Radio Archive by Tag

Health Care/Medicine

  • 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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  • Mexican Beach Doctor.

    517: Day At The Beach 01.31.2014

    Alex Blumberg talks to Shane Dubow about a time decades ago, when Shane went sea kayaking and ...Health Care/Medicine

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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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  • Prologue.

    505: Use Only as Directed 09.20.2013

    Host Ira Glass tells the story of Sarah Erush, a pharmacist at the Hospital of the University of ...Health Care/Medicine

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  • Act One.

    505: Use Only as Directed 09.20.2013

    Reporter Sean Cole tells the history of getting warning labels onto acetaminophen bottles. In ...GovernmentHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Act Two.

    505: Use Only as Directed 09.20.2013

    Reporter Sean Cole explains the confusion over dosing for Infants Tylenol and Children’s ...ChildrenHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    490: Trends With Benefits 03.22.2013

    Ira Glass talks with Planet Money reporter, Chana Joffe-Walt, about Hale County, Alabama — ...EconomicsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • New Orleans, LA.

    481: This Week 12.07.2012

    A group called NO/AIDS heads into bars to offer free HIV testing for high-risk people. Writer ...Health Care/Medicine

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  • Just Keep Breathing.

    476: What Doesn't Kill You 10.05.2012

    A teenage girl gets bitten by a shark, rushed to the doctor's office, stitched up, and told ...Health Care/MedicineParents

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  • A Real Nail Biter.

    476: What Doesn't Kill You 10.05.2012

    Jessica Benko tells the story of a woman named Cathy who was almost killed several times... by ...Health Care/MedicineMental Health

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  • Prologue.

    469: Hiding in Plain Sight 07.13.2012

    For a year, Morgan Block saw her pilates instructor, Mary Archbold, twice a week. She watched ...Health Care/Medicine

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  • There's Something About Mary.

    469: Hiding in Plain Sight 07.13.2012

    Mary Archbold's story continues. She talks to Ira about the tactics she uses to hide her ...Health Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    462: Own Worst Enemy 04.13.2012

    Host Ira Glass speaks with various people who regularly eat foods that give them severe allergic ...Health Care/Medicine

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  • Mr. Holland's Opus.

    450: So Crazy It Just Might Work 11.11.2011

    One day a successful cancer researcher named Jonathan Brody gave a talk at his alma mater, about ...Health Care/MedicineTechnology

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  • Do You Hear What I Hear?

    446: Living Without (2011) 09.16.2011

    Nubar Alexanian was forced to give up one thing—and then gave up another thing by choice. This ...ChildrenFathersHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Act One.

    444: Gossip 08.26.2011

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

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  • You've Got Shale.

    440: Game Changer 07.08.2011

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

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  • 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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  • Messing with the Bull.

    437: Old Boys Network 06.03.2011

    In a small west Texas town called Kermit, two nurses were accused of harassment after they ...Criminal JusticeHealth Care/MedicineJobs/Employment

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  • ONE PILL TWO PILL, RED PILL BLUE PILL.

    433: Fine Print 2011 04.15.2011

    Planet Money's Chana Joffe-Walt explains why prescription drug coupons could actually be ...EconomicsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Denying the Invisible.

    431: See No Evil 04.01.2011

    In the wake of the tsunami and nuclear disaster at Fukushima, some people suspected that ...EnvironmentHealth Care/MedicineMarriage

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  • Act Two.

    428: Oh You Shouldn't Have 03.04.2011

    Nancy Updike follows up on a Haaretz newspaper story about a sting operation against a medical ...DrugsHealth Care/MedicinePolice

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  • Prologue.

    425: Slow To React 01.21.2011

    Ira Glass explains that, like the rest of America, we at This American Life are not tired of ...BirthHealth Care/MedicineMental Health

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  • I'm Still Here.

    425: Slow To React 01.21.2011

    "Slow to react" is usually an insult. But in this case the things that are slow...are cancer ...CancerHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    411: First Contact 06.25.2010

    Ira speaks with Scott Krepel—via his interpreter Marc Holmes—about what happened ...Health Care/MedicineMilestones

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  • I've Fallen In Love and I Can't Get Up.

    409: Held Hostage 06.04.2010

    Four years ago, Matt Frerking started having attacks where he simply couldn't move his body. ...Health Care/MedicineJournalismMarriage

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  • Compound Fracture.

    408: Island Time 05.21.2010

    Apricot Irving grew up on a missionary compound in Limbe, in the north of Haiti, and visits the ...Health Care/Medicine

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  • Sleeper Cell.

    406: True Urban Legends 04.23.2010

    Do cell phones give people brain tumors? Ira speaks with Christopher Ketcham, who wrote an ...CancerHealth Care/MedicineScience

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  • As The Worm Turns.

    404: Enemy Camp 2010 04.02.2010

    Another story about parasites. When Jasper Lawrence learned that hookworms might lessen the ...Health Care/MedicineScience

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  • Prologue.

    402: Save the Day 03.12.2010

    When Luke Davies was 11 years old in Australia, his family moved from the boring suburbs to an ...AnimalsChildhoodHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    392: Someone Else's Money 10.16.2009

    Host Ira Glass talks to Rob Lamberts, a doctor and blogger in Georgia, who describes the crazy ...BusinessHealth Care/Medicine

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  • One Pill Two Pill, Red Pill Blue Pill.

    392: Someone Else's Money 10.16.2009

    Planet Money's Chana Joffe-Walt explains why prescription drug coupons could actually be ...BusinessDrugsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Let's Take Your Medical History.

    392: Someone Else's Money 10.16.2009

    Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson recount how four accidental steps led to enacting the very ...Health Care/MedicineJobs/Employment

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  • Insurance? Ruh Roh!

    392: Someone Else's Money 10.16.2009

    Planet Money correspondent David Kestenbaum investigates the growing popularity of pet ...AnimalsBusinessHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Sorry Johnny... It's Only Business.

    392: Someone Else's Money 10.16.2009

    This American Life producer Sarah Koenig reports on a very surprising reason why insurance ...BusinessGovernmentHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    391: More Is Less 10.09.2009

    Former Bush Administration official David Frum explains a very surprising fact about Bush's ...EconomicsGovernmentHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Dartmouth Atlas Shrugged.

    391: More Is Less 10.09.2009

    Are doctors to blame for the rising costs? NPR Science Correspondent Alix Spiegel reports on the ...BusinessHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Every Cat Scan Has Nine Lives.

    391: More Is Less 10.09.2009

    Or is the problem the patients? Producer Lisa Pollak reports. (13 minutes) BusinessHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Who Would Win In A Fight Between A Polar Bear And An Insurance Company?

    391: More Is Less 10.09.2009

    Or maybe the insurance companies are to blame? Producer Sarah Koenig reports. (13 minutes ) BusinessHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Now What?

    391: More Is Less 10.09.2009

    Host Ira Glass talks with Susan Dentzer, editor of the journal Health Affairs, about what ...BusinessGovernmentHealth Care/Medicine

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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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  • Shots In The Dark.

    370: Ruining It for the Rest of Us 12.19.2008

    Measles cases are higher in the U.S. than they've been in a decade, mostly because more and more ...Health Care/MedicineParenting

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  • Prologue.

    361: Fear of Sleep 08.08.2008

    Host Ira Glass talks about his fear of sleep, and reports on other people who have very strong ...Health Care/Medicine

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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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  • Sleep's Tiniest Enemies.

    361: Fear of Sleep 08.08.2008

    This American Life producers Nancy Updike and Robyn Semien report on critters that can kill ...AnimalsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • The Bitter Fruits Of Wakefulness.

    361: Fear of Sleep 08.08.2008

    Joel Lovell explains why, as an 11-year-old, he trained himself not to fall asleep, and how that ...Health Care/Medicine

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  • A Small Taste Of The Big Sleep.

    361: Fear of Sleep 08.08.2008

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

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  • Educated Guess.

    358: Social Engineering 06.27.2008

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

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  • Rosa In The Study With The Atm Card.

    357: The Truth Will Out 06.13.2008

    A woman's elderly father has several hired caretakers who help him throughout the day. When one ...CrimeHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Part Of Me, Why Not Take Part Of Me?

    347: Matchmakers 01.18.2008

    Chaya Lipschutz, an Orthodox Jewish woman from Brooklyn, donated her kidney to a stranger. ...ActivismHealth Care/Medicine

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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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  • Lucy And The Bike Girl.

    345: Ties That Bind 12.14.2007

    Lucy, a 28-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis, meets the "Bike Girl," who has the same disease, ...FriendshipHealth Care/MedicineMilestones

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  • David And Andi.

    345: Ties That Bind 12.14.2007

    Dr. David Kalenberger is the head of a fertility clinic in Oklahoma City. Andi Knox is a ...Health Care/MedicineMilestonesParenting

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  • Act Three.

    336: Who Can You Save? 07.06.2007

    Brady Udall tells the story of the time he helped a stranger get his car out of a ditch. In ...Health Care/MedicineMental Health

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  • Commandment Nine. You Shall Not Bear False Witness.

    332: The Ten Commandments 05.04.2007

    Chaya Lipschutz wanted to donate one of her kidneys to a stranger. But to save a stranger's ...Health Care/MedicineMothers

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  • I'm Not A Doctor But I Play One At The Holiday Inn.

    321: Sink or Swim 12.01.2006

    A former heroin addict realizes that he wants to help other addicts kick their habits. The ...AddictionDrugsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    319: And the Call Was Coming from the Basement 10.27.2006

    Host Ira Glass and Albert Donnay read a true ghost story that appeared in a medical journal in ...EnvironmentHealth Care/MedicineScience

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  • The Hills Have Eyes.

    319: And the Call Was Coming from the Basement 10.27.2006

    Some of the scariest stories happen when fluffy, innocent creatures turn murderously evil. This ...AnimalsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    317: Unconditional Love 09.15.2006

    Hard as it is to believe, during the early Twentieth Century, a whole school of mental health ...ChildrenHealth Care/MedicineParenting

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  • Promise Keeper Cat.

    316: The Cat Came Back 08.18.2006

    Dan Savage made a pledge over a decade ago that he hoped would just vanish. But it somehow ...CancerHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Mother Of Invention.

    311: A Better Mousetrap 04.14.2006

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

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  • Prologue.

    293: A Little Bit of Knowledge 07.22.2005

    Host Ira Glass describes the thing that we all do at some point: Talk expertly about something ...Health Care/MedicineJournalism

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  • Two Words You Never Want To Hear From Your Doctor.

    277: Apology 11.05.2004

    Until recently, most insurance companies didn't want doctors to apologize to patients they'd ...Health Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    269: Someone to Watch Over Me 07.16.2004

    Susie and John Drury moved to their farm just two years ago. But when John got sick for awhile, ...Health Care/Medicine

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  • Doctoring The Doctor.

    269: Someone to Watch Over Me 07.16.2004

    Jo Giese's husband, a doctor named Douglas Forde, had spent his life caring for other people. ...Health Care/MedicineMental Health

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  • The Way To A Boy's Heart Is Through His Stomach.

    264: Special Treatment 05.07.2004

    Lisa Carver's nine-year-old son, Wolfgang, was born with a rare illness that, among other ...ChildrenFood/Drinks/CookingHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    262: Miracle Cures 04.02.2004

    Host Ira Glass talks with Dr. Stephen Rosenberg of the National Cancer Institute about a cancer ...CancerHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Changing The Channeler.

    262: Miracle Cures 04.02.2004

    This American Life contributor Davy Rothbart goes to Brazil with his deaf mother to try and get ...Health Care/MedicineReligionTravel

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  • The Entities Known As The Food And Drug Administration.

    262: Miracle Cures 04.02.2004

    Julia Whitty's father's cancer medication cost $47,000 a year if she bought it in the United ...CancerCrimeHealth Care/Medicine

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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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  • Hello, Baby.

    248: Like It or Not 10.24.2003

    A lot of life's inevitability is hazy; it'll happen some time, but you're not sure when. But ...BirthHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    220: Testosterone 08.30.2002

    This American Life producer Alex Blumberg explains that he wanted to do this show because of his ...Health Care/MedicineScience

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  • Life At Zero.

    220: Testosterone 08.30.2002

    The interview with a man who lost his testosterone continues. He explains that life without ...Health Care/MedicineScience

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  • Infinite Gent.

    220: Testosterone 08.30.2002

    An interview with Griffin Hansbury, who started life as a woman, but began taking massive ...Health Care/MedicineSexuality

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  • Contest-osterone.

    220: Testosterone 08.30.2002

    The men and women on staff at This American Life decide to get their testosterone levels tested, ...Health Care/Medicine

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  • What's A Moderate?

    217: Give It to Them 08.02.2002

    What if a new Palestinian leader came on the scene who was neither part of the corrupt autocracy ...Health Care/MedicinePolitics

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  • Prologue.

    216: Give the People What They Want 07.12.2002

    Host Ira Glass goes to a fake wedding at a home for Alzheimer's patients in Davenport, Iowa. Two ...Health Care/MedicineWeddings

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  • Let Them Eat Cake, Wedding Cake.

    216: Give the People What They Want 07.12.2002

    The story from the prologue continues, with the groom who refused to be a groom, and the one ...Health Care/MedicineWeddings

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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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  • An Epidemic Created By Doctors.

    215: Ask An Expert 06.14.2002

    Alix Spiegel reports on the "Recovered Memory" movement. In the early 1990s people across ...Health Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    211: Naming Names 05.03.2002

    Host Ira Glass explains that when you name names, when you whistleblow, when you tell on ...Health Care/Medicine

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  • Black Hole Son.

    207: Special Ed 03.08.2002

    We hear from a mother and her son. By age seven, he'd had heart failure and been diagnosed as ...Health Care/MedicineMothers

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  • Act One.

    204: 81 Words 01.18.2002

    In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) declared that homosexuality was not a ...Health Care/MedicineSexuality

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  • Act Two.

    204: 81 Words 01.18.2002

    Alix Spiegel's story continues, with a man dressed in a Nixon mask called Dr. Anonymous, and a ...Health Care/MedicineSexuality

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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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  • 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 One. Better Left To The Imagination.

    183: The Missing Parents Bureau 04.20.2001

    Most sperm banks provide all sorts of information about their donors: Education level, medical ...Health Care/MedicineParenting

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  • Who Am I? What Am I Doing Here?

    181: The Friendly Man 04.06.2001

    Scott goes on a quest to discover if the amnesia in the movies—where someone gets bonked on the ...DrugsHealth Care/MedicineJournalism

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

    171: Election 11.03.2000

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

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  • You Don't Have To Be An Einstein.

    167: Memo to the People of the Future 09.08.2000

    After he died, Albert Einstein became a figure of international kitsch: Appearing in computer ...Health Care/MedicineHistoryScience

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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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  • Prologue.

    164: Crime Scene 07.07.2000

    Medical Examiner L.J. Dragovic, in Pontiac, Michigan, explains how every crime scene is like a ...CrimeHealth Care/MedicineMurder

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  • Deal Of A Lifetime.

    162: Moving 06.23.2000

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

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  • Prologue.

    156: What Remains 03.31.2000

    Host Ira Glass talks with people who've been hit by lightning. They describe what happened at ...EnvironmentHealth Care/Medicine

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  • I Used To Bank Here But That Was Long, Long Ago.

    156: What Remains 03.31.2000

    David Rakoff goes in search of the only existing mementos of a year-and-a-half of his life when ...CancerHealth Care/Medicine

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  • I Was A Teenage Ambulance Driver.

    150: Kids As Adults 01.21.2000

    Mike Paterniti talks about working on a teen ambulance corps, growing up in Connecticut. (19 ...AutomobilesHealth Care/MedicineTeenagers

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  • Prologue.

    149: Bedside Diplomacy 01.14.2000

    Host Ira Glass talks with Robert Lipsyte, author of In the Country of Illness, who tells a story ...Health Care/Medicine

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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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  • The Other Nursing Staff.

    149: Bedside Diplomacy 01.14.2000

    No radio program about caregivers in a hospital would be complete without a few words about the ...Health Care/MedicineTelevision

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  • Fire And Ice Cream.

    149: Bedside Diplomacy 01.14.2000

    When a nurse asks a 14-year-old burn victim out for ice cream, is it a date? Brent Runyon tells ...Health Care/MedicineRomanceTeenagers

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  • Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places.

    149: Bedside Diplomacy 01.14.2000

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

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  • Wise As Serpents And Harmless As Doves.

    147: A Teenager's Guide to God 12.17.1999

    Hardships begin. Their leader gets sick. One of their projects fails. (6 minutes)Health Care/MedicineReligionTeenagers

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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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  • 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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  • Prologue.

    126: Do-Gooders 04.09.1999

    When Brigid starting going blind, she tried to hire someone to drive her around. Only problem ...Health Care/MedicineJobs/Employment

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  • How To Avoid The Everyday Irritations Of Everyday Life.

    123: High Cost of Living 02.26.1999

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

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  • 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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  • Prologue.

    112: Ladies and Germs 10.02.1998

    The story of a White House scandal from the year 1881. President James Garfield lay dying of a ...Health Care/MedicineHistoryPolitics

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  • Biblical Thinking In A Digital World.

    112: Ladies and Germs 10.02.1998

    Reporter Hanna Rosen did an investigation of those new antibacterial products—the antibacterial ...BusinessHealth Care/Medicine

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  • 20th Century Germ.

    112: Ladies and Germs 10.02.1998

    Germs were first understood at the turn of the 20th century and it turns out that the aesthetics ...Health Care/MedicineHistory

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  • Ladies And Germs.

    112: Ladies and Germs 10.02.1998

    The burden of keeping germs from hurting us in our everyday lives has fallen mostly on women, ...Food/Drinks/CookingHealth Care/MedicineHistory

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  • You Gonna Eat That?

    112: Ladies and Germs 10.02.1998

    Reporter, author and apple farmer Frank Browning on how irrational fear of germs means that you ...Food/Drinks/CookingHealth Care/Medicine

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  • The Conqueror Germ.

    112: Ladies and Germs 10.02.1998

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

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  • Touch.

    110: Mapping 09.04.1998

    Deb Monroe reports on how she has been mapping her own body through her sense of touch. (10 ...CancerHealth Care/MedicineMarriage

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  • Truth or Consequences.

    108: Truth and Lies at Age Ten 08.07.1998

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

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  • How To Increase Your Value As A Person.

    94: How To 02.27.1998

    In which we tackle the biggest possible how-to we could think of: how to make your life worth ...BusinessHealth Care/MedicineJobs/Employment

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  • Without.

    93: Valentine's Day '98 02.13.1998

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

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  • Ashes.

    82: Haunted 10.31.1997

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

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  • Potato Potahto.

    81: Guns 10.24.1997

    Two people who've nearly died in gun battles describe what it's like, getting shot at. ...CrimeGuns/Gun ControlHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Stuck As A Teenager.

    79: Stuck in the Wrong Decade 10.10.1997

    A former addict and a former prisoner discuss the developmental retardation their experiences ...Criminal JusticeDrugsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    71: Defying Sickness 08.01.1997

    Host Ira Glass with Walt Strommer, on Dreams of Disabled People. (6 minutes)Health Care/MedicineVeteransWar

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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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  • My World Record.

    71: Defying Sickness 08.01.1997

    A hemophiliac teenager who tries to set world records and to motocross. (13 minutes)Health Care/MedicineTeenagers

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  • Iron Man.

    71: Defying Sickness 08.01.1997

    Mark O'Brien is a writer in California, who lives most of each day in an iron lung, thanks to a ...Film/Film MakingHealth Care/MedicineRomance

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  • Prologue.

    64: Summer 05.23.1997

    Julie throws up. (6 minutes)AutomobilesChildhoodFamily

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  • Guinea Pig Zero.

    62: Something for Nothing 05.02.1997

    Ira interviews Bob Helms, creator of the zine Guinea Pig Zero, which is about people who make ...Health Care/MedicineJobs/EmploymentScience

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  • The Forbidden Zone.

    60: Business of Death 04.18.1997

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

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  • The Happiest Death Worker.

    60: Business of Death 04.18.1997

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

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  • Firewalk.

    59: Fire 04.11.1997

    Producer Nancy Updike with Ki Kim, who's not afraid of walking on coals. But maybe he should ...Health Care/MedicineReligion

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  • Prologue.

    56: Name Change 03.07.1997

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

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  • Sinatra Has A Cold.

    54: Sinatra 02.21.1997

    Gay Talese reads from his classic 1966 Esquire article, in which he followed around Sinatra at ...Health Care/MedicineJournalismMusic

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  • Maybe Six Months.

    50: Shoulda Been Dead 01.17.1997

    The day Lawrence Steger left the AIDS clinic for the big road trip. (10 minutes)AutomobilesFilm/Film MakingHealth Care/Medicine

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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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  • Hope.

    50: Shoulda Been Dead 01.17.1997

    Cheryl Trykv hears she's gonna live. (5 minutes)Health Care/Medicine

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  • On the Edge of the World.

    50: Shoulda Been Dead 01.17.1997

    The day Matthew Goulish saw Brigid. (2 minutes)CancerFood/Drinks/CookingHealth Care/Medicine

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  • South African Chicken Blood.

    44: Poultry Slam 1996 11.29.1996

    Michael Stumm on the uses of chickens in South African sangoma (witch doctor) culture. (9 minutes)AnimalsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Finding Amnesia.

    42: Get Over It! 11.15.1996

    Who among us has not wanted amnesia to help get over someone or something? But the problem with ...Health Care/MedicineMental Health

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  • From The Audience Seats.

    23: Drama Bug 05.10.1996

    Mark O'Brien is in an iron lung and comes out for short periods of time. What does he do with ...Health Care/MedicineTheater

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  • Prologue.

    9: Julia Sweeney 01.10.1996

    Ira talks about the adage "Comedy equals tragedy plus time." Usually it's true, he says, though ...CancerHealth Care/Medicine

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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.

    1: New Beginnings 11.17.1995

    When filmmaker and performance artist Lawrence Steger found out he was HIV positive, he was just ...Health Care/MedicineTravel

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