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Funny

  • Prologue.

    527: 180 Degrees 06.13.2014

    Host Alex Blumberg talks about New York City’s long-standing ban on ferrets. And how, after ...CityFunnyLegal System

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  • Prologue.

    526: Is That What I Look Like? 05.23.2014

    Guest host Nancy Updike talks about learning something new, and unpleasant, about herself in ...Funny

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  • You Were So High.

    524: I Was So High 05.02.2014

    Our listeners sent us 2,600 emails with their own getting high stories. Contributor Elna Baker ...DrugsFunny

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  • Bottom of the Eighth.

    524: I Was So High 05.02.2014

    Comedian Wyatt Cenac tells the story of the first time he ever tried marijuana. He didn't smoke ...DrugsFunny

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  • Prologue.

    520: No Place Like Home 03.14.2014

    Host Ira Glass tell the story of a city pride campaign in Calgary, Canada. He speaks with ...Funny

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  • Prologue.

    518: Except For That One Thing 02.14.2014

    When Mike and Sara bought their first house, they didn’t have much money for furniture. So they ...Funny

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  • Long Talk on a Short Pier.

    517: Day At The Beach 01.31.2014

    Comedian Sam Mullins tells a story onstage about being in middle school, and throwing a party ...Funny

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  • Prologue.

    515: Good Guys 01.10.2014

    Producer Ben Calhoun tells Ira about a secret move his friend uses all the time — the ...BusinessFunny

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  • Takes One To Know One.

    515: Good Guys 01.10.2014

    Ben tries the good guy discount, to see if he can pull it off, as Ira tags along. (7 minutes)BusinessFunny

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  • Heels On The Bus.

    515: Good Guys 01.10.2014

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

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  • Prologue.

    510: Fiasco! 11.01.2013

    Jack Hitt tells the story of a small town production of Peter Pan in which the flying apparatus ...FunnyTheater

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  • Opening Night.

    510: Fiasco! 11.01.2013

    Jack Hitt's Peter Pan story continues. Jack is the author of several books, including Bunch of ...FunnyTheater

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  • Squirrel Cop.

    510: Fiasco! 11.01.2013

    The first day on the job inevitably means mistakes, mishaps, and sometimes... fiascos. A true ...FunnyPolice

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  • Fiascos As A Force For Good In The World.

    510: Fiasco! 11.01.2013

    Journalist Margy Rochlin on her first big assigment to do a celebrity interview. It was 1982. ...FunnyJournalism

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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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  • Car Pool.

    494: Hit the Road 05.03.2013

    Sierra Teller Ornelas tells a story about the time as a 10 year old she went on a very short, ...ChildrenFunnyLive Performance

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  • Prologue.

    484: Doppelgängers 01.11.2013

    Fred Armisen worked up an imitation of Ira and put it into a sketch on Saturday Night Live a ...Funny

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  • Too Soon?

    476: What Doesn't Kill You 10.05.2012

    In July, Tig was diagnosed with cancer. A week later she went on stage on Los Angeles and did ...CancerFunnyHeartbreak

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  • Groundhog Dayne.

    464: Invisible Made Visible 05.18.2012

    Famous people are supposed to be somewhere else, invisible to us. Comedian Tig Notaro tells ...FunnyLive PerformanceMusic

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  • Turn Around Bright Eyes.

    464: Invisible Made Visible 05.18.2012

    Ira Glass's sister once met David Sedaris, and commented that he was much nicer than she thought ...FunnyLive Performance

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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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  • Prologue.

    444: Gossip 08.26.2011

    Senior producer Julie Snyder and her husband Jeff talk to guest host Sarah Koenig about gossip ...FriendshipFunnyMarriage

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  • Great Adventures.

    443: Amusement Park 08.12.2011

    We asked for your stories about amusement parks. Three hundred of you called in, with stories ...ChildrenFunny

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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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  • Split a Gut.

    439: A House Divided 06.24.2011

    One night on stage, comedian Julian McCullough had an intense pain in his stomach, which he ...FunnyHealth Care/MedicineLive Performance

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  • The Results Are In.

    436: The Psychopath Test 05.27.2011

    Ira and the radio show staff get their results on the psychopath test from Dr. David Bernstein, ...FunnyMental Health

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  • Prologue.

    434: This Week 05.06.2011

    Ira tells what happened this week to Dan Curry in Odessa Texas on Wednesday, to eight-year-old ...9/11ChildrenFunny

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  • Prologue.

    428: Oh You Shouldn't Have 03.04.2011

    Ira Glass hands off the show to guest host Nancy Updike, via a quick cell phone call, as he ...FunnyTelephone

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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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  • Make 'em Laff.

    426: Tough Room 2011 02.04.2011

    Host Ira Glass spends time in perhaps the toughest room on earth, the editorial meeting at the ...FunnyJobs/EmploymentJournalism

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  • Contrails Of My Tears.

    426: Tough Room 2011 02.04.2011

    Brett Martin documents a previously unnoticed human phenomenon, one that involves ...Film/Film MakingFunnyTravel

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  • Prologue.

    422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    Ira Glass plays Christmas jokes told by third graders, collected by producer Jonathan Menjivar. ...ChildrenFunnyHolidays

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  • Stocking Stuffers.

    422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    Two very, very short stories by Edith Zimmerman. Edith is the editor of TheHairpin.com. (2 1/2 ...FictionFunnyHolidays

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  • Little Altar Boy.

    422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    Despite our nation's attempts to make Christmas all about toys and shopping, it is still a ...FunnyHolidaysLive Performance

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  • One Lord A-Leaping

    422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    Comedy duo Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate disagree about the awesomeness of Hanukkah... and about ...FunnyHolidaysLive Performance

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  • The Fight Before Christmas.

    422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special 12.17.2010

    Stand-up comedian Julian McCullough tells this story about heading to someone else's home for ...FunnyHolidaysLive Performance

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  • There Go The Neighbor Hoods.

    420: Neighborhood Watch 11.19.2010

    In the midst of a real estate dispute, Jim O'Grady becomes the target of an unusual neighborhood ...FunnyHousingLive Performance

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  • Cry Me a Liver.

    415: Crybabies 09.24.2010

    A fable about being a crybaby, from David Sedaris' new book of animal fables, Squirrel Seeks ...FictionFunny

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  • Hall County.

    413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    Comedian Eugene Mirman meets three friends all named Matt who claim they are the most ...FriendshipFunny

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  • The Invention of Cheese.

    412: Million Dollar Idea 07.16.2010

    Comedian Kumail Nanjiani makes his pitch for a product you may have heard of. His story was ...DrugsFunnyLive Performance

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  • Error at First Base.

    411: First Contact 06.25.2010

    Ira Glass mentions a very silly mistake he made with a girl when he was in junior high. Then ...ChildhoodFunnyLive Performance

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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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  • Lisa's Mom's Story.

    400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    Funny Funerals. (11 minutes.) DeathFunnyMothers

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  • Alissa's Mom And Sarah's Mom.

    400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    Two short ideas that didn't work out so well as full stories. (3 minutes.) Web bonus: all ...ChildrenFunnyMothers

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  • Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace.

    389: Frenemies 09.11.2009

    David Rakoff demonstrates—in rhyme—how to make a wedding toast for people you never wanted to ...FunnyPoetryWeddings

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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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  • D-u-why?!

    379: Return To The Scene Of The Crime 05.01.2009

    Mike Birbiglia recalls being in a car accident with a hit and run drunk driver. In the weeks ...Criminal JusticeFunnyLegal System

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  • Return To The Scene Of The Scene.

    379: Return To The Scene Of The Crime 05.01.2009

    Ira invites Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon to perform a song from his Dr. ...Film/Film MakingFunnyLive Performance

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  • Pants Pants Revelation.

    378: This I Used to Believe 04.17.2009

    Joel and Kate were both working in a psychiatric hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. They both ...FunnyRomance

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  • Family Feudalism.

    376: Wrong Side of History 03.13.2009

    Sketch comedy troupe Kasper Hauser performs a radio game show, where a race car driver, a guy ...FunnyHistoryLive Performance

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  • My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.

    374: Somewhere Out There 02.13.2009

    A live performance detailing a humiliating love affair. When comedian Mike Birbiglia was in high ...FunnyLive PerformanceRomance

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  • Act Three.

    373: The New Boss 01.30.2009

    This American Life Senior Producer Julie Snyder talks to Ira about her rather alarming theory ...FunnyHealth Care/MedicinePresidents

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  • Tragedy Minus Comedy Equals Time.

    370: Ruining It for the Rest of Us 12.19.2008

    Comedian Mike Birbiglia talks about the time he ruined a cancer charity event, by giving the ...FunnyLive Performance

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  • Disturbing The Peace Train.

    370: Ruining It for the Rest of Us 12.19.2008

    There's this haven on the U.S. railroad—the Amtrak Quiet Car. You can't yammer on your cell ...FunnyTravel

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  • Chicken Coop For The Soul.

    369: Poultry Slam 2008 11.28.2008

    A short story about an orthodox Jewish man who dies on the operating table and goes to heaven. ...FictionFunnyReligion

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  • Stranger In The Night.

    361: Fear of Sleep 08.08.2008

    Mike Birbiglia talks about the sleepwalking that nearly killed him. It's an excerpt of his ...FunnyHealth Care/MedicineLive Performance

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  • Prologue.

    354: Mistakes Were Made 04.18.2008

    Host Ira Glass talks about the way most political apologies go, and chats with a man named Derek ...FunnyGovernmentReligion

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  • You’re Willing To Sacrifice Our Love.

    354: Mistakes Were Made 04.18.2008

    There's a famous William Carlos Williams poem called "This is Just to Say". It's about, among ...FunnyPoetry

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  • Airel Sharon, Shimon Peres, David Ben Gurion, And Me!

    351: Return to Childhood 2008 03.07.2008

    Host Ira Glass talks with contributor Adam Davidson about how Adam's teenage diaries are filled ...FunnyGovernmentTeenagers

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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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  • 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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  • Make 'em Laff.

    348: Tough Room 02.08.2008

    Host Ira Glass spends time in perhaps the toughest room on earth, the editorial meeting at the ...FunnyJobs/EmploymentWriting

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  • Still Life With Chicken.

    343: Poultry Slam 2007 11.23.2007

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

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  • So, Kids: A Priest, A Rabbi, And A Hooker Walk Into A Bar...

    341: How to Talk to Kids 10.05.2007

    Sean O'Connor and Nick Maritato are professional comedians, and their job usually ...ChildrenFunny

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  • Divorce Is Rrruuffff!

    339: Break-Up 08.24.2007

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

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  • Impeachment Day.

    338: The Spokesman 08.10.2007

    Joe Lockhart was press secretary for President Bill Clinton. He recently told stories from his ...FunnyGovernmentLive Performance

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  • Prologue.

    332: The Ten Commandments 05.04.2007

    Host Ira Glass reads from the Ten Commandments. Not the original Ten Commandments, but some of ...FunnyReligion

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  • Commandments One, Two, And Three. Honor God.

    332: The Ten Commandments 05.04.2007

    As a boy in religious school, Shalom Auslander is informed that his name, Shalom, is one of the ...FunnyReligion

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  • Commandment Seven. You Shall Not Commit Adultery.

    332: The Ten Commandments 05.04.2007

    In the book of Matthew, Jesus says that looking lustfully at a woman is like committing adultery ...FunnyReligionSexuality

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  • The Homesick Explorer.

    329: Nice Work If You Can Get It 04.06.2007

    This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell tells the story of a mapmaker named Charles Preuss ...FunnyHistory

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  • 29.

    328: What I Learned from Television 03.16.2007

    This American Life contributor David Rakoff, who swore off TV in college, returns to it in ...FunnyLive PerformanceTelevision

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  • Turkeys In Pilgrim Clothing.

    328: What I Learned from Television 03.16.2007

    Sarah Vowell examines what happens when TV takes on a subject it really has no business ...FunnyLive PerformanceMusic

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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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  • Dire Enigmas For Elite Fans.

    326: Quiz Show 02.16.2007

    Every winter, some of the world's best puzzle solvers gather in Boston for the MIT mystery hunt, ...Funny

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  • Prologue.

    323: The Super 01.05.2007

    Host Ira Glass visits an Upper East Side building in Manhattan where Peter Roach has been the ...FunnyHousingJobs/Employment

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  • Super Duper.

    323: The Super 01.05.2007

    Josh Bearman's favorite story was told to him by his super. It involved these elements: A gas ...FunnyHousingWriting

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  • If This Ark Is A Rockin', Don't Come A Knockin'.

    321: Sink or Swim 12.01.2006

    Jonathan Goldstein retells the original sink-or-swim story, the one about Noah and the flood. ...BoatsFictionFunny

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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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  • Waiting For Joe.

    318: With Great Power 10.06.2006

    When you're powerless, you think a lot about the powerful figures above you. Especially when ...FictionFood/Drinks/CookingFunny

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  • Prologue.

    316: The Cat Came Back 08.18.2006

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

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  • Parrot.

    315: The Parrot and the Potbellied Pig 07.21.2006

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

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  • Combo Platter.

    315: The Parrot and the Potbellied Pig 07.21.2006

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

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  • Prologue.

    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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  • Life Without Leanne.

    314: It's Never Over 06.23.2006

    Writer Larry Doyle on a love that will not die, no matter how dead it is. (7 minutes)FictionFunnyRomance

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  • One Word: Timing.

    314: It's Never Over 06.23.2006

    Television comedy writer Tami Sagher describes what can happen when you sit on a joke for years, ...FunnyPresidentsWriting

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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.

    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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  • Hello Kitty.

    309: Cat and Mouse 02.24.2006

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

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  • Looking For Loveseats In All The Wrong Places.

    309: Cat and Mouse 02.24.2006

    It's been well over a decade, so why can't Eric, who is in many other respects a measured and ...FunnyHousing

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

    308: Star-Crossed Love 02.10.2006

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

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  • Prologue.

    306: Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time 01.13.2006

    Paul was a cop. One night he was pulling second shift when he had a perfectly good idea: He'd ...FunnyPolice

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  • Luck Of The Irish.

    306: Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time 01.13.2006

    It was two months into the tour, and the cast of Riverdance had been performing eight shows a ...FunnyGamblingTheater

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  • Twas The Morning After.

    305: The This American Life Holiday Spectacular 12.23.2005

    A Christmas poem from David Rakoff, about holidays in The Big City. Rakoff's the author of, most ...AlcoholFunnyHolidays

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  • No Tenenbaum, No Tenenbaum.

    305: The This American Life Holiday Spectacular 12.23.2005

    This American Life receives an emergency transmission from a rooftop somewhere in New York City, ...FictionFunnyHolidays

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  • My So-called Jesus.

    305: The This American Life Holiday Spectacular 12.23.2005

    Yeah, Mary Magdalene knew Jesus. She knew him before anybody else had ever even heard of him. ...FictionFunnyReligion

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  • An Animal Farm Christmas.

    305: The This American Life Holiday Spectacular 12.23.2005

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

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  • Christmas At Valley Forge.

    305: The This American Life Holiday Spectacular 12.23.2005

    A brand new Christmas carol gets its world premiere: A song about both Christmas and American ...FunnyHistoryHolidays

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  • Adventures At Poo Corner.

    303: David and Goliath 12.02.2005

    Contributor David Sedaris uncovers a disturbing and hidden trend that's taking place where ...FunnyRetail/Commerce

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  • Prologue.

    280: In Country 01.07.2005

    Host Ira Glass talks to Tom Irwin, a stand-up comic who recently performed for American troops ...FunnyIraqMilitary

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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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  • A Half-million Home Videos Can't Be Wrong.

    225: Home Movies 11.08.2002

    The TV show America's Funniest Home Videos has an archive of over half-a-million video clips. ...FunnyTelevision

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  • Conservation Of Energy And Matter.

    214: Family Physics 05.31.2002

    David Sedaris outlines an experiment he conducted with fluids and a tube and a bag. The result: ...FunnyLiteratureLive Performance

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  • Buddy Picture.

    203: Recordings for Someone 01.11.2002

    Producer Jonathan Goldstein with a story about friendship, mothers and sons, and what some have ...FriendshipFunnyMothers

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  • Don't They Know It's Christmas After All.

    201: Them 12.07.2001

    David Sedaris reads a new story about what "they" do at Christmas. And by "they" of course, we ...FunnyHolidaysLive Performance

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  • Prologue.

    198: How to Win Friends and Influence People 11.02.2001

    Host Ira Glass talks with Paul Feig, who as a sixth-grader, at the urging of his father, ...ChildhoodFriendshipFunny

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  • To Make A Friend, Be A Friend.

    198: How to Win Friends and Influence People 11.02.2001

    David Sedaris has this instructive tale of how, as a boy, with the help of his dad, he tried to ...ChildhoodFriendshipFunny

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  • Stay In Touch.

    198: How to Win Friends and Influence People 11.02.2001

    After the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, U.S. diplomats had ...9/11FunnyGovernment

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  • People Like You If You Put A Lot Of Time Into Your Appearance.

    198: How to Win Friends and Influence People 11.02.2001

    To prove this simple point—a familiar one to readers of any women's magazines—we have this true ...FunnyTravel

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  • Just Be Yourself.

    198: How to Win Friends and Influence People 11.02.2001

    Producer Jonathan Goldstein with a story about what it's like to date Lois Lane when she's on ...FictionFunnyRomance

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  • Airel Sharon, Shimon Peres, David Ben Gurion, And Me!

    190: Living the Dream 08.03.2001

    Host Ira Glass talks with contributor Adam Davidson about how Adam's teenage diaries are filled ...ChildhoodFunnyTeenagers

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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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  • And If That Diamond Ring Don't Shine.

    187: Father's Day '01 06.15.2001

    Ian Brown explains the lengths a normal dad will go to give his daughter a memorable birthday ...ChildrenFathersFunny

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  • "thou Shalt Worship No Other Trousers Before Me."

    185: Golden Calf 05.25.2001

    If you're in thrall to a pair of pants, is that such a bad thing? Ira talks to Kate—who invested ...FunnyRomance

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  • Prologue.

    182: Cringe 04.13.2001

    Host Ira Glass talks to two different people who have stories they just can't get over...stories ...ChildrenFunnyJobs/Employment

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  • Invisible Man Vs. Hawkman.

    178: Superpowers 02.23.2001

    John Hodgman conducts an informal survey in which he asks the age-old question: Which is better: ...Funny

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  • The Green Team Of Boy Millionaires, Beppo The Amazing Supermonkey From Planet Krypton, And The Man From Sram.

    178: Superpowers 02.23.2001

    Ira talks with Jonathan Morris, the amazingly funny and charming editor of the website Gone and ...FunnyHeroismLiterature

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  • Prologue.

    175: Babysitting 01.05.2001

    We listen in on a ritual that happens in millions of families every week: kids getting dropped ...ChildrenFilm/Film MakingFunny

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  • Prologue.

    174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones 12.29.2000

    We hear the story of a disastrous birthday party and how it's hard not to see these kinds of ...ChildhoodChildrenFriendship

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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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  • Happy Birthday to Us.

    174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones 12.29.2000

    Long-time Fresh Air host Terry Gross offers her congratulations... and some words of wisdom to ...FunnyJournalismMilestones

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  • Accidental Deception.

    173: Three Kinds of Deception 12.15.2000

    David Sedaris tells the story of a subway ride he took in Paris. Two American tourists mistake ...FunnyLive PerformanceTravel

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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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  • Prologue.

    154: In Dog We Trust 03.10.2000

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

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  • The Youth In Asia.

    154: In Dog We Trust 03.10.2000

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

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  • Santa Claus Vs. The Easter Bunny.

    148: The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Suit 12.24.1999

    Students in a French language class in Paris try to explain holiday customs to a woman from ...EducationFunnyHolidays

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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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  • Chicken Diva.

    145: Poultry Slam 1999 11.26.1999

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

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  • Real Love.

    138: The Real Thing 08.27.1999

    There's The Real Thing when it comes to your idea of what job you want, what house you want, ...FunnyLive PerformanceRomance

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  • Dance.

    134: We Didn't 07.09.1999

    What do we do when we're not doing something? Not writing a book, not doing our jobs, not ...FunnyLive Performance

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  • Jail Sell.

    133: Sales 06.25.1999

    Writer/performer Danny Hoch performs a monologue taken from his one man show, Jails, Hospitals ...BusinessCriminal JusticeFunny

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  • A Trip Down Memory Lane.

    132: Father's Day '99 06.18.1999

    Photographer Joel Meyerowitz decided to go on a last big trip with his father Hy, who has ...ChildhoodFathersFunny

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  • Sleepless In Seattle.

    129: Advice 05.14.1999

    What if you asked people for advice and actually took all the advice that everyone gave you? As ...ChildhoodFood/Drinks/CookingFunny

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  • Advise And Consent.

    129: Advice 05.14.1999

    Host Ira Glass talks with his mom—a clinical psychologist—about why people seem to rarely take ...FunnyJournalismLive Performance

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  • Guided Meditation.

    129: Advice 05.14.1999

    Forget all the self-help seminars you've ever heard of or attended. Writer Cheryl Trykv leads ...FunnyLive Performance

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  • Open Your Big Mouth.

    119: Lockup 01.08.1999

    What happens when you go into a place—in this case a prison—where there are all sorts of codes ...Criminal JusticeFunnyHolidays

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  • American Goth.

    118: What You Lookin' At? 12.18.1998

    There are the people who take two hours to get dressed every day, who dress primarily to be ...ChildhoodFunnyLive Performance

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  • Climb Every Mountain.

    118: What You Lookin' At? 12.18.1998

    Writer David Rakoff travels to a place where everyone seems to be looking at him, a place where ...FunnyJournalismLive Performance

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  • Still Life With Chicken.

    116: Poultry Slam 1998 11.27.1998

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

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  • Squirrel Cop.

    115: First Day 11.13.1998

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

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  • Prologue.

    104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

    Durrell was a professional musician. He toured Asia, Brazil, Canada, gigs in Paris. Now he ...ChildrenEducationFunny

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  • Papa Was Not A Rolling Stone.

    104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

    A case study of how children are asked to live the unlived lives of their parents. Author David ...ChildhoodFathersFunny

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  • Toccata and Fugue In Me, a Minor.

    104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

    As a teenager, Sarah Vowell was not casual about music lessons — music became her life. She was ...ChildhoodFunnyLive Performance

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  • Knockin' On Heaven's Door.

    104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

    Writer Anne Lamott presents an example of what we can learn from music outside of formal ...FunnyLive PerformanceMusic

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  • Merci.

    102: Road Trip! 05.22.1998

    A road trip can be a profound test of any relationship. It can save a marriage or destroy it. We ...FunnyLive PerformanceMarriage

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  • Noble Calling.

    100: Radio 04.24.1998

    Now in exile, Jose Ramos Horta spent two decades as the leading international spokesman against ...FunnyHistoryPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    94: How To 02.27.1998

    Host Ira Glass with Brooklyn schoolteacher Melissa Cantor, who reads from a how-to manual ...ChildrenEducationFunny

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  • Roadrunner.

    94: How To 02.27.1998

    Ira teaches Sarah Vowell how to drive with some advice from Tom and Ray Maggliozi, the hosts of ...AutomobilesFunny

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  • I Met Him In The Yogurt Store, But Now He's Not My Leader Of The Pack.

    93: Valentine's Day '98 02.13.1998

    Linda Howard and Richard Bloom, in Boca Raton Florida, had been married years when she started ...FunnyMarriageRomance

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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.

    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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  • Front Row Center With Thaddeus Bristol.

    87: A Very Special Sedaris Christmas 12.19.1997

    David Sedaris reads this story. A high-powered theater critic applies his critical skills to the ...ChildrenFunnyHolidays

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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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  • Based On A True Story.

    87: A Very Special Sedaris Christmas 12.19.1997

    A Hollywood TV producer tries to convince a church of evangelical Christians to sell out a ...FunnyHolidaysLiterature

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  • Shooter.

    81: Guns 10.24.1997

    Chicago Playwright Bryn Magnus with a quintessential gun story from his childhood in Wisconsin. ...ChildhoodFunnyGuns/Gun Control

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  • Natural Disaster.

    80: Running After Antelope 10.17.1997

    How an audience of children derailed Late Night with Conan O'Brien. (7 minutes)ChildrenFunnyTelevision

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  • The Wedding Game.

    79: Stuck in the Wrong Decade 10.10.1997

    Karl T. Wright's and Wendy Miller's game show wedding. (18 minutes)FunnyTelevisionWeddings

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  • How Bad Is This Relationship?

    78: How Bad Is Bad? 10.03.1997

    The people of Chicago speak out. (5 minutes)FunnyRomance

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  • Prologue.

    75: Kindness of Strangers 09.12.1997

    Brett Leveridge was standing on the subway. A guy comes walking down the platform, stopping in ...CityFunnyTravel

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  • Still Life.

    73: Blame It on Art 08.22.1997

    David Sedaris recounts his shameful career as a performance artist. Recorded before a live ...FunnyJobs/EmploymentLive Performance

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  • Opening Night.

    61: Fiasco! 04.25.1997

    Writer Jack Hitt tells the story of a small town production of Peter Pan, in which the flying ...ChildrenFunnyTheater

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  • Fiascos As A Force Of Good In The World.

    61: Fiasco! 04.25.1997

    Journalist Margy Rochlin on her first big assignment to do a celebrity interview. It was 1982. ...FunnyJournalismMusic

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  • Smuggler.

    60: Business of Death 04.18.1997

    Writer David Sedaris on an unwelcome surprise in a toilet — a turd. (14 minutes)FunnyLive Performance

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  • World Premiere.

    57: Delivery 03.14.1997

    David Sedaris play, with Toby Wherry and Penelope Boyer. (13 minutes)FunnyRadioTheater

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  • Baby Remember My Name.

    56: Name Change 03.07.1997

    A 17 year old tricks an entire resort town into believing he is someone he is not. By Jack Hitt ...FriendshipFunnyLiterature

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  • History Lesson.

    54: Sinatra 02.21.1997

    Ira and music contributor John Conners on Sinatra's worst songs. And a brief history of what ...FunnyJournalismMusic

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  • More Animals Eating Other Animals.

    49: Animals 01.10.1997

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

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  • Santaland Diaries.

    47: Christmas and Commerce 12.20.1996

    The diaries are about David's two Christmas seasons working as an elf in Macy's department store ...FunnyHolidaysJobs/Employment

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  • Instructions For Sissies.

    46: Sissies 12.13.1996

    Chicago performance artist John Conners reads from a 1942 book called How To Improve Your ...Funny

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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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  • Found Tape.

    40: Lessons 11.01.1996

    Excerpts from lessons found on old record, especially a Helen Gurley Brown disc called How to ...FunnyRomance

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  • Dark Shadows

    39: Halloween 10.25.1996

    Ira continues his story. (10 minutes)FriendshipFunnyTelevision

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  • In the Nude.

    35: Fall Clearance Sale 09.06.1996

    David Sedaris reads from his story "Naked." (21 minutes)FunnyTravel

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  • When You Talk Music.

    31: When You Talk About Music 08.09.1996

    Dael Orlandersmith's funny, moving story from her Obie-award winning show Beauty's Daughters. ...FunnyLive PerformanceMusic

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  • Instructions on How You Can Become Bob Dole.

    29: Bob Dole 07.19.1996

    Former Saturday Night Live writer Robert Smigel — who impersonates Dole on Late Night with Conan ...FunnyPoliticsPresidents

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  • TV Politics.

    29: Bob Dole 07.19.1996

    We give Danny Drennan, the writer behind the website Inquisitor Mediarama, a little assignment. ...FunnyPoliticsPresidents

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  • I Like Guys.

    27: The Cruelty of Children 06.21.1996

    David Sedaris reads one of his funniest and most affecting stories from his book Naked before a ...ChildhoodFriendshipFunny

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  • Act Three.

    10: Double Lives 01.17.1996

    Sketches from the neo-futurists on the subject of double lives. Then, host Ira Glass discovers ...FunnyMothersParenting

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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 Five.

    5: Anger and Forgiveness 12.15.1995

    A story by Cheryl Trykv, read by the author in front of a live audience at The Hothouse, ...Food/Drinks/CookingFriendshipFunny

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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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