace

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  • The Trajectory And Force Of Bodies In Orbit.

    214: Family Physics 05.31.2002

    Jon Ronson tells the story of how his parents decided to commission a family portrait, and how ...ArtFamily

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  • Prologue.

    209: Didn't Ask to Be Born 03.29.2002

    Host Ira Glass plays tape from the documentary TV series American High of a teenager fighting ...FamilyTeenagers

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  • Act One.

    209: Didn't Ask to Be Born 03.29.2002

    The chronicle of a family that unravelled. Debra Gwartney loved her two oldest daughters like ...DivorceFamilyMothers

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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.

    199: House on Loon Lake 11.16.2001

    Host Ira Glass explains that our show's a little different this week. It consists of one long ...ChildhoodFamilyHistory

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  • Act One.

    199: House on Loon Lake 11.16.2001

    Adam Beckman tells the first part of his story, about how, back in the 1970s, he and his friends ...ChildhoodFamilyHousing

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  • Act Two.

    199: House on Loon Lake 11.16.2001

    Adam Beckman continues his story. He returns to the town in New Hampshire where he discovered ...ChildhoodFamilyHistory

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  • A Bad Day For Plates.

    197: Before It Had A Name 10.26.2001

    The story about what happens when you discover the medical reason your mother was such a bad ...ChildhoodFamilyMental Health

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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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  • Ashes.

    193: Stories of Loss 09.14.2001

    How writer (and frequent This American Life contributor) David Sedaris and his family reacted ...CancerFamilyHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    188: Kid Logic 06.22.2001

    Host Ira Glass talks with Rebecca, who, using perfectly valid evidence, arrived at the perfectly ...ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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  • One Brain Shrinks, Another Brain Grows.

    188: Kid Logic 06.22.2001

    Julie Hill with a story about her six-year-old son, and how he tries to make sense of his ...ChildrenFamilyFathers

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  • Case Four. Runaway Mom.

    183: The Missing Parents Bureau 04.20.2001

    In Seattle, Dan Savage and his boyfriend adopted a son, DJ. It was an open adoption, so the ...AdoptionChildrenFamily

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  • The Day Mom And Dad Fell In Love.

    181: The Friendly Man 04.06.2001

    Scott interviews his 11-year-old daughter about his marriage. She sheds light on the previous ...ChildrenFamilyFathers

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  • Once More, With Feeling.

    180: Return to Childhood 03.23.2001

    Jonathan Katz listens to old tapes of his family; then travels back to the neighborhood in ...ChildhoodFamilyHousing

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  • The Family That Flees Together, Trees Together.

    177: American Limbo 02.09.2001

    The Jarvis family, a group of eight, goes on the run from the law—for seven years. They live on ...ChildrenCrimeDrugs

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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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  • What Big Teeth You Have.

    175: Babysitting 01.05.2001

    Lots of babysitting is done by family members. Hillary Frank reports on what can happen when a ...ChildrenFamilysiblings

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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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  • 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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  • Day.

    172: 24 Hours at the Golden Apple 11.17.2000

    In this act we hear several stories that happened during the daylight hours of the diner's ...FamilyFood/Drinks/CookingFriendship

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  • Nepotism: A Beginner's Guide.

    171: Election 11.03.2000

    Reporter Adam Davidson is related to George W. Bush. You might be too. By some freak of ...FamilyHistoryPolitics

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  • One And One Don't Make Two.

    167: Memo to the People of the Future 09.08.2000

    What if you're remembered in ways that you don't like? What if you're remembered for something ...ChildrenFamilyHistory

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  • Prologue.

    166: Nobody's Family Is Going to Change 08.11.2000

    Host Ira Glass describes a children's book from the 1970s called Nobody's Family Is Going to ...ChildrenFamilyFiction

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  • So A Jew, A Christian, And A Recording Crew Walk Into This Bar.

    166: Nobody's Family Is Going to Change 08.11.2000

    Julia Pimsleur travels to Alaska to spend some time with her brother, hoping he might change a ...FamilyFilm/Film Makingsiblings

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  • Matching Outfits Not Included.

    166: Nobody's Family Is Going to Change 08.11.2000

    What can happen if a sibling relationship doesn't ever change. Hillary Frank brings us the story ...FamilyFriendshipFunny

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  • The Artist Formerly Known As Dr. Sarkin.

    166: Nobody's Family Is Going to Change 08.11.2000

    What happens when you want your dad to change—and he wants to change, too—but there's literally ...ArtChildrenFamily

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  • Sleeping In Mommy And Daddy's Room.

    162: Moving 06.23.2000

    This is a story of people wanting to change and not wanting to change at all. A Minnesota family ...FamilyHousing

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  • She Said, She Said.

    159: Mother's Day 05.12.2000

    Producer Alex Blumberg conducts an investigation, perhaps the first ever, into this American ...ChildrenFamilyMothers

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  • The Sun Never Sets—On The Moosewood Restaurant.

    155: Hoaxing Yourself 03.17.2000

    The story of two young people who, in their search to figure out who they were, pretended to be ...ChildhoodFamilyFood/Drinks/Cooking

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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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  • 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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  • Angry Young Man, Times Two.

    150: Kids As Adults 01.21.2000

    This is the story of two people—one in his late teens, one in his late fifties. Both have good ...CrimeCriminal JusticeFamily

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  • Is That Your Final Answer?

    149: Bedside Diplomacy 01.14.2000

    When Terry Shine's father was in the hospital, Terry and his brothers spent weeks trying to do ...FamilyFathersHealth Care/Medicine

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Act One.

    142: Barbara 10.15.1999

    Barbara Clinkscales grew up in Chicago's public housing projects, had her first child when she ...ChildrenEducationFamily

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  • More Powerful Than A Locomotive.

    141: Invisible Worlds 10.01.1999

    One of the most powerful forces in a room can be the thing that is unspoken between people. Five ...ChildrenFamilyFathers

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  • Prologue.

    140: Family Business 09.24.1999

    Host Ira Glass with Rory Evans, who describes the day her father fired his own mother from their ...BusinessFamilyFathers

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  • What's A Grecian Urn?

    140: Family Business 09.24.1999

    David Rakoff takes us inside the world of a Greek family-owned ice cream parlour, and what he ...BusinessDrugsFamily

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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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  • Family Photo Opp.

    140: Family Business 09.24.1999

    Dave Eggers on what happens when politics suddenly becomes your family business. When his ...AutomobilesFamilyPolitics

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  • Every Unhappy Family Cleaning Supplies Business Is Unhappy In Its Own Way.

    140: Family Business 09.24.1999

    Hillary Frank explains how an invitation to a business meeting, sent through the mail in 1963, ...BusinessFamily

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  • Exile.

    130: Away From Home 05.21.1999

    Twenty-six-year-old Jose William Huezo Soriano—a.k.a. Weasel—grew up in Los Angeles. Under new ...CrimeFamilyLegal System

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  • Brothers Of Different Mothers.

    130: Away From Home 05.21.1999

    In this act we hear two stories of people who stumbled upon a place where they instantly and ...AdoptionChildhoodFamily

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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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  • Act Two.

    121: Twentieth Century Man 01.29.1999

    Gillian's story continues. (25 minutes) ChildrenDivorceFamily

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  • I Mess With Texas.

    119: Lockup 01.08.1999

    Over two decades ago, not long after he got out of Texas prison for robbery, Ray Hill got a job ...Criminal JusticeFamilyJournalism

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  • Prologue.

    117: You Gonna Eat That? 12.11.1998

    Host Ira Glass talks about the role of mealtime in family dynamics. (2 minutes) ChildhoodFamilyFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Breakfast.

    117: You Gonna Eat That? 12.11.1998

    A story by Jay Allison and Annie Cheney, from Jay's Life Stories series. Annie tells a story of ...ChildhoodFamilyFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Dinner.

    117: You Gonna Eat That? 12.11.1998

    To end this show about parents and children at mealtime, a story about what happens when ...FamilyFood/Drinks/CookingParenting

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  • But Baby It's Cold Outside.

    113: Windfall 10.16.1998

    Seattle writer Dan Savage on how a windfall check he got in the mail is hurting his family life. ...FamilyPersonal Finance

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  • Money Is Good.

    113: Windfall 10.16.1998

    How one woman learned to stop worrying and start spending. Liz Gilbert and her husband Michael ...EconomicsFamilyMarriage

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  • Act One.

    107: Trail of Tears 07.03.1998

    Sarah Vowell and her twin sister Amy re-trace the Trail of Tears. They visit the town in Georgia ...ChildhoodFamilyHistory

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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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  • Interracial Marriage.

    105: Take A Negro Home 06.12.1998

    Rich Robinson's father is black, his mother is white. They married during the civil rights ...DivorceFamilyMarriage

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  • Fatty Suit.

    99: I Enjoy Being A Girl, Sort Of 04.10.1998

    David Sedaris with a parable of the pressures on modern women, and how one woman — his sister — ...FamilyFatherssiblings

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  • Before And After.

    93: Valentine's Day '98 02.13.1998

    Richard Bausch reads his story Letter to the Lady of the House. (25 minutes)FamilyFictionMarriage

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  • Prologue.

    92: Leave the Mask On 02.06.1998

    Margy's a reporter. When she told her dad that she wanted to write a story about him, he said ...FamilyFathers

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  • Father's Day.

    92: Leave the Mask On 02.06.1998

    Margy Rochlin sees a new side of her father when, in his seventies, he becomes a monologist like ...FamilyFathersMilitary

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  • Mama, Can You Hear Me?

    92: Leave the Mask On 02.06.1998

    In which Dan Savage, who makes his living writing a nationally syndicated sex advice column, ...FamilyFunnySexuality

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  • Prologue And Act One. An American Girl Turns 18.

    91: Escape the Box 01.30.1998

    Sylvia's parents are immigrants who want her to be a traditional girl. (17 minutes)FamilyImmigrationsiblings

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  • Telephone As History.

    90: Telephone 01.16.1998

    We think of our phone calls and phone messages as so transient. We have another example of ...FamilyFathersTelephone

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  • Prologue.

    89: Sibling Rivalry 01.09.1998

    Two quick real life fables about the power of sibling rivalry. (2 minutes)ChildrenFamilysiblings

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  • He Is Heavy, He's My Brother.

    89: Sibling Rivalry 01.09.1998

    True tales of sibling cruelty. (4 minutes)Familysiblings

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  • Drama Of The Gifted Child — And Her Sister.

    89: Sibling Rivalry 01.09.1998

    Tamar Brott, on growing up with two music prodigies, and Sandra Tsing Loh's sister Kaitlin, a ...FamilyMusicsiblings

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  • When Days Are Numbered.

    88: Numbers 01.02.1998

    Jerry Davidson has been keeping a list of everything he's done since 1955 when he was ten years ...FamilyHistory

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  • Prologue.

    87: A Very Special Sedaris Christmas 12.19.1997

    How David Sedaris became a Christmas writer — and how he started writing stories about the ...FamilyFunnyHolidays

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  • Seasons Greetings To Our Friends And Family!

    87: A Very Special Sedaris Christmas 12.19.1997

    Julia Sweeney reads this story. She's a former Saturday Night Live cast member and star of the ...FamilyFunnyHolidays

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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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  • My Crap Life.

    83: One of Us 11.14.1997

    Writer Tim Melley. (23 minutes)ChildhoodEducationFamily

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  • My Worklife.

    83: One of Us 11.14.1997

    Independent producer Dan Collison, on Pilottown and a feature story that fell apart. (10 minutes)FamilyJobs/EmploymentJournalism

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  • Act One.

    82: Haunted 10.31.1997

    Ira with Lynnette Nyman, who, as a girl, recorded her parents fighting with a cassette recorder ...ChildhoodFamilyParents

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  • Act Two.

    82: Haunted 10.31.1997

    Binjamin Wilkomirski and New York writer Blake Eskin try and figure out if they are related. ...AdoptionFamilyHistory

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  • Ashes.

    82: Haunted 10.31.1997

    David Sedaris, on his mother's lung cancer. (11 minutes)CancerFamilyHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Nra Vs Nea.

    81: Guns 10.24.1997

    Sarah Vowell goes home to Montana to try and understand her gunsmith dad a little better. (11 ...ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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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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  • Prologue.

    77: Pray 09.26.1997

    Mary and Manfred Rauer have been married 22 years. He's a devout Christian, goes to church every ...FamilyMarriageReligion

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  • Kings.

    77: Pray 09.26.1997

    Scott Carrier in Salt Lake City with a story about whether it's possible to be a good person if ...FamilyJobs/EmploymentReligion

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Prologue. Commune Dream House.

    69: Dream House 07.18.1997

    Host Ira Glass talks to Amanda, who's 16 and lives with her mom in a Christian commune in ...FamilyHousingMothers

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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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  • Good Blacks, Bad Blacks.

    68: Lincoln's Second Inaugural 07.04.1997

    Writer Malcolm Gladwell, reads from a story that he first wrote for the New Yorker magazine ...FamilyImmigrationRace

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  • Good Whites, Bad Whites.

    68: Lincoln's Second Inaugural 07.04.1997

    A documentary by Cecilia Vaisman and Christina Egloff, with Jay Allison, about a white woman ...ChildhoodFamilyRace

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  • Blood.

    67: Your Dream, My Nightmare 06.27.1997

    Writer David Sedaris on parents' dreams and children's nightmares. (13 minutes)ChildhoodChildrenFamily

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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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  • Tao Of The Dumpster.

    62: Something for Nothing 05.02.1997

    Writer Dirk Jamison, who gave up a 9-to-5 job and succeeded in getting something for nothing: he ...ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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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.

    56: Name Change 03.07.1997

    Ira Glass's grandmother. (2 minutes)FamilyHealth Care/Medicine

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  • It's Not the Heat.

    53: Valentine's Day '97 02.07.1997

    Writer Julie Showalter on her parents' romance. More Men My Mother Dated stories from Brett ...FamilyParentsRomance

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  • Negress.

    53: Valentine's Day '97 02.07.1997

    Hilton Als reads an excerpt from his book The Women. (12 minutes)ChildhoodFamilyMothers

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  • Plague Of Tics.

    52: Edge of Sanity 01.31.1997

    David Sedaris tells a story from his boyhood, when a voice inside his head commanded him to lick ...ChildhoodEducationFamily

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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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  • Act Four.

    47: Christmas and Commerce 12.20.1996

    John Connors's family tape from the 1960s. (3 minutes)ChildhoodFamilyHolidays

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  • Anti-oedipus.

    46: Sissies 12.13.1996

    This American Life producer Nancy Updike on a family where the father was one kind of sissy and ...ChildhoodDivorceFamily

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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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  • Duki.

    44: Poultry Slam 1996 11.29.1996

    When Danielle's family serves poultry at their dinner table, no one utters the word "chicken." ...ChildhoodFamilyFood/Drinks/Cooking

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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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  • Voyager.

    43: Faustian Bargains 11.22.1996

    Alix Spiegel tells the story of her friend Jayna, who made a Faustian bargain at 11 years old. ...ChildhoodFamilyFriendship

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  • Swimming Lesson.

    40: Lessons 11.01.1996

    Scott Carrier's wife and mother-in-law insist that Scott's three-and-a-half year old daughter ...ChildrenFamilyFathers

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  • Shooting Lessons.

    40: Lessons 11.01.1996

    Kitty Felde explores the mystic link between boys and guns when her cousin's husband, a liberal ...ChildrenFamilyParenting

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  • Scientists in a Haunted House.

    39: Halloween 10.25.1996

    An excerpt from Your Radio is Haunted. (6 minutes)ChildrenFamilyHousing

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  • Discovering Evil

    39: Halloween 10.25.1996

    Julie Showalter, on a costume she wore as a kid. (11 minutes)ChildhoodEducationFamily

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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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  • The Test.

    37: The Job That Takes Over Your Life 09.27.1996

    Radio producer Scott Carrier quit his job at a low moment in his life. His wife left him and ...FamilyJobs/EmploymentMental Health

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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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  • Act One.

    28: Detectives 07.12.1996

    Writer David Sedaris remembers the days his mother and sister played armchair detective, and the ...ChildhoodCrimeFamily

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  • Act One.

    26: Father's Day '96 06.14.1996

    LA writer/performer Sandra Tsing Loh discovers that a local rock band has recorded a song about ...FamilyFathersMusic

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  • Suburban Girl.

    24: Teenaged Girls 05.24.1996

    Chicago writer/musician Rennie Sparks, a member of the independent band The Handsome Family, ...FamilyFriendshipMusic

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  • Sandra Tsing Loh and Her Father

    22: Adult Children 05.03.1996

    A story about how the adult children in Sandra Tsing Loh's family deal with her father. This ...FamilyFatherssiblings

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  • Sandra Tsing Loh, Her Father, and His Mail-Order Chinese Wives

    22: Adult Children 05.03.1996

    Sandra's father decides, at age 70, to take a Chinese wife. (27 minutes) FamilyFathersMarriage

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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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  • More Lies.

    18: Liars 03.28.1996

    A girl who adored her father tries to figure out what to think after he takes some of her ...CrimeFamilyFathers

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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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  • Dad.

    16: Economy 03.14.1996

    Poet/performer Lisa Buscani tells a story about her father. (8 minutes)ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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  • Berrien Springs, Michigan, Circa 1967.

    14: Accidental Documentaries 02.21.1996

    A Midwestern family records a "letter on tape" to their son, who is in medical school in ...ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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  • Prologue.

    10: Double Lives 01.17.1996

    Susan Bergman's father was a family man, head of the church choir, and, secretly, having sex ...ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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  • Act One.

    10: Double Lives 01.17.1996

    When Susan Bergman wrote a book about her family's experience, other gay men tried to explain ...FamilyFathersMarriage

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  • Julia's Brother Gets Cancer.

    9: Julia Sweeney 01.10.1996

    Julia talks about her brother Michael's cancer. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, ...CancerFamilyFunny

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  • Julia Gets Cancer.

    9: Julia Sweeney 01.10.1996

    In the second half of the show, she talks about her own cancer — cervical cancer that was ...CancerFamilyFunny

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  • Act Three.

    8: New Year 01.03.1996

    Claudia Perez returns to talk about her year from a more personal perspective. (7 minutes) EducationFamilyTeenagers

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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.

    3: Poultry Slam 1995 12.01.1995

    Duki's story. When Danielle's family serves poultry at their dinner table, no one utters the ...ChildhoodFamilyFood/Drinks/Cooking

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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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